When the Taylor Band Stretcher, shown at top, first appeared, it was mentioned by name in a paper by Dr. Herbert A. Pullen, who traveled all the way from Buffalo to San Francisco to present it on February 18, 1932. Other things that happened in 1932: Ford debuted the V8 engine and Radio City Music Hall opened in New York. Those are still around, but they’ve come a long way—just like the crowns and pliers of today.
Learn more about this dental artifact from Larry Cohen in his FOLIO Award-winning column in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine: here.
Art Deco, Scandinavian, Bohemian, and Mid-Century Modern — styles ideal for home … or home away from home (better known as your dental practice).
The bonus: each can help bring vibrance and showcase the personality of your practice.
Do bold colors, smooth lines, and geometric shapes inspire you? Check out Art Deco design styles.
Art Deco, short for Arts Décoratifs, can be characterized by rich colors, bold geometry, and decadent details. A trend popularized during the roaring 1920s can incorporate glitz, glamour, and bold designs into your dental practice a century later.
Add Art Deco into the dental practice today, with an accent piece, or an entire room. Where to begin?
Glamorous lighting and fixtures.
Abstract ceiling designs.
Luxury styles of the Great Gatsby era are some of the most popular trends today.
Prefer simplicity? Scandinavian designs deliver.
First gaining attention around the 1950s, the Scandinavian interior design style is known for its functionality, minimalism and simplicity. Expect clean cuts, natural shapes and materials, along with a touch of abstraction.
Want to incorporate aspects of Scandinavian design within your practice? It’s simple.
Combinations of natural materials ( think: wood and metal).
Fresh plants and flowers.
Scandinavian style advantage for the dental practice: a clutter free workspace. For a minimalist looking to scale back, Scandinavian the ideal match.
Ready to relax your spirit and practice vibe? Bohemian design speaks your language.
“The word ‘bohemian’ refers to someone socially unconventional and often involved in the arts, making it a great interior design option for a rich and heady space full of visual interest and a relaxed spirit.”
‘Boho’ was founded by free-spirited people in the early 19th century and incorporated many cultures from all over the globe.
Bring on the Bohemian style.
A play on patterns.
Bright colors and metallics.
Less is more definitely does not apply to Bohemian design. Looking to make a bright and exuberant practice? Bet on Boho.
Seeking functional and timeless appeal? Incorporate Mid-century Modern design styles at your practice.
In the late 1940s, after the end of WWII, mid-century modern design style evolved. Today it delights with its vintage vibe.
Mid-century modern designs use natural elements like wood beams and brick walls, then tie in a modern twist.
Ready for retro? Lava lamps need not apply.
Vibrant colors (think: sage, orange, turquoise).
Vintage window treatments.
Mid-century modern styles appeal with simple, clean and elegant aspects, and unique accents.
There is nothing like a circle of women. A circle of women is healing and inspiring. A circle of women is powerful. When women join together with intention and purpose, mighty things are at hand. During this short life, some of us are fortunate enough to be welcomed into one of these circles.
We are lifted up. We are encouraged to spread our wings and set out to achieve our wildest dreams by other driven women. One woman in dentistry is creating the ultimate circle and giving women in dentistry a voice, a purpose, and a platform for success.
Anne Duffy is the owner of DeW Life Magazine (Dental Entrepreneur Woman), also known as DeW Life. To be a part of DeW Life is a special way of being. It is not only a magazine, it is a culture, a lifestyle, and a trusted space for entrepreneurial women in dentistry to join forces in uniting their individual strengths. After realizing her own strengths and falling in love with what she has to offer, Duffy began falling in love with other women’s gifts. This led her to the idea that we are all here to build on one another’s talents as long as we do it with great love.
Duffy is a stunning statuesque blonde that can light up any room with her smile and personality. To have a phone conversation or be in the presence of Anne Duffy is inspiring and invigorating. She has a gift of encouragement that leaves you feeling like you can move mountains. She is no stranger to dentistry and hard work. As a long-time practicing dental hygienist of 46 years, Duffy presses full steam ahead to get women in dentistry their deserved recognition. She has a “no scarcity” mentality meaning that she believes that there is room for all of our ideas in dentistry and business.
Duffy began to realize that women, in particular, were not loving and staying in the profession of dentistry. This caught her attention and she began to wonder how she could get women to love dentistry again and feel fulfilled.
“At age 42 is when I started to have a vision to dream outside of the operatory. The next 20 years have been a rocket ship.”
Anne Duffy, DeW Life Magazine Founder and Owner
The First Step: Recognizing Achievements
Duffy’s passion for working with women began several years ago when she had the opportunity to take on a leadership role with a large dental-based company. As she acknowledged the slip in passion for dentistry and that women were not being properly recognized for their achievements and efforts, she decided to take a stand and started DeW Life.
The DeW Life is grounded in owning and working from your natural strengths.
“I wish I owned my strengths when I was younger. Now it is time we grab the arm of the person next to us and go together.”
Anne Duffy, DeW Life Magazine Founder and Owner
As dentistry grows and becomes more female influenced, Anne Duffy will stand proud with her DeW Life community that promotes love, accomplishment, empowerment, and connectedness.
Powered by Benco Dental and 10,000 members strong, The Lucy Hobbs Project encourages dental professionals to become part of the movement that is changing the face of dentistry through networking, innovation and giving back. Named for Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, who in 1866 became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, the project brings women together from all facets of the dental profession — dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others.
Three days of events focused on “Mind+Body+Soul” with panel discussions, C.E. credits and opportunities to give back, while inviting the project’s members — and all women in dentistry — to “Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, at Home and Work.”
As a high point of the three-day event, the project honored six women selected as award recipients for setting new benchmarks in the dental profession. The recipients:
Industry Icon Award — Linda Miles of Estero, Fla., speaker, consultant and author with AskLindaMiles.com.
Clinical Expert Award — Deborah V. George, DDS, of Miami, executive vice president and chief dental officer with Jessie Trice Community Health System.
Humanitarian Award — Tesa Jolly, DDS, of Jolly Family Dentistry in Pulaski, Tenn.
Innovator Award — Cathy J. Grinham, RDH, of Assonet, Mass., public health dental hygienist with Visiting Dental Associates of Massachusetts.
Mentor Award — Carole Ann Palmer, Ed.D., RD, LDN, with the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston.
Woman to Watch Award — Charmaine Ng, DMD, of Healthright360, San Francisco.
Kandice Swarthout, RDH, LPC is a Registered Dental Hygienist and Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a full-time dental hygiene educator in Texas. Kandice is the owner of Inspired Education & Wellness where she is a speaker and writer and combines her clinical dental and mental health experience to help other healthcare professionals have a fulfilling work-life experience. Contact Kandice at firstname.lastname@example.org
Working on weekends, canceling plans for our tooth emergencies and caring for us even when we ignore their expert advice to floss daily and avoid gummy bears — just a few reasons to thank a dentist tomorrow, March 6.
Who else won’t wince in the face of our nasty coffee breath or hold a grudge if we cancel plans with them at the last minute?
Maybe none of those reasons prompted the dental holiday demigods to create #NationalDentistDay, but they definitely warrant at least one positive Facebook review for your favorite practitioner.
Leonie von Meusebach–Zesch survived the horrors of the 1906 San Franscisco earthquake, set up her dental practice in the Presidio Army base during the aftermath and tended refugees in the makeshift camp. She became the first (and only) female dentist in the U.S. Army until 1951.
To begin March’s celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth, Dr. Leonie von Meusebach–Zesch seems a fitting selection.
A Daughter of Aristocrats
Leonie was born in 1882 in Texas, the daughter of German aristocrats. When she was six, she moved with her mother and sister to California. They finally settled in San Francisco, where Leonie attended the local high school and in 1902 earned a degree from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, then known as the College of Physicians and Surgeons. She became a practicing dentist in June, 1902 after passing the California State Dental Board examination. At first, she began a the practice of a Swedish immigrant dentist, but the work was long and punishing, so much so that after treating patients from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week for some time, she collapsed from exhaustion.
Earthquake, then fire
By the time of the earthquake on April 18, 1906, Dr. Leonie von Meusebach–Zesch had opened her own dental office with a colleague. Unfortunately, on the second day of the disaster, her office succumbed to the fire that destroyed most of the city. Before the building went up in flames, she managed to get inside and save a few instruments.
“Before eight that morning, I was downtown persuading the Phelan Building agent to open the door to my offices. Water, coming through a huge hose from temporarily repaired and newly laid mains, was already breaking in the great front windows, tearing down curtains and flooding rich carpets. I had only time to get my colleague’s leather bag, pick up several dozen of his most cherished forceps and elevators, and save some instruments of my own. I could not get into the safe, so books and papers were destroyed. The roaring of the fire, the drumming of the water on walls, ceilings and furniture, and the frenzied yelling of men drove all but escape from my mind. In less than an hour after it had started burning, the whole large building was gutted.”
Leonie von Zesch, Leonie :A Women Ahead of Her Time
Afterward, the fire continued and forced Leonie and her mother from their rented rooms. They took what they could carry and started for the Presidio Army base, where many refugees were encamped.
“What I call the ‘Exodus’ fled down Van Ness Avenue to the water front, thence along the Barbary Coast and tough water front by an enormously long detour to the ferries; it was the only way, the town streets being on fire and close by the military.”
– Harry C. Carr, Complete History of the San Francisco Horror
There, her mother offered to assist the U.S. Army and Red Cross document survivors. Dr. Leonie von Meusebach–Zesch offered her skills as a dental surgeon with the Army and attended to the many now-homeless people. The Army paid and housed her and her mother. This arrangement went on until early July when the city tried to replace her in this role with a male dentist. Both the mayor, Eugene Schmitz and Brigadier General Funston, in charge of the Army, had her reinstated.
In total, 30,000 refugees were cared for by the government at the Presidio base.
“It should be called the ‘Exodus,’ for it was a Biblical scene. It was the headlong flight of those who were most terror-stricken to get out of the doomed city.”
Harry C. Carr, Complete History of the San Francisco Horror
By 1907, Dr. Leonie von Meusebach–Zesch tried to start a private dental practice of her own. She did not receive many new clients, but she had additional income from appointments as dentist to the Children’s Hospital and to the Maria Kipp Orphanage. In 1908, she received agreements from commanders of both the United States Pacific Fleet and the United States Atlantic Fleet to bring dentists and lab technicians aboard ships and provide dental services to members of the crews. While this kept her busy, it was not particularly profitable.
On the Move
By 1908, she was on the move again, this time moving back to Texas with her mother. She became licensed in the state and afterward declined one offer from a Dallas businessman to front a statewide chain of dental offices that he intended to manage in the background.
After working for several years in Texas, she moved to Arizona, becoming licensed in that state. She started a business as a traveling dentist, driving around in her Model T, treating school children for free; she also treated many from the indigenous Indian tribes in the area. After being in practice there for a few years, she left for on a visit to her sister and brother-in-law in the territory of Alaska.
Time for New Adventures
She eventually moved her practice to Alaska and served several communities there for a number of years, practicing in remote Inuit villages and even a near-death experience.
More to the Story
There is much more to the amazing Leonie von Zesch’s story. She had many more adventures before dying at the age of 61 in 1944. Information can be found on her Wikipedia page here. Also, you can purchase her autobiography here on Amazon.
She was elected posthumously to the Alaskan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012.
Celebrate women in dentistry with The Lucy Hobbs Project
Every day Benco Dental salutes women in dentistry, both past and present. The nation’s largest independently owned dental distributor created The Lucy Hobbs Project to promote all women in the profession.
For more information on The Lucy Hobbs Project, click here.
About the blogger
Guest blogger Jenn Ochman, Database Publishing Production Specialist in the Branding and Communication Department at Benco Dental, dedicates her time outside work to historical reenactment. She shares knowledge of dental history with TheDailyFloss.com readers on a monthly basis.
Each year, thousands of design pros unite to discuss the latest research, trends, and strategies with peers and experts at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference.
Our CenterPoint Design team at Benco Dental attends annually and gains inspiration and new ideas for current and future dental practice projects. At the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana in November, I was able to participate at #HCDcon and today I’ll share a few ideas to provide #MondayMotivation for dental practices.
2 incredible dental office design ideas from HCDcon
Consider pastel and jewel tones. Pastel tones were featured at almost every booth that I visited. Light blue, sage green, lilac, and blush were the most common. A combination of the rich jewel tones with the light pastels (shown at top) created a great contrast and balance within the collections. Jewel tones most commonly featured were eggplant, emerald, and navy green.
Plan for future modifications with your current choices. Dental practices and hospitals can take months — or years –to build, and by that time new products and equipment needs to be incorporated into the space. Herman Miller (below), Kimball Health, and Steelcase Health all showed this trend with products to fit the new innovations that doctors and facilities are looking to incorporate. How do you prepare for continued innovation within the healthcare industry? Consider innovative practice designs. Herman Miller bonus: This Benco Dental vendor offers the ability to pattern match in two ways. They insure a pattered fabric is exactly lined up on the seams and can also pattern match so that the fabric is at the exact same place from chair to chair.
What other people are doing in the dental profession?
Focusing on the user experience. Incorporating similarities across multiple offices such as using the same equipment, colors, and scheme will make the patient feel comfortable. Including signature elements that repeat, such as check-in stations.
Addressing the generational divide. Create a space that attracts multiple generations at one practice.
As the Benco Tooth Fairy took flight after a visit with the Illumination Early Learning Center in Kingston, Pennsylvania, Macklan, one pre-school student asked, “Where did that butterfly go?”
Pat Motyka, a 10-year associate at the nation’s largest independently owned dental distributor, delivers smiles to youngsters throughout the year, but there’s no better time to share a tale of her recent adventures than today — #National Tooth Fairy Day.
Unless it’s during a visit to the dentist, people rarely volunteer details on their toothbrush and floss habits. Not the case with this pre-school class. Sixteen students were more than willing to express their enthusiasm for dental hygiene, as well as a love and admiration for the Benco Dental Tooth Fairy.
Resplendent in white attire and a glittering crown and wings, Pat Motyka, a Tooth Customer Service Specialist at the dental distributor’s home office in Pittston, entered the preschool classroom for a visit last fall.
“Visitors absolutely help the classroom. I think sometimes when the message is conveyed by another person (not the teacher or parent) they truly take it to heart. “
Elizabeth Muller, a teacher at Illumination Early Learning Center
Students intently listened and watched as the Tooth Fairy spoke on the importance of brushing and flossing, and handed out cartoon coloring sheets with a little magical help from Benco Associate Debby Wargo. Her audience jumped to the task when she offered a hands-on experience brushing the teeth of Finn, a plush shark puppet used for dental hygiene demos (shown at top).
Teacher Amy Wall reminisced about her childhood experience with a loose tooth.
“When I was little, I didn’t want to eat an apple because my tooth was loose and wiggly. So I would only eat mashed potatoes and jelly. One day at school I forgot and ate the apple. My tooth was stuck in it and I didn’t even realize it came out. I was a little bit petrified.”
Amy Wall a teacher at Illumination Learning Center
Students rushed to impress Tooth Fairy Pat with their brush and floss routines. An excited young boy raised his hand to explain that his Mommy always tells him to floss his teeth.
Wall said even before the Tooth Fairy arrived, students were excited and trying to guess what she would wear, some asking: “Do you think she’ll have wings?”
Before the Tooth Fairy made her exit for the journey back to Benco, she gifted each child with a take-home package, including a dental kit, stickers and other surprises.
Though new to the Tooth Fairy role, with just a few classroom visits under her wings, Motyka brings 10 years of dental industry experience to her position at Benco Dental.
Along with being seen as a role model for many of the children and adding some sparkle to their day, she feels her visits always make an impact.
“A lot of parents don’t tell their kids about dental health — I know mine didn’t. I think it’s important, because that’s the first thing you see when you talk to someone: their teeth. Benco was kind enough to donate tooth gel, toothbrushes, and brushing charts for the dental kit, which will help them.”
Benco Tooth Fairy Pat Motyka
For details or more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.
Benco Dental’s charitable arm will join the Children’s Oral Health Institute in hosting Lessons in a Lunchbox programs during the 2020 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and in celebration, the Benco Family Foundation, together with the Children’s Oral Health Institute, plans to build on their strong relationship with Chicago Public Schools to host three Lessons in a Lunchbox events during this year’s Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting.
Last year, the foundation gifted toothbrushes to every single student, from pre-K to elementary, in all 469 Chicago public schools, so that over 150,000 smiles could have the one basic essential for healthy teeth—something most people take for granted, but that a shocking number of children go without. However, you can’t just put a toothbrush in a child’s hand and walk away. That’s where Lessons in a Lunchbox: Healthy Teeth Essentials & Facts About Snacks comes in. This national oral health and nutrition program reaches underserved elementary school children by offering an ingeniously-shaped holder — a carrot — packaged in a bright orange lunchbox with all the supplies needed for healthy teeth.
This year, the two organizations will present Lessons In A Lunchbox at the following schools:
Jackie Robinson Elementary School on Wednesday, 2/19, at 1 p.m., 4225 S. Lake Park Avenue. (773) 535-1777.
John Charles Haines Elementary School on Thursday, 2/20, at 1 p.m., 247 West 23rd Place. (773) 534-9200.
Oscar DePriest Elementary School on Friday, 2/21, at 1 p.m., 139 S Parkside Avenue. (773) 534-6800.
Benco Family Foundation representatives will be on hand for the event at John Charles Haines Elementary, and invite members of the media to also attend.
Dr. Winifred J. Booker created Lessons in a Lunchbox over two decades ago and has worked to expand its adoption in her larger role as CEO of the Children’s Oral Health Institute. The program’s cornerstone is the ingeniously crafted, carrot-shaped carrying case designed to teach elementary school children the importance of dental hygiene with information in English, Spanish, and braille. Before children receive their bright lunchboxes of treasures (a plastic carrot filled with a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and rinse cup) the group follows a prepared lesson plan and enjoys short films about proper brushing and flossing techniques.
“As access to care continues to be a challenge for the underserved, prevention is a more important part of our strategy than ever before. Lessons in a Lunchbox makes teaching good oral healthcare and nutrition habits at an early age fun and impactful. The program is valuable to every single student it touches because it helps build better educated and healthier communities.”
Rebecca Binder, Executive Director of the Benco Family Foundation.
Since 2015, the Benco Family Foundation has been helping people across the globe through toothbrush donations with its Buy-One-Give-One program. For every PRO-SYS brand adult tapered or antimicrobial toothbrush purchased, the philanthropic arm of America’s largest family-owned dental distributor donates a toothbrush to someone in need. But the Benco Family Foundation is about much more than toothbrushes. Dedicated to improving the dental health and quality of life in its local communities and around the world, it supports over 100 organizations, delivering innovative dental health solutions through monetary donations, as well as free product, to support dental missions, clinics and organizations. The foundation continually reviews new opportunities to underwrite oral health solutions and community resources that are innovative, sustainable, measurable and impactful.
About Benco Dental
Benco Dental Drives Dentistry Forward℠ through innovative solutions and a caring family culture. Company firsts include CenterPoint design/equipment superstores, OneVisit™ open architecture CAD/CAM, Painless® electronic ordering and automated supply management. Independent since founded by Ben Cohen in 1930, Benco has grown to become the country’s largest family-owned dental distributor. Over 1,400 dedicated associates serve customers at locations coast-to-coast including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. Benco is one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for three consecutive years, a NAFE Top Company for Executive Women for two consecutive years, and among Pennsylvania Best Places to Work® for 12 of 14 prior years. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.
A fresh coat of paint can offer a new outlook. But where to begin?
Use the “Color of the Year” selected by Sherwin-Williams (Naval SW 6244) and Benjamin Moore (First Light 2102-70) as starting points at your dental practice.
“Both colors foreshadow a shift in Interior Design trends from cool, gray neutrals to more welcoming, colorful interior spaces. Pair either paint color with white and gold accents for an updated Art Deco look – a trend that is gaining popularity. Or use both colors together to create a classic color palette!”
Sherwin-Williams describes their 2020 “Color of the Year, Naval SW 6244, as a rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence. And, according to the paint experts, “While you may think navy’s been done before – it’s never been done like this.”
Looking beyond the blue, this color is known to offer “infinite calmness and inspiration” whether it is used for the whole room, or just an accent piece.
According to Sherwin-Williams.com “Gold metallic accents and paint colors such as Tarnished Trumpet SW 9026 or Midday SW 6695 bring warmth to navy’s boldness for a pairing that’s meant to be, while shades of green and paint colors such as Kale Green SW 6460 introduce biophilia for a grounding, down-to-earth presence.”
“A fresh palette. A revitalized spirit. A soft, rosy hue blooming with potential.” Benjamin Moore describes their Color of the Year 2020, First Light 2102-70, as “the backdrop for a bright new decade”.
Benjamin Moore’s First Light offers a mixture between both warm and cool color components, which makes it easy to pair. It can be matched with a warm chocolate brown and light mauve, or a light taupe with a cool brown.
“Let’s use color to express ourselves, be a little more upbeat, and happy,” says Hannah Yeo, Color & Design Manager at Benjamin Moore & Co. “We all need that optimism in our lives.”
Ready to begin an adventure in color at your practice?
While these shades vary from two different sides of the color wheel, they can tie together. The colors of the year allow you to express yourself, whether it’s with an accent wall at your dental practice or even a few chairs in your reception area. For expert advice, contact the CenterPoint Design team at 1.800.GOBENCO.
02.10.20 is final day to enter in 2 categories: Dental Specialists and General Dentists.
Brilliant. Exceptional. Dazzling. Apt descriptions for America’s finest young practitioners, the smiles they create, and their commitment to oral health care. Annually, Incisal Edge, the premier lifestyle magazine for dentists nationwide, applauds this excellence with its signature award – the 40 Under 40 honor.
For the 10th consecutive year, the magazine—published by Benco Dental since 1997—will celebrate the 40 Under 40 in its fall editorial coverage, including a series of informative profiles. Nominations will be accepted in two categories, General Dentists and Dental Specialists, through February 10, 2020 at: IncisalEdgeMagazine.com
Incisal Edge’s top 40 Under 40 recognizes innovative and passionate young professionals in dentistry across the U.S. Whether renowned for their medical innovations, volunteer work and philanthropy, or simply a commitment to outstanding patient care, these honorees—nominated by industry experts from around the country and vetted by an independent panel—represent the best of dentistry today, and the promise of even better dentistry tomorrow. Visit IncisalEdgeMagazine.com, where previous year’s winners are spotlighted.
“Recognizing the achievements of America’s brightest rising stars is at the heart of advancing the art and science of dental medicine. At Benco Dental, we’re proud to provide technology and solutions that help doctors drive dentistry forward, so it’s especially gratifying to watch as the best of the best are first nominated by their peers, and then selected by our panel of judges for displaying the highest levels of excellence among young practitioners.”
Chuck Cohen, co-founder of Incisal Edge
Ready to nominate?
To nominate a dentist, visit: IncisalEdgeMagazine.com. Submissions must be completed on or before 11:59 p.m. EST on February 10, 2020. Dentists are welcome to self-nominate and to nominate a colleague or peer.