Women in dentistry: Share your story for a chance to win. #lhpshareyourstory

Last year Dr. Winifred J. Booker (shown) earned The Lucy Hobbs Project Humanitarian Award. Here’s HER story: “By teaching oral health in schools, we’re putting children on the right path to daily care. I’m proud to share ‘Lessons in a Lunchbox’ with my peers to make a difference, one healthy smile at a time,” says Dr. Winifred J. Booker. […]

Christmas in July Pie-the-Manager Fundraiser delivers sweet results at Benco Dental

The Operations team at the home office of the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor added an extra dollop of friendly competition (yes, that’s a whipped cream reference) to fundraising efforts for United Way of Wyoming Valley’s Christmas in July: a Pie-the-Manager contest.

SWEET RESULTS for United Way of Wyoming Valley: $1095 raised in three days by Benco’s Operations Team!

WINNERS (if you consider pie in the face a prize) were Tony Smigelski, Inventory Control Manager and Lisa Fuller, Contact Center Director at Benco Dental, who rallied the most donations.

Where it all began…

Benco Community Boosters launched a contest July 11 at the home office in Northeast Pennsylvania to collect the most pounds of food and highest amount of monetary donations per each departmental team.

The worthy cause: Food is donated to the CEO Weinberg Food Bank and cash donations support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides free books to children in the Wyoming Valley.

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Who upped the ante?

To win the company-wide contest, the Operations team sweetened the incentive.

Operations VP Tom Hart (shown above) says, “I think it was Lisa Fuller’s (shown above) idea to motivate people to give as much money as possible for people in need.”

Next, 12 managers volunteered (Tom Hart, Beth Hastie, Lisa Fuller, Rob Foote, Ann Marie Lawson, Denise Nagle, Tony Smigelski, Bob Hunt, Linda Viti, Christine Lapinski, Kathy Mislitski, and Heather Conrad) and associates purchased raffles for pie-throwing rights.

Sweet results: Associates donated spare change in mason jars to vote, and the managers with the highest and heaviest amounts in their jars earned a pie to the face!

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Just desserts: Michelle Lees and Erika Yedinak won pie-throwing rights after purchasing raffles.

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Secret strategies?

“My strategy is to surprise Lisa with real pies,” joked Tony Smigelski. The Mountain Top resident who noted banana cream as his favorite pie, referred to the fact that the two had agreed on pie tins filled with whipped cream for the contest.

As the festivities got underway this afternoon and Lisa Fuller awaited her whipped cream pie in the face, Smigelski walked to his truck parked nearby and returned with  freshly-baked banana cream and coconut pies.

Though surprised by the switch up, Fuller, a veteran volunteer, was ready for anything.

“I’ve been in a dunk tank before. Dunking is definitely worse,” said the Shavertown resident.

After the pie smashing, she added, “I would have to say coconut cream is my favorite.”

They two received yet another surprise: their teams presented them each with a pie for the road.

UP NEXT: Watch for company-wide contest results and donation totals.

 

To view more images of the day: https://www.facebook.com/pg/bencodental/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155455031431536

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need to Get an Old (like Antique) Prescription Filled?

As someone who loves history, I’m always looking to check out a new museum. Just ask my friends, most of my vacations revolve around visits to museums and historic sites. If it’s old, chances are, I want to go see it.

Now that I’m the unofficial curator of Benco Dental’s dental museum (schedule a visit to CenterPoint East headquarters in northeast Pennsylvania to see it!), I’ve put all sorts of medical museums on my list of places to see, in addition to my usual must-see historic sites. So when I found myself in New Orleans at a conference for digital publishers and noticed a small, or so I thought, museum dedicated to pharmacy on a busy street, I knew I had to make some time to visit.

Formally known as the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, it is housed in the building where America’s first licensed pharmacist, Louis J. Dufilho operated his shop. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic building within the Vieux Carre Historic District.

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Many pharmacies also housed the local soda fountain. Get your prescription filled and order an egg cream while you wait!

In 1804, the State of Louisiana, led by Governor Claiborne, passed a law that required a licensing examination for pharmacists wishing to practice their profession.

Louis J. Dufilho, Jr. was the first to pass the licensing examination in 1816, making his pharmacy the first United States apothecary shop to be conducted on the basis of proven adequacy. Before this, pharmacists did not have to be licensed and dispensed unmeasured doses of medicine and dubious products. While there were numerous healthcare products of limited merit throughout the 19th and early 20th century, at least certain states were starting to realize that pharmacists needed formal training to be helpful.

The museum itself is a tribute to all sorts of medical supplies, some more useful than others. It is also filled with medical cases that rivaled the best antique furniture I’ve seen for beauty and usefulness. The pharmacy of the past was not a sterile environment, by any means!

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All sorts of “cures” for what ailed you are behind these doors.

While disappointed there wasn’t much dedicated specifically to dentistry, I did spy a few dental items mixed in with the hundreds of pharmaceutical products.

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One of a few dental -related items featured at New Orleans Pharmacy Museum.

The museum was deceptively large. Exhibits upstairs were housed in exquisite antique cases, and even featured a recreated sick room of a wealthy New Orleans resident of the mid 1800s.

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The 19th century sickbed.
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Stunning antique cases, filled with glass bottles.

The museum, also the residence of Dr. Dufilho, was equipped with a lovely courtyard and now houses a fountain. Today, the museum hosts events in this historic area.

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The back of the museum, leading to the courtyard.
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The courtyard, leading up to the fountain.

Unfortunately, my trip to the museum was all too short, because I had to get back to the conference (I ran out during a lunch break), but the next time I’m in the Big Easy, I hope to make a more in-depth visit. If you find yourself in the French Quarter, I suggest you take a trip there. The cost to enter is minimal ($5 for adults) and the exhibits are fascinating!

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.

Root canals by day, shredded riffs by night: Dr. Steve Dadaian is, in all senses of the term, a rock-star dentist.

Dentistry came first for Dr. Steve Dadaian as a child, but rock n’ roll wasn’t far behind. His father, Gary, was a dentist in Cresskill, New Jersey, whose practice, Dadaian Dental, was the location for Steve’s first-ever kindergarten field trip. His interest in the arts was spurred by his mother, Jean, a classical pianist and teacher—but […]

A great mind in dentistry creates #OutrageousActsofScience that function as ‘mean mobility machines’.

Have a golf cart, helicopter rescue seat,  fire extinguisher and old lawnmower in your workshop? If you’re Lance Greathouse, with those ingredients and a few others you can create a 15-horsepower wheelchair (five times faster than a normal wheelchair!) complete with a device that produces flames 35 feet long (the length of a bus!). @ScienceChannel […]

Everything Old is New Again, Part 2 in a Series

Our first installment of “Everything Old Is New Again” featured such dental powerhouses as Johnson & Johnson and Hu-Friedy, but the list was far from comprehensive. I was surprised to find that more than a few dental companies have been in existence for several generations. Below are a few more who have been helping dentists longer than some of their patients have been alive.

Pelton & Crane

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1917 Ad for an early Pelton & Crane sterilizer.

Pelton & Crane was founded in 1900 by Dr. R.M. Pelton, a dentist, and Mr. Crane, an electrical engineer, with the purpose of designing and manufacturing a furnace used to bake porcelain inlays.  Today, Pelton & Crane is a leader in innovative cabinetry and operatory equipment. Check out some of their current offerings in Benco Dental’s 2018 Equipment Catalog.

 

Eastman Kodak

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Dental X-rays were fairly new at the time of this ad, above.

George Eastman was crucial in the development of flexible film for personal cameras and for dental x-rays. His company, Eastman Kodak, created the first commercially available prepackaged dental film in 1913. While it’s true that today, dentists are transitioning from film to digital for radiographs, Benco Dental still offers for sale Kodak dental film to those who have yet to make the switch.

 

 

 

 

 

L.D. Caulk

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One of L.D. Caulk’s popular products in 1917.

Better known today as Dentsply Caulk, this company is the world’s largest manufacturer of artificial teeth and consumable dental products. It was created more than 100 years ago in New York City by Dr. Jacob F. Frantz, George H. Whiteley, Dean C. Osborne, and John R. Sheppard. In 1899 these four men (all with experience in the dental business) opened a retail dental supply service under the name The Dentists’ Supply Co. of New York. The four focused at first on manufacturing superior artificial teeth, but gradually moved into creating other dental consumables, such as the Twentieth Century Alloy advertised in “The Dental Cosmos” in 1917. Today, the company remains an innovator in such items as impression material. See their listings in the Impression section of the current Benco Dentist Desk Reference.

The vintage ads above were featured in a journal “The Dental Cosmos, a Monthly Record of Dental Science,” the first enduring national journal for the American dental profession. It published from 1859 to 1936, when it merged with the “Journal of the American Dental Association”. The ads shown here appeared in the December, 1917 edition.

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.