Planning your next vacation? How about one of these dental hot spots.


An oasis of calm in Manhattan. A day by the ocean in Dana Point, California. A walk through history in Sinking Springs, Pennsylvania. A sun-warmed glimpse of Pineapple Grove in Delray Beach, Florida.

Mid-winter vacation escapes? Only for those who consider a dental appointment a respite from reality — or those patients who visit the award-winning dental practices of the 2017 Incisal Edge Design Competition as sponsored by Herman Miller.

Pablo Picasso once described the process of making art as “washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”  Dr. Carlos J. Huerta (shown), as much as an artist with dentistry as Picasso was with paint or clay, uses artwork to “elevate the overall patient experience and ease anxiety,” as he puts it. 

The 1,239 –square-foot Manhattan practice, The Dental Boutique, certainly delivers.  Bottom line: In the heart of bustling New York City, Dr. Huerta’s office is an oasis of calm.

“Patients enjoy the same elements we enjoy,” Dr. Huerta says of himself and his staff: the relaxation, the comfort and the art. The 39-year-old practitioner, who recently earned national recognition for outstanding dental practice design, is among dental and architectural professionals featured in the Incisal Edge winter edition as winners of the magazine’s fourth annual design competition, sponsored by Herman Miller.

Annually, Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals, offers an opportunity for national recognition in outstanding practice design. The magazine’s team canvasses doctors, architects, designers, and students for nominations across four categories, then turns it all over to the blue-ribbon panel of judges. This year’s competition ran from July 25 through September 9.


Dr. Daniel Boehne, Dana Point Endodontics New Construction Award

Award-winning dental practices for 2017 include:


  • New Construction Practice (Tie) – The Dental Boutique, New York, and Dr. Carlos J. Huerta
  • New Construction Practice (Tie) – Dana Point Endodontics, Dana Point, California, and Dr. Daniel Boehne
  • Repurposed Practice – Green Valley Dental, Sinking Spring,

    Drs. A.J. Giesa and Lisa M. Ciabattoni, Green Valley Dental, Repurposed Practice Award

    Pennsylvania, and Drs. A.J. Giesa and Lisa M. Ciabattoni

  • Specialty Practice – Young Dentistry, Delray Beach, Florida, and Dr. Marcie Young
  • Design of the Future – Los Rocas Dentistry, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and Mandy Welman, Monica Wilder and Josh Diehl

 Design of the Future category winners received a $3,000 purse. Four existing dental practices


Dr. Marcie Young, Young Dentistry, Specialty Practice Award

received an Aeron Chair valued at $3,000 provided by Herman Miller, a professional photo session for their practice and a plaque; all winners are profiled in the Incisal Edge winter issue.


To be inspired both aesthetically and dentally, view the winning practices in Incisal Edge magazine at: Incisal Edge, Winter 2017.  Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. For additional information regarding the magazine, visit:

The competition’s juried panel from the dental and architectural worlds included: Tristan Hamilton, DDS, M. ARCH.; Joyce Bassett, DDS, FAACD, FAGD, Phyllis Marshall-Rice, LEED AP, EDAC, and David Bishop, DDS. View their insightful commentary regarding this year’s entries, and gain motivation from previous year’s winners at:


Monica Wilder, Mandy Welman, Josh Diehl of CenterPoint Design, Benco Dental created Los Rocas Dentistry, which earned a win in the contest’s Design of the Future category.

Two opportunities you don’t want to miss at #GNYDM.


Weren’t there for the first moon landing. How about the iPhone debut?

Don’t miss this FIRST.

If you’re headed to the Greater New York Dental Meeting @GNYDM, prepare to see the world’s first mobile intraoral scanner that operates solely on a tablet.

Visit @BencoDental booth 1617 to reach out and touch the 3M Oral CareMobile True Definition Scanner.

Want to gain insight on financial decisions you must get right at your practice?

Cain Watters & Associates’ Charles Loretto will lecture at the Greater New York Dental Meeting November 27-28 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY.

Sign up for his courses today:

* Sunday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. “OWNING YOUR PRACTICE”


* Monday, Nov. 28, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. “SUCCESSFUL DENTAL PARTNERSHIPS”

Register today:

Give the gift of fresh breath to yourself and those around you.


Smelling your own breath, described by as “anatomically challenging” might become a little less difficult if you add Mint to your holiday wish list.

The FDA-approved class I medical device ($99, from Breathometer) not only claims to alert you to your potentially malodorous mouth fumes, it also  “works with your smartphone to help you understand and improve your oral health,” according to the Mint website.



Thankful for ‘Healing’ opportunities


A few weeks ago, a volunteer dental team on a mission of kindness in Puerto Cabezas served children 3 years of age and older, in addition to teens and adults who have no access to dental care.

The dental team from the U.S., operating in partnership with Operation Endeavor and Verbo Church of Puerto Cabezas conducted a dental clinic from October 22 to 30. Up to 70 patients per day were treated at the Verbo orphanage, at the Children’s Feeding Center, and at the ‘salubrista’ homes that function as medical triage facilities in the local community.    


Friendly Benco Dental Rep Rodolfo Rios, shown, volunteered in October as part of the ‘Operation Healing Smiles’ dental team led by his brother Dr. Rick Rios.

Leading the“Operation Healing Smiles” team on their efforts in Nicaragua: Dr. Rick Rios (shown above, second from left), whose practice is located stateside in Ashburn, Virginia

Among others accompanying Dr. Rios as part of the 100 percent volunteer team were his brother, Friendly Benco Rep Rodolfo Rios, and Benco Dental Master Service Technician Russ Jack.

    As a field dental clinic, “Operation Healing Smiles” focused primarily on cleanings and extractions, with simple fillings done, where clinically possible. These procedures alone dramatically improved the dental and medical health of these patients.  

    View a video in which Dr. Rios introduces the dental team, including Russ Jack and Rodolfo:



Q: How can a ‘canine’ tooth help children?

Clockwise, from top left: A blank slate, and Benco Dental associate entries receiving the most associate votes: 2nd Place, "Iron Tooth," created by Benco Dental's Tech Support team, 3rd Place, a Harry Potter - inspired display, by Christina Hernandez & Lauren Rusen, and 1st Place, "Tooth Story" by Dane Bower.

A. When it’s decorated like Slinky Dog (shown above) as part of the “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece” competition.

Now through February 10-12, 2017 -– National Children’s Dental Health Month  —  you can enter a juried art competition, the brainchild of Dr. William Demray, founder of Preservation Dental in Northville, Michigan, and support the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) Dental School Community Outreach Program.

When you donate $20 to decorate a tooth and enter the contest, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the (UDM) Dental School Community Outreach Program efforts to educate parents and children about good oral hygiene. Donations also will support the program’s  Titans for Teeth Mobile Clinic , which reaches out to children who cannot get to the dentist.

How can you participate?

  1. Donate $20 to get your own Michigan-made molar. Click here to participate:
    Then create your Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece and enter it in the juried art competition that will take place – in Northville, MI. (You do not need to be in or from Michigan to enter.)
    Prizes: The grand prize for the “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece” winning tooth-artist 12
    years of age-and-under is $371.00. The prize for the winning tooth-artist 13 years of age or older is $1,111.00.
  2. Not artistic? You can support the effort to bring the mobile dental unit to a school in need, by simply making a donation – and still get your own tooth. Join the troupe of traveling teeth.  Supporters are invited to take the tooth around their hometown – snap a few #toothies at a landmark (aka selfies) and post/tweet them on Instagram or Twitter @toothfall – then pass it on to someone else you think will “play along”.

Last week, the Benco Family Foundation participated by donating to the “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece” competition and inviting Benco Dental associates at the home office of the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor, in Pittston, Pennsylvania to “Decorate a Tooth & Make A Difference.”

At Benco Dental, contest entries that received the most associate votes (shown above, and below) earned prizes sponsored by the company, and will be entered into the national contest through Preservation Dental and displayed at the Northville Square Mall in February 2017 for National Children’s Dental Health Month.


Clockwise, from top left: A blank slate, Benco Dental associate entries receiving the most associate votes: 2nd Place, “Iron Tooth,” created by Benco Dental’s Tech Support team, 3rd Place, a Harry Potter – inspired display, by Christina Hernandez & Lauren Rusen, and 1st Place, “Tooth Story” by Dane Bower.

For complete details on the “Acci-DENTAL Masterpiece” contest, visit

Read more about the project: