Butterfly? Magical mentor? Benco Tooth Fairy illuminates preschoolers #NationalToothFairyDay

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).

Students coloring at Illumination Early Learning Center

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.

Benco Tooth Fairy Pat Motyka with students at Illumination Early Learning Center in Kingston, Pennsylvania.

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.

Open Dental does more when you buy it from Benco Dental

Open Dental by Benco Practice Solutions adds value, convenience and rewards to the powerful, trusted, innovative and robustly supported Open Dental platform.

Open Dental’s do-more dental practice management software (DPMS) does even more when practices purchase it through Benco Dental:

Benco uses Open Dental as the engine to power a seamless, integrated—and growing—software suite that can be bundled with potent functionality from the likes of Dental Intelligence (the #1 analytics software for practice building) and Practice Mojo (the leading automated dental patient communications solution).

Benco customers can earn BluChip rewards points on their Open Dental purchases, and will soon be able to redeem the points they already have toward Open Dental.

Open Dental will soon be available with Benco-designed features and add-ons that deliver unique functionality especially useful for Benco Dental customers.

It’s convenient—your Friendly Benco Rep will be happy to help coordinate an Open Dental demonstration, and you don’t need to create an account with Open Dental to purchase it; simply include it with your regular Benco order and get it all on one bill.

It’s open and affordable—unlike other providers, Open Dental gives Benco customers choice. The price through Benco is exactly the same as buying from Open Dental direct, but with all of the added value especially for Benco customers.

“Benco Dental’s product portfolio is based on our strong belief that open is better than closed, because consumer choice helps spur innovation. Open Dental by Benco Practice Solutions is the perfect option for our customers who have grown accustomed to choosing from a range of best-in-class, innovative solutions rather than restrictive exclusives.”

Ryan Rinaldi, Product Manager for Benco Solutions Software
Ryan Rinaldi, Product Manager for Benco Solutions Software

“Open Dental is built on the idea that dental providers should have access to the best software and to their own data. Partnering with Benco Dental expands the reach of our open-source solution and gives dentists more options by making our product available directly to Benco’s customers, who demonstrate a strong preference for innovative solutions.” 

Nathan Sparks, CEO of Open Dental
Nathan Sparks, CEO of Open Dental

For a demonstration or to learn more, please contact your Friendly Benco Rep, call 1.800.GOBENCO or visit benco.com. 

Easy Denture®, Benco Dental put affordable, one-visit dentures within reach of millions

Innovative dental startup aligns with the nation’s largest independent dental distributor to deliver a solution as simple as boiling water.

Forty million people. For the 14 years since they began practicing dentistry, that number has motivated Drs. Misael and Lindsey Otero to innovate.

According to the Center for Disease Control, in the United States, approximately 40 million people are edentulous – without teeth. This Wilmington, North Carolina-based dental duo resolved to create a solution and today, with Benco Dental, present one that’s a simple as boiling water: Easy Denture.

Reheat. Reform. Reinvent. ™ is the concept behind the company, Sonrisa, which created Easy Denture (shown in comparison to a porcelain denture). Its founders, Drs. Misael and Lindsey Otero, align with Benco Dental, the nation’s largest independent dental distributor to share this solution with their customers. This dental startup established a new category in custom dentures to break down the cost barrier for access to care.

To address what he describes as a void in the health care system, Dr. Otero said they created this new category in custom dentures. How does it work for a dental patient? Dip Easy Denture in boiling water for 60 seconds. Cool for the same amount of time. Align in the mouth and create a seal for 90 seconds. Place denture in cold water to set for 30 seconds. That’s all there is to it. One visit and done.

“What keeps me motivated is to think that with Easy Denture we could potentially be responsible for putting more smiles on more faces than any other dentist or company or institution.”

Dr. Misael Otero

Currently, the process to obtain custom dentures can include three visits to a dental office, three weeks of wait time and upward of $3,000. Easy Denture removes the hurdles with a five-minute process at one tenth of the cost – just several hundred dollars.

“Easy Denture is not a replacement for a high-end cosmetic set. It’s an amazing, perfect solution for an immediate denture, a great replacement for an economy denture.” He also recommended Easy Denture as a transitional or backup denture and as an option for caregivers of those limited by transportation and time constraints. 

Reheat. Reform. Reinvent. ™ is the concept behind the Oteros’ company, Sonrisa, which aligns with Benco Dental, the nation’s largest independent dental distributor to share this solution.  Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest independent dental distributor in the United States, driving dentistry forward through innovative solutions and a caring family culture. Benco delivers a full array of supplies, equipment, technology and services to dentists nationwide. 

“Easy Denture breaks down insurmountable barriers to care for potentially millions of patients worldwide. Until now, the choice was too often traditional dentures or nothing at all in cases where people cannot afford them, or cannot make the multiple office visits necessary to get them. Easy Denture offers a next best thing: an effective, practical alternative that brings treatment within reach.”

Mike DePietro, Benco Dental Marketing Product Manager for Easy Denture.
Benco Dental aligns with Sonrisa and its founders, Drs. Misael and Lindsey Otero, to deliver their unique offering, Easy Denture, to dentists nationwide. Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, shown, is the largest independent dental distributor in the United States. Benco drives dentistry forward through innovative solutions and caring family culture, while delivering a full array of supplies, equipment, technology and services to dentists nationwide.

Realizing the gap in adequate health care access is a global problem, Dr. Otero takes heart in the far-reaching possibilities for Easy Denture as a change agent. “I think there is a huge opportunity to help here with mission trips. With Easy Denture all you need is boiling water. Hot water, 10 minutes, and every dental patient can walk out with teeth,” said Dr. Otero.

To learn more, please contact your Friendly Benco Rep, call 1.800.GO.BENCO or visit benco.com. 

ABOUT SONRISA


Founded by Drs. Misael and Lindsey Otero, Sonrisa aims to fundamentally and forever change how oral care products are manufactured and delivered to consumers. The company is based upon the idea that every person–regardless of their socioeconomic status–should have access to oral care solutions that improve their life.

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.

Benco Family Foundation Schedules Trio of Lessons in a Lunchbox Events for Chicago Schools

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.

The program’s bright orange lunchboxes each contain a plastic carrot complete with toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and rinse cup.

“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.

How the dental practice can optimize the 2020 Colors of the Year.

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!”

Megan Chuzas, Interior Designer with Benco Dental CenterPoint Design.

Anchors aweigh with calming Naval

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.”

Read more at: https://www.sherwin-williams.com/architects-specifiers-designers/inspiration/color-forecast/2020-color-forecast/2020-color-of-the-year-naval

The First Light for a ‘bright new decade’

“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.”

Read more:https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/color-palettes/color-of-the-year-trends-2020

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.

Deadline extended for America’s best young dentists to nominate for Incisal Edge 40 Under 40

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

Nomination deadline extended to February 10, 2020.

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.

Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, will honor America’s finest young practitioners for the 10th consecutive year. Nominations for this year’s top 40 Under 40 will be accepted through February 10, 2020 at: IncisalEdgeMagazine.com Shown, the opening page of 2019’s editorial coverage.

“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.

New Benco Dental CRO brings more than 2 decades of expertise in healthcare, sales

Nation’s largest privately-owned dental distributor welcomes Katy Cohen to senior leadership team

A strategic national sales and marketing leader joins the nation’s largest independently-owned dental distributor as its Chief Revenue Officer. Katy Cohen’s expertise in highly scientific and complex industries aligns with her role as a new member of the senior leadership team at Benco Dental.

“It’s a testament to our strong position in the marketplace that we’re able to attract highly skilled and proven leaders like Katy to help fulfill our mission of driving dentistry forward. We’re excited to welcome Katy to our executive team at a time when advances in dental healthcare are occurring faster than ever before and driving new opportunities.”

Chuck Cohen, Managing Director at Benco Dental.

Most recently, Katy Cohen led sales efforts as Vice President with McKesson Corporation, one of the world’s largest medical supply distribution companies, overseeing the Ambulatory Surgery and Community Health sectors. Her extensive sales and coaching experience with other Fortune 500 companies include roles with healthcare logistics authority Owens & Minor, and with a medical device division of Johnson & Johnson. Cohen began her sales journey at SMED international, a modular interior and furniture company after earning a B.S. degree in Marketing from Longwood University, Virginia.

“Benco Dental is front and center with an ambitious mission to lead in disrupting the dental healthcare industry through innovative technologies, game-changing offerings and superior customer care. I’m thrilled to be joining a company with a rich history and proven track record of putting customers first, and I look forward to growing sales by delivering products and services that help dentists compete more effectively in today’s dynamic business environment.”

Katy Cohen, Chief Revenue Officer for Benco

Cohen and her husband Greg are relocating their family, including their two sons Gregory and Edward, from Virginia to Pennsylvania.

Katy Cohen shares a surname with Benco Dental owners, the Cohen family, but is not related.

For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

About Benco Dental

Benco’s mission: Drive Dentistry Forward℠ through innovative solutions and our caring family culture. 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, the company 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.

Lewis Berk and Leah Berk stand facing and smiling at the camera at a trade show. Behind them is a graphic representing an ion with the words Pulpdent right above it.

Pulpdent's Family Lineage Remains at Company Core

As a young boy, Pulpdent Corporation founder Dr. Harold Berk quickly discovered his calling to help the less fortunate restore their smiles. He later pursued a dental degree, studying at the Forsyth Dental Infirmary in Boston, which focused primarily on the oral health needs of Boston’s disadvantaged children and provided advanced clinical training for graduate dentists. There, he developed a paste that would support the natural healing process for patients in the Bay State and around the world.  

That product was Pulpdent, a premixed calcium hydroxide paste used for treatments like pulp and root canal therapy. Dr. Berk began selling the product in 1947. Today, Pulpdent Corporation’s third generation, Leah Berk, Pulpdent Media and Communications Manager, and cousin Lewis Berk, Pulpdent Strategic Operations Manager, work with their family to continue a legacy that began over 70 years ago.

“Dr. Harold Berk was my grandfather, and company founder. Dr. Berk and Benjamin Rower started a company to manufacture and market the product known as Pulpdent Paste. The company name was eventually changed to the Pulpdent Corporation in honor of Dr. Berk’s original product.”

Leah Berk, Pulpdent Media and Communications Manager.

Today, the multi-million dollar company is a world leader in esthetic bioactive restorative dental materials. Leah, with the company four years, plays a significant role marketing the company’s wide array of award-winning products and its mission.

“My role is to create, package and distribute content for print and digital media channels. I help tell the story of Pulpdent, our products and the people who use them. One of the highlights of my job has been the opportunity to collaborate with practitioners and industry thought leaders to develop content pieces that educate and inspire clinicians.”  

Leah Berk, Pulpdent Media and Communications Manager.

She is not alone in her quest. Five family members also work to grow and manage the dental business in Watertown, Massachusetts as part of Pulpdent’s leadership team.

They include Dr. Harold Berk’s sons — the second generation — Ken, Fred and Don, and his grandchildren — the third generation — Lewis Berk, Strategic Operations Manager and Leah.

The Pulpdent family team thrives together; it’s no wonder why the company has continued to grow and provide dental products for industry professionals for nearly eight decades.

“We have two generations working together with complementary skill sets and are continuously learning from one another. The older generation has over 130 years of combined dental industry knowledge, while the younger generation has experience with newer technologies and social media. Having grown up together, we know what makes each of us “tick” and how to communicate effectively with one another.”

Leah Berk, Pulpdent Media and Communications Manager.

Family collaboration and company growth has enabled Pulpdent Corporation to add new and innovative products to its dental catalog. Most recently, the company has introduced the first light cure composite designed to mimic the properties of natural teeth: ACTIVA Presto.

ACTIVA BioACTIVE products help stimulate the formation of apatite (the building blocks of teeth), chemically bonds to teeth and help protect against decay. The products in this line are the first dental resins with a bioactive ionic resin matrix, shock-absorbing rubberized resin and reactive ionomer glass fillers. The material actively participates in cycles of ionic exchange, which helps tooth maintenance and oral health.

Learn more about the product line here.

How can a family business partnership thrive?

Leah shares advice for aspiring family partnership:

“Capitalize on each family member’s unique skills and experience. Have everyone play to their strengths and find ways to compensate for their weaknesses. Understand that what may be obvious to one family member may not make sense to someone else. Take the time to explain and re-explain your ideas and realize that it takes time for everyone, even family members, to assimilate new information.”

Leah Berk, Pulpdent’s Media and Communications Manager.

It also helps to spend time outside the office together.
Leah says she and her family have fun outside the dental industry. They often spend their summers together on the sandy shores of Cape Cod, swimming, boating, playing tennis and grilling.

“We all love to cook and often have potluck dinners together,” added Leah.

Want to learn more about ACTIVA BioACTIVE?

Contact your Friendly Benco Rep or visit Benco.com