How to Choose Flooring for Your Dental Practice

Flooring that will stand the test of time is as essential as choosing a comfortable, sturdy dental chair at a dental practice. You want your patient to feel secure. You want the dexterity to give them a perfect smile; likewise, you want vinyl flooring that’s safe, durable and attractive so you can give your patients excellent care in a stylish environment.

“In the world of dentistry, we have seen Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) become a staple of the dental office floor. These floors can be found almost always in operatories, but we have also seen a trend using this material not only in the clinical area, but within the whole office.”

Amanda Griffith, CenterPoint Design Interior Designer
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Lineate flooring by Mohawk Group

The Mohawk Group offers contemporary Luxury Vinyl Tile (shown above) style that looks great in an operatory, office or reception room. Before you begin your design plans, there are factors to chew over. Maybe you’re expanding your practice or are planning to start your first. Here are five things to consider before you buy a vinyl floor:

Durability

When you purchase flooring, especially if it’s your first time, it’s important to remember you’re buying commercial vinyl—not home flooring. LVT should have at least a 20-mil wear layer (the thickness of the wear layer is measured in mils, and wear layers are typically 6, 12 or 20 mils thick). This will enable it to withstand heavy foot and equipment traffic.

Commercial vinyl flooring typically ranges in thickness from 2.5 mm to 3 mm. Some businesses install vinyl up to 5 mm, which allows the floor to match the height of carpet.

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The image features Shaw Contact “Cut” with a Cacoa finish in 18″ x 18″ sections.

The photo above features Shaw Contact’s “Cut” VLT with two-to-three vertical accents in either brass metallic or nickel metallic. The unique visual of Cut mimics natural end-cut wood floors in which individual woodblock tiles connect in an imperfect, organic installation; therefore, individual woodblock visuals do not align.

“LVT has come a long way over the years with high-performance value, an array of aesthetic designs, and many benefits such as durability, cleanability, water resistance, price, life span, and maintenance.”

Amanda Griffith, CenterPoint Design Interior Designer

Texture & Size

Not all LVT surfaces are similar. Some are smoother than others. The smoother the LVT is, the more likely the surface will become slippery. Smooth surfaces can also quickly show imperfections in heavily-trafficked areas. If you have a busy dental office, it’s best to choose a surface that’s textured to avoid accidents. The vinyl also maintains its appearance.

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Oxidized by Patcraft; photo grab from patcraft.com

Vinyl flooring is either installed as planks or tiles and come in various sizes. The photo above shows Oxidized tiles by Patcraft. Most tiles come in a range from 12” x 12”, 12″ x 24”, 18” x 18” and 24” x 24.” Planks can be anywhere from 4″ to 9″ wide to 36″ to 72″ in length. Plank and tile both serve the same purpose, to give you an appealing, durable floor for your operatory.

Appearance

Strength is an essential factor in flooring. But if it doesn’t look good, why buy it? The LVT you purchase will be in your office for years, if not decades. Choosing vinyl that enhances your practice’s appeal will introduce a modern allure your patients will appreciate.

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Amtico Wood by Mannington; screengrab from manningtoncommercial.com

Mannington Commercial provides a wide-array of LVT design options. From their robust Aura Amtico Northern Wonder LVT, a vibrant-to-dark blend of green panels, to their Amtico Wood, a conventional yet modern LVT that can fit into any design (seen above). Mannington has dozens of motifs to match your existing or planned dentistry.

Maintenance 

Many dentists choose to put LVT throughout their practices because it provides a safe, elegant appearance with little maintenance. Shaw Contact features ExoGuardTM, an exclusive urethane finish that protects against commercial traffic and requires no polishing.

ExoGuardTM consists of two elements. First, a top coat adds resistance to scratches, scuffing, and staining. Second, a primer coat — a layer added to the topcoat — adds adhesion and durability. Having LVT with this type of top layer can reduce the frequency and cost of cleaning services, saving you time and money.

Lifespan 

Luxury vinyl floors are designed to last. Every LVT floor provider mentioned in this article offers a limited commercial 10-year warranty at a minimum. That means if your vinyl floor becomes damaged under normal wear-and-tear, you can get sections or your entire floor repaired or replaced.

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Indigenous Earth by Tarkett; photo grab from tarkett.com

Tarkett has an excellent warranty for their Indigenous Earth Collection (photo above). They offer a 20-year limited warranty. Vinyl flooring from these manufacturers is likely to last for 20, 30 years or more.

Like any new product you buy, you want to see it, touch it—even walk on it! If you’re ready to order new LVT for your practice, visit one of three CenterPoint Design showrooms of the nation’s leading dental supplier, Benco Dental.

“Whether you are refreshing an old space or building new, LVT is a great option,” Amanda Griffith

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Disclaimer: Warranty claims are subject to manufacturer approval. 

Arguments for equality in dentistry and in life #tbt #WomensEqualityDay

The blog is part of a series paying tribute to pioneers in dentistry. Celebrate changemaking women in dentistry at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration, set for October 3-5 at The Blackstone in Chicago. Register today: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

I am writing this post on August 26, #WomensEqualityDay. It’s the 99th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, that gave women the right to vote. Today, I’m focusing on a few voices that advocated for and against allowing women to practice dentistry. There were many against, but only a few brave souls who felt women were equal to men and that dentistry was a place where women could excel.

Sarah Grimke, Early Suffragette
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I ask no favors for my sex. All I ask our brethren is that they will take their feet off our necks. – Sarah Grimke, early suffragette.

Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor

The Dental Times Dispute

If you follow The Lucy Hobbs Project, you’re familiar with the story of Lucy Hobbs, the young woman who sought a career as a dentist, but was constantly denied entrance to dental school based solely on her gender. This was common across a range of educational institutes; law schools, medical schools, and dental schools, among others, frequently denied women admittance to their programs.

Dental Times

Around the same time Lucy Hobbs was finishing up her dental studies in Ohio, a dispute was brewing in Pennsylvania between the pages of The Dental Times, featuring arguments both for and against allowing women to be dentists.

The 1866, Volume III, Number 4 issue of The Dental Times featured two articles, one advocating for women in dentistry, and the other arguing they are “not fitted physically for such taxing work”.

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The first article is the Valedictory address of James Truman, DDS, dean of the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery from 1865-1876. In it, he states:

The recognition of the right of every human being to an equal share in the privileges that we enjoy, has not yet become a principle of faith and practice, as I think it should. We say to one-half of the human family, stitch, stitch, darn stockings, make shoes for a shilling, stand behind counters for two or three dollars per week, do anything, but don’t enter the sacred precincts that we have marked out for our peculiar benefit…Talent is of no sex, color or clime…

This thought was revolutionary for the time and Dr. Truman knew it.

…It may be that I stand alone in these views, both with the Faculty of this College and the audience; but I trust not, as in my judgement, the advancement of the world depends, to a large extent, upon their adoption.

The Opposing View

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Within the same scientific journal, there came the opposing view, with the glaring title, “Dental Surgery – Should Females Practice It?” Its author, Dr. George T. Barker, editor of The Dental Times, emphatically believed women were not suited for the physical rigors of dentistry.

Dr. Barker states, in part:

Should females be encouraged to enter the dental profession? I contend they should not, and it is with no disrespect that the assertion is made. The same reason holds good against females practicing dentistry that it does against a feeble male, for the reasons as previously stated. The very form and structure of a woman unfit her for its duties…

By 1872, three women were admitted to the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery; however, after completing the first year, they were not allowed to return because they were women. When that occurred, there was a dissenting vote by a member of the faculty. The matter then was brought to a committee of members of the board, who rendered the decision that “a student could not be cast out without due cause.” In 1874, two of the three women graduated from the college. Obviously some agreed with Dean Truman, regarding women in dentistry.

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On this #WomensEqualityDay, we are glad that more and more people are of the mind of Dr. Truman rather than Dr. Barker. Here’s to more women in dentistry and to the pioneers, like Lucy Hobbs Taylor, Henriette Hirschfeld, and others who defied convention to become dentists.

Next year, the 19th Amendment turns 100! Here’s to more “firsts” for women!

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.

Dr. Charmaine Ng is a Woman to Watch in dentistry

This fall, the Lucy Hobbs Project will host its 7th annual Celebration honoring women in dentistry. The event, hosted in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists on October 3-5, 2019 at The Blackstone, Chicago will feature a lineup of inspirational and insightful guest speakers and panelists in line with the theme, Mind+Body+Spirit and close with a give back session to benefit the nonprofit organization Let It Be Us. (Register today:  https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/ )

Expect to be wowed.

Each year, though, the Celebration’s high point cannot be matched by any of these spectacular speakers and events. When The Lucy Hobbs Project Awards are presented to six indomitable women who are reshaping the profession of dentistry, awe-inspiring moments ensue.

As the applause dies down and each person is introduced, those in attendance have an opportunity to view the change one person can affect in the world.
This year, one of those changemakers is Charmaine Ng, DMD, recipient of the Lucy Hobbs Project Woman to Watch Award.

Ready to be inspired by Charmaine Ng, DMD?

Most of Dr. Charmaine Ng’s patients are experiencing homelessness or struggling with other barriers to quality healthcare; she aims to restore tooth function and self-confidence through dentistry, while providing integrated care.

To meet the needs of the underserved in her community, Dr. Ng created a dental program, HealthRIGHT360, in San Francisco, California. As the Founding Dental Director, she developed a whole body, integrated care approach that utilized the dental, medical, medical assisted therapy (MAT), and behavioral health services on site after early years dedicated to volunteerism.

What fueled her passion for giving back?

As an undergraduate student at University of California San Diego, Charmaine Ng dedicated her efforts with a student-run free dental clinic, and this passion for service led her to A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health to pursue a career in dentistry. Inspired by her educational experience, she continued to serve on the School’s alumni board for six years after graduation.

By engaging in local community health committees and the San Francisco Dental Society, she gathered data and assessed the needs of the community to expand HealthRIGHT360’s clinical site and also the scope of the practice to children who have limited access to dental care.

Dr. Ng is an American College of Dentists’ Fellow 2019 

Meet Dr. Ng and hear more about her incredible journey at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration! Bring the whole team. Register today: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Benco Dental announces strategic collaboration with Dental Intelligence

The nation’s largest independent dental distributor aligns with Utah-based leader in the industry known for top software used to track, analyze, manage and grow dental practices.

Dental Intelligence, a leader in helping dental practices use actionable data to improve patient care, team collaboration, and practice profitability, aligns with Benco Dental, the nation’s largest independent dental distributor. Their shared goal: helping all dentists in the United States grow in ways that are important to them and their patients.

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“All of us at Dental Intelligence are thrilled with this opportunity to be aligned with a dynamic organization like Benco. We love how focused they are on addressing and resolving the many unique challenges faced by the dental industry today.”

Weston Lunsford, CEO at Dental Intelligence.
Weston Lunsford, CEO at Dental Intelligence.

“Our company has a single vision: To help dental practices to do more and even better dentistry, more efficiently. Everything we do revolves around this purpose – and we’re passionate about succeeding. Benco’s commitment to helping the practices they work with achieve greater success makes them an ideal partner for Dental Intelligence. We’re so excited to work together,” says Weston Lunsford, CEO at Dental Intelligence.

The Pleasant Grove, Utah-based company connects to a doctor’s Practice Management Software, then analyzes instantly, automates, finds opportunities, and communicates. Dental Intelligence smart tools work to make sure nothing falls through the cracks, while saving time, helping more patients, and increasing production. Among the smart tools:

  • Morning Huddle, a presentation automated with the click of a button, that in 15 minutes unites the dental team with clear and measurable goals, reviews yesterday, today, tomorrow and next week, celebrates victories and creates teaching moments.
  • Call Insight, a smart caller ID that improves patient experience and displays valuable patient opportunities.
  • Today’s Follow Ups, a daily communication assistant, auto-generates call lists for appointment confirmations, hygiene recare and unscheduled treatment.

“Benco Dental and Dental Intelligence share a passion for innovating to help dentists achieve more,” said Terry Barrett, Chief Marketing Officer at Benco Dental.

Terry J. Barrett, Benco Dental Chief Marketing Officer

“This product delivers measurable results through a remarkable combination of hindsight, insight and foresight so users learn from what has already happened, respond better to what’s happening now and anticipate how to react smarter and more efficiently in the future.”

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. Benco Dental firsts include Painless® electronic ordering, automated supply management, BluChip®customer loyalty rewards, CenterPoint design/equipment superstores and OneVisitTM open architecture CAD/CAM. Over 1,500 dedicated associates serve customers nationwide including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. Benco has been named one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for three consecutive years.

To learn more about Dental Intelligence software, used by thousands of dentists to manage and grow their practices.  please visit: https://offers.dentalintel.com/benco-snapshot

ABOUT DENTAL INTELLIGENCE
Dental Intelligence is the world’s smartest software used by thousands of dentists to manage and grow their practices. Dental Intelligence simplifies the team’s daily activities that are most important in improving patient health and increasing profitability in the practice. To learn more, visit http://www.dentalintel.com/

ABOUT BENCO DENTAL
Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained focused on its unique mission to drive dentistry forward through innovative solutions and caring family culture. Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Incisal Edge named finalist in 9 categories for 2019 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards

This prestigious recognition in the publishing community benchmarks excellence in editorial and design. Winners will be announced October 30 in NYC.

Incisal Edge has earned finalist status in nine categories for the 2019 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards that celebrate uncompromising journalism and gorgeous design across all sectors of publishing.

The nation’s premier dental lifestyle magazine — Incisal Edge, published by Benco Dental since 1997 — is recognized for its offerings across digital and print media, as well as video. Winners will be announced during a celebratory gala on October 30 during The Folio: Show at the Hilton Midtown in New York City.

Incisal Edge has earned finalist status in nine categories for the 2019 FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards that celebrate uncompromising journalism and gorgeous design across all sectors of publishing.

Categories in which Incisal Edge is recognized include:

Eddies, awards for journalism

  • Column / Blog, B2B, Healthcare / Medical / Nursing: Incisal Edge, Larry’s Collection – Benco Dental (shown below)
  • Series of Articles, B2B, Healthcare / Medical / Nursing: Incisal Edge, Design Features – Benco Dental (shown below)
  • Video, B2B, Healthcare / Medical / Nursing: Incisal Edge, “I Am Lucy Hobbs” – Benco Dental (shown below)
  • Website, B2B, Healthcare / Medical / Nursing: Incisal Edge, IncisalEdgeMagazine.com – Benco Dental (shown below)

Ozzies, awards for design

  • Cover Design, B2B, Above 100,000 Circulation: Incisal Edge, Fall 2018 – Benco Dental (shown at top)
  • Feature Design, B2B, Above 100,000 Circulation: Incisal Edge, 40 Under 40: the 8th annual Kind of Blue, Fall 2018 – Benco Dental (shown below)
  • Overall Design (Single Magazine Issue), B2B: Incisal Edge, True North: Winter 2019 – Benco Dental (shown below)
  • Photography, B2B, Print: Incisal Edge, True North: Winter 2019 – Benco Dental (shown below)
  • Site Design, B2B: Incisal Edge, IncisalEdgeMagazine.com – Benco Dental (shown below)

The Folio: team, along with their panel of 200+ judges, received more than 2,000 entries submitted this year in 33 categories. Other publishers among the 2019 finalists are: ESPN the Magazine, Forbes Media, Hearst Magazines, Meredith Corporation and Variety. View the full list here.

“The Eddie & Ozzie Awards recognize the pillars of magazine and digital publishing—outstanding journalism and content, photography, design, and the extremely talented people who produce it,” said Caysey Welton, Content Director at Folio:.

Incisal Edge is a previous recipient of an Ozzie Award for Under40Summit.com in the category of Site Design for in 2018. To learn more about Incisal Edge, visit: http://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/

From HGTV straight to your dental practice!

If you can’t get enough of the amazing creations of Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines (shown) think about incorporating one of the stylish wall coverings from Joanna’s Magnolia Home Collection into your dental practice. Available through CenterPoint Design at Benco Dental, these unique designs are distributed by Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering

Shown above, a dental operatory at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint East showroom that features stylish wall covering Avenue WC, from Joanna’s Magnolia Home Collection as distributed by Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering.

“We at Centerpoint Design choose to use wallcovering in many different areas, for many different reasons,”  says Megan Chuzas, Interior Designer at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design.

“A larger scale pattern can be used to draw attention to a well-lighted logo wall.  In restrooms, wall covering is often a code requirement in order to help with infection control and clean-ability.  In high-traffic areas, wall covering is used to provide added wall protection.” 

Megan Chuzas, Interior Designer with Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design group.

Known for her modern farmhouse style, Joanna Gaines incorporates classic designs in her collection, staying true to her brand, while still making them feel current and on trend. Many of her designs are subtle enough to be used throughout an entire space. While others that are larger in scale or made of natural materials, are more well-suited for accent areas or a feature wall. 

Stylish wall covering styles from Joanna’s Magnolia Home Collection and available through CenterPoint Design at Benco Dental, distributed by Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering.

Welcoming and comfortable with a dash of charm, classic farmhouse style is more popular than ever thanks to shows like HGTV’s Fixer Upper. In response to the minimalist trend that was popular in the 1990s and early 2000s, people are now embracing the tradition and surrounding themselves in an environment that makes them feel right at home.

“There are a number of other creative ways to incorporate wall covering into your office design.  Work with a Centerpoint Designer to find out how,” adds Megan Chuzas, CenterPoint Interior Designer at Benco Dental.

Want to add Joanna Gaines’ wall coverings into your dental practice?

Call 1.800.GOBENCO today.

Are you prepared for Dental Infection Control Awareness Month?

Dental Infection Control Awareness Month #DICAM19 is an annual, month-long campaign in September that shares the latest Center for Disease Control CDC information. Its aim: to build patient trust by sharing the stories of how dental teams practice patient safety.

The dental profession is taking impressive measure to keep patients safe. Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention has created a toolkit at OSAP.com to encourage dental practices to “Take Safety Viral!” and help promote patient safety and awareness

“Each week, we will be showcasing one specific element of dental infection control. We encourage you to participate, even if your focus is on a different aspect of dental infection control than what our weekly theme is.”

Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention

Their suggested schedule for the month of September is as follows:

Week one (09/01 – 09/07): Hand Hygiene

Week two (09/08 – 09/14): Dental Unit Waterlines

Week three (09/15 – 09/21): Personal Protective Equipment

Week four (09/22 – 09/30): Instrument Sterilization

Visit for resources: https://www.osap.org/mpage/dicamresources

Follow OSAP on social media

Need a mission portfolio for your new dental practice design?

Today is the deadline to register for a two- day Build Your Future design workshop (September 19-20) that will be hosted at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint East in Pittston, Pennsylvania. Call 1.800.GOBENCO or see your Friendly Benco Dental Rep for details. More: https://www.facebook.com/events/2229545497362002/?ti=icl

Dental office design is not just about choosing the most beautiful color schemes, light fixtures or wallpaper. Those topics merely skim the surface. The Build Your Future workshops presented by Benco Dental and led by Dr. Tristan Hamilton, revolve around the architectural design fundamentals that promote less stress and optimum efficiency, providing for a happier, healthier way of life.

Create a mission portfolio

Dr. Tristan Hamilton shares these tips below to get started:

Also known as vision boards, mission portfolios allow doctors to view their goals and inspirations. These portfolios act as a check and balance system between the doctor’s wants and the project itself.

Since there are so many working parts todesigning an office, it’s important to keep track of all of them.

The mission portfolios offer a platform to answer questions such as:

  • How many operatories will the practice have?
  • Do you want an existing space, or would you prefer to build one?
  • How much external car traffic do you seek outside of your practice?
    • Are you aiming for pedestrian traffic?

Sites like Houzz.com or Pinterest allow doctors to set up all of their favorite inspirations in one list. Having this list leads to better communication with the interior designers, which ultimately results in an amazing animation of the client’s needs and the designer’s ideas.

What can attendees expect?

Those who attend can earn 8.5 CE credits and gain insight on the following topics:
* “Financing- Putting it All Together” with Charles Loretto, Partner, Cain Watters & Associates President, National Dental Placements 
* “Practice Management Coaching” with Kay Huff, Benco Dental Director of Dental Coaching. 
* “The Power of Interior Design” with Melissa Sprau, NCIDQ, Benco Dental, Manager, CenterPoint Design

Ready to register for an upcoming event?

Call 1.800.GO.BENCO or see your Friendly Benco Dental Rep for details. Don’t miss the August deadline for the September 19-20 event.

  • September 19-20, 2019 – CenterPoint East, Pittston, PA
  • November 7-8, 2019 – CenterPoint West, Costa Mesa, CA
  • January 16-17, 2020 -CenterPoint West, Costa Mesa, CA
  • April 16-17, 2020 – CenterPoint Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • June 18-19, 2020 – CenterPoint East, Pittston, PA
  • September 10-11, 2020 – CenterPoint West, Costa Mesa, CA
  • November 5-6, 2020 – CenterPoint Dallas, Dallas, TX

*Dates and locations are subject to change.

Ready to Design the Future?

The 2020 Incisal Edge Design Competition, for a seventh straight year, aims to reward creativity and innovation in dental practice design. This year’s challenge for visionaries everywhere: Big Design Statement, Small Space in the Incisal Edge Design of the Future category.

Who can enter?

Students, architects, interior designers, dentists, anyone with the vision to create a workplace for the dental patients and practitioners of tomorrow are invited to enter by Incisal Edge, the country’s premier dental lifestyle magazine.

What can you win?

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • $2,000 prize
  • an “Incisal Edge Design of the Future Winner” seal to be used in a portfolio
  • a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s spring 2020 issue

Second prize winners will receive:

  • $1000 prize

Learn more about Design of the Future contest details

Select Design of the Future and complete the corresponding nomination form at IEDesignContest.com

Entries will be accepted through November 29, 2019 for Design of the Future category. A juried panel of experts from the dental and architectural worlds will pick the most striking designs.

Read about the 2019 award winners, including RiNo dental, created by Alexis Wilson here.

A 2017 Syracuse University graduate, Alexis Wilson was interested in ways to help people combat their fear of the dentist. She got intrigued by “forest bathing,” a concept—especially popular in Japan—“where you’re just in the forest, absorbing the atmosphere,” Wilson told Incisal Edge. “I had the idea to create a nature-inspired interior but add some personality as well.” Her design for RiNo Dental, shown above, earned the 2019 Design of the Future grand prize in the Incisal Edge Design Competition.

Ready to enter? Get started.

http://www.iedesigncontest.com/2020-entry-forms/

For complete contest terms and conditions visit: https://www.benco.com/contest-instructions/

Clowning around to provide free oral care for kids in AZ

Dr. Brianna Hillier partners with Ronald McDonald to provide free oral care for kids in out-of-the-way southern Arizona.

The Director of Dental Services at Chiricahua Community Health Center helps the people of Cochise County by offering oral care to all regardless of ability to pay. Through its partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona, it’s able to redouble its efforts for pediatric patients. Dr. Hillier shares the story with Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine:

“When the Chiricahua Community Health Center’s Molar Patroller couldn’t take its services on the road any longer, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile pulled up to save the day. The community health center and the famed burger clown’s eponymous charity house, you see, are now partnering to provide free oral-health care to children in Cochise County, a rural outpost in far southeastern Arizona.”

Reports Rebecca Chieffallo, Incisal Edge
Dental assistant Denise Godoy welcomes a new young patient to the mobile clinic.

According to the story, CCHCI’s dentists work out of the Care Mobile, a dental office that travels to schools and communities throughout the immense county, which is roughly the size of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined. CCHCI’s own delightfully named Molar Patroller operated for a decade until 2014, when the group determined the vehicle had become outdated. Patients, Dr. Hillier reports, can’t wait to see the new ride.

“[Parents] would come in for checkups and say they really missed seeing us out at the schools, and the kids did as well. When they heard we were coming back, they were very excited.”

Dr. Brianna Hillier, Director of Dental Services at Chiricahua Community Health Center

Read the full interview and learn how you can help: https://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/mag/article/clowning-around/