Anne Duffy comes full circle to uplift women in dentistry #InternationalWomensDay

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, Founder and Owner of DeW (Dental Entrepreneur Woman) Life Magazine

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. 

Become a member of the DeW Life Crew at https://www.dew.life/

DeW Life joins The Lucy Hobbs Project
in celebrating women in dentistry

Dew Life Founder Anne Duffy, left, and Guest Panelist Amanda Butterworth, RDH, pay tribute to Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the first female to earn a dental degree in the U.S. at Benco’s 2019 Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration in Chicago.
(Benco Dental/Michael John Gentle)

Last October at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, Anne Duffy supported women in the profession at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration hosted by Benco Dental.

Nominate an outstanding woman in dentistry for this year’s Lucy Hobbs Project Awards: https://goben.co/2tMwjv3

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.
Dew Life Founder Anne Duffy, left, and Benco Dental Director of Coaching, Kay Huff, right, celebrate their friend and colleague Linda Miles, recipient of the 2019 Lucy Hobbs Project Industry Icon Award, at Benco’s Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration in Chicago.
(Benco Dental/Michael John Gentle)

Join The Lucy Hobbs Project today at: TheLucyHobbsProject.com

About the blogger

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 kandice@inspirededucationwellness.com  

Thank a dentist tomorrow on #NationalDentistDay

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.

If you’re stumped for a few other ways to show your appreciation, Chris Barnard shared seven suggestions in a blog at the Social Dental Network:

“1. Be the first of your friends to post a smile selfie on your dentist’s Facebook or Instagram page – and be sure to use the #NationalDentistsDay hashtag!

2. If you’ve been neglecting any dental treatment, schedule an appointment to get it done.

3. Show off your smile, more. Every day. Multiple times a day.

4. Be more diligent with your daily dental hygiene regimen of brushing for #2min2x a day & flossing daily.

5. If you happen to be lucky enough to actually be at your dentist’s office on National Dentist’s Day, snap a pic with them & post it on your Facebook.

6. Educate your children, family, & friends about the importance of oral health and the connection to overall health.

7. Schedule and KEEP your next dental checkup & teeth cleaning.

Social Dental Network Managing Editor Chris Barnard

Dental distributor Benco Dental celebrates all dentists with a look at dentistry, past and present. View the video below and watch for more tomorrow on Benco’s social channels:

Facebook: @BencoDental
Instagram: @BencoDental
Twitter: @BencoDental

Benco Dental Video/Allison Simenkiewicz

How the 1st female dentist in the U.S. Army survived the 1906 California ‘Exodus’ #womenshistorymonth

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.

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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

Starting Again

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.

Where is healthcare design headed in 2020? #HCDcon #mondaymotivation

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.
Pastel tones (shown) took center stage at the Healthcare Design Expo in New Orleans. Shown are some vinyl options from Architex.
Patcraft flooring, Mark Making, shown, was created by a designer known for her watercolors. She used repetitive stokes to create this pattern.
  • 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.
Herman Miller offers modifiable products to accommodate the innovations that doctors are looking to incorporate at their practices.
Herman Miller, above, 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.
Let’s talk textiles. Architex showed beautiful vinyl options (shown, above).

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.

Ready for more #MondayMotivation?

View more from the conference here.
Watch for an update after the next Expo, which will take place November 7-10, 2020 in Nashville, TN.

Me taking in the New Orleans scene at Healthcare Design Expo & Conference #HCDcon

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.

AERAS 500 Elite Handpiece brings streamlined power, safety to the dental practice.

In an increasingly complex world, smart devices simplify the intersection between technology and life. From the evolution of the smartphone, to the smart home revolution, smart is simplifying the way we live, streamlining the way we work and enhancing the way we play.

When the tools of your trade can communicate with each other, that’s smart. When they can communicate with you, that’s Aeras 500 Elite high-speed air-driven handpiece from DentalEZ.

To create an environment of patient care and practice efficiency that will revolutionize the way you interact with your dental office, the new Aeras platform from DentalEZ can:

  • collect data,
  • share information, and
  • streamline the standard of care processes.

10 ways Aeras is a dental changemaker

  1. Delivers power safely. The Aeras handpiece features an industry-leading 39 watts of power that rivals the performance of electric with the confidence and safety of air.
  2. Stability minimizes fatigue. Greater in-hand stability with exceptional balance minimizes effort and fatigue.
  3. Minimal maintenance. Exclusive lube-free technology makes it easy to maintain. Maintain control with in-office turbine replacements to ensure readiness and maximum performance is always within reach.
  4. Timesavings that benefits the entire team. Patent pending embedded RFID technology can reduce the burden for office staff by automating tracking and recordkeeping (when used in conjunction with a compatible RFID reader system).
  5. Prepared for the future. Adopting the latest technology makes customers’ future ready with new possibilities down the road.
  6. Powerful. The 39 watts of power help users cut through the latest in high-strength ceramics.
  7. Clean and cool. The multiport spray keeps the bur cool while whisking away debris.
  8. Optimum Visibility. LED fiber optics feature cool spectrum LED illumination of the oral cavity for eye-opening visibility.
  9. Patient comfort. The modern form has an optimal head size for patient comfort and posterior access.
  10. Immediate updates. The patent pending RFID technology can tell the user exactly where the handpiece is, where it’s been and when it has last visited the autoclave. Plus, it can let you know when it’s visiting somewhere it shouldn’t. This handpiece can protect you and your staff with verifiable sterilization data, track inventory and help combat loss & theft.

Together, this valued vendor partner Star DentalEz and national distributor Benco Dental, drive dentistry forward.

Click here to order yours today.

Connected Compressor: DentalEZ Aeras Leverages IoT Tech to Stop Downtime in its Tracks

Fix potential issues before they become a problem, plus eliminate multiple service visits with the compressor that continually monitors itself. *

Compressor trouble is the worst kind, because it can disable an entire office. Even with comprehensive preventive maintenance, compressors are subject to maintenance and wear just like every mechanical device. That’s where the Internet of Things (IoT) comes in: DentalEZ’s new Aeras compressor is a connected device that allows complete monitoring of critical parts and systems, as well as remote control of its operation.*

Prevent downtime by alerting to possible issues: When sensors actively monitoring key performance parameters notice unusual activity, the compressor alerts you so you can contact Benco Dental for service assistance or, in some cases, resolve the issue over the phone.*

Eliminate multiple service calls: Because the Aeras provides data to the cloud that is accessible from any web browser, your Benco Dental service tech will know what the problem is without a diagnostic visit. When it comes time for service or repair, your tech will arrive with exactly the parts needed in one visit.*

Operate the unit automatically and remotely: You can turn the compressor to on and standby, disable and enable motor heads, and enable/disable the schedule for turning on and off.*

Monitor your unit’s performance: Whether you use the web interface to access data on your PC or mobile device, or refer to the LCD display on the unit itself, you can check all sensor data including tank pressure, dew point, ambient temperature and runtime for equipment and motor heads.*

Multiple service visits are a thing of the past. Aeras actively monitors performance and provides data to the cloud that is accessible from any web browser, so your Benco Dental service tech will know the nature of any problem without a diagnostic visit.

Customize your dashboard: View all of your DentalEZ connected devices from your web browser and select exactly what you want to see so users can focus on the data that is most relevant to them. You can also easily access all maintenance reminders and records, alert history and historical performance data.*

Connect to your Aeras compressor through the web browser of your PC or mobile device and access data, service information, and even control key functions and programming, remotely.

Enjoy extended warranty coverage: When you enable Smart monitoring at the time of installation, DentalEZ will extend their industry-leading warranty by two full additional years, for a total of eight years of coverage. That’s substantial added peace of mind, from a name that’s legendary for dependability.

“The Aeras Compressor from Ramvac is as easy to install and situate as the established Osprey line of compressors, but with so much more capability.
Benco Dental has been connecting customers’ devices since introducing BencoNET in the 2000s, and more recently, our OneVisit® open CAD/CAM solutions. That technology experience, plus our long relationship with DentalEZ and 90 years of installing mechanical equipment, makes Benco the best source for modernizing your mechanical room—and making downtime practically a thing of the past.”

Nicole Gilligan, Senior Marketing Product Manager.

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

*With subscription to monitoring service.

ABOUT DENTALEZ

DentalEZ ® is committed to providing state-of-the-art dental practice solutions for unlimited interconnectivity, choice and control. A true dental pioneer, the Company stands as an indispensable industry staple with over 100 years of experience. DentalEZ provides real-life solutions for everyday challenges in oral healthcare through a unique union of advanced technical expertise and rich practical experience. With unwavering top-level customer service and support, the Company has securely established itself as a trusted partner in dentistry. DentalEZ has a proven history of providing tried-and-true dental products and equipment, and continues to manufacture a full line of technologically-advanced front-to-back office solutions from well-known brands including Star, Ramvac,Forest®, Nevin™ and Columbia Dentoform®. Visit dentalez.com for more information.  

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.

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.