Intimidating dental artifact alert: Taylor Band Stretcher

When the Taylor Band Stretcher, shown at top, first appeared, it was mentioned by name in a paper by Dr. Herbert A. Pullen, who traveled all the way from Buffalo to San Francisco to present it on February 18, 1932. Other things that happened in 1932: Ford debuted the V8 engine and Radio City Music Hall opened in New York. Those are still around, but they’ve come a long way—just like the crowns and pliers of today.

Learn more about this dental artifact from Larry Cohen in his FOLIO Award-winning column in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine: here.

How will the stimulus bill impact your dental office?

For dentists wondering how the Federal stimulus bill will impact their office, or searching for best practices to stabilize and strengthen a dental team in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, a webinar on Tuesday, March 31 will provide answers and options.

“The Practice Interruption” hosted at 5:30 p.m. ET will offer expert advice from Dan Wicker, CPA, Cain Watters and Associates partner and managing director, and Dr. Todd Engel, owner and founder of Engel Institute. They’ve teamed with Benco Dental to present this free webinar to assist dentists today, tomorrow and when the practice doors open again.

Register here.

What are the March 31 webinar objectives for dentists?

The Coronavirus pandemic has sparked a frenzied selling of stocks and mandatory lockdowns all over the country. Businesses of all sizes have been disrupted by the virus, as a result of local and national reactions. For dental practice owners, having to close their doors for business quickly carries implications on their personal finances.

Tuesday’s webinar, sponsored by Benco Dental, Cain Watters and Associates and the Engel Institute, addresses those topics and more. Register here.

From Dan Wicker: “Overview of the New Legislation and the Impact On Your Practice”:
* How will the stimulus bill impact my office?
* What do practices need to know?

From Dr. Todd Engel: “Best Practices to Stabilize & Strengthen Your Team, Your Patients and Your Practice”.

Ready to register?

To register: click here.

Have COVID-19 questions? ADA offers extensive resources, webinars for dentists

The American Dental Association is committed to helping the dental community navigate the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19. Their most up-to-date information regarding can be found at ADA.org/virus.

On March 20, 2020, the ADA teamed with leading infection control experts from the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) to provide the dental community with practical guidance and education.

The first step: providing extensive resources and webinars. View an entire page of their recorded webinars here

An example of one of the videos: 

Dental professionals are invited to frequently check this page for additional webinars.

On which other topics does the ADA share COVID-19 updates, webinars?

  • Current Infection Control Protocols and Procedures
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Sanitizing Operatory Rooms and Equipment
  • Aerosol
  • Pre-Treatment Mouth Rinses and Daily Hygiene
  • Protecting Patients and Dental Staff

And the presenters are…

Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP

Eve Cuny, MS, the Director of Environmental Health and Safety and Associate Professor at University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California where she is also Assistant Dean for Global Relations. 

Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP, the Director of Occupational Health and Safety, and the Forsyth Research Subject and Patient Safety Advocate at The Forsyth Institute. 

Ready for webinars and updates?

Click here.

7 months + 2 dentists with determination = 'Wow' factor in Minnesota.

Sometimes, the best motivation can be proving to yourself and others that you can accomplish a lofty goal.

For Dr. Krista Bauer, Dr. Kelly Stark, and Dr. Dietrich Lawrenz at Champlin Family Dental, this was one of many factors that inspired them to see their new construction in Minnesota through to the last stroke of calming green paint.

“We were motivated to go through with this build because people in our lives told us we couldn’t.”

Dr. Krista Bauer

A top priority in the planning: space, space, and more space. The result of their vision: 7,000 square feet of excellence and multi-discipline for their patients, administrative and clinical teams, as well as room for storage and practice growth. The new construction, completed in seven months, allowed them to accomodate a new neighbor — an orthodontist tenant.

How it all began…

In 2017, Drs. Bauer and Stark, former dental-school students at the University of Minnesota, decided to join forces and create a shared practice. A Benco Build Your Future Workshop, conducted by dentist/designer Dr. Tristan Hamilton, helped the duo’s ideas coalesce.

“Eric Meiners brought us to the seminar and it was perfect for us,” said Dr. Stark of their Friendly Benco Rep.

“Our major vision was to have universal rooms set up with high-speed handpieces, Cavitrons, X-ray units, everything,” Dr. Bauer told Incisal Edge magazine in an interview earlier this year.
“The women speaking at the workshop told us that our rooms needed to be universal, and they solidified what we wanted but couldn’t execute.”

(Starting a Pinterest board of their ideas from the workshop gave them a central repository for design inspiration as well.)

They sought a refined, calming atmosphere that delivered “wow” factor but not in an “over the top” way.

Green: a color of calm.

To match their logo and achieve a calming vibe, the decided on neutral palette with green accents throughout the practice.

One of her favorite moments Dr. Stark recalls, was seeing the Champlin Dental team’s reaction to the finished office after the completion of the seven-month process.

“Once the office was finished, we let them in one by one and took pictures of them seeing it for the first time.”

Dr. Kelly Stark

Their reception area, chandelier, color scheme and space (12 rooms!) receive the most positive commentary from their patients and staff, says Dr. Stark.

The doctors offer advice on the construction or renovation of a dental practice:

“Find the right team — from architect, to contractor, to banker, and real estate agent. Trust your team!”

Dr. Krista Bauer

To learn more about the Champlin Family Dental, click here.

Ready to redefine your design?

For expert advice, contact the CenterPoint Design team at 1.800.GOBENCO.

Champlin Family Dental Design Credits
Interior Designer: Bob Karkela, Architect: Bob Shaffer / Foundation Architects, Equipment Specialist: Tom Jorissen / Benco Dental, Friendly Benco Rep: Eric Meiners

Dr. Krista Bauer, Dr. Dietrich R. Lawrenz, Dr. Kelly Stark

About the Doctors

Dr. Krista Bauer, earned a B.A. in Biomedical Science and DDS from University of Minnesota. Named to the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Top Dentist Hall of Fame, Dr. Bauer practices general and cosmetic dentistry, including implants, veneers, and new smile designs. She and her three children reside in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Dr. Kelly Stark, earned a B.A. in Chemistry and German from St. Olaf College and dental degree from University of Minnesota. Dr. Stark enjoys many facets of the dental field, including restorative, crowns, implants, and esthetic dentistry. She is married to a fellow dentist, and together they raise their 9-year-old twin sons in Edina, Minnesota.

Dr. Dietrich R. Lawrenz received his dental degree from the University of Minnesota and went on to complete his medical degree and oral and maxillofacial surgery residency in Houston, Texas. Dr. Lawrenz has been in private practice since 1998 and involved in the Cleft Lip and Palate teams at the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. He and his wife Corinne are raising their three boys together in the Twin Cities.

Coping During Crisis? Join a free March 25 webinar from Dental Intelligence & Benco Dental

The Coronavirus pandemic has dealt all employers with never-before-heard-of challenges. Understandably, there are many questions and concerns, and a complimentary CE webinar Wednesday answers many of them. For starters:
* What’s the interplay between vacation time, sick leave, PTO and unemployment benefits?
* How does the new/pending legislation affect dentists?
* What should be on the checklist to shut down the office for an extended period?
* What is telehealth and how does it work?
* How should my practice shift marketing focus over the next six months?
* What is the best way to host a virtual team meeting?

On March 25, five experts in the dental and business professions — Tim Twigg, Laurie Owens, Fred Joyal, and Benco’s own Linda Anderson and Bob Zamrock — will share solutions when Benco Practice Coaching and Dental Intelligence join forces to host the complimentary CE webinar.

From 1 to 5 p.m. EST., event hosts Kay Huff and Curtis Marshall will welcome opening guest Chuck Cohen, Benco Dental Managing Director. Four Continuing Education credits will be issued to anyone who participates in all four hours of the live session.*

What can dental professionals expect to gain during Wednesday’s free webinar?

Insight on a wide array of topics, including:

  • Human Resources,
  • Legislation,
  • Leadership During Crisis,
  • Telehealth,
  • Situational Marketing, and
  • How to properly shut down your office for an extended period of time.

Don’t wait to register.

Here is a link to sign up today for Wednesday’s free webinar.

* Note: This webinar will be recorded and shared afterward.  However, only those who attend the live webinar will receive Continuing Education credits.

Midwest Quiet-Air® High Speed Air Handpiece: A powerful solution from Dentsply Sirona

The ultimate integration of design, performance, and integrity.
Dentsply Sirona Midwest presents all that and more with a new product in its line: the Midwest Quiet-Air® High Speed Air Handpiece.

As a leader in both handpiece and bur manufacturing, Dentsply Sirona Midwest designed this non-fiber optic option with dynamic speed control.

A powerful value proposition.

Though it weighs in at under 50 grams overall, the Midwest Quiet-Air® is no lightweight when it comes to power. It achieves 30 watts, making it the most powerful value solution currently offered in the market.

Reduction of noise and easier bur changes (thanks to a 10 mm push button cap for chuck activation!) are just two of the many ways this innovative handpiece demonstrates its value.

Key features and benefits of the Midwest Quiet-Air® High Speed Air handpiece:

  • Computer balanced rotor and tuned airflow.
  • A smooth grip, designed for easy cleaning.
  • Ceramic bearings that reduce friction and enhance bearing performance.
  • Dynamic speed control that manages air flow to maintain cutting power.
  • Single-port water spray for powerful debris clearing and tooth cooling.

The Quiet-Air has a 6-month warranty and is eligible for the national Midwest handpiece promotions: Buy 3, Get 1 Free.

To learn more about the Midwest Quiet-Air® High Speed Air Handpiece, contact your Friendly Benco Dental rep or shop here.

Spring refresh at your dental practice? Fill your vision board with these #designtrends.

Art Deco, Scandinavian, Bohemian, and Mid-Century Modern — styles ideal for home … or home away from home (better known as your dental practice).

The bonus: each can help bring vibrance and showcase the personality of your practice.

Do bold colors, smooth lines, and geometric shapes inspire you? Check out Art Deco design styles.

Art Deco, short for Arts Décoratifs, can be characterized by rich colors, bold geometry, and decadent details. A trend popularized during the roaring 1920s can incorporate glitz, glamour, and bold designs into your dental practice a century later.

Art Deco interior design

Add Art Deco into the dental practice today, with an accent piece, or an entire room. Where to begin?

  • Geometric shapes.
  • Animal prints.
  • Glamorous lighting and fixtures.
  • Statement mirrors.
  • Abstract ceiling designs.

Luxury styles of the Great Gatsby era are some of the most popular trends today.

Prefer simplicity? Scandinavian designs deliver.

First gaining attention around the 1950s, the Scandinavian interior design style is known for its functionality, minimalism and simplicity. Expect clean cuts, natural shapes and materials, along with a touch of abstraction.

Scandinavian interior design.

Want to incorporate aspects of Scandinavian design within your practice? It’s simple.

  • Warm textiles.
  • Combinations of natural materials ( think: wood and metal).
  • Neutral colors.
  • Fresh plants and flowers.

Scandinavian style advantage for the dental practice: a clutter free workspace. For a minimalist looking to scale back, Scandinavian the ideal match.

Ready to relax your spirit and practice vibe? Bohemian design speaks your language.

“The word ‘bohemian’ refers to someone socially unconventional and often involved in the arts, making it a great interior design option for a rich and heady space full of visual interest and a relaxed spirit.”

Decoraid.com

‘Boho’ was founded by free-spirited people in the early 19th century and incorporated many cultures from all over the globe.

Bohemian interior design

Bring on the Bohemian style.

  • Simple base.
  • A play on patterns.
  • Distressed items.
  • Bright colors and metallics.
  • Layers.

Less is more definitely does not apply to Bohemian design. Looking to make a bright and exuberant practice? Bet on Boho.

Seeking functional and timeless appeal? Incorporate Mid-century Modern design styles at your practice.

In the late 1940s, after the end of WWII, mid-century modern design style evolved. Today it delights with its vintage vibe.

Mid-century modern designs use natural elements like wood beams and brick walls, then tie in a modern twist.

Mid-century modern interior design

Ready for retro? Lava lamps need not apply.

  • Vibrant colors (think: sage, orange, turquoise).
  • Modern textiles.
  • Vintage window treatments.
  • Low-lying furniture.
  • Abstract patterns.

Mid-century modern styles appeal with simple, clean and elegant aspects, and unique accents.

Ready to redefine your design? For expert advice, contact the CenterPoint Design team at 1.800.GOBENCO.

Benco leaders discuss masks, infection control products

Managing Directors at the nation’s largest independently owned dental distributor — Benco Dental — recently shared an update with their dental customers and the dental community regarding masks and infection control products.

Below, a letter from Benco Dental Managing Directors Chuck Cohen and Rick Cohen:


“As you’re well aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented and sudden worldwide spike in demand for infection control products. Severe supply chain disruptions are impacting our ability to fulfill certain orders at this time. Unfortunately, it will be some time before the situation normalizes.

Here’s what we’re doing right now to help ensure supply continuity for as many customers as possible:

· We are continually refining our methodology for rationing items like masks, gloves and wipes based upon your order history, our current stock, and expected stock.

· We are selling most asepsis products only to healthcare practitioners to ensure that the people who need these essential items most—you—have as much access as we can provide given the circumstances.

· In order to equitably distribute products, Benco reserves the right to ration the quantity of asepsis products being sold. In a majority of circumstances, Benco will only accept orders for asepsis products from existing customers, who had placed an order with Benco for consumable products in 2019.

· We continue to work with our manufacturers across multiple countries to minimize the impact of shortages.

Here’s what you can do to help ensure you get the products you need:

· Contact your Friendly Benco Rep or call 1-800-GO BENCO for the latest information on ordering and quantity limits per product type. The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on supply chains is fluid and changing by the hour. Because of this, Benco adjusts our rationing procedures as necessary.

Here’s what we know about price increases:

· Benco Dental has never, and will never, engage in price gouging. We will keep our prices steady except when manufacturers increase our costs.

· However, with a huge and sudden spike in demand for infection control products, price increases are inevitable.

· The vast majority of well-known manufacturers are honest and ethical, and they also know that greed is bad for business.

· While we expect prices to rise, sometimes sharply, bear in mind that manufacturers are working to identify suppliers that can keep up with demand for materials, and they’re also responding as best they can to pressure to increase production capacity. Anytime demand exceeds supply, costs rise all down the line. Everyone is doing whatever it takes to keep production lines rolling in the face of a worldwide health crisis. The increases we are starting to see are a result of supply chains stretched to the breaking point at every link.

· As always, when supply catches up, prices will normalize as well.

We understand how difficult this situation is. We’re proud of your commitment to providing remarkable patient care during this crisis, and we want to assure you that Benco is doing everything in our power to secure all of the product we can.
We value your business, we’re grateful for your loyalty, and thank you for your patience as we navigate these supply chain challenges due to extraordinary circumstances beyond our control.”

Benco Dental Managing Directors Chuck Cohen and Rick Cohen

Global Smile Foundation + Benco Family Foundation = access to care

In many developing countries, children with cleft lips or palates are generally ostracized from society, unable to go to school or make friends. As adults, patients with the same issues have little chance of making a living.

Fathers often leave the family, believing their child or their marriage, has been cursed; parents will abandon their infant in the hospital, unable to cope with the future the child will face.

For the past three decades, Global Smile Foundation (GSF) has been dedicated to changing those devastating consequences by making first-class cleft care accessible to all patients, regardless of geographic or socioeconomic barriers.

Who supports these positive changemakers?

Every contribution to their organization helps fund life-changing comprehensive cleft care for underserved patients. One of their longtime supporters is the Benco Family Foundation, the charitable division of Benco Dental, the nation’s largest independently owned dental distributor.

“For the past 11 years, support from the Benco Family Foundation has helped Global Smile Foundation provide comprehensive cleft care for underserved patients born with cleft lip and palate.  
The people we serve live in parts of the developing world where access to proper care is extremely limited. By helping us reach these underserved areas, Benco Family Foundation has truly helped us change the lives of our patients and their respective families.”

– Usama Hamdan, MS, FICS, Co-Founder & President of Global Smile Foundation


What a difference a year can make.

In 2019, Global Smile Foundation (GSF) conducted six missions to four countries: Peru, Ecuador, El Salvador and Lebanon. Their teams of expert medical volunteers had evaluated more than 1,000 patients by mid-November in 2019 to determine the best individual treatment plan for each patient.

Their team shared comprehensive cleft care stats for 2019 with thedailyfloss.com:

  • 358 surgical procedures for 285 patients
  • 3,786 dental procedures for 576 patients
  • 520 speech therapy procedures and sessions, including 144 feeding consultations
  • 126 Psychosocial consultations

Learn how you can support Global Smile Foundation and keep the positive changes happening: visit their website for details.

COVID-19: Connect with an expert at free 03.17 webinar

Leslie Canham CDA, RDA, shown above, has been bombarded with coronavirus questions.

To provide reliable resources and timely facts, the recognized infection control consultant and speaker is presenting a free webinar with Benco Dental. Register here.

“I’ve immersed myself in gathering facts and trusted resources to disseminate to my clients and audiences. Hopefully, we can dispel some of the myths and hysteria, and get back to the business of providing dental care to our patients.”

Leslie Canham CDA, RDA

On March 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. PT) she’ll present a free webinar, “Coronavirus: What Dental Professionals Need To Know,” hosted by the nation’s largest independently owned dental distribution company.

Attend a free coronavirus educational webinar for dental professionals

Register here. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2272256632991403277

Leslie Canham will present a free webinar March 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. PT) , “Coronavirus: What Dental Professionals Need To Know,” hosted by Benco Dental.

Need to manage exposure now?

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued revised interim guidance on how to manage exposure to a person who has, or is suspected of having, COVID-19.

Learn more about the expert

Leslie Canham is a Certified and Registered Dental Assistant with over 48 years of experience in dentistry. Leslie sought to continue her career by exploring the continuing education needs of dental personnel. Her research led to OSHA compliance training for dental offices. Dentists, astounded by Leslie’s expertise began referring their colleagues to her. Soon her outstanding reputation spread throughout the dental community.

She is authorized by the Department of Labor as an OSHA Outreach Trainer in General Industry Standards. Leslie’s memberships include:

  • The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention
  • The Academy of Dental Management Consultants
  • The Speaking, Consulting Network
  • The American Dental Assistants Association
  • The California Dental Association
  • The California Association of Dental Assistant Teachers
  • National Speakers Association

Leslie is listed as a “leader in consulting” by Dentistry Today. She is a Certified Speaking Professional, which is a designation conferred by the National Speakers Association. Fewer than 10 percent of speakers worldwide hold this professional designation.

It is earned by a proven track record of speaking experience, expertise, a commitment to ongoing education, outstanding client service, and ethical behavior.