How can dentists support children in need of foster and adoptive parents in Illinois?

Participate in a give back event to benefit Let It Be Us this October in Chicago.

Children who are coming out of the hospital. Children who have never celebrated a birthday. Children who require foster parents with knowledge of American Sign Language or those interested in learning. Children who need love and hope.

These are just a few of those who find homes through the innovative programming of Let It Be Us.

The 501(c)3 Nonprofit and Child Welfare Organization founded in 2014 “designs strong and innovative programming to build a bridge between waiting children, including those who are in emergent need and/or are challenging to place, and foster and adoptive parents.”

Attendees at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration of women in dentistry, hosted at The Blackstone in Chicago, will participate in a giveback activity to benefit Let It Be Us on Saturday, October 5.

How is Let It Be Us Making a Difference?

Susan A. McConnell, the organization’s Founder and Executive Director shares a bit about the Heart Gallery, one of the Let It Be Us recruitment tools that using technology to put the information of waiting children directly into the hands of parents who are licensed and also waiting.

“I was on the team that brought the Heart Gallery of Illinois to life – the State’s first photo listing of children awaiting adoption. It’s a beautifully designed digital recruitment tool. I’m especially proud of the fact that the Heart Gallery on our website has special features that promote every child equally.  In terms of site visits, user engagement and recruiting parents for the Heart Gallery’s waiting children, our work ranks among the top in the nation.” 

Let It Be Us, according to their website, “was founded on the statistics from the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall study of children in foster care in the Midwest and those who age out of foster care, combined with the fact that Illinois ranks last in the nation at achieving permanency for her children in foster care and also ranks last in the nation at achieving adoption for her waiting children.”

Learn more about Let It Be Us

Learn more: www.letitbeus.org.

Register to attend the Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration in Chicago and take part in the give back event

https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Who is one of America’s leading experts in dentistry and architecture?

Tristan Hamilton, DDS, M. Arch.

How is he helping dentists across the U.S.?

By sharing his vision and guidance across the U.S. at Dentistry’s Leading Design Workshops – Build Your Future™.

Dr. Tristan Hamilton is featured keynote at Dentistry’s Leading Design Workshops across the U.S.

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 course revolves around the architectural design fundamentals that promote less stress and optimum efficiency, providing for a happier, healthier way of life.

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

In addition, attendees can accomplish the following objectives —
• Walk away with a foundation of how a properly designed office can increase production and efficiency.

• Learn what constitutes an effective floor plan.

• Know how to get the right people on your team to help you achieve the low stress office design you need to succeed.

• Discover what makes a patient more anxious in your office and how you can alleviate it.

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.


Benco Dental gets creative about community support

The giving season is every season at Benco Dental. This month, it includes a Christmas in July food drive at the company’s home office in Pennsylvania. Each department competed to see who could raise the most money and donate the most food.

The CEO Food Bank in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

The money collected is being donated to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and the food is being donated to the CEO (Commission on Economic Opportunity) Food Bank. The competition took place over the past two weeks, and the departments got a little competitive.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Talk about competitive spirit

Truckloads of donations in the IT department

Benco associates unload a trailer full of non-perishables donated by the IT department.

The IT department was determined to donate as much food as they possibly could for the food drive.

To accomplish this goal, some associates brought in trailers full of non-perishables to contribute.

By Friday, July 19, the IT department had collected a whopping 1,452 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishables.

“Wow… the most impressive thing about the win is that we won for the right reasons. The IT Team really got behind giving back to the community and making a difference – mission accomplished! Thank you to everyone in the IT team who passionately participated!”

Benco Chief Information Officer Mike Burns

What’s better than a sweet treat after lunch?

Associates in the Marketing and Supply Chain department decided to take a sweeter route to help raise their donations.

The team decided to host a bake sale in Kitty’s Kitchen, the company cafeteria where all of the CenterPoint East associates eat lunch during work days.

The Marketing and Supply Chain team members contributed baked goods for the sale, and their hard work resulted in an additional $365 in donations.

Operations department takes action to ‘ketchup’ in the rankings

Lisa Fuller, Director of the Contact Center, was determined to help the Operations department a higher ranking than in previous years.

That would explain why Lisa and two of her peers, John Muscovitch, National Facilities Manager, and Tony Smigelski, Director of Inventory Control and Returns, dressed as the summer picnic favorites of ketchup, mustard and a hot dog to solicit donations around the building.

Operations department associates at Benco Dental dressed in festive costumes to create excitement for the Christmas in July community fundraiser from left: Lisa Fuller, Director of the Contact Center, John Muscovitch, National Facilities Manager, and Tony Smigelski, Director of Inventory Control.

The effort put forth by the three Operations associates proved to be effective, considering they earned $187 on their walks around the building.

They traveled around the second floor and down to the first floor of the building to see if their costumes would persuade employees in other departments (aka their fundraising rivals) to donate.

The Operations Trio collects donations from associates in the Tooth Room.

Apart from their costumed collection to help out good causes, the Operations and Finance team divisions also hosted a “pie-the-manager” or “pie-the-supervisor” competition, where associates could contribute funds via individual jars that featured their managers’ and supervisors’ names.  

How did the competition ‘wrap’ up?

The food drive competition drew to its end Wednesday, July 24, and the results have finally been announced.

The IT department led the company in first place, managing to collect a total of 4,571.20 lbs. of food and monetary donations. This beats their last year’s total of 3,603.75 lbs.

Overall, the entire building raised a grand total of 11,868.87 lbs. in both food and monetary donations. This beats last year’s total by 77 lbs.

Who’s getting a pie in the face?

As the food drive came to an end, so did the intense sub-competition within the Operations and Finance Departments.

All Operations Managers and Supervisors were at risk of getting a face full of pie, but only two will actually have to face the desserts head on.

Darren Savage, Returns and Vendor Credits Supervisor, had a total of $422.95 donated to the Pie-the-Manager competition. Mike Zwierko, Manager of the Distribution Center, earned second place with donations placed in his jar. These two Benco Associates were able to collect the most money and food within the Operations Department and each will receive a face full of pie next week.

Pie, hot dogs, baked goods … it all led to more support for those in need in one Pennsylvania community

No matter who ends up getting pied, all that matters is that the Benco community was able to come together to make a difference for those in need.

Dental historian: ‘Get better or get gone’

IN THE EARLY DECADES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, SS WHITE RULED DENTISTRY LIKE A COLOSSUS. WELL, THAT WAS THEN.

In the summer issue of Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine, Benco Dental Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate Larry Cohen offers the latest installment of Larry’s Collection, a showcase of unique dental artifacts he has collected over the past half-century.

This time around, he discusses an SS White 100th anniversary book:

“Over the first half of the 20th century, one company dominated the dental industry: SS White. It manufactured nearly everything, both merchandise and equipment, except film (Eastman Kodak had that one locked up) and artificial teeth (Dentsply was the big player there). SS White was gigantic. Today, it’s a vastly different, much smaller company focused exclusively on cutting instruments. What happened?”

“SS White’s self-published (and rather self- laudatory) 100th-anniversary book, A Century of Service to Dentistry, (shown above and at right) released during World War II, offers some hints. Look at this 1944 photo of its management team: a stuffy-looking club of strictly-by-the-book old guys, with not a woman or minority in sight. SS White owned the dental business and was locked into the status quo, so it had no incentive to change or improve. By the 1950s, though, the Federal Trade Commission had broken up its retail division; soon after that, more-innovative companies started to eat SS White’s lunch.

I can’t say I was all that sad watching the mighty topple. As a teenager, I accompanied my father, Ben, to SS White’s towering headquarters in downtown Philadelphia, basically to beg for Benco to become an SS White distributor. It was humiliating. Not once were we given the chance to talk to a real decision maker. I remember one thing very clearly: We passed through a huge room filled with row upon row of middle-aged men, working on stools at high desks straight out of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. As they toiled in their sleeve garters and green eyeshades, I couldn’t help but notice that all the women who were running around delivering and picking up papers seemed barely out of high school. I asked my father why they were all so young. ‘They don’t pay them enough to keep them,’ he instantly replied.

All those old-fashioned executives are today long gone, and that’s a good thing. The demise of former industry giant SS White reinforces one of the most basic rules of business: Get better or get gone. It’s why Benco Dental focuses on driving innovation and welcomes competition: so we learn new things every day and serve our valued customers better.”

Read more at: incisaledgemagazine.com

Tufts University new dental dean shares insight on mentoring

On July 1, Nadeem Karimbux, (shown, courtesy TuftsNow) an accomplished dental educator, researcher, clinician, and leader, shifted into his new role as the seventeenth dean of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. As dean, Karimbux will oversee the school’s community of more than 900 students and residents, 450 faculty, including 200 volunteer faculty, 300 staff, and 8,600 alumni, according to TuftsNow.

Karimbux has been the associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine since 2012. His career spanning more than 25 years has focused on dental education, research, and clinical care.

In a recent interview with Tufts Now, the university’s site for news, events, photography, videos, and more, Karimbux explained his thoughts on mentoring:

Mentorship has been something that has been critical to my development. While I was at Harvard, I was lucky enough to work with a mentor, the dean of dental education, who gave me a lot of responsibility as a junior faculty member. I learned from my mistakes, but was also exposed to things that allowed me to develop.

I believe mentoring for students and faculty is a critical part of what we do. Ever since I’ve been at Tufts, I’ve had a cohort of four students per year that I mentor. Setting aside time to be with those students, to have dinner with them, and to listen to their stories is critical for me to understand. When they come to me to work on a research project or get some advice about career, I see the impact that you can have as a mentor.

I also work with faculty one on one, whether it’s on a new course or working on research projects. It’s allowed me to appreciate the growth that you can give to junior faculty when you spend that kind of time with them.

Nadeem Karimbux

Read more about his personal journal and hopes for the School of Dental Medicine in the article by Helene Ragovin: https://now.tufts.edu/articles/conversation-school-dental-medicine-s-new-dean

Is polishing better than glazing? One expert says yes.

In a recent article for Dental Creations, Jim Emmons, CDT, FNBC explores the topic. Emmons, who has developed many techniques for dentistry such as The Spectrafire Air Brush System and Wet Palette Humidors, among others, has published books such as The Aesthetic Edge: Bioluminescent Color and Ceramics and The Spectrafire Digital Shade Communication System.

“The advent of pre-shaded zirconia is making the benefits of polishing superior over glazing. Polishing takes less process time as you do not have to fire the restoration again. By the time you shade and glaze the restoration and then fire the crown again, glazing will add 40 minutes to your process time.

When determining how to finish your restorations, all the evidence points to polishing. Polishing of a restoration is the gift of excellence to the patient and the reputation of quality for the technician.”

Jim Emmons, CDT, FNBC

Emmons cites an article published by Dr. D. Nathanson in 2011, that distinguished between polishing versus glazing of zirconia.

“He did a study at Boston University named, ‘1650 Human Enamel Wear Against Four Dental Ceramics in Vitro.’ In this study, he found that ‘at 600,000 strokes, the polished zirconia caused significantly less wear to enamel than the glazed zirconia.’ He also concluded, ‘the polished zirconia remained unchanged, but the glazed zirconia showed significant loss of the glaze layer.'”

Dr. D. Nathanson
Jim Emmons, CDT, FNBC

Why does Jim Emmons suggest Z-Shine Diamond Polish by Dental Creations, ltd.?

Z-Shine Diamond Polish, according to Emmons:

  • Is not an industrial repackaged product. This polish was specifically designed to polish zirconia and lithium di-silicate ceramics.
  • Requires use of only a #11 soft bristle brush for 30-45 seconds total to polish all four sides of any restoration, Z-Shine Diamond Polish.
  • Requires only quick and easy clean up with a small tooth brush and soapy water.

Want to learn more about how Z-Shine Diamond Polish offers high

quality, restoration longevity, and time savings? Read Jim Emmons complete article: https://dentalcreationsltd.com/to-glaze-or-not-to-glaze/

Want to SmileTwice? Learn how brothers give back and support oral health

Two brothers, Julian and Cody Levine, joined in a mission trip to Eleuthera, Bahamas with Lenny Kravitz and his Let Love Rule Foundation in 2015 and returned with an idea that would allow everyone to enjoy the power that smile has to offer. That’s how they began creating Twice.

“We left (Eleuthera) determined to make a healthy smile accessible to everyone: by creating a product that would reflect the beauty, health and confidence embodied by the new smiles of our patients, then making sure that product gave back to the cause that inspired it all. Through years of research, development, and focused collaboration with industry experts, we were able to bring our vision to life.”

Julian and Cody Levine, according to SmileTwice.com

Drawn to giving back through dentistry

With two parents committed to philanthropy and innovation in the world of dentistry (their dad is renowned aesthetic dentist and prosthodontist Dr. Jonathan Levine and their mom is marketing authority Stacey Levine who championed the smile as the “centerpiece of beauty”) it’s no surprise that their sons decided to forge forward in the field. Dr. Jonathan and Stacey launched the GLO Good Foundation in 2010 to provide oral health care, tools, and education to those in underserved populations, giving them the gift of a healthy and confident smile.

Stacey Levine and Dr. Jonathan Levine during a mission trip.

Better brushing habits, more giving

After learning that 35% of people do not brush their teeth twice a day Julian and Cody Levine and Lenny Kravitz created Twice, a morning and night toothpaste.

“Our goal was to re-imagine brushing twice-a-day by creating an experience people would actually look forward to—every morning and every night.”

On the most recent trip to the Bahamas, Twice donated 700 tubes of toothpaste.

“Every purchase of Twice makes an impact. Through our partnership with the GLO Good Foundation, we commit 10 percent of our profits to funding more missions in Eleuthera and around the world.”


The Twice duo, Early Bird and Twilight.

Early Bird offers a wintergreen and peppermint flavor that is designed for waking up and preparing for the day. Twilight, a blend of peppermint, vanilla and lavender presents the perfect flavor to unwind and relax at night.

Learn more: https://shop.benco.com/Product/5425-863/twice-toothpaste-the-duo-2-x-34oz-pack-of-24?SearchId=b28017e0-351d-4096-aaae-3bc2545ddfbd

Julian and Cody collaborate with GLO Good Foundation to provide oral care, tools, and education to underserved populations. The video below explains how they are changing lives by giving the gift of a healthy smile.

Sponsoring smiles among the Incisal Edge #IE40Under40

More recently, Cody and Julian attended the 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 photoshoot in NYC and offered an opportunity for two of America’s Best Young Dentists to participate an upcoming mission trip to Eleuthera.

Those who attended the 40 Under 40 photoshoot and cocktail reception were able to sample Twice toothpaste and enter to win the opportunity of a lifetime. Two honorees were selected in a random drawing during the reception, and courtesy of Twice, Dr. Kady Rawal and Dr. Mark M. Dawoud (shown at top with Cody and Julian Leving) will receive a dental mission trip to the Bahamas in collaboration with GLO Good.  Below, view a video from the #IE40Under40 celebration:

Is your dental practice design a standout?

Enter the 2020 Incisal Edge Design Competition and you may be sitting pretty in a new Herman Miller Aeron chair.

A Herman Miller Aeron Chair is one of the grand prizes in the 2020 Incisal Edge Design Contest. Three Existing Dental Practices will earn an Aeron along with a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s spring 2020 issue, among other award.

 The 2020 Incisal Edge Design Competition, for a seventh straight year, aims to reward creativity and innovation in dental practice design. There are three categories for Existing Dental practices and one for Design of the Future.

2019 Incisal Edge Design Competition winner in the category Repurposed Practice: Bunek Dental Studio // Ann Arbor, Michigan (shown above).

3 Categories for Existing Dental Practices

 1. SPECIALTY PRACTICE (Best new, remodeled or expanded facility)

 2. NEW CONSTRUCTION (Best new facility designed from ground up)

 3. REPURPOSED PRACTICE (Best complete makeover or remodel of a existing facility)

Who can enter?

 Dental professional, architects, and interior designers.

What can you win?

• a professional photo session for your dental practice

• a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s spring, 2020 issue

• framed display of your winning entry as featured in the magazine

• “Incisal Edge Design Competition Winner” seal to be used for marketing purposes

• Herman Miller Aeron chair valued at $1610.00, List Price

2019 Incisal Edge Design Competition winner in the category Specialty Practice: Colorado Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeons (CoMax) Colorado Springs, Colorado (shown above).

Learn more about contest details

Select a category above and complete the corresponding nomination form at IEDesignContest.com

You may not enter an office in more than one category. Entries will be accepted through November 11, 2019 for Existing Dental Practices. A juried panel of experts from the dental and architectural worlds will pick the most striking designs and practices.

Read about the 2019 award winners, including Urnise Dentistry // Glenwood Springs, Colorado (shown at top) here.

Ready to Design the Future?

This year’s challenge for visionaries everywhere: Big Design Statement, Small Space in the Incisal Edge Design of the Future contest.

Who can enter?

Students, architects, interior designers, dentists, anyone with the vision to create a workplace for the dental patients and practitioners of tomorrow.

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
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.

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 11, 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.

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/

Build your orthodontic practice with CBCT this fall

In the orthodontic world, nothing has created a bigger buzz than digital orthodontic care. Venturing into the digital world should not be taken lightly. It requires evaluation, planning and capital.

CBCT technology reigns supreme and is the foundation of orthodontic excellence. In an upcoming lecture with Dr. William E. Crutchfield, tangible advantages of CBCT like diagnosis, treatment planning, digital orthodontic care and analysis will be shared.

In addition to earning 5 CE credits, attendees will also learn how to leverage CBCT to build a practice with referrals, with other professionals and with the community.

Details, details, details…

This fall, Benco Dental and KaVo Kerr will host “CBCT: The Foundation of Orthodontic Excellence,” presented by Dr. William E. Crutchfield.

On Friday, October 11, from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Benco Dental CenterPoint West Design Showroom, 3590 Harbor Gateway N, Costa Mesa, California 92626, Dr. Crutchfield will offer professional education for dentists.

What can you expect to learn?

1. Why CBCT
2. Advantages of CBCT
3. CBCT for digital orthodontic care
4. Leveraging CBCT for practice promotion and growth

Ready to register?

Click here: https://kerreducation.cvent.com/CostaMesaCA101119
For additional information on the course, please contact
Ty Ramsey at 469.360.1031 or Jeff Dierks at 636.698.4862

KaVo Kerr Corporation is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Kerr Corporation designates this activity for 5 Continuing Education credits.

Meet your instructor

Dr. William E. Crutchfield

Dr. Bill Crutchfield, a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia (VCU) and its orthodontic residency, is committed to his patients in a completely digital orthodontic practice in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Considered an expert in digital orthodontics, he is member of Ormco Insiders advisory board, SureSmile clinical advisory board and an advisor for OrthoScience.

Dr. Crutchfield frequently speaks on topics that include: clinical digital orthodontics, digital team design and digital practice management. Besides serving as president of the VAO and MCV Orthodontic Foundation, he also served the AAO as chairman of the AAOPAC and as a member of the Council of Governmental Affairs for over a decade.

Premier CEO talks AI and dentistry with WSJ

As President and CEO of Premier Dental Products Company, a family business that develops, manufactures and distributes dental products worldwide, Julie Charlestein (shown above) is the first woman and the fourth generation of the Charlestein family to lead the company, which was founded by her great grandfather, Julius Charlestein, in 1913.

In a recent interview with Wall Street Journal’s Agam Shah, Charlestein discussed how she believes Artificial intelligence (AI) will keep the Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania- based business “alive for another century.”

Charlestein, who was voted one of The Top 25 Most Influential Women in Dentistry by Dental Products Report, is leading Premier through its next evolutionary phase. Her aim: driving relevance to the marketplace with a customer-driven mindset underpinned by a focus on technology, data, brand strength, and human capital.

From his discussion with Charlestein, Shah explains Premier’s process:

“The company is using machine-learning algorithms to analyze historical sales data, information on dental procedures purchased from a data company, and U.S. dental industry trends to predict which products dentists are likely to need. Premier then uses that insight to determine what to promote. For instance, the company’s analysis spotted a need for a special clay paste for crowns and bridges, prompting it to boost marketing of its Traxodent product.

AI also helped the company identify the best applications for its SmartCap technology. The material provides long-lasting protection from tooth decay through microcapsules filled with fluoride, calcium and phosphate. Premier took information about SmartCap and matched it up with information from dentists on how they would most likely use the technology. The AI helped it figure out that more relevant applications for the product would be in areas such as sealant to protect enamel from decay. The company dedicated more resources in putting SmartCap in the applications recommended by AI, holding back from using it in other products to stave off the risk of dentists not using it.”

“Deciding not to do something in medical device development is as valuable as deciding to do something.”

Julie Charlestein, Premier President and CEO, discusses the value of AI in a recent Wall Street Journal interview.

Read the complete Wall Street Journal interview: https://on.wsj.com/2XormXk (free log-in needed for full text)