Are you happy at work?

If you said yes, it might be linked to your workplace being certified green by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Workers in buildings that are certified green by the U.S. Green Building Council are happier and healthier than those who work in buildings that are not green certified. This finding, reported in Green Building Elements, comes from researchers at Harvard’s School of Public Health and New York’s Upstate Medical University.

More than 500 associates working at the home office of the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor should know. Benco Dental’s CenterPoint East, in Northeast Pennsylvania, is Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, meeting some of the highest standards set forth by the United States Green Building Council.

The company’s CenterPoint Design team features LEED certified office designers who work with doctors to build low-impact practices that they can feel good about.

According to the team at Benco Dental, being environmentally-friendly is something they take to heart.

“At Benco Dental, green means continuously discovering and implementing methods to reduce our facilities’ environmental impact,” said Barry Hendrickson, LEED Green Associate and Benco Dental Equipment Logistics Coordinator.

Many of our nationwide distribution and office facilities employ energy-efficient lighting and low-water usage fixtures. Our 300+ service technicians are guided by a scheduling software that promotes efficiency,” said Hendrickson.

Support for the study was provided by United Technologies, which makes heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems, and control networks for green certified buildings.


Soon to be 100 years halitosis-free.


No, they don’t simulate bad breath, but dental models created in Lancaster, Pennsylvania arrive at dental schools complete with tartar, gum disease, or ready for a root canal.

Selling over one billion teeth per year, Columbia Dentoform even offers feline and canine “patient simulators” for dental students.

Forty-one year employee Director of Sales Philip Briales (who tells his granddaughters he works for the tooth fairy!) recently offered a glimpse of the handcrafted nature of the business to

Cranking out chompers for just a few years – 2017 will mark their centennial – this company was decades ahead of the gender neutral concept.

“We didn’t want to put an gender in the manikin, so this could be anybody. The design of it is based on what an average human would look like…” Briales explained to

Go ahead and rekindle those dental school memories. Make it your Monday must-see:



Do you take your toothpaste for granted? Decide after a snippet of science.


Unless your cupboards are stocked with chalk, glycerin, xylitol, and peppermint oil, and you’ve got National Geographic host George Zaidan@georgezaidan on standby, you might want to forgo making toothpaste in your home chemistry lab (aka kitchen).

You may decide to give your morning mouth refresher three cheers — and an extra


Take a minute to show some love for your toothpaste!

squeeze — after watching creative chemist Zaidan re-create the bathroom basic using only natural ingredients.

For a National Geographic video series, Ingredients (New episodes premiere every Thursday on National Geographic’s YouTube channel!) the MIT-trained chemist and science educator attempts to assemble everyday household products like lipstick, shaving cream, and toothpaste.

Watch as Zaidan tackles the long list of intimidating chemical names, figures out what they all do, finds natural substitutes, and whips it all together — sans recipe — to create his own homemade toothpaste:




Does Cranberry® animation make you jump for joy?

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For 25 years, Cranberry®@cranberryusa has been a pioneering brand committed to designing products dental professionals can rely on for “strength in protection and superior comfort needed to make it through your day.”

A recent marketing campaign for their Moisture Lock® series of examination gloves demonstrates that same pioneering spirit. Lighthearted animation aims to engage, while incorporating research, a customer testimonial and product benefits.

Sure, Cranberry is touting their latest line of gloves created to prevent irritation such as dryness, itching and cracked skin. But the 0:1:30 second-explanation of a proprietary formulation of lanolin and vitamins and its soothing benefits to hands, also generates some smiles.


No surprise, considering they brought  Cranberry Fantastic Animos to life in 2012.

Learn more about the company’s nitrile powder-free gloves and the benefits they provide while enjoying Cranberry’s latest YouTube sensation:


Why Bob Dylan would kill at the Cheek Retractor Challenge.

For decades this legendary songwriter and musician has been slammed for his difficult-to-understand delivery. One day with the crew at the Benco Dental Cheek Retractor Challenge might make him feel like an exceptional enunciator.

Hosted by Matt Alles, Marketplace Product Manager for the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor, this dental gameshow features instruments by OrthoEssentials, and s-laden phrases such as “Hand me the scissors or scalpel, you fool!”

Matt, who when not marketing at Benco has been hosting live events as a DJ for over six years, shared insight for next round of contenders: “Honestly, those things make you salivate…a lot. I didn’t expect that!”

Contestant Ali Majikes (Benco Administrative Assistant) cited as the most difficult and laugh-track-worthy phrase: “Someone buy me a Braun toothbrush.”  Who knew Braun was so drool-worthy?

With hilarity in mind, Ali suggested a reprise of the Benny Hill theme ( a k a “Yakety Sax” by Boots Randolph) as musical accompaniment for future episodes. Could it nudge the Jeopardy “Think” music from its lead position among Greatest Game Show Theme Songs?

Does Alles aim to give ABC’s new Match Game’s Alec Baldwin a run for his money?
Will contestant Chad Carpenter (Benco Director of Technical Support) offer viewers at home the secret to superior pec flexing (Don’t miss the outtakes at 5:31!)?
Will contestant Jess Khalil (Benco Sales Analyst) share the magic she channeled to compete just one day post-root canal?
Will (Benco Video Production Coordinator) Eric Larsen win a Webby for editing?

Tune in for the next round of Cheek Retractor Challenge.

Now “Please pause and thank your dental hygienist.”