What do Ferris Bueller and Larry Cohen have in common?

They both want you to take stock of the situation.
For Ferris it’s life in general, for Larry, the dental renaissance.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”  – Ferris Bueller, June 11, 1986

“So, what I would like to do is take five minutes to talk about innovation in the dental distribution business … my hope is that you will learn a few things…”Larry Cohen, Dec. 1, 2016

screenshot-2016-12-16-15-59-09Earlier today, the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor  — Benco Dental –shared on social media a video interview with its Chairman and Chief Customer Advocate Larry Cohen. The pioneer of dental distribution waxes poetic on the constant progression within the industry, and within the ranks of the company founded in 1930 by his father Benjamin Cohen.

Per Benco Dental’s Facebook page:



“If you’ve ever thought of dentistry as the epicenter of innovation, Benco Dental Chairman and Customer Service Advocate is here to tell you you’re right on the money.

Dental industry veterans: You will appreciate this trip down memory lane regarding innovation in the dental distribution industry, and Benco Dental’s role, in particular.

Industry newcomers: An educational opportunity awaits.

Either way, any Friday with afternoon spent with Larry is one you’ll never forget!”

Before you wrap up your week, take a moment to reflect.

In the words of Larry Cohen: “Onward!”


Can low alcohol help cross-contamination?

Research says yes.

Kerr Corporation, parent company of CaviWipes™ surface disinfectant, created this video to help explain the myths associated with alcohol concentration.

Splatter from dental work can reach as far as 7 feet away, so the battle against cross-contamination is an important one. Viruses and bacteria have long lives, and many of them can live for days, even weeks in dried blood.

Approximately 1.7 million Health-Care Associated Infections (HAIs) are reported to the CDC every year, and over 90,000 of those infections result in death.

CDC guidelines for disinfection recommend you first remove any visible soil from the surface, then disinfect the surface.

According to Dental Advisor research on the effects of alcohol concentration with environmental surface cleaning and disinfection:

“. . . high-alcohol disinfectants were unable to consistently and effectively remove debris from surfaces . . .”

Learn more about disinfection at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC0QbwZWiQ0

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 greatbigstory.com

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 greatbigstory.com.

Go ahead and rekindle those dental school memories. Make it your Monday must-see: https://youtu.be/5W-hwxIKVNI



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: https://youtu.be/NOaCqRvzMXQ