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)

This #StudenttoWatch has traveled to his dental destiny

Born into war-wracked Somalia and a refugee for years, Muktar Farah is now on the cusp of a remarkable dental career in Minnesota.

Dr. Farah shared his inspirational path to dentistry with Incisal Edge in the dental lifestyle magazine’s summer edition.

I WAS BORN in Somalia in 1991 at the beginning of the civil war. My family was displaced, and we weren’t in a position to fly out, so we fled the country on foot. We spent the first 10 years of my life in refugee camps in northeastern Kenya.

Around 1999 or 2000, we finally made it to Nairobi and had some stability. I started my schooling there.  My mom valued education, so I was homeschooled and had some foundation, but I was still behind. In 2008, I completed my high school education in Nairobi.

Muktar Farah, recent graduate of Doctor of Dental Surgery program at the University of Minnesota

Through a refugee program, in 2009 Muktar Farah gained an opportunity to come to the U.S. Helpful advice from relatives who attended the University of Minnesota, a summer dental program there and a love for biology led him to dental school.

Minnesota was the first state to take Somali refugees two or three decades ago. Once you come, you don’t want to leave. The people are nice. It’s important to me that my story resonate with people, but I also want to show my appreciation to the state.

Dr. Muktar Farah

Read the full story and see where Dr. Muktar Farah is headed after graduation: https://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/mag/article/world-traveller/

View the hooding ceremony for the Doctor of Dental Surgery candidates conducted by the faculty of the School of Dentistry that took place recently at a University of Minnesota Commencement Ceremony: https://mediaspace.umn.edu/media/t/0_7sgh6jci

Benco Family Foundation provides support for oral health care for underserved children in Boston

On March 23, children and families visiting Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston received free chair-side dental screenings and oral health education. For the second year, the Benco Family Foundation has supported the ADA Give Kids A Smile Day event hosted at Tufts by providing toothbrushes, flossers and two-minute timers.

“Providing children with the dental supplies they need to practice good oral health care at home is part of the Benco Family Foundation mission to educate children on the importance flossing and brushing. We are dedicated to improving dental health in our local communities and proud to partner with Tufts at Give Kids A Smile Day,” said Rebecca Binder, Benco Family Foundation Executive Director.

The ADA’s Give Kids a Smile Day, created in 2003 by the ADA Foundation treats more than 5.5 million children per year, many with inadequate access to care. Cavities are the most common chronic disease of children in the United States: 80 percent of tooth decay is found in 20 to 25 percent of children, many of whom live in low-income households and do not have routine access to dental care. The faculty, staff, and students at Tufts, under the guidance of Dr. Martha Forero, provide a fun and educational environment for the oral health care of children at the Give Kids A Smile day, especially for those children without a dental home.

Since 2015, the Benco Family Foundation has assisted people worldwide through PRO-SYS® toothbrush donations with its Buy-One-Give-One program, and in that time has donated more than 1.1 million toothbrushes. For every PRO-SYS adult tapered or antimicrobial toothbrush purchased from Benco Dental, the philanthropic arm of America’s largest family-owned dental distributor donates a toothbrush to someone in need.

The Benco Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the dental health and quality of life in its local communities and around the world. Established in 2005, the foundation supports oral health solutions and community organizations that are innovative, sustainable, measurable and impactful.

Learn more about the Benco Family Foundation: bencofamilyfoundation.org

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest family-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.”

Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas.

Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

Celebrate Wellness Together With Your Entire Dental Team in October #LHP19

The Lucy Hobbs Project 7th Annual Celebration is a perfect retreat for your dental team. Learn how to incorporate wellness concepts to build happier, more productive and engaged teams.
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For special group pricing, email ariviello@benco.com.

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

Details: https://thelucyhobbsproject.com/

In addition to honoring six inspirational women in the dental profession, earn 3 Continuing Education credits and benefit from guest speakers, panel discussions and more.

Want to attend The Lucy Hobbs Project 7th Annual Celebration?

When: October 3 – 5, 2019
Where: The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
CE Credits: 3
Theme: What: Mind+Body+Soul, Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, At Home & Work
Ticket price: $199.00
Accomodation details: To extend your stay at The Blackstone Hotel, there is a Lucy Hobbs group rate of $255.00 plus tax per night (subject to availability).

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

What can you expect from this year’s event?

  • Hear From Diverse Leaders Who Understand Your Challenges.Running a thriving, rewarding practice means making yourself a priority. You can’t fully show up for your team as an effective and inspiring leader if you’re not in peak mental, emotional and physical health. Our panel of experts includes women who live your challenges everyday: successful practitioners, specialists, hygienists, office managers and more. Because it’s not about living up to unrealistic goals, it’s about becoming the best you.
  • Discover Ways To Practice For Optimum Body Health.The physical demands of dentistry can be punishing – and the effects only worsen as we age. But you can take steps now to improve your posture and ergonomics, whether you’re a dentist constantly hunched over patients, or an office manager too busy to leave your desk. Speakers will open your eyes to the latest techniques for being more mindful of your body and including more healthy motion in your day.
  • Get Real With Fun Solutions For Feeding Yourself & Family.Busy lives demand energy. But chances are, you’re not only fueling yourself, but family too. When the pressure’s on, it’s easy to compromise for the sake of convenience. A cooking and nutrition panel will help you live better through realistic tricks for incorporating healthy meals and snacks throughout the day…even when time is tight. From recipe planning to meal prep,  take away valuable tips you can use as soon as you get home.

About The Lucy Hobbs Project


The national, long-term program, powered by Benco Dental and 10,000 members strong, helps women in dentistry use their voices as a force for change. Named for Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, this Project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. Free to join, it supports the following pillars: innovation, networking, and giving back. To learn more, or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: http://thelucyhobbsproject.com/

Support Oral Cancer Cause at today’s SocialThon #occsharingiscaring

In conjunction with the amazing Oral Cancer Cause, Inc. team of Linda Miles and Robin Morrison, John Stamper, Founder of DentalCast Productions announces that Dentistry’s First Ever, “Socialthon” will be hosted LIVE on the DentalCast Productions Facebook Page today, April 26,  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Donate today: https://oralcancercause.org/product/2019-socialthon-donation/ Stamper referred to today […]

Ready to Mbrace ergonomics to support wellbeing at your dental practice? Check out this design tip.

Today, successful organizations — especially dental practices — are often the ones that can generate the best ideas the fastest.  Practices rely on technology to fuel the process — sharing information on monitors, using videoconferencing to connect with colleagues, and developing content using touchscreens. But problems arise quickly when the systems and devices in use […]

Why Inc. says ‘detox space’ at work helps your team succeed. How to create it.

Does your team’s workday need a detox? According to a recent article in Inc., engaging workspaces and small yet meaningful modifications can make a significant difference to your team. They can: Affect well-being Create connections and collaboration Promote independent thinking Adam Heitzman Co-founder, HigherVisibility, shares in Inc.: “While collaboration and inclusivity is important, there still needs […]

Meet (more than) a few incredible women in Lucy Hobbs Project History #WomensHistoryMonth

Thirty-one days. Not nearly enough time to spotlight every woman in history who has sacrificed, pioneered, challenged, innovated, mentored and made today possible.  Women’s History Month does provide the impetus to honor them,  learn more ( https://womenshistory.si.edu/   ) and most importantly, continue the path of positive reinforcement. The Lucy Hobbs Project does this through the community of dentistry.  Annually, […]

Know a woman in dentistry who inspires? Nominate her today for a Lucy Hobbs Project Award.

  On Friday, to commemorate #internationalwomensday, Stanley Bergman, Chairman of the Board and CEO at Henry Schein shared an insightful reflection on the indomitable spirit of Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor. Annually, Benco Dental pays tribute to the first woman in the U.S. to receive a dental degree by honoring six pioneering women in the dental profession with […]

Benco Dental to host 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project celebration this fall in Chicago

Public invited to free Meet-up tonight at Riff Music Lounge; Nominations open for Project’s Awards The Lucy Hobbs Project® will host a Meet-up, an evening of cocktails and networking, tonight, February 21 at the Riff Music Lounge, 2239 South Michigan Avenue, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60616. All are welcome. Tonight’s free event will spotlight details […]