Plan an October visit to Chicago and share a toast #LucyTagAFriend

Are you a woman in dentistry?

The 2019 Annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration October 3-5 in Chicago is the perfect retreat for a dental practice. Thought leaders, panelists and networking events will focus on more than individual wellness. They’ll impart strategies for incorporating wellness concepts throughout a practice to build a happier, more productive and engaged team.

The theme: Mind+Body+Soul. Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, At Home & Work.
The idea: Celebrate wellness together with your entire team.


Visit LucyHobbsBenco on Instagram to learn about a fun opportunity to network in Chicago

The Lucy Hobbs Project today launched a social media campaign #LucyTagAFriend that invites women in dentistry to, well, invite other women in dentistry to attend the event and celebrate together.

Details:
1. In the comments section on this post at the Lucy Hobbs Project Instagram, tag a friend who you’d like to attend The 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration this October in Chicago.

2. Add the phrase “#LucyTagAFriend”.

3. If you both register by July 19, 2019, you’ll receive a voucher to share a toast on us @TheBlackstone.”

For additional details, contact ARiviello@benco.com

Ready to register for the event?

When: October 3 – 5, 2019
Where: The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Ticket price: $199.00
Event registration closes on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Register today – space is limited for this amazing event: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/
For more event details, please contact: Ali Riviello, am5963@benco.com 
or 570-602-7068

Workstation, chair, movement: Workplace ergonomics as easy as 1, 2, 3

Workstation wellness awaits, with a little help from Herman Miller.
Known for innovation and expertise in the health care furnishings, Herman Miller shares recommends a few steps (shown) to help.

  1. Movement. Change postures. Don’t substitute sitting all day for standing all day. Sit down or move after 20 minutes of standing.
  2. Workstation. Make sure wrists aren’t bent while at a desk. Raise or lower the desk until arms are in a straight line.
  3. Chair. Don’t forget to sit and take breaks from standing. Use a chair to support changing postures.
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Look away, look away

Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds to help avoid eye strain, reduce headaches and neck pain.

MBrace Wall-Mounted Technology

No leaning, please.

Pull your environment to you, not the other way around. Sit back in your chair, pull monitor, keyboard and mouse to you to reduce the tendency to lean.

Setu Chair

S for Support.

Sit all the way back in your chair to support your spine’s natural S-shape.

Ollin Monitor Arm with Flo Power Hub

A little tilt goes a long way.

Wearing bifocals? Try tilting your monitor up slightly to help avoid eye strain.

Wishbone Monitor Arm with Canvas Office Landscape

Open circulation starts with … feet

Make sure your feet are squarely supported on the floor to open up circulation.

Want to learn more?

Contact Interior Designer Mandy Welman at 1.800.GOBENCO

Tommy Tucker’s Tooth: Walt Disney touted dental care before Mickey Mouse was king

Early film showcased everything from horror to zany comedy to … dental education films.
Yes, that’s right, one of the uses of early silent film was to educate children on proper dental hygiene!

Tommy_Tucker's_ToothOne of the first films of its kind, Tommy Tucker’s Tooth (1922) was produced by none other than Walt Disney, six years before he introduced the world to Mickey Mouse in 1928 in Steamboat Willie.

In December of 1922, a Kansas City dentist named Thomas B. McCrum went to the office of the Laugh-O-Gram film studio, where a very young Walt Disney was working; he wanted Disney to create an educational film about children’s dental health. He signed a contract with Disney to have him produce and create 500 copies of the film called Tommy Tucker’s Tooth. Disney went on to use the money from this production to move to Hollywood and start up his own cartoon studio.

TommyTuckerToothThe resulting production was a silent, 15-minute live-action film with animated inserts, focusing on two boys, Tommy Tucker, a young man who takes care of his teeth and appearance, and Jimmy Jones, who neglects his oral hygiene. When Tommy is hired for the job both youngsters apply for, Jimmy realizes the error of his ways, cleans up his mouth and his act, and eventually finds gainful employment.

Clarateeth Disney produced another dental film for Dr. McCrum, called Clara Cleans Her Teeth. The role of Clara was played by Disney’s own niece. By then, he had a studio set up in Hollywood and the credits on this picture reflect that. Disney went on to make more educational films for the dental market for 30 years, as well as produce plenty of cartoons starring everyone’s favorite mouse, Mickey.

 

About the blogger

Guest blogger Jenn Ochman, Database Publishing Production Specialist in the Branding and Communication Department at Benco Dental, dedicates her time outside work to historical reenactment. She shares knowledge of dental history with TheDailyFloss.com readers on a monthly basis.

Women in dentistry: Chicago is your kind of town

Later this year, Chicago will host the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Celebration gala, a tribute to women in dentistry (find out this year’s winners here !). The whole big-shouldered city is gala, of course—and tackling it like a local will make your time there even better.

Carrie Schedler is the senior dining editor for Chicago magazine. Her first piece for Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine focuses on eating like a local there and visiting every attraction the city has to offer.

YOU MAY THINK you know Chicago: the bone-cutting cold, the carbohydrate-and-cheese behemoth we call pizza, Da Bears. And though we’ve heard every deep-dish insult you could possibly lob our way, you’re not wrong. But there’s so much more to love in the Midwest’s largest city: gorgeous architecture, verdant parks, sparkling lake views and world-class food.

Chicago is a place that can feel like both a global destination and a small town all in the span of just a few blocks. It’s little wonder the annual Lucy Hobbs Celebration is being held here this October—every attendee of this extravaganza, which lauds the achievements of women in dentistry, will find something worth discovering. (Even, dare we say it, exceptional thin-crust pies.)

Read the full story at: https://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/mag/article/your-kind-of-town/

Register for the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Incisal Edge to honor 2019 ‘40 Under 40’

America’s Best Young Dentists to convene at Manhattan celebration June 6, 7

Dental lifestyle magazine expands signature awards to include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists; fall edition will spotlight 80 professionals from across the United States.

PITTSTON, PA — May 20, 2019 — Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, will honor 80 of America’s rising stars at a two-day event, June 6 and 7, in the NoMad district of Manhattan. An expansion of the magazine’s signature awards will include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists. Among this year’s Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 recipients are 43 women and 37 men from 25 states. The Incisal Edge “40 Under 40,” released today, will be featured in the fall print and digital editions of the magazine. A complete list of this year’s winners is featured below, and at: IncisalEdgeMagazine.com

Honorees in the General Dentist category include:

Dr. Heidi B. Aaronson, Wellesley, Massachusetts, Dr. Michelle Augello, Buffalo, New York, Dr. Meredith Bailey, Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Andrew F. Bartish, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Sarah Blair, West Allis, Wisconsin, Dr. Jaime S. Bremnes, Garden City and New York, New York, Dr. Corey Brick, New York, New York, Dr. Elizabeth Carmack, Rutland, Shaftsbury and Bennington, Vermont, Dr. Tyler J. Carmack, Rutland, Shaftsbury and Bennington, Vermont, Dr. Stanford Chen, Bellevue, Washington, Dr. Riley D. Clark, Medford, Oregon, Dr. Christen Dinkha, Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Emily Dodds, Long Beach, California, Dr. Dustin R. C. Dodds, Long Beach, California, Dr. Ryan Dulde, Eagle, Wisconsin, Dr. Kajuana Farrey, Riverdale and Moultrie, Georgia, Dr. Brianna Ganson, Leawood, Kansas, Dr. Randi Green, Springfield, Missouri, Dr. Dan Iannotti, Valencia, California, Dr. Joyce Kahng, Costa Mesa, California, Dr. Sako Karakozian, Studio City, California, Dr. Bill Keith, Mission, Kansas, Dr. Brittany Kinol, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Arend Klooster, Holly Springs and Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Rebecca Koenigsberg, New York, New York, Dr. Taline Kotchounian, Studio City, California, Dr. Kiwon Lee, Montvale, New Jersey, Dr. Katie McCann Lee, Aurora, Colorado, Dr. Jeff Moon, Haymarket, Virginia, Dr. Brett Moore, Plymouth, Minnesota, Dr. Nicole R. Naylor, Denver, North Carolina, Dr. JC Owens, Coal Township, Pennsylvania, Dr. Seena Patel, Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Onika Patel, Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Shalin Patel, Dallas, Texas, Dr. Rebecca Pounds, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Tricia Quartey-Sagaille, Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Caleb Robinson, New Philadelphia, Ohio, Dr. Jason Watts, Lithia, Florida, Dr. Richard J. Weber, Tabernacle, New Jersey.

Honorees in the Dental Specialist category include:

Dr. Huda Aljonaidy, Ormond Beach, Florida, Dr. Daniel Cassarella, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Quinn Chan, Lincoln, Massachusetts, Dr. Monica Chandran, Olney, Maryland, Dr. Rita Chuang, Torrance, California, Dr. Charlie Clark, Gilbert and Chandler, Arizona, Dr. Tori-Thuy Conrad, Chanhassen, Minnesota, Dr. Mark M. Dawoud, Palm Harbor, Florida, Dr. Hemant Dhawan, Cumming and Alpharetta, Georgia, Dr. Nasem Dunlop, Foothill Ranch, California, Dr. Troy Eans, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Roselyne Gichana, Falls Church, Virginia, Dr. Susan Hernandez, Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Kevin Kennedy, Clarksville, Tennessee, Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie, Swansea, Massachusetts, Dr. Tommy Lee, Montvale, New Jersey and New York, New York, Dr. Setareh Aghabak Lavasani, Pomona, California, Dr. Danielle Lombardi, New York, New York, Dr. Shawn Marsh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Ryan Mendro, Winter Garden, Florida, Dr. Justin Messina, Englewood, New Jersey, Dr. Alexis K. Moore, Valencia, California, Dr. Bar Nguyen, Spring and Katy, Texas, Dr. Lizzie O’Dell, Hurricane, West Virginia, Dr. BiNa Oh, Lincoln, Massachusetts, Dr. Valerie Okehie, Greenbelt, Maryland, Dr. Liliana Ortiz, New York, New York, Dr. Hubert J. Park, Lynn, Massachusetts, Dr. Mary Regina Pham, Placentia, Garden Grove, and Costa Mesa, California, Dr. Sean Pierce, Newport Beach and Tustin, California, Dr. Joel M. Preminger, Cedarhurst, New York, Dr. Kadambari Rawal, Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Samantha Rawdin, New York, New York, Dr. Tuhina Sen Roy, Little Falls, New Jersey, Dr. Yuliya Salmeron, Austin, Texas, Dr. Andrea Smith, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Dr. Sarah Stipho, Framingham, Massachusetts, Dr. Walter D. Thames, Garden Ridge, Texas, Dr. Alexander Volchonok, New York, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut, Dr. Stephanie Zeller, Seattle, Washington.

“The sheer volume of nominations has grown to a point where we could no longer narrow our honorees to just 40,” said Chuck Cohen, founder of Incisal Edge. “As doctors strive for greater excellence in every aspect of practice—from cutting-edge clinical expertise to innovative entrepreneurship to remarkable patient environments—it became necessary to provide more opportunities to recognize their important achievements. That’s a great problem for dentistry to have.”

The itinerary for 2019 honorees includes an exclusive high fashion photo shoot at The James Hotel – Nomad, New York City and a celebration of all that they have achieved thus far in their professional careers. The top young dentists in the nation will take a well-deserved break from the rigors of medicine and receive the red-carpet treatment by magazine staff, and a team of stylists assembled by Forbes, including renowned style director Joseph DeAcetis. The photography portfolio they create will serve as the centerpiece of the magazine’s fall print and digital editions. 

Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime — and nothing better exemplifies this than the magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 edition, a series of informative profiles of the finest young practitioners in the profession. Renowned for their medical innovations, volunteer work and philanthropy or a commitment to outstanding patient care, these 80 honorees— nominated by industry experts from around the country and vetted by an independent panel — represent the best of dentistry today, and the promise of even better dentistry tomorrow.

Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. Members of the 2018 40 Under 40 are shown on the cover of the 2018 fall edition, photographed at the Kimpton Hotel Eventi, 851 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10001. (Style Director Joseph DeAcetis/ Photography Sasha Maslov)

To learn more about Incisal Edge, visit: http://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/

About Incisal Edge

Knowledge. Success. Life. Those three words, printed on the cover of every issue, guide editorial content for the national’s premier dental lifestyle magazine — Incisal Edge. Published by Benco Dental since 1997, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime. Known for its “40 Under 40 — America’s Best Young Dentists,” which highlights the country’s brightest rising stars, the magazine’s content ranges from “The 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry” and news about the latest techniques, tools, and dental practice designs, to the best in travel, automobiles, and timepieces. Incisal Edge magazine’s print edition reaches 130,000 readers quarterly via a direct mail distribution package with Dentaltown magazine. Digitally, incisaledgemagazine.com, leads with dynamic visuals and follows with exclusive web content, an improved mobile experience, and a centralized nomination hub for the magazine’s signature awards: the aforementioned 40 Under 40, the Lucy Hobbs Project Awards for Exemplary Women in Dentistry and the Incisal Edge Design Competition for interior design, architecture and space planning within the dental profession.

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.

Strength, Speed, Esthetics: 3M™ Zirconia Goes Chairside

Benco Dental introduces doctor-recommended 3M Chairside Zirconia, a CEREC® compatible block with the ability to go from scan to seat in less than one hour.

Strength and speed you need, esthetics you want. New 3M Chairside Zirconia boasts the high strength that restorations demand, with a fast sintering time of approximately 20 minutes for a thin-walled crown. All that, plus easy matching and excellent translucency.

3M Chairside Zirconia is strong enough for use in a single-unit crown and a three-unit bridge restoration with one pontic supported on each side by a crown. With a high flexural strength of over 800 MPa, 3M Chairside Zirconia stands out. It also requires a low minimum wall thickness of just 0.8 mm, enabling a practitioner to carry out less invasive preparations and preserve more tooth structure. In addition, 3M Chairside Zirconia’s fracture toughness upholds stringent ISO standards. Plus, it has a fast sintering time of as little as approximately 20 minutes for a thin-walled crown, when used with the CEREC® SpeedFire furnace.

Available in two pre-shaded block sizes in eight shades for easy shade matching, 3M Chairside Zirconia enables a practitioner to provide patients beautiful smiles with natural-looking dental restorations from a Chairside Zirconia. Each zirconia block comes pre-shaded in Bleach, A1, A2, A3, A3.5, B1, C1 and D2 designed to match VITA® classical shades. The result? Easy matching of 3M Chairside Zirconia to each patient’s tooth shade.

Dentists recommend it. During a 3M field evaluation last year with 36 participants from Germany and the U.S., 95 percent reported they are satisfied or very satisfied with the fit of 3M Chairside Zirconia restorations. Eighty-three percent rated it better or much better overall than the chairside material they are currently using, and 83 percent rated the translucency better or much better than the chairside zirconia material they are currently using.

Adding to the simplicity, 3M provides two cements to choose from, depending on preferences and the case at hand. These easy-to-use, reliable products offer versatile cement options for chairside zirconia products. 3M RelyXTM Luting Plus Resin Modified Glass Ionomer Cement is everyday easy, with a 5-second tack light cure feature for easy excess cement removal and higher bond strength than conventional glass ionomer. 3M RelyXTM Unicem 2 Self-Adhesive Resin Cement offers all-around reliability as the world’s most clinically proven self-adhesive resin cement that saves time by eliminating etching, priming and bonding steps.

“With Chairside Zirconia, 3M is delivering on the innovation and promise of chairside dentistry by providing remarkable efficiency without compromising strength of esthetics,” said Terry Barrett, Chief Marketing Officer for Benco Dental. “The ability to go from scan to seat in an hour with a product from a trusted company like 3M is an option we’re delighted to offer our customers.”

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.  Those design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas, feature North America’s largest selection of dental equipment and technology, as well as a hands-on dental design experience, to assist dentists in the planning and construction of a new office.

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.

Compact, Smart, Affordable 3D from ACTEON: Introducing X-Mind® prime

Real innovation meets true simplicity in a zero-footprint unit that installs practically anywhere in one hour and offers 2D and 3D capability.

The remarkably compact, lightweight, wall-mounted X-Mind prime 3D CBCT from ACTEON puts advanced capabilities within reach of more dental practices—especially those needing, or simply wanting, a unit that occupies less room.

X-Mind prime offers so much capability, in so little space. The latest addition to ACTEON’s 2D and 3D CBCT panoramic product line blends cutting-edge technology with enhanced simplicity. It demonstrates remarkable ingenuity by combining 2D and 3D technologies into a unit the size of a small chair. Yet, because it’s wall mounted, takes up no floor space.

Offering a wide range of panoramic (24) and CBCT (32) options, X-Mind prime covers many clinical applications, including implantology, endodontics, TMJ and sinus imaging. Practitioners can also scan 3D objects such as plaster models and silicone impressions, opening up a range of new possibilities.

When it comes to installation, X-Mind prime is especially flexible and designed to fit into even narrow spaces. At just 148 pounds, its light weight means it can go places where larger, heavier units can’t. X-Mind prime ships fully assembled. The speed of installation is unmatched: one box, one technician, two steps and that’s all. It does not interrupt a practice’s daily work and operations, so there’s no need to turn the schedule upside down on the day it arrives.

Another benefit of the unit: ease of use. Alignment lasers make correct patient positioning simple. Telescopic columns are adjustable from the simple control panel, and the unit is accessible for wheelchair users. Automatic chin support recognition, based on the type of operation selected, means error-free patient positioning.

The software keeps it simple, too. ACTEON Imaging Suite presents fully integrated, advanced and open architecture. With intuitive navigation and advanced functionality, it manages images for scanning and viewing as received from all ACTEON imaging devices and more. One minute is all it takes to edit an implant report.

In addition to support from Benco Dental, training for operation, patient positioning, and software can be provided in person by the local ACTEON rep. Plus, the ACTEON staff of technical service reps are just a phone call away to provide remote support if needed. Training videos may be found at http://www.acteongroup.com

“We’re committed to offering best of breed products to our customers,” said Sue Evans, Director of Equipment Merchandising for Benco Dental. “The X-Mind prime combines space efficiency, ease of installation and operation, and affordability with genuine overall capability.”

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.  Those design showrooms, one at the company’s Pa. headquarters, one in Southern California, and one in Texas, feature North America’s largest selection of dental equipment and technology, as well as a hands-on dental design experience, to assist dentists in the planning and construction of a new office.

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.

No Inventory, No Sales Tax Worries: New Ways For Docs To Dispense Highly-Rated PRO-SYS® VarioSonic®

There’s a better way for patients to try an ADA Accepted power toothbrush right in their dentist’s office—and a new, hassle-free way for doctors to offer it.

The PRO-SYS CheckUp program delivers everything necessary to display and demonstrate VarioSonic. An attractive countertop display contains a working VarioSonic unit, brush heads and patient brochures. The demonstration and disinfection protocol is fast, simple and effective, using a fresh barrier sleeve and new brush head for each session. Not only do patients get to try it themselves, they also benefit from professional coaching during their visit to get the most from VarioSonic later when using it at home.

Doctors who don’t wish to maintain an inventory, or worry about collecting sales tax, can also participate in PRO-SYS Patient Direct. Benco Dental does all the work. It’s as simple as placing the order online on the patient’s behalf. Benco Dental will then ship items directly and credit the practice a percentage of the sale price.


CheckUp offers everything practices need to display and demonstrate VarioSonic.

Why VarioSonic? It’s an advanced, value-packed power toothbrush that competes with units costing much more. It earned the highest possible rating from The Dental Advisor (+++++, Excellent) based on a 96% overall score. It also won an Editor’s Choice nod, which is reserved exclusively for “a unique, significant product.”

Evaluators commented specifically on its choice of distinct cleaning modes (“I liked the option of 5 intensities”) and overall satisfaction with the product (“Very nice brush. Works well, is quiet and easy to use”). Patients called out VarioSonic’s long battery life (“Held its charge for my 10-day trip!”), comfort (“easier on my gums than my normal brush,” “light weight with calm vibrations”) and dexterity (“I was able to easily reach my back teeth”).

Even more remarkable: PRO-SYS VarioSonic’s suggested retail price to patients is $69—significantly less expensive than competing models that can’t offer the same flexibility, features or top-rated performance.

VarioSonic is among a limited number of power toothbrushes to earn the ADA Seal of Acceptance. It delivers the perfect, essential combination of five unique brush heads and five distinct cleaning modes for a total of 25 possible intensities. The automatic timer feature guides users through each quadrant to ensure brushing for the optimal length of time. Plus, battery life is remarkable: up to a month under normal use when fully charged. VarioSonic is portable, easy to carry and comes with a travel case included. Each unit it backed by a one-year warranty.

To learn more, see your Friendly Benco Rep or visit pro-sys.com. Don’t have a Friendly Benco Rep? Call 1-800-GOBENCO to schedule a visit.  

About PRO-SYS

PRO-SYS is an owned brand of Benco Dental, one of the industry’s most recognized and innovative companies. It began as a line of Edison Award-winning manual toothbrushes and quickly grew into a complete oral care brand offering everything from the advanced VarioSonic power toothbrush to everyday essentials like toothpaste, floss and oral rinses.

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 Pennsylvania headquarters, one in Southern California and one in Texas. Benco, which has been named one of Fortune’s 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.

Dr. Juliann Bluitt Foster charted course for change. Dental leader dies at 80.

“Barrier breaker.”

The Washington Post aptly describes the first woman and first African American to serve as president of the American College of Dentists in a tribute to her passing.

Dr. Joan Bluitt Foster, 1938 – 2019

(Photo courtesy The Island Funeral Home)

Dr. Juliann Bluitt Foster died April 17 at her home in Hilton Head, S.C. She was 80, according to the story.

Chicago Dental Society President Cheryl Watson-Lowry, the society’s second female African-American president, describes Dr. Bluitt Foster’s mentorship qualities in an obituary published in the CDS Review:

“As the first female and African-American female president of the Chicago Dental Society, Juliann Bluitt inspired me and countless others to pursue our dreams without limitation. She not only served as a role model to so many of us but was also a pioneer in multiple arenas.” 

After earning her dental degree from Howard University in 1962, she dedicated her professional efforts as a member of the Chicago Board of Health, then later joined Northwestern University’s dental school as a dental educator and assistant dean.

Bart Barnes illustrates in his story how Dr. Bluitt Foster “encouraged and supported an increase in the number of female dental students”.

“It was expected that women would not be good in operating a dental practice because they didn’t have business experience,” she told the Chicago Tribune in 1992. “But women have been managing time, money and resources for years.”

Read more about Dr. Bluitt Foster’s early years in Washington and her legacy in dentistry: here.

Learn about her career in Chicago and achievements as the first female president of the Chicago Dental Society: here.

Tennis player’s life-saving trip to her dentist

American tennis player Nicole Gibbs can thank a recent dental visit for potentially saving her life.

“About a month ago, I went to the dentist and was alerted to a growth on the roof of my mouth,” she wrote on Twitter this week. “The biopsy came back positive for a rare cancer called mucoepidermoid carcinoma (salivary gland cancer). Fortunately, this form of cancer has a great prognosis and my surgeon is confident that surgery alone will be sufficient treatment.”

The 117th-ranked Gibbs, who made it to the third round of the 2014 US Open, was headed to the French Open but will skip it to undergo treatment. On the bright side, she said her doctor “okayed me to play an extra couple tournaments these past few weeks which served as a nice distraction.”

She is set to undergo surgery on Friday, May 17 and expects a four- to six-week recovery period. “My goal is to be back for Wimbledon qualifying at the end of June,” she wrote.