Meet the ‘Young Dental Hygiene Scholars’

CAPTION: Shown is dental hygiene student Jillian T. Lydon, a student attending Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, PA, one winner of the 2014 ADA Foundation Young Dental Hygiene Scholarships.

The ADA Foundation (ADAF) and Young Dental recently announced the winners of the 2014 ADA Foundation Young Dental Hygiene Scholarships.

Dental hygiene students Jillian T. Lydon, a student attending Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, PA; and Tiffany L. Streeter, a student attending Central Carolina Community College, Stanford, N.C.; are the winners of the 2014 ADA Foundation Young Dental Hygiene Scholarships. Each scholarship is valued at $2,500.

“The scholarship selection process was very difficult due to the high caliber of the many applications the ADA Foundation received for this year’s program,” said Dr. David Whiston, president, ADA Foundation. “The goal of the ADA Foundation’s Young Dental Hygiene Scholarships is to recognize dental hygiene students’ exceptional dedication to outreach activities, leadership, and volunteerism. Ms. Lydon and Ms. Streeter are outstanding dental hygiene students in these areas, and the ADA Foundation is proud to recognize them with scholarships funded by Young Dental.”

The new Young Dental Hygiene Scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, are awarded to two outstanding applicants in conjunction with the ADAF’s Allied Dental Student Scholarship Program.  In addition to those two $2,500 scholarships, the ADA Foundation annually awards 30 other scholarships valued at $1,000 each through this program as follows: 15 for dental hygiene students; 10 for dental assisting students, and five for dental laboratory technology students. The list of scholarship winners and their schools is available at

For more information about the ADA Foundation, visit



Governor lauds PA dental distributor for community impact

Benco Dental in Pittston, Pa. and Sallie Mae in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. were two of 50 companies recognized May 30 by Gov. Tom Corbett at the 2014 Governor’s ImPAct Awards, according to a Times Leader report by Bill O’Boyle. The awards went to outstanding Pennsylvania companies and entrepreneurs for creating jobs, developing ideas, reaching new markets and making positive contributions in local communities.

The largest privately-owned dental company in the United States, Benco Dental,  was “honored for reducing the company’s impact on the environment by reducing trash waste by 50 percent; the company also implemented strict recycling practices and operates fuel-efficient fleets. Last year, the company initiated more than 400 associate-submitted ideas for improving the workplace and the community.”

The awards recognized companies from throughout the state in five categories: Jobs First, Community Impact, Small Business Impact, Entrepreneurial Impact and Export Impact. The winners were chosen by an independent judging panel selected by the state’s partners, Team Pennsylvania Foundation (Team PA) and Journal Multimedia. A total of 247 nominations were received.

Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, Benco Dental has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to ‘deliver success, smile after smile.’  Over the past decade, Benco has been the nation’s fastest growing dental distributor, now servicing more than 35,000 dentists and dental laboratories.

For the full story:


A cost-effective and time-saving solution: OneVisit

Trying to carve out time in your schedule for much deserved time off? Looking to update your office with leading edge technology but stay true to your budget?

Benco Dental’s new solution- OneVisit®- provides same day restorations- saving your and your patients’ time. Affordable innovation has long been sought in dentistry and now, with the 3M™ True Definition Scanner used with the IOS Glidewell TS 150™ mill, technology is no longer something of dreams.

Investment for the system is within every dentist’s reach with special offers and financing.  The simplicity of the software eases its integration into the dental office.

Benco Dental introduces a revolutionary OneVisit solution: 3M TrueDef and Glidewell IOS TS-150 for $69,995* 2 day $1,990 non-refundable training required.

  • The True Definition Scanner is capable of completing clinical indications to include: crown and bridge, inlays, onlays, veneers, and trusted implant connections with Straumann and Biomet 3i ™.  Proven to be the most accurate scanning device available, it will help assure predictable outcomes with better fitting restorations and fewer adjustments, which reduce stress and chair time.  Open architecture delivers an end to costly solution upgrades.
  • The IOS Glidewell TS 150 mill, in tandem with the IOS FastDesign™ software, allows ease of use without compromising precision for the operator. Utilizing a library of restoration possibilities, the clinician or assistant is able to design to satisfy every patient.

The OneVisit® solution from Benco offers increased production and revenue, reduced stress, integration, patient satisfaction and predictable outcomes.




Are you listening?

by Lisa Philp, RDH, President of Transitions Group North America

“Listening is not two people taking turns talking”- Zig Ziglar

Listening is a crucial aspect of our communication for case acceptance. It is the ability to passively listen and receive our patient’s message without judgment, acknowledging their statements, answering what was asked and confirming the accuracy of what they have said with feedback statements.

Show empathy and understanding of another person’s opinion; being quiet and letting the patient speak, without interruption, can lead us to their preferred future and they will trust that we have taken the time to hear them before we tell them about what they need, should have or must do.

In our listening, we want to discover what pain they want to avoid and how we can help them avoid it and what pleasure they want to obtain and how we can help them get it.

Use door openers to encourage patients to keep talking so you can learn more about them. Door openers are also called “double click” questions. Some examples: “go on”, and, “then what?”

Silence is key to allowing someone else to feel heard. Do not interrupt their train of thought and sharing. Active listening involves being attentive to the speaker. Listening, to not only their words, but also their emotional language and hidden messages.

The greatest gift we can offer is our attentiveness. If we want our patients to understand what we have to offer, they must feel that we understand them first. Some examples of active listening are: sounds like…., you feel….., what I heard was….

Event to celebrate women in dentistry

CAPTION: One guest speaker, shown, will be Crystal Washington, hired by companies including Google, Microsoft and GE,companies in the USA, Africa and Europe when they want their teams to take action online! Known for her ability to take complex Web and social media topics and make them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people […]