It’s Thursday and Benco’s got #6NeatThings you should know about

The nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor strives to make it simple to stay up to date with the latest equipment and technology. 

Benco Dental is #drivingdentistryforward with the newest and coolest technology doctors need in the form of its #SixNeatThings promotion.

Minimize waste and optimize price-effectiveness with Ivoclar Vivadent’s Adhese Universal.

Click and Bond! Universal adhesion arrives in an advanced delivery form.

Adhese Universal is a single-component, light-cured universal adhesive for direct and indirect bonding procedures that features compatibility with all etching techniques.

The Adhese Universal from Ivoclar Vivadent.

Adhese Universal is beneficial because it has high-bond strength and virtually no sensitivity. It’s also available in a traditional bottle, as well as a unique VivaPen delivery. 

The VivaPen offers advantages such as: 

  • Fast and convenient direct intra-oral application 
  • Lowest cost per application
    • Offers 190 single-tooth applicators 
  • 67% less material waste, compared to a conventional bottle 

Those interested in the Adhese Universal can read more about it here.

Dress your whole office staff in style with garments from Benco Brands 

Benco offers a variety of different garments to suit every need of your office: 

  • Benco Dental Premium Lab Coats 
  • Benco Dental Lab Coats 
  • ValuLine Lab Jackets 
  • Benco Dental Premium Isolation Gowns 
  • Benco Dental Isolation Gowns 
  • ValuLine Isolation Gowns 

Maxmize your comfort and keep your staff and your patients safe from cross-contamination with any of the garments offered by Benco Dental.

Click here to read more information on the garments. 

Get excellent material quality and outstanding processing characteristics for fast milling and polishing with the VITA SUPRINITY PC zirconia-reinforced block. 

The VITA SUPRINITY PC offers several benefits:

  • Partially crystalized 
  • Offers a fine grain 
  • Has high-accuracy share reproduction 
  • Has the strength of 541 MPa
VITA SUPRINITY PC 3 block options: A1-T, A2-T, A3-T.

The VITA SUPRINITY PC is even designed for minimal wall thickness which means it can be milled with very thin edges all while preventing any chipping.

When dealing with things like posterior and anterior crowns or veneers, don’t settle for anything less than the VITA SUPRINITY PC.

Learn more about the VITA SUPRINITY PC by clicking here

Never deal with accidental spillage again with Vista Dental Products’ Dripless Syringe 

When doing Endo irrigation procedures, protect you and your patients from the risk of bleach stains, damage to skin, eyes and oral mucosa. Costs no more than a standard syringe.

The pre-tipped syringes increase efficiency and lower costs from waste. 

The Dripless Syringe offered by Vista Dental Products.

The Dripless Syringe comes with several benefits: 

  • Reduced risk of bleach stains 
  • Reduced risk of skin irritation 
  • Reduced risk of damage to the eyes and oral mucosa 

The Dripless Syringe comes with 27ga side-vented needles that are tipped with the Appli-Vac Irrigating Tips, all while costing no more than a standard irrigating syringe. 

To learn more about Vista Dental Products’ Dripless Syringe, click here

Help your patients keep periodontal disease at bay with the Perio Restore™ Oral Cleansing Gel.

Fight bacteria in the pocket. Control and reverse early-to-late stages of periodontal disease. Perio Restore provides significant reduction of bacteria

The cleansing gel is a 1.7% hydrogen peroxide formula with mint flavor that helps reduces the effects of the disease when used in conjunction with personalized perio treatment trays between each dental visit. 

The Perio Restore™ Oral Cleansing Gel by DenMat.

The Perio Restore™ Oral Cleansing Gel can be used by a variety of patients: 

  • Those who have inconsistent homecare routines 
  • Those suffering from any stage of gum disease 
  • Those with extensive rotations like crowns, bridges or bonding 
  • Those who are high-risk during advanced medical treatments 

Click here to learn more about the Perio Restore™ Oral Cleansing Gel

The KaVo PROPHYflexTM 4 air polisher makes daily prophylaxis treatments easier, quicker and more thorough.

The KaVo PROPHYflexTM offers a seemless design that allows for disassembly, cleansing, disinfection, and the sterilization of the device to ensure the best possible infection control for patients. 

The KaVo PROPHYflexTM 4 is offered in a variety of colors.

The KaVo PROPHYflexTM 4 also offers several key benefits: 

  • Highly precise powder jet offers less powder mist
  • Narrow canal shape offers improved visibility during supragingival cleaning 
  • 360° rotation grip sleeve offers access to hard-to-reach spots 
  • Adjustable lengths for the handpiece offer the perfect fit for you 

Learn more about the KaVo PROPHYflexTM here

Bring joy to your workspace with Tu Storage from Herman Miller

These days it truly seems that less is more, as people everywhere are gravitating toward adapting a minimalist lifestyle. What does that mean exactly? Well, it’s all about living with less, getting rid of excess, and organizing (and appreciating) what you have.

Marie Kondo of the Netflix hit ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ inspires her clients — and homeowners everywhere — to embrace a minimalist lifestyle.

“Does it Spark Joy?” That’s a question organizational guru Marie Kondo asks her clients on the Netflix hit, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.”   The show features inspiring home makeovers, all fueled by the premise of eliminating items that don’t bring her clients joy and satisfaction. The result?  Happy clients who feel lighter and happier after reducing clutter and organizing their spaces.  

This philosophy makes perfect sense at work. Since we spend a third of our lives in our 9 to 5 endeavors, organizing the workplace can not only enhance efficiency and enable us to work smarter, it can also make for a better state of mind. And while minimalist living might be a little extreme for some, there are proven benefits toward reducing clutter and creating a tidy space.

Can cluttered workspaces lower a company’s bottom line?

Yes, according to a study by the National Association of Professional Organizers. Researchers found that cluttered workspaces can lead to a company’s financial loss equivalent to 10% of a manager’s salary. It’s essential for your productivity — and your mental health — to keep your workspace clutter-free. And while it may seem overwhelming, the incentive to start organizing is undeniable.

Tu Metal Storage Cases

And this is where Herman Miller’s Tu Storage comes in.

Available to dental offices through CenterPoint Design and Benco Dental, Tu Storage is a modernized and personalized take on storage that accommodates the items people actually use. It keeps things for working and living nearby, so people have a more personal connection to their work and the workplace. In that way, Tu is an essential ingredient in tailoring individual workpoints to best support the work people do.

Another study done by the National Association of Professional Organizers showed that being organized will save you 60 minutes a day. Imagine how efficient you would be if you could find all the things that you were looking for, and didn’t get distracted?

Styles that seamlessly fit any décor

Tu is comprehensive in its material offering. Metal, laminate, and veneer finishes pair with metal and wood cases in a range of combinations. This visual versatility allows Tu to take on appearances from highly functional to warmly residential, allowing it to work in nearly any interior. As with all Herman Miller products, Tu has a thoughtfully-considered palette that contributes to enhancing the experience of people working together.

Tu Metal

Supporting the work

Tu Storage is an essential element for creating settings that support people’s work activities. It lets individuals easily store and access their belongings, both work tools and personal items, whether they have assigned workpoints or they use unassigned desks on a drop-in basis. And it all comes with a 12-year, 3-shift warranty.

In a blog published by Chron, author Devra Gartenstein says “Keeping your workplace organized isn’t just a matter of finding permanent places for essential items and instructing employees to replace them there. Workplace organization is a state of mind that takes ongoing work and thought.” 

Ready to de-clutter your space with Tu Storage from Herman Miller? Learn more about this intuitive way to streamline your office environment and bring joy into the workplace, call 1.800.GOBENCO

Smart Meetings magazine recognizes Benco Dental Event Supervisor among 2019 Planners of the Year

Lindsay Pross is one of only 17 event professionals in the United States to earn Planner of the Year recognition from Smart Meetings. As Benco Dental’s Events Department Supervisor, Pross (shown on Smart Meetings magazine cover, top left) oversees internal sales trainings, incentive trips, award shows, customer-facing seminars and trade shows for the nation’s largest independent dental distributor.

Smart Meetings’ annual Planner of the Year Awards recognize event professionals who are leading the way with innovative, transformational programming. They are role models and pioneers in the industry, creating value for their companies and elevating the experience for attendees. Read the complete story: SmartMeetings.com

“We’re grateful to have talented, impactful leaders like Lindsay on our team, and deeply proud to see her efforts recognized alongside fellow professionals at innovative companies like Cisco, Autodesk and Sisense.”

Terry J. Barrett, Chief Marketing Officer at Benco Dental
Lindsay Pross, Benco Dental Events Department Supervisor

Pross joined the Benco team in 2014, bringing more than a decade of corporate event planning to her role. Within three years, she was elevated to department head. Pross plans more than 25 events per year for the company, ranging in size from 20 attendees to 900.

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-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 focused on its unique mission to drive dentistry forward through innovative solutions and caring family culture. 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.

About Smart Meetings

Smart Meetings is the leading media company and the most trusted resource for meeting professionals. Providing best-in-class service, Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines, hosts world-class hosted-buyer networking events, provides CEU-accredited webinars and offers myriad digital resources.



‘Fall’ing in love with new dental innovations

This cycle of 6 Neat Things in order are, Ivoclar’s Cervitec Plus Varnish, Dental and Surgical Bibs from GantGuard™, the Clorox Versa Sure Wipes, the SciCan G4 Statclave, the Benco Brands VPS Connector and Ribbon Holder and the VOCO Admira Fusion x-tra.

The nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor strives to make it simple to stay up to date with the latest equipment and technology. 

Benco Dental is driving dentistry forward with the newest and coolest technology doctors need in the form of its Six Neat Things promotion.

Protect at-risk, exposed and sensitive tooth surfaces with the Cervitec Plus Varnish from Ivoclar

The proven combination of 1% chlorhexidine and 1% thymol firmly adheres to tooth surfaces, creating a shield of long-lasting protection. 

The Cervitec Plus Varnish from Ivoclar.

The Cervitec Plus Varnish can be used for things such as:

  • Exposed cervical margins 
  • Crowns and bridges 
  • Implants 
  • Orthodontic brackets 
  • Proximal areas 
  • Fissures 
  • Restorations 

Ivoclar’s Cervitec Plus Varnish even offers a transparent varnish. 

For more information on Ivoclar’s Cervitec Plus Varnish, click here.

Keep your patients’ clothing protected with the GantGuard™ Dental and Surgical Bibs.

These bibs remove the cold, uncomfortable alligator bibs used in the past. The GantGuard™ Dental and Surgical Bibs also free up storage by removing the clutter of chains. 

The GantGuard™ Dental and Surgical Bibs.

The GantGuard™ Dental and Surgical Bibs offer several key benefits: 

  • Keeps clothing clean and dry
  • Avoids stains
  • Self-adhesive 
  • Ability to be repositioned 
  • No cross-contamination 

Click here for more information on the GantGuard™ Dental and Surgical Bibs.

Keep all of your office surfaces clean with the Clorox Versa Sure Wipes

These disinfectant wipes are alcohol-free, have low odor and low residue. 

The Clorox Versa Wipes kill bacteria and fungus like MRSA and TB in as little as two minutes. They can also kill viruses like mumps and measles in as little as 30 seconds.

The Clorox VersaSure Wipes.

The wipes can be used on surfaces commonly found in healthcare settings such as: 

  • Common plastics 
  • Stainless steel 
  • Glass 
  • High-end finishes like Corian™ and marble 

For more information about the Clorox Versa Sure Wipes click here.

Sterilize all of your dental equipment with the SciCan G4 Statclave

The sleek design can get equipment from dirty to sterile in as quick as 38 seconds.

The SciCan G4 Statclave connects to smart devices to provide all vital notifications right at your fingertips.

The SciCan G4 Statclave.

The sterilizer offers several features to ensure the cleanliness of your equipment:

  • Fast 
  • Closed-door drying
  • 11-inch chamber capacity 
  • Gentle sterilization 
  • Versatile amount of filling and draining options

Click here to read more about the SciCan G4 Statclave.

Never waste impression material again with the Benco Brands VPS Connector and Ribbon Holder

With the ability to transfer leftover impression material from one cartridge to another.

The VSP Connector and Ribbon Holder from Benco Dental.

The reusable ribbon holders enable a strong connection between cartridges.

Learn more about the Benco Brands VPS Transfer Connector and Ribbon Holder here.

Cure with simplicity and the VOCO Admira Fusion x-tra 

The Admira Fusion x-tra’s omni-chromatic shade means there’s no more guesswork and no more wasted shades.

The Admira Fusion x-tra from VOCO.

The Admira Fusion x-tra offers several key benefits: 

  • Extra low shrinkage 
  • Extra depth of cure 
  • Extra high biocompatibility 

The easy to polish, highly stain resistant restorative offers a high gloss finish.

Click here for more information about the VOCO Admira Fusion x-tra.

For details on any of these products, call 1.800.GOBENCO

Benco Dental announces strategic collaboration with Dental Intelligence

The nation’s largest independent dental distributor aligns with Utah-based leader in the industry known for top software used to track, analyze, manage and grow dental practices.

Dental Intelligence, a leader in helping dental practices use actionable data to improve patient care, team collaboration, and practice profitability, aligns with Benco Dental, the nation’s largest independent dental distributor. Their shared goal: helping all dentists in the United States grow in ways that are important to them and their patients.

Dental Intelligence logo

“All of us at Dental Intelligence are thrilled with this opportunity to be aligned with a dynamic organization like Benco. We love how focused they are on addressing and resolving the many unique challenges faced by the dental industry today.”

Weston Lunsford, CEO at Dental Intelligence.
Weston Lunsford, CEO at Dental Intelligence.

“Our company has a single vision: To help dental practices to do more and even better dentistry, more efficiently. Everything we do revolves around this purpose – and we’re passionate about succeeding. Benco’s commitment to helping the practices they work with achieve greater success makes them an ideal partner for Dental Intelligence. We’re so excited to work together,” says Weston Lunsford, CEO at Dental Intelligence.

The Pleasant Grove, Utah-based company connects to a doctor’s Practice Management Software, then analyzes instantly, automates, finds opportunities, and communicates. Dental Intelligence smart tools work to make sure nothing falls through the cracks, while saving time, helping more patients, and increasing production. Among the smart tools:

  • Morning Huddle, a presentation automated with the click of a button, that in 15 minutes unites the dental team with clear and measurable goals, reviews yesterday, today, tomorrow and next week, celebrates victories and creates teaching moments.
  • Call Insight, a smart caller ID that improves patient experience and displays valuable patient opportunities.
  • Today’s Follow Ups, a daily communication assistant, auto-generates call lists for appointment confirmations, hygiene recare and unscheduled treatment.

“Benco Dental and Dental Intelligence share a passion for innovating to help dentists achieve more,” said Terry Barrett, Chief Marketing Officer at Benco Dental.

Terry J. Barrett, Benco Dental Chief Marketing Officer

“This product delivers measurable results through a remarkable combination of hindsight, insight and foresight so users learn from what has already happened, respond better to what’s happening now and anticipate how to react smarter and more efficiently in the future.”

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest independent dental distributor in the United States, driving dentistry forward through innovative solutions and a caring family culture. Benco delivers a full array of supplies, equipment, technology and services to dentists nationwide. Benco Dental firsts include Painless® electronic ordering, automated supply management, BluChip®customer loyalty rewards, CenterPoint design/equipment superstores and OneVisitTM open architecture CAD/CAM. Over 1,500 dedicated associates serve customers nationwide including 400+ sales representatives and 300+ factory-trained service technicians. Benco has been named one of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for three consecutive years.

To learn more about Dental Intelligence software, used by thousands of dentists to manage and grow their practices.  please visit: https://offers.dentalintel.com/benco-snapshot

ABOUT DENTAL INTELLIGENCE
Dental Intelligence is the world’s smartest software used by thousands of dentists to manage and grow their practices. Dental Intelligence simplifies the team’s daily activities that are most important in improving patient health and increasing profitability in the practice. To learn more, visit http://www.dentalintel.com/

ABOUT BENCO DENTAL
Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-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 focused on its unique mission to drive dentistry forward through innovative solutions and caring family culture. 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.

From HGTV straight to your dental practice!

If you can’t get enough of the amazing creations of Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines (shown) think about incorporating one of the stylish wall coverings from Joanna’s Magnolia Home Collection into your dental practice. Available through CenterPoint Design at Benco Dental, these unique designs are distributed by Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering

Shown above, a dental operatory at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint East showroom that features stylish wall covering Avenue WC, from Joanna’s Magnolia Home Collection as distributed by Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering.

“We at Centerpoint Design choose to use wallcovering in many different areas, for many different reasons,”  says Megan Chuzas, Interior Designer at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design.

“A larger scale pattern can be used to draw attention to a well-lighted logo wall.  In restrooms, wall covering is often a code requirement in order to help with infection control and clean-ability.  In high-traffic areas, wall covering is used to provide added wall protection.” 

Megan Chuzas, Interior Designer with Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design group.

Known for her modern farmhouse style, Joanna Gaines incorporates classic designs in her collection, staying true to her brand, while still making them feel current and on trend. Many of her designs are subtle enough to be used throughout an entire space. While others that are larger in scale or made of natural materials, are more well-suited for accent areas or a feature wall. 

Stylish wall covering styles from Joanna’s Magnolia Home Collection and available through CenterPoint Design at Benco Dental, distributed by Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering.

Welcoming and comfortable with a dash of charm, classic farmhouse style is more popular than ever thanks to shows like HGTV’s Fixer Upper. In response to the minimalist trend that was popular in the 1990s and early 2000s, people are now embracing the tradition and surrounding themselves in an environment that makes them feel right at home.

“There are a number of other creative ways to incorporate wall covering into your office design.  Work with a Centerpoint Designer to find out how,” adds Megan Chuzas, CenterPoint Interior Designer at Benco Dental.

Want to add Joanna Gaines’ wall coverings into your dental practice?

Call 1.800.GOBENCO today.

WVU rising: dental school innovation center drives change

The dental school’s new innovation center is driving change—and numbers are rolling in to prove it. WVU’s Dr. Lauren Yura talks what’s happening behind the scenes to boost her alma mater’s national profile. 

It only recently turned two, but West Virginia University School of Dentistry’s Dr. W. Robert Biddington Center for Dental Innovation is already having a profound impact. The only clinic of its kind on the East Coast when it opened, it was one of just three nationwide in 2017 where students experience a real-world environment that operates much like a private practice and also get access to the latest technology. (Benco Dental was one of dozens of donors who helped bring it to life in partnership with the Center for Research and Education in Technology, Inc.)

West Virginia University School of Dentistry’s Dr. W. Robert Biddington Center for Dental Innovation was the only clinic of its kind on the East Coast when it opened. In 2017, it was one of just three nationwide where students experience a real-world environment that operates much like a private practice and also get access to the latest technology.

For starters, it’s a recruiting boon that’s shifting the student body’s demographics. The vast majority of dental students—about 80%—were West Virginians prior to the center’s opening. Today, about half come from out of state. With such a major shift, the school understandably felt compelled to start surveying applicants about what drew them. The results: 99% said the center was a major factor in their decisions to apply.

“Students say it’s the first time they feel like real dentists. They get to broaden themselves as clinicians through increased repetition and exposure to more materials. They also get exposed to practice management and what it means to deal with insurance, fee setting, and staff training.”

Dr. W. Robert Biddington Center for Dental Innovation Director and Assistant Professor, Dr. Lauren Yura

All of which, says Dr. Yura, is changing the way students transition. “They’re better prepared, no question. Since it’s a higher-end environment, it’s also influencing where’d they’d want to work, or what type of practice they’d create for themselves.” 

Time will tell, but as a proud WVU alum herself, Dr. Yura is clearly passionate about sending her students into the world as the best prepared graduates in the school’s history.

Dr. Lauren Yura (right) with a dental student at the Dr. W. Robert Biddington Center for Dental Innovation.

Fall brings cool temps, colorful leaves and new dental innovations

The nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor strives to make it simple to stay up to date with the latest equipment and technology. 

The 6 Neat Things feature the 3M Xerostomia, Protectall Upholstery Cleaner Wipes, SA Cement Universal, Formlabs Form 3, Gibson Healthcare Collagen Plugs and Benco Dental lab supplies.

Benco Dental is driving dentistry forward with the newest and coolest technology doctors need in the form of its Six Neat Things promotion.

Help patients relieve pain from dry mouth with the new 3M Xerostomia Relief Spray.

The professional-grade solution is designed to provide rapid, effective and convenient relief of xerostomia symptoms. The simple-to-use spray allows patients to apply it wherever and whenever they need to.

The Xerostomia Relief Spray from 3M.

The product offers several benefits that help relieve the uncomfortableness caused by dry mouth brings. These include: 

  • Rapid and long-lasting relief 
  • A lipid-based spray to moisturize the mouth 
  • The convenience of a spray nozzle – no mixing or rinsing needed 

Read more about the 3M Xerostomia here.

Extend the life of your upholstery with the Protectall Upholstery Cleaner Wipes.

The wipes by Palmero Healthcare effectively protect, clean, and restore upholstery to ensure that it lasts longer.

The wipes are pre-moistened with an advanced water-based silicone formula.

The Palmero Protectall Upholstery Cleaner Wipes.

The Protectall Upholstery Cleaner Wipes can be used to sanitize a variety of surfaces such as: 

  • Leather 
  • Vinyl 
  • Plastic 
  • Rubber 
  • X-ray aprons 
  • Dental unit chairs 

To learn more about the Palmero Protectall Upholstery Cleaner Wipes, click here

Say goodbye to complicated bonding protocol with the Panavia SA Cement Universal.

The primer-free product allows for easy and quick cementation and offers high-bond strength to all materials, including:

  • Porcelain
  • Lithium disilicate 
  • Composite resin 
  • Zirconia 
  • Both Precious and Noble metal 
The Panavia SA Cement Universal.

The SA Cement Universal is suitable for a variety of procedures such as: 

  • Crowns and bridges
  • Inlays and onlays 
  • Posts
  • Adhesion bridges 

Click here to learn more about the SA Cement Universal.

Step into the world of 3D printing with Formlabs Form 3 Low Force Stereolithography

Using linear illumination and a flexible tank to turn liquid into resin prints, the Form 3 creates flawless prints every time. 

The Form 3 offers benefits on several fronts: 

  • Low cost-per-part printed
  • Most-used dental 3D printer in the world
  • Best quality at best price
  • Perfect fit and finish ensured
  • Open system: accepts any .stl file

The system constantly monitors print performance and allows the most creative ideas to be brought to life.

The Form 3 3D printer from Formlabs.

Integrated sensors help to maintain ideal print conditions and send alerts about the state of the machine.

Read more about the Formlabs Form 3 Low Force Stereolithography by clicking here

Heal and protect patients’ wounds with the Gibson Healthcare Collagen Plugs.

The highly-purified collagen plugs are porous, sterile and resorb within 30 days of application. Healthcare wound dressings also come in tape and foam form.

The Collagen Plugs from Gibson Healthcare.

The collagen plugs offer several key features and advantages:

  • Predictable in-vivo resorption 
  • Great handling characteristics 
  • Ability to suture or use tacks 
  • Moderate ability to be draped
  • Ability to be repositioned
  • Easy handling – does not stick to instruments 

To learn more about the Gibson Healthcare Collagen Plugs, click here

Get everything you need for labs all in one place with Benco Dental.

By offering a great choice and variety of flexibility, Benco Dental lab supplies are suited to fit every lab and every situation.

Some of the lab products offered by Benco Dental are shown above.

Benco Dental can supply doctors with all of the vital instruments they need to operate in a lab such as: 

  • Lab stones 
  • Plasters 
  • Pumice 
  • Acrylic 

For more information on Benco Dental lab supplies, click here.

Benco associates take on the 5 for 5 Saltine Challenge to fight pediatric sarcoma cancer

Team Arnav Foundation raises awareness and money for pediatric sarcoma cancer and research in tribute to Arnav Krishna, who died at age 16 after 2.5 year battle with osteosarcoma.

This past Friday, associates at the Benco Dental home office in Pittston, Pennsylvania, tackled the 5 for 5 Saltine Challenge, which was created by the Team Arnav Foundation to raise awareness and money for pediatric sarcoma cancer and research.

The nonprofit Team Arnav was founded by Dhruv Krishna, with the help of family and friends, to honor his twin brother Arnav, who lost his life to a 2.5 year battle with osteosarcoma. The foundation’s goal is to raise money to help fund osteosarcoma research.

Dhruv Krishna, while a summer intern at the nation’s largest family-owned dental distributor, enlisted his team members at Benco to participate in the Challenge.

View the video: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1eW5fBn0-E/?igshid=wogawg3lzkk4

The Challenge

The challenge is to eat 5 Saltines in under a minute, then donate $5 on the Team Arnav website, hence the name 5 for 5. Once completed, share the challenge video on social media, tag @TeamArnav and nominate five others to complete the challenge. Nominees are given 48 hours to complete the challenge.

Thus far, the challenge has raised $10,000, with over 400 participants, including four corporations.

Arnav’s Story

The late Arnav Krishna is shown before a cycling race in 2018 after his recovery from chemo and surgery.

Arnav Krishna grew up in the Lehigh Valley, PA, attending the Swain School from grades Pre-K through 8. He was a nationally-ranked cyclist (he earned the 18th spot for his age group in the nation in 2016), an avid learner who excelled in the classroom, and a kind friend to all.

In the summer of 2016, Arnav was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of aggressive bone cancer that affects a mere 400 people a year. After a year of grueling chemotherapy, a 17-hour surgery, and still more chemotherapy, he was cleared as cancer free.

During his battle with cancer, Arnav adopted a mantra: Relentless Positivity. This inspired him and those around him to stay positive regardless of the circumstances, and to see the good in everything.

Less than a year after his clearance as cancer-free, doctors discovered the cancer had relocated and spread all over Arnav’s body. There was no cure.

The Foundation

Twin brothers Arnav (right) and Dhruv (left) Krishna pose for a photo at Meadowbrook Farm, PA.

Dhruv Krishna, 17, a rising senior at Moravian Academy in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, discussed the inspiration behind Team Arnav Foundation.

“I saw how much he suffered, how much I suffered, and how much everybody else suffered. I want to do everything in my power to make sure no one else has to suffer like that ever again.”

Dhruv Krishna

The foundation’s mission is to “build a community of support for those in need and work to raise awareness and funds to continue the fight against sarcoma cancer.” Every dollar raised by the foundation goes directly to research, therapy, and treatments for sarcoma.

Dhruv was motivated to create the foundation after he saw firsthand how little funding sarcoma received: “Sarcoma cancers only receive about $100,000 in funding annually, while more common cancers, such as breast cancer, receive about $6 billion annually. It was really jarring that something so life-taking received so little funding to find a cure.”

The Future

Dhruv is hoping that in the future, funds created by the Team Arnav Foundation will help find a cure to sarcoma cancers. Dhruv said he is eternally grateful to everyone who has contributed and donated so far.

To read more about Arnav Krishna and the Team Arnav Foundation or donate, visit Team Arnav’s website http://teamarnav.org

Dentists: Let’s celebrate #NationalTellAJokeDay

Jokes are one of the most classic ice breakers, mood lifters, and laugh inducers of all time – especially in the dental office.

So, it’s not a surprise that jokes have their own national day dedicated to all of the joy and giggles they bring about.

August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day, and it’s time to celebrate.

Jokes can be used in virtually any situation, considering there are infinite jokes about infinite things that relate to infinite situations, including dentistry.

Jokes can be the perfect antidote for nervous patients who may not enjoy trips to the dentist.

By lightening the mood and lessening the tension, telling simple, funny dental jokes may be the perfect way to ensure that all patients have enjoyable and low-stress visits.

Here are a few jokes to entertain any patient in your dental office:

  • What did the judge say to the dentist?
    Do you swear to pull the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth?
  • What do you call a dentist’s advice?
    His “fl-ossophy”
  • What does a member of the marching band use to brush his teeth?
    A tuba toothpaste
  • What’s a dentist’s favorite time of day?
    Tooth-thirty
  • What will a dentist give you for one dollar?
    Buck teeth
  • What’s a dentist’s favorite dance move?
    The floss

Additional benefits

Apart from making dentist visits more enjoyable for some patients, jokes also offer several other benefits related to laughter, such as:

  • Health benefits:
    • Increases production of infection fighting antibodies
    • Improves blood circulation
    • Increases production of endorphins
    •  Reduces stress
    • Soothes tension

Make sure to celebrate #NationalTellAJokeDay and make someone laugh! Let us know your favorite dentistry jokes if we missed them, too!