Can lounge chairs give patients cancer?

Flame retardant furnishings may have been created with protection in mind, but their after effects can be detrimental.

Chemicals used to treat the filling and upholstery of guest and lounge seating seen in many dental office waiting areas are considered by many scientists as the new lead.

They were invented to slow the spread of fires, but after decades of use, wide‐spread testing has shown they contribute toward hormone disruption and certain types of cancer.

Solving problems takes a creative approach — something the designers at Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design embrace. Their goal: making sure your dental practice furniture works well, while ensuring the health and safety of your patients, and the planet.

Palisade Collection Palisades uses fire
retardant-free materials (Photo Courtesy Herman Miller)

Ask yourself, “Have we made the best choices possible?”

Only by continuing to ask that question and making sustainability a priority can we be confident in creating a better world.

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, shifting to use of sustainable woods. (Photo courtesy Herman Miller)

Herman Miller furniture, distributed by Benco Dental, has added other well-being features to its product line, including:

* Curved edge surfaces to prevent bump incidents

* PVC free, non-flame retardant textiles on all seating

* Antimicrobial treatments on request only

* Takeback programs for end-of-life products

* Zero waste in manufacturing, reductions in water/energy and local resources

Mirra 2 Chairs, shown, reuse materials. (Photo courtesy Herman Miller)

Learn more about the well-being features Herman Miller includes in its product lines and how you can incorporate Herman Miller in your practice:

Contact Mandy Welman at 570-602-7011 or

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 Don’t have a Friendly Benco Rep? Call 1-800-GOBENCO to schedule a visit.  


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 or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

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