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Benco Family Foundation celebrates 1 millionth toothbrush donation, introduces new vendor partners Benco Design Manager Melissa Sprau describes the Ucreate by NunoErin as Event and Travel Coordinator Dane Bower and Sales Communication Liaison Ragan Knecht (back to camera) demonstrate how the interactive screen can engage younger patients. (Photo: Robert Selleck, Dental Tribune America)
Benco Design Manager Melissa Sprau describes the Ucreate by NunoErin as Event and Travel Coordinator Dane Bower and Sales Communication Liaison Ragan Knecht (back to camera) demonstrate how the interactive screen can engage younger patients. (Photo: Robert Selleck, Dental Tribune America)

Benco Family Foundation celebrates 1 millionth toothbrush donation, introduces new vendor partners

By Robert Selleck / DTA
February 23, 2019

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: At a press conference at the 2019 Midwinter Meeting, the Benco Family Foundation announced its donation of PRO-SYS toothbrushes to every Chicago Public School elementary student in celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month as well as its contribution of an additional 40,000 toothbrushes to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry community service programs.

With these contributions, the Benco Family Foundation will top 1 million toothbrushes donated.

“Through our toothbrush donation, the Benco Family Foundation is excited to build a strong relationship with the Chicago Public Schools and hopes to bring Lessons in a Lunchbox: Healthy Teeth Essentials & Facts About Snacks for the second- and third-grade classes next year during the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting,” said Benco Executive Director Rebecca Binder in a press release.

Benco also announced partnerships with Tokuyama, OnPharma and NunoErin.

OMNICHROMA by Tokuyama is a universal composite that matches the entire classical VITA shade range with just one composite. The innovative Smart Chromatic Technology uses structural color as the main coloring mechanism. It delivers improved clinical outcomes while reducing inventory stock and waste — and chair time.

Onset by OnPharma is a buffering agent that provides faster onset, less chair time and improved practice flow. Onset numbs within 35 seconds for some patients and 90 seconds or less for most others by adjusting with a sodium bicarbonate solution to raise the pH of the anesthetic. This enables practitioners to remain chairside, improving patient experience and workflow. Onset buffers four of the five major local anesthetics in dentistry: Lidocaine, Articane, Prilocaine and Mepevicaine. Its cartridges now feature a three-year shelf life. Additionally, the opened product no longer has to be used or discarded in one practice day, with that now extended to five days.

Ucreate by NunoErin is a multi-touch interactive screen with a modern design and originally developed games. The device puts creativity at younger patients’ fingertips, as their touch guides them through a whimsical world of play. According to the developers, the device can transform an everyday space — such as a dental-practice waiting area — into an enchanting destination.

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