The dental industry has long needed a modern update, and Tend was among the first to reimagine dentistry.

Tend has consistently blown us away with their gorgeous, sleek interiors, Netflix and headphones while you get your teeth cleaned, and most importantly -- their genuine judgment-free attitudes. They also have an Instagram-worthy Brushery, so patients can brush away their breakfast and lunch before their cleaning appointment.

Tend checks every box for us when it comes to community and culture, but when we saw their actual benefits of working there, a few of us considered a move from our current careers to dentistry!

Here are six reasons dental hygienists in New York should make the move to Tend:

Hourly Rates & Sign-On Bonus

Tend is a strong competitor in the dental industry and starts their rate at $45 an hour in NYC with a signing bonus up to $5,000.

401(k) & Matching

Turning 65 might seem far away, but saving for retirement should be a non-negotiable. Tend will match any 401k contributions with a 4% match -- this is free money that Tend is investing in your retirement!

Continuing Education at TendU

Okay, this one is a game-changer. We've all felt like we've learned everything a job had to offer at one point. Tend offers extensive continuing education programs through TendU, so you'll always have a way to sharpen and discover more skills.

Come join the Tend team today

Top Of The Line Technology

One of the best parts about working at Tend is access to incredible technology. They utilize digital charts, seamless X-ray integration using low radiation, and microphones to capture voice commands to input periodontal charts. Plus, there are digital scanners to capture 3D smiles, making for patient education even easier.

The most exciting news is that they are the first to develop an interactive mobile app that helps guide members through their dental needs.

PTO

Accruing PTO at some companies can feel eternal. And then once you have the PTO, asking to take it can feel like pulling teeth. Tend offers generous PTO plans, as well as all company holidays.

Customer Reviews

The company you work for should reflect the same things you value. Tend has hundreds of 5-star reviews surrounding their hygienists, service, and hospitality.

Tend has gone above and beyond for their clients since their very first cleaning, and now they're proving that they do the same for their employees. Tend knows that income is far more than just a dollar amount for each employee. While hourly rate is important -- and we can't iterate this enough -- it isn't everything.

Things like PTO, health insurance, and commuter benefits all come out of your paycheck in one way or another. If you're paying out of pocket for continuing education, health benefits, or even your scrubs, you're losing money that a company like Tend could be covering for you.

Tend understands the key role hygienists play in expanding their company. The benefits, culture, and genuine care they have for their employees should be a case study for dentists everywhere.

  • It's recommended for most people to visit the dentist every 6 months, however, it's a struggle for many to get to their appointment just once a year.
  • Tend is an oral care service with studios across New York City, delivering an upscale and affordable dentist experience.
  • We went to Tend for our routine cleaning and here's what happened.

While our day-to-day is slowly getting back to normal we've all started to re-emerge. With that comes catching up with all those appointments we've put off including the dentist. No matter how on top of your dental hygiene routine you are, at least one yearly cleaning and check-up is a must.

However, all have our horror stories when it comes to past dental experiences. Whether it was being pressured into the braces you can't afford, uncomfortable exam rooms, or just the fear of that dreaded drilling noise - the dentist hasn't always been something to look forward to. That's why when we heard about Tend we couldn't believe it.

Tend is a new way to take care of your teeth with the utmost comfort and we knew we had to try it. With locations all over New York City, we opted for the Grand Central location but they also have studios in Chelsea, Upper West Side, Wall Street, Flatiron, Williamsburg, and Hudson Square.

Here's what happened when one of our editors went to Tend:

Signing up for my appointment online was a breeze - easy questionnaire (including what flavor toothpaste), tons of availability, and I was able to input all my insurance information. Tend accepts all major insurance providers including Delta Dental, Aetna, and Cigna, and for those that don't have insurance, there are financing options available.

When I walked in on the day of my appointment, I already knew this was not an ordinary dentist's office. Tend felt so calm and helped relieve a lot of my nerves, unlike the typical cold medical environment

There were hooks to hang up all my stuff, Warby Parker glasses to wear during the cleaning and even a UV phone sanitizer! It felt more like a spa than a dentist's office - a luxury experience I never would've imagined being so affordable.

My hygienist explained everything to me from taking the x-rays, the cleaning process, and made me feel like I had been coming to Tend for years.

While I was nervous it turns out Tend really puts your comfort first. They gave me a pair of headphones to watch Netflix during the cleaning, with the TV on the ceiling. I was pleasantly distracted from the work being done to my teeth.

Even the instruments at Tend are quieter than the average dentist's office. Their state-of-the-art technology includes pain-minimizing and noise-reducing tools, as well as x-ray machines that take images in 30-seconds with 80% less radiation than the traditional method.

The best part? When my dentist came in to give me an exam there was absolutely no upsell. I was certain I'd have to fend off braces or whitening procedures being pushed on me but all I need to look into is getting my wisdom teeth removed (which I plan on doing through Tend!).

Unlike other offices Tend does not pay their dentists on commission for procedures and when they do make a recommendation they'll tell you why and even pull up the images to show you. It's honestly the most transparent and pleasant dental experience I've ever had.

I can't imagine going to another dentist after Tend's amazing experience. They have tons of services beyond just routine check-ups like Breezy Braces, whitening, veneers, and more (including emergency care like a chipped-tooth scenario).

If you're in New York City and putting off the dentist you should check out Tend. From the contactless check-in to the beautiful polish at the end -- you won't find a better experience anywhere else.

MUSIC

Janet May Finds Harmony in Music and Activism

Protest movements, music, and human beings are more similar and interconnected than they are different and alone, and Janet May lives her life in a way that reflects this.

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Janet May's heartfelt ballads are deeply personal, but she has a decidedly global outlook.

The artist, currently on tour opening for the indie band Palace, has found ways to merge her passion for music with her dedication to activism.

She's involved in many organizing groups around New York City, working for everything from environmental justice to ICE abolition and beyond, constantly appearing at protests, taking part in a residency at Riker's Island, and performing for incarcerated women.

Her intimate music expresses a similar but more private kind of strength, an earnest reflectiveness that stems from a place of interconnectedness, love, and undeniable, breathtaking talent. A former backup singer for the Bombay Bicycle Club and MGMT, May's solo career is catching on after she took some time off to care for her father and move to Los Angeles. She currently has two singles on Spotify, which explore two different sides of strength: "New York, I Am Home" is an aching, wintry ballad about returning to New York and finding strength in solitude, and "Lessons to Learn" is a guitar-driven sparkler of a song about female complexity and resilience. Peppered with gems of wisdom and honesty, and delicately wound together by simple and elegant musical motifs, they're intoxicating songs that blend the best of modern pop with vintage Laurel Canyon-esque Americana.

Over coffee and tea at a Williamsburg bar near the sold-out venue where she was about to perform, Janet and I spoke about the personal and the political, about the importance of personal connection to larger issues, and about our deep love for New York and all the music and people of the city.

EG: How do music and activism connect in your mind?

JM: My impetus to move on things—whether in music or activism—feel similar, in the sense that they're the first things I think about when I wake up. I write about what I care about, and I work on what I care about, and both things really come to fruition when the time is right and when the opportunity and inspiration strikes. I think they're similar in that artists and activists can be pretty integral to shaping change in culture. So I think they belong in the same conversation.

A lot of movements seem to involve music and singing, so they're definitely connected. What actions have you done that stand out in your mind, and what organizations have you partnered with?

JM: About a month ago, I was out front of Cuomo's office with Sane Energy Project and a coalition of people working to shut down a pipeline going into New York Harbor. We brought petitions to the office. I recently marched the Brooklyn Bridge as part of that same movement against that pipeline. That was a great march—there were loads of kids involved, as well as some of the Lakota women who had been at Standing Rock. They're powerful voices in the environmental movements—and to march with them and that they'd come to New York for our water was amazing.

I've also witnessed and been a part of some big actions with Extinction Rebellion, and I've seen them shut down City Hall.

I got into activism because there was part of me that wanted to understand the movement as a whole, including this idea of resisting, and the idea of acknowledging our responsibility to try to at least steer the ship because we're not being represented well.

At first, I was just checking out loads of different groups, just to see how they were organizing, so I've dabbled in a lot. Here in New York, Rise and Resist has been an incredible and constant system of organizing. They were just down in DC, and I played in DC as well, and it meant a lot to me to know that they were all on the floor of the Senate. Also, they organized a Non-March for the Women's March, so disabled individuals and people who couldn't march could also have a rally. I think they're really inclusive and they're all 30-year organizers or more, so I've learned so much from them.

I also work with a group called 8 Ball Community. They're an art-activist collective located in downtown New York. They have an ongoing zine library that is so unique and so special in terms of presenting alternative news and making it accessible in terms of finding information that may not be in the news. We recently did a big Fox News protest when Fox was trying to get money for advertising. We turned up with some glitter signs.

How do you balance music with all this?

For a long time, I was really overwhelmed with how much is going on, and I wouldn't say I'm not now, but I would say I'm learning through my music and am listening to where I feel like I should be activating. I'm trying to narrow down that overwhelming feeling, and focusing on working on what enrages me, inspires me, and moves me.

What motivates you to write a song?

My songs are so personal to me, and I feel like I can't really write about something unless I really know it. I'm married to that idea. Usually, I'll write a song and feel like that's led me somewhere else, so it's always a multi-step process.

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I know you performed a Riker's residency—what was that like?

I have a monthly residency at the women's jail on Rikers' Island, so I've been in a few times. My reason for going in… there's multitudes of reasons, and this is something that I've sat with for a long time prior to even being able to get access.

I wrote a song about having a loved one who's incarcerated called "Feet on the Dashboard," and that's about a personal lived experience for me. I felt really isolated through that experience. It's something I felt was stigmatized, and I didn't really understand and was totally happening to us, not just to that individual. While writing that song and living through that experience, I'd seen this panel discussion with Bryan Stevenson, a leader in criminal justice reform and a lawyer and a writer. He said that when you want to learn about an issue or have an effect, the most important thing is your proximity to that issue.

That's where it started for me. When a loved one is incarcerated, you can really feel that border between yourself and that person. I was interested in rectifying some of that experience for myself and providing some healing by being with other people's sisters, mothers, and loved ones. And that's been amazing. I'm always taken aback by how resilient these women are, and hearing their stories—and that they hold space for my story—is an honor.

I like that quote about proximity—it's so important to elevate the voices of the actual people who are people being affected. And music that directly relates to actual emotions always seems to be the strongest. You seem to have connected your music and activism.

For me, the real idea behind activism is understanding your agency and taking ownership over what you can do. It's not glamorous, and it's not about the outside-in; it's totally about the inside-out.

I got into music and activism because I'm so fascinated with people and movement, and live music—to me—is a direct exchange of energy with a larger group. There's magic inside of that, and so I feel like I started to seek out activism because I was curious about how people were moving with one another and sharing concern and bringing that to action.

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There seems to be a lot of rhythm involved in both music and strong movements.

I've heard the reason why music is able to move us so much is that the second we're conceived—the second the egg is fertilized—it splits into two cells, and they start beating together, and that's a heartbeat. That will stay with you until you pass, and that's almost like the first thing that we are, is this shared pulsation.

I've read a lot about how sound waves are central to our makeup.

And sound waves are real, as real as this table.

You're on a pretty intense tour. How do you spend your time off?

I just had one afternoon off in New York recently, and I had to ask myself: In just a few hours, who did I want to see?

One of the places I went was the WPA, the Women's Prison Association. It's a shelter for women who experienced incarceration. It's providing resources in terms of materials for creativity, whether facilitated workshops or what have you with the women who are currently living there. The women who run the WPA are incredible. They're the only group providing resources to specifically women who are concerning themselves with female incarceration. Women are definitely preyed upon, and the system fails so many. Proximity is really important for me here in New York.

Apparently, my yoga studio is important to me, too. I practice on my own, and that day it was heaven. I went in and they were steaming a kettle with eucalyptus and burning firewood, and it just reversed whatever was taking over my sinuses on the tour bus. So, New York gives me life.

MUSIC

Chris Mardini Searches for Purpose on “Sleepless”

Mardini's talent is far beyond his years.

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Seventeen-year-old NYC wunderkind Chris Mardini recently released his third single, a song about simply being wanted and cared for.

Describing himself as a "schemer, short of a dreamer, more of a sleeper," Mardini's sound merges cutting-edge indie rock, hip-hop, and Seattle grunge. Produced by double Grammy winner Marc Swersky, "Sleepless" features Mardini impressive vocal talent, matured beyond his years. Yearning guitar riffs build to the track's climax, a searing guitar solo that screams out all the tension of trying to find meaning and purpose in one's young life.

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CULTURE

Late Capitalism Diaries: Comedy Central and Awkwafina's New Marketing is Pure Evil

They have found the key to making my morning commute even more unpleasant

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Comedy Central has a new show starring Awkwafina, and you are not allowed to watch it.

I don't care how much you love Awkwafina's music, her character in Crazy Rich Asians, or her Golden Globe-winning performance in The Farewell. You can and should keep enjoying all of that stuff. Awkwafina is fun and weird and talented, and she's doing some great stuff with her career. I would give her a TV show too, but I will not watch Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, and you shouldn't either. Because watching her new show would be an endorsement of the inhumane treatment that I and tens of thousands of subway riders have endured this past week.

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"Please remember to wear headphones when listening to music. Even if your playlist is straight fire."

"This is 103rd Street, Corona Plaza. And no, this is not where the beer is."

"This is a Manhattan-bound 7 local train. All the stops, baby!"

When I first heard these announcements on the 7 train last week, I was naïve, bright-eyed, and I still had some hope for the world. I happened to have borrowed my wife's headphones for my commute that morning and was blessed by the fact that they were a little louder and a little better at blocking outside noise than my own. Awkwafina's voice still cut through my music, but in a muffled, indiscernible way. It was only after her scream at Mets-Willets Point, "The Mets?! I love the Mets! 'Cause I'm from Queens," tore through my aural defenses that I knew something weird was going on and decided to pay some attention to the announcements.

I began freeing one ear from the headphones as the train arrived at each stop, tilting my head to listen to the energetic announcements of this young MTA employee, imitating the usual robotic messages, but following them up with a cute little riff. I was certain that, whoever this voice was, they were in the train's conductor booth trying to add a little joy and surprise to the drudgery of the daily commute. What other explanation could there be? But then I had the sudden realization that I recognized the voice…

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Could it really be? I knew that Awkwafina is from Queens, and she had just won a Golden Globe. Maybe she thought it would be fun to leverage that success into putting on a little impromptu performance for the borough. Her riffs weren't exactly brilliant, but she was clearly just going off the top of her head and having a little fun with it, so who cares? I hadn't yet heard about her new show, but, I thought,even if it was a publicity stunt, it seemed like a good one. Awkwafina doing a one-time, surprise stint as the 7 train announcer would be a fun, weird story that all the 7 train commuters would be telling their friends.

I was so certain that the announcements were live that, when I got off at my stop, I ran along the side of the train for several cars, thinking I might snap a picture of Awkwafina in the conductor's booth and have some proof for skeptical co-workers. The alternative—that the MTA would make a deal to replace their usual recordings for an entire week—seemed impossible. Would they really add that kind of insult to the daily injuries of a cramped New York City commute?

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Would they really make us all—tens of thousands of us—listen to the same lame "jokes" every day? Would Comedy Central's marketing team really rush out some lazy, free-associated copy, get Awkwafina to phone in a quick recording session, then replay the result on a loop—louder than the normal announcements and interspersed with reminders to watch her show? I was so innocent then. Looking back on the man I was a week ago, I can only grieve for that sweet, sensitive soul who still believed that there were lines that capitalism wouldn't cross.

"This is 69th Street, which is definitely, definitely not funny in any way."

"This is 33rd Street. In other news, the number 33 is a palindrome. Wait, can numbers be palindromes? Oh, and check out Awkwafina is Nora From Queens on Comedy Central."

"This is 52nd Street. If this is your stop and you asleep…well, that sucks."

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By the time I was out of work and ready for my commute home, I had found out that the MTA truly had, for the first time, sold advertising for the train announcements. Because we are not people trying to live our lives; we are a captive audience—consumers, densely packed into tube where we have no choice but to listen. On the way home, I kept my wife's headphones firmly in place.

"This is 34th Street Hudson Yards. Hope you like weird architecture! Oh, and check out Awkwafina is Nora From Queens on Comedy Central."

By the second day, I was back to using my own, sub-par headphones, and they were no match for Awkwafina's voice. I heard every announcement, and they were already grating. The normal announcements are familiar and benign enough that they're easy to drown out, but the extra volume and emphasis from Awkwafina's voice refuses to be ignored—forcing the entire train to listen to the same tiresome routine. I started to pity the employees who have to sit through the same "jokes" dozens of times in each shift. That takes more bravery than the troops.

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"This is 82nd Street, Jackson Heights. And please remember, a train car is the worst place to clip ya toenails. Oh, and check out Awkwafina is Nora From Queens on Comedy Central."

If this marketing works—if people in Queens and Manhattan end up watching the show—what comes next? Gilbert Gottfried selling insurance while he announces your bus stop? Sofia Vergara promoting a Modern Family spin-off while the L train is stuck in a tunnel? Is this how they're planning to fund necessary repairs and updates to MTA infrastructure? By selling off every portion of public life—every point of access to our eyes and ears—to the highest bidder? This is not a better solution than raising taxes on the pied-à-terres of the ultra-wealthy.

Today is the last day of this promotion, so this afternoon should hopefully be the last time I hear:

"Oh, and check out Awkwafina is Nora From Queens on Comedy Central."

"Oh, and check out Awkwafina is Nora From Queens on Comedy Central."

"Oh, and check out Awkwafina is Nora From Queens on Comedy Central."

PEN15 Pictured: A better show you can watch instead

But I know those words will haunt my dreams, so I must beg you not heed her call. No one in New York should reward this marketing. Just to be safe, don't watch it even if you're not in New York. It's a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story in which Awkwafina plays a younger version of herself. Sounds great. Almost as good as PEN15, which never disrupted my commute. Watch that instead.