Top 10 dental-themed destinations

The Masskara Festival is held every year in October and is designed to uplift the spirits of the people in the City of Smiles, as seen in Bacolod, Philippines on October 18, 2015.

Planning your holiday or spring vacation?

If you enjoy themed junkets or have a hankering for dental history, these destinations should rank high on your must-see list:

  1. City of Bacolod, Philippines. Nicknamed “City of Smiles,” the capital of the province of Negros Occidental, is renowned for its friendliness and the MassKara Festival hosted annually in October (shown above), during which revelers in colorful smiling masks and vibrant costumes take to the streets in spirited dance. The city has been declared a “center for excellence” for information technology. Perhaps everyone is so joyous because their computers never crash. According to, Expect views of 19th century mansions of sugar barons, mural mosaics from polished shells (Barangay Sang Birhen, a local version of the Virgin Mary is comprised of 95,000 pieces.)

  2. Smileyberg, Kansas. If a ghost town is your idea of fun, you’ll be grinning from ear to ear in Kansas. With more abandoned or nearly abandoned towns that are shadows of their former selves, this state offers a paranormal hunter’s paradise. In this Butler County stop, disestablished in the early 1920s, you’ll find a few standing structures, and a transmission shop open for business. Guess even ghosts need mechanics. Visit 70+ towns just like it while you’re there:
  3. Temple of the Sacred Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka. Though you won’t

    Temple of the Sacred Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

    actually see Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic (a tooth of the Buddha is kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba (stupa), which contains a series of six dagoba caskets of diminishing size, according to ), this peaceful setting offers much to its visitors. Within the same complex you’ll find the World Buddhism Museum and Audience Hall. According to Sri Lankan legend, a single tooth remained following Buddha’s cremation. Read more:

  4. Elk Tooth, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. The only geographical featured in the park named for elk, this “precipitous-looking peak” can be found along the southern boundary in Wild Basin, according to Rocky Mountain National Park The Complete Hiking Guide, by Lisa Foster. Named for its pointed summit ridge that resembles an incisor, Elk Tooth is easier to climb than it looks, states Foster, and “the top offers a splendid vantage of neighboring high peaks and an isolated section of Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.
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  5. Beartooth Highway, Montana. A journey to Big Sky Country earns

    Rocky Mountains from scenic Beartooth Highway, Montana.

    you a view of the oldest rocks in the West, Beartooth Plateau, (3 billion years, but who’s counting). To get there, prepare for what describes as an “athletically challenging juggernaut through the rugged peaks and furrowed gorges of the Beartooth Mountains, named Na Piet Say (the bear’s tooth) by Crow Indians.” That’s another way to describe the 60-miles stretch better known as the Beartooth Highway. It begins in Red Lodge, Montana, traverses through high alpine tundra, past the slopes of Custer, Shoshone and Gallatin national forests and delivers you to the doorstep of Yellowstone Park. Instagram moments await.




Picture yourself here. Nominate today for a 2016 Edison Award.


Follow the leaders. The first battery-operated, handheld intra-oral X-Ray system, first FDA approved, CO2 9.3 micron dental laser for hard and soft tissue, and first 45 degree electric attachment handpiece paved the way for dental innovations everywhere in 2015. Earlier this year, these dental revolutions were spotlighted during the prestigious Edison Awards™ gala in New York (shown) when The Edison Awards — which has recognized advances such as the Apple ipad; Keurig Vue® single cup brewing system;  and OnStar For My Vehicle (FMV)— added a dental category.


Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 alumnus Dr. Casey Culberson (second from right) with his parents and wife after winning a Bronze Edison Award for his Molar Media Mount in 2015.

Groundbreaking discoveries in dentistry, and their creators, earning Gold, Silver and Bronze, included: Vatech, 3M, 3D Systems, Aribex, Convergent Dental, Kerr Endodontics, Olympus Corporation of the Americas, NSK, Molar Media Mount, Benco Dental, and Inventionstring.

Nominate a product or service for an Edison Award or Edison Green Award to achieve this distinguished status and gain entrée into this elite circle of visionaries that features previous winners, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing.

Download the 2015 Nomination Guide and complete the online Nomination Form: Final deadline is December 4, 2015. Follow the instructions on the form, and submit your nomination, along with the entry fee, as directed. Winners will be announced during the April 2016 Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner.

For the second year, Incisal Edge, the leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals aligns with The Edison Awards in globally recognizing, honoring and fostering innovation and innovators to create a positive impact in the world.  Here’s how: Edison will feature categories honoring the year’s most innovative dental equipment, merchandise and technology. They’ll screen all nominees to determine the finalists, who


Incisal Edge 2015 Spring Edition featured exclusive interviews with Edison Awards finalists in all dental categories.

will be featured in the spring issue of Incisal Edge.

Magazine’s founders Chuck Cohen and Rick Cohen discussed the collaboration: “Incisal Edge applauds the lifestyle of dental professionals and their desire to achieve great things for their patients and themselves. What could be better than the broad national recognition of the Edison Awards –- the definitive honor for innovation in our field?”

Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime.  For additional information regarding the magazine, visit:

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental distribution company 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.’  For more information, visit or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.


Since 1987, the Edison Awards™ have recognized and honored some of the most innovative new products, services and business leaders in the world. The Awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose extraordinary new product and market development methods garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents and made him a household name across the world. The Edison Awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison, while also strengthening the human drive for innovation, creativity and ingenuity.

The value of an Edison Award™ is powerful in terms of its ability to boost recognition and market visibility. For more information, visit


Innovators from 3M ESPE Dental, which took a 2015 Silver Award in the Dental 3D Printers and Services category for the 3M True Definition scanner.


A peek at the GNYDM and your practice of the future


Looking for a moment where virtual reality meets dentistry?


Benco Dental Marketing Communications Manager reports on product launches at the GNYDM in NYC.

Benco Dental Marketing Communications Manager Rachel Pugh shared that moment in her description of a product launch during the Greater New York Dental Meeting: Oculus Rift Design Initiative.


“This software will virtually walk a dentist through her or his newly designed office before construction begins. A gaming style controller allows the user to walk forward and open doors,” said Rachel Pugh.  

You wear goggles (shown) so if you look up, you literally look at the ceiling of your office. It was really cool…although this girl got terrible motion sickness from it,” she joked.

At Booth 5014, attendees are able to walk through the dental office of Dr. Jeff Suh in Scarsdale, NY via Oculus Rift glasses. A collaboration between Masserano REC and the folks at Game U created the experience, with the use of CAD and gaming software

The goal: helping clients to fully understand their practice designs before they are constructed.

For anyone not in attendance, John Masserano offers a peek:  Oculus Rift Design Initiative.

Guide your staff more effectively — and vice-versa.


BY DR. LISA KNOWLES, Intentional Dental, as featured in Incisal Edge

“IF YOU HOLD the suction this way, you’d help retract the cheek better,” I coached my dental assistant one afternoon.

“I can’t put my fingers that way,” she insisted. “It never works for me.”

And so we struggled our way through the appointment. I couldn’t see a thing, and she kept sucking up the patient’s cheek.

Being a coach is one of the most challenging aspects of dentistry. Yet we often find ourselves in that position right after graduation. Sometimes we’re simultaneously coached by senior team members while coaching entry-level staff. The first lesson in coaching is to look inward and ask, “Am I coachable?” This will help you establish protocols for such moments with others — and as such, here are a few rules I try to apply to dental coaching in my practice.

Rule #1: Care enough to challenge your team. Talk with them about their mistakes, and praise their positives. Not providing feedback demonstrates a fear of confrontation or a lack of concern for your team’s development. If the leader doesn’t care, why should anyone else?

Rule #2: Don’t assume someone else will provide feedback, or that it’s outside your purview. A formal annual review isn’t enough; feedback should come weekly, at a minimum.

Rule #3: Just do it. That’s only way to get better at this critical skill. You won’t be perfect; I could kick myself for some of the things I’ve said to my staff. To this day, it’s a work in progress — and it does get easier.

Rule #4: Build a good leadership reference library. It’ll be invaluable when you’re dealing with human-resources issues. I read as much about leadership as I do about clinical dentistry; you need many perspectives to understand how others think and are likely to react.

Rule #5: Make coaching fun for you, too. Create that win-win situation in which you get to revel in others’ progress and your staff can move along the development continuum that suits them best.

Rule #6: Forgive. Nothing wrecks team cohesion faster than the inability to forgive. Nurse your patients, not your grudges.

Rule #7: Be open to feedback from everyone. It’s tough for a doctor (for fear of being challenged) to offer feedback to the staff, and even more difficult for the staff (for fear of being fired) to give feedback to the doctor. Don’t let that kind of fear rule your practice.

My dental assistant, it turned out, was right: She really couldn’t place her fingers the way I suggested. So we coached each other through the process. At root, dental coaching is about communicating well. It’ll never be perfect, but the faster a team can move in and out of conflicts, the better the patient outcomes — and the more satisfying the work environment.


Dr. Lisa Knowles has practiced for 16 years. She founded IntentionalDental
Consulting ( to help dentists achieve greater peace in their practices. She blogs regularly at

There’s a first for everything.


This year at the largest dental meeting in the U.S., two inaugural events will take place: the First Annual Global Orthodontic Conference, and the First International Oral Cancer Symposium.

During the Greater New York Dental Meeting at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, general practitioners and orthodontists will enjoy five full days of seminars and workshops given by notable orthodontic speakers.

On Saturday, the first International Oral Cancer Symposium, entitled “The Science and Practice of Treating Head and Neck Cancer,” will provide a comprehensive overview of the current surgical and medical management of oral and oropharyngeal cancer patients. Sponsored by the Benco Family Foundation, and members of the dental community, the all-day event will feature diagnostic criteria, rehabilitative medicine and guidelines for oral cancer management during discussions by leading experts in Otolaryngology, Pathology, Craniofacial Surgery, Oncology and Maxillofacial Prosthetics.

Learn how you can still attend the November 27 – December 2 meeting sponsored by Second District & New York County Dental Societies: