Giving new meaning to the term ‘cosmetic dentist’

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By Kristie Ceruti/Incisal Edge Associate Editor

Patient evaluation, careful veneer placement . . . Mercedes-Benz modeling shoot? It’s all in a day’s work for Dr. Prabidhi Adhikari, who fixes teeth at Artistic Dental in Phoenix, Arizona and is a Ford model in her spare time.

Now 31 years old, Dr. Adhikari, who will be awarded her FAGD this year, signed with the Ford Modeling Agency (now Ford Models) when she was 19, the same year she entered New York University’s College of Dentistry.

The dual responsibilities, although offbeat, made sense: “With intense academic demands and a full-time schedule, modeling was an excellent way to make money while investing only a small amount of time,” she says.

View a photo of her  in a makeup ad for Stila, and read the full story at :

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When she’s not Molar Muse for Kristie Ceruti serves as Associate Editor for Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine. Her writing ranges into every imaginable corner of the dental profession.

One N.B.A. guard always welcome on the court

The Nets’ Mason Plumlee, left, tucks his mouthpiece inside one of his socks, which he acknowledged was “not the most sanitary place in the world.” 
Credit Adam Hunger for The New York Times

Even if they’re being reprimanded for tossing them at refs, or lacking a sanitary spot for temporary storage, N.B.A. players appear to put mouth guards to good use, according to a recent New York Times report by  

Surely, it’s scoring points with the American Dental Association, whose surveillance studies of mouth guard users and nonusers have consistently shown that the spit-soaked stalwarts offer significant protection against sports-related injuries to the teeth and soft tissues.

“Some guys put it in their spandex, and some guys put it in their sock, but I think that’s gross,” Cole Aldrich of the New York Knicks told Keh. His preferred spot for the guard when it’s not protecting his palate on the court:  hooked around one of his ears. “I shampoo my hair every day, so I think my head is pretty clean.”

According to a 2007 meta-analysis of studies evaluating the effectiveness of mouthguards in reducing injuries, the overall injury risk was found to be 1.6-1.9 times greater when a mouthguard was not worn, relative to when mouthguards were used during athletic activity, noted the ADA.  Another study of collegiate basketball teams found that athletes wearing custom-made mouthguards sustained significantly fewer dental injuries than those who did not.

Custom-made mouth guards meet N.B.A  regulations, but the league regulates them largely the same way it does other supplementary equipment, like compression sleeves or rubber wristbands. They must be one solid color — white, black, a primary team color or clear — and cannot bear any logos or designs other than a team logo. They must take the form of a player’s mouth.

Mouthguards provide a resilient, protective surface to distribute and dissipate forces on impact, thereby minimizing the severity of traumatic injury to the hard or soft tissues.  The key educational message from dentists for their patients is that the best mouthguard is one that is utilized during sport activities. While custom mouthguards are considered by many to be the most protective option, other mouthguards can be effective if they fit well, are worn properly and stay in place.

The New York Times story illustrates that’s not always the case.

Two seasons ago, Amir Johnson of the Toronto Raptors was suspended for one game after throwing his mouthpiece at the referee David Jones on the court. Earlier this season, Enes Kanter of the Utah Jazz was fined $25,000 after throwing his mouth guard into the stands while arguing a call.

Read more about how N.B.A. players embrace mouth guards:

NYC in spring. It’s closer than you think.

Cameras flashing. Personal stylists.

With the celebrity that comes as an Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 dentist, you might as well be on The jumbotron.

May 28 and 29 in NYC, Incisal Edgethe leading lifestyle magazine for dental professionals nationwide, will host its annual two-day event to create a photography portfolio in preparation of its 5th “40 Under 40” edition, featuring the top young dentists in America.

Don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime. Deadline is April 3, 2015. Nominate today at:

Don’t believe the hype? Hear from America’s best young dentists with firsthand knowledge:

Flossing in all the right places


By Kelsi Matylewicz/Social Media Intern, Benco Dental

Most people have experienced a time when flossing is the only answer. Not only does this time-tested process relieve that annoying food-stuck-in-you-teeth feeling, but it also helps support your immune system’s battle with plaque.

The Joy of Flossing, written by Ben Young DDS, features detailed visuals, shown above, as to the proper flossing form. He also offers insight into:

* The real reason you need to floss,

* Children and flossing,

* Flossing and the unhealthy mouth,

* When flossing goes viral.

The purpose of flossing is to remove plaque, which is invisible to the naked eye,  before the skin is invaded and the immune system turns on. Plaque needs to be avoided or removed before it thickens and hardens like a rock to your tooth.

Brushing is also important, but it doesn’t replace flossing.


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Kelsi Matylewicz

Kelsi Matylewicz is a Social Media Intern at Benco Dental. The fourth-year Marketing student at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania carries dental floss in her purse for date-night emergencies.

Dentist Versus Polar Bear

Photo courtesy Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

By Alison Majikes/Special to

My, what big teeth you have Boris…

A zoo dentist in Tacoma Washington faced, quite possibly, the biggest patient he has ever seen last week.

Boris the Polar Bear, a resident at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, underwent a procedure to remove three broken or decayed teeth in an operating room that not only included the dentist and his assistant, but also an entire support staff to make sure everything went smoothly.

According to an article by The Daily Mail UK, the zoo said Boris is one of the oldest polar bears in any North American zoo. At the ripe old age of 29, he has been living nearly twice as long as his relatives live in the wild.

The giant bear was born in Germany, but came to the U.S. in 2002 after U.S. animal welfare officials rescued him from a circus in Puerto Rico.

Along with his residency at the zoo, Boris must have gotten an excellent dental healthcare package to go along with it.

To read the full story about Boris, see more pictures and the team that worked with him.