How Poland will make history in 10 days.


It’s not through the creation of The Guinness World Record for the most people simultaneously brushing their teeth. (Though, that record-breaking event in Poland was once attended­ by over 250,000 pre-schoolers!)

In September, for the first time, FDI World Dental Federation will present its Annual World Dental Congress (AWDC) in the 6th most populous member of the European Union.

Between September 7 and 10, Poznan, the capital of Wielkopolska (one of the provinces of Poland) will serve as host city. Two interconnected, but distinct events: International Congress with a first-rate scientific program, and the annual assembly of the World Dental Parliament, will take place.

According to Dr. Patrick Hescot, FDI President, Poland is an excellent choice because, “with a resilient economy, demand for dental services is growing rapidly, with growth in the private dental sector estimated between 20 and 30% per year.”


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In a welcome message Bartłomiej W. Loster, President of Polish Dental Society and Honorata Shaw Chair of International Cooperation for the organization discussed the event location:

“The city of Poznań was chosen to host the 2016 FDI Congress not only for its experience in organizing numerous international meetings for more than a century but also for its charm and hospitality. Situated in the centre of the country it has a lively business, industrial and academic life with 120,000 students, making up one fifth of the city’s population.”

New this year at the AWDC:

Plenty of reasons to smile, or show some Zęby (pronunced Zemby), the Polish word for teeth.

View all the details at:


Is your dental practice your castle? Give it the respect it deserves.

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Enter your dental practice into the 2017 Incisal Edge Design Competition, as sponsored by Herman Miller, before the Sept. 9 deadline and let this castle’s owner (shown) be the judge.

David Bishop, DDS, will be among members of the juried panel from the dental and architectural worlds who will select America’s most striking practices. Each judge performs a comprehensive review of submissions, including practice photos and floor plans, along with explanations of how each attains a functional balance of design, operation, and technology.  Meet the blue ribbon panel of judges:


Dr. Bishop received his doctorate of dental surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio Dental School. While pursuing his education, he worked summers constructing houses with his uncle in Missouri, and later used these skills – along with his father’s assistance – to design and build from the ground up his dental office on Greenville Avenue in Allen, Texas. At The Dentist of Allen, which earned an Incisal Edge Design Award in 2014, the accomplished woodworker joined, cut, pegged, and constructed by hand (from 54,000 pounds of rough cut cypress; no metal whatsoever) the timber frame that can be viewed in the reception area.

Read more about Dr. Bishop’s award winning practice design, created in homage to a 12thcentury medieval castle in Germany, in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine:

Now, how does your practice become an award winner?

First, you have to enter. Select a few photos that best represent your daily dental home and then share them, along with a few details, at:

Don’t worry if your photos aren’t perfect. A professional photo session for your practice is just one of the prizes you’ll be entering to win.

WinnersIncisalEdge_2017DesignContest will be awarded prizes in each of the contest’s three categories: new construction, repurposed practice and specialty practice. Three existing dental practices – one winner from each category- will receive:

* an Aeron Chair (shown) valued at $3,000 provided by competition sponsor Herman Miller,

  • a profile in Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s Winter issue, and
  • bragging rights for eternity.
  • a professional photo session for their practice.

    For contest specifics, visit:, an entry point created for ease of use, where previous year’s winners provide motivation, and detailed instructions offer helpful tips.

Don’t wait, contest deadline is less than two weeks away!



How Great White’s teeth will make you a sexy robot.


Maybe you can’t have it all, but three designers from 4B collective recently shared with Business Insider a wish list to make the human body more high functioning – futuristic robot -style.

“Though we may possess the power of digestion and wound repair, the designers — Yvonne Lin, Whitney Hopkins, and Dan Formosa — point out that our skin is barely stronger than wax paper and our orifices are constantly leaking.”

As experts in the world of dentition, you’re intimately familiar with the strong suits and shortcomings. See if your opinion aligns with the group’s suggestions for Teeth 2.0.


“Great white sharks live roughly as long as humans, but their teeth are much better equipped to withstand the wear and tear. They regenerate multiple times, while humans only get one set of teeth that must last them into old age.

For instance, between 15% and 30% of adults over 65 have no remaining teeth, making chewing and speaking much harder.

The upgrade: Teeth that regenerate as the current set begins to lose its luster.”

View the trio’s proposals for the rest of the body (Spoiler alert: Body parts like the appendix, tonsils, and male nipples get the boot.):

Why Bob Dylan would kill at the Cheek Retractor Challenge.

For decades this legendary songwriter and musician has been slammed for his difficult-to-understand delivery. One day with the crew at the Benco Dental Cheek Retractor Challenge might make him feel like an exceptional enunciator.

Hosted by Matt Alles, Marketplace Product Manager for the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor, this dental gameshow features instruments by OrthoEssentials, and s-laden phrases such as “Hand me the scissors or scalpel, you fool!”

Matt, who when not marketing at Benco has been hosting live events as a DJ for over six years, shared insight for next round of contenders: “Honestly, those things make you salivate…a lot. I didn’t expect that!”

Contestant Ali Majikes (Benco Administrative Assistant) cited as the most difficult and laugh-track-worthy phrase: “Someone buy me a Braun toothbrush.”  Who knew Braun was so drool-worthy?

With hilarity in mind, Ali suggested a reprise of the Benny Hill theme ( a k a “Yakety Sax” by Boots Randolph) as musical accompaniment for future episodes. Could it nudge the Jeopardy “Think” music from its lead position among Greatest Game Show Theme Songs?

Does Alles aim to give ABC’s new Match Game’s Alec Baldwin a run for his money?
Will contestant Chad Carpenter (Benco Director of Technical Support) offer viewers at home the secret to superior pec flexing (Don’t miss the outtakes at 5:31!)?
Will contestant Jess Khalil (Benco Sales Analyst) share the magic she channeled to compete just one day post-root canal?
Will (Benco Video Production Coordinator) Eric Larsen win a Webby for editing?

Tune in for the next round of Cheek Retractor Challenge.

Now “Please pause and thank your dental hygienist.”





How did America’s Best Young Dentists become the best? Find out.


Membership has its privileges – and for the sixth year running, lncisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine has gone coast to coast to track down 40 of the finest dental practitioners age 40 and under, and induct them into this august professional group.

According to Incisal Edge:

“That’s 240 young doctors in all since we inaugurated these honors in 2011.

We invited them to Manhattan, where our stylists and photographers treated them like the dental royalty they are – tricking them out in the latest couture and giving them the full VIP treatment.

Then we simply … let them be themselves. They mingled, joked, shared success stories and got ready for their well-deserved close-ups. Dressed to the nines and raising a toast to one another, these latest additions to our burgeoning roster of sterling young doctors have made it past the velvet rope with ease and into an even more exclusive group: the practitioners who are, through the sheer force of their commitment and expertise, helping our profession ascend to even greater heights in the years ahead.”

Among this year’s Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 recipients are 15 women and 25 men from20 states: Eric Appelsies, DDS,  Newport Beach Dentistry, Newport Beach, California, Christopher Armento, DMD, Red Barn Dental, Middletown, New Jersey, Nick Augenbaum DDS, FICOI, AFAAID, Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Rocky Point, New York, Taurance N. Bishop, DDS, Smile Brite Dental Care, Newark, Delaware,  Ryan R. Boylan, DDS,  Ryan Boylan Comprehensive Dentistry, Chesapeake, Virginia, Fouy Chau, DDS, MS,Encino Orthodontics, Encino, California, Daniel K. Coleman, DMD, MS, Rhode Island Periodontics, Providence, Rhode Island, Stephanie Collins, DDS, Stephanie Collins, DDS, Flagstaff, Arizona, Heather Crockett-Miller, DDS, MPH, Community Health Center, Middletown, Connecticut, Niki Fallah DDS, MS, Mills-Peninsula Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Millbrae, California, Theodore Gialanella, D.D.S., Gialanella Family Dentistry, Albany, New York, Ashley E. Hoban, DMD, Summerlin Pediatric Dentistry, Las Vegas, Nevada, Carlos J. Huerta, DMD, The Dental Boutique, New York, New York, Matthew P. Huff, DDS, Precision Dentistry & Implants of Kerrville, Kerrville, Texas, Lisa Indelicato, DMD, Red Barn Dental, Middletown, New Jersey, Andrew Jordan, DDS, Vita Dental, West Chester, Ohio, Alexandra Kantor, DDS, Newport Beach Dentistry, Newport Beach, California, Jenna Khoury DMD, The Brush Stop Pediatric Dentistry, Carlsbad, California,Thien Le, DDS, Springdale Dentistry, Annandale, Virginia, Karl Maloney, DDS, Branchburg Oral, Maxillofacial and Implant Surgery, Branchburg, New Jersey, Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, Salem Dental Arts, Salem, Massachusetts, Micah G. Mortensen, DDS, MSD,Redwood Orthodontics, Salt Lake City, Utah, Katelyn Murray, DMD, Verber Dental Group, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Ron Nguyen, DDS, Bolsa Dental, Westminster, California, Amy Planz, DDS,  Hillsborough Pediatric Dentistry, Hillsborough, New Jersey, Jaime L. Preble, DDS, Pine River Dental Center, Pine River, Minnesota, Ashton A. Prince, DMD, Bloomington Courtyard Dental, St. George, Utah, Christen Simpson Raynes, DDS, MBA,Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and Simpson Dental Associates, Ravenswood, West Virginia, Jean A. Resnevic, DMD, Dr. Jean Resnevic Dental Care, Greenville, Rhode Island, Ryan Rother, DMD, Verber Dental Group, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Aaron Shaftel, DDS,  Vita Dental, West Chester, Ohio, Jeff Y. Shao, DDS, MS, Showtime Orthodontic Arts, The Woodlands, Texas, Uyen Thompson, DDS, Thompson Center for Dentistry, Chula Vista, California,  Ambrose To, DDS, Damascus Dental Group, Damascus, Maryland, Hitesh Tolani, DMD,  Virtudent, Boston, Massachusetts, Michael C. Verber, DMD, FICOI, Verber Dental Group, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Whitney Wauligman DDS, Wauligman Dentistry, Cincinnati, Ohio, Giles Willis Jr. DDS, MPH, Willis Family Dentistry, Cary, North Carolina, Jonathan W. Wong, DDS, MS, Renovo Endodontics, Schaumburg, Illinois, and Jacob Young, DDS, Young Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Belton, Missouri.

View the results of their two-day whirlwind session with renowned style director Joseph DeAcetis and photographer Jeff Fried and meet all 40 of America’s Best Young Dentists in the magazine’s fall edition:

Congratulations to one and all, from!

Because it’s never too early to start thinking about the 2017 awards, Incisal Edge recently opened its nominations. Enter today at: