Doesn’t your dental practice deserve some recognition? Herman Miller and Incisal Edge think so, too.

Inspirational dental practice design is its own reward, but Incisal Edge and Herman Miller think dentists deserve a little something for the effort: an Aeron chair! As the dental lifestyle magazine rolls out its 2018 INCISAL EDGE DESIGN CONTEST, dentists, architects and interior designers are invited to enter one of three categories for existing practices: […]

It’s Friday. Sweet! Incisal Edge offers a recipe for an island splash.

Martinique’s most treasured export, rhum agricole is a far cry from all those Bacardi-and-Cokes of your bygone youth.

Spirits columnist for Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine, Lauren Mowery, offers a review of this international treasure, made from freshly crushed sugarcane juice.

If an island respite from your dental practice this summer isn’t in the cards, though, you can always replicate Martinique’s local cocktail, called Ti’ Punch, at home. No recipe required: Just pour a splash of one of these rhums in a glass. Squeeze in lime. Add sugar — not too much; you’re a dentist, after all — and swirl.

Lauren Mowery, Incisal Edge spirits columnist

Insight on a few varieties: https://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/mag/article/cane-reaction/

Forbes’ Randall Lane leads dentistry’s Next Gen Summit, featuring Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 #ie40under40

­   Events May 30 – June 1 in New York City feature Lessons in a Lunchbox community giveback Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine will honor 40 Under 40, America’s Best Young Dentists, during a celebration at the Kimpton Hotel Eventi in Chelsea (shown). Three days, four educational panels, one amazing event. From May 30 […]

Incisal Edge puts Exemplary Women front and center.

The Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine’s Summer Edition spotlights this year’s recipients of The Lucy Hobbs Project Awards, honoring Exemplary Women in Dentistry. Included among them is honoree Dr. Kady Rawal, shown here on the magazine’s cover. Kadambari ‘Kady’ Rawal, BDS, CAGS, recipient of the Woman-to-Watch award, provides dental care to her patients at the Faculty Practice […]

‘Working Interferences’ podcast takes on ‘Incisal Edge’s’ 32 Most Influential issue—IE responds!

Drs. Joshua Austin and Lance Timmerman host the Working Interferences podcast, a lighthearted (and NSFW) window into their views on dentistry. While the show itself might not ring a bell, you know Dr. Austin from his popular column in Dental Economics, Pearls For Your Practice, while Dr. Timmerman is a noted practitioner, lecturer and opinion leader.

On Episode 81 they “lost their minds” according to the show’s description over Incisal Edge‘s annual list of the 32 Most Influential people in dentistry, and “spent 30 minutes hyperventilating https://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/mag/category/32-most-influential-people/about the insanity.” They had more than a few harsh words, but according to the Incisal Edge team:

“We happily take the criticism from two guys who certainly don’t take themselves too seriously.”

Incisal Edge editorial team

Just for fun, here are the 23 most attention-getting comments heard, along with Incisal Edge thoughts in response. Says Incisal Edge Editor Ed Kobesky, “Maybe they’ll like this list better.”

1. “I don’t mean to throw shade at the good people at Benco Dental. The most I’ve ever gotten paid per minute to lecture was by Benco.”

[pauses podcast] Get me someone in accounting.

2. “Did we make [the list]? I feel like, there’s definitely no way we’re going to be number one, two or three. If we’re going to be there, we’re going to be at the end.”

Sorry. There’s always 2020.

3. “Lodestar? I don’t know that word.”

Referring to our description of #2, the new breed of Entrepreneurial Dentists who are not solo, not DSO, not fully corporate. OK, we’ll admit, “lodestar” is kind of a fifty-cent word.

4. “That’s all he does is s–t post.”

In fairness, that’s not all #3, Howard Farran, does. In between those so-called s–t posts, he founded an important media empire that includes 25-year-strong Dentaltown magazine, plus dentistry’s first and still leading social platform with about a quarter-million registered users.

5. “I have no idea what she does.”

#7, Martha Somerman of the NIDCR, oversees a $462 million research budget, 81 percent of which is directed at oral health. That’s a lot of millions and a lot of clout.

6. “Jimmy G!”

We like Jim Glidewell (#9) a bunch too.

7. “You can sit on it, Alex and Jordan, you millennial bastards.”

Smile Direct Club (#11) and its founders are certainly making waves. We report, you decide.

8. “It’s all ball bearings.”

This in response to Straumann’s outgoing CEO, Marco Gadola (#12) and the hosts’ contention that the company’s products aren’t especially noteworthy.

9. “We love this guy, we talk about him every show. Gordo!”

#13, the one and only Gordon Christensen of course. We love this guy too. Wait…did we just agree?

10. “A total d–khead.”

Regarding Paul Gosar (R-AZ), one of five lawmaker-dentists sharing the #14 spot. In fact, six of Gosar’s siblings did publicly endorse his opponent. Ouch.

11. “Just because you’re a dentist doesn’t mean d–k.”

Again, regarding the five lawmaker-dentists.

12. “I don’t even know what the f— Park Dental is.”

But you should! The company doubled in size in just a few years thanks to #17, owner Paul Gulon.

13. “Michael, I owe you my life, I owe you my career, you’re an amazing person.”

Regarding SSC founder Michael Cohen, #18 on the list.

14. “Yeah, but I guess she, like, saved some peoples’ lives with that water stuff.”

Regarding anti-sugar lobby crusader, Cristin Kearns, #20 who we likened to the Erin Brockovich of dentistry. We guess she, like, is only singlehandedly taking on the food equivalent of Big Tobacco. Small potatoes. Pfff.

15. “It would help if they would explain why.”

Regarding the reasoning behind our picks, and for the record we did thoroughly explain each one.

16. “Should be one, two or three. He’s the influencer.”

Regarding #23, John Kois.

17. “Take a long walk off a short pier, Incisal Edge magazine, for putting this blowhard on this list.”

Regarding blogger, lifestyle maven and charcoal toothpaste evangelist, #24, Lauren Evarts of TheSkinnyConfidential.com. Are patients pestering you about charcoal toothpaste? We bet they are, and here’s an important reason why. Just sayin.’

18. “The guy runs a stupid Facebook group.”

16,000+ group members might disagree regarding #25, Paul Goodman, founder of Dental Nachos.

19. “How on earth is Paul Goodman above Frank Spear? What are we doing!”

If this were a lifetime achievement awards, we’d wholeheartedly agree. But influence shifts year to year.

20. “I just want to throw my computer through a wall.”

Please don’t do that…not on our account!

21. “The janitor that cleans up at the Spear center after Frank lectures should be higher on the list than Paul Goodman.”

Jeez, does Goodman owe you two guys money or something?

22. “Chuck Cohen, owner of Benco, come on this show and please explain this to me. Open invite.”

He’s busy that day.

23. “What do you think Beto O’Rourke does?”

Regarding whether #30 on our list, ahem, relieves himself standing up or sitting down. This feels like a good place to stop.

Dr. Betsy Carmack: Dentist, bodybuilder and worldwide champion. #IE40under40

A “Sports-Center” life

Dr. Betsy Carmack has been recognized as one of America’s Best Young Dentists, the 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honorees. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her accomplishments. She and her husband Dr. Tyler Carmack run four dental offices in Bennington, Rutland and Shaftsbury, Vermont and carve out time for humanitarian outreach, family and other passions in life.

One that has always been central to Dr. Betsy Carmack’s life: Sports. Her childhood days were filled with everything from gymnastics, dance and cheer to basketball, softball, track and swimming.

However, as Betsy entered her teen years, she knew she could only focus on one or two sports. Ultimately, she made the choice to continue her cheerleading and gymnastic careers, and competed in both sports throughout all four years of high school.

Vanderbilt University

Betsy continued her cheerleading career at the collegiate level when she attended Vanderbilt University to earn her undergraduate degree.

Academics win the race

Dental school brought about quite a change in Dr. Carmack’s life; as someone who was always involved in athletics, attending Tufts University School of Dental Medicine meant that she had to dedicate the majority of her focus on academics.

It wasn’t until 2010 that Dr. Carmack got involved in competitive athletics again. Having just moved to Connecticut and preparing for her upcoming wedding, she began to work with a trainer at a local gym.

It was there that she was introduced to head trainer Sherry Carature and several other women who were prepping for an upcoming fitness show.

Getting back into the game

Dr. Carmack was not only attracted to the idea of getting involved in a sport again but also the opportunity to bond and make some new friends, which she was able to do right away.

“I was immediately drawn to and inspired by Sherry and connected seamlessly with the other girls,” Dr. Carmack said.

After going through the group training, Dr. Carmack competed in her first fitness show, Fitness Atlantic, in April 2010.

Fitness Atlantic, 2010

Even though she did not place in the show, Dr. Carmack said that she cherished the experience because she made a ton of new friends and fell in love with the sport’s contagious energy.

Time off pays off

Dr. Carmack had to take some time off from bodybuilding and fitness shows once she and her husband, Dr. Tyler Carmack, welcomed their two children to the world. However, once they settled into their new roles as parents, Dr. Carmack was inspired to return to the sport once again. This time around the results were a bit different.

In 2014, Dr. Carmack re-entered the fitness competition world, and she was eligible to compete in the Master’s Division.

Being in this division allowed Dr. Carmack to compete against women who faced similar life situations and circumstances. Eager to compete once again, Dr. Carmack trained for and placed 4th in the Green Mountain Thaw, an all-natural bodybuilding competition hosted in Vermont.

Green Mountain Thaw is an annual fitness competition hosted in Vermont.

Dr. Carmack returned to the Green Mountain Thaw in 2018, and all of her hard work paid off, earning her the 1st place spot in the Open Tall Division and the Overall Bikini Division.

These two victories meant that Dr. Carmack received a World Beauty Fashion and Fitness (WBFF) Pro Card, along with a spot to compete in the World’s Competition in Las Vegas that August.

The World Beauty Fashion and Fitness Inc. features 9th place winner Betsy Carmack.

To prepare for this competition, Dr. Carmack completed more advanced training than ever before. At the WBFF World’s competition, Dr. Carmack not only bonded with many other like-minded fitness women from all over the globe, but also had the honor of finishing 9th worldwide in her first Pro Fitness Show.

Training behind the scenes

As if the weightlifting didn’t seem challenging enough, Dr. Carmack also took several other steps to prepare for each of her competitions.

“In bodybuilding, half of the difficulty is training your body through weights and cardio, along with knowing your angles and poses. The other half is training your mind, self- discipline and determination.”

Dr. Betsy Carmack
Dr. Betsy Carmack during a fitness photoshoot.

With such a tight schedule as a dentist, mother and humanitarian, Dr. Carmack acknowledged how difficult it is to stick to a diet when training. She often ate six meals a day, all of which consisted of vegetables, proteins, and carbs. On top of all of that, she drank a gallon of water a day, at minimum.

Goal-oriented and determined, Dr. Carmack used her objectives and desired results as the drive to keep her on track when her training challenged her. Overcoming obstacles like time constraints, energy shortages and doubt was easy once she pictured herself on stage competing.

By keeping her goals at the forefront of her mind, Dr. Carmack was able to shrink the troubling obstacles she faced, allowing her aspirations and dreams to shine through.

Life outside of the fitness world

Dr. Betsy Carmack and her husband Dr. Tyler Carmack (left).

At present, Dr. Carmack is taking time to focus on her family life and her career. She is currently receiving training on dental implants and advanced surgical techniques from the Misch International Implant Institute.

This fall, she’ll be sharing her insight as a featured guest panelist at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration at The Blackstone in Chicago. Dr. Carmack will join 10 incredible speakers, including CNN’s Poppy Harlow at this celebration of women in dentistry. On the panel “Healthy Me,” Dr. Carmack and three other experts will discuss proven methods of staying in a positive headspace while working under stress. Find out details and register to attend: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

This fall, Dr. Betsy Carmack will share her insight as a featured guest panelist at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration at The Blackstone in Chicago.

Despite her busy professional and home life, Dr. Carmack still makes time to work out five to six days each week and has enrolled in a few trail races this summer. Dr. Carmack hopes to make a return to the competitive world of bodybuilding once the timing is right for both her family and her career.

Want to start your own fitness journey?

As for her advice to fitness challenge newcomers, Dr. Carmack urges anyone considering it to just go for it.

“Whether it be running, dieting, lifting or walking, find a challenge and sign up! Decide, commit, succeed.”

Dr. Betsy Carmack

Just as Dr. Carmack first began training with a group of her friends, it may be beneficial to find a training partner to make a set, recurring schedule. Dr. Carmack relied on her own accountability and determination to achieve her training goals and urges everyone else to do the same.

“Keep your head in the game and your body will follow.”

Dr. Besty Carmack advises fitness enthusiasts.

Want to SmileTwice? Learn how brothers give back and support oral health

Two brothers, Julian and Cody Levine, joined in a mission trip to Eleuthera, Bahamas with Lenny Kravitz and his Let Love Rule Foundation in 2015 and returned with an idea that would allow everyone to enjoy the power that smile has to offer. That’s how they began creating Twice.

“We left (Eleuthera) determined to make a healthy smile accessible to everyone: by creating a product that would reflect the beauty, health and confidence embodied by the new smiles of our patients, then making sure that product gave back to the cause that inspired it all. Through years of research, development, and focused collaboration with industry experts, we were able to bring our vision to life.”

Julian and Cody Levine, according to SmileTwice.com

Drawn to giving back through dentistry

With two parents committed to philanthropy and innovation in the world of dentistry (their dad is renowned aesthetic dentist and prosthodontist Dr. Jonathan Levine and their mom is marketing authority Stacey Levine who championed the smile as the “centerpiece of beauty”) it’s no surprise that their sons decided to forge forward in the field. Dr. Jonathan and Stacey launched the GLO Good Foundation in 2010 to provide oral health care, tools, and education to those in underserved populations, giving them the gift of a healthy and confident smile.

Stacey Levine and Dr. Jonathan Levine during a mission trip.

Better brushing habits, more giving

After learning that 35% of people do not brush their teeth twice a day Julian and Cody Levine and Lenny Kravitz created Twice, a morning and night toothpaste.

“Our goal was to re-imagine brushing twice-a-day by creating an experience people would actually look forward to—every morning and every night.”

On the most recent trip to the Bahamas, Twice donated 700 tubes of toothpaste.

“Every purchase of Twice makes an impact. Through our partnership with the GLO Good Foundation, we commit 10 percent of our profits to funding more missions in Eleuthera and around the world.”


The Twice duo, Early Bird and Twilight.

Early Bird offers a wintergreen and peppermint flavor that is designed for waking up and preparing for the day. Twilight, a blend of peppermint, vanilla and lavender presents the perfect flavor to unwind and relax at night.

Learn more: https://shop.benco.com/Product/5425-863/twice-toothpaste-the-duo-2-x-34oz-pack-of-24?SearchId=b28017e0-351d-4096-aaae-3bc2545ddfbd

Julian and Cody collaborate with GLO Good Foundation to provide oral care, tools, and education to underserved populations. The video below explains how they are changing lives by giving the gift of a healthy smile.

Sponsoring smiles among the Incisal Edge #IE40Under40

More recently, Cody and Julian attended the 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 photoshoot in NYC and offered an opportunity for two of America’s Best Young Dentists to participate an upcoming mission trip to Eleuthera.

Those who attended the 40 Under 40 photoshoot and cocktail reception were able to sample Twice toothpaste and enter to win the opportunity of a lifetime. Two honorees were selected in a random drawing during the reception, and courtesy of Twice, Dr. Kady Rawal and Dr. Mark M. Dawoud (shown at top with Cody and Julian Leving) will receive a dental mission trip to the Bahamas in collaboration with GLO Good.  Below, view a video from the #IE40Under40 celebration: