Do you know a laser dentistry expert? Nominate them by October 3.


Nominate a colleague for a prestigious Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) Award.

The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) is accepting recommendations for awards honoring leaders in the field of lasers in dentistry. This is your opportunity to honor those who have contributed so much to the commitment to improving the health and well­-being of patients through the proper use of laser technology.

Be a part of this process by nominating anyone you feel has greatly contributed to the Academy of Laser Dentistry mission.

Please select any of the award links below to gain access to the online nomination form which includes a full description of each award.

The T.H. Maiman Award for Excellence in Dental Laser Research
The Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence
The John G. Sulewski Distinguished Service Award

Many of the members of the Academy of Laser Dentistry submerge themselves in the dynamics of laser dentistry on a day-by-day basis. They put in long days at the office serving their patients, and in their free time, dedicate themselves in even deeper ways. They spend time in research, developing new treatment techniques, writing journal articles, teaching at seminars, mentoring colleagues, and spending countless hours volunteering on Academy committees. They do this without the thought of being given an award. It is up to you and the Academy to recognize their contributions.

This year’s Awards Committee will convene and evaluate your nominations:

Dr. Raminta Mastis, Chair & Vice President
Dr. John Graeber, Immediate Past President
Dr. Craig Gimbel
Dr. Mel Burchman
John Sulewski, MA
The awards will be announced electronically by November 15, 2016. Award recipients will be honored at the ALD 2017 Annual Meeting during the Presidents Awards Ceremony and Reception in Tucson, Arizona on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort.

Submit a nomination!

Do your patients notice Green efforts at your practice?


Dr. Benjamin Farrow thinks so.


Dr. Benjamin Farrow, DDS, FAGD

“Look at what you throw away. You don’t need to build a new office to do it. Look at what you waste and what you throw away, because patients do – patients notice,” he said in a recent interview with Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine.  “They’re expecting it of us.”

Inside Monroe Family Dentistry in Madison. Wisconsin, the environmentally friendly touches aren’t necessarily evident at first glance. And that’s exactly what Dr. Farrow and his team of seven intend.

Those subtle touches emerge gradually as you move through the space: sustainable flooring, recycled carpet, low-toxin adhesives and paints, plus reclaimed pillars, doors and furniture. (Even the practice’s toothbrushes are made from recycled yogurt containers.)

“The green doesn’t show up as a dramatic design element,” says Dr. Farrow, 38. “Our goal is that when you walk in, it feels like a home.”

Read more about how he incorporated environmentally friendly measures when he began designing his 1,600-square-foot space in 2009, and find out how you can self-audit your practice’s sustainability:



RIGHTEOUS FLOW: Efficient faucets and toilets save the practice 16,500 gallons a year; (shown at top) a friendly reminder to be cognizant of water waste.






What do Dead Sea Scrolls and dentistry have in common? More than you might think.


Lumps of charcoal in a box.

That’s what Pnina Shor, the head of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at the Israel Antiquities Authority, received from Emanuel Tov, an expert on the Dead Sea scrolls at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

According to the New York Times, what Dr. Shor did next led to an incredible discovery.

“I said, ‘There is nothing we can do because our system isn’t geared toward these chunks,’ ” she said. But because she was submitting other objects for a high-resolution scan, she put one of the lumps in with other items.

Dr. Shor had the lump scanned by a commercially available, X-ray based, micro-computed tomography machine, of the kind used for fine-resolution scanning of biological tissues….”

Read the full story at:  to learn how CBCT technology (similarly used in the dental industry) combined with developments by computer scientists at the University of Kentucky identified the scroll’s content – a fragment identical to the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible which, “at nearly 2,000 years old, is the earliest instance of the text.”

Might the text in the scroll found at the En-Gedi excavation site in Israel be considered a Dead Sea scroll?

Dr. Tov told the New York Times that “scholars might come to consider the En-Gedi manuscript as a Dead Sea scroll, especially if the early date indicated by paleography is confirmed.”

 Read the full story at:

Three reasons to clear 60 minutes on your Wednesday calendar.

  1. You know you’ve always wanted a free opportunity to gain an understanding of the scientific criteria for early loading, crestal bone preservation with implant thread design and prosthetic simplicity (10 diameter implants using one prosthetic connection).

    Dr. Isaac Tawil

    Dr. Isaac Tawil

  2. Dr. Isaac Tawil, current President of AIE Advanced Implant Educators, promises to deliver a clear message that will allow dentists to treat more patients in record time. His topic: an in-depth presentation on the clinical benefits of AnyRidge Implant System and the simplicity of the system vs. competitive implants.
  3.  In one hour (45 minutes with 15 minutes of Q&A, but who’s counting), you can earn one interactive CEU compliments of ids (integrated dental systems), a privately held company that designs, manufactures and distributes dental implants, and Viva Learning.

Want to know more?

Who: ids will be hosting their second live online CE Webinar with Viva Learning

What: AnyRidge Implant System free live webinar, Innovative Dental Implant Design for Immediate Loading and Greater Initial Stability, featuring Isaac Tawil, DDS, MS

When: Wednesday, September 28 at 8:15 P.M. (EST)

Where: A location convenient 

How: Register today by visiting 

How does Tooth Fairy Design nurture your sentimental side? The business of baby teeth.


Spoiler alert: Details about my childhood tooth fairy will be revealed.

In my 20s, while helping prepare for a family holiday dinner, while securing a formal tablecloth from my mom’s bureau drawer, I stumbled across a collection of what appeared to be tiny fragments of discolored teeth.

Years prior I had solidified that a tooth fairy – or at least my tooth fairy – shared the same last name as me and owned my childhood home. What I didn’t realize was that after depositing currency under my pillow, my mom Gloria had saved a good portion of the baby teeth she retrieved.


Though not my baby teeth, a similar collection.

Finding her secret stash of tiny teeth prompted a sentimental moment, but it was easy to see why she hadn’t made a charm bracelet out of the rotted little corpses.

When a colleague at Benco Dental emailed me a blog tip about Tooth Fairy Designs®, a company that produces jewelry designed to create unique settings for specially processed baby teeth, it seemed worth sharing.

Tooth Fairy Design website explains: “In the United States and elsewhere, it is common for parents to save, at least for a while, the exfoliated baby teeth of their children as a keepsake of their childhood and development. The typical storage means is a small envelope, or decorative box. There are several disadvantages associated with dry storage of the exfoliated baby teeth… the small teeth will continue to dry out, and become more fragile and brittle with time… and of course, their natural geometry combined with bloodstains lacks the display appeal of photographs, gifts, letters, and other memorabilia.”

The problem solving Tooth Fairies patented processing steps to create jewelry and home accessory items from a child’s baby teeth.

“Once disinfected, cleaned and solidified, the tiny teeth show their amazing luster like little pearls.”


The Tooth Fairy’s Baby Tooth Bank™

If you’re like my mom and simply want to save the little chicklets for posterity, the possibilities are endless. Options range from The Toothfairy’s Baby Tooth Bank™  ($22.79,, which arrives in a silver gift box and provides a “special place to store baby teeth and tooth fairy money, plus record memorable dates.”

Or if a piece of wearable art that allows you to display these little gems-to-be appeals to you, Tooth Fairy Designs® offers options of earrings, pendants, charms and more, which range in price from $240 -$650+


“Boy Charm,” from Tooth Fairy Designs®, $240, plus tax.

Learn more at: