Which dental innovations are Edison-worthy?


Save the Date for the 30th annual Edison Awards™ – honoring the best in innovation and innovators – in New York, New York on April 20 to find out.
What you can expect:

  •  Inspiration and insight from some of the world’s most respected authorities on innovation.
  • An outstanding concentration of innovative companies and professionals.
  • An opportunity to network with Edison Award finalists, observe panel discussions and presentations centered around innovation
  • A hands-on look at nominated products.

    View a gallery of this year’s Edison Award – nominated products: http://www.edisonawards.com/nomineegallery.php


    View a gallery of Edison Award-nominated products: http://www.edisonawards.com/nomineegallery.php

Should your dental insurer know if you brush 2 minutes, 2 times each day?


Employers and insurers already incorporate real-time information into their business models thanks to advanced technology, according to a report by Reuters.com.

In her story for Reuters.com, Suzanne Barlyn disseminates the pros and cons of this data collection and usage, and offers examples of  forays in the dental and automotive insurance industries made by Beam Technologies Inc.

“Twice a day, Scott Ozawa’s Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush tells his dental insurer if he brushed for a full two minutes. In return, the 41-year-old software engineer gets free brush heads and the employer which bought his insurance gets premium discounts.

“Beam’s technology follows auto insurers using devices in cars to find out how far and how safely policyholders drive – known as telematics – and life and health insurers giving customers wearable devices such as Fitbit and Apple Watch to keep track of their activity.”

Find out what industry watchers, consumers and insurance companies have to say. Read the story in its entirety at: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-insurance-tracking-idUSKBN14Z0G4?utm_source=34553&utm_medium=partner

U.S. veterans, homeless to benefit from Affordable Dentures & Implants® pro bono implant treatment initiative


Affordable Dentures & Implants® announced recently that it will partner with Brighter Way Dental Institute of Phoenix, Arizona to deliver free dental implant, oral surgery, and prosthetic treatment to hundreds of U.S. military veterans and homeless citizens. The network of affiliated dental practices expects to contribute about $3.25 million in pro bono implant and prosthetic services in 2017 alone. About 400 volunteers – including affiliated practice owners, dental technicians and other auxiliary staff members – will travel from across the U.S. to Phoenix as part of the effort.

The pro bono program will occur over six three-day sessions throughout 2017. The sessions are facilitated by Brighter Way Dental Institute at Central Arizona Shelter


Kris Volcheck, DDS, MBA 

Services in Phoenix. Drs. Kris Volcheck and Justin Moody will oversee clinical care at each of the sessions. Twelve Affordable Dentures & Implants affiliates participated in a successful pilot session last October, delivering free care estimated at $440,000.

“This program reflects our affiliates’ shared commitment to deliver tooth replacement care with dignity and respect to those who often have nowhere else to turn,” said Doug Brown, President and CEO of Affordable Care, the dental support organization affiliated with Affordable Dentures & Implants. “As a national dental support organization, we have a special opportunity to use our network size and resources to give back to underserved communities.”

The Brighter Way Dental Institute, formerly known as the CASS Dental Clinic for the Homeless, provides comprehensive dental care and a dental home to not only homeless individuals but also to adults and military veterans, many of whom do not receive dental benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tooth replacement solutions – including full-arch implant restorations like those performed at Brighter Way – often are beyond the financial reach for those without dental insurance. Affordable Dentures & Implants practice owners have historically elected to set everyday fees lower than insurance co-pays for the same treatment.

More people each year – including new and experienced denture wearers – are turning to dental implants as a more desired tooth replacement solution. Implants help to stop or slow bone loss (resorption) in the jaw, and restore more tooth function than dentures or other options.

The Brighter Way program is also made possible through financial contributions from BioHorizons, a global manufacturer of dental implants and tissue regeneration products. Other program sponsors include dental industry leaders Carestream Dental, Sterngold, Meisinger, Benco Dental and Implant Concierge.

Affordable Dentures & Implants’ participation in the 2017 Brighter Way program will build upon a record year of giving back and volunteering.

  • More than 100 dentists, lab technicians and business support staff gave their time at more than 20 Mission of Mercy pro bono events across the U.S. in 2016. Lab technicians produced more than 700 partial dentures and other appliances at Mission of Mercy events during the year.
  • Affordable Care renewed a significant annual contribution to America’s Dentists Care Foundation and to more than 20 state-level Mission of Mercy organizations.
  • And more than 200 dentists within the affiliated practice network have taken part in international implant volunteerism since 2014, including through a partner clinic in Guadalajara, Mexico, performing more than an estimated $5 million in implant surgery and related services in that time frame.

“Unfortunately, veterans are more likely to be homeless than the general population – they comprise approximately 10 percent of our homeless population,” said Dr. Kris Volcheck, Brighter Way Dental Institute CEO and founder.

“One of the greatest unmet needs of our homeless veterans is that of basic oral health care. Even if basic care were available, it still would be woefully lacking in its ability to treat those veterans who are edentulous. These men and women, who are often missing all of their teeth, are our family and community members. Because they have no teeth and no smile, their health is poor and so is their self-esteem. For Brighter Way to be able to treat these patients who have served our nation in such a comprehensive manner is an honor. Simply put, restoring these patients’ health and self-esteem by placing implant-based dentures is the very best possible care available. And these veterans should be getting our very best efforts.”

For more information about Affordable Dentures & Implants®, visit www.affordabledentures.com.

For more about Brighter Way Dental Institute, visit http://brighterwaydental.org/

Should you thank your parents for cavities (and your sweet tooth)? WSJ report weighs in.



In a recent interview with Wall Street Journal’s Heidi Mitchell, dental expert, Dr. Michael Glick offers insight about “the genetic roots to tooth decay.”

Dr. Glick, who serves as editor in chief of the Journal of the American Dental Association and as a professor at the School of Dental Medicine at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, explains:

“The way enamel is formed on the tooth is probably the best candidate for genetics to have an impact.”

Is your sweet tooth inherited? Dr. Glick uses research on identical twins to answer that one.

Read the full story at: http://www.wsj.com/articles/do-cavities-run-in-your-family-1484323186

Sugar is the enemy, whether or not you have the “cavity gene.” So healthier diets and better oral hygiene habits can help everyone.


Headed to the IDS in Cologne? Dr. Zhivago will see you there.

Incisal Edge/Eric Larsen

On an unseasonably mild day in New York City, thedailyfloss.com and Incisal Edge teams had the good fortune to enlist 2017 Edison™ Award nominee Dr. Paul Zhivago for a screenshot-2017-01-13-16-14-18whirlwind tour.

Of course the topic of the 37th International Dental Show came up in between a quick meetup with @RandallLane at Forbes on Fifth (shown, left), and photo sessions there and at a few buzzworthy sections of Brooklyn (the prescient prosthodontist called us out on incorporating a setting reminiscent of Sergio Leone’s swan song, Once Upon A Time in America.)


A glimpse of the Manhattan bridge from the former manufacturing district known as DUMBO (acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).

As a native of Germany,  digital dentistry wunderkind, and Dad, Dr. Zhivago offered insight on everything from friendly Rhine River beer rivalries (Dusseldorf vs. Cologne), 3D modeling innovations and travel destinations suitable for toddlers who love the Disney’s Frozen.

Read a complete interview with Dr. Zhivago in the upcoming Spring Edition of Incisal Edge,  get a glimpse of his Edison Award-nominated innovation at http://www.edisonawards.com/nomineegallery.php and join him and more than 140,000 other visitors at the world’s leading dental trade fair in March.