Incisal Edge helps you celebrate the first spring weekend.

Say olá to spring with a caipirinha made of cachaça, rum’s well-pedigreed older cousin.

Incisal Edge  spirits columnist Lauren Mowery, offers a toast to simplicity in the spring edition of the dental lifestyle mag. Mowery, who has covered the world through the lens of drink for publications including Wine Enthusiast, Forbes and Saveur shares insight on cachaça:

“As winter fades, the tendrils of spring signify renewal. It’s a time for purging closets, cleansing minds and bodies — and brightening up cocktails, swapping heavier tipples for brisk ones. Traditionally, Americans mix margaritas for mojitos for the vernal transition. This year, though, take a page from the playbook of Brazil — a land that embodies verdant life — and try cachaça.

Distilled in Brazil from (by law) fresh sugarcane juice, cachaça, first developed in the 1500s, is rum’s older cousin. If you’re unfamiliar with the spirit by name, you’ve likely sampled it in Brazil’s national drink, the caipirinha. The beauty of that South American cocktail lies in its simplicity: Muddle lime with sugar, then shake with your favorite cachaça.”

Read four standouts she recommends:

A Tale of two Labs.

Marley (shown), a Labrador Retriever trained to detect narcotics, arrived at the veterinary office of Dr. Sean McPeck “in so much pain he was unable to eat or drink water.”

Oral Arts Dental Laboratories, a family owned business in Huntsville, Alabama, provided a solution that should last a lifetime.

Kaitlyn Roberts of, the social and information hub of the dental lab industry, shares their story.

Oral Arts Dental Laboratories developed Marley’s crowns with the strength of its proprietary Element-Z Zirconia, and the on-trend style that included tattoos of the American and Alaskan state flags (shown below).

Find out how dental lab Founder and CEO Thomas Winstead’s willingness to accomodate a customer 20 years ago led to more than six pain-free pups:


According to, Oral Arts Dental Laboratories in Huntsville, Alabama, created two of Marley’s crowns with tattoos of the American and Alaskan state flags, in honor of his handler/owner who is a military veteran and a law enforcement officer in Alaska. (Photos courtesy Dr. Sean McPeck and



Why do you love dentistry?

Incisal Edge wants to know, and is willing to hand over some photography-inspired prizes to find out.

In its Spring edition, the nation’s only dental lifestyle magazine launches a photo-and-essay contest on the topic “Why I Love Dentistry?”

Tell them — in 200 words or fewer, accompanied by a photograph you’ve taken — why the profession is second to none.

Three winning entries will be published in an upcoming edition of Incisal Edge and the doctor who submitted then will win great prizes:

First Prize: DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone
Second Prize: GoPro HERO4
Third Prize: $100 gift card to B&H Photo & Video.

Want to enter? 
Send your entries via email before the Friday, April 7 deadline, to: and use the subject line: “Photo & Essay Contest”


Dentist, composer, motorcyclist: How one grandmother’s pioneering spirit lives on through her Sol.

During Sol Figueiredo’s first visit to a dental museum tucked in the mountains of Pennsylvania, she did not expect to be overcome with emotion.

When the Brazilian interior designer and architect walked past a dental operatory representing the 1900-1940 era, her eyes filled with tears.



Sol Figueiredo reminisces over dental instruments similar to those used by her grandmother, who in 1928 was the first female in her Brazilian city to earn a dental degree. (Eric Larsen/ Benco Dental)

Sol Figueiredo, who recently joined the CenterPoint Design staff of Benco Dental at its Orange County, California location, stopped in her tracks on a tour of the company’s home office in Pittston, Pa.

What caught her eye? Dental instruments similar to those used by her grandmother nearly 90 years ago in Brazil.

Dr. Margarida de Souza Menezes de Figueiredo was the only female dentist in her graduating class in 1928, and the first female dentist in the Brazilian city of Recife Pernambuco.

“I feel so close to her,” said Sol Figueiredo, of her paternal grandmother.

“She graduated in 1928 from dental school, and I’m in her world. It is so inspiring.”

Sol noted that her grandmother (shown above), in addition to establishing a dental practice and raising three children with her husband, earned national recognition in Brazil as a musician and composer.

“In 1954, she won a competition and her music was featured on the radio. During an interview they asked her how a woman in her time could be a dentist, a composer, drive a motorcycle?”


Dr. Margarida de Souza Menezes de Figueiredo, center, is interviewed in 1954 by RÁDIO NACIONAL for her work as a composer and musician. (Courtesy Sol Figueiredo)

Sol explained, “If there was something in her way, it wasn’t a problem, because she was very focused. She didn’t care what people said about her. She just lived her life intensely.”

Though Dr. Margarida died 12 years ago at the age of 98, Sol recalls the vibrancy with which her grandmother lived even in later years, when she resided with Sol’s parents and siblings in their home.

At age 18, Sol admired her 88-year-old grandmother’s zest for life.

“She was always singing,  reciting poems and telling people stories. It’s something that never leaves my mind: She never felt old.”

Mirroring that energy,  Sol, by age 28, had earned degrees in architecture and interior design from the Instituto Medotista Bennett College, collaborated with noted architects Andrea Chicharo and the late Eduardo Pinho, and established a successful design firm in Rio de Janeiro: Sol Figueiredo Interiors.


Dr. Margarida de Souza Menezes de Figueiredo, in 1928, aa she earns her degree in dentistry.

She relocated to the United States in 2005, where she met her husband Blue Michael Plante. They live today today in Corona, California with their daughter Yasmin, 5.

After her departure from Brazil, Sol took heart when her father, Fernando Antonio Menezes de Figueiredo, told her, “You’re like my mom, you’re not afraid to go away to learn.”

Sol explained,”I’m the first generation of my family in America,”

In her new position with Benco Dental’s CenterPoint Design team, Sol said she finds a unique opportunity to channel the legacy of her grandmother, Dr. Margarida de Souza Menezes.

“I’m proud that I’m going to be working in her field. I just think, ‘If she was alive today and young, what would she would be capable of doing?'”


Dr. Margarida de Souza Menezes de Figueiredo the only woman in her dental class (shown), and the first female dentist in the Brazilian city of Recife Pernambuco.


Meet some of the newest clientele for one Texas dental assistant.


When Christy Kroboth worked as a dental assistant in south Texas, she still carved out time outside of the office for side pursuits.

As a lifelong animal lover she found herself drawn to looking out for the little ones – stray dogs, turtles, cats. Her dedication of time to her efforts grew in proportion to the size of the animals in harm’s way: alligators.

According to an interview with BBC News, where Kroboth  lives, alligators take up residence in the man-made ponds of master-plan communities. They’re not necessarily welcomed guests, and Kroboth decided to help “change people’s mindset” by becoming an alligator catcher.

“I registered to be an alligator hunter with Texas Parks and Wildlife and we had to go through a whole training course. I was the only girl in the class, and also the youngest….

I’d never even touched an alligator before and for a split second I thought, ‘I can’t do this.’ …I ran out to the pond, got the alligator, taped him up and ended up passing the test. It was one of the happiest moments of my life and that adrenaline rush lasted the whole day.”
Read Kroboth’s full story at and hear more about her adventures. She told BBC NEWS:

“When I first got my license I was only doing this as a hobby, I’d go to work as a dental assistant and catch my alligators on the side. But I got well-known for taking the alligators alive, and I’m now doing this as my full time job.”