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:

Dear Tooth Fairy: I’m disappointed in myself.

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I woke up this morning to find a sheet of beautifully embossed periwinkle stationery washi-taped to my forehead, and what appeared to be a gold glitter bomb explosion on my bathroom vanity.

My immediate reaction: #OopsIdiditagain! Another #NationalToothFairyDay elapsed with no heartfelt missive from me to my favorite fairy.

In all fair(y)ness, the winged wonder was spotlighted earlier this year at Of course, on that most recent day of revelry, I publicly questioned her sense of fairness:

I’m here to make it right. The Tooth Fairy deserves far more than two days of recognition annually. hereby proposes #NationalToothFairyMonth. (Full disclosure: My daughter teeters on the decade of wiggly teeth.)

Let the following four FairyFacts serve as sound basis for this nomination:

FairyFact: This entrepreneurial impresario previously earned a spot among the Forbes Fictional 15.

FairyFact: According to Forbes, in 2010 she gifted $145M of her $6.9 billion amassed wealth (nearly 4%!) A true humanitarian in every sense of the word, this fairy is far more generous than her counterparts C. Montgomery Burns and Scrooge McDuck.

FairyFact: If workaholic tendencies seem to prohibit a healthy work life balance, T.F. at least compensates with extensive world travel, a sparkling wardrobe, and loyal following.

FairyFact: A most fascinating take on her truly altruistic nature is demonstrated in the 2012 film Rise of the Guardians in which Toothiana is portrayed as an agile, intelligent (she’s multilingual, of course!), and fearless cherisher of childhood memories.

Need additional convincing? A dossier for your inspection:

In case this heartfelt plea doesn’t earn favor with the fairy, I close with a formal apology:

Dear Tooth Fairy, deeply regrets a belated recognition of your day.
Though not an excuse, the root cause falls under the heading “overscheduled” rather than “sheer thoughtlessness”.
Please accept my sincere apology and the promise of future adulation.
From the heart,




Does charcoal look like it will whiten your teeth? If you think not, then listen to your instincts (and the experts).




Cast of NBC sitcom Seinfeld, including Jason Alexander, left, as George Costanza.

Doing The Opposite” of every rational instinct elicited positive results for the Seinfeld character George Costanza in 1994, but life is hardly an NBC sitcom (even though it might seem so of late).

So, when a DIY teeth whitening trend involves the use of a “charcoal-derived black mixture,” perhaps stick to logical advice from dental industry experts instead of taking the opposite approach. interviewed Dr. Susan Maples, a Michigan-based dentist and ortho speaker  (and a recipient of the 2016 Lucy Hobbs Award for exemplary women in dentistry) on the topic this week. The author of “Blabber Mouth!: 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can Tell You to Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life,” told that “there isn’t enough evidence available to know whether the supplement is beneficial and that it may be dangerous.”


” ‘I worry about the long-term effects of a video like this,’ Maples said. ‘Teeth are the only part of the ectoderm that does not replenish or heal itself— once it’s gone, it’s gone. You can color your hair, you can pierce your skin, damage your nail, shave an eyebrow— all of that comes back.’

Maples said the difference between using an approved dental tool, whether at home or at the dentist’s office, and a DIY remedy like charcoal lies in their approaches.

For example, approved products seep through the enamel and into the inner layer of the tooth called the dentin, which influences tooth color. Users and dentists don’t know how severe the charcoal supplement may be, so it may leave teeth stained or blotchy. The trendy product may also leave tooth enamel susceptible to deterioration and erosion, which can lead to sensitivity and cavities. “

Dr. Maples noted in the interview that patients can avoid these risks. Learn what she recommends to patients interested in whitening their teeth:


The report noted that The American Dental Association has currently not evaluated or approved any charcoal teeth whitening products.



Why 4 days serving U.S. veterans will change your life.


In late September, dentists are invited to volunteer at Brighter Way Dental Center (formerly CASS Dental Clinic.) Below, shares four reasons it will change your life in four days:

1. You will change the lives of veterans, earn 34 CEU,  receive hands-on training, and gather confidence to practice innovative approaches including implant placement, bone regeneration, tissue engineering, and other surgical procedures.

2. The Brighter Way Dental Center in Phoenix, Arizona is the largest volunteer dental clinic in the United States, offering comprehensive dental care for the homeless. What began in a cramped trailer in 2001 is now a state-of-the-art facility, which operates solely on generous donations and selfless volunteers, and run by Kris Volcheck, DDS, MBA. (Dr. Kris Volcheck was named one of 10 activists awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation for transforming health and health care in vulnerable communities.)

3.   This intensive Live Surgical course September 22 – 25 provides hands-on surgical training treating patients of various levels of surgical complexity. (Patients are pre-selected with various levels of surgical complexity to match your clinical skills.)

4. One day of lecture and workshops are followed by three days of live surgeries performed by participants (this means you!). Doctors will work in teams of two, together with one instructor with extensive implant experience mentoring the team during the procedures.

Brighter Way is working with Advanced Implant Educators to improve the oral health and self esteem of the men and women who have served our country.  Within this volunteer mission, attendees are changing lives, giving back to the community and at the same time, gaining valuable skills to treat their own patients.

Learn more and register today:

How Ohio dentists fight hunger with cans and can do attitudes.


Adam Moses loves Ohio – and oral health care. When offered the opportunity to connect the two, he ran with it.

In July, the sales intern with Benco Dental reached out to dentists in the Cleveland area and together they offered support to largest food bank in Northeast Ohio.

Through the commitment of Dr. Mark Worford (shown, inset) and Dr. Chester Bizga (shown, above), Moses’ Christmas in July-themed food drive netted 117 cans and non-perishable food items for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The Benco Family Foundation matched each donation with $1, so the organization received an additional $117.


Dr. Mark Worford

According to The Greater Cleveland Food Bank website, its efforts in 2015 provided 47.8 million meals  to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland and Richland counties. Their efforts are ongoing through both food distribution and outreach efforts. The Food Bank operates a community food distribution center, which provides food and other critical grocery products annually to more than 800 local food pantries, hot meal programs, shelters, mobile pantries, programs for the elderly and other nonprofit agencies.

“As part of their internship, the sales interns are working on a community give back project,” said Julia Amendola Culture & People, Senior Talent Specialist at the nation’s largest privately owned dental distribution company.

Moses, who dedicated volunteer hours to the community during his high school years, said he is grateful for a new opportunity for outreach.

“This was my first experience being able to run and plan a giveback project. I learned a lot along the way about what makes a giveback project successful and what I can do better next time I have the opportunity to plan another one.”


With the support of two Cleveland area dentists, Benco Dental Sales Intern Adam Moses organized a July food drive to benefit The Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

The Ohio University student recently presented his project results at a Benco Dental regional meeting in the Ohio Valley.


“I have had an amazing time so far during my internship this summer. My manager Eric Cooney has helped me develop a lot and I can’t wait to take back everything I’ve learned at Benco to the (Ralph and Luci) Schey Sales Centre at Ohio University when I get back!”

 Start a drive:

Learn how you help today: