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

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.







A flurry of genius: How an award-winning design team views a dental practice of the future.


TO DEVISE Los Rocas Dentistry — “on the rocks” in Spanish — Benco Dental interior designer Mandy Welman climbed back into her childhood, part of which she spent near Portland, Oregon.

Part of the Incisal Edge Design Competition  team that created the award-winning Practice of the Future, Welman recently explained her inspiration to  Incisal Edge Managing Editor Brian Dawson:

“When I began envisioning this building, I thought about the shape and flow of the space,” Welman says. “Throughout the process, it always had the sounds of the surf crashing behind it, and the stark, breathtaking rocky terrain so prevalent on the Oregon coast. I remember that water-crashing sound best, and it fit the building and the environment we wanted to create.”

The impetus for Welman and her design compatriots, Josh Diehl and Monica Wilder, was to lessen patient anxiety — which will be presumably no less a concern in the decades hence than it is now. “We used a lot of glass to create an open, honest communication with nature,” Welman says. “This gives the patient’s mind a place to focus and tune out stressful emotions.”

The trio also made sure that Los Rocas’s spectacular natural surroundings — the water, coastline and natural light that make the westernmost edges of Oregon so alluring — meshed fully with the practice’s interior. What Welman calls the “bat-wing design” of the treatment areas enhances privacy between operatories, as well as giving each patient his or her own unique, unobstructed view of the bay and the ocean beyond.

View renderings of the award-winning practice and receive interior design tips at: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9dc6d3b8#/9dc6d3b8/160



DotF00039.JPG(Photos, courtesy Eric Larsen, Benco Dental.) 2017 Incisal Edge Design Competition, Practice of the Future winners (shown) include:  Interior design and space planning: Mandy Welman; graphic design: Monica Wilder; Revit rendering: Josh Diehl.



London calling. Specifically the British Dental Association building in Marylebone.


If your schedule doesn’t permit a pop by to 64 Wimpole Street in London’s Marylebone neighborhood this week  ( Tuesday and Thursdays from 1-2.p.m), then a Londonist.com virtual tour by  Will Noble of their dental archives will do nicely.

Among other historical findings at the British Dental Association,  exhibits there offer insight as to:

  • how a 1929 work of art entitled The Dentist landed Dr. Conrad Ackner in hot water with the General Medical Council
  • which popular materials, known as “Waterloo teeth”, comprised dentures
  • what assistance thumbsuckers had at their disposal in the cessation of their habit
  • which 1700s resource offered the first accurate instruction on dental practice.

Ready for your tour?

Consider your visit to:  http://londonist.com/london/secret/the-london-museum-dedicated-to-teeth  a mini-holiday.