Women in dentistry: Chicago is your kind of town

Later this year, Chicago will host the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Celebration gala, a tribute to women in dentistry (find out this year’s winners here !). The whole big-shouldered city is gala, of course—and tackling it like a local will make your time there even better.

Carrie Schedler is the senior dining editor for Chicago magazine. Her first piece for Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine focuses on eating like a local there and visiting every attraction the city has to offer.

YOU MAY THINK you know Chicago: the bone-cutting cold, the carbohydrate-and-cheese behemoth we call pizza, Da Bears. And though we’ve heard every deep-dish insult you could possibly lob our way, you’re not wrong. But there’s so much more to love in the Midwest’s largest city: gorgeous architecture, verdant parks, sparkling lake views and world-class food.

Chicago is a place that can feel like both a global destination and a small town all in the span of just a few blocks. It’s little wonder the annual Lucy Hobbs Celebration is being held here this October—every attendee of this extravaganza, which lauds the achievements of women in dentistry, will find something worth discovering. (Even, dare we say it, exceptional thin-crust pies.)

Read the full story at: https://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/mag/article/your-kind-of-town/

Register for the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Prepping for The Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration in Chicago October 3-5? #lhp19 #ie40under40

Check out a restaurant recommended from an #IE40Under40 honoree and Chicago resident.

Chicago Magazine rates this hidden gem the second best restaurant in the city. With its contemporary feel and luxury ingredients, it’s no wonder that The Oriole is one of Chicago resident’s Dr. Wenfei Wang’s favorites. Dr. Wang, an Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honoree in 2018, can’t wait for date nights at The Oriole with her husband, Dr. Alan Commet (shown at top).

The Oriole dining area. (Photos courtesy The Oriole)

In preparation for the upcoming 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration in Chicago, October 3-5, (register today! ) attendees may be looking for hot spots to dine, and Dr. Wang is happy to offer a recommendation. “My favorite meals in the city have definitely been here,” said Dr. Wang.

The Oriole offers a 15-course, $195 fixed menu prepared by Executive Chef & Owner Noah Sandoval. Their specialty: impeccable flavor pairings of food and beverages.

“Their menu is designed to be a surprise set of courses, which is great for the indecisive eaters like me who hate to pick just a few items out of an amazing menu,” said Dr. Wang.

An example of The Oriole’s menu and sample plates.

Dr. Wang attributes the ambience and food to the incredibly professional and knowledgeable staff. They work within a 28-seat space with an open kitchen, giving the restaurant a unique and special vibe.

View of the dining area of The Oriole.

This restaurant offers an opportunity for Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration attendees to try some new and different flavors while in the Chicago area this October.

Speaking of the 7th Annual Celebration….

The 2019 Annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration is the perfect retreat for a dental practice. Thought leaders, panelists and networking events will focus on more than individual wellness. They’ll impart strategies for incorporating wellness concepts throughout a practice to build a happier, more productive and engaged team.

The theme: Mind+Body+Soul. Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, At Home & Work.
The idea: Celebrate wellness together with your entire team.

It’s all about the details

When: October 3 – 5, 2019
Where: The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Ticket price: $199.00
Event registration closes on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Register today – space is limited for this amazing event: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/
For more event details, please contact: Ali Riviello, am5963@benco.com 
or 570-602-7068

Electrifying & Deadly Developments

An early Ritter X-ray unit from the 1920s, courtesy of the museum at Benco Dental, Pittston.

The first American book on X-rays (discovered in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen of Wurzburg, Germany) appeared in 1896 and by July of that year the intraoral fluoroscope was invented by William H. Rollins. Also in July of 1896, Dr. Charles Edmund Kells, Jr. (1856-1928) taught the first clinic on the use of X-rays in dentistry. He would go on to be fascinated by the science of X-rays and also electricity. His passion for X-rays would cost him dearly. Kells became one of the most noted of a handful of “X-ray Martyrs”.

Meet the most noted of “X-ray Martyrs”

Photo courtesy of Jeff Sengstack

Dr. Kells, born in New Orleans, was the son of a successful dentist. In 1876 he enrolled as a student at the New York Dental College. There he met and became friendly with technicians from Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory. He started to spend time in the lab and was fascinated by Edison’s efforts in early incandescent lighting and his experiments in electricity. He could already see the applications for dentistry. It was a whole new untested frontier and he wanted to be at the forefront of it. When the Edison Electric Light Company began to supply power to major industries in New Orleans, Dr. Kells signed up for service, becoming the city’s first dentist to use street current to power his dental equipment. Kells wired his office himself and connected it to the power grid outside his office.

High hopes for the uses of electricity

An advertisement of some of the many early dental equipment that was electrically powered.

Dr. Kells had high hopes for the uses of electricity, both in the dental office and elsewhere. Like Edison, his mind began to whirl with all sorts of new inventions, not the least of which was for an automatic electric suction pump which drained saliva, a wonderful invention that did away with using surgical sponges in both dentistry and general surgery. He also registered patents for other items powered by electricity, including an electric thermostat, a fire extinguisher, and a drinking fountain.

Between early electricity and early X-rays, the dental office was a minefield of dangers, some of which were recognized and others which had yet to appear.

While Dr. Kells’s ordeal with X-rays took time to be realized, he understood the dangers of electricity almost as soon as he hooked up his office. He was so worried about it, he sent a letter to the editor of the “Dental Cosmos”, the leading professional dental publication at the time, asking him about the risks in using electricity in the dental operatory. Even as he did so, at the same time he sent a letter to S.S. White Dental Manufacturing Company, asking if they could make electric dental instruments for him.

A 1915 S.S.White ad, featuring electrified equipment.

The editor, Dr. Grier, responded:

“The use of commercial lighting current, as shown by the apparatus exhibited by you, their employment to give the light and heat needed and to actuate the motors employed in the dental office, opens up a fascinating and almost unlimited field of application.… Unfortunately, these currents, especially the light arc, possess an electromotive force and strength far beyond the needs of the case, and therein lies the risk of their employment.… THE POSSIBLE TRANSFERENCE OF THE CURRENT FROM THE APPARATUS TO THE PERSON OF THE OPERATOR OR THE PATIENT.…”

An illustration of the freak accident that occurred in New York City many years earlier. This just compounded people’s fear of electricity.

There had been a scare over electricity in New York City several years earlier and people were still not over it. Eventually though, people came to accept electricity in the dental office. Harder to overcome, was the deadly repercussions of all the X-ray experiments Dr. Kells had done, using his own hands.

Now, of course, we understand what happens to repeated exposure of body parts to X-ray, cancer.

In 1913 Kells installed the first commercial X-ray unit made especially for use in dentistry. Dr. Kells, in developing his groundbreaking use of X-rays in dentistry, had developed malignant growths on his left hand. It was the beginning of years of agony. He later noted the dangers of radiation had been recognized even before then, and no knowledgeable doctor would hold a film in the mouth of his patient or in any way expose his hands to the direct rays. Eventually, he had to have the tips of his fingers of his left hand cut off. After more years of exposure, he had to have several fingers removed. That still did not stop the cancerous growths and eventually he had to have his left arm amputated.

Early X-ray machines could be dangerous for more than their radiation. As Dr. Grier had indicated in his response to Kells in “Dental Cosmos”, the electricity that powered these contraptions could also be hazardous. The exposed high-tension wires of these devices caused several serious accidents and a few fatalities by themselves.

Still, today we are indebted to Dr. Kells and other “X-ray Martyrs” like him, who helped make modern dentistry what it is today, despite the early dangers.

About the blogger

Guest blogger Jenn Ochman, Database Publishing Production Specialist in the Branding and Communication Department at Benco Dental, dedicates her time outside work to historical reenactment. She shares knowledge of dental history with TheDailyFloss.com readers on a monthly basis.

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