Headed to the Mile High City this week? Let Incisal Edge be your guide.


This week, the American Dental Association’s annual conference will meet in Denver for the first time since 1930.

In the Fall edition of Incisal Edge dental lifestyle mag, Jerilyn Forsythe (associate editor at 5280, Denver’s official magazine) guides visitors:

  • from the Colorado Convention Center (700 14th St.), where the conference will take place Oct. 20-24 (“Out front you’ll see the beloved Blue Bear (shown) peering inside. The piece’s official name is ‘I See What You Mean,’ and where Denver acquired its fascination with gigantic blue creatures is anyone’s guess.)”
  • to LoDo’s most vibrant and exciting thoroughfare, Larimer Square (which is actually

    LoDo nightlife.

    a one-block stretch of Larimer Street) and

  • the Colorado State Capitol (200 E. Colfax Ave.), whose exterior steps mark the spot that’s precisely 5,280 feet.

Don’t miss:  Forsythe suggests you pencil in a meal at Acorn and “a great excuse to visit Denver’s up-and-coming RiNo neighborhood. (The city loves portmanteau nicknames; this one’s short for River North.)”

If you extend your stay: Head for the great outdoors, says Forsythe. She offers her take on Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Parkway) and the Moenkopi Loop, both just 10 miles from the Convention Center: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/884087ef#/884087ef/92

Read Forsythe’s guide to do Denver like a local: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/884087ef#/884087ef/92




Jerilyn Forsythe tells Incisal Edge readers set to visit Denver for this week’s ADA annual conference: “…break a sweat climbing the (Red Rocks) amphitheater’s steps. When you hit the summit, marvel at the natural beauty of your surroundings and the sheer plenitude of all this magnificent city has to offer.”

Want to be a part of history?


Maybe you’d like to connect with influential entrepreneurs and investors in New York.

If either of these concepts interests you, then nominate your game-changing dental innovation today for an Edison Award™.

Thirty years ago, the Edison Awards was established by the American Marketing Association to celebrate innovations in the CPG industry. Since then they’ve grown, and are now honoring game-changing innovations from around the world in over 15 categories – including dentistry.

Edison Award finalists have the opportunity to showcase their products at a daytime event on April 20, 2017! Last year, two Edison Awards finalists went head-to-head in a “SharkTank” style competition:

On April 20, 2017, the Edison Awards™ will recognize innovations — for the 30th time. They are currently accepting innovation submissions through Friday, November 18. If you are unfamiliar with the Edison Awards, or on the fence about nominating, check out three more reasons why you should nominate today: http://www.edisonawards.com/news/top-5-reasons-nominate-edison-award/

Doesn’t your dental innovation deserve the spotlight? Nominate today: http://www.edisonawards.com/nominations.php


Searching for convenience in your busy day? Incisal Edge read your mind.


The nation’s only dental lifestyle magazine inspires dentists wherever their busy lives take them.

Published by Benco Dental, Incisal Edge celebrates dentists’ achievements both inside the operatory and during their hard-earned downtime.

With a new web presence, incisaledgemagazine.com , Incisal Edge invites readers to enjoy the convenience of a mobile platform – including the ability to nominate dentists for the four signature contests featured annually within the magazine’s pages.

Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 — Celebrates the 40 top dentists in America age 40 and under.

Edison Awards™ — Recognizes innovation in dentistry in conjunction with the globally recognized honors that are named for Thomas Alva Edison.

Incisal Edge Design Competition — Features the most architecturally striking dental practices.

The Lucy Hobbs Project Awards — Highlights the women who are making the biggest difference in their community  and dentistry.

Knowledge. Success. Life. Those three words, printed on every cover of Incisal Edge, are the main themes guiding editorial content. Known for it’s 40 Under 40 America’s Best Young Dentiststhe national magazine in 2014, reached more than 40,000 dental professionals and their staffs. The introduction of a subscription option has expanded the magazine’s readership to 100,000 dental offices across the U.S.

View Incisal Edge online today at: http://www.incisaledgemagazine.com/
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Up for a tale of adventure? Read on for 12 days of dentistry in ‘a land of wonder’.


It seems fitting that a Wilmington, North Carolina practitioner ventured to unfamiliar territory for his most recent dental mission. Dr. Tristan Hamilton didn’t always envision himself as a dentist, but it was humanitarian work that led him to this path.

An early inclination led him to Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, where he earned degrees in Architecture. After a few years in Washington, D.C. working for a high level design firm, he decided to follow his heart to the mission field. Efforts in Costa Rica led to medical mission work in Zambia. Dr. Hamilton’s heart for serving people won out over designing buildings, and he ventured to many more countries working with the underserved:  Mexico, Belize, and South Korea, to name a few.  In 2009, he became a Doctor of Dental Surgery at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in California and he’s committed himself to compassion in the dental field ever since.

In between work at his dental practice and family time with wife April,  son, Tennyson,  daughter, August, and two tabby cats, Hemingway and Havana, Dr. Hamilton dedicated time in June for a 12-day humanitarian junket to Cuba.

“Cuba is such a land of wonder. (Fidel) Castro’s power in that island is palpable,” he said.

After 12 days up close and personal with residents there, he should know. “I gained such a connection. I ministered to them personally, I really showed them love.”

While 32 members of the Maranatha nonprofit group set about building a church, Dr. Hamilton and three others on the dental team (a translator and Dr. Hamilton’s pre-dental student brother, Tyler, among them) set up on location in a hotel.

null“The first day we had maybe 10 to 13 patients. After that, though, there were lines out the door.”

Despite not having a mobile dental unit, extractions, cleanings, and oral hygiene education (“possibly the most valuable part”) filled their days.

That and research for future visits.

Dr. Hamilton said he has been asked by Havana Seminary School to return to Cardenas, a church village south of Varadero Beach.

Next trip he’ll be more prepared for the air travel.


Dr. Hamilton treating a dental patient in Cuba earlier this year.

“I flew from Cancun to Havana on Air Cubana,” said Dr. Tristan Hamilton. “Everybody claps when their feet hit the ground,” he joked.

He’ll also pack extra toothpaste. After awaiting customs approval for 3.5 hours, a small “donation”  of that commodity hastened process.

“It was as simple as that – toothpaste.”

When he’s not treating patients in far flung locales or practicing with Dr. David Norwood at Willow Creek Dental Center, Hendersonville, N.C., Dr. Hamilton can be found leading Dental Practice Design Seminars at Benco Dental CenterPoint showrooms, including one taking place later this week in Costa Mesa, California.








New York Times offers clearer picture of sparkling water.


Sure plain seltzer’s got it all over colas, juices and sports drinks with their sugar, calories, added colors and artificial flavors. But a New York Time wellness Q&A from Sophie Egan reminds readers to look past the sparkle and fizz before increasing seltzer’s volume in your daily diet.

  • Remember what’s missing: fluoride and all its benefits. If you’re sparkle is bottled, it’s lacking fluoridation, that American Dental Association touts as “essential for maintaining long-term oral health.”

Option: If your tap water is fluoridated, try an in-home sparkling water maker (They save money and the environment!)

  • Check the label for citric acid. Egan notes in Ask Well, that though it’s not as erosive as classic soft drink ingredients, it “may be acidic enough to damage [tooth] enamel.”
    Option: Add vegetables or herbs, such as cucumber, mint or basil to plain sparkling water.