In Cologne for the IDS? Make time for a side trip to Berlin.

In Cologne for the International Dental Show this week? Make some time for a side trip to Berlin, home to an unequaled mix of Europe old and new.

Philharmonie, Kammermusiksaal

Germany’s capital city points the way forward with the swooping Berliner Philharmonie, erected in 1963, according to Lea Lane.

From the modern landmark Berliner Philharmonie to the restored ancient structure of the Reichstag (shown below), Lea Lane explores the German capital in the Spring edition of dental lifestyle magazine Incisal Edge .


Says Lane:

“Think of Berlin as a mouth with a lifetime of dental work inside: age-old choppers still doing yeoman’s work despite their years; crowns and fillings crafted and updated over the years; all of it side-by-side in a pleasing ramble of old and new.

The German capital dates to the thirteenth century, after all, and its (shall we say) complex history is on offer everywhere: in the ’20s-style Weimar cabaret scene in a restored cafe; in the hush of the stark, chilling Jewish Museum; in the graffiti-tagged remnants of the wall that once demarcated the Cold War’s front line; and in the eighteenth-century Brandenburg Gate, now a symbol of reunification.”


Round-trip boat ride? Gallery tour?  Let Lane’s suggestions guide you through your visit:


The glass dome that now sits atop the Reichstag is designed by famed architect Norman Foster.

Want to meet dentistry’s 2017 Edison Awards finalists? Incisal Edge did, and shares their stories.

For the third year running, lncisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine  has partnered with the Edison Awards™ to honor the top products and most impressive advances dentistry has seen in the last year. In truth, though, this sort of thing has been going on forever. We impassioned consumers of smartphone and wireless technology can sometimes be forgiven for thinking that innovation itself was invented only yesterday, but the sheer ingenuity that is the calling card of the Edison Awards goes back eons.

Such ingenuity got a decided lift during the lifetime of Thomas Alva Edison, the awards’ namesake, and it continues to loom large today in the sound instincts and impressive brains of dental innovators such as Dr. Paul Zhivago (shown above) whose Open Platform Workflow system uses filmmaking technology to vastly improve the quality of digital impressions of patients’ mouths.

No matter what the industry circumstance, though, dentistry will never -could never – stand still, remaining in place and making no progress. The thrum of medical advance is simply too strong. Yet the bright minds and beautiful prod­ucts in the magazine’s spring edition truly represent the pinnacle of our profession at the present moment. They carry on the spirit and legacy of Thomas Edison -and provide a useful benchmark for generations of dental innovators still to come.

Meet Edison Award finalists in dental categories in the Incisal Edge Spring edition:

Find out how you can attend the 30th annual Edison Awards in New York, NY on April 20, 2017 to experience some of the world’s most respected authorities on innovation offer insight and inspiration. Deadline is March 25:

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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”


How is one dental student helping Arizona moms-to-be?

Erik Klintman is pursuing his DMD  — and working to get lower-income pregnant women in Arizona the dental care they need.

A 31-year-old native of Waco, Texas, Klintman is pursuing both his DMD and Master of Public Health degree at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, an affiliate of A.T. Still University in Mesa.

In a recent interview with Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine, he shared with the Managing Editor Brian Dawson what drew him to this pursuit.

“The MPH [degree] necessitates what’s essentially a yearlong experience in which the student comes up with a topic that addresses a public-health issue. Mine is focused on the lack of dental coverage provided to pregnant women through the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state’s Medicaid agency.

I’ve been spending a great deal of time researching to illuminate whether dental care for pregnant women may help reduce the incidence of pre-term and low-weight babies. In 2014, 86,848 women (in Arizona) gave birth, and of those, more than 6,000 were low-birthweight. The ultimate goal of my efforts is to see AHCCCS provide coverage to pregnant women.”


Read the full story at:

Tribute to a dental powerhouse, Dr. Esther Wilkins

Though in 1950 she had never taught a class, except Sunday school, Massachusetts native Dr. Esther Wilkins was willing to venture to the Pacific Northwest and lead the first eight students enrolled in the dental hygiene program in Washington.

There she devised a program of study and created mimeographed handouts that evolved into an up-to-date textbook for the profession of dental hygiene. Clinical Practice of the


At her home office in March, 2015, Dr. Esther Wilkins shares a glimpse of a treasured original copy of Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, now in its 12th edition.

Dental Hygienist (shown, inset at left and above), now in its twelfth edition, has been used around the world and translated into several languages.

Contributions of this dental powerhouse will be recounted in the days ahead.  Esther Wilkins BS, RDH, DMD died Monday night, just days after celebrating her 100th birthday.

One of just three women in the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Class of 1949, Dr. Wilkins received The Lucy Hobbs Project Industry Icon Award in 2015.

Dr. Wilkins told Incisal Edge at that time she was shocked to learn she’d been honored with a Lucy Hobbs Project Award.

“I was very pleased and surprised,” Dr. Wilkins said. “What does ‘Industry Icon’ really mean?”

As reported this afternoon by, Dr. Wilkins was to be honored with the dean’s medal for her accomplishments and leadership at Tufts this Friday, along with her colleague and fellow 1949 graduate, Dr. Hilde Tillman. The dean’s medal is the highest honor a university dean can award to individuals who have made significant contributions to the school and their communities, according to a statement from the school.

The author of the dental hygienist’s bible, the presenter of nearly 1,000 continuing education courses around the world, and the namesake of the indispensable dental instrument, the Wilkins/Tufts Explorer, Dr. Esther Wilkins contributions to the field of dentistry have spanned a century.

In 2015, when speaking with, Dr. Wilkins discussed her entry into dentistry and the fortitude she derived from her hardworking mother and mentor sister, Ruth.

Their girls’ mother, a secretary for the president of a blanket company in Lowell, Massachusetts, was adamant that Esther and Ruth attend college, an experience she hadn’t had herself. But Esther couldn’t decide on a career path, and it was Ruth who directed Esther toward a professional life in the health sciences.

“I can remember her saying, ‘Esther, you’ve got to decide what you want to do,’” Dr. Wilkins wrote by email in 2015 to Incisal Edge reporter Elizabeth Dilts.

Dr. Wilkins was a born doer, and after graduating with a bachelor’s in general science from Simmons College in Boston, she earned her certification as a Registered Dental Hygienist at The Forsythe School for Dental Hygiene, which now has a state-of-the-art-clinic named after her.


In its summer 2015 edition, Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine profiled Dr. Esther Wilkins regarding  her Lucy Hobbs Project Industry Icon award. Read the full story. 

According to the Incisal Edge interview, she then spent roughly eight years working with Dr. Frank Willis at coastal community practice in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. When she was admitted to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine class of 1949,  she spent holidays working with Willis to earn money for school expenses.


Fast forward 60 years: Dr. Wilkins’ contributions to dentistry are counted among the 40,000 treasures housed at the National Museum of Dentistry located in Baltimore, Maryland, one of the largest and most significant collections in the world.

Read more about Esther Wilkins BS, RDH, DMD:


During a record-breaking snowfall in March, 2015, an adventure on behalf of Benco Dental and The Lucy Hobbs Project delivered me and a road-warrior colleague, Amy Llewellyn, to the Boston doorstep of Dr. Esther Wilkins.  Our good fortune: a gracious dental legend welcomed us into her home to wile away an afternoon. We sat rapt for hours as Dr. Wilkins weaved stories of her life’s journey thus far. Her farewell to us that day included a glimpse of a treasured original copy of her masterwork: Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist.


In the presence of greatness.  Industry Icon Dr. Esther Wilkins welcomes Incisal Edge Associate Editor Kristie Ceruti into her home for a 2015 magazine interview.