Brighter Smiles: Communication is Everything – Part 1

Patients see things differently than dentists. Often, what is important to dentists is not important to patients and vice versa. This seems like the hysterical discovery of the obvious, but dentists often have a blind spot when it comes to seeing things from a...

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends! While we may be giving thanks for the many blessings in our lives, we also often need to battle the stressors. This time of year always seems more stressful, but stress in general is hard to avoid. We...

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Brighter Smiles: The Final Push!

November is almost over! It’s crunch time to get everything done that we haven’t gotten done during the rest of the year. For those with remaining dental benefits, it’s also the time of year to consider utilizing those so you don’t lose them. Unused dental benefits go...

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Brighter Smiles: Replacement Parts

It seems I have more and more patients telling me about their upcoming shoulder, hip, and knee replacement surgery. There are other parts that people have replaced, but those are the top three. Most of these people decide to go under the knife to improve their quality...

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Brighter Smiles: How Often Should You Visit a Dentist?

Despite the generalized notion that people should visit a dentist bi-annually, I am more a proponent of individualized frequency recommendations based on a few factors. We are not all the same; therefore, each of us has our own specific needs. Results from a recent...

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Letter to the Editor: Medicare Open Enrollment

To the Editor: I belong to PNHP (Physicians for a National Health Program) This is a national group advocating for universal health coverage in the United States. As a retired physician who has worked in both rural and urban areas with widespread poverty, I fully...

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Brighter Smiles: What’s the Rush?

This is the story about a woman I met recently named Carol. Carol’s story is the reason I do what I do every day and brings me back the next day. The interesting thing is that it has absolutely nothing to do with performing the actual physical work of dentistry. Carol...

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Brighter Smiles: 5 Reasons People Avoid the Dentist

There are five major reasons that people do not get the necessary dental care they need; six if you count the recent pandemic. The other five are money, time, lack of concern, fear and trust. Let’s take a quick look at each one and see if any of them fit you, and what...

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Brighter Smiles: Better Than Floss

The two things you’re supposed to do to clean your teeth: Brush & Floss. Any of you have your hygienist get on your case about not flossing? You may be the best brusher in the world, but if you’re not cleaning between your teeth, we know it. Cleaning between the teeth...

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Brighter Smiles: The Clear Choice

I have focused the majority of my career on family preventive and general dentistry. While I enjoy most aspects of what I do, I firmly believe that a good percentage of dental problems are avoidable, which means that dentists shouldn’t be as busy as we are with...

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