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Why Flossing is Important

  A book about flossing your teeth? Really? I am a periodontist, which means I am a dentist with additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of gum diseases. Yes, some of it is pretty complicated, but not all of it. After years of study and after treating thousands of patients, I have come to […]

Arguing with Mom

  Mom wants to argue. It’s something we do. We don’t fight, just debate issues. She is ninety-two and at sixty-two, I am still her baby boy.  As for what she wants to argue about with me this time, it isn’t small potatoes. No, she wants the end to all wars and for cows to […]

One Way to Check Out a Dental Practice

What’s the best way for people to find a high-quality dental practice? I think it begins by doing what you are doing right now — searching the Internet for ideas, suggestions and dental practices near you. To make a reasonable decision, you need to become fairly knowledgeable about two things. First, you need to know […]

Why Some Periodontists Use Lasers

This is a good video and describes why certain lasers work for gum disease and others do not. It also describes how periodontists like me have to work through the pros and cons of certain procedures before (1) deciding on additional training and (2) changing office procedures. Some periodontists have not moved to using lasers in […]

The Purpose of Anger

There is a purpose for anger and it isn’t to give me an excuse to break things. Anger can cause me to become aware of the fact that something is bugging me a lot. It might help me stop and ask myself what is going on? Where is this overwhelming emotion coming from? Ultimately anger might […]

What causes gum recession?

What causes gum recession? Answer: It’s a bit complicated. To put this in scientific jargon, it’s multifactorial – meaning there are many possible possibilities. So let me list a few for you. Thin bone. If teeth are crowded with some of them may be sitting outside of a complete thickness of bone surrounding them in […]

Three Reasons You Might Want to See a Periodontist

A periodontist is a specialist in dentistry with advanced training in problems involving the tissues that surround the teeth. This includes things familiar to people, like the gums (its fancy name is gingiva) and bone; but also things most people outside of dentistry have never heard of, like cementum and periodontal ligament. To become a […]

Team Meeting: Chronic Periodontitis Treatment Approach

Here is the biggest truth about periodontal disease: Unless the patients become their own primary therapists everything we do will fail.

Note to Self

I just got finished reading someone else’s bio on their website. He sounds important but I’m not warmed for some reason… Marketing is a tricky business and sometimes things are not received as intended. We want people to feel comfortable and safe when coming to see us, so we tell them that we are well […]

Telephone Tips for Dental Practices

I frequently have to call dental offices in order to speak with dentists about specific care of mutual patients. So I have clocked a lot of time talking with receptionists as well as listening to recorded messages while on hold.  Out of all of this I have formed a few pretty strong opinions. But I’m […]