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A Reflective Pause

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”       — Lao Tzu Mystical thoughts intrigue me. They make sense but only when the context is right. It’s a challenge to the reader or recipient of a deep thought, to consider whether or not the thought is true, […]

On Hammers and Nails

“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” ― Abraham Maslow Our “hammers” or solutions to problems come out of our experiences – the people met, the books read, as well as the mistakes made and the achievements experienced. The […]

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 […]

Dental Professionals Have Two Choices

Wishful thinking or a responsibility mindset — which describes you best?

So What’s the Big Idea?

I discovered the memo function on my iPhone and so recorded this on my drive into work this morning. I know it’s a little slow in pace but I was thinking it up as I went along. Sometimes we get so stuck in routine we stop thinking bigger thoughts. Here’s a brief reflection on that […]