It’s the pits!

The first job I had during the summers in high school was working for a fruit and vegetable store, Farmer Joel’s Market in Oceanside.  I learned a bit about produce and I know that August is when local cherries, peaches and corn are in season.  As a dentist, I also know that summertime is when I see more cracked teeth, …

The Ticking Time Bomb

Could you have one in your mouth? When I recommend that a silver/mercury filling be replaced, I’m often asked, “Can it wait?” After all, why do something when nothing is hurting or bothering you? I get it. The reason that silver/mercury fillings might be little ticking time bombs ready to cause discomfort and ruin your chewing ability has to do with the material …

Happy Anniversary

This week, actually TODAY, June 27th,  I celebrate 40 years in private practice. I can hardly believe how quickly it’s gone by. And a special shout out to Janet, who was a patient on my first day of practice and still sees me regularly.  How’s that for a long-term relationship? I’ve learned quite a bit through “practice.”  I guess when I get …

I’ve Been Called Worse

A colleague pointed out to me that I have a “Pioneer’s” mentality. He said that explains why I’ve adopted technology and incorporated new techniques and science into my practice so readily. He said that “colonists” follow the lead of the pioneers and aren’t as courageous. Personally, I never thought of myself as daring. Everything I do, I do to obtain …

This month, I celebrate 40 years in private practice.

I’m frustrated. This month, I celebrate 40 years in private practice. And, for most of that time, I’ve professed to and educated people about the ways to prevent dental problems. Now we know that problems in the mouth don’t stay in the mouth; they spread everywhere. The message isn’t spreading fast enough. Every week, I see people who come to me for the first …

Jerusalem is a city of contrasts and contradictions.

Jerusalem is a city of contrasts and contradictions.  It’s modern and ancient, rich and poor, young and old, colorful and black and white. It’s a city divided in so many ways.  Yet, there exist so many wonderful programs that look to be inclusive.  I visited 2 of them today.  Dean Ismail and I first went to the DVI clinic.  He …

Palestinian Nakba Day

Israel joyously celebrated Independence Day on May 2 and the Palestinians commemorate the same event today with mourning and civil disobedience. It begs to ask the question; Is peace a zero-sum game? Does someone have to win at another’s expense? The different dates are because the Israeli’s use the Jewish, lunar calendar and the Palestinians, the solar Gregorian. Dr. Ismail …

Another Senior Moment

I don’t know how you feel but as I mature, I want things to get easier, not harder. I originally planned to go on this trip to Israel after I floated the idea of a DVI-like clinic in East Jerusalem at the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders Conference. And when Dean Ismail asked me to go with him to …