Do It Yourself Healthcare

There is now yet another entry into the market.  You can now order a kit to take a mold of your mouth, send it to a company who will give you clear aligners to straighten your teeth. This “club” promises straight teeth.  Sounds great!  Everyone wants straight teeth and a beautiful smile.  Right? Do it yourself (DIY) healthcare is a trend, …

What Bugs You?

It seems that you can’t turn a page, a dial or click on an arrow and not hear or see something related to gut health.  Studies on the microbiome are everywhere. What is one to make of it all? Last week alone there were studies released from Oregon State University (Nature Microbiology), Germany (Frontiers in Psychiatry), Harvard and MIT (American Chemical Society meeting).  Everyone …

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 …