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 …

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 …

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 …

My Senior Moment

When did it happen? Or, am I just overly sensitive after receiving my Medicare card? Last week, I went to a functional medicine forum in Manhattan. I’ve been studying all kinds of traditional and alternative avenues that can lead to good health. I do this for personal wellness as well as professional enlightenment so that I can better customize and …

Fluoride: The Controversy

Our healthcare system is becoming more and more geared towards general populations and away from individual analysis.  This is because large organizations such as government and insurance companies are seeking to lower cost and reduce risk and exposure.  The ability to spread costs over large populations is just one way they accomplish this.  Prescribing treatment based on larger population studies, …

Hi-Tech Valentine?

People think I love technology, afterall, it seems that I always have a new “toy.” Actually, I have a love-hate relationship with technology. I love the benefits of technology allowing me to deliver the best possible care. I love the benefits it brings to my patients. I love that it can help speed the process making things more efficient. BUT… …