The purpose of this blog is to........you guessed it........simplify dentistry so people without a dental degree can have a better understanding of their mouth, teeth, and dentistry in general. Even though I grew up with a dentist for a father, and I attended fours years of dental school, many dental topics didn't make sense until I witnessed them everyday in my practice. In today's world, we're bombarded by information. So much information, and so much junk information, it can be hard to sift through the bulk and focus on what's important. My goal is to help quiet the noise and give useful, practical information to improve your dental life which will help improve your total life. Everyday patients ask me questions like: "Why do I need to replace that tooth?" or "My tooth doesn't hurt, why do I need to fix it?". Often when I'm asked these questions, I want to say well.......it would take a two year course with hours of instruction and reading to answer your question, but I'll try to explain it in 10 minutes. Over my years of practice, I've come to the conclusion that if patients understood why their dentist was recommending various needed (not elective) treatments they would say yes almost 100% of the time. The purpose of this blog is to do that, to simplify dentistry so everyone can understand it.
If you have a dental question, or a question about the dental profession in general, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and those questions will influence the topics I present here. Obviously, I cannot diagnose anyone's individual dental problem through an email. This is not meant to be a replacement for your dentist. People are unique. Each tooth is unique. Because of those two facts, it makes it virtually impossible to diagnose through email so I won't be answering any of those individual treatment questions. However, if you have a question about fluoride I can answer that......how about silver versus white fillings? How often should people get their teeth cleaned? So feel free to ask. I look forward to hearing from you.