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I'll Keep That Case, Thank You!

I'll Keep That Case, Thank You!

Many years ago when I was new to my own practice I had a hard conversation with one of the periodontists with whom I was working. I told him that I was...

| 5 years ago
Thoughts on Being a Volunteer
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Thoughts on Being a Volunteer

I just finished a week at Open Wide Foundation's clinic in Peronia, Guatemala. It was a chance for me to grow, yet again, in this life I love. I...

| 8 years ago
It is Always a Question of Values

It is Always a Question of Values

I have a good friend who recently had a very challenging experience with her longtime dentist. She has been in the practice since she was a child and...

| 9 years ago
Sometimes You Gotta
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Sometimes You Gotta

I just spent eight days in remote Alaska. No access to any electronic communication devices except a satellite phone in case of a bear eating my leg....

| 9 years ago
Don't You Love a Challenge?
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Don't You Love a Challenge?

This young lady decided to try shooting a handgun that had considerable recoil. Without proper instruction, she pulled the trigger and the gun kicked...

| 10 years ago
Photo Tips
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Photo Tips

Those blasted buccal shots! Hard to see and hard to be sure that the correct alignment and framing are in the image. Most of the time, I believe that...

| 10 years ago
You Gotta Play!

You Gotta Play!

We were hiking in Sedona, Ariz. over the holiday weekend. I think other than the scenery, the best part was not having a cell phone signal most of the...

| 10 years ago
An Ethical Discussion
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An Ethical Discussion

Here's one for you all to debate. This 20-year-old is a new patient in my practice and I have not yet worked up the case. She had 10 upper and eight...

| 10 years ago
Off the Pedestal
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Off the Pedestal

Not too long ago, in one of my blogs, I was chastised by a responder for not doing what he thought I should have done. This was followed by the comment,...

| 10 years ago
Weird Stuff I Get to See
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Weird Stuff I Get to See

This bridge has been in place for about 20 years. The patient is beginning a comprehensive course of treatment and we are getting ready for ortho so...

| 11 years ago
Yes, I Practice!

Yes, I Practice!

I am asked on a regular basis if I still practice or if I only lead Spear Study Clubs and teach. I understand the question, but it still takes me by surprise....

| 11 years ago
Perpetual Learning

Perpetual Learning

I have worked with thousands of dentists over the last 15 years of teaching, and I have learned that the dentists who are most successful in their...

| 12 years ago