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Dental Pop Culture, Part 2

You can find dentists all over the place in pop culture. Some references and portrayals are positive, but most are scary or hilarious. In any case, I love how dentists are portrayed and love to collect videos like these. Here are a few of my really good ones: Little Shop of Horrors This one’s a […]

Dental “Chain” Corporation Gets in Trouble

One rapidly growing trend in dentistry is the rise of dental “chain” practices (a.k.a. corporate dental offices, franchise dentist offices, or dental “mills”). By the term “chain,” I’m referring to practices that are owned and managed by a large corporation and staffed by employee dentists, assistants, and hygienists. Essentially they are franchise stores like most […]

Dentistry in Art, Part 1

Dentistry has been portrayed in the media for many years. In a previous blog post I started a series called Dentistry in Pop Culture where I highlighted a few scenes from recent movies and television shows that portray dentistry. The big and small screens are not the only places dentists have shown up in cultural […]

Why Do Millions of People Hate Smiling?

I read a study this morning in one of the several dental magazines I subscribe to that had do with smiling. The results were a little surprising and even kind of saddening to me. The study was conducted by an international health care group called Bupa and it involved about 2000 participants. Here are the […]

Dental Pop Culture, Part 1

You might not realize this, but the dental profession is frequently portrayed in movies and television shows. As a dentist, I pick up on all of these scenes and even collect them, because I love seeing the stereotypes and hilarious/terrifying ways people view the dental experience. Even though the overwhelming majority of pop culture scenes […]

Toothbrushes and Toilets

I have heard several myths about the proper location and correct storage method for toothbrushes, but I’d like to shed a little light on what is actually happening in your bathroom from a dentist’s (and an amateur microbiology enthusiast’s) perspective. Before you read on, please get yourself in the right frame of mind. Realize that […]

Question From a Patient: Does My Baby Take Calcium From My Teeth?

I’ve had several patients ask me about this during their pregnancies. Usually the question goes something like this: “I always seem to get a cavity or two when I’m pregnant. I never get them at any other time. Does my baby take calcium from my teeth?” In short, the answer is no. Your baby is […]

Young man with tooth ache

Question From a Patient: My Tooth Didn’t Hurt Before You Worked on It. Why Does It Hurt Now?

This question sends shivers down the spine of every dentist in the world and it’s something all of us have heard a few times from our patients. With full transparency, I will admit that I heard it from one of my patients last week. It’s a question that I spend a great deal of time, […]