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What my Graduation from The Kois Center means for you.

Over the last 3 years, I’ve been taking courses at The Kois Center in Seattle, a postgraduate training center for practicing dentists.  I completed my final course earlier this month.  As a student, I’ve had the privilege of taking in-depth courses that deal comprehensively with...

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Reactive or Proactive: What’s your preference?

  For most of human history, we’ve attempted to eliminate or lessen pain via a variety of sometimes heavy-handed treatments, such as extraction of teeth or amputation of damaged limbs. These treatments can be classified as “Reactive”, or carried out in response to a pressing issue.  Modern...

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Is Dental Insurance Really “Insurance”?

In a word: No. Wikipedia defines “Insurance” as “ the equitable transfer of the risk of a loss, from one entity to another in exchange for payment”.  Most people’s idea of insurance is more or less in line with the basic gist of this definition:  A...

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Long in the Tooth

Ever heard the expression "Long in the Tooth"?  It usually refers to someone older or wiser.  Interestingly, this old expression is based in reality.As you may have read in earlier posts, gum disease (aka periodontal disease) results in bone loss around teeth.  Bone loss around...

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The Big Picture

Let's start by having a big-picture look at the mouth, starting with your teeth themselves.Most people don't spend much time thinking about their teeth, chewing, swallowing, or speaking.  However, your teeth play a critical role in all those functions, and are highly specialized to do...

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