Dental School: University of Michigan, class of 1997
Years in Practice: 16
Rumor has it you love a good steak. What are your top three steakhouses in the Valley?
I’m a much bigger fan of the energy and indulgence of some of these great steakhouses than the steak itself. My favorite ones to go to are: 1. Dominick’s Steakhouse in Scottsdale Quarter. I love their rooftop/pool area, 2. Steak 44. The music, décor and the desserts are fabulous. 3. [Mastro’s] City Hall. The bar is perfect for a drink.
You provide cosmetic dentistry services for victims of domestic violence. Why is this important to you?
What most people hear, see and read about regarding domestic violence is only a small part of the trauma these women actually go through. It’s the psychological and physical trauma that are the reminders. With dentistry I hope I can “erase” a bit of the physical. Giving them back their smile can oftentimes give them back an element of beauty they thought they had lost.
What are your thoughts on oil pulling (swishing) in regard to oral hygiene?
Oil pulling has been used for over 2,000 years in Ayurvedic philosophies of medicine, so there has to be something to it. I don’t think it’s a replacement for traditional dental care, but I do feel it provides a very strong preventative aspect. If you do try it, I recommend using coconut oil. It has a strong antibacterial and anti-viral component to it that makes it valuable. I have not seen too many people do it. It takes 20 minutes – not easy!
What’s the funniest thing a patient on nitrous oxide has ever said to you?
“Does that bright light mean I’m in heaven?”… Haha, kidding, I don’t really use nitrous very often.
You have kids. Are there harsher punishments for dentists’ kids who try to skip teeth-brushing before bed? Do you ever show them photos as cautionary tales?
My kids are no better than anyone else’s, maybe even worse because they know both mom and dad are dentists. The best punishment, which is actually ironic, is not letting them have dessert. There are no easy solutions. I think the pictures just freak them out, plus they can be quite gruesome. The timed electrical toothbrushes work well.