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The Oxymoron of Dental Insurance

By DrNetzleyDDS | December 17, 2019 |

In the 1960’s a group of California dentists formed a dental insurance company called the California Dental Service, which later became Delta Dental. Later came the PPO’s the HMO’s to which I call them the OhOhOhs’s (uhoh OO’s). The CEO’s of these OhOhOh’s get paid many millions of dollars each year. The dentist doesn’t get…

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Patient-Doctor Communication

By DrNetzleyDDS | December 10, 2019 |

What did you say? Why didn’t you say something earlier? Human communication is a surreal experience. We have foreign languages that separate us, non-verbal communication that is not observed, music that the performer has not experienced, written word not understood etc. But what confounds me more as a Doctor is how much miscommunication or lack…

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The Pain of Headaches

By DrNetzleyDDS | December 9, 2019 |

In the realm of reoccurring pain scenarios, Migraine Headaches ranks among the most despised.  My own Mother suffered with these and would be buried in the dark bedroom for days at a time.  Pills after pills, bio feedback, and psychiatric counseling did little to help her.  Today, as a dentist, I can reduce headaches in…

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Thanksgiving and Gratitude

By DrNetzleyDDS | November 26, 2019 |

“When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” Buddha Siddhartha Guatama Shakyamuni This season has me thinking of the all the things that I am thankful for and there seem to be far too many. I think of all my experiences and the things that I have learned, I am in awe. This season has…

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Personal Service and Connecting to People

By DrNetzleyDDS | October 29, 2019 |

While standing in the grocery store line, the clerk asked me, “How is your day going?” I responded “wonderful!” But I was still taken aback as she had asked it with real sincerity. In today’s modern world, expediency has over taken personal service. Smart phones have replaced personal connection. Busyness has replaced serenity and fulfillment.…

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Under-served Dental Patients

By DrNetzleyDDS | September 24, 2019 |

Within the American population there are three groups of patients that are not receiving adequate dental care. Personally, I have treated underprivileged children for seven years under the auspices of the Head Start program. Additionally, I have treated elderly patients in 26 different nursing homes for a five year period. Those are two of the…

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To Pull or Not to Pull

By DrNetzleyDDS | September 10, 2019 |

That is the question — or 4 on the floor and 24 For nearly a century- orthodontists have suggested the removal of four bicuspids when straightening teeth. Thus the phrase 4 extracted teeth on the floor and 24 months of banding. Today the trend is away from extractions. The results are usually more esthetic without…

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Baby Bottle Mouth

By DrNetzleyDDS | September 3, 2019 |

When babies are feed even milk via a baby bottle, it can and does rot out the teeth.

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Missing Teeth

By DrNetzleyDDS | August 20, 2019 |

We have all heard the phrase that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In Dentistry, an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure.

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A Love for Nature

By DrNetzleyDDS | August 6, 2019 |

Even before my earliest memory my parents taught me the joy of camping.

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