Love & Orthodontics
Love & Orthodontics
drchrisbaker
Dr Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and faculty member of three dental schools. She practices in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Texas, USA. Dr Chris writes about orthodontics, pediatric dentistry and life.

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Posted 14 hours ago by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 5
White Spot Lesions: Three Factors of Interplay
White spot lesions on teeth result from acid-producing pathogenic bacteria that demineralize the tooth surface.This begins the process of tooth decay. While these lesions occur in patients without any orthodontic or other dental intervention, they also occur during orthodontic treatment.  The tooth...  Read More
Posted 4 days ago by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 9
 Your dental practice is not a charity: YOU decide what your missionary work will be
Choose freedom over paying some corporate CEO’s country club membership...    Freedom to get up in the morning and look forward to going to work.    Freedom to get to work to make money for you and your family and not for other people -- like insurance corporations and government.    Freedom to...  Read More
Posted 6 days ago by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 7
The best treatment for the child, doctor, is still YOUR responsibility.  Doc, can you hear that train a-coming?
The best treatment for the child patient, doctor, is still YOUR responsibility. It is important to be aware of the risks and temptations faced by the dentist. © 2018 Dr Chris Baker  Read More
Posted 5/10/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 9
A fast train is coming. Doctor, are you dancing on the tracks?
In pediatric dentistry, these days it is de rigueur, fashionable, in vogue, all the rage, trendsetting, and chic to avoid dental techniques that the child patient and the parent don’t like.  And, who likes being a restorative dental patient? And what parent likes having their child not like...  Read More
Posted 5/8/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 7
Pediatric Dentists: Is there life outside the O.R.?
In our heart of hearts (for the most part), we pediatric dentists want to help our patients more through prevention than through restorative procedures. Unfortunately, pediatric dentistry has, partially by necessity, become way too focused on restoring a child's mouth.© 2018 Dr Chris Baker  Read More
Posted 5/3/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 9
You Have What Your Patients Need Most
Medical Drama on TVFrom 1969 to 1976, a favorite American television show was one of the early medical drama programs, the popular Marcus Welby M.D.  Medical drama has continued to be a well-watched topic, beginning in the early 50’s, and includes Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey, M*A*S*H*, Dr Quinn Medicine...  Read More
Posted 5/1/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 476
Politically Incorrect Behavior Management for Child Patients
Sometimes effective child patient management is not 'politically correct.'  Let me explain...© 2018 Dr Chris Baker  Read More
Posted 4/26/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 10
What do you tell your patients (or their parents) about their bad breath?
You’ve undoubtedly heard the question, “Doctor, what can we do about her bad breath?” Jenny’s mom asked me that question a worried look on her face.  “I’ve talked to the pediatrician, and nothing is wrong.  But, she is being teased about it, and we notice it at home too.  Can you help us?” And...  Read More
Posted 4/24/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 17
The World is Flat, Do Not Extract Baby Teeth, and Other Myths
One of the great myths believed by some pediatric dentists is that they need to avoid extracting baby teeth whenever possible. © 2018 Dr Chris Baker  Read More
Posted 4/19/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 11
Dentists, what is missing in your life picture?
For us dentists, we have been guided by a need, a dream, to help others.  Going to dental school, and to residency and further training, takes a whole lot of “get-up-and-go” and a whole lot of “stick-to-it-iveness.”Our schooling and hard work was (and is) driven by our need and dream to help others...  Read More
Posted 4/17/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 25
The Fears that Bind Pediatric Dentists
Dentists who treat children often deal with certain fears about their profession. There are some great choices that can "rescue" these dentists from their fears.      Read More
Posted 4/13/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 22
Doctor, 'Insurance-Company-Speak' is not your Mother Tongue
The languages dentists have to learn! Do you-speak 'insurance company-speak'?  Do you speak 'parent-speak'?  Do you-speak 'child-speak'? Today I am looking at insurance company-speak. And btw (by the way - that's 'text-speak') - “corporations” here refer to insurance companies, big box and other...  Read More
Posted 4/11/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 16
An Orthodontic Finishing 'Pickle'
Here are some ideas about dealing with one kind of 'pickle' faced in orthodontic finishing.   Read More
Posted 4/5/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 15
Dentists Under Siege?  (Part 2)
“The past does not equal the future - unless you live there.”  ~ T. RobbinsWhy on earth do we choose to allow the insurance companies to come between us and our patients?  (Because of fear.)Why does it feel as if you are just “another run-of-the-mill” dentist?  And what is that anyway?  It’s a...  Read More
Posted 4/4/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 21
When Pediatric Patients 'Fall into the Crevice'
Who's watching out for their orthodontic development?  Read More
Posted 3/29/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 14
When Your Patients' Parents Don't Give a Rip
Let Me Ask You -- Should You Treat Their Kids?   How and When?        As a young dentist, I remember feeling the exhilaration of the possibilities of helping children. Therein lies worth to a young mother and to a young dentist, imprinted with the passion for helping children.  After all, what more...  Read More
Posted 3/27/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 17
Dentists: Your Success Is All About Love
Practicing dentistry successfully and joyfully, every day, involves love. The systems you put into place can help make this happen. With the upcoming ELEMENTS Seminars, dentists can learn to combine the two.  Read More
Posted 3/22/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 7
Doctor, are you in pain?
Pain: a distressing feeling caused by intense or damaging stimuli.  What stimuli, you ask?Perhaps these:* Trying to Survive* Being in the crosshairs of   - the insurance companies -Insurance has become overwhelming to impossible   - Medicaid administration and paperwork   - other dentists and other...  Read More
Posted 3/16/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 15
Dentists Under Siege?  (Part 1)
It’s so easy as a dentist today, to feel as if you are nobody.The insurance companies, including government’s Medicaid and Medicare companies, are good at teaching people that they CARE about the people who pay them premiums. And that if the care you recommend isn’t covered, it isn’t medically...  Read More
Posted 3/14/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 71
Combining Love and Orthodontics Makes for a Joyful Practice
Video shot at the Advanced American Dental Clinic in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Dr Chris Baker explains why a sincere love for patients and their families combines well with orthodontics for having a happy and successful practice.   Read More
Posted 3/8/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 18
I am not my staff's parent!  (The affliction of approval addiction.)
Boy!  Dental school didn’t give me any direction on being responsible for employees, staffing, HR, hiring and firing!  How about you?Maybe dental school taught you how to work with a chair-side dental assistant. Maybe.Maybe dental school gave you some direction on training a chair-side...  Read More
Posted 3/1/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 21
The Great Distress: Ectopic Teeth in a Smile and in Orthodontics
For a patient whose teeth are ectopic - out of place - it is distressing.     A child will often say, “I don’t like my fangs.”  And, if the teeth do not show up, are ectopic and unerupted, it is distressing to have spaces in your smile.It is also distressing for you, wanting to be efficient and...  Read More
Posted 2/22/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 25
 Orthodontics: How You Start Finishing at the Beginning and Reduce the Stress at the End for You and Your Patient
Funny how we call detailing the tooth alignment and the bite, “finishing”. Funny because it all starts from diagnosis. Actually it starts at the initial examination. What we do at the beginning makes our finishing time longer or shorter. Identifying the existing risks, discrepancies,...  Read More
Posted 2/16/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 24
Are you trying 'just to survive'?  ...WOW is ever so much better!
In the day to day push, pull,, challenges, service to many people, it’s easy to feel an overwhelming feeling of “just trying to survive.”The day to day routines, the business drag, the difficult patient, unhappy staff members, worries over money - all are tough to survive.What if your practice went...  Read More
Posted 2/10/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 34
The 'Wow Factor' In your practice
I gave a little talk on creating "Wow" in the dental practice to our dentists and staff at the American Dental Clinic in Abu Dhabi.It's on YouTube:  Read More
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