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The World Doesn't Care, Doctor
Oh, how we wish to be significant. Oh, how we wish to be important.  So we become “pleasers.”  We become “approval addicts.”  And the world doesn’t care - or even notice.We miss our own significance.  We miss our own importance.  We don’t appreciate our own value.And the world doesn’t care.The...  Read More
Functional Appliances: Are They Functional?
There are a lot of functional appliances being taught to dentists. They rely on patient compliance - that’s the tough part. The question is, then, “can  they be REALLY functional for this patient?"  Ask the question as you treatment plan each patient. www.loveandorthodontics.com  Read More
Forward Tongue Position: Typical, But Not Good
A forward tongue position is now typical in child and adolescent patients. It used to not be that way. There are a whole host of dental and orthodontic problems that can result.      Read More
A Few Good Books
Today we are glued to screens - probably way, way too much.  We become addicted to the video platform.  Think about beginning a little library for yourself, that you can go back to over and over, to feel happy, to learn, to grow, to become a different person.If you haven’t yet, find and read Think...  Read More
What Has Changed in Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea's resurgence in interest has some interesting and important reasons. And one of them is how it affects your child.   Read More
An Outstanding Cephalometric Tracing in One Minute
An important part of doing great orthodontics is having an accurate cephalometric tracing of your patient. There is a simple way to keep this from being arduous. Let me explain.    Read More
Saunter. Mosey.
The word saunter comes from the late 1500’s to 1660’s, and has been linked to “la Sainte Terre,” or holy land.  Thoreau said that persons who understood the art of walking on the precious earth were geniuses. It’s also linked to adventure, walking with awareness of the earth and beauty around.It’s...  Read More
Being a Great Dentist: Is That All There Is?
Being skilled in dentistry is a great accomplishment. You've worked very hard to learn and hone those skills. But, as dentists, we all have the challenge to go beyond the 'technician' and transcend into something special.   Read More
How About No Sedation or G.A. in Pediatric Dentistry?
Practicing great pediatric dentistry is possible without using sedation and general anesthesia. For the vast majority of patients, this is safer and creates a happier, healthier dental experience. Here's how.   Read More
You Are Significant.  You Are Needed!
Purpose - You are here for a reason. That reason has to do with connecting to others, to your higher self, and to God. Your purpose is to fill a need or a void in the world, using your particular talents, awarenesses, your needs (yes - your needs), your fears, (yes - your fears),  your courage,...  Read More
How to LOVE your team
It takes a team to run a dental practice. As the owner of the practice, it's important to remember that your team members need respect and love - and there's a way to do it right.   Read More
Imagine missing this with your child patients!
Dentists who treat children have a unique opportunity to use their awareness of developmental issues which can occur. In this VLOG entry, I want to address these.   Read More
Doctor, it's time to be Courageous
Doctor, what is it you fear in your dental practice? If you own your own practice, there is so much to do and so much going on. What scares you and how do you deal with it?  There is an answer in your perspective on your life and your career.   Find us on   Read More
What's Easy About Functional Appliances?
In orthodontics, functional appliances can be a real challenge in terms of patient compliance. Here is some wisdom on the subject and a consideration or two on what you, the dentist, can do.    Read More
Nitric Oxide for your child. What's with that?
Nitric oxide can be formed naturally in the body, and has been nicknamed 'the miracle molecule.' It has important purposes in the body and is especially important for children. How can it be formed? What happens if it doesn't form?  Read More
Let's Face It: Orthodontics is a beauty treatment
Let's face it: Orthodontics is a beauty treatment. It's what brings patients to your office when they delay appointments for other dental health needs. It is a desired service.  The patient, and the young patient's parents, have a beautiful smile as the desired result of orthodontic treatment.   Read More
Put Your Teeth Into It!
It’s funny as a dentist, to notice all the funny sayings about teeth.  Here’s one;  “Put your teeth into it,” implying that it is something that makes you think hard, work hard, put lots into it.  And for sure, that funny little idiom is a huge statement on how to make life great. Whatever you do....  Read More
Leaving on a jet plane... to Abu Dhabi
I'll be leaving on a jet plane.It's been a great experience, being a Texas girl who practices orthodontics in beautiful Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. What's it like commuting 8,000 miles to work?  What have I learned?  Has this experience changed my worldview?DR CHRIS BAKER'S BLOG:   Read More
Doctor, are you earning money for yourself or for someone else?
Financial pressures on dentists have multiplied with the proliferation of big corporations, big insurance companies, big government and their multitude of demands. But don't lose hope. There are some great ways to deal with these.   FACEBOOK: INSTAGRAM:   Read More
Why Patients Want Ortho
You spend a lot of time trying to educate your patients to take care of their teeth -- and too many of those patients are just not interested. However reluctant many are to visit their dentist, orthodontics is one area of dentistry that patients actually want -- and you can make this fact work for...  Read More
If you want it to work, do these things (Adding ortho to your practice)
Adding orthodontics to a general or pediatric dental practice is a great idea. But for it to be successful, here are some things that are absolutely necessary.  Read More
Orthodontics is a Family Affair
It's a special event, when a child has orthodontic treatment. And to make it most special, involve the child's parents and siblings -- They love to 'glove up' and be part of it!  Listen and learn -- and you can see examples of this on Instagram: Facebook:  drchrisdmdrn  Read More
Happy Ortho New Year: Six Sessions to Learn
Starting an orthodontics program in a general or pediatric dental practice is a great idea. There are six areas in which the dentist must become skilled in order to do this well. Starting soon in Texas, an incredible comprehensive orthodontics course begins, which will consist of six sessions...  Read More
Have an Ortho New Year - Start Ortho in Your Practice in 2019
Have an Ortho New Year:  Start Ortho in Your Practice in 2019 With the new year just a few days away, we can look forward with optimism, confidence and new planning.  Wait a minute. Did I say optimism?  Am I writing for dentists? Yes.  The dental world is changing. Big insurance, big corporations,...  Read More
Sharing makes you bigger than who you are -- What that has to do with being a dentist
The dream of being a dentist -- and your success -- depend on a dream to contribute, to help others, and to love. It's much more than just a job and you're much more than just a technician. It's a life that can make a difference. FACEBOOK: INSTAGRAM:   Read More
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