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How to Handle the Rest of Your Career
Having genuine love for your patients makes for the happiest career for the dentist. Let me use a wonderful patient family in my Abu Dhabi practice as an example to explain how this works.   Read More
Happy and Successful, Doctor?  Relationships are the Key.
Success and joy in life and in dental practice are found in loving, healthy relationships with family, patients, employees, suppliers, lenders and others. Dr Chris Baker talks about cultivating these relationships in your life and profession.  Read More
Orthodontics: Going for Gorgeous
Very often, the main motivator for any dental treatment, orthodontics especially, is to look gorgeous. Good looks are a priority to the patient or her parents -- this often even taking precedence over something directly contributing to the good health of the patient... like fillings.    Read More
Stressed, Doctor?  Nourish Your Mind and Your Soul
Living in this luxurious amazing time, we have favorite luxuries - favorite restaurants, favorite vacation spots, favorite sports teams, favorite…We choose food, travel, teams to cheer, movies, luxuries upon luxuries.We spend time with news, negativity, complainers, shopping, services, confusion,...  Read More
Kicking Some Brass (Wire Ligatures)
A vexing problem, mesially ectopic molars at their worst, can cause resorption of roots and may themselves impact and never erupt. Brass wire ligatures are one option to improve the trajectory of the ectopic molar.     Read More
Upside Down and Inside Out: The New Wisdom in Orthodontic Treatment
For years, Orthodontic Conventional Wisdom taught us our treatment sequencing should be: 1. Level and Align, then;2. Resolution of Transverse Discrepancies; 3. Vertical separation (disclusion) of the incisors as needed,  to allow;4. Correction of the sagittal relationship of the posterior teeth,...  Read More
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
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