Where did the idea for “Dollar$ Not Decay” come from?
My wife read about a non-candy buy-back program in Detroit, Michigan many years ago. We thought, why not try it with candy? Now it’s a very popular event nationwide but I think we were one of the first offices to offer it. More than 15 years later, it has become a fun thing that I’m known for in town. I enjoy seeing the same people every year and parents and kids just love it. Over the years, we’ve collected over 13,000 pounds of candy!
Another one of my favorite memories is a picture of my son when he was 8. He was leaning way into one of the garbage cans full of candy, like he’d fallen in head first. He looks like he was in candy heaven.
What’s 1000 Smiles and how did you get involved with them?
Every year, we attend the Oregon Dental Conference and they have booths advertising different products and events. One year we saw a booth for 1000 Smiles. They were talking about dental teams going around the world and giving back.
We just thought it would be a great thing to do. I ended up taking the entire Timberhill Dental staff to work in Jamaica and the entire experience was amazing. Even just getting all of us to the airport was an adventure.
When we landed in Jamaica, we ended up taking a scary car ride up a one-lane road. Finally on the top of a hill there was a church set up like a makeshift dental office. We worked for one week to provide dental care to locals. Many people walked many miles to see us and it was an amazing feeling to see them get the care they needed.
Over the years we’ve also worked in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. We’re also planning a trip back to Jamaica Fall of 2018.
Let’s talk dental health tips. What do you want your patients to know.
If we went out on the street (like Jay Leno would do) and asked 100 people, “What causes tooth decay?” we’d probably get 100 wrong answers. Here’s the truth:
Tooth decay is caused when your mouth experiences a higher than normal level of acidity for a long period of time.
Here’s what you need to avoid: high-frequency ingestion of acidic, starchy, and sugary foods:
- Acid – Lemon, lime, tomatoes, coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks
- Starch – Anything that’s white. Bread, crackers, potatoes. Starch breaks down into sugar as it’s digested.
- Sugar – Sugar is the food bacteria eat and they produce acid as a byproduct.
If you eat these foods only at mealtime, your saliva can do its job:
- Buffers out the acid
- Helps remineralize the teeth
- Contains immune components that kill bacteria
- Helps get food out of your mouth and into your stomach for digestion
But when you snack throughout the day, your saliva can’t keep up and the result is tooth decay.
Why should someone make an appointment at Timberhill Dental?
We’ve got great soothing energy at our practice. We’re taking advantage of technologies like CEREC and Cone Beam 3D Imaging in ways other practices aren’t.
For example, the Cone Beam system, isn’t just more comfortable than old-fashioned x-rays. We use it to diagnose decay, identify chronic inflammation, visualize your airway, and screen for head and neck cancers in a way that just wasn’t possible in the past.
The level of precision and detail is AMAZING. You really need to see it for yourself. Give our office a call at (541) 754-0144.
Last question, when you’re not at the office what are you doing?
I love to travel, all kinds of exercise, running and biking with my family. I do the best I can to keep up with my four kids!