Bring on the Myth Busters

. December 31, 2014.
mythbuster_feat


Doctors and health and wellness experts tackle the misconceptions people often have regarding their well-being. Do you really need to floss every night?

Read to find out more!

 

Dr. Bryan Royer
Chiropractor
Harmony Chiropractic Center, Inc.
3829 Woodley Rd., Suite 1, Toledo
419-517-5055
www.besttoledochiropractor.com

Myth:“Chiropractic careis only for adults.”
Chiropractic physicians adjust children all the time for various reasons. Kids can get headaches, neck pain and back pain just like adults. Kids can also get injured in sports and have tennis elbow or knee pain. Pick the type of pain and joint or muscle and a kid can be treated for it. Many migraines and other headaches start in late childhood or adolescence. Poor posture can contribute to headaches and neck pain, especially when the homework starts to intensify and your child needs to start studying for exams. Even babies that are minutes or hours old can be adjusted.

Certain disorders like asthma and ear infections can be alleviated by improving breathing mechanics via corrected rib motion, or reducing neck spasms that in turn block the auditory tube that allows the middle ear to drain fluid. Another thing that I can do in my office is help children by treating childhood neurobehavioral disorders such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia and other learning disabilities. As a functional neurologist, I have specialized training that allows me to treat these children without the use of medications by giving specific brain-based rehabilitation exercises.
 

What is the funniest thing a child has asked you in an appointment?
Kids usually love coming in to see me but some of the younger kids are wary. I often tell kids that the “pop” when doing an adjustment sounds like popcorn. A little two-year-old girl once came in that had not slept in several days due to having an ear infection and she had already had so many that she had the tubes put in her ears. I adjusted her for the first time and that night, she slept for 12 hours straight, but when she next saw me, she immediately said, “No pop pop.” I ended up adjusting her three times total and she never had another ear infection after that.

What is the most asked question by parents?
Parents often ask if the adjustments hurt. When talking about adults or kids, it is not usually that an adjustment hurts, but that the sounds of the popping can be startling.

If you could be another type of health care professional, what would you be?
I absolutely love what I do, but if I couldn’t do this, I would probably be doing research in neuroscience or teach Anatomy and Physiology somewhere.

What is the craziest assumption people have of your field?
Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths about chiropractic but the idea that a person with have to keep coming in for the rest of their life is insane to me. Some people do choose to be treated when they are not in pain as a preventative measure, that is always their choice. There is no pressure in my office to continually come in and once they are released from active care, they can choose to come in when they need to.

Dr. Jeffrey Bunkers
J Bunkers Orthodontics
3448 Navarre Ave., Suite 200, Oregon, 419-693-4466
880 Commerce Dr., Perrysburg 567-331-1860
1221 Ridgewood Dr., Bowling Green 419-353-3885
www.bracesbydrbunkers.com

Myth:“Orthodontic care has to be painful.”
Orthodontic treatments, such as braces, have inspired myths over the years. Wire braces guarantee straight teeth forever. All throughout your lifetime, your teeth will keep on moving. Even after you finish with braces, you need to wear retainers to maintain your straight dental arch otherwise your teeth will move apart. Our patients love the non-removable retainers we use. Wire braces are only for kids, but Invisalign, clear ceramic braces and braces behind the teeth will hardly be noticed. These solutions are more subtle than traditional braces. Wire braces will prevent people from playing sports, but wearing a sturdy mouth guard will protect your teeth while you play. Wire braces are painful but after your initial adjustment period, you will see that braces are not that noticeable anymore.
 

What is the funniest thing a child has asked you in an appointment?
Dr. Bunkers said I was going to have a million dollar smile, but I don’t think my parents have that much money!

What is the most asked question by parents?
Why is orthodontics today so different that when I wore braces?

What change in the past year has changed your field?
Cone beam computed tomography, which is also called 3D imaging, has allowed me to see the patients jaw structure in totality rather than the 2D imaging that dates back to the early 1900‘s. 3D is the imaging of the 21st century.

If you could be another type of health care professional, what would you be?
I would only be an orthodontist again because every day I have the opportunity to use my artistic abilities to create the beautiful smiles my patients have dreamed of. They will not only smile more but in most cases be even more successful in life. It’s great to be able to make such a positive change in my patient’s lives and I love doing it every single day!

Hussein El-Khatib
Pharmacist

Toledo Family Pharmacy
1601 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo
419-470-0700
www.toledofamilypharmacy.com

Myth:“Antibiotics are always the answer to common cold & flu symptoms.”
Most of the common cold and flu symptoms are caused by viruses, not bacteria. The signs and symptoms of the common cold and flu are more than likely to resolve by their own within a few days without the need for antibiotics. In fact, antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections. Many people, especially those who take antibiotics for the common cold/flu believe that the antibiotic is working for them when the symptoms start resolving themselves within 2-3 days.

In all reality, the cold or flu has ran its course. It is important to let our immune system work naturally first to defend itself against viral and bacterial infections. The continuous use of antibiotics when not needed promotes antibiotic resistance and makes our body less likely to get rid of a bacterial infection. It is recommended to take Vitamin C and Echinacea to help boost our immune system. Staying well hydrated (this can be done with water, jello, popsicles, broth, etc.) will help with congestion. You can also use an OTC antihistamine to help with congestion which can lead to a more restful sleep as well as antitussives to help with cough.

What is the funniest thing a child has asked you in an appointment?
Why does he have a willie and I don’t?

What is the most asked question by parents?
What can I give my kid to poop?

What change in the past year has changed your field?
Obama care has allowed a lot of uninsured patients to get medical and prescription coverage.

If you could be another type of health care professional, what would you be?
Dermatologist.

What is the craziest assumption people have of your field?
That we make about $1,000 every time we bill a prescription when its more like couple bucks

Dr. Eric Hires
Dentist
Hires Dental Care
3951 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo
419-475-6673
www.hiresdentalcare.com

Myth:“Oral health isn’t related to overall health.”
Good overall dental health contributes to good overall health, and taking proper care of your teeth and gums is your best defense against problems far more serious than cavities. It is important to understand that your mouth is the gateway to your body. If a person practices poor dental hygiene habits, bacteria will inevitably build up on the teeth, which if left untreated, could lead to gum infection. Our immune system’s natural response is to fight the infection, causing gum inflammation. Ongoing gum inflammation allows bacteria to get into the bloodstream, leading to problems in the rest of the body such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease.

Scheduling regular dental check-ups and cleanings, practicing good oral hygiene including brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once a day, and eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks is imperative to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, as well as overall systemic health.

What is the funniest thing a child has asked you in an appointment?
A little one once mentioned that the orange flavored laughing gas “smells like Dr. Seuss’s toots.”

What is the most asked question by parents?
At what age should I bring my little one in for the first time? or When should we start braces?

If you could be another type of health care professional, what would you be?
I wouldn’t! Dentistry provides the perfect opportunity for me to establish relationships with multiple generations. This in addition to the ability to be creative and change people’s lives physically and emotionally really doesn’t exist in any other profession.

Gregg Schwartz
Owner / Personal Trainer

American Mobile Fitness
2727 Holland-Sylvania Rd., Suite H, Toledo
419-351-1381
www.americanmobilefitness.com

Myth:“If you’re not working up a sweat, you’re not working hard enough.”
There are many key points to note when you are getting a good workout, including the talk test which means you are able to carry on a conversation while working out, and RPE, rate of perceived exertion charts. The number one key to make sure you are getting a good workout is to determine your target heart rate zone, and 220 minus your age is your maximum heart rate. You can determine your resting heart rate by taking it before getting out of bed in the morning. Count how many beats your heart has in 30 seconds and then double it to find your resting heart rate. You now can do the calculations to find your target heart rate zone. This will give you 60-85% of your heart rate max and your target heart rate zone.

HRmax- resting HR x .85 + resting HR
HRmax – resting HR x .60 + resting HR

What is the funniest thing a child has asked you in an appointment?
Are you a body builder?

What is the most asked question by parents?
If it is okay for their child to lift weights.

What change in the past year has changed your field?
The ability to work with seniors on a large scale and make a difference in their lives.

If you could be another type of health care professional, what would you be?
I love my role in the healthcare continuum. I wouldn’t want another position.

What is the craziest assumption people have of your field?
Many people feel that a personal training job is just a stepping stone to another job and don’t realize the earning potential and the knowledge a fitness professional must have.

 

Dr. David Jackson
OB/GYN

Associates in Women’s Health
5300 Harroun Rd. Suite 201, Sylvania
419-843-4836
www.associnwomenshealth.com

Myth:“Once you deliver by C-section, you can never have a vaginal birth.”
Each person’s case is different, and the doctor must use his or her best medical judgment. If a patient is considering vaginal birth after Caesarean (VBAC), it is very important that they have a full discussion with their OB/GYN with a careful review of the past delivery experiences, including the reason for the original C-section. The doctor should review the type of C-section incision that was performed. But if a patient has had a single C-section, and their incision was a favorable one, many times a vaginal birth is possible. There are risks to VBAC and they should be discussed, including the most serious risk which is a tear or rupture in the uterus during childbirth. Patients need more intense monitoring during labor as well. Some physicians are not comfortable with these risks and choose not to do VBAC. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that VBAC patients be admitted at a facility which can perform an emergency C-section within 30 minutes, so a physician and anesthesiologist must be on call. This is the reason some hospitals do not offer VBAC and why it should not be attempted as a home birth. VBAC is not for everyone, but it is possible for those who desire it, with a fully informed consent.

What is the funniest thing a child has asked you in an appointment?
How does the baby get out, through the belly button?

What is the most asked question by parents?
Does parenting get any easier?

What change in the past year has changed your field?
The advent of the different types of genetic testing, giving parents more choices and information.

If you could be another type of health care professional, what would you be?
I wouldn’t trade Obstetrics for anything.

What is the craziest assumption people have of your field?
There are two assumptions. One is that a male provider cannot understand the needs of female patients– he may not have experienced symptoms, but he can understand her symptoms and what she needs. The second assumption is that there is a sexual component to OB/GYN.  As providers we are professionals who are interested in the patient’s care and well-being.

 

Dr. Marlene C. Welch
Board Certified Plastic Surgeo
FACES Skin Health Experts
6595 Secor Rd. Ste 3, Lambertville, MI
734-568-6100
www.skinbyfaces.com

Myth:“Liposuction solves everything.”
Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. Some women with a constant, stable weight may be looking to change their body contour. They have exhausted all other options and can’t seem to shed those stubborn love handles. For them, liposuction may be the best answer. It helps to remove areas of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise. It is very important to me to distinguish between the woman who could benefit from liposuction or other body-contouring surgery, and the woman who may need to change some of her habits to embrace a healthier lifestyle. I can’t help someone who needs to lose 30, 50 or 100 pounds. That woman needs a good program of diet and exercise, not a plastic surgeon. I know this from my own personal weight loss experience. Although it is my job to perform surgical procedures such as liposuction or tummy tucks, I have no problem recommending a dietitian or a personal trainer over my services. Living a healthy lifestyle is a lot more effective and less expensive than plastic surgery. My main priority is always promoting and improving the health of my patients.
 

What change in the past year has changed your field?
In 2014, the first Gen Xers turned fifty! This generation spends a lot more money on cosmetic procedures than baby boomers do. There is increased awareness of skin health and the signs of aging. Through a generation, we have evolved from using suntan lotion to sun block, and SPF has become a sought after ingredient in cosmetic products. This generation is willing to invest in preventive measures and is knowledgeable about what is available to them. They are not only getting Botox and fillers, but they are not ashamed to admit they are.

If you could be another type of health care professional, what would you be?
Without a doubt, I would definitely be a wellness coach. Health and wellness have always been my passion and I have exciting plans to incorporate that further into my practice.

What is the craziest assumption people have of your field?
That plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures are all about drastic results. I seek to disguise the signs of aging, not reverse it. The surgeon’s hand should be invisible and cosmetic procedures shouldn’t be obvious. It is my philosophy to “nurture the natural.”

Olivia Leverich
Licensed Psychologist

Harbor
6629 West Central Ave., Toledo
419-517-107
www.harbor.org

Myth:“Young people and children don’t suffer from mental health problems.”
This is a common misconception. It is also one that is easily maintained, likely for two reasons. First of all, young children are often unable to verbalize or explain how they are feeling or what emotions they are experiencing because they just do not have the language skills to do so. Secondly, school-age children with average language skills may be able to tell you what they are thinking or feeling, but may not realize that what they are experiencing is not typical or even that it means something is wrong. Often children stay silent about what they are experiencing.

However, the alarming truth is that nearly 25%, or 1 in 4 children, experience some form of mental health problem, ranging from Adjustment Disorders, anxiety, and behavioral problems, to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Major Depressive Episodes, and suicide attempts (Merikangas, Nakamura, and Kessler, Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 2009). These are only just a few examples and each disorder or problem can range from mild to severe and impact the individual differently than it impacts others, often making these problems even more difficult to identify. Fortunately, many effective treatments for children exist and seeking treatment early can lead to a higher quality of life.

What is the funniest thing a child has asked you in an appointment?
While I can’t think of a specific example, they are all so cute and say such amusing things. It’s probably one of the best parts of my job.

What is the most asked question by parents?
Can you tell me what is wrong with him/her? Or Why does he/she do that?

What change in the past year has changed your field?
As I work mainly in evaluating young children for developmental delays, most often Autism, the biggest impact on what I do within the past year has been the news regarding the drastically increasing rate of Autism.

If you could be another type of health care professional, what would you be?
Probably a nurse or pediatrician.

What is the craziest assumption people have of your field?
That psychologists want to (and do) analyze everyone they come in contact with.

Dr. Jason Peisley
Chiropractor

Fairwood Health & Body Transition
5215 Monroe St., Suite 4, Toledo
419-517-1030
www.burnfattoledo.com

Myth:“As long as you are exercising consistently, you don’t have to watch what you eat in order to lose weight.”
Exercise is important for a healthy body, but it is only one component of a healthy lifestyle. Toxins from a variety of sources such as the environment, processed food, pesticides, household cleaners, medications and more can cause hidden health conditions that make it difficult or impossible to lose weight. To shed pounds long term and avoid yo-yo dieting, feeding your body a nutrient-rich diet and cleansing toxins from your body is essential and the key to good health. Beware of fad diets that use processed food, sugary desserts, shots, drugs and allow for continuous eating. After all, why spend your hard-earned money on fad diets or magic diet pills if you end up gaining your weight back? Remember, a fat body is a toxic body. Take the necessary steps to detox and balance your body from a proven all-natural doctor-supervised weight loss program that offers:

-A nutritious food guide to teach you what your body needs for optimal health.
-Detoxification to rid your body of toxins and put an end to the cause of weight gain.
-All-natural body contouring services to melt cellulite, burn belly fat and shape your body.

What is the most asked question by parents?
What suggestions do you have to help limit my kids sugar intake? What can I do to get my spouse on board with this program?

What change in the past year has changed your field?
More patients becoming aware that losing weight the healthy way is the only way.

If you could be another type of health care professional, what would you be?
Nutritional Consultant for the Buffalo Bills Football Team.

What is the craziest assumption people have of your field?
Health issues have nothing to do with weight loss.

Dr. Jeffrey Schmakel
Optometrist
Toledo Eye Care
3454 Oak Alley Court Suite 209, Toledo
419-578-0057
www.toledoeyecare.com

Myth:“If you can see 20/20 on the eye chart, you have perfect vision.”
The ability to read the 20/20 line means you have 20/20 eyesight, not necessarily 20/20 vision. Eyesight is merely the basic ability to see; vision is the ability to identify, interpret, comprehend, and act on what is seen. One’s eyesight may test normal on the standard eye charts, yet visual skills may be seriously impaired. The children and adults I work with in our Vision Improvement Program may see 20/20, but struggle with reading and comprehension due to the fact that they skip words and lines while reading, add words that are not there or re-read lines. These are known as tracking deficiencies and can be very disruptive to reading. The eye’s inability to turn in for near tasks, known as Convergence Insufficiency, can cause physical pain and discomfort and cause a child to avoid doing any type of work that involves reading. Many times these children have trouble staying on task for lengths of time and can be misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD. If your child is struggling with learning and behavior despite having 20/20 vision, an intensive evaluation with a doctor trained in developmental optometry, such as myself, is necessary!
 

What is the funniest thing a child has asked you in an appointment?
Do you have to take out my eyes?

What is the most asked question by parents?
Do you think his/her eyes are getting worse?

What change in the past year has changed your field?
The technological advancement in lens design and material has made for more options and ultimately, better vision for my patients.

If you could be another type of health care professional, what would you be?
I love what I do! I cannot think of any other field that could give me the satisfaction of knowing I have positively changed someone’s life; whether it be with better vision through my optometry practice, a child that is now reading and succeeding in school after completing The Vision Improvement Program or an individual has decreased sensory integration issues because of participating in The Sensory Learning Program. I am proud and blessed that I am able to offer these services in my practice!

What is the craziest assumption people have of your field?
If their eyes feel good and they see well, an eye exam is not needed. In fact, they may have a sight or life threatening disease process going on that can be detected with their annual eye exam.

Dr. Eugene Simon
Orthodontist

Drs. Simon, Haerian + Ludwig Orthodontics
6407 Monroe St., Sylvania
419-882-1017
4359 Keystone Dr., Maumee
419-887-1247
7928 Secor Rd., Lambertville, MI
734-854-6221
www.perfectbraces.com

Myth:“Orthodontists only treat children and teenagers.”
As long as teeth (and that includes crowns) and gum tissue are healthy, there is no age limit with orthodontics. Some of our most dramatic finishes have been in the 70+ age range. One of our patients started orthodontics at age 74 when a retained baby tooth fell out when she was in her mid-60’s, which then allowed her adult tooth to finally erupt. She had healthy, but very crowded and crooked teeth. When she saw her post orthodontic photos, she cried because it was the first photo of herself that she had ever liked. A reaction like that makes everyone on our team feel that what we do for a living can really impact someone’s life.
 

What is the funniest thing a child has asked you in an appointment?
Was I a normal child?

What is the most asked question by parents?
How much will braces cost?

What change in the past year has changed your field?
Improved development of 3D imaging that will allow us to not only have all the x-rays we would need for a patient in one imaging procedure but be detailed enough that we will be able to obtain models of the mouth from the images. This will greatly reduce the need for impressions of the mouth which is something everyone will be happy about.

If you could be another type of health care professional, what would you be?
Eye doctor    

What is the craziest assumption people have of your field?
That we all make huge amounts of money.

Drs. Philip Sprague and Jason Richards
Dentists

Sylvania Pediatric Dental Care
5860 Alexis Rd., Sylvania
419-882-7187
www.sylvaniakidsdental.com

Myth:“Cavities are only caused by sweet and sugary snacks.”
Of course, we all know if we eat candy and drink pop all day we are going to get cavities. But did you know there are other snacks we may think are healthy that can actually damage children’s teeth? How often do children leave the house with a bag full of snacks?

Kids eat “kid-friendly” snacks daily. Chips, crackers, Go-gurts are quick and easy. However, these seemingly healthy snacks increase our risk for cavities. Little mouths become oceans of acid. The bacteria that we normally have in our mouths combine with saliva and starchy food to create acid that eventually dissolves our tooth enamel and causes cavities.

Drinking plain water between meals will clean and reduce the amount of acid in our mouths. If your child needs a snack, they may enjoy healthier choices like string cheese, a piece of fruit or baby carrots. They will need your guidance.

While it’s obvious that candy and pop can cause cavities, it is surprising to see the amount of sugar and carbohydrates in children’s snacks. If your child has a starchy, sticky snack, brush afterwards to reduce acidity. Become a label reader, water drinker, and good brusher to reduce your child’s risk for cavities.

What is the funniest thing a child has asked you in an appointment?
Dr. Richards: Do you know the tooth fairy?
Dr. Sprague: I walked into a room where a 3-year-old girl was talking with my assistant. She pointed to me and asked, "Is he your daddy?"

What is the most asked question by parents?
Dr. Richards: How bad is pop for your teeth?
Dr. Sprague: "Why should we fill baby teeth if they're just going to fall out?"  Many people are surprised to learn that children lose teeth up to the age of 10-12.  Baby teeth should be taken care of to maintain good growth and development.

What change in the past year has changed your field?
Dr. Richards: Complexity of insurance
Dr. Sprague: The Health and Dental insurance world has changed a lot over the last year and will likely continue to get more complex. Family are increasingly concerned about getting the most out of their insurance benefits. We are lucky to have skilled insurance coordinators to help them throughout their children's care.

If you could be another type of health care professional, what would you be?
Dr. Richards: Some sort of surgeon.
Dr. Sprague: I wouldn't change a thing. I like where I am and what I do.

What is the craziest assumption people have of your field?
Dr. Richards: That dentists are still suffering from depression. I LOVE MY JOB!
Dr. Sprague: People are always amazed that we choose to see kids. They assume our young patients are impossible to manage and that their behavior is disruptive. It's very rewarding to take care of them and have a lot of fun while doing so.

Bethany Deakins
Master of Public Health + Live Well Coordinator

YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo
1500 N. Superior St., Toledo
419-725-7892
www.ymcatoledo.org

Myth:“Juice is better than soda for me and my family.”
Parents have been led to believe for a number of years that juices are the go-to option for their children. However, studies have shown the harsh reality that juices often contain similar amounts of sugar as the most popular sugared sodas. In this respect, juice and soda are equal. While juice does have the potential to provide some vitamins, like vitamin C, this small benefit does not outweigh the risk of large amounts of sugar intake and the related health effects – obesity, in particular. Instead of opting for juice, make water the number one beverage for your family and provide your child with lots of fruit and vegetable options so they can get the necessary vitamins as part of their daily diet. If your child won’t let go of juice, dilute it with water so they are still getting the taste of juice without consuming large amounts of sugar.
 

What is the most impactful thing a child has said to you?
“What does this taste like?” while holding an apple during a healthy corner store kickoff – makes the work real. Increasing access to healthy food is a community effort and a commitment has been made in Toledo to help all people have access to healthy foods.

What is the most asked question by parents?
How can we get our community and other parents involved in Safe Routes to School so our kids can get to school safely?

What change in the past year has changed your field?
Locally, the Toledo City Council has passed a resolution in support of the Toledo Public Schools– School Travel Plan developed by Live Well Greater Toledo and Toledo Safe Routes to School, showing their commitment to increasing safety of students and active transportation. The Board of Lucas County Commissioners also passed a resolution in support of the work of Live Well Greater Toledo in increasing access to physical activity and healthy foods.

If you could be another type of health care professional, what would you be?
Public health is my passion and I can’t imagine myself in any other profession. Working with our community to improve health and well-being is the most rewarding experience in my eyes. It’s true that if you choose a profession you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.

What is the craziest assumption people have of your field?
Public health is an abstract concept for many people because it encompasses so many areas, but it is essentially members of the community working together to positively impact health and well-being.

Drs. Laura Westover and Stephen Branam
Dentists
Oregon Pediatric Dentistry
3140 Dustin Rd., Oregon
419-698-4339
www.oregonpediatricdentistry.com

Myth:“You don’t need to floss children’s teeth.”
We having a saying in dentistry, “You only need to floss the teeth you want to keep.” In my experience, flossing is one of the most important things you can do to prevent cavities in children. Children commonly get cavities in between the back molars, which are generally tight together around age three and can trap food in between them. Brushing alone doesn’t remove that food which then begins to rot causing bad breath. It’s a food source for bacteria that produces acid, which breaks down the enamel of the teeth. Baby teeth have thinner enamel than adult teeth meaning once a cavity starts it can spread quickly. We see a lot of these “non-flossing cavities” happening in 5-6 year olds. Those molars usually don’t fall out until around age 10-12. The good news is that if you combine daily flossing and using fluoride toothpaste with a diet low in sugars most commonly found in juice and soda, a parent can significantly reduce their child’s cavity risk.
 

What is the funniest thing a child has asked you in an appointment?
Do you live here?

What is the most asked question by parents?
When should I first bring my child in to see the dentist?  It is important to bring your child to a pediatric dentist when they get their first tooth, or at the latest by their first birthday. By bringing them in early, we can provide you the information and tools to keep your child cavity-free.

What change in the past year has changed your field?
New research results. Our field is continually being modified by research being conducted. That is one of the reasons I love dentistry; it is always changing and improving.

If you could be another type of health care professional, what would you be?
A plastic surgeon. I love art and science, but I would really miss the children.

What is the craziest assumption people have of your field?
We are general dentists that like kids. While we love children, we have had two extra years of training and education in providing care and comprehensive dental specialty treatments for infants, children, adolescents and individuals with special health care needs.