Why Now is the Time for You to be an Influencer

Another week, another piece of misinformation about dentistry is out there and ready for us to address.

On Thanksgiving Day, the New York Times published a piece about how teeth were mysteriously falling out of people’s mouths. Was it because of COVID-19? Some would say yes, but we in the dental industry know that there is much more to it than that.

There is a lot that has to happen in someone’s mouth for a tooth to fall out. It isn’t just one thing. It’s a cascade of problems, and to say it was COVID-19 only isn’t the entire truth. In fact, for those of us who know better, it’s a lazy take.

It’s time that you, me, and all of us in the dental industry rise up and educate people on the oral-systemic link. It’s time that we don’t just shrug our shoulders and say, “Well, it must have been COVID-19!”

There is much more to it than that, as Dr. David Rice shares in the video below.

Note on photo: “Dr. Alan Carr points out the broken root or bad root canal of a right rear molar (tooth), dental tool, orthodontist’s office, full jaw Xray, Factoria, Washington, USA” by Wonderlane is licensed with CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

David Rice

David Rice

Founder of the nation’s largest student and new-dentist community, igniteDDS, David R. Rice, DDS, travels the world speaking, writing, and connecting today’s top young dentists with tomorrow’s most successful dental practices. He is the editorial director of DentistryIQ and leads a team-centered restorative and implant practice in East Amherst, New York. With 27 years of practice in the books, Dr. Rice is trained at the Pankey Institute, the Dawson Academy, Spear Education, and most prolifically at the school of hard knocks.