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Richard Wilson DMD
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite 1A8 Philadelphia PA 19130 215-765-5281
All this knowledge we've gained is for the purpose of solving problems for the patient who stands before us. Furthermore, a human being is never a commodity. Not for any reason, not under any circumstances.
Interests: family, dentistry, environmental issues, cycling, astronomy. making a difference.
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Sometimes I get to thinking that the entire history of industrialization is (1) saved us by and large from dying young of trauma and infection and then (2) made us ill with everything else. And then of course (3) sold... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Bite Point
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We have now seen our third patient in the past few months who has wrecked their dentition with one overwhelming specific cause--overuse of Werther's Original Hard Candies. Thus, I wish to post a warning about this product. And that warning... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Bite Point
In an online public place, a prospective patient who never actually met us in person railed at us for being expensive. This particular raillery was in response to a phone conversation only, no other interaction. The person's main point was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Bite Point
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I was recently asked why I have four Microscopes; specifically, why did I purchase one extremely expensive Operating Microscope for each doctor and hygienist in the practice? I answered: There are lately many dozens of new dental technologies, all of... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Bite Point
I recently met a new patient, a remarkable and engaging young woman with complex medical issues. She falls under the rubric 'disabled' from a physical definition standpoint, but there's absolutely nothing disabled about her splendid expression of the human spirit.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at Bite Point
Corporate dentistry places the goal of maximizing profit far above all other goals, including that of solving oral health problems for patients. This has real-world effects on the health of those patients. It essentially works like this-- Corporate dentistry entices... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Bite Point
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As I write this post, it is the one-year anniversary since sales of marijuana for recreational use began in Washington state. In this very first year, $70 million in tax revenue has been generated statewide from marijuana sales. Marijuana dispensaries... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2015 at Bite Point
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The cement isn't all gone until you use an ultrasonic on the crown margins. Cement all gone: Cement unfortunately not all gone: * Temporary crowns, permanent crowns; Temporary cements, permanent cements; Doesn't matter. There's still cement left until you cavitron... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Bite Point
An industrialist says, "I need some DNA to get this job done." The owner of a bespoke, unique, personal business says, "I need your DNA to get this job done." If the second statement resonates with you, so will my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Bite Point
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New research in cariology--the study of tooth decay, cavities--is impressive. Here's the essential thing: While it is still certainly true that the germ Strep mutans metabolizes the sugars we eat and drink, and creates acid metabolic byproducts that decay our... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Bite Point
My letter to the insurance commissioner of Pennsylvania, still in draft form I may edit further: Teresa D. Miller Insurance Commissioner of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Insurance Department 1326 Strawberry Square Harrisburg, PA 17120 2/15/15 Dear Ms. Miller: Thank you in advance... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Bite Point
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I adapted this from an internal document crafted by our own Dr. Derek Conover, so this is a guest post of sorts. He reminds us of the efficacy of fluoride in preventing cavities--vitally important in our sugar-laden culture. Flouride is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Bite Point
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These periodontally involved teeth: Are faster than these periodontally involved teeth: Because they're area-ruled! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Area_rule But seriously, folks ... In this era of ultrasonic instrumentation for periodontal treatment, no one should have their teeth scaled this much in the pursuit... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Bite Point
Here's Joel D Canfield on a subject that gains in importance with every passing week in our hyped-up speed-driven society-- Manners Matter. http://changethis.com/manifesto/show/44.05.MannersMatter Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Bite Point
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We are now an all Microscope office, with Dr. Shu-Zhen Kuang, Dr. Derek Conover and myself, Dr. Rick Wilson, doing our dentistry through these magnificent instruments,--and two more on order for our hygienists, Maryanne and Melissa. The light and magnification... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Bite Point
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Time to return to technical subjects! Been philosophizing a lot. Pulps of teeth calcify. Meaning the cells in the living tissue inside our teeth lay down more hard tooth structure, and so they get smaller. This happens throughout life as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Bite Point
Words and phrases dental marketers and consultants use that I cannot stand: get target capture acquire go after prospects manage profile branded response advertising team of writers remarket It's all so wrong. The words we use do have profound influence... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Bite Point
The first African-American graduate of a university-based dental school in the U.S. was from the very first class of the very first such school--Harvard in 1867. My own Academy of Stomatology, founded in 1894, voted to allow "people of color"... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Bite Point
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Ah, the arrival of a new Vita 3-D Master Shade Guide... Two of them, actually. The thing about shade guides is, they do degrade over time. The color references are not quite calibrated precisely after some years of use, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Bite Point
"As a people, we cannot afford to let any group of citizens or any individual citizen, live or labor under conditions which are injurious to the common welfare. Industry, therefore, must submit to such public regulation as will make it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Bite Point
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What are the form, function, and meaning of an innovation in dentistry? In his remarkable book, Diffusion of Innovations, icon of the Diffusion field Everett Rogers explains these three qualities that every object, process and procedure has. Form is the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Bite Point
Whenever we purchase anything, be it good or service, we make a choice. This choice is a dichotomy. We ask ourselves, "Is this a commodity, or is it bespoke?" Now, we don't actually use those exact words. Though I'd like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Bite Point
Thoughts on entering a courthouse for a Letter of Testamentary: -Courthouses are (naturally) designed to cower and intimidate. There's a lot of marble. And massive doors. And oak. But mostly marble. Marble walls. Marble tables. Marble statues. Doric columns. Or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Bite Point
Having a number of elderly relatives, I've spent a great deal of time in hospitals, rehabs, assisted living and nursing care facilities in the past few years. I've learned a few things about surviving, and even perhaps thriving, when old.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Bite Point
“You have been misunderstood, that is all. Never feel bad about being misunderstood. It means you are doing something important.” They lingered there, the sun warm, the air cold. The ancient Thames lapped against the footings of the bridge below... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Bite Point