DIY Dentistry

The DIY trend… Many home projects can be done DIY. There a number of TV shows that feature DIY projects. But, when it comes to your health and healthcare, we all need to be careful what we are trying… As most have seen or heard by now, there is a DIY orthodontics company that is […]

Trusting Your Dentist

There was a recent article by The Atlantic titled: “The Truth About Dentistry”.  Is there some truth to the article- yes, is there some mis-statements, yes. The Atlantic left out alot, they based the story off of one dentist and his practice.   Are there unethical dentists?  Yes, there are. Are the majority unethical, absolutely […]

New Year, New Habits, New You!!!

Welcome to 2019 everyone! Time to start a new year! I know most start the new year by creating resolutions. I do also! Most have the normal ones- I’m going to exercise more, I’m going to eat better, I’m going to lose weight… Those are all fantastic! But, the problem is most don’t continue the […]

Revisiting Dental Insurance

We are always getting questions about insurance. We did have a blog post about this back in May, 2016, but still there is much confusion, so I thought I would try to shed some more light on dental insurance. As we mentioned in our first blog about insurance, dental insurance started in the 1970’s and […]

Why do I need a Root Canal? The Tooth Doesn’t Hurt!

We hear this often when we find a tooth that has become infected. Sometimes, people will say the tooth was sensitive, but now doesn’t bother them anymore. And, there are times where the tooth has never bothered the person. An infection at the base of the tooth is called an apical periodontitis. We diagnose this […]

Over-diagnosing, according to Dr. Oz

On a recent episode of Dr. Oz that I know was watched by many, Dr. Oz sent people out to check on how dentists go about diagnosing and presenting treatment. I am upset and disappointed in Dr. Oz for producing this kind of segment. We all went through this a few years ago when Reader’s […]

Changing Seasons, Changing Dental Habits!

September brings another change in seasons. We are moving from the relaxed summer to the cooler weather of fall and the beginning of a new school year as well as most getting back into a routine. Routines for your dental health are important! We recommend brushing at least twice, if not three times a day […]


Summer is a time to slow down and reflect on what has been going on… The longer days, the beautiful weather, I begin to think how thankful I am. First, a little more about me, I graduated from dental school 26 years ago. Immediately after graduation, I moved back to my hometown. Over the past […]


“A Reason to Smile”

Brian C McDowell D.D.S. LVIF, co-author of the best selling book, “A Reason To Smile” Blue Ocean Publishing Group has selected Dr. Brian McDowell, DDS, who’s dental practice is in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, to be a contributing author of the upcoming book, “A Reason to Smile.” The book will include contributions from a number of prominent […]


Let’s talk today about dentures. Dentures can have different meanings.Complete dentures are when an entire arch of teeth is being replaced. A partial denture is where one or more teeth are being replaced, but there are still teeth in that arch to help support it. Some of the issues with dentures are support, stability, and […]

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