Saturday, June 3, 2017

Left Turns Must Be Hard

I don't know what it is but left turns are hard for some folks.  I am talking about the left turn lanes, with the left turn arrows at larger intersections.  One knows the turn arrow light is going to turn green.  It is also obvious that there are a line of cars behind you.

I am of the opinion that when one is turning left they need to be keyed up; they need to be totally focused.  When the light changes, you can go.  If you are in the line it is NOT a good time to check your texts or daydream about supper.

As the cars are starting it is amazing from back in the line to look forward and see a car turn, then another one turn with a distance of 5 or more car lengths between the two cars and the line has 15 or more vehicles anxious to get through.  I know it is a chimeric hope to improve this facet of driving in the populace but it is one small thing that could improve life a little.  So the thought should be Turning Left, Be Ready.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Visit with Senator Orrin Hatch

I have had the privilege of serving with the Utah Dental Association in legislative matters for the last seven years.  This gives me the opportunity to interact with our Congressional delegation regarding matters pertaining to dentistry and to dental clients.  May 31,2017 I was able to visit Senator Orrin Hatch while he was in Salt Lake.  He along with all of our Congressional delegation are supportive of everything that helps the dental client and dental provider.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

What's in a tooth?  There is no caramel center covered with chocolate, but a pulp made of nerve tissue and blood vessels surround by dentin, cementum and enamel.  Enamel is hard; really hard but it can be attacked and slowly destroyed.  We call the 'getting a cavity'.  If the decay gets big enough and goes deep enough it can infect the nerve and cause it do deteriorate.  When this happens a root canal procedure may be necessary and then a crown.  After all of that however the tooth is NOT as good as new.  We cannot make a tooth as good as new.  So, it is best to avoid and prevent decay.  If that is not possible just understand that any treatment may last a long time, but it may not last forever.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Viewmont High School Alumni Association Golf Outing 2017

5th Annual
Viewmont High School
Alumni Association
Golf Outing
Friday Aug 19, 2016
Oakridge Country Club
Farmington, Utah
8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
$110 fee per person which includes green fee, cart, range balls and lunch.
Club dress: No levi’s or denim, not t-shirts, halter tops. Collared golf shirts required.
Golf shorts are ok.
Everyone and anyone who plays golf is invited to play.
Prizes, fun and friends. The
format of the outing will be
emailed to all registrants.

For info email

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Guatemala 2016

November 5-14 we took part in another trip to Central America.  We went to Guatemala, principally in Quetzaltenango.  Here are some photos of some of our experiences there doing dentistry and also some humanitarian projects.
In the above photo you can see me in action here with my assistant Joe Horst.  He is a pre dental student and did a tremendous job assisting.  He was great getting instruments to sterilization and never seemed to tire.

 Steve and Matt were the incredible guys who were on top of things in the sterilization area with the autoclaves.  They got the instruments back to us and there were few if any mixups that I was aware of

 Each day a small group of the providers and the rest of the staff were able to go out and do some kind of humanitarian experience.  Some went to some homes of selected families and left them gifts, food and things like that to help lighten their troubles a bit.
 Here our friend Kristie Rogers is giving this family a beautiful quilt.  Kristin was incredible with the rest of our humanitarian team organizing and distributing a lot of things.  We had over 100 duffle bags that weighed about 50 lbs each full of stuff.
 A lot of homes are quite rustic like this one.
 Our humanitarian experience was at an orphanage.  Here I am with a bunch of kids showing them pictures of my grandchildren.
 The children are so precious and beautiful.
 On this visit this young woman was given a violin.  She has evidently shown incredible interest in music and word somehow got to our group that this would be an incredibly wonderful gift.
 I wanted to bring these two home with me.
 Here is my wife playing jump the rope games with some of the children at the orphanage.
 This is a photo of Joyce back at the clinic area as she is assisting one of the oral surgeons.  All of our anesthesia was local anesthetic.  We had to be careful on how much we could give because they are smaller in stature and we had to take care we did not give too much over a period of time.
 This is the board that kept track of where we were at as far as patients to see.  Each time a young patient was seated a yellow sticky with the number was put on the board.  At this time it is probably close to 8pm in the evening.
 One humanitarian excursion was to a Newborn Infant center in one of the hospitals.  Here New Born packets were given out that had some much needed supplies for the new baby and mother.
 These towns in the mountains are laid out a lot differently than the streets in the Salt Lake Valley are.
 When you visit homes and see these kinds of situations it is suddenly easy to appreciate the circumstances of life that we have.
 Here is a visit to another orphanage and they are going after a piƱata.
 These young people that we took care of were wonderful throughout the clinic time we had.  This young woman not only was beautiful but we was so appreciative of the little bit of dentistry we did for her.
 This young man touched me immensely.  After we finished, he jumped up out of the chair and just hugged me and expressed how appreciative he was.
 Here is Joyce with our friend Nancy Ochoa.  She currently is living in the Guatemala City area.  This picture is in La Antigua and it is a shopping day, the last day of our trip.  We were able to acquire some gifts and souvenirs.  Originally we had planned to play some golf at a course nearby named La Reunion, but the Volcano Fuego erupted and threw some ash around and the course was closed.  Why I have no idea.  It is not that tough to golf through some volcanic ash and stuff.
 No, I do not do these kinds of veneers on the front four teeth.  She seemed to like them though.
It is pretty hard not to appreciate a face like this.  All in all we had a wonderful experience in Guatemala.  We worked hard, traveled hard and gave everything we could.  We have wonderful friends, we made some new friends that we cherish.  This is a perfect way I think to express my thanks at this Thanksgiving time.

Monday, June 29, 2015


Years that is.  June 29, 1979, Logan Utah.  She decided she would, so we did.  What a great life together!