By dentist Dr. Richard Mitchell
My name is Dr. Richard Mitchell, and this page is ABOUT ME! I'm trying to help people get truthful information about their teeth. I'm fed up with "fake news" about dental issues.
My qualification? I have a university degree in dentistry from the University of Manchester, England, which was awarded in December 1979.
Quite a lot of dental articles on the internet and in print are written by people with little or no dental training.
Needless to say, they just repeat the same old wives' tales and myths. For most folks out there, it can be hard to figure out what's true and what is false.
Those that DO have dental training are often reluctant to "tell it like it is", in case they get into trouble with their registration authority. They might get barred from practice. Dentists DO tend to stick together and cover up for each other.
As I am registered in Spain, and live and work in Spain, I can tell you the truth, no matter how uncomfortable it might be for other dentists.
On this website, everything you read will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I am NOT influenced by registration authorities, insurance companies, nor what treatment I can "sell" you. I am totally independent. I don't care about Facebook ratings, Twitter followers or anything like that.
All I care about is giving honest, factual information in a way that is easy to understand. I want to give everyone out there the power to understand what is going on in their mouths, and enough knowledge to ask the RIGHT questions of their dentist.
I'm originally a British dentist, with over 35 years experience in dental practice. I graduated in December 1979, and I don't know where the last 35 years went!
Maybe time has flown because I really enjoy my job, and have always wanted to travel, to see what it's like to work in different countries. Since I graduated, I've been lucky enough to live and work in 5 countries. Time flies when you're having fun.
I started in the United Kingdom. After I graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Dental Surgey, I worked at Manchester Dental Hospital as a House Officer, dealing with dental emergencies and oral surgery.
Then I made the switch to general dental practice. This was very different to life in the Dental Hospital, and I learned a lot from my colleagues in the dental office. But after a few years, I wanted to see what life was like outside the U.K.!
So I moved to Barbados, and I worked in private practice. This was my first experience of a healthcare system in another country. It was very different to the U.K., and I realized that the quality of the dental treatment you get often depended on how that treatment was paid for. This was the start of my realization that in medicine and dentistry, you DO NOT necessarily get the best treatment available.
I used to feel really sorry for my patients who could not afford the treatment they really needed, and I ended up doing a lot of work at discounted rates to help them out!
After working as an employee for 5 years, I wanted to run my own business. I wanted to be in charge, and do things my way. I wanted to make a difference to how people feel about dentists, and help them get the treatment they really needed, NOT just what they could afford. An opportunity came up in Nuremberg, Germany, so I moved there in 1985, and I spent the next 10 years in general dental practice.
This was a fun time. I learned a lot by attending courses in Germany and Switzerland, earning further education certificates, especially in cosmetic dentistry and tooth whitening. I love improving people's smiles in simple, easy and conservative ways!
I also became a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and had access to the Academy's education facilities.
Then I set my sights further afield, and in 1994 I moved to Australia. Another country, another system of healthcare! I lived just outside Brisbane, and I worked in several different dental offices.
It was in Australia that I really discovered "State of the Art" dentistry. I attended lots of courses from visiting American professors and experts; this was an eye-opening time for me. This is where I learned how to give a totally painless shot; how to use bonding techniques that last and last; how to deal with molar root canals; and most of all, how to work out what a patient REALLY wants, even if they can't put it into words themselves.
Eventually, though, I missed certain things "European". So after 7 years in the sun I looked for somewhere in Europe with a warm climate . . .
..and moved to Spain. This has been a great move - it's the "Florida of Europe"!
Over the years, I have seen a lot of dental "myths" and bad information, both in print and on the internet. I want to do something about that, and so I've started writing this website to give HONEST and realistic information. It's not supposed to be a full and complete guide to everything in dentistry.
INSTEAD, I am writing about the things that my real life patients ask me about. So the topics I cover may look a little random, but hopefully they will help the greatest number of people.
This website is proving to be very popular, with around 300,000 page views every month, and growing!
Here is a link to my LinkedIn Profile.
On a personal note, I took up running 4 years ago, and have completed 7 full Marathons, in Honolulu, Hawai'i; Sevilla, Spain; Stockholm, Sweden; Vienna, Austria; Barcelona, Spain; Big Sur in California, and most recently in Milan, Italy.
I am also trying the new sport of SwimRun, with events in Croatia, Switzerland, Italy and most recently in the Isles of Scilly, U.K.. I have really enjoyed the SwimRun events, and have even started another website about it! Check it out at SwimRun Advice
Here's a link to how I discovered SBI, the service that helped me build this site; SBI review
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