Happy National Tooth Fairy Day!!!

August 22 is National Tooth Fairy Day.  (Apparently, so is February 28.)  And it would seem our fabled colleague has a rather long history. According to Spear Education– “Centuries ago in Europe, the tradition of “hiding” a child’s primary tooth that fell out began. Some of the earliest practices included burying a tooth in the garden, known as tooth gardens, to prevent an “evil witch” from stealing it and casting a spell on the child…  Over time, the tradition in America went through many phases. For instance, up until the late 1800s, many people believed that swallowing the tooth was the best way of preventing evil from getting ahold of it. Some people even believed that if an animal swallowed the tooth, the new tooth growing in would resemble the tooth from that particular animal. A common belief during this time was to force a mouse or rat to eat the tooth to ensure the teeth growing in would be sharp and strong.” The Straight Dope writes, “The tooth fairy as we now know her didn’t make an appearance until the early 1900s, as a generalized “good fairy” with a professional specialization.  The child loses a baby tooth, which is put under the pillow at night, and the tooth fairy exchanges it for a present, usually money but sometimes candy. Exchanges of this sort are common in many rites of passage (like an exchange of rings at a wedding, say). The tooth fairy grew slowly in popularity over the next few decades. The Tooth Fairy, a three-act playlet for children by Esther Watkins Arnold, was published in 1927. Lee Rogow’s...

Returning To The Dental Fold…

“Yamamoto and Lee is a family dental office dedicated to providing top quality dentistry and overall service to our patients.” (from our mission statement) We take our mission very seriously and always do our best to live up to it.  Yet despite our best efforts, we know we will never please everyone.  So when a patient leaves our practice, we like to find out why they’re leaving so that we can hopefully learn from our mistakes and improve our service.  But then, some of them come back! We understand that there are many reasons why people leave a dental office to go see another dentist.  What we fail to realize is that people don’t always leave because they are unsatisfied.  Sometimes people leave because their insurance changed and they now have a list of dentists they must see if they want their dental work to be covered by insurance.  Or sometimes they leave because finances are tight, and they think they can save money by going to a dentist with lower fees (and there’s always someone with lower fees).  One returning patient this past week said that even though his insurance changed, he’d rather come here and pay out of pocket because the dentist he saw under his plan tried to get him to agree to treatment which wasn’t covered, and it would have cost him more than what we had recommended.  Another returning patient came back because the “cheaper” dentist wanted to replace all his fillings and do full mouth deep cleanings, which we didn’t think he needed.  (In my next post, I will discuss the best way...

Our Latest Patient Appreciation Winner

Congratulations again to Karen Y for winning Yamamoto and Lee, Roseville Family Dentist’s latest Patient Appreciation Drawing.  She won a $100 credit off dental services and 1 free month at Fitness MD in Rocklin.  Thanks to all of you who make your appointments, keep your appointments and pay what you owe.  Keep it up and you may win our next drawing!  We’ll be drawing December 1 for another $100 credit off of dental services here at Yamamoto and Lee. Dr. Steve Roseville Family...

This Quarter’s Patient Appreciation Winner Is…

Karen Y!!!  Congratulations on winning Roseville Family Dentist’s Patient Appreciation drawing for a $100 credit off dental services and 1 free month at Fitness MD in Rocklin!  Thank you for being a star dental patient here at Yamamoto and Lee, Family Dentistry! Remember, if you show up for your original appointment time, or pay your portion at the end of the appointment, or schedule your next appointment before you leave the office,  you could win our next drawing to be held December 1, 2011.  We will be giving away another $100 credit towards dental services here at Yamamoto and Lee, Family Dentistry! Dr. Steve Roseville Family...

Top Dentists 2011

Here’s an update.  As previously blogged, we were voted by our dental colleagues as one of the Top Dentists in Roseville, according to www.usatopdentists.com.  At that time, we did not know how much of an honor that really was.  For all we knew, 90% of the dentists were “selected”.  Top Dentists had not yet posted their list.  Well, the list can now be found by searching their “Find A Dentist”. As it turns out, 12 dentists in Roseville were selected, and we were two of them!  How many dentists are there in Roseville?  I’m not really sure.  (I’d love to hear a number if anyone can figure out how to find out.)  I know there are 85 dentists in Roseville who are ADA/CDA/SDDS members.  I would guess that there are another 20-40 non-member dentists in Roseville.  That means about 10% of the dentists in Roseville made the list. I guess being voted Top Dentists really is something to be proud of!  If you really want to know what our dental colleagues have to say about us, visit our testimonials page. Dr. Steve Roseville Family...

Voted Top Dentists in Roseville!

“We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected by a vote of your peers to be included in the 2011 database of topDentists.” We just received this letter from topDentists, LLC.  Our listing will be published in the September issue of SACRAMENTO magazine and online at www.usatopdentists.com (not sure when).  They don’t mention how many dentists have been so honored, but I do know that I filled out a survey for this about a month ago listing who I thought were the top dental specialists in the area.  So it would appear that at least one of our dental peers in town has voted for us! “Because topDentists is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which dentists and specialists throughout the Sacramento area cast thousands of “votes” on the abilities of other dentists and specialists, and because listings cannot be purchased (and no payment is required to be listed), inclusion in topDentists is considered a singular honor.” I’ve often told people that the featured businesses in Sacramento magazine are nothing more than paid advertisements.  But it appears that in this case, at least, a legitimate voting process was involved.  (Of course, there are convenient advertising opportunities associated with the article, as well as a paid opportunity to link the online listing to our website.  Oh, and we can also pay to get a nice plaque!) Still, we are honored that at least one of our colleagues has voted us a top dentist in this area! Dr. Steve Roseville Family...