Educating and Mentoring in Our Community

As a local business owner and resident of Lewis Center, I believe everyone has a role to play in creating a great community. Lewis Center provides many opportunities to get involved in outreach work. I consider it an exciting and positive day when I am able to make an impact outside the physical walls of Moore Dental and connect with our community.

2019: A Year of Gratitude

I am committed to practicing gratitude every day this year. I believe that intentionally practicing small acts of gratitude each day will allow me to be my best self and create an incredible and positive 2019 for myself, my family and my patients.

How to Make Sure Your Child Never Gets a Cavity

Simply put, the are two only reasons children get cavities in their baby teeth: 1. Not brushing well enough or long enough 2. Eating and drinking too much sugar Obviously, this topic is more complicated than this, though. In hopes of providing a simple blueprint, I would like to explain how best to take care of children’s teeth.

Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

Whether it is a high school student afflicted with paralyzing “Senioritis” or a stay-at-home mother looking to return to the workforce, we all know someone who is struggling with decisions regarding their future. I recently read “Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You” by Cal Newport. This interesting book is more about its subtitle, “Why skills trump passion in the quest for work you love”, than it is about the famous Steve Martin quote from which it derives its main title. I dissected this book less for my own career’s benefit, but more for the patients of all ages I see who are deciding college majors and career changes.

DIY Orthodontics – Unethical or just Dangerous?

There are many Do It Yourself home projects that can be fun, rewarding and thrifty. Many people enjoy creating a garden and or working on craft projects at home. Adventurous DIY enthusiasts may even make their own yogurt, laundry detergent or wine! However, most of us would cringe at the thought of Do It Yourself dental or medical procedures. Yet there are multi million-dollar companies offering these services and I find it extremely concerning (at best) and these procedures have the potential to be extremely dangerous.

(Finally) A Place to Call Home

The moving trucks pulled away. The barrage of utility companies and various installerscompleted their work. Our young family settledin among the stacks of unopened boxes and half-assembled furniture. Yesterday, my family and I moved into a newhome in Lewis Center. After over sevenyears of marriage, we were spending our first night in a place that we could(finally) call our home.

Veterans Appreciation Day

On Monday, November 12th, I will be offering free dental services to ANY veteran! If you know a veteran who may be interested, PLEASE have them call 740-548-5100 to schedule a free appointment for that day.

Ask a Dentist: Are Sports Drinks as Bad as Soft Drinks?

I speak to hundreds of elementary and preschool students every year about their oral health. My favorite part of these visits is the Question and Answer portion. I ask questions like, “How many times a day should you brush your teeth?” and “What are some drinks that are bad for your teeth?” In response to my question about unhealthy drinks, “pop” or “soda” is always the first answer. Sometimes I’ll hear “juice” or “chocolate milk”. Then, I tell students that sports drinks have almost as much sugar as soft drinks. At times, the teachers look just as surprised as the students.

Are Your Thursdays Remarkable?

Every day has the opportunity to be Remarkable. Creating these days is purposeful and takes plenty of hard work. Setting goals, staying focused, living healthy and treating others with kindness has allowed me to experience Remarkable Thursdays.

Serving Those Who Served

As a dental officer in the Navy, it was the greatest honor of my life to serve the Marines and Sailors at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. After choosing to settle with my family in Lewis Center and start a dental practice, I wanted to continue this service in whatever way possible. In addition to the many community events I support, I focus much of my philanthropy on local veteran-related organizations.

Striving For Perfection

Two men face each other in the center of a 42 foot circle in front of 20,000 people in a packed arena. After a lifetime of hard work, in seven minutes or less one man's hand will be raised and he will be declared a national wrestling champion.

Our Patient Promise

Simon Sinek’s groundbreaking book “Start With Why” has been a source of inspiration to me since before I even opened Moore Dental at Lewis Center. Toward the end of my Navy career, it helped me define why I wanted to start a dental practice. I recently revisited his motivational and challenging book again in order to create our Patient Promise.

How Freezing Flies for Research Helped Me Become a Better Dentist

A wood frog lies within a wintry forest in Ohio. The frog's body is frozen solid. It doesn't move a muscle for months at a time and would appear dead to the naked eye. Spring's rays reach the frog and the ice begins to melt away. The frog eventually thaws, hops away and joins the rest of Ohio's forest creatures just in time for mating season.....

Introducing: Our Amazon Products Store

You can now visit the Store tab on our website to view and purchase all the products I recommend for our patients. Not only is this convenient, but Amazon actually sells these items for less than I can get them directly from the supplier AND the list contains all Amazon Prime items. I am excited to share all of my favorite products with our patients in one convenient webpage!

How Seattle Made Me a Better Dentist

Sitting in the same classroom. For 11 hours each day. For five straight days. Learning about teeth. It probably sounds like torture to most people, but the five days I spent in a classroom in Seattle last October changed the way I’ll look at teeth forever.

Why Should a Two-Year Old Have a Dental Checkup?

Loud hallways, hundreds of bustling students, a classroom full of strangers, a new teacher at the front of class. Anxiety, the unknown. We all remember that feeling we had on the first day of school. For most young children, a first visit to the dental office can have that same anxious feeling. Luckily, I love seeing children at Moore Dental and my team has many ways to reduce the anxiety some children might feel at the dental office.

Celebrating Two Years at Moore Dental at Lewis Center

It was still dark as I walked across the quiet parking lot towards the back door of my new dental practice. It was an early Tuesday morning in August of 2015. Everything was new to me – a new town, new patients, new staff and a new opportunity to be part of a growing community. Thanks to this wonderful community, the last two years have been more rewarding than I could have imagined.

Ask a Dentist: Why Do I Need a Night Guard?

Why might a dentist suggest a night guard for you or a loved one? Most of us know someone who grinds their teeth at night. In this month's blog post, I hope to summarize my thoughts to a question I often hear: "Why Do I Need a Night Guard?"

How the Infantry Helped me Decide to Buy a Dental Practice

The sharp sound of several M249 squad automatic weapons ring out across an open field. While the machine guns provide suppressive fire, a group of young Marines armed with M16A4 rifles advance on a target. Suddenly, the burst of an AT4 anti-tank rocket punctuates the battle.......

Our Grandparents and Our Path to Lewis Center

My grandparents had such an overwhelming influence on me as a child. They continue to make an impact on the decisions my family and I make to this day.

Ask a Dentist: How Should I Whiten my Teeth?

One of the most common questions I hear in our dental office is, "I would like whiter teeth, but how should I whiten my teeth?" There are so many options for tooth whitening today and it can be very confusing. I will try to simplify this popular topic once and for all in this month's blog post.

Why Breaking My Jaw Made Me Want to Become a Dentist

It was the summer of 1998. At fourteen years old, I was admitted to Mercy Hospital in Tiffin Ohio. A nun whispered a prayer as my parents stood at my bedside, holding my hand.....

How Training for Triathlons Has Made Me a Better Dentist

Five thousand people line up in front of a cold body of water just after dawn on a Sunday morning. Most are wearing nothing but swim suits, a swimming cap and goggles and are about to voluntarily endure hours of continuous pain.....