Dealing with a cavity’s painful enough—finding a dental professional you can trust shouldn’t add to your misery. So to find the top pros, the topDentists research group polled area dentists, asking, “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?” The result: approximately 300 outstanding dentists, as chosen by their peers.
REASON TO SMILE
A trip to the dentist’s office can hurt your pocketbook as much as your gums. Enter Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education (cade.slu.edu). Practicing dentists take additional classes toward a specialized master’s degree in orthodontics, periodontics, or endodontics, treating patients under the watchful eye of the clinic’s faculty. The center charges significantly less than many private practices—generally 50 to 60 percent less for endodontic and periodontic work. And it accepts most insurance plans.
WORD OF MOUTH
At one time, St. Louis boasted the oldest dental school west of the Mississippi River. Then, in 1991, Washington University closed its School of Dental Medicine. But soon, the city again will be able to claim a dental school. A.T. Still University (atsu.edu), based in Kirksville and named for the father of osteopathic medicine, is breaking ground this month on a nearly $25 million clinic near Lafayette Square, part of the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health. Third- and fourth-year students will practice at the clinic, which will operate in conjunction with Grace Hill Health Centers, serving disadvantaged individuals.
PLAQUEY AND WACKY
You’ve heard of other races with playful names: The Color Run; Cupid’s Undie Run; the Fun, Flirty and Fabulous 5&5… This summer, Delta Dental Health Theatre is launching a new themed race: the Plaquey Wacky 5K and Family Fun Run (ddhtstl.org/specialevents.aspx). Beginning at 9 a.m. on June 21, participants will take to their heels in South City’s Willmore Park for a 5K race, a 1 1⁄2–mile fun run, and a toddler dash. Between events, families can enjoy bounce houses and live music, plus health-related activities from Delta Dental Health Theatre, such as a “run through a sneeze” and making, er, “faux poo or snot.” Proceeds will benefit the dental theater’s educational programs.
Articles by Jarrett Medlin