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Complete Guide to Dental Health Paperback – May 14, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0759676565 ISBN-10: 0759676569 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse; 1 edition (May 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759676569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759676565
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jay W. Friedman, D.D.S., M.P.H. pioneered in the development of quality standards for dental care, group practice and dental insurance. In addition to extensive clinical practice, he was a researcher at UCLA's School of Public Health, a consultant to many state and national organizations, and is presently dental director of Universal Care, a California health plan.Dr. Friedman has published over 50 papers in professional journals and a number of books on consumer health issues, including a Guide for the Evaluation of Dental Care and the first edition of Complete Guide to Dental Health: How to Avoid Being Overcharged and Overtreated, originally published by Consumer Reports Books in 1991. Dr. Friedman graduated Columbia University dental school in 1948 and received a master's degree in public health in 1962 from the University of Michigan. His career has spanned the entire transition of dentistry from the isolation of solo fee-for-service private practice to the proliferation of high volume group practices based on dental insurance.He has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the Special Merit Award from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kclam on October 10, 2008
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This book is about common dental problems, diseases, their prevention and treatments. The topics covered are quite comprehensive, such as dental caries (decay), periodontal disease, replacement of missing teeth, root canal treatment, cosmetic dentistry, tooth extraction, common diseases of the gum and soft tissues of the mouth. I particularly find the recommendations at the end of each chapter very useful. These practical tips enable consumers to arrive at informed decisions to avoid being overcharged and overtreated.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura Blueberry on January 30, 2010
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This guy has opinions that make sense about how to get good dental care. I think it is the best such book for the consumer that I have found so far. He is a dentist himself, but the kind that really wants people to have the care they need, not too much nor too little. He describes some of the things dentists tend to do that are not necessary. He explains the different dental treatments pretty well. The date is a bit old (2002). It is at least the second edition I believe; because I also own a 1991 hardcover edition. I have not looked recently (2010) to see if there might be something better out there now.

I would like to see an even thicker book with more details, but that may not be commercially viable!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pogo821 on June 10, 2009
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I wish I had read this book before I started getting dental treatments. It would have saved me a lot of unnecessary bills.

This book covers anything & everything about dental treatments and how to avoid "charlatans" who make up dental problems just so they can get money out of you. In my case, a young dentist (whom I stopped seeing within a month) removed amalgam fillings just as a "preventative" against future cracking. That created more problems like an unforeseen root canal. Pretty soon a routine cleaning turns into a $2,000 bill! Don't fall for their scare tactics in the chair. Be an educated consumer.

And if you're so inclined, read Dr. Friedman's public health articles on dentistry.

Too bad, dentists like him are going the way of the dodo.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By book lover on October 4, 2004
This book is an excellent reference tool. Before you let a dentist talk you into expensive, maybe unnecessary dental work that may create even more problems down the road, sit down with this book. You'll find clear explanations of dental problems and procedures and this book can give you additional information and assurance when you suspect your dentist's recommendations may not always be in your best interests.
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Everyone who ever sits in a dentist's chair needs to at least through this book. Especially if you're a parent. Dentists screw up kids teeth, then blame it all on soft drinks or chewing gum. Parents need to check dentists' work. No one else will. The author did work as an expert witness prosecuting dentists for shoddy work.
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