Palm Beach Dentist Resumes Popular Free Seminars in Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach dentist Dr. Mitchell Josephs has several public figures.
Aspiring stand-up comedian.
But during his three decades in South Florida, this Long Island native is best known for being a dental innovator and educator.
And at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel (4431 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens), after more than a year and a half of hiatus caused by a pandemic, he will resume hosting his popular dental seminars. free.
The multitude of topics that will be covered at the event – where, Josephs promises, “delicious hot pretzels will be served” – includes tips for choosing a dental office that has the most contemporary “high-tech dental equipment” as well as how to ensure you get the best results with implants, cosmetic porcelain veneers, and other involved but necessary dental procedures.
A natural entertainer, he will not fail to make people laugh by answering all the questions of the participants.
Inspired by a sitcom character
Josephs, 57, says he became interested in dentistry in his youth because of a supporting character he enjoyed watching on the 1970s sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show”.
The character – orthodontist Dr Jerry Robinson (played by actor Peter Bonerz) – was, in the opinion of pre-teen Josephs, “that cool single doctor who wore plaid pants and a blue dental gown, and lived in a “groovy” condo with avocado green appliances and an orange shag rug. ”
(Apparently, however, Josephs’ only child, Jonathan, 27, found his professional inspiration in real life. Last month, he completed a three-year dental residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and is planning to ‘gain experience in the private sector – practice in Chicago, where his girlfriend is doing her dental residency. Eventually, Jonathan plans to return to South Florida and join his father’s thriving practice.)
While those who know Josephs, or read his weekly advice columns in The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News, or have seen his comic book styles live (his sessions at The Improv at Rosemary Square are available on YouTube) know that the good doctor has quite a sense of humor, one thing he takes seriously is the dental health of his patients.
“Serious dental problems rarely cause initial pain,” he explains. “But that’s why it’s so important to catch them early in regular routine checkups – when they’re still manageable.”
For practitioners like Josephs, the pandemic has created special challenges because so many people have postponed their regular dental check-ups.
“As a profession, we have really learned how damaging the damaging effects of delayed dental care and prevention services can be,” he says. “All offices were closed in March and April, and even when we reopened, many patients were reluctant to return. ”
In mid-2020, Josephs was among the country’s first dentists to invest in expensive extraoral suction systems that would ensure potential COVID-19 droplets were not sprayed while patients underwent a piercing or piercing. ultrasonic cleaning.
Despite many dental offices going beyond the CDC’s recommendations for COVID-19 safety, Josephs laments that far too many patients have bypassed their dental checkups for too long.
As he explains, “A cavity in early 2020 that was not treated before the fall or until 2021 often turned into a more complex and invasive procedure that required expensive extraction, bone grafting, an implant, and more. a crown.”
Giving back to the community
Josephs has many passions – collecting cars, racing, training, running, swimming, weightlifting – but what he cherishes most is his ability to give back to the community that he loves. ‘he loves it so much.
For example, a few years ago, after hearing a Holocaust survivor speak in a local synagogue and describe how so many of his fellow survivors were living at or below the poverty line, he decided to take immediate action. .
“I have donated my time and service to impoverished Holocaust survivors in Palm Beach County for the past few years,” he says. “To date, we have helped around 12 survivors, performing complicated treatments and procedures. These include, but are not limited to, implants, extractions, dentures, veneers, crowns, and bone grafts as needed.
Josephs found that while the dental (and sometimes medical) needs of financially struggling Holocaust survivors are often great, “they usually don’t seek help out of pride, fear, and unaffordable expenses.”
Alpert Jewish Family Services, which works with around 300 financially struggling Holocaust survivors, helps identify those most in need of his services – and Josephs says he has provided them with some $ 60,000 so far in pro bono dental care.
For Friday’s free seminar – where socially distant attendees will receive a free copy of his new book “More Tooth Talk!” What Educated Patients Need to Know About 21st Century Dental Treatments ”- Josephs has created a charitable component.
He donates $ 50 per participant – on their behalf – to the Pediatric Oncology Center at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center.
There are still a few places left, but pre-registration is required.
If you are going to
What: Free dental seminar hosted by Dr. Mitchell Josephs. Participants receive a complimentary copy of Josephs’ new book “More Tooth Talk! What Educed Patients Need to Know About 21st Century Dental Treatment”.
When: 11:30 a.m. Friday
Or: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 4431 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens
Record: Call 561-832-2917 or email [email protected]