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Don’t Be a Square, Tie a Square Knot
Article Date: May 01, 2014 Vol 13, No 5
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

Several weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of presenting a 3-day hands-on oral surgery seminar in Florida. It was a sold out session and I enjoyed the eagerness of my GP colleagues who registered to participate in this intense learning session. Of course, the 30 degree weather and beautiful sunshine didn’t hurt as our northern neighbours and families suffered through one of the worst winters in recent memory.
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The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown
Article Date: Apr 01, 2014 Vol 13, No 4
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

Iam reading and thoroughly enjoying a book written by Jon Entine titled, “Abraham’s Children.” It is a very significant study and observation of the race and identity of the ancient Jewish people, sometimes referred to as the "Chosen People". It is an amazing account of the descendants of the ancient Israelites and one that I can relate to on a personal basis because I happen to be one member of this illustrious tribe. Or so the good book says.
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Say Cheese!
Article Date: Mar 03, 2014 Vol 13, No 3
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

Yesterday in the mail, I received the latest edition of a well known and respected dental journal. On the cover of this professional document was a photograph of the newly elected President of the organization. She was a very attractive person to say the least. Here she was, posing elegantly for the camera with a delightful smile, and a lampshade sitting on top of her head. Well, in actual fact it wasn’t really sitting on top of her royal crown. It appeared to be because she and the lampshade,behind her, were in a direct line with each other.You get the picture, don’t you?
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Possessing the “Wisdom” to Remove “Wisdom Teeth.”
Article Date: Feb 03, 2014 Vol 13, No 2
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

In the September/2013 edition of the Oral Health Journal, an editorial by Dr. Randy Lang was published that, for all intents and purposes, resumed a useless habit of flogging a dead horse. Dr. Lang, a well known and respected orthodontist, whom I like and admire, wrote a critical dissertation on dentists and oral surgeons who remove asymptomatic, pathology free impacted 3rd molars. In his article, he quotes and refers to several excellent sources published in orthodontic literature that suggest this activity is not justified and shouldn’t be performed. Although Dr. Lang refers to “A number of excellent articles,” that he supposedly reviewed and quoted, in his reference, he lists four articles all written by the same author.
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IPad? ISmart!
Article Date: Dec 02, 2013 Vol 12, No 9
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

January came fast this particular year and so did the much anticipated Boat Show.

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Free WI-Fi Or Wi-Fi Foolery
Article Date: Oct 01, 2013 Vol 12, No 8
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

Do you have Wi-Fi”? I asked the owner of a local restaurant.
“Yes,” he replied, “and it’s free.”
My wife Hope and I sat down in a cozy little booth at the front of the small establishment. I quickly took out
my trusty I-Phone and waited patiently while my faithful little gadget picked up the free signals that would allow me to stay connected to the entire universe.

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Cheap Not-So-Goods
Article Date: Sep 02, 2013 Vol 12, No 7
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

The other day while preparing to examine a patient, I selected a tongue depressor from the box and immediately received a splinter in my thumb.
I removed it with great difficulty, but despite my first aid efforts I had learned in Boy Scouts to keep it clean, my
digit became badly infected. On the fourth day, I began a regimen of potent antibiotics called Keflex, noted for its
effectiveness in combating severe skin infections.

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Pay Heed To His Warnings
Article Date: Jun 03, 2013 Vol 12, No 6
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

Regardless of our religious persuasion, most of us pray to the same divine being who is the creator of all things, large and small. This being has many names, when we observe the numerous religious  affiliations that exist on this earth. The names are not important and we shall, for the sake of this article, call him GOD.

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Can You Open This?
Article Date: May 01, 2013 Vol 12, No 5
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

T he other day, as I was completing a surgical procedure in my office, I reached for the suture pack and tried to open it. I couldn’t.

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If I Get It Right, Can I Stop Practicing?
Article Date: Apr 01, 2013 Vol 12, No 4
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

Igraduated from dental school when Edgar Bergen and Charlie MacCarthy were the top comedy routines on radio. Long before Sherry Lewis and Lambchop ever existed.
“Where are you going to practice?” my uncle Ellie asked me following graduation.

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We Can Do Better
Article Date: Mar 07, 2013 Vol 12, No 3
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

Over the last few years, I have observed many people in restaurants and other eating establishments. I must admit, it didn’t make me feel very good. Was it the food that was served that didn’t appeal to me? Was it the lack of ambiance in the establishments that made me feel uncomfortable?

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It’s Called Drainage
Article Date: Jan 15, 2013 Vol 12, No 1
Lawrence I. Gaum, DDS, FADSA, FICD

The other day, while taking a brisk jaunt around my neighbourhood, I came across two concrete walls on two different properties. One wall, built about fifty years ago, remained solid and strong. The concrete material was in excellent condition for a structure of that vintage. The other wall, about one hundred feet away, was in terrible shape. Concrete was peeling off in layers and chunks. The wall was buckled inward and ready to topple over. It too was built about fifty years ago.

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