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Dawson Quick Tip: The Go-To Rule in Dentistry

When we're treatment planning, we like to utilize what we call the WIDIOM rule. Would I Do It On Me?

This process of complete dentistry isn't about doing the most restorations on a patient. It's doing the least amount of dentistry to solve all of the patient's functional and aesthetic issues.


So when we are treating planning, when would I do it on me, what's the least amount of dentistry that we'd want to do on ourselves to solve these problems?

Complete dentistry again isn't about the most restorations. It's not about selling dentistry to somebody. It's about getting them healthy for the long term. And if we follow this WIDIOM rule, we'll be doing the appropriate treatment to make the outcomes the most successful with the least amount of dentistry for our patients.

What makes a dental practice successful?

Dr. Cobb was born and raised in the Washington DC area and graduated from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1984. He joined the practice of his father, Dr. Everett Cobb, and maintains a private practice in the District of Columbia focusing on restorative and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Cobb is involved with a number of dental organizations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Equilibration Society and is a Fellow in the International College of Dentists. In addition to maintaining his practice, Dr. Cobb volunteers extensively both nationally and internationally. He volunteers routinely with local dental clinics for the underserved in the DC area, the AACD “Give Back a Smile” program and Somos Amigos Medical Mission in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Cobb has been on numerous trips with Somos Amigos and is the dental coordinator for the mission. He has been recognized with numerous awards for his philanthropic efforts.