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Are You Frustrated With Your Dentures
Or

Not Happy With A Denture Treatment Plan Option?  

It may be time to make the switch to a Hybrid Bridge or Denture Care!
Patients with Hybrid Bridge and Denture Care Experience:
  • Stabilized Chewing and Ability to Eat “Crunchy/Chewy” Foods
  • Better Nutrition and Health
  • Removal of Palate/*Ability To Feel The Roof of The Mouth
    •  *the pink mesh part or “bulky feeling on the  roof of the mouth” is cut out/taken away
  • Better & More Natural Speech
  • Confidence
  • Comfort
Call or Email our office today to schedule your consultation and we’ll help you take your next step towards a beautiful, comfortable, natural smile.

Dr Cutts


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The Woman In My Life Part II

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The Women in My Life by Dr. Dave Cutts

 

Dear Patients and Friends,

With Debby and me in the middle of celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary I thought it might be of interest to you on how I do it – I refer of course to the question that I get often on how I live and work every day with five women!! Not to mention four cats-all female, dogs-female, horses-female-I swear even the 300 rabbits that feast on our lawn every night are all female!

Well for starters, the training started early because I was raised by mother, older sister, and grandmother (plus older brother John who you will hear of next month!). You’ll hear me say it often in the office, “I was raised by three, live with five, and work with ten! With not too many guys in my life, I learned early that it is best to listen carefully and as often as possible, do what I am told! This has helped me greatly in my career as a dentist because with my patients seem to appreciate this too!

The last 35 years of marriage and raising girls are full of great memories; there were lots of pink and white toys and clothes when they were young and for a long time I knew every song and verse of the Goodnight Moon, Little Mermaid -and! -then came the soccer years and memories of weekends driving a van full of more girls all over Southern California with lots of shrieking in my ears. Right about then I did notice a few guys come into my life – maybe I should say sneaking into my life through the back window-yes that did happen. Soon I had lots of guys who wanted to play tennis with me and just “hang-out” and be my pal. It took a few years for me to fully catch onto them-Debby still claims they we mostly innocent!

As the twins reached their mid-teens the boy-thing reached a bit of a frenzy as 20 year-olds with vans began stalking us on Lolita Road (yes, the name is real, not a joke!). It got so exhausting chasing which guy was with which girl out in the corral or down on the lower lawn behind the hedge that we started relying on Demie, the youngest, to sneak around and come back with regular updates.

Perhaps I should just say the obvious here now, yes they are all gorgeous and look like models! That hasn’t made it any easier.

Anyway, the point is that as the younger two hit their mid-teens our house became the most popular place within a hundred miles for guys to be at. It got so I didn’t really try to remember all of their names-it was all a haze to me honestly. One guy who had been around for three weeks asked to speak to me in my office, I thought he needed help or maybe a loan-no he nervously cleared his throat and requested permission to marry one of my daughters!!(name withheld to protect the innocent!)-I sat back realizing I didn’t know his name and thought, “OK, now I’ve seen everything!”

(Turns out I hadn’t, but that’s for another time to share!)

One of the actual pleasures I got out of this was watching guys watch my daughters. Guys, let me just say what all women know, you’re not too subtle about it! One guys was trying to catch a daughter’s eye at a restaurant, leaned over next to us with his hand on what he thought was a table with legs-well actually he probably wasn’t thinking of anything as he arched an eyebrow and gave her the look…just as he crashed to the floor with drinks, burgers and French fries raining down on his head. Oh, I’ve seen some things, but that was something special because he got up and handed D____ a card for free entrance to his show that night at a local casino (she didn’t go!)

There are a legion more of stories I could tell (a table of 20 year olds besotted with my Wife (for God’s sake) thinking she was Princess Diana-they had the gall to come over and flirt with her AND the girls right in front of me. I tell you I don’t get respect sometime! (Dr. Dangerfield is the name there.) But I’ll close this with a short list of things I have learned from the women in my life:

  • “We’re ready to leave now Honey” means I have about an hour to go!
  • “Honey, the girls are ready, WE”RE LEAVING RIGHT NOW!!” means I have about 15 minutes!
  • Add 15-20 minutes per girl for potty breaks on any family trip-at the minimum!
  • “That looks, sounds, works great” is the answer to any idea, request for opinion, or dress, my wife is asking about.
  • I’ve learned the brand, type, and color of the package, of every maxi, thin, flap, flapless, 24 hour, sport, heavy, light, feminine pad out there and can have them back at the house within 20 minutes upon command!
  • I’ve learned that any food I buy is considered open hunting and female property immediately upon discovery-sometimes I’m even complimented on my taste and choices(after its gone)
  • I’ve learned the art of breaking-up all over again-only this time it was with one of their boyfriends!! Space doesn’t even begin to permit the stories here!(Lord, the things I’ve had to do!)
  • And I’ve adopted a few womanly habits and pleasures-like I get a massage once a week-and I have been known to ask a guy friend, when out to eat, “Hey, do you need to use the restroom!” Pilates and yoga are next! I have limits though-I am NOT wearing those pants!
  • I have a man-purse with lots of stuff in it, which I dig around in endlessly!
  • And last and most telling of all, I watch Hallmark Channel movies with Debby……. and sometimes I cry!

 

 

Now however the estrogen/testosterone tide is turning a bit and I have two son-in-laws, Robert and David who if I could have chosen for my own birth-sons could not be more perfect guys to have in my life. And needless to say, they were raised by mothers who taught them ALL of the same lessons that I was! Still I keep in mind that they are watching and learning from me, and so nearly always in the middle of a family celebration at the table, I will turn and say, “Guys! Are you ready for the toast?” And they, knowing what is coming, raise their glasses as I proclaim loudly, “It is GOOD to be KING”

At which point the girl look at each other, roll their eyes and laugh hysterically!! And we “Kings” tip our glasses and bow our heads to the Queen and Princesses-as we should!

Yes, I am teaching the boys well!

Here’s to the Women in my Life-in all of our lives!

Humbly Yours!,

Dr. Dave Cutts

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Happy Birthday Big Brother by Dr Dave Cutts

Happy Father’s Day Big Brother

It’s been a few months over a year since my brother John passed away and I had meant to write a tribute to him then for you my, patients and friends. But time slipped away and now it’s Father’s Day and it occurred to me that this actually is perhaps an even better time to honor and remember my brother, Dr. John S. Cutts DDS.(1946-2016).

Perhaps you will get a little better understanding of how and why I became a dentist. That’s because without a father around he was both my big brother and the one mentor that I listened to most when it came to life’s big decisions. To be honest, he would scoff at that in his typical self-effacing way(while at the same time inwardly pleased) Now, looking back on life I realize that he, in so many ways and times, was watching over me and perhaps most importantly, simply set a very good example for me with his own high expectations and standards. I don’t mind admitting that his passing was a much bigger loss for me than I could have imagined. I should have known, since after all, he was what I just said above-my brother and a father-like figure. But with both of us busy raising our own families and with our careers and interests….well I just took for granted just how big a part he had played in my life.

It was while I was preparing some remarks for his memorial that the idea came to share this with you because even though we are both quite different personalities, I was surprised to discover something important that we had in common- that is how much we treasure our patients as friends. Person after person remarked on how he loved to tell stories to his patients about his family and other friends and it was clear that his patients were, after his family, without a doubt the most valuable part of his life. He loved what he did yes, but it was the warmth and yes, love, that he received from his patients that mattered above all. And so as I spoke to the large gathering and acknowledged the close friends and family, I saved a moment right at the end to acknowledge the very special people he would have so wanted to be recognized along with the rest of us-his beloved patients. When I asked for any patients in the room to stand, a good number of people practically leapt to their feet, proud to be there as his patients yes, but really, it was plain to see, much more than that.

My staff and I talk every day about how lucky we are to have you all as our patients and friends. We honestly think that somehow the most wonderful, genuine, and decent people around must just happen to all come to us! You’ll hear us saying things like, “it’s all about the love!” and laughing at how ridiculous that probably sounds to some people.

But it’s true. With some of you it’s a bottle of wine, or a thank-you card. Or cookies, or fruit jam that you made. Maybe a hand-drawn portrait, a poem (yes!), or simply  a “How are You!”-as Louis Armstrong sings. Many of you simply say, “I love you guys”. And there are LOTS of heartfelt hugs in the office. And trust me, that means everything to my staff, and me. Fact-they think they have the best dental job in the world because of you, and I couldn’t agree more!

I’d like to close by taking you to that blustery, cool day in Dinuba, California (where John practiced for over 40 years). Debby and I drove up with the family-all jammed-in together like when they were kids! It was Friday, March 8th and as we cleared the LA traffic at the Grapevine we drove through the heaviest monsoon I think I’ve ever seen in Southern California. Dinuba is about 30 miles south of Fresno and we barely made it in time for the 5:30 start of the memorial service. It was a striking and perfect evening for remembering and honoring my brother. There were beautiful dark rain shower-clusters moving across a sunset sky accompanied by large booms that sounded like a 21 gun salute from battle cannons(we found-out later they were “hail-busters”!) that went on and on without a break.

The service was at the local golf course in a glass-walled event room that looked out over a beautiful lush Scottish-links style course. This is where he played the game he loved nearly every day. I was told by his golfing buddy Rick that another club down the road had lowered their flags to half-mast. Yes, he was a golf-nut to say the least!*

In my remarks I summarized for this west coast crowd some of our early years in Vermont and Maine growing-up on farms. And then I mentioned some obvious things. He went to a college in central Massachusetts and was a science major while playing basketball. Eight years later, I did the exact same. He went to Loma Linda School of Dentistry and married a beautiful nursing student with the same first name initial(Judy). Eleven years later, I did the same (Debby). We both had girls only, and gave them names with the same first name’s initials as our own (Jennifer)(Darcie, Daina, Dannielle, Demie).

And as I spoke of above, perhaps the greatest thing we had in common was you. My brother was a quiet guy who believed actions speak louder than words( I agree). He could communicate much with just a look which I now realize is probably the highest and best quality of a communication. Well, as I remarked to the crowd in the text that you can see below, my brother and I did have quite different personalities. So, I will say it here and now, and in memoriam to my brother.

Thank you for being such a huge part of my life and my staff’s lives. Thank you for all of the hugs, pats, the cookies, the bottles of wine, the poems, the pictures, the how-are-you’s, the cards, the hugs, and yes…..the love!

 

Dr Dave

 

Dr Cutts’ remarks to family and friends at his brother’s memorial service:

My brother John passed away Thursday afternoon, after outlasting, by two years, the doctors original prognosis in Sept of 2013.
His wife Judy, beloved friends Ludim and Elber Camacho, and I were with him as he peacefully went. John was more than the big brother that I always tried to keep up with – he also played the role of my dad. To say that I wanted to be like him would be an understatement. It began in 1966 and 1967 – he was a blossoming scholar-athlete-
adventurer, just returned from years away at Monterey Bay Academy, and I was a “pesky” (his words!) 10 year old little brother who wanted to do everything he did. We skied Tahoe, road motorcycle on long trips through the Redwoods north of Napa Valley, played football – he enrolled me in Little League (The Scorpions!) And….introduced me to my life long love in sports: Tennis.

It didn’t stop when we moved back to our home area of New England for his last two years of college before dental
school. I watched as he starred in basketball at AUL, achieved academic honors and went on to dental school at Loma
Linda University and married a beautiful girl with the same 1st initial as his, only to be followed with a beautiful daughter with, you guessed it, also the same initial. I took this all in and said to myself “Wow, that looks like a great life.”. And the rest became my version of his. Not that we were the same. John was what some would call A Stoic. He
was Spock, I was Kirk. He didn’t verbalize “I love you” much, but man was he there for all of us anytime we needed him. Every time. John did not use a lot of words to communicate his love and devotion to his family, he had a unique way of saying it all
with a look, the tone of his voice, through his eyes. Sometimes I would wonder whether he was still watching over me, caring for me like he usually did. Years ago I got my answer when I bumped into a mutual friend; Dan Newbold. After some small talk he remarked “ I saw your brother John, and he went on for quite a while about how well you are doing, accomplishments and basically bragging on about you!” I was taken aback, I thought “He’s never told ME all this!!!”.

Of course, that was John, oh yes, he loved you,was proud of you – be he would tell everyone else except you! And that is 100x true for his beloved son-in-law and greatest joy, grandson William. About fourteen years ago I heard a torrent of conversation from John about this guy Robbie. He was smart, athletic, handsome as George Clooney, successful AND he was hopelessly in love with and marrying his daughter Jennifer (who is a beautiful, talented composer, singer – well you get the idea!!!). I remember remarking to Debby (somewhat jealously) “Sounds like HE should marry this Robbie!”.
It turned out Robbie and Jeni are all of these things and more, and have brought the greatest satisfaction and joy that a father of a girl can possibly have. Since a picture is worth a thousand words I’ll close by describing this picture below.

Daina Darcie and Will photo

Appropriately, it’s all about the little boy in the middle nailing another jumper over my outstretched arm as his granddad boxes me out in perfect rebounding position. The three grown-ups are frozen and all eyes are on him. I cannot begin to describe the joy, price, pleasure and love that William, age 7, has brought to John and me. And everyone he meets. That day he fearlessly lofted and hit one jumper after another just over my outstretched hand. It was just him and his “Bada” as he called John, against Uncle David and his son-in-law – you guessed it, Robbie (yes, we both have sonin- laws named Robbie..). We played on for nearly two hours or what I now realize were John’s last weeks. How he did that? Well I think THAT itself was John’s love his beloved family, sport and life – al happening right in front of us. How do I thank him for all that he has done for me? Including his incredible family that he leaves behind? I did say “Thank
You” and “I love you” Thursday afternoon. But to be totally honest, I think it was all “said” better in that basketball game, on that cloudy December afternoon. My brother would have had it no way better than that. To your life well-live brother.

Love,
David
P.S. We ended the evening with our own ‘salute” as about 15 people launched a volley of lit illuminated golf balls that streaked off into the night sky!

 

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Young Love at Ninety-five

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Grandma Bella (after direct bonded veneers)

Watching your mother-in-law falling in love can be quite a life experience! So, I felt a mixture of embarrassment and some envy when I caught her holding hands and “noodling” with Harwood, age 95. The story of how that moment came about contains, believe it or not, a major marketing truth. And that is:

“Adults of all ages want to look and feel younger. Especially when they have a wedding or reunion to go to. Or are looking to start a new relationship.”
This is something that is a tried and true datum in our office because we have seen this proven true literally thousands of times. Let’s connect the marketing dots and you will see how understanding this and using it my marketing has made my office 100s of thousands of dollars in the past few years. Several months ago I saw my mother-in-laws name on the schedule. It turned out that she wanted her lower incisors, which were severely worn and yellow, direct-bonded just like her daughter’s, my lovely wife Debby. I had done direct-bonded veneers on Debby’s upper teeth(5-12) last year as part of her preparation to be the “M.O.B” for Daina’s wedding.(note the pattern!). Daina, as head of our new media production department, had made a great video of her mom’s experience of having her smile redone by her(dedicated!) husband! You can see the video at our website: http://www.drcuttsadultdentistry.com.

As you can see, this is a story that resonates with almost any woman getting ready for a life-event. They want to look their best. Well, my mother-in-law, Ada, saw the video and since she apparently had her eye on Harwood over at the senior retirement village, she wanted her smile upgraded too! So, I took a couple of hours to do DBVs (direct-bonded veneers) from #22 to #27. When I was done, I stepped into the next operatory to see a patient for a few moments while my assistants fussed over the final polish. When I came back they said she had rushed out the door. I quickly went out to the parking lot to say goodbye and that is when I saw them there, like teenagers, her leaning into the car window, both gazing into each others’ eyes and holding hands! At that moment I saw something I did not think was possible-a young love no different than if they had been sixteen. They actually looked and felt like teenagers as I stood and gazed, transfixed, at them for  moment.

As the father of four beautiful daughters in their 20s and 30s now, I’ve seen my fair share of young love over the past 15 years!(more on that another time and place!). But this, THIS was so different……..and yet it was the same. I walked back in the office and my entire staff were waiting because they had been watching too. We talked and shared and marveled what we had just witnessed. It would be no overstatement at all to say that we were changed as “young people” by what we had just seen. An impossibility had magically become a reality right before our eyes. There was a special glow in the office for the rest of the day and as we left we laughed and called out to each other our favorite phrase, “It’s all about the Love!”.

In one of my previous blogs I said that marketing MUST come from you, the doctor. Really, I should have said, “from your heart”, doctor. Great marketing is telling a story. A story that happens to have your product or service within the story. And those stories can only be told by you. Yes, you need professionals to do graphic design, printing, and so forth. But, only you know your passion and what makes you, you as a professional and as a person. Never delegate THAT!

I’d love to hear YOUR stories!

As always, to your prosperity!

Dr Dave Cutts DDS

P.S. And, yes, Daina is now busily making a video of that too!

 

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Even Dental Assistants Choose Dr Cutts as Their Dentist!

 

Success Story of The Week

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“I’m very particular about my dental care since I used to be a dental assistant and I know average from excellent dental procedures. I chose Dr. Cutts office because of his creative direct mail marketing piece that showed up in my mail box on the day I cracked a tooth. (My regular dentist has recently retired.)

When I called to inquire about an emergency appointment, the receptionist greeted me warmly and got me in at a time convenient for me. The next day, I met the rest of the staff and Dr. Cutts. Everybody was friendly, professional, and very helpful. Dr. Cutts took his time to explain what he saw and how he would proceed. I didn’t hesitate to have him make a new crown and since I don’t have dental insurance, I sure appreciated the option of financing the costs. Since I live in the country (and raise alpacas)… his office is a bit of a drive, however, I look forward to making that drive now, as I have chosen him to be my new dentist. I highly recommend his office to anybody looking for a professional and caring dentist and friendly staff especially if you are over 50.” J.R.

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What A Difference A Day Makes…

What A Difference A Day Makes!

Alright, channeling some some jazz music there, but seriously – look at the amazing before and after photos after just one session of upper bonded veneer care!

We are jumping with joy for our patient. She waited so long to have her smile fixed and now she’s on her way.

We can’t wait to hear all of the compliments you receive after you stun your friends and family, this holiday season!

Congrats to M.G. and we can’t wait to see you again soon!

Dr Cutts & Staff

Office of Dr Dave Cutts
Phone: 951-296-0166951-296-0166 
Email: dacutts@drcutts.com
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We Want To Brighten Your Holiday Season! (Play Our Patient Appreciation Game this month…)

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Greetings One and All!

Play our Holiday Game and give us a chance to brighten your holiday season : )

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