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Radio listeners brush up on dental health Bruce Houser

August 2002

Most of the time, youíll find Bruce Houser, D.D.S., M.S., treating gum disease or placing dental implants at his periodontal practice in Scottsdale, Ariz. But on Monday mornings, heís sandwiched between the regular FM radio high jinks and the AM morning news.

The 1996 Dental School graduate is hosting "Dental Dialogue," a dental talk show on AM radio 1100 KFNX in Phoenix. The weekly call-in program offers listeners a chance to ask personal questions about their dental health while receiving a basic education in dentistry.

"The program covers all aspects of dentistry and is a nice forum for our listeners to address their dental questions," Dr. Houser said.

Dental Dialogue is broadcast to most of southern Arizona and is simulcast in Providence, R.I. Listeners from around the globe can also tune in on the Internet.

While Dr. Houser is a periodontist by trade, the broadcast industry is familiar territory. Dr. Houser received his undergraduate degree in mass communications from Texas Tech University. "Hosting this program is a big change from my undergraduate radio days of news reading and spinning reggae records. But the program has been a satisfying way to use my communications skills beyond the dental chair," Dr. Houser said. "There have been tremendous procedural and technological changes that have occurred in dentistry and Dental Dialogue is a good way to pass on information about recent dental developments to the public."

The program aired for seven weeks and will broadcast sporadically throughout the year. Various dental specialists serve as guests on the show and discuss everything from root canals to teeth whitening and dental implants. "Itís a great way to promote dentistry," Dr. Houser said.

Dr. Houser practices at Pinnacle Periodontal & Implant Dentistry in Scottsdale. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a member of the American Dental Association, the Arizona Society of Periodontists and
the American Academy of Periodontology.

He completed his D.D.S. degree in 1996 and his periodontal residency at
the Health Science Center in 1999. He can be reached at pinnacleperio.com. Listeners can tune in to Dental Dialogue on the Web from 10 to 11 a.m. Mountain time at www.nabcinc.com.

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