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National Dentist Day: An Interview with Dr. Brunacini and Dr. Karagiorgos

National Dentist Day was March 6 and was established as a way to show appreciation and thanks for dentists.  We have two of the best dentists to thank: Dr. Brunacini and Dr. Karagiorgos! As a way to honor these two, we thought we’d ask them some questions about their path to dentistry and what they love about the work they do. Let’s learn more about FDA’s Dynamic Duo!

1. Why did you go in to dentistry?

Dr. Brian Brunacini:  I enjoy the variety and problem-solving in dentistry.  There are always new things to learn and I’ve enjoyed keeping up with the advancements in digital dentistry to improve the accuracy of diagnoses and quality of care.

Dr. Karagiorgos:  After graduating with a degree in civil/structural engineering, I worked in the field but I disliked my job. I was 27 and I knew I didn’t want to do that as a lifelong career.  Around that time, I went through a health scare that made me decide to pursue a career that would be meaningful and satisfying to me. I thought more about what a cousin had once suggested: dentistry. So I went back to school to take all the prerequisites to go to dental school, and meanwhile I worked for the Tufts’ Oral Surgery department as a Dental Assistant, where I assisted in surgical procedures such as extraction, implant placement, and even cosmetic surgery. This experience solidified my desire to pursue dentistry. I really enjoyed the surgical aspect of dentistry and considered specializing but the great thing about general dentistry is that you’re able to do a little bit of everything.

2. What is rewarding about your work?

Dr. Brian Brunacini:  I love getting to know our patients and working together by sharing what I see and can potentially do for them.  I really enjoy empowering patients to be more involved in their healthcare decisions so that they can improve their health.  

Dr. Karagiorgos:   Every day is about finding the best dental solution for each individual patient while keeping each patient’s special circumstances and aesthetic vision in mind, as well as the financial aspects involved to create the best possible treatment plan for every individual.  There’s also an aspect of artistic expression to what we do: it’s making a filling look like a tooth. In a way, dentistry is a very satisfying form of artistic expression on a small scale.

3. What is unique about working at FDA?

Dr. Brian Brunacini:  We practice progressive dentistry that allows us to provide excellent holistic care for the whole patient while using crest-of-the-wave technology.  We also have a laid-back atmosphere at the office which creates a comfortable, inviting place for patients. That coupled with an amazing team–from receptionist to hygienist to assistant to dentist–who all work together to help patients makes this an ideal practice where we build lasting relationships with our patients.

Dr. Karagiorgos:  The patients and staff here make my job feel like it’s not even work. It’s a great feeling to be a part of a team like this. And we meet patients from all walks of life, so it’s great to talk to everyone and get to know them.

4. What is your favorite dental care tip?

Dr. Brian Brunacini:  Mine comes down to diet.  Everyone knows how important it is to eat well for their overall health, but it also is important for healthy teeth and gums.  There is strong correlation between a decrease in sugar/carbohydrate consumption and a decline in tooth decay rates. It’s not just about limiting overall sugar consumption–it’s also important to pay attention to how often during the day you eat or drink sugar.  For example, sipping on an iced coffee with sugar all day is worse than drinking it in one sitting.

Dr. Karagiorgos: Floss, floss, floss!!! Flossing can remove plaque and food debris particles in places where toothbrush bristles cannot easily reach, like under the gum line and especially between your teeth. Plaque buildup can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, which daily flossing can help prevent!

Thank you Dr. Brunacini and Dr. Karagiorgos!  We appreciate the thoughtful care you both bring to the practice everyday.  

Whether you’ve been coming to FDA for years or are a new patient, we hope you learned something about our wonderful dentists.  If you have a question for them or need to schedule a visit, give us a call today at 207.781.5900. We are here to give you the best oral health care possible!