My Dad always used to say, “If you are going to do something, do it right”. I think many of us
came to The Dawson Academy like I did to “do it right”. We started by taking the core
curriculum lecture and hands-on courses and followed those with more topic-specific courses.
We proceeded along our journey to provide our patients with the best possible long lasting
dental care, but getting to that point is not always as easy as we’d like.
Unfortunately, it is easy to get sidetracked along the way and lose sight of the end result. It is
not that we don’t want to do things the right way, it can just become difficult and confusing. It is
not enough to just take courses, the key to success is putting into practice what we have
learned. If not, nothing will change.
Four basic core principles to “doing it right”
If we follow these core principles, I know we will achieve the results we envision and become
successful. These principles are nothing new and are the foundation of the core curriculum. The
important part is that we actually have to put them into practice. I know from my own experience
that success came when I started implementing what I learned. Change can be hard, but if you
truly want to get to the next level it won’t happen by itself.
Here are what I believe to be the four key core principles we have to be committed to in
order to reach that next level:
1. All patients get a thorough comprehensive examination of all necessary records.
2. We follow the 16-step functional/esthetic checklist when working through our treatment
3. We visualize the treatment plan and plan for success through the 10 step wax-up
4. We then provide the proper treatment to our patients to ensure functional and esthetic
If any of these concepts are not perfectly clear, maybe it is time to take a refresher course for
clarification. In the near future, we will have online presentations on these topics to make review
easier. Try it on your next new patient and put into practice what you have learned. The reward
will be in the end result for our patients. I truly believe that if we are committed to the above
principles, we will, as my Dad said, “Do it right”. Good luck!
Dr. Andrew Cobb
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.