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The Mead Family Dental website-now with 150% more awesome!

I love blogs. I really like working on my office website/blog. But I’m limited. I know a lot about some stuff (mostly teeth), but very little about making a website look the way I wanted to. That’s where Matt Brett came in. He’s an amazing website developer, and he helped me make the site the way I always wanted it to be!

As you can probably tell, we’ve redesigned the website for the better. Much, much better, I think. So come on in, take a load off. Put your feet up and make yourself comfortable.

Please explore the site. Let me know what you think. As always, you can email me directly at I answer my own emails. And, as always, if you’re looking for a dentist in Saginaw, MI…I’d like to help!

Saginaw dentist presents at the Michigan Dental Association meeting!

I have the opportunity to present at the Michigan Dental Association’s Annual Session. My program is entitled “Facebook and Twitter and Youtube, Oh My! Social Media for the Beginner.”

I should be back to my normal posting schedule next week. For now, feel free to take a look at what I’ll be talking about!

“No offense, but I hate dentists.”


I hear this line at least once a week.  Really.  “No offense, but I hate dentists.”  How could I take offense at that?

My usual reply: “Perfect!  I hate patients, too.  Open wide.”

I know, I’m making light of the way a lot of people feel about the dentist office.  Perhaps I shouldn’t, but I’ve found that approaching patients with a sense of humor is usually helpful.

So why would a patient “hate the dentist?”  Some associate the dentist with pain.  If you’ve ever had an abscessed tooth, who could blame you?  Others may have had a bad experience in the dental office that has been hard to forget.  Some people really don’t like the way that anesthetic makes them feel.

Finally, dental care is expensive.  Anything that costs money that you would rather spend in some other way is expensive. Have you ever had someone trying to sell you a new roof or a dry basement try to explain to you how inexpensive their product is?  Dentistry is kind of the same way.  If you came into my office and said, “doc, I’ve got a bunch of money in my pocket that I don’t know what to do with so I thought I’d have a root canal” you’d be the first patient that ever said that to me.


Any of these concerns is 100% legitimate.  So my job is to try to make you hate us less.  I have a few suggestions that might make coming to the dentist a little easier:

  • Don’t wait until something is broken or something hurts.  By the time it breaks or hurts it’s going to cost more to fix (if it can be fixed) and has more potential to hurt.  Regular visits for checkups when you’re not having troubles make it a lot easier to catch small problems before they become big problems.
  • Dentistry has come a long way!  The way it used to be and the way it is now is a LOT different.  The needles are smaller, our numbing agents are better and our understanding of pain control is much improved!  If you haven’t had work done for awhile I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  I can’t guarantee that there will be absolutely no discomfort but we’re able to keep pain down to an absolute minimum.
  • Tell us!  If you had a previous bad dental experience that information is really important.  If you tell us what happened to you before, we’ll make sure we don’t do it again.  For instance, I’ve had a patient tell me that her biggest problem with dentistry in the past was a feeling of claustrophobia because she was leaned back too far.  This is an easy problem to fix but we don’t know if you don’t tell us!
  • Mead’s rule.  There is never a time when we’re working on you that we can’t stop. In my office, the patient is in charge.  If you need me to stop, for any reason, I will.  Just raise your hand or let me know in some way.  Even if it’s just to rest your jaw or take a deep breath.  There’s nothing so important during dental work that we can’t give you a break.  Even if you aren’t in control of anything else in your life…you’re in control when you’re here!

The goal of this Saginaw dentist is to turn “haters” into “regulars.”  We do it by treating you like we’d want to be treated.  We’ll greet you with a smile.  You can pick whatever TV channel you might want to watchMaybe you’d prefer to surf on your laptop or iPad.  We’ll explain what we’re going to do before we do it and we’ll tell you how much it’s going to cost before we start anything.  You’re in charge and what you say goes.  I don’t know if we can change “I hate dentists” into “I love visiting my dentist” but we’re going to try!

Questions or comments about this blog?  Would you like to make an appointment?  Call the office at (989) 799-9133 or email me at  I always answer my own email!

“Do you have ESPN?”


The March Madness brackets came out on Sunday.  Shelly handed the remote to a patient and he asked, “do you have ESPN?”

Wait a second…this guy is at the dentist office!  And there are TV’s?  And he can watch what he wants?

Yup.  We have ESPN.  And a whole bunch of other channels, too.

Shelly’s pick: game show network…ideally Lingo or Chain Reaction

Doc’s pick: How it’s Made, Mythbusters or Spongebob Squarepants.

But it’s not about us.  It’s about you.  What do you want to watch?  Let us know ahead of time and we’ll have the channel on for you.

Hey, if you’ve got to have some dental work done, you might as well watch what you want!

Should we set a channel for you?  Email me at or call us for an appointment at (989) 799-9133.  I would love to be your Saginaw dentist!

Snowmageddon 2011

Snowmageddon2 Although it's Tuesday morning as I type this, we here at Mead Family Dental drank the Kool-aid.  The weather predictions for heavy snow from Tuesday evening into Wednesday evening are such that we decided to bail out early.  We're not coming in today, Wednesday, February 2nd.  By the way, Happy Groundhog's Day!

If you have a dental emergency I can be reached at home at (989) 488-7665.  Stay warm and stay safe.  

The smallest waiting room you’ll ever see

We’ve got the smallest waiting room I’ve ever seen in a dental office.

It’s a very nice waiting room.  It’s very colorful.  We’ve got a TV, lots of magazines and most importantly we have the friendliest and most entertaining front office ever.  All of which I’m quite proud of.  None of those things are the best part, though.

What I’m most proud of is that our patients spend so little time in there.  We only see one patient at a time.  If you have an appointment with me you’ll be the only patient that I’m seeing right then.  We run on time, often ahead of time.  So you probably won’t get to enjoy our comfortable reception area.  There are exceptions.  Sometimes patients have emergencies and we make sure to see those immediately.  But mostly it’s all about you.

Kind of like the TV’s in the treatment rooms so you can watch whatever you want.  Or that Shelly saw your sister at Meijer the other day.  Or that Kristy wants you to know how good your little one was for their first cleaning.  You’re the most important person at our practice and we make sure you know it!

I really love our cozy little reception area.  But you probably won’t get to enjoy it very long!

We’d like to hear from you!


I recently read an article that talked about why doctors don’t answer email from patients.  It seems that physicians felt they might be bombarded with questions and that they could not be paid enough for the time it took to answer email.I’m here to tell you that I would LOVE to answer any of your emails.  I promise that I won’t charge you anything for it.

A couple rules:

  1. As always, if you are having a dental emergency you can always reach either myself or one of my team members at (989) 488-7665.  If you leave a message there someone will return it quickly.
  2. If you have a question about your bill or your insurance you can reach our financial coordinator, Kathy, at or you can call the office during normal business hours.
  3. Any dental questions that you might have can be emailed to me (Dr. Mead) at  I’m online often, so your best bet for prompt attention is to email me!  If you are an existing patient I can view your chart from home or wherever I am, but it’s important for you to know that I’ve never done a root canal over the phone or taken an x-ray by email.  😉

I’d love to get your emails or comments!

Welcome to our weblog!


This is the first official blog post on the Mead Family Dental blog! Pretty exciting, eh? My hope is that the blog can provide easy access and information about our dental practice while allowing a discussion about topics of interest for patients and potential patients of my dental practice. I would love to hear any suggestions or critiques of the blog via email or calling me at (989) 799-9133. Along the right side of the page there are links to specific information that patients will find useful.

I thank you for your attention and hope to use this blog to start a conversation!

To your dental health,

Alan Mead DDS

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