Ben and Gary Show Episodes

Ben and Gary Show Episode 80


Welcoming you back to Smiles International

Thank you for entrusting Smiles International with your dental health care needs. We want to take this opportunity to make you aware of the precautions our office is taking to ensure the safety of our patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your D.C. & McLean Dentists for Patient-First Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry.

Dr. Gary Kaihara, Dr. Benjamin Watkins, and Dr. Dan Pinto of Smiles International are committed to earning your trust. Caring for you drives our patient-first approach to dentistry in D.C. and McLean. Our facilities and our approach to each procedure are designed for you and your family’s lifetime of dental health, including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and prosthetic tooth replacement with implant teeth, dentures, partials and dental bridges. Our cosmetic dental care renovates your smile with solutions for chipped teeth, crooked teeth and discolored teeth, including...

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Ben and Gary Show - Episode 22


How Do You Select a Dentist?

When choosing a dentist, most people ask someone they know. Understand that what is right for that person may not be right for you.

Ask them for details
  • How well does their dentist communicate with them
  • Is he on time
  • Is the office clean
  • Is there a system
Is their dentist good?
  • Do they come back for the same problem
  • Is the dentist current with the technology 
  • How does the dentist's team treat them
  • How does the dentist treat his team
  • Does the dentist seem rushed
  • Does food get trapped where the work was done
  • Do gums bleed regularly after work is done
  • Is their odor after the work is done
  • Is there pain when biting down
  • If there are complications, does their dentist's team work to resolve them 
Does their dentist's office look like a museum?
  • Technology is changing dentistry
  • Does their dentist invest in new technology
  • Does he invest in training for himself and his team
Quality dentistry is more than the...
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Ben and Gary Show - Episode 17


Fear Factor: The Dentist

Drs. Ben and Gary discuss how one bad dental experience can easily deter one from regularly visiting the dental office. 

Dr. Kaihara recently saw a new patient who had not seen a dentist in 10 years due to his dental fears! Dr. Kaihara empathized with the patient and made sure he and his team made the patient to feel as comfortable as possible!  

While there was room for improvement in regards to his dental hygiene, the patient realized after seeing Dr. Kaihara that his teeth were in far better shape than he imagined!

Ways To Reduce Dental Anxiety

It is not uncommon to be anxious before dental visits. Modern dentistry offers several options for patients to help ease their dental anxiety , such as:

  • Local Anesthesia
  • IV Sedation
  • Oral Sedation
  • Nitrous Oxide (N2O)

The Doctors emphasize that it is in your best interest to see a dentist regularly. So they encourage patients and listeners to take...

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Ben and Gary Show - Episode 15


Why the Docs Became Dentists

Tune in to hear directly from Drs. Ben and Gary as to what led them to their fate as two of the best dentists in the area! 

Dr. Gary Kaihara

Contrary to beliefs, Dr. Gary Kaihara shares that dentistry was actually not his first choice in career paths! He was actually interested in the forestry service but that came to a complete halt once he figured out that obtaining his dream job would be contingent upon either the retirement or death of the park ranger before him -- Yikes! 

Dr. Benjamin Watkins

Dr. Watkins, on the other hand, shares that he was born and raised into dentistry. His father was a dentist in the Washington, D.C. area for 50+ years! Although his father supported him in whatever path he chose, somehow Dr. Watkins still migrated right back to Dentistry! 










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