caring for his patients' preventive and restorative needs for over 8 years, Dr.
Bruce Howell has decided to no longer practice at Longmont Dental Health (now
Health Colorado Longmont) on Main St. (and the now closed location on
In Dr. Howell's opinion, dentists are expected to use their
experience and clinical judgment in decisions about patient care. During his
35+ year career as a practicing dentist and as an associate professor at the
University of Texas Dental School in Houston, he has been dedicated to staying
at the forefront of new dental technologies and techniques when caring for his
patients. Although he is familiar with and trains on new technologies, from his
experience, new technologies should never serve as a substitute for a dentist's
clinical judgment and should never dictate a course of treatment.
In short, Dr. Howell refuses to drill on teeth based solely on
indications from a technology, including laser fluorescence.
Longmont Dental Health office recently purchased two Sopro cameras that are
based on laser fluorescence. This technology purports to assist in the early
detection of surface cavities (called occlusal caries). Quoting this
article, "experts say
the new devices are easily abused, and can lead to filling teeth that are not
HERE for more
information on this laser technology.
The Longmont Dental Health
office, where Dr. Howell formally cared for his patients, is part of a Boulder
based dental group.
Throughout the years, Dr. Howell has been aware that this group has
tried concepts including counting taste buds, taste testing, pH testing
saliva, and something called
Coda Kitchen. In Dr.
Howell's opinion, these are not mainstream concepts in the practice of
A recent concept adopted by this group is called "ProBiotic
Dentistry" which is marketed as helping patients to rid their mouths of "poo."
Dr. Howell does not agree with this marketing approach. He does not believe
that "ProBiotic Dentistry" is effective, but believes it is similar to other
non-mainstream concepts that the group has previously embraced.
of Dr. Howell's objections to these concepts and other philosophical
differences on patient care, he ended his relationship with the group.
Dr. Howell is very happy to announce that he is now practicing and
treating patients with Dr. Craig Larson on the north side of Longmont.
Drs. Howell and Larson have known each other for over 10 years and
share the same philosophy on conservative, caring patient care - a pivotal
issue for Dr. Howell to make this change. Dr. Larson's office is the only place
where Dr. Howell practices dentistry.
Dr. Howell's new website is