Meet Dr. Whitfield

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Hello and Welcome to Our Web site. I am inspired to practice dentistry by a desire to improve the overall dental health of my patients. My goal is to provide exceptional quality service in a comfortable, relaxing, and caring environment. The following is a summary of my qualifications and background. Thank you for visiting.

Background

Dr. Whitfield's dental career started in periodontal research with the Sonicare Company. He helped discover & patent several natural plant extracts used as antimicrobial agents in toothpaste and mouthwash. He also did research on tooth whitening agents and statistical studies involving the efficacy of the Sonicare toothbrush on gum disease. During his years at Sonicare, Dr. Whitfield helped manage several large-scale clinical trials following FDA guidelines. He is one of only a handful of general dentists in the world who has this unique understanding of the possibilities for natural plant extracts and real world clinical efficacy. He is able to quickly identify from a product's supporting information whether it was ever tested properly and if you should use it for your family. Dr. Whitfield has been published in several research journals.

Qualifications

Dr. Whitfield graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in general dentistry. While attending the School of Dentistry he continued his interest in periodontal research and won an international award. Doctor Whitfield has a bachelor's degree in Cell Science and Microbiology from the University of Florida in 1991. His microbiology degree has helped form the foundation of his understanding of the bacterial etiology of caries (cavities) and gum disease.

Continuing Education

Dr. Whitfield has taken continuing education on advanced Rotary Endodontics (root canal treatment), TMD-TMJ, Oral Surgery and Smile Design. Dr. Whitfield has a special interest in non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease and natural therapeutic treatments. Dr. Whitfield's approach emphasizes whole health and patient education. Dr. Whitfield's future continuing education will involve more TMD-TMJ and Full Mouth Reconstruction.

Affiliations

Dr. Whitfield is a member of the American Dental Association and the local chapter King County Dental Society. Dr. Whitfield is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Whitfield is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Whitfield has recently become a member of the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce.

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Personal Background

Dr. Whitfield and his wife, Michelle, are originally from Florida. While growing up, Dr. Whitfield experienced many summers exploring the Florida landscape. That led him to study wetlands in college along with biology. He also was exposed to art and architecture that sparked an interest in design. Those interests ultimately merged into his passion for dentistry. Following college graduation, Dr. Whitfield and Michelle moved to Seattle in 1993. They enjoy exploring the Northwest outdoors, travel and visiting his mother who lives on Whidbey Island. Their young son, Aidan, is their pride and joy.

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