Gentle and comprehensive dentistry



                                                                                       ― Ludwig van Beethoven



                                                                                       Dr. David Center



Have you ever wondered why I play music in my office? And why I choose what I do?

Well, there are a few reasons.

First, I love music. In fact, I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t. People may have different tastes, but music is something that we all have in common. Globally and socially. From way, way back in time, to today. And while we may not be able to understand many different languages, we can all pretty much relate to music from anywhere. Music’s just a natural thing.

Secondly, and maybe even more importantly, I believe music helps my patients to relax. Listening to music is far better than listening to the sound of dentistry, even to me.

How can you feel bad listening to “Mony, Mony”, by Tommy James and the Shondells; Percy Sledge singing, “When A Man Loves A Woman”; The Stones’, “Satisfaction”; Dylan doing, “Like a Rolling Stone”; or “Jailhouse Rock”. (Do I even need to name the man who performed this one?)

I am almost inclined to believe that my choice in music is one of the reasons my patients come to me. Someone said to me once, “You can hear elevator music anywhere, but never in you office”.

In addition to that wonderful comment, (thank you), here are a few of the thousands of wonderful quotes about music I found.


“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”



“Somebody just gave me a shower radio. Thanks a lot. Do you really want music in the shower? I guess there's no better place to dance than a slick surface next to a glass door.”

                                                                 Jerry Seinfeld


“All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.”

                                                                 Louis Armstrong



From Plato to Seinfeld, there are thousands of ways to think about music, define it, express how it makes us feel, what its role is, and the place it is has in our lives.

One that really hits home for me came from, Dick Clark. You remember him.

The host of “American Bandstand”, and “Rockin’ New Years Eve from Time’s Square”. Sadly, Clark died a few years ago, but his famous quote about music will live on. At least for me.

Clark said, “Music is the soundtrack of your life.” 

When you stop and think about it, it’s amazing how simple and true it is. Think about music and you hear your life. Think about your life, and music comes to mind. Your music. The songs that defined what you did and who you are. Every step of the way.

So, next time, when you are in my office sitting in the chair, what you hear is in part what I am. Thanks, Dick Clark.

And thanks to all of you for not singing along while I’m drilling.


Oh, one final thought.

Since music is a very personal choice, and you all know my music of choice, please share with me, and others, the kind of music you would like to hear in my office.

Are you a Classical aficionado? A rocker? Is listening to Jazz your ideal way to have your teeth cleaned or a cavity filled? I know some of you out there are Folk Music buffs. Should I be playing Tom Paxton and Pete Seeger? What about all you Frank Sinatra lovers?

Share your preferences with me and I’ll see what I can do to have the music “your way”.