Meet Your Neighbor profile of Palm Seaside dentist Dr. Mitchell Josephs

Dr. Mitchell Josephs wants you to know that dentists can be fun and have interests other than teeth.

“Movies and television portrayed dentists as crazy nerds or psychos like Steve Martin in Little Shop of Horrors,” said Josephs. “Some of us are pretty cool. I know bodybuilders, pilots, surfers, musicians, and actors from dentists. “

A new book from Josephs, a longtime Palm Beach implant and reconstructive dentist, gets many bites across the country.

With the title “More dental talks! What educated patients need to know about dental treatment in the 21st century “, the book is a continuation of his first book” Tooth Talk! “.

It is a compilation of 16 years during which he wrote his weekly column “Ask the Dentist” in the Palm Beach Post Accent section. Josephs is the first and only implant, cosmetic and general dentist in the JFK medical center since the hospital was built. He once removed a tooth from a patient in the operating room while the patient was receiving a rectal biopsy.

Josephs, 57, has lived in West Palm Beach since 1992 and has practiced on Palm Beach Island since then. He grew up in Long Island, NY and Manhattan.

Josephs has practiced dentistry for three decades and has found people to be intrigued by all of the things that go on in their mouths on a daily basis, during a toothache and especially in the dentist’s chair. “More dental discussions!” is a literal oral narration of the most interesting cases he has seen in Palm Beach, each with insights that also aid oral health.

“A smile is the best you can wear, so it’s important that you take good care of your teeth,” said Josephs. “We all know that visiting the dentist regularly, brushing your teeth and flossing your teeth every day will keep your teeth healthy and ‘More Tooth Talk! ‘provides real-life stories, tips and tricks for having a fresh, clean, and healthy smile. “

Joseph’s local community service includes Palm Beach County’s Jewish Family Services, the Palm Beach Synagogue, and donations to Casa Shalom, a disadvantaged school in Guatemala.

His 29-year-old wife, Aileen, an immigration lawyer, is leading this final effort. Your son, Dr. Jonathan Josephs, 26 years old, is completing his dental residency program with Columbia Presbyterian.

“More dental discussions!” is available from Amazon and other booksellers. To learn more about Dr. To learn about Mitchell Josephs, visit palmbeachdentist.com.

questions and answers

Who is your hero Several. Music: Neil Young. Sports: The late Formula 1 driver Ayerton Senna, who was killed in Imola Italy in 1994. Actor: Sasha Baron Cohen. Author: Malcom Gladwell.

What is your favorite movie? “Apocalypse now.”

What are your hobbies? Car collectors, racing drivers in training at PBIR (Moroso Racetrack) and stand-up comedy. I play my guitars, mostly heavy metal instrumentals (I’ll admit I’m stuck in the 80s; God bless and RIP Eddie Van Halen).

What are you doing to get away or take a break? I play my guitars, do my car hobby and coffee. I run, swim and lift weights. I also write a lot – my weekly column in the Palm Beach Post asks the experts. I love traveling to Italy, especially the Modena Motor Valley.

What is your favorite author / book and why? I’ve read many books on behavioral economics. the science of why we buy and who we buy from.

If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be? George Washington. I want to settle the myth of its wooden teeth. I think it’s hippopotamus teeth. I want to do a full exam.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Don’t take advice from people who are less successful than you are. Listen to mentors who are high in their field. not the cousin of your brother-in-law hairdresser. My parents used to tell me, if you play tennis, play with someone a little better than you so that you can feel better.

What is your favorite childhood memory? When my camp bus broke down on the George Washington Bridge at the age of 11 when it came home on a 100 degree day in August. I was thrilled with heat stroke and thought I saw my father get on the front of the bus. It turned out he drove by and saw a stopped bus and took a chance and found me and took me home.

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