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We Care!

May 1, 2016

CDA Cares is an event put on by the California Dental Association to provide free dental work to some of the estimated 10 million Californians who do not have access to dental care.  This year Lis and Mai  joined me in Ventura County to provide some of these badly needed services. Approximately 2000 people were treated over the course of two days.

35 Years of Dentistry

April 1, 2016


When Liz, the Senior Associate Dean of my dental school, The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, paid me a visit last week, I started to think about how long I have been a dentist. The answer is a robust 35 years!

I graduated from dental school in 1981 and joined the Navy Dental Corps as a Lieutenant.    After three years of active duty stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro, CA, I entered private practice, finding  a home in downtown Long Beach.

Yesterday I treated an eighty year old woman who has been my patient for over thirty years.  Today I treated a patient whose mom was my first patient at my Long Beach location!

Thirty-five years!


The Perfect Toy!

December 4, 2015

Toys for Tots

Each year our local dental group, The Harbor Dental Society, sponsors a  “Toys for Tots” campaign.  Every member attending the final meeting of the year is encouraged to donate an unwrapped toy . It is given to a child who otherwise would not receive one. A noble cause and I was happy to comply.

Touring a nearby Target store, I could not decide on a suitable toy.  Most of the aisles were filled with plastic super heroes and I settled on The Hulk. I remember  that his huge fists were once a big hit  in the Hauss household.

Alas, The Hulk never made it out of the store in my cart.  Two rows over I espied the perfect toy for our dental society drive, Dentist Barbie


My wish for this holiday season is that you too find your “perfect toy”!

Happy Holidays!



Pursuing Happiness

November 1, 2015
Randy with family

Randy with family at Randyland

Randyland is Pittsburg’s most colorful landmark. It is also the home of artist Randy Gilson. We stumbled upon it during a recent visit with our daughter Maddie, currently a junior at The University of Pittsburgh.

What makes Randy so interesting is that he is the subject of a recent documentary that seeks to find the ten happiest people in America.

Upon entering Randyland, we were surprised to be greeted by Randy himself. He is indeed a happy person.  After posing for pictures, he spent the better part of the next hour telling us his story.  He grew up poor and often homeless with a hard-working mom and five siblings,  Being the oldest boy, he felt the obligation to help his mom provide for the family.  Mom’s advice: “No matter how many people are ahead of you, there are tenfold more behind you.”

Randy fixed up his rough area in Pittsburgh by cleaning trash up from abandoned parks and homes and planting flowers and gardens.

As to what makes him so happy?  You just may have to go to Pittsburgh and ask him yourself!

 Randy with Dr. David J. Hauss

Randy with Dr. David J. Hauss

Super Hygienist

October 2, 2015
Brenda Magallon R.D.H.

Brenda Magallon R.D.H.

In this month’s blog we salute our dental hygienist Brenda.  In addition to being a great dental hygienist, she is a successful triathlete.  Shown above is Brenda competing in a recent triathlon.

Brenda motivates our patients to improve their dental hygiene with the same enthusiasm she uses to train and compete!

Back To Work

July 12, 2015
Beautiful Beaches

Beautiful Beaches

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Monks passing a Tuk Tuk

Monks passing a Tuk Tuk

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Two Decades of Service!

June 16, 2015
Dr. David J. Hauss & Sol Lacson RDA

Dr. David J. Hauss & Sol Lacson RDA

Many of our patients remember Sol.  She assisted at our dental office for over twenty years. She just recently stopped by to celebrate my birthday with some homemade pansit, a Filipino traditional dish.  Delicious!

I would like to celebrate Sol and remember her 21 years of service.

Dentists Are Patients Too!

May 2, 2015
David J. Hauss D.M.D. & Brenda Magallon RDH

David J. Hauss D.M.D. & Brenda Magallon RDH

The last six months have gone by very rapidly.  It was time for my biannual teeth cleaning appointment.  Brenda, one of three dental hygienists at our office, was happy to oblige.

Brenda checked my mouth for oral cancer, measured my dental pockets, scraped a couple of roots, polished what was left and applied fluoride varnish to reduce sensitivity and enhance the strength of my enamel.

I love getting my teeth cleaned.

How about you?

Protecting Our Most Valuable Assets

April 1, 2015

Keeping Safe

The most valuable assets in almost all workplaces are the employees.  Our dental office is no exception.  It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our office safe for each other and for our patients.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a government agency that since its inception in 1971 has been tasked with the responsibility to prevent any injuries or deaths resulting from practices and problems in the workplace.

The pictures in this blog capture my dental assistants Stephanie and Lis following one of the many OSHA mandates. OSHA requests that we research  the marketplace to discover  any devices or protocols  that could make our office safer.  The main focus is on preventing injuries with “sharps” (i.e. needles, surgical blades).   Here, Stephanie and Lis are trying out devices that cover the sharps immediately after use. The intent is to reduce injury with an exposed sharp.  After following the manufacturer’s recommendations and using the guards appropriately, they will make a determination as to whether these devices will actually enhance our protection.  If the answer is yes then we are obligated to incorporate these devices into our practice.

Have a safe year!

Dental assistants in the dental office of Long Beach dentist Dr. David J. Hauss

Toe Trauma Continued!

March 1, 2015


The X-ray above displays my second and third metatarsals (toe bones) at four weeks post trauma.   My podiatrist is satisfied that healing is proceeding normally.   In one week I will see a surgeon and hopefully start rehabilitating. Once this is over, I promise to write about something a little more interesting.  Something at the other end of the human body.  Something in the Wonderful World of Dentistry!

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