Dentist Spotlight: Dr. Sharon Lister

Delta Dental dentist Dr. Sharon E. Lister
Dr. Sharon E. Lister and staff outside their office in Tucson

This month, we’d like to introduce you to Delta Dental dentist Dr. Sharon Lister. She says her Tucson dental practice, Sharon E. Lister, DDS, is “a small practice with a big heart.”

Do you brush and floss as much as recommended?
I brush and floss more than I recommend.

What is your favorite flavor floss?
Mint because it tastes fresh.

Which celebrity has the best smile?
Halle Berry.

If you could tell patients to stop doing one thing, what would it be?
Stop brushing your teeth so hard! Harder is not smarter.

What is the best dental advice you’ve ever received?
The scrub-rinse technique: Pour mouthwash into your mouth and gently brush with your toothbrush. Then after dispensing the mouthwash, brush your teeth as usual. This advice was given to me by one of my professors.

What is the best thing about being a Delta Dental dentist?
The support! Delta Dental provides in-house training support at no charge to the provider and it can be utilized as often as necessary.

What three things can people do to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile?
Brush your teeth, develop good eating habits and try to cut back on sugary drinks. If you are indulging in sugary drinks, make sure to brush and floss afterward.

Any funny stories from the dental chair?
I asked a little 4-year-old boy, “Who brushes your teeth?” He replied, “I do.” I said, “Can you get Mommy or Daddy to help you?” He said, “Mommy will, but Daddy won’t because he doesn’t even brush his own teeth!” She (the mother) was beet red at this point and replied, “It’s sad but true.”

What is your favorite dental joke?
A guy goes to visit his grandmother and brings his friend with him. While he is talking to his grandmother, the friend starts eating the peanuts on the coffee table and finishes them off. As they’re leaving, his friend says to the grandmother, “Thanks for the peanuts.” She says, “Yeah, since I lost my dentures I can only suck the chocolate off ‘em.”

If you were stuck on a desert island, what three items would you bring?
My smartphone, my Bible and a photo album of my family.

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