We’d like to introduce you to Dr. Brock Boudreaux (pronounced “Boo-drow”) of Rincon Family Dentistry in Tucson, Ariz. Dr. Boudreaux is a family dentist who sees patients of all ages. From wisdom teeth removal and whitening to dentures and implants, Dr. Boudreaux and his dental staff offer a variety of services and procedures.
Dr. Boudreaux is originally from Utah, so he’s still getting used to the Arizona heat. He received his undergraduate degree from Utah Valley University and his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. He now lives in Tucson with his wife and 2 daughters.
What made you decide to become a dentist?
My love for helping people and working with my hands. I loved construction growing up and thought I would be a contractor but then I found dentistry and now I do construction on the micro level.
What is your specialty/area of interest?
I am a general dentist. I love general dentistry because you get to see a little bit of everything and you never know what you are going to see in a day.
Do you brush and floss as much as you recommend?
I don’t brush three times a day, but in an ideal world I would! I do brush twice a day and I absolutely floss every day, I can’t stand the feeling of not flossing.
What is your favorite flavor toothpaste?
I am not too picky when it comes to toothpaste flavors, I would prefer a nice mint though. Things get a little weird when you start adding fruit flavors into the mix.
Electric or manual toothbrush?
Electric all day! I love my electric toothbrush – it cleans my teeth so much better than I ever could do with a manual. I also love the features that come with the electric toothbrushes, mainly the sensor that tells you if you are brushing too hard. I have a lot of patients that have recession and try to fix it by brushing harder, which really just makes things worse. Having a sensor toothbrush makes a big difference!
Which celebrity do you think has the best smile and why?
I am going to say Jennifer Aniston, mostly because she is my celebrity crush.
If you could tell patients to stop doing one thing, what would it be?
Waiting until it hurts to come see me! I see a lot of teeth that need a root canal or to be extracted when they could have been easily fixed or even prevented if the patient had come in to see me regularly.
What is the best dental advice you’ve ever received?
Listen, and don’t hurt your patients.
What is the best thing about being a Delta Dental dentist?
The patients! I love meeting new people and building a lasting relationship.
What is your favorite dentist joke?
What is a dentist’s favorite time? Tooth-hurty
Do you have any funny stories from the dentist’s chair?
I had a patient tell my assistant that he would love to paint her… he paints nude portraits.
What are three things that always make you smile?
My little girls, my beautiful wife and a perfect crown margin!
As we age, taking care of our oral health becomes even more important. What special oral health concerns should seniors be aware of?
I see a lot of periodontal issues as my patients get older, so making sure that they are keeping their gums healthy is very important. I recommend a waterpik for a lot of my older patients because it helps them keep those hard-to-reach places clean. Also, keep up with regular cleanings to allow your dentist to make sure that the gums are staying healthy and they can intervene if they need to.
June is National Smile Month. What 3 things can people do to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile?
- Come in for regular cleanings
If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 items would you bring?
The first would be a toothbrush! I watch a lot of Survivor and watching them try to brush their teeth with bamboo looks miserable. The second thing would be flint and steel to make fire. The third would be a fishing pole so I would at least have a chance at eating.
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