Dr. Brandon Bell D.D.S.

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Dr. Brandon Bell D.D.S.I was born and raised in Carlsbad in the square mile between my childhood home, the Carlsbad school system, and our Carlsbad dental office. I am happy to have the opportunity to return to and practice in the community that I love. Some patients may even remember me as the platinum blond kid running around the dental office, or maybe held me to keep me from crying hysterically as I was known for being a sensitive baby. I understand it may be difficult seeing me in the dental office now a bit taller and wearing a white coat, but we all know that the “old” Dr. Bell will never retire, so patients now have the benefit of two Dr. Bells. Everyday, I am asked when I decided to “follow in my dad’s footsteps” and become a dentist. Perhaps it seemed inevitable to most people, but growing up I was unaware that dentistry would become my future. Nor did I have a single “ah ha” moment that dentistry would become my life’s passion. Rather, my decision to become a dentist and practice in Carlsbad came from an accumulation of life experiences and my desire to contribute and help people. Sure, I have been surrounded by dentistry my entire life. I have been my dad’s on call dental assistant since I was old enough to hold a suction, and have distinct memories of coming into the dental office on weekends to help patients in pain and even some of my friends that had broken their teeth.

As a child growing up around our Carlsbad dental office, I did not have the fearful and sometimes painful introduction to dentistry that many people remember of their childhood. Rather, I saw my dad interacting with patients every day and having a good time doing it. Laughter was a more common noise than the drill, and it felt good to be a part of such a positive experience for patients. In addition to being surrounded by dentistry in Carlsbad, our family vacations often involved distributing hundreds of toothbrushes and providing oral hygiene instruction to children at local schools in under served regions in Costa Rica, a tradition we continue today.

Dr. Brandon Bell's WeddingAfter graduating from Carlsbad High school in 2002, I attended UCSB for 5 years, graduated with high honors with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society. More importantly, I met my beautiful next door neighbor and love of my life, Kristina, and we have been inseparable since. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time at UCSB and would have stayed as long as I could, they told me I had to graduate because I had too many units. I struggled with the decision to enter medicine or dentistry, but after spending a lot of time in hospitals with a friend that was battling cancer, I knew that I was not emotionally cut out to deal with life and death decisions on a daily basis. What I did know through my experiences growing up was that I could have a positive impact on people through dentistry, so I decided to apply to dental school.

Our Dog Charger
I attended UCLA School of Dentistry for the past four years, the same dental school my father graduated from, and recently graduated in June 2012. My goal at UCLA was to work as hard as I possibly could to be the best dentist that I could be. I was selected by the Chair of the Division of Restorative Dentistry to participate in an accelerated program aimed at developing general dentists, and received the Academy of Operative Dentistry Award, UCLA School of Dentistry Award for Excellence in Restorative Dentistry, and UCLA School of Dentistry Award for Excellence in the Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. In addition, I was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Honor Society, which is awarded to the top 10% of graduating students. The recognition was nice, but my motivation was always simply to work hard to be the best dentist that I could be so that I could provide patients with the best care possible.

When I’m not in the dental office you can find me surfing, playing tennis, snowboarding in Mammoth, or walking around Carlsbad with my wife and our dog, Charger, who we have to make sure is always living the dream. I look forward to meeting you in the future.

-Brandon

 

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Debi Bell's post-op X-ray

Dr. Brandon Bell's post surgery X-Ray

In the office I always hear “like father like son.” We both say “sorry” all the time and make patients lift their left leg when giving anesthetic, but, more importantly, we both have the same passion for dentistry, patient care, and conservative treatment philosophy which is to take care of each patient as if they are family. Unfortunately, in this case it happened to be like mother like son. The above X-Rays show 2 fractured right ankles post surgery. The top image is my mom, Debi’s, X-ray, and the image on the bottom is my X-Ray. I know, that is a lot of hardware. We both fractured our right fibula, but you can see from the amount of screws that my mom’s was more significant.

2 weeks ago, following a baby shower to celebrate the approaching birth of our son, I was carrying my almost 2 year old daughter, Gwyneth, downstairs for her bath, like I do every night, and I slipped on the stairs in our house. I felt myself starting to fall forward with my daughter in my arms, so I instinctively threw my right leg down. While it was enough to shift our momentum back, so that I slid down the stairs on my back keeping my daughter safe from the fall, my ankle snapped beneath my weight, and I knew instantly that I had broken something. The trip to the ER confirmed the fracture of my right fibula or ankle bone, and three days later I was in surgery to repair the fracture.

After seeing my mom go through the same rehabilitation process when she broke her ankle, ironically enough walking down stairs, I knew what to expect in terms of how debilitating the injury is, but until you are in actually in it, it’s hard to empathize with such an injury. Because it’s the right ankle and a non-weight bearing injury for at least a month, I can’t drive, and simple tasks like picking my daughter up, or just moving around our house are difficult. It is also compounded by the fact that we have a very active 2 year old to run after and a baby that is due in a matter of weeks.

With all the negatives and limitations surrounding an injury like this, it is easy to let it affect your mental attitude, but, for me, it has been a reminder of how lucky I am. I have a beautiful family and my amazing wife, Kristina, who is due any day, has been taking care of 2 babies (me being one of them) now. We have received so much help and support from family, friends, and patients, and my dad, Dr. Geoffrey Bell, has been working 5 days a week to accommodate all of the changes, and even had to cancel a trip to Costa Rica! Luckily there was no surf. Thank you to all of our patients for their understanding with all the changes the past few weeks, and I am so looking forward to being back at work very soon.