Renowned dentist Dr. Peter Dawson dies

Dental educator and innovator Peter Dawson, DDS, 89, died July 27, according to Dentistry Today.

Dr. Dawson founded the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Dawson Academy. There, he served as a mentor to thousands of dentists. He is recognized for his work in restorative dentistry, occlusion and problem solving with temporal mandibular disorders.

"Pete Dawson's clinical knowledge of occlusion and all aspects of restorative dentistry has directly or indirectly touched every dentist on the planet. But for the dentists that really studied and spent time with him, it was his concepts of family, faith and life balance that changed our lives," said John Cranham, DDS, clinical director at the Dawson Academy.

With more than 60 years of experience, Dr. Dawson wrote various articles on books, including an autobiography that describes ways to overcome challenges of balancing work, family, faith and play. He is remembered for his predictable ways to diagnose patients and creating long-term plans of care.

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