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David T. Chuljian, DDS

Comprehensive Family Dentistry, Port Townsend

Welcome to the office of David T. Chuljian, located across from the Post Office above the Keystone Ferry Terminal. The practice was opened in 1947 by G. T. “Chuck” Chuljian, with son Dave taking over in 1990, making it one of Port Townsend’s oldest family-owned businesses. We provide quality dental care in a relaxed setting, with one of the best views in town, particularly during the annual Wooden Boat Festival.

Noticing these posts are rarely updated?

July 18, 2016

That’s because we now have a Facebook page, which gets updated roughly weekly.  Periodically I’ll put something here, but for breaking news in dentistry, or to enter a contest to get a free rrrooooottttt!!!!!!! canal, please follow us on Facebook:

And Now for Something Completely Different . . .

June 28, 2016

and here it is, Video, absolutely no dental relevance.  Taken off Cape Mendocino last week.  Maybe he’s trying to make July 4th type sounds!

Olympic Music Festival–We Need a Barn-Raising!

January 8, 2016

When I saw the Leader headline about the festival’s venue change, I went through the stages of grief. No! It can’t be! But it was winter, not April 1st. Then anger: I gave them donations so there would be future concerts in the barn, not at Fort Worden. Bargaining–there has to be a way to buy the property from Alan Iglitzin, a foundation or something. But the chances of Alan giving up the family property were obviously slim to none, leading to general depression, and finally acceptance. We had a great run, I went to dozens of concerts over the years, and I get to say a few folks, “See! Shoulda gone last year, now you’ll never be able to experience the greatest chamber music event in the state! Nyah nyah nyah!” Continue reading “Olympic Music Festival–We Need a Barn-Raising!” »


January 4, 2016

That’s what you’d conclude after reading the January 4th, 2016 Seattle Times article on Dental Therapists. It contains a number of questionable facts and conclusions, although the headline is at least correct: the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) has lobbied extensively against allowing dental therapists here, claiming they would endanger public health. Realistically, the WSDA is just like any profession, being totally opposed to giving up any control over its services. For years the WSDA has also opposed independent practice by hygienists, which would hardly create a public health risk. Dentists just don’t want anybody else making rules about how dentistry is done. The hygienists, for their part, are kidding themselves if they think independent practice would significantly improve access to care, because hygiene is a loss leader for most practices. It gets patients in the door, and we diagnose treatment that can pay the bills, mainly crowns and implants. (Extractions and fillings are roughly break-even procedures, given the dominance of Washington Dental Service in forcing low fees.) It’s all about who is to be in charge–the hygienists chafe at having that be dentists, who in turn will fight tooth and nail to avoid giving up any control for any reason. Continue reading “THOSE NASTY, SELFISH, MONEY-GRUBBING DENTISTS!” »

Update on Antibiotics and Artificial Joints

October 14, 2015

In the past 16 months, I have attended three pharmacology courses which discussed the common practice of taking antibiotics before dental care in patients with prosthetic joints.  The upshot of all three courses has been that the science is in, this is a bad idea, and we should stop doing it.  For a detailed history of the situation, see this paper:  joint premeds 2015   Starting in 2016, we will no longer be prescribing premeds for most joint patients.  If you still want to take them against medical advice, you will need to get your orthopedic surgeon to prescribe them for you.  Be sure to let us know you’ve taken them, in case we prescribe anything that might interact.  Given how often we’ve changed our mind on this, I can’t blame anyone for wondering if we really know what the heck we’re talking about.