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Dr. Ron E. Bell

Cosmetic Dentistry
SELMER, TN
46 years experience male

Locations

SELMER SMILES

SELMER, TN

Address

718 FEDERAL DRIVE, SELMER, TN, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Tennessee

Office

SELMER, TN

About

Bio

I practice in a small town in West Tennessee. I commute by recumbent bicycle several days a week. I try to eat as a vegan, though just being a vegetarian in my area is tough. I am a life-long learner of more than my profession of dentistry. I serve my profession through active participation on the AGD board. I serve my church family by singing in the choir and being an active deacon. I serve my community by being on the Arts board. I believe in helping others when I can and these pats on the back are hard to elicit.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Endodontics

Orthodontics

Pediatric Dentistry

Prosthodontics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

179 Answers
130 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A member asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
May be normal bumps: There are some large papillae that look like bumps on the back of the tongue . If the throat hurts, then you may have viral or other infection which c... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Possibly fibroma: It may be a fibroma. If it is a cyst, then either way you need to have the site palpated to help with a diagnosis. Maybe even a biopsy.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Whole grains: Whole grains such as whole wheat, brown rice, quinoa are a good start.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Find another Dr: Veneers may crack and break without Any risk for a root canal Poor advice.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Yes: You can eat more foods with a lower glycemic index and lose weight. You can also eat a lot of "junk' vegan foods and not lose weight. The key is to w... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Sinus, TMD, bruxing: You may have impacted wisdom teeth causing the pain. Sinus pain can hurt the teeth. Tmd can hurt like this. An exam with a differential diagnosis is... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Not abnormal: The local anesthetic can sometimes cause flushing. Pain in the middle of the jaw is most likely referred pain from the surgical site. You've had surge... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Age,hygiene,diet: Age, diet , and hygiene are major factors in some sources of bad breath. Sinus issues can cause malodor. The usual source is improper or infrequent br... Read More
A 75-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Need lab work: If you want to know for sure, then you will need a biopsy of the site. Some dentists will do this. Oral surgeons, general physicians, ENT referral----... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Depends on your goal: A tooth with a veneer can be whitened if the veneer is translucent. Some veneers and bonding techniques limit the ability to whiten due to material th... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
May be normal: Normal anatomy of the tongue may have tags of different sizes. Food, smoking, dipping, tongue splinting are possibly sources even cancer. See a den... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Yes : You have to be careful of carb-fat-protein ratios. Remember you are feeding 2.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Need more info: Thriving is related to many factors. All things being equal, some people do better on one vs the other. How long have the individuals been on either ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Need size, color: The size , color, exact duration, pain, no pain, are important to know. Diet changes, travel, other health issues . Is it on the hard or soft palate ?... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Have to see: You should see a dentist and have a thorough exam and cleaning. Spots can be part of the tooth color from diet or they may have formed improperly from... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Should be ok: Look for the one without alcohol or another brand without alcohol. But it is harder to find. Congratulations , and use the total care, but limit to tw... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Maybe clenching : Clenching alone may cause muscle and joint and tooth pain. With no noise.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Not necessarily: It depends on the severity of the infection and your other health conditions. Your weight may be a factor. Longevity of the pain can make it harder to... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
A compounded elixir: You could use a compounding pharmacy, and have an elixir made with the prescribed medication, or a compound that could be applied to the wrist.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
A possibility: This combination of medications could lead to decay if you hydrate yourself with sugary beverages, as dry mouth can be associated with this combinatio... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Probably a hematoma: You probably bit or injured it someway to cause a hematoma or 'blood blister'. If it does not resolve in 2 weeks, see a dentist, oral surgeon , or ph... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Possible infection: There are lymph nodes where you indicate the swelling. The source could be an abscessed tooth or gum. Time to see the dentist, then more referrals !
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Not normal if health: If you are healthy, then it is not normal. Better hygiene is essential to stop the condition. Rarely there are allergies to the metal in the brackets ... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Not normally: The extraction is the only item in your question which could lead to a TMJ issue, one with the trauma from the extraction or two the loss of the tooth... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Depends on your goal: There are many snacks out there, some highly processed , some not so much so. Read labels. Try to limit high fructose corn syrup. Look for organic, b... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Allergy?: Ask him what he was doing, eating, how long did it last? Recurred how often? The next time he may stop breathing. Combo of tongue and eyes is a conc... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Get examined : Sensitivity can have multiple causes. To help start with excellent hygiene of brushing and flossing. Get a night guard , as clenching and bruxing can ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Yes. With risks : It can be removed. But at your age there is a greater risk to adjacent teeth. There is a risk to the very close incisive papillae which houses a nerve... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Exam for reassurance: Probably just the normal eruption process, and the top layer of tissue turning white from the pressure of the tooth pushing through. Get a dental exam... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Time and percentage: The key to whitening is time the agent is used and the percentage of the chemical agent. You can use a desensitizing toothpaste to help. Using a profe... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Not the same answer: After a filling, it depends on the type and location of the restoration., normally, you can start that day, ask your dentist. After an extraction, ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Consider TMJD: It could very well be temporo mandibular joint disease. The muscles at the side of the head are called the temporal muscles. Find a dentist who trea... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Slow down & destress: A pain under the tongue could be that you are over stressing . Watch your breathing technique . Try some yogic breathing. If the tongue is forced betw... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Probably TORI: If on the lower arch, they are most likely tori, or torus [singular]. Mid palate on the upper., similar problem on facial of ridge called exostoses [... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
More info needed: There are many reasons for red bumps on the tongue. It can be systemic or localized. Duration, history , health, medication, diet, hygiene---some bump... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Try: Try nasal irrigation with saline-sodium bicarbonate rinses daily for improved health year long.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Do NOT wait : This could be very serious. You may have metal or drug or environmental toxicity. Have someone help you write down anything new you have done, where y... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Depends: If the other person had an active lesion shedding viral cells, then yes. Not very likely but possible. If no active lesions , then no.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Possible: The possibility is herpes type one or type two -- but it usually goes away, but can last a couple of weeks. Sounds like time for both of you to see ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Watch any difficult : Watch any thing difficult to chew. Avoid gum. Go to a dentist for tmd diagnosis. You can have tmd with any type of malocclusion b.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Vague source: It depends if the pimple is the source of the blood or not. Waking up to blood in the mouth could be from multiple sources. Get someone to look at you... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Not usually: The tip of the tongue is not a common site for herpes. You need an exam by a dentist, oral surgeon or physician to have a diagnosis made.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Pressure, rinse less: Firm pressure, limit rinsing. Prolonged may be slowed with a new tea bag. It depends on the difficulty of the extraction and your health. Swallowing b... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Not necessarily bad: The worse thing is that you may build up tartar or calculus on your teeth faster than others. It may be genetic. Regular professional dental cleaning... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Maybe: Mixing may cause some of the ingredients in either to be bound chemically together and not be effective . Best to use them separately..
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
It can: If it is very large, then bleeding may occur. There are many mouth ulcers called canker sores , so a professional diagnosis is important to rule out e... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Not likely: You need to try an otc whitening product or go the dentist for many other whitening options!
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Possibly: A dry mouth can cause many things. Multiple medications are a common source . There are salivary substitutes on the market to try and see if they help... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
It can: Many people have reactions to the ingredients in mouth rinses. Just do a controlled test on your own by trying different rinses. Also look for a non... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Try naproxen sodium: I recommend Naproxen sodium , aleve, (naproxen) as it will reduce both the pain and the inflammation following the extraction. Plus you can get relie... Read More

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Mar 19, 2015
Great Dentist!!!
HealthTap member
Mar 2, 2018
Love this guy! Recommend him to everyone. He and his office staff were so very nice to me, I went in with tears. My entire face hurt, turned out along with SEVERAL autoimmune issues I also had- TMJ, T...Read More
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Bell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Will go to help office Monday for referral and acceptance to free clinic in town. Taking Keflex and Tylenol prescribed by er. Thank You! :)
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Thank you. I'm pretty overweight so it's something they don't feel when palate. Thus, my diagnosis is somatoform disorder. Ill try ur advice
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Wow, that was very helpful! I will make sure to follow your advice!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Graduated 1976MD

Awards

FAGD
MAGD - Master of Academy of General Dentistry
Top Doctor, Second Place, Memphis, TN - Winter
2013

Affiliations

ADA - Member AGD
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