M.S., Periodontics, Saint Louis University, 2007
D.M.D., Southern Illinois University, 1999
So, what entices a mechanical engineer to become a dentist? According to Dr. Baumgartner, “Dentistry is a career that’s a perfect blending of engineering and art.”
After graduating from dental school, and while serving in the U.S. Navy for five years, Dr. Baumgartner became very interested in the specialty of Periodontics. “The most rewarding part of being a periodontist is helping someone regain the ability to chew food—and eat foods that they may not have been able to eat for a long time due to dental disease. Most people take that for granted.”
Dr. Baumgartner’s staff and patients would tell you that he has an easygoing demeanor and does wonderful restorative work. His patients are referred from general dentists. He knows that people can do seemingly small things to improve their dental health. Those routines include seeing their dentist twice a year, brush twice a day as recommended, and stop smoking—which is a major cause of periodontal disease!
An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Baumgartner likes to downhill and cross-country ski, hike, and bike in the mountains in Northern Italy during his travels to Europe.
Dr. Baumgartner’s tip for a lifetime of good dental health: “Get regular check ups and cleanings. Don’t wait until a tooth hurts!”