A Better Way

“A Better Way” is a page turner for anyone who loves a good story with a lot of twists and turns. It is about the never dull, sometimes hilarious, sometimes sad and often unexpected experiences in the long life of an over-achiever. In a chronology of seemingly unrelated events and coincidences, a sequential thread is slowly formed that takes a kid from a pristine Florida vacation town in the 1930s through a lifetime of adventures that profoundly affected a profession and led to exceptional personal success. But there were unexpected lessons to learn along the way.

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  1. Lorraine Dickinson Druffel says:

    In life there is a better way so challenge yourself.

    This is a fantastic read. Dr. Dawson’s life has certainly been well lived. He is an extraordinary man of faith, husband, father, friend and entrepreneurial dentist. This story of his life, challenges, successes, failures and vision of applying a “better way” to all aspects of his work and life is incredible. I laughed, cried and and felt blessed as I read this wonderful story. He challenged himself to always try to find a better way. He has done that in his life.

  2. Tommy says:

    A Better Way to a life well lived

    Just finished this well written and inspirational story. In the book Dr Dawson always seems to be at the right place at the right time with the insight and intelligence to take advantage of those times and places….a brilliant and talented Forrest Gump.

  3. Jim says:

    What an engrossing and inspiring story!

    I just finished reading A Better Way, an autobiography of Pete Dawson, written with Gregg Lewis. Dr. Dawson has led an extraordinary life, and has made the effort in his last years to pass along some of the wisdom he’s gained along the way. Gregg is a talented interviewer and a word-master, so the enriching story is exceptionally well-told. I especially appreciated the last (sorta summary) chapter. I cannot express it any better or more concisely than they did, and I’m having trouble curating the essence for a “sound bite” here, but he discusses: too much stuff, too little time, too many projects, the either/or rule, too much media, too little Bible, too much pride, too little to exercise, too many clothes, too many of etc., too much worry, too much wasted time, too little love, too many unwise choices, and the ultimate choice. The only negative I would suggest is that the book is long- but then there’s a lot of story to tell and life lessons to be shared.

  4. Paul says:


    I just got this book and I can’t put it down. It is such a beautiful story… and I’m not a dentist. I would give it 100 stars!!!!

  5. Mary says:

    Pete's honesty in revealing what has been most important to him.

    Great autobiography book about a successful life well lived in service to others.

  6. Angie Hedlund says:

    An Amazing story of an Amazing Man

    This is an incredible book! Loved reading the first hand account of this amazing man’s story. He has given so much to so many and yet maintains a humility that is often unique among those who have accomplished so much. It is funny and interesting, heartwarming and meaningful. I highly recommend it!

  7. Sindy says:

    Amazing life, wonderful book, great read!

    Wonderful book, amazing story of a life well lived! A great read, a real page turner! The stories are incredible! I met Dr. Pete and Jodie 9 years ago through Church. This is a lovely story of their life, their family, their love and his career. Makes a great gift!

  8. Yvonne Hanley, DDS says:

    Great read about a Great Man

    What a great account of a life well-lived. I have been a dentist for 40 years. My entire career I have looked to Dr. Dawson as the beacon of truth for dentistry. From this book, I so enjoyed learning much more about this amazing person. The book is well written with lots of good stories of his life. Dr. Dawson is a very gifted, giving man. This book conveyed his life experiences so well. I will recommend it to my dental colleagues.


The Shift – The Dramatic Movement Toward Health Centered Dentistry

The Shift: The Dramatic Movement Toward Health Centered Dentistry provides a step-by-step guide to implementing complete health through dentistry. Together, we must successfully win this battle, exchanging sickness for vitality, energy and health.

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  1. Alexandra says:


    This book wonderfully explains the connection between oral health and total body health. It was very easy to read and had a huge impact on me as far as making simple lifestyle changes in my day to day habits. Every dentist should have this book in their office!

  2. Amazon Customer says:

    Looking Forward to “The Shift”

    I just ordered my copy. Although I have not read it yet, I know that anything produced by Dewitt Wilkerson is First Class and paradigm shifting. He has changed the way I practice over many years and I am looking forward to learning even more. Dentistry needs more of this philosophy in order to combat the corporate model.


The Complete Dentist

The contribution of practicing faculty members with experience in teaching thousands of dentists, laboratory technicians and staff members, makes the text an easily understood venue for fulfilling the stated goal of the Dawson Academy for Advanced Dental Study: We love to make good dentists even better.

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  1. PUJAKHANNA says:

    The book is fantastic. It is a must have for every dentist who wants to understand the basics and improve the quality of his work and I received a brand new book in a fantastic condition ‼️

  2. K Ratcliff says:

    Deals with occlusion for predictable results, orthodontics, equilibration. but most importantly it deals with difficult topics like orofacial pains, tmd, avoiding parafunctional damage to help patients with preventative measures. I loved the bit on communication. I’ve read a fair few books on patient journeys, sales techniques, NLP and others but still gained more mental clarity about what’s crucial to patients engaging with their own health and following your plan. worth it’s cost many times over.

  3. E Hosek says:

    I like the plain truth approach with up to date information.


Functional Occlusion from TMJ to Smile Design

This book uses an interdisciplinary approach to explain the origin of and possible solutions to many different occlusal problems. Dr. Peter E. Dawson guides the reader along the way providing balanced explanations of theory and technique.

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  1. Shan M says:

    I am so glad I bought Functional Occlusion! Dr. Dawson takes a very dry subject and makes it fascinating. Each chapter is brief so the reader can finish the section and absorb it thoroughly before moving on. Written principles are simplified with diagrams and photographs. It contains all of the nuts and bolts with no fluff. This one scores “100”.

  2. Giacomo says:

    A great update of the first version of the Dawson’s book. A must have for every dentist willing to do full mouth rehabilitions. Good pictures and diagrams explaining clearly every occlusal procedure.

  3. R Owens says:

    Essential reading for any dentist

  4. Frederico Lima says:

    Well, I have to say that this book has changed my whole practice since I bought it. I’ll tell you what: we better have a philosophy to follow in order to treat our patients into a comprehensive approach. We better understand what’s behind patient’s dental problems in order to fix them and most important, to prevent them from recurring. Dr. Dawson has decades of experience and you’re gonna see the results on a daily basis. I can’t see a better approach out there for the dentists to treat their patients in a very predictable manner. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Specialist or a General Dentist. No more guessing on what you’re doing! It’s a must-have. Trust me.

  5. Rebecca says:

    If you want to be a better dentist, you need to make a careful and consistent study of the principles of this book.

  6. Jeff says:

    A much needed text in the restorative dentist library.

  7. On the Square says:

    Great manual

    For the first time I could find a comprehensive textbook on ocllusion and TMJ position, and applying these in practice. Lots of pictures and clinical hints. It’s clinically oriented so General dentists should have it as an asset in their libraries.

  8. DC Ashman says:

    Your key to understanding occlusion

    Excellent resource for ALL practicing dentists, students and dental educators. Packed with authoritative descriptions, tables and illustrations.

  9. J Alip says:

    A much needs book for the diligent dentist. It provides a bigger picture and helps in providing the optimum treatment for patients.

  10. Dr. J. Sullivan says:

    So grateful for kindle version!

    Great book, wish I had read it years ago! I wish there more illustrations, there are some but for us visual learners there can never be too many. There are lots of descriptions in words where diagrams would be a great supplement. Great on the iPad!