Publication Type Dental Blog by Faith & Health
One of the joys of dentistry is meeting people from all walks of life. It’s fun getting to know so many different people and personalities and hearing about their lives. It can also be a challenge, however, when you have difficult patients. I regularly have to remind myself with these patients of the Bible’s command, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31, NIV 2011).
Turning 60 this year has caused me to reflect back over my life as a follower of Jesus, husband, father and dentist.
After finishing school, my professional goals were to establish a practice and become the best dentist I could be. That involved lots of continuing education, reading and practice. I wanted to be the best not only in technical skills but in management, leadership and verbal skills...
You never know exactly what your experience will be when you walk into a patient’s room. We see people for such isolated moments of their lives and many times know nothing about them except for a medical and dental history, but people are so much more than just their teeth. How can we see them as the creation of God that they are and let them know we care about more than just fixing their oral problems or getting a pay check?