I love the children’s shoes that light up when they walk. They are so much fun to watch and delightful in the dark. Why they make these shoes for kids is obvious. But I want to wear them too! Why don’t they make light up running shoes for adults? I am sure they would sell like hotcakes! Although, I am not sure how well hotcakes sell…
Celebrating health. We all do it in our practices in one way or another. The most common way is the Cavity-Free board. When kids in our practice are cavity-free, we celebrate with a picture on a bulletin board of photos to show off to all of our other patients. We also have them on websites and Facebook pages. These boards are filled primarily with kids, but also the occasional adult who wants to feel like a kid.
Why don’t we celebrate health with our adult patients, too? Why don’t we do something special for them when they show up with no cavities and no periodontal infection?
The concept of the ideal day for a general dentist is one patient in the morning and one in the afternoon, performing a lot of dentistry on each person. It’s pretty stress free (unless you find full arch and full mouth treatments stressful) and very profitable.
Me? I love to talk. Just ask my team. My ideal day is to do exams on hygiene recall/recare patients who have no cavities and no periodontal infections. They show up regularly, repeat and refer, and our work with them is stress free. For every patient who comes in our door, when the treatment is complete (whatever that treatment may be), I thank them for taking the time to come to our office and let us treat them that day. And if they are healthy, I also tell them that healthy patients lead to stress free dentistry, and then I thank them for helping to create my ideal stress free day.
Celebrating health. It’s one of the reasons I became a dentist. I know I will always have work to do, but the growing numbers of healthy patients in my practice is very satisfying indeed.
Now if I could only find a way to convince a shoe manufacturer to make light up shoes for adults.
Enjoy your daily grind.
Larry Stanleigh, DDS