A new year is always a good time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. This past year, I came to the realization that I am not able to reach my professional goals without the help of others. I am so very fortunate to have colleagues, friends and employees who want to aid in this process. Writing a weekly ‘blog’ is one of these goals.
I tease with patients about the amount of information I impart. I often say, “No one leaves my office with questions about treatment to be done”. I discuss treatment recommendations, risks, and alternatives ad nauseam. People are kind in responding with appreciation for the degree to which I communicate. A minority let me know it is overkill and they just don’t need all of the details. I appreciate when I can understand which personality I am dealing with. It is only over time I am able to learn how best each person learns and communicates. While it is impossible for me to give just the right amount of information on every occasion, I do my best to give enough so that each person can make the right decision given their situation. My ability to educate is directly related to a patients’ ability to make dental health decisions. I allow more time with each patient in my practice in order to facilitate this process. One of the great joys of my job is to learn about the people I care for. Their lives, families, jobs and how they like to spend their time. The more I know about a person, the better I am able to help make the right dental health decision for them.