Be thankful for dentists… they deserve it.


Dentists deserve our thanks

Personally, I wouldn’t want to be a dentist. Let’s face it, some of us have some pretty rough teeth. It takes courage for me to deal with my own oral issues, much less to venture into someone else’s mouth. Thank God for dental professionals. They perform the vital dental services that we need, and have paid the price with long training and hard work to earn our thanks.

Dentistry is a calling

Dentistry is not for everyone. But thankfully there are many who are called to be dental professionals. We all have different gifts, abilities, and desires. Many kids grow up wanting to be astronauts, singers or ball players, but I’m glad some of them decide to be dentists, hygienists, and dental specialists. Dentistry is a noble calling as they work to care for the oral needs of our friends, families, and loved ones.

Dentists complete many years of school and training

Not only is dentistry a calling, but it’s not easy to become a dental professional. Dentists and hygienists complete a long process of school and training. Most dentists complete at least 8 years of school, plus various residency and training programs. And those who specialize in areas such as pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, or orthodontia, complete even more training.

Similar to other medical providers, dental professionals complete rigorous training so they can become competent to properly care for the oral needs of their patients. Here in the United States, we can be thankful for the quality dental care we receive from our dental providers, and be confident in the training and professional accreditations they have achieved.

Dental offices serve a large number of patients

Dental practices typically serve a large number of patients. It’s not uncommon for established dental offices to serve a patient base of around two thousand members. Obviously they’re not seeing them all at once, as most members see the dentist only twice a year. Most dentists maintain a steady work schedule and some with long hours. It normally takes a team of dentists, hygienists, and office staff to run a successful dental practice. Needless to say most dental professionals work hard.

Be sure to give your dentist a big “Thank You”

Knowing that dental professionals serve in a challenging field, complete difficult training, and serve a large number of patients, it makes me all the more grateful for those who have entered this profession. More than that, most dental practitioners enjoy their work because of the desire to serve their patients’ needs. So the next time you go to see your dentist, be sure to give them a heart felt “thank you” for all that they do.

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