I hear that a lot and to be honest, I don’t necessarily agree.
That’s really the secret to being a great Kid’s Dentist. Not that I’m saying I’m a great kid’s dentist, I’m just telling y’all what my Moms and Dads and Aunts and Uncles and Grandmas and Grandpas say. But what makes a great kid’sdentist? Well… let me see if I can get a handle on this.
Remember what going to the dentist used to be like when we were little ones?
So maybe it wasn’t exactly like that, but when our Moms and Dads gathered us up and carted us off to the “dentist” that’s what we expected.
So my goals now as an “adult” is to make my customers (they’re actually patients, because you know, I’m actually a doctor but don’t tell the kids we’re going to the DOCTOR, but rather to see Doctor Mark) smile. And for all my faults, I can make little kids smile and laugh. Why?
Well let’s just say I never really grew up, even though I studied for many years in college and dental school and I regularly attend conferences and continuing education classes.
However, very little of that stuff teaches you how to make kids smile. It’s all about the latest trends and technology and equipment.
None of that stuff can teach you how to care, how to crack a 100 year-old dumb joke and make it sound fresh, or how to dress like I do. Oh that reminds me; If you have 10 apples in one hand and 14 oranges in the other, what do you have?
Really, really big hands.
So anyway, back to dental school stuff.
Dental Research and Statistical Methods (DEN 8682) as currently offered at many dental colleges won’t teach you how to goof off with your patients or how to really make them happy to see you.
Or how to make them smile when they’re getting an X-Ray. Ha! Remember how scary that was when we were little. And when I say we, I’m referring to anyone over the age of 40ish, which I am. (I know, hard to believe,right?)
So let me get to the point. Being an effective dentist for kids (I prefer that over great anyway) is all about prevention. If your kids practice good dental hygiene, if they brush regularly after mealsand take it easy on the sweets, especially the juices, and when they do they brush after. If they’ll eat the occasional apple and stick with water over sweet tea and brush and floss twice a day, that’s half the battle right there.
So then when they come into our office and we can give them a cleaning and do a little check up, all while making them laugh and smile, now that sounds like a great visit to the dentist, doesn’t it? And remember, if you or someone you know is looking for a dentist for their kids, just click here and/or give us a call at 864 877-3232. We’re on The Parkway just past Michelin off Pelham Road.