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This Thankful Pediatric Dentist

What are you thakful for?

Recently I had a friend of mine, a guy about my age, sent me a text message. It was a piece of a broken tooth. A good sized piece of a tooth. And all he said was “this morning I am grateful for the wonders of modern dentistry.”

Looking at that tooth I could see he was in for some discomfort but in all likelihood the nerve wasn’t exposed (it wasn’t) so it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been.  It was a molar, cracked at the top along the line of a repaired cavity from some 30+ years ago. Darkened from the silver amalgam used as fillings during that time, he’ll soon have a shiny new white tooth courtesy a crown and a composite/resin filling.  Yeah it’s gonna be uncomfortable when his dentist has to drill out all the old filling but imagine the alternative 100 or even 50 years ago. One of the great innovations made in modern dentistry is the drill. 50 years ago those things were metal, other  than the size, they were little different than the ones found at the local hardware store. They ran at very low speeds and used to shake the liver out of the poor souls clinging to the dentist’s chair. Today’s drill bits are tungsten and spin at 180,000 rpm and are easier to maneuver, more capable, so much more effecient, and less painful. As dentists we don’t care to talk about drills, but it sure beats the alternative.

Can you imagine the pain of living with rotting teeth? 100 years ago we as Americans lived on average 47 years and I’d bet a slice of turkey and dressing that a lot of it was disease and tooth decay. Why? Decaying teeth can cause a multitude of health issues and lead to all sorts of nasty health challenges.

Ever wonder why no one smiled 100 years ago? This is why. That’s President Woodrow Wilson and his “teeth.”

So hold on a bit because this is a Thanksgiving essay.

My friend with the broken tooth will soon have a shiny new white tooth. Sure he’s going to experience a bit of discomfort but he’s grateful for the comin discomfort because he knows the outcome. So he’s grateful for the wonders of today’s modern dentistry. Instead of pestering me about “why did this happen?” or complaining about his current situation, he’s excited about the new tooth he’ll soon have. And his attitude made me stop and count my blessings. Well after work, I don’t stop during work. Car ride home, that’s when I stop and count my blessings.

So here goes. My wife, my kids, my family, and of course my staff of wonderful, hardworking ladies that keep me focused and moving. I’m grateful for the many, many adults that bring their kids into the office and who trust me to practice a little pediatric dentistry. And I’m especially grateful for all the little ones that brighten my day and make me smile. Those smiles are the real reason I do what I do. My little patients make me smile and laugh all day long.

And of course all of the modern pediatric dentistry I get to practice. I save teeth, catch tooth decay, and help keep your kid’s teeeth shiny and sparkling. And for that I am grateful and thankful. So thankful I’m going to eat some turkey and gravy soon and imagine what kid’s dentistry will be like in 100 years. What sort of advancements will have been made by then?

What about you? What are you greateful for today? Turkey, dressing, cranberries and what else? I’d like to know.

And remember, if you or someone you know is looking for a great place to take their kids to the dentist, one that’s thankful for each and every one of his little patients, just click here then give us a call.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” ~ Marcus Cicero

One Response to “This Thankful Pediatric Dentist”

  1. Thomas Vigliante

    As a fellow pediatric dentist I can relate, and really ENJOYED reading your post! It’s always good to see dentists that are appreciative of all that goes into their business.. the people that work at the office, the patients that bring their kids to your office, your family at home, etc. Great post, I really enjoyed reading it, and it’s good to see other dentists doing great work in the world!


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