The way the dentist's child patients behaved and were treated 30 years ago is vastly different than what the doctor sees today. Here's what a dentist can do to save his or her own sanity and keep the patient (and the patient's parents) happy.
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A dental practice might be prosperous or not. Either way, there is hidden potential in every one. Here is how to find and develop that potential, which is a lot greater than most would imagine.
It has been said the greatest work we will ever do will be within the walls of our home.
We choose a life mate, husband or wife, sometimes with the greatest of ignorance of who we are, or even of what person our choice is. And then the learning, the work begins.
Today, open your eyes and heart to your life mate. Open your eyes to your journey of learning about yourself, and feel gratitude for the willingness of your mate to accompany you on that journey. And, strengthen your willingness to accompany your mate.
This before considering your children. Then, about your children: “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” ~ David O McKay
Of course, the reverse is as true, a mother’s love for her children’s father.
As the cornerstone and foundation of your family, value the precious gift of love you give your children in loving your mate.
Without family, you are not family.
It is important for the dentist to understand that beauty is a high priority -- often the highest priority -- for the patient.
Dentists, who are your competitors?
How many do you have right around you?
Here are some thoughts on competition in the dental field that might not have occurred to you.
Your family is everything. As a toddler and young child we love our parents more than anything or anyone in the world. And reciprocally, as a parent, we adore our precious little ones.
While pre-teen and teenage years bring both parents and children confusion and mixed emotions as the children go through the developmental staging of identity vs. confusion (I-know-what-I-believe vs. I-am-lost), hopefully time and experience bring children and their parents to a strong sense of grounded-ness and happiness.
And through all these years and experiences, there is a wonderful place in your home that holds a critical repeated experience to ground both children and their parents.
This is your dinner table. Your family meals can hold some of the most important experiences and conversations you and your children ever have. Right at your family table.
This week, make a decision to share dinners with your family, without any phones, or other devices - just with each other. Through those, teach them how much they are loved, learn about their perspectives, teach them the values you hold precious and teach them more about their world through your eyes.
And, an extra gift will be yours - to understand your parents’ love, as you guide your children.
Have important times together. Get your family back. Love and learn together.
Unless you're fresh out of dental school, you know that difficulties arise when running a dental practice. Here's a unique way to approach these that will make all the difference.
Doctor, you may have an assistant on one side of you. But who is on the other side of the patient in the dental chair?
It could be...
In the first light of a springtime morning in East Texas, the sun teases with pale peach and pink streaks across the eastern sky. It is quiet. The peace of the morning is perfect for meditative time, to fill my mind with courage and joy, abundance, peace and gratitude.
If not careful, the morning scoots by and you’re on your way to the day’s busy-ness, going and coming, to and fro…
This week, you could give yourself the gift of the morning moments to fill your mind with the love and peace of the morning. It can become a wonderful habit that changes the day to come for the best.
The light is changing now, brighter and whiter, signaling the day’s energy.
Enjoy your day. Make it a fun day, a productive and successful one.
Love and peace,
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris practices and blogs in beautiful Abu Dhabi, UAE, and glorious Texas, USA.
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