A Little Self-Compassion Goes A Long Way

Do you find the concept of self-compassion difficult or even non-existent in your life? You’re not alone if you do. As dentists we are required to practice compassion every day — for the patient in pain, for the patient experiencing fear, for the patient dealing with...

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My Decision to Leave Dentistry – Part I

As usual, I awaken in the middle of the night, and for that one blissful, fleeting moment, I don't remember who I am. That moment between sleep and consciousness when All Is Well.  Ahhhhh.....Then BAM, it hits me, like a hammer to my mind, I remember I'm a dentist....

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My Decision to Leave Dentistry – Part 2

As the day goes on, all the usual things happen. My first patient says "Hey Doc, I think I just bought you a new car." I want to say "No, you just bought yourself some new crowns", but again I hold my tongue and just smile. The next patient is extremely anxious and...

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