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3 Life Lessons We’ve Learned as Dentists

You tend to learn a thing or two when you work as a dentist

Whatever you do in life, you always learn something. As a pediatric dentist in Medford, Oregon, we’ve certainly learned a lot about family, health, and life. We’d like to share three things that we’ve learned as we’ve helped you and your family.

1. Caring for others is a necessity of life

American author Leo Buscaglia once said that “too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” We agree wholeheartedly.

We’ve been in the dentistry business for some time now and we know how important it is to care for others, whether it’s here at the office or when we’re not working. Human beings are naturally very social and most of us interact with multiple people in a single day. We draw energy from the people around us in some degree. Compliments and acts of kindness in the moments we interact with others are what help people to be happy and healthy.

Stephanie Brown, an associate professor of preventative medicine at Stony Brook University, has studied the effects of helping others and found multiple benefits to genuinely caring for others. For example, your heart might be healthier, you might not stress out as much, and your immune system might be stronger (See Huffington article post here).

2. One of the happiest times in life is when you get through the hard times

The Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky once said, “Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.”

We can’t tell you how many times we’ve had children come into our office in pain or not happy to be in a dentist’s office. We also can’t tell you how many children have walked out of our office smiling because of the feeling of relief of pain.

Life can be very difficult. You may be unemployed, low on money, having family difficulties, or have health issues. If you keep trying to live to the best of your ability, making it through those issues will help you feel more confident, successful, and happier about life!

3. Do what you love to do

We love being a family-friendly dentist in Medford, Oregon. When we wake up in the morning, we’d rather help kids with their dental health than do any other type of work out there. Why? People that just work for the money rather than what they want to do can be miserable. We love associating with you and your children and wouldn’t change it for the world. We hope that you are doing the things that will put you in the right place to do what you love to do.

We end with the words of motivational speaker Wayne Dyer, who said, “Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.”