Garage Math

As most of us do from time to time, I took my aging vehicle to the garage for service.  Although it was running fine, I knew it was due for an oil change, lube, and inspection.  I was even armed with a dealer coupon for those services! To the service manager’s credit, he called after my vehicle’s inspection to advise that the radiator and coolant system needed to be flushed, and that my battery...
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Breaking Free!

Just as this first year of retirement from the clinical practice of dentistry brought many great (and exciting) changes to my life, my retirement necessarily brought changes to the lives of my children as well! Specifically, after having provided them with dental care through the first three decades (or so) of their lives, they each now had to find a new dentist and dental practice for their...
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It’s All About the Patient, Stupid!

Not long ago, my wife called my attention to a “Dear Abby” column that appeared in our local newspaper. The letter-writer complained that his dentist talked politics while working in his mouth, which both upset him, and raised his blood pressure! He questioned Abby how he could get his dentist to stop! Seriously? Having provided clinical care for some thirty-eight years, I must admit that my...
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Avoiding Burnout!!

Professional burnout can occur for a variety of reasons, but is most often the result of frustration, disappointment, or disillusionment. Avoid the sense of doom and despair by incorporating some of the following tips!      1.  Understand the stage of business your practice is experiencing. If you have survived the early stages of establishing a practice and reached a point of peak performance,...
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“Goose-Bump” Memories . . .

Sometimes we’re blessed with such an extraordinary experience, we just can’t believe how fortunate we are, nor can we stop smiling! I call them, “Million Dollar Days,” because there’s no amount of money I’d take in place of the sheer joy I feel in my heart at those special moments and rare occasions! My son-in-law calls them “goose-bump” memories. Each February I’m privileged to spend ten days...
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