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What do YOU do when the going gets rough?


At the end of a long, crazy day at the office, have you ever hung your head and wondered why you got into dentistry? I have. Screaming and flailing Johnny didn’t want to get his sealants done or have his teeth cleaned, and everything that could go wrong with that root canal did. Well, what do you do now? You pick yourself up, move forward, AND you read these articles that help dentists (just like you and me) make the most out of challenging situations.

Just how do you place a filling when your cute, little patient turns into an inconsolable monster? What are 10 things that you can do to ensure your root canals meet optimal success? White patches, burning oral tissue, and fetid odor to his breath … what could possibly be ailing this patient who stars in this month’s pathology case? Read up, my friends, and your day will be all the better for it!

And now, for the story behind the photo: Rodeos are a time for me to connect with my passion of horses, leather, wild riding, and photography. At the fair last month, I was an arm’s length away from the chutes that penned the bulls just before they were released to put on a show for the anxious rodeo fans. Eight seconds. Eight seconds and a ride with style is what determined who got to take home the coveted purse for a group of cowboys who make their living getting thrown from horses and bulls. For this particular cowboy, luck wasn’t on his side. The gate opened, the bull zipped to the left, then swung to the right, threw his heels in the air while twisting again and then . . . it was over. Just. Like. That. Here’s where he was after his ride—head hanging low with empty pockets. Yet despite being thrown, you can bet this won’t be his last ride.

Dentistry takes us on wild rides. Sometimes we get bucked off, and sometimes we prevail. We reflect, we learn, and we get back on . . . and we’re all the better for it. After all, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” ~Albert Einstein