A patient of ours recently did some number crunching and concluded that I have put in over 60,000 hours practicing dentistry. According to the ten thousand hour rule in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “The Outliers” that would put me well beyond the masters level.
For me, dentistry is an art form and smiles are my reward. As a new graduate knows, many hours go into refining one’s technical and human relation skills with true mastery taking years to perfect. The profession of dentistry is not just my occupation, it is my passion. With over 32 years of experience, I have learned what it takes to give you an incredibly good looking smile – one that you can be proud of.
When it comes to success, it seems that there are some people who get all the breaks while there are others, as with an athlete of Olympic calibre, who possess a certain degree of innate genetic talent. One can’t help but sympathize, however, with the child who diligently takes care of their teeth, avoiding sweets and still has cavities – compared to their gene-winning sibling with the lackadaisical approach who has none.
The common thread in any true success story is the amount of sheer determination and hard work that someone is willing to put into reaching their goal. While there may be no one true blueprint for success, adopting good habits and routines can develop into a pattern that brings you closer to realizing your goal.
It may sound counter-productive that dentists should want to see their patients cavity-free, but I really do want people to work towards mastering their oral hygiene skills and having great dental check-ups! Taking care of your teeth does not require a huge investment in terms of time, effort or equipment. The ten thousand hour rule does not apply here and your only start up cost involves a toothbrush, some toothpaste and two minutes of your time, albeit, 3 times a day. This will get you off to a good start. With some further consideration, you may decide to take the plunge and add some floss once a night to your daily routine. And, of course, the platinum level of success involves some changes to your food choices, meal frequencies and other risk factors. Your Smile Dental Care Instructions:
Outliers are those who have been given opportunities then had the strength and presence of mind to seize them. The health of your teeth and gums are vital to your quality of life, and the appearance of your smile may impact your level of confidence, so why wouldn’t you want to look after your mouth? If you know and understand what it will take to keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime then why not take advantage of the opportunities to do so?
Even though I have gone well over that magic 10,000 hour number, I am always looking for ways to improve your patient experience, and, in doing so, change your life in a positive way. At Your Smile Dental Care we are never finished learning and improving. We still spend many hours each year attending conferences and continuing education seminars. We especially love our in-office “lunch and learns” where we get a hands-on opportunity to try all the latest and greatest products that dentistry has to offer our patients.
Never hesitate to call us if you have any concerns or questions. Success is a combination of many factors and we are here to help you in any way we can. (905) 576-4537
Until next week…Keep Calm and Smile On!
Dr. Sam Axelrod