Dentistry – I Didn’t Know It Would Be Like This

I don’t know about you but when I first decided to be a dentist I had no idea what that meant. Yes I pictured myself drilling teeth, getting people out of pain, giving them beautiful smiles, taking x-rays, diagnosing, doing impressions, making crowns and all the other clinical tasks that the day to day of dental practice requires of us. Naively I never imagined that I would have to be doing paper work or scrolling through reams of chart notes everyday, dealing with staff, making phone calls, managing stock and overhead and financial affairs. That I’d be spending hours doing marketing and all that this involves these days with social media, blogs, online reviews and pay per click advertising (makes we weep for the demise of the simple Yellow Pages ad – oh how times how changed!).

Now in my 13-year-old mind my fantasy of dentistry was that I’d be wearing my dental tunic commanding my treatment room, happily drilling away and the rest was not even on my radar.

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