A dentist must know the tools of his trade well because this is what gives him his bread and butter, and he must take good care of these tools. As a dentist you make a living with your hands and you better take good care of them. You may work with gloves or in a lab with models but you are always using some sort of instruments. They are many types of instruments used with different tips and attachments so be careful you do not get poked or cut. You have to have perfect sync between your eyes and hands; you need lots of concentration and a good head on your shoulders to be a dentist. It doesn’t matter if you are tired and did not sleep well, you have to be there and be alert at all times. If you do surgery you need to know what you are doing and when and where to do it. You have to know how to use all those instruments well and know just what you are doing at all times. If you are taking out a root, breaking an old tooth, drilling into a bone or whatever you have to do it right every time. Yes, being a dentist is an interesting thing indeed.
You will often be faced with stress and you may have back aches as you need to adjust to each patient’s size while working on their mouth. Each tooth is different, some bigger, some smaller and of different shapes and you must work with them all. There are lots of demands on a dentist that’s for sure. Also a dentist’s relationship with money can be strange. They make it and they spend it. They are often not so good at administration. No one ever taught them about money and how to handle it. They studied to learn how to help others not make money. Of course money is an important part of any profession and they have to learn about it. It is all about exchanging knowledge for money in the end.
Not just anybody puts their hands in someone else’s mouth you know… Also not just anybody can come up with solutions for people’s problems and even help change their lives. That’s why I say dentists are a different kind of people; they live in their own world and are often solitary people. When there are conventions for dentists they go and interact and talk about work, but then each returns to his own world. When they work together they are often tight knit. Often times dentists feel others don’t understand them, but amongst themselves they have an understanding. Many dentists deal with a lot of stress and some just hold it in but others have learned to channel it. There are also many strange smells in a dentist office and you have to get used to them all. Thank God for dentists, I believe they are important and needed. If you are looking for diversity in a career try dentistry and you will find it. You will be able to heal others and even make them smile, and if you can make another smile and in some way help to change their life, you have really done something, you have done more than just make money.
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