Are you familiar with Simon Sinek, the British-American author/motivational guru? In his first book, Start With Why, Sinek insists that it is easy for anyone to describe what they do and how they do it. However, only history’s strongest companies and leaders excel at trumpeting why they do what they do, or believe what they believe.
Across the years I’ve been often asked why I am a dentist. My answer has evolved as I’ve matured within my role.
My team and I routinely come together with people who are in either physical or emotional pain that is rooted in some facet of dental disease or disrepair. Some are unable to eat many of the foods that bring them delight. Others have fallen victim to some sort of accidental injury. Some have seen a slow decline over time. They awake one day with an awareness that they are no longer able to smile freely and laugh loudly without a subtle but genuine inner haunt. Some long ago gave up a comfort they once had in sharing themselves closely and intimately with those they love.
Why am I a dentist? I’m a dentist because I know of no other role through which I might have better potential to connect with people on a meaningful level in search of wholeness and health. In dental school I was trained to be a rather skilled tooth technician. I could identify disease when it was present and provide a complete list of options available for the restoration of a tooth or tissue to health. In the school of life I’ve learned that there are people behind those mouths, people that often have joys and concerns that go much deeper than the diagnosis of dental caries and periodontal disease.
Life is too short to accommodate factors that get in the way of comfort, health and joy. I’m a dentist because I have the potential with help to erase some of those factors. That is a gift both to me and my community.
Dr. Davis is especially good with kids. And his staff? Helpful, compassionate, and caring. They take care of business for you. Thumbs up. 10 on a scale of 5.