Itís all about values ... When I joined the noble profession of dentistry in 1973 I thought that I would spend my life drilling and filling. It wasnít long before I realised that there is much more to dentistry and life than is taught at dental school. All the time we worked on models of teeth in a phantom head, people didnít get in the way! The teeth didnít moan, didnít groan, didnít ask questions they just sat there ďfat, dumb and happy!Ē Then I qualified and realised that life happens.
Textbooks are a guide, seminars signposts, but life is the real teacher. As patient after patient, person after person defied the textbooks I came to realise that I needed my own set of values, understanding of situations and treatment modalities in order to survive in dentistry and life. I had to treat the whole person.