Do you run a short- or a long-leash office?

Our Jack Russell Terrier, Buster, was part of our family for many years. I used to take him out for runs in the park, using one of those retractable leashes that had about 25 feet of “play.” Invariably, Buster would pull the leash to its limit. Reaching its end, he’d tug and pull all the…

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Where did the relationship go?

My favorite sushi restaurant closed about six months ago. Not long after, new owners opened a new sushi restaurant in the old location. I waited several months before even giving them a try—and even then only for the lunch menu. Unlike the countless visits to my favorite, old sushi restaurant, this time no one called…

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Who are we trying to impress?

Certainly, good technique is extremely important to me. Still, all too often dentists put patients through more discomfort, expense, and inconvenience than is truly necessary in order to allay their own fears that some faceless, future dentist will criticize their work five years down the line. Pursuit of the perfect procedure should never trump patient…

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Just one more question. . .

Just when I think I’ve heard it all. I met a new patient in our reception area who said she wanted to be able to chew again and didn’t like the look of her front teeth. Add to the mix the fact that she hadn’t been to the dentist in over five years. Petrified, she…

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Is your dental office a gravel pit or gold mine?

There is a gravel pit I pass on my way to work every day. Curiosity got the best of me, so I did a little research and found that a train of two engines and 86 cars moves 8,600 tons of gravel almost every day to Anchorage at $9 million a trip. Yes, that is…

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