It was 1983. I was attending my first full semester at Brigham Young University when it hit me! I had finally figured out what I was going to do when I grew up. The fact that I was 21-and-a-half years old (back then the 1/2 was important–now at 4o-something the 1/2’s are more troubling) did not seem like a bad time to finally figure things out!
I was going to pursue a degree in dentistry. When I called my mom to inform her she laughed. That was not the response I had expected! I figured that since they were paying for my undergraduate studies they would be excited I had finally declared a major, and was going to move on with my life. As we talked, she explained her response. As a child I really did not like going to the dentist. In fact there were times when I had to be cornered in order to be put into the dental chair. The procedures were smelly and sometimes painful.
I know first-hand that the techniques and materials have changed dramatically in the 35-plus years since then. Technology has led to HUGE changes and advances. It was my early experiences that have led me to where I am today. I knew I wanted to see that others received needed preventative and restorative treatment in a kind and gentle way. That has been my main motivation as I have practiced these last 22 years.
In the Disney movie, Lion King, Simba sings about someday being king. I am not sure how it would be to be king, but I think to myself that it is great to be a dentist! So, if you, your child or grandchild is looking for a fantastic profession; one that involves challenges and triumphs, and awesome relationships building, then I would highly recommend they consider dentistry.
If you have any questions about your dental health, call us. We are here to help. (620) 231-6070. Visit us online at www.mendezfamilydental.com.