I remember the days when we were a branch of the healing arts … it wasn’t so long ago. Now, we practice “evidence based” dentistry. Physicians can break down your DNA code and prescribe a medication to fit your genome.
The healing part of the health professions is now all around us, based on science. The healing comes from our procedures. They have been honed over so many decades. We know the best practices. Every instrument sterilized. Every protocol perfected. Every system refined.
We value the science. We value the ‘modus operandi’. We value the engineering.
But, what have we lost over the decades? We are losing the value of the ‘arts’ of our profession. Make no mistake, it has roots in best practices.
Even though you can count on a healing procedure to work almost every time, the ‘arts’ part might not work.
The ‘arts’ part is the practice of kindness, compassion and empathy with our dental care. It is not evidenced based dentistry! It is not a billable procedure. Ignore it if you want to … but, learn it first.
Dr. Peter Evans is a practitioner, author, speaker and international dental coach. He is the President of The BioCompatible Dentist, LLC