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What Do Our Patients and My Sons Have in Common? No Two Are Alike
Perhaps the most commonly touted cliche about people is that we’re all different. It’s one of those adages that has become so widespread by virtue of its truth. There are no two people who are exactly alike, no matter if they share the same hometown, occupation, or genetics. I know that last point is especially true because I’ve experienced it firsthand. If you’re a parent of more than one child, you’ll know what I’m talking about. We can raise our kids in pretty much the same way, and they’ll still turn out different. Certainly, that’s been the case in our experience. Our two sons, Davis and Dawson, are about as opposite as brothers can be. Don’t get me wrong, they share certain characteristics — they’re both impressive young men who love dogs and (hopefully) their parents — but they have wildly different ideas of what they want from life.
Davis, our oldest, is the textbook definition of a free spirit. He couldn’t give a darn about nice clothes, fancy cars, or anything resembling the traditional idea of stability. He works as a Trip Program Specialist for Backroads, the world’s largest active travel company, and provides outdoor- oriented travel experiences to people all over the world. On a given day, Davis could be anywhere in the country. He is an experience-driven guy who takes life as it comes. I hope he won’t mind me saying that he definitely looks the part, with long hair and a huge smile.
Thankfully, despite their differences, they are both people I’m extremely proud of. Accepting people’s differences is a huge part of what we try to do here at Gardens Dental Care. We understand that no two patients will have the exact same preferences when it comes to how they would like to be treated, and that’s totally fine. Aside from compromising the standard of care we provide, which we will never do, we are happy to tailor your experience to the way you want to be treated. As an example, let’s take the level of conversation you want during a visit. Some people want to know everything we’re doing in detail, others would prefer a completely silent appointment, and others still would love to talk about anything except what a dentist or hygienist is doing during an appointment. Each of these desires is equally valid, and we want you to express them to us when you visit. You don’t need to be timid about discussing this stuff. If you’re cold, we’ll give you a blanket. If you want to listen to music, we’re happy to accommodate you. Too many people, maybe owing to old-school dentists who didn’t see the people whose teeth they were treating, feel like they have no say in the way they are treated. At Gardens Dental Care, you do. The next time you’re in the office, whether it’s your first visit or you’ve been coming for years, let us know what we can do to make your experience more comfortable. –Dr. David Yates
Dawson, on the other hand, is a man with a plan. He’s currently at Wake Forest University, where he’s on the Army ROTC scholarship. After college, Dawson knows he’ll be joining the military, so he’s got the next decade or so of his life mapped out, whereas Davis doesn’t think beyond his next trip. Take one look at Dawson, and you know he’s a fastidious guy. His hair is always immaculate, prefers to dress business casual, and he has the mannerisms of a Southern gentleman.
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