Anderson Dental Care - April 2019

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ANDERSON DENTAL CARE Nathan Brooks, DDS, Inc.

7525 STATE RD, STE. A, CINCINNATI, OH 45255 | 513-438-8152 | WWW.ATOWNDENTAL.COM | APRIL 2019

IN HONOR OF TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK THE EDUCATORS WHO IMPACTED ME THE MOST

Teachers play a vital role in students’ lives. In many cases, great teachers can make a difference in a child’s experience at school and, ultimately, in their decisions and actions as an adult. Being a teacher involves so much more than most people imagine — more than lesson plans, whiteboards, and grades scribbled in red pen across the tops of essays and tests. Educators are often held responsible for shaping students’ thought processes, motivation to set and complete goals, and overall perception of humanity. With Teacher Appreciation Week coming up, I figured that I would set aside some time to acknowledge a few of the instructors who made a substantial difference in my life as a student and dentist. I come from a family of teachers: My mom has been an orchestra teacher for the last 30 years (I was a student in her class from ages 9–17), my grandpa was a college biology professor, and my uncle teaches high school Spanish. While each of them teaches vastly different subjects, they’ve all demonstrated the magic that happens when an instructor believes in his/her students’ abilities and offers unwavering support — characteristics I strive to incorporate in my own practice. Knowing me now, you likely wouldn’t guess that I struggled in biology all through high school. In fact, most of my high school science teachers had taken their own college-level biology classes from my grandpa, so they

were particularly baffled when his scientific faculties didn’t seem to run in the family. I struggled through my high school and early college classes, and honestly, I didn’t like them a bit. Then, something just clicked. In the end, I even earned my master’s degree in biology. When I graduated with my doctorate in dentistry, my 83-year-old grandpa was the one who hooded me.

I’ve found this lesson to be true. The best instructors weren’t the ones who treated me well because I aced a test; they were the ones who treated me well because they cared about me as an individual. This is a lesson I brought with me when I started my own practice. It’s no secret that a big portion of the population harbors a fear of going to the dentist. I’ve met many patients who told me the minute they sat down in the chair that they were terrified. To me, in this industry, the biggest fear is the fear of the unknown, and that is why I make it my goal to constantly bring patients into the process. I explain the procedure, how to prepare for it, and how long it might take. Additionally, my entire team tells them how to prevent cavities and decay. Making each visit an educational experience has significantly reduced patient anxiety. We strive to also make our patients feel like individuals we care about rather than just numbers. All of this combined seems to make for a more peaceful and comfortable dental experience, and for that, I have to thank all my teachers who made such a positive impact on my life and the way I approach my job. All of your hard work didn’t go unnoticed. Thank you for your support and encouragement!

“The best instructors weren’t the ones who

Alongside my grandpa, who always assured me that I was smart enough to conquer my school challenges, my uncle (with whom I lived for a year and a half) also showed me the importance of breaking down barriers to foster growth in a student’s education. He always said that the best way to reach people is to get to know them first. In my own experience, treated me well because I aced a test; they were the ones who treated me well because they cared about me as an individual.”

– Dr. Brooks

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