Today began with our morning breakfast gathering which included Dr. Jack Levine from New Haven, CT updating the group on other volunteer opportunities and the value of networking with organizations such as the ARD. His volunteer experience is vast, including trips to Nepal and trips with other volunteer organizations. The ADA has a great site that lists the over 250 possibilities for dentist to offer their skills.
Talking with my roommate, our equipment specialist Tim from Washington state, about ARD and the value of encouraging dentists to incorporate dentistry in their plans for retiring, he said, “You have the most experienced dentists.” I had never thought of it that way, but I guess it is true. All these dentists have had years and years of experience.
Another day in the clinic started off with a tripped breaker and burned outlet, shutting down the compressor and everything else on the circuit. However, Baily, our local site manager had an electrician there quickly to replace the “fried” outlet, and we were up and running in about half an hour.
Again we saw many happy people who left the clinic even happier than when they came in. Perhaps the most joyful patient was a young woman who had a central incisor severely discolored with decay. Tom placed a beautiful composite resin that made this woman’s smile even more radiant because of her joy and improved self-esteem.