National Dentist Day is March Sixth. There is a not a set creator of the holiday but it was most likely created by a group of dentists. It is a day to thank all of our dentists for what they do for us. Without dentists and orthodontists, we would have hurting teeth, forget to check-up on our teeth, have rotten teeth, no fillings, no crowns, no chips in our teeth fixed, we would not be able to have straight teeth or the right jaw proportion. Though the day of our dental visits gets some of us anxious, they do great things for our pearly whites. Dentists can help in all of these wonderful ways including teaching kids oral health early on, pain relief, detecting diseases, perfecting your smile, and helping teach you about nutrition that is good for your oral health.
Dr. Knorr is a dentist at the MCDC building in Port Huron, Michigan. She started off as a hygienist and then became a dentist. She desired to do more, the dentist she worked for encouraged her to pursue dental school. Her father was an oral surgeon and she has always liked teeth. Going into the dental field fit just right. To be a dentist, she went through four years of dental school, already had a bachelor's degree, and had some job shadowing. You have to be very determined to get through everything. On an everyday basis, a dentist does fillings, extractions, dental exams, and other dental procedures.
“I like the freedom involved with being a dentist”, Dr. Knorr said. She can make her own decisions and help people. It also has the benefits of being a flexible career. Her being a woman, it was important for her to find a job that she could work both fulltime and part time once she had children. Dealing with difficult patients, especially ones that feel a false sense of entitlement is probably the most difficult thing to deal with. In order to become a dentist, she believes that most anyone can learn the hand skills needed and become proficient at it. You need to have both the hand skill and be personable. You deal with a lot of patients, so it is important to communicate and connect with all of the different patients you see on a day-to-day basis.
Dr. Knorr feels as if her most valuable reward she earns from being a dentist is helping people. She said “when I fix someone’s teeth or give them a new denture and they are happy with how they look and they are happy and they gain self confidence because of something I did for them, it makes me really love my job.” That is so inspiring because we care a lot about our appearance and to see someone feeling beautiful after getting something done that they might have been made fun of in life or they’re self-conscious about is truly amazing. For someone to thank you for doing what you’ve done and truly love the results is what keeps them going.
Working on teeth and being in people’s mouths isn’t for everyone but if you don’t mind than being a dentist or working in the dental field might be for you. The median salary a year for a dentist is $145, 588 as of January 30, 2017. Dentists are capable of many great things, along with their assistants. It is inspiring to see their work, most people might think that dentists are unnecessary but those are probably people who haven’t had great results and take their dentist for granted. It is hard to find a good dentist, but they’re out there so wish your dentist a Happy National Dentist Day this March sixth!