Is there such a thing as “Christian Dentistry”?

In my 14 years of experience as a dentist, I have come to know that a dentist’s ability to comfort and empathize with his patients is equally important as his technical skills. One who shows little care or compassion only furthers the fear and anxiety people have when coming to the dentist. Ultimately our job is not to hurt people but to care for them.
It’s easier to know how to love others when you’ve been loved. Showing compassion is learned when it has been shown to you. As a Christian, I have been forgiven much. “We love because He first loved us.” 1John 4:19. “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10. Knowing this love of Christ allows me to care for my patients. I don’t do it perfectly. In fact, compared to what Christ has done for us, I don’t do it well at all, but it is something I try to practice everyday in my dental office. It is a challenge to overcome fear with love, but our Savior has done it for us. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” 1 John 4:18.
I hope to be remembered as a great dentist, but I’d rather be remembered as someone who truly cared for those around him.

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