Inspiration can come from anywhere. For us, it can be anything from a promising new development in dental technology to a heartwarming story on the news, and we love sharing positive stories with our patients.
Here are 5 things that has been inspirational for our staff at Exceptional Smiles Family Dentistry this week.
1. New Regenerative Dental Fillings That Can Heal Decayed Teeth
A new type of regenerative dental fillings that help teeth to heal themselves has been developed by researchers from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University. The fillings stimulate stem cells to help dentin to regenerate and allow the decayed parts of teeth to regrow. The even better news is that this new treatment could possibly eliminate the need for root canals in the future.
We are excited about the possibility of incorporating regenerative medicine into dentistry. This advancement in dental technology inspires us because we always look forward to new ways to help our patients and improve the quality of our care.
2. A Young Boy Used His Allowance to Donate Books to Prisoners
Tyler Fugett, a nine-year-old boy in Clarksville, Tennessee used his allowance to buy hundreds of books for inmates at the local jail. Tyler stated his reason for the donation was because he wants “people to get out and not do bad things again.” He plans to continue giving books to hospitals, veteran’s homes and homeless shelters when he saves up some more of his allowance.
We think Tyler is a great inspiration to remember that there are always simple ways you can help people in your community. His selflessness motivates us to look for new ways to make a difference.
3. A Washington Dentist Helps Over 400 People in Guatemala With No Access to Dental Care
Bart Roach, a dentist in Kennewick, Washington, made his fifth trip to Guatemala in April to bring much needed dental care to the people of El Paredon. His team of five dentists and ten volunteers treated over 400 people through his non-profit organization, Sonrisa Immaculata. During his time there, Roach was impressed by the people of Guatemala and how every part of their day involves connecting with those around them.
It can be easy to get caught up in daily annoyances and forget all the things we have to be thankful for. Dr. Roach’s work is an inspiring reminder to focus on what we have rather than what we don’t, and to use our gifts and talents to find ways to help others.
4. Lottery Winners Use Their Winnings to Build a Fire Station
Mark and Cindy Hill won $136.5 million in a 2012 Powerball lottery and decided to use a portion of the winnings to build a local fire station in their hometown of Camden Point, Missouri, which opens this month. Mark Hill’s father was rescued by local firefighters twice and he wanted to show his appreciation by helping to build a new facility for ambulances, fire trucks and firefighter training. The couple has also donated money for a new ball field and sewage treatment plant for their town, as well as creating a scholarship fund at the high school they graduated from.
Most of us have no trouble coming up with a list of things we would buy if we won the lottery, but it’s inspiring to see someone using the winnings to improve their community.
5. Mobile Dental Office Provides Care for Busy Professionals
A design firm in Santa Monica, CA has come up with a solution for people whose busy schedules make it difficult for them to make it to the dentist. Studio Dental is a 230-square-foot mobile dental center that can park outside the offices of large companies so employees can quickly walk out, have their checkups, and go right back to work.
The facility has been especially popular with large Silicon Valley tech companies, but we hope the idea catches on and expands to new areas so more people will have access to fast and convenient dental care. What a great and inspiring example of creative problem solving!
What Inspires You?
Have you found a new or unexpected source of inspiration lately? Share it with us in the comments section below!