Young endodontist shares lessons he's learned in career so far

Massachusetts endodontist William Arden, DDS, thought he may have been compromising when he entered dental school instead of becoming a physician, but he now understands that is not the case, according to ADA News.

Here are three lessons he's learned in his young career that Dr. Arden shared with ADA News:

  1. Dentistry affords more personal and professional freedom to Dr. Arden than a career in medicine would have.

  2. Patients appreciate honesty and a good bedside manner. "You can tell patients pretty much anything, and they really have no option but to trust you — that's a strong responsibility," Dr. Arden told ADA News.

  3. There is still a lot of work to be done to ensure equitable access to dental care. Dr. Arden told ADA News his eyes were opened when he saw the lack of dental care resources available when he did traveling dentistry work in countries such as Rwanda, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

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