Dr. Nine Attends Midwest Dental Conference in Kansas City

Dr. Anna nine at the midwest dental conference

In an effort to provide exceptional quality care to our patients, the team at Family Dentistry of Neosho makes a special effort to stay current with research and technology. One of my favorite ways to do this is to attend the Midwest Dental Conference in Kansas City. In case you've never been to a dental conference before (who hasn't!), picture high school, but for dental professionals instead of teens. You choose from a wide variety of classes to attend, you meet friends new and old for lunch, and you discuss the latest in ceramics technology. Maybe that last one doesn't relate as well, but if you ever need a crown, you'll be thankful we keep up with the latest advances. Ongoing research projects, samples of the newest tools and materials, and demonstrations of the best techniques are all available throughout the weekend. Basically, it's a safe place for people to nerd out about dentistry - it's a blast!

This particular dental conference is a special event for me, as it is hosted by UMKC, which is my and Dr. Reagan's alma mater. It is wonderful to have Kansas City's vibrant backdrop to facilitate learning as well as meeting with a wide range of colleagues. It is at this conference that I am able to learn about and use new materials and tools for fillings, root canals, and generally making appointments faster and more comfortable for our patients.

Our office has had the amazing opportunity to send several members of the team to this conference every year. Diana, Mercedes, and I were able to attend this time. It was a pleasure going with coworkers that care as much about learning as I do. The weekend seemed too short, but now we are invigorated and excited to apply what we learned. Until next year, Kansas City!

Go the Extra Smile!

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An old time dentist once told me, many years ago, the best way to learn is by the method “See one, do one, teach one.” In my case, it started with a filling. I saw it being done, I did one myself, and then I taught one to another. I have never forgotten that piece of sound advice, and I use it in everyday life not just within the walls of Family Dentistry.

Regardless of age, we all have something to learn. It’s important to be a mentor but, equally as important to be mentorable. When we start to think that we have seen and done everything, “nothing surprises me” this is when a humbling experience is not too far behind.

So when it comes to mentoring, be sure to go the extra mile! Or in our case, “go the extra smile”!

When it is your turn to be the mentor, be sure to do so with a smile. When someone seeks your council, advise them gently with a smile. Your kind words can help a great deal.

~Dr. Jon Reagan