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Be a Mountain

Posted July 18, 2016

Tonya Lanthier, RDH

Have you ever seen a plateau? Well, just in case you were taking a nap in geography class, it is an area of high ground, with a flat terrain. I know what you are thinking, what does a plateau have to do with the dental industry? When we stop learning, we become a plateau. We reach a state of no change, no progress, and we stop growing. So whether you are a recent graduate or a long time member of the dental field, it turns out- school is still in session!

What we want to be are mountains, large landforms that stretch above the surrounding area, and usually resembles a peak. This shape resembles growth, and progress. It shows that you are going above and beyond the status quo. In order to become a mountain, you have to grow, start with growing your brain!

Here are a few reasons why continuing education is so important:

1. You will be able to provide better care to your patients. You will know the latest techniques, newest equipment, and cutting edge technology. This will allow you to meet their needs in the best possible way. Every time you walk out of a CE event, you leave with more knowledge than you walked in with. Your patients will be grateful!
2. Licensing laws. I know it’s a requirement, but think of it more as a growth opportunity rather than a chore. This is the time for you to become an expert in the field. Soak up all the knowledge you can!
3. You can add new skills to your resume. Recent graduates are entering the industry with the newest techniques and technologies already in their toolbox. Keep up with what they are doing by attending these courses and getting on the same page about the newest dental trends.
4. Networking opportunities. CE events are a great place to meet other dental professionals and have the opportunity to talk with others about what’s happening in our dental community. Take advantage of it! As you know, the industry is very close knit, making a great connection with one dental professional means word about you and your skills will get around.

Continuing education is the best way to grow yourself professionally and it’s a requirement. It’s also a great way to step out of the box and grow professionally and personally- so you are valuable to yourself, your patients, and the community. In order to provide the best care for our patients, we want to know the most up-to-date techniques and skills, so start adding those CE events to your calendar! DentalPost is here to help you keep up with your CE courses. Our continuing education management tool helps you keep track of all your courses, and lets you add certificates to your account so you can easily maintain your credit hours. DentalPost is also constantly updating its calendar with CE events around North America, check in if you need a place to start!


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