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How our firsthand experiences affect our dental skills

April 1, 2015
Dr. Stacey Simmons, editorial director of DE’s Breakthrough Clinical, introduces the original articles for the month and explains how our firsthand experiences work together with the knowledge we obtain as we explore a new discipline, which translates ultimately into a newly mastered skill.

“The only source of knowledge is experience.” ~ Albert Einstein

My 5-year-old started skiing this year. At first, he held on for dear life as he figured things out on the bunny hill. Experience changed that. Now, after just one season, he is pushing to do the black diamond slopes—whether I come with him or not! He is fearless, and one could easily make the argument that his knowledge was obtained by a yearning to push the limits of what I (and many others) thought him capable of experiencing.

So, you only do the “easy” root canals? Dr. David Landwehr pens an exceptional article about why root canals in the anterior are not always what they may seem. The knowledge he shares will allow you to hone your skills in the endodontic discipline. Click here to read “The myth of ‘easy’ root canals in endodontics.”

Who would have thought that getting your hair cut could be a phenomenal way to advertise? Dr. Chris Shumway’s experiences with his start-up practice have impressed upon him the need to be innovative with regard to advertising—especially during challenging economic times. The result? Growing pains and financial gains! Click here to read “Dental growing pains, financial gains, and advertising by getting a haircut.”

We can read about how to do something and then have it shown to us, but until we actually experience what it is that we are learning about, we never really obtain concrete knowledge that eventually translates into a mastered skill. It is with much excitement that I invite you to read these articles written by your peers and colleagues, who, in the beginning, had limited or no knowledge about what they were doing, but their firsthand experiences changed that.

E=mc2 … Einstein was a wise man indeed.


Stacey L. Simmons, DDS
Editor, DE’s Breakthrough Clinical with Stacey Simmons, DDS

Beginning the exploration process in dentistry