by Mark Messing
Hate is one thing everyone hates. And yet, growing up, there’s one person we are taught it’s OK to hate: the dentist. Sure, as a kid, you may have been told to “be good” for the dentist, but even your parents would announce their disgust towards having to go there.
When someone messes with your teeth, IT HURTS. There is no getting around it. And being forced to sit in a chair, staring at the ceiling, feeling sharp pain for an hour isn’t exactly a trip to Cedar Point.
But there’s a catch. The more regularly you go to the dentist, the less severe your dental problems will end up being. Regular cleanings will be far less intrusive then a double root canal. So, if you have to go to a dentist anyway, you might as well go to one you can actually like.
A dentist I can like? Heck, two years ago I had a better perception of my garbage man. At least my garbage man smiled when he said hello. But good dentists are out there. I know at least one exists. His name is Dr. Parthum, and you can find him in Clawson, MI. The building is small. The waiting room isn’t shiny. But the dentist is one I know anyone would like.
Here are the top 5 reasons I think Dr. Parthum is better than any dentist I have ever had.
1. He takes the time to talk to me.
He knows what is going on in my life and therefore knows that I am busy. This way, his secretary isn’t the only person who knows the best time for my next appointment.
2. He remembers me.
He asks me about things we talked about months before. He remembers that my dad is the guy “who can do 40 push ups a day.*” He remembers the fillings I had, and when I had them. I know that I’m not just another set of teeth he’s working on.
*Yup, my 65 year old dad told the dentist he can do 40 push ups a day. I am just glad he didn’t show him.
3. He let’s me know what he is doing to my teeth.
He is always talking me through everything he does. I know what to expect when he starts drilling my teeth. You would be surprised at how not scary a dentist is when you know what he is doing.
4. He gets things done.
I don’t have to spend a month to make an appointment for him to verify that a filling needs to be changed so that he can tell me to make another appointment to actually get it done. He got an appointment for me to get my wisdom teeth out with 2 days notice. That’s just awesome.
5. He hates to hurt.
He literally winces when he thinks he is hurting my teeth. The funny thing is, he hardly ever does. He’s even come up with a way to make the Novocain shot painless! Sometimes, pain is unavoidable, but at least he focuses on NOT hurting me.
If you are a dentist and would like to take lessons from Dr. Parthum, I encourage you to call him at 248-435-3220. After all, we are all looking for a world with a little less hate.