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How important is hand/eye coordination to the field of dentistry?  If I have just average hand/eye coordination will that be enough?

ANSWER from Imagiverse on 25 July 2006:
Hand eye coordination is extremely important for a dentist.  You also need to have very good fine motor skills and something our expert Frank Terranova discovered... you need to be able to be able to work using mirrors.  If your brain has difficulty translating what it sees in a mirror, you will not be a very good dentist.  You use very precise tools as well, so you need to be very accurate.  If you are interested in the field of dentistry, you should pursue your goal.  You will find out soon enough if you have the right skills for the job.  There may be many other careers that you will discover in that field.  You may think you have only average hand/eye coordination because you haven't had the opportunity to develop or demonstrate your skills.  Some skills, including fine motor and hand/eye coordination can be developed and improved with practice.  I hope this helps.

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Could you tell me what makes you a dentist and what life is for a dentist?  I know dentists are rich and are they happy every day?

ANSWER from Lisa Schnaidt on 12 September 2005:
Thank you for taking an interest in Dentistry.  First of all, I knew very early in life that I wanted to be a dentist because I spent time in my grandfather's office.  It was his love of his craft that inspired me.  I wanted to be just like him.  Dentistry is hard work.  It requires many years of school and training.  It requires discipline, skill, patience, personality, dedication, compassion, a great work ethic, a sense of humor, and a desire to always better your skills.  There are many joys in the field of dentistry.

You make lifetime friendships with collegues and patients.  You treat several generations of people within a family (grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren).  You can choose to help the unfortunate and make them smile.  There are many riches to be gained beyond money.  People are a great and lasting joy; money is just paper.  Yes, I am happy most days because I try and do my best and treat people with respect.  I now have the pleasure of training young dental students to be the very best that they can be.


Lisa Schnaidt, DDS

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