It’s really, really neat when we’re working down there to think, “Hey, this could end up in someone’s mouth,” for example. I love being able to see my work and say, “I made that!” It’s a great feeling. I love making products that we know will help improve lives, too.
I often say that dentistry is the consummate people profession. I know of no other profession that enables the year-to-year development of human connections and gives us the opportunity to create a virtual extended family with those humans we call patients. That connection can even build over multiple generations.
After one of their most recent trips, Erin said she noticed that many of the children had black, decaying teeth at the ages of only four and five years old. Kindredhouse launched a massive dental hygiene and education effort where they not only conducted tooth brushing and dental hygiene classes.
Dr. Streiff hopes they continue to returrn and create a new generation of adults with healthy oral care habits that will then pass them on to their own children, breaking the cycle of bad oral health, decay, and loss of adult teeth that plague so many. And that’s what keeps him going back.
Overall, the meeting was a great success. It was such a pleasure to see our colleagues, who joined us from Myanmar, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, India, and beyond! I’m already looking forward to my next trip to the East and am grateful for the education, hospitality, and wonderful friendships and relationships Ultradent has fostered over the years with our many colleagues there.
The photo was taken at Dollar Lake, which is in the high Uinta mountain range here in Utah. It’s on the trail to Kings Peak. I was up there with a youth group as their leader. One morning, another one of the leaders and I woke up super early to get some pretty shots of the lake.