I’m going to use the term “dentistry” a lot more than I would like.
I’ll give you a couple of examples of what I mean.
First of all, the diversity of the field is astounding.
It’s so diverse that even today, in the United States, there are almost three times as many African American dentists than white dentists, and African American men are more likely to be dentists in the U.S. than white men are.
In Canada, there’s more than 60% of dentists from Africa and more than 80% of them are African American.
And in England, there is a black British dentist in every one of the county councils.
It is astounding to me that that is happening.
Second, I think the people who are successful, in terms of the amount of time they spend in the field, are more successful than people who aren’t successful.
I think that’s a pretty big part of it.
Third, I’m not saying that people who work in dentistry are all good, but I think it’s clear that there are very good dentists.
And the fact that we have such a huge diversity in dentists around the world, with so many different backgrounds, that you can find great dentists all over the world is very important.
Fourth, the people that work in the industry have a very strong and deep sense of community.
When you see the diversity, you can understand why it is so rewarding and so rewarding for dentists to work in this field.
So, in summary, there have been a lot of people who have made it to the top of their field who were not successful.
And I don’t think we’re going to have a dentistry renaissance overnight, but there is an opportunity for dentistry to get even better.
But I do think there are some things that are going to change.
One of them is, as we learn more about how we get to the right people, how we design the right dentistry environment, how our patients are treated.
And then we can get back to a place where dentistry is valued and respected, and I think dentistry will be that much better for it.
Thank you, Dr. Kelli, for joining us.