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Goal Setting I

sit here at my desk in the early morning hours, post-Christmas rush, and cannot believe 2018 is ending. When you read this, it will be 2019. Where does time

go? I always make every attempt to use this time of year to reflect on the past, analyze the present and contemplate the future. I am sure many of you do the same as I do when I not only look at my professional life, but also the personal side, too. I have always tried to be goal-driven, and measuring my goals and setting new ones is a vital part of success.

This editorial will mark my first complete year as Editor for the Focus. I really have en- joyed attending the MDA Board of Trustees meetings. It invigorates me to watch how diligently they all work on making sure that your MDA is the best it can be. I try very hard at times to not to interfere in their work, but at times find myself giving input that they might find helpful in their decision making. I also have enjoyed being able to write editori- als for your reading pleasure. I hope you have enjoyed the information presented and that you will keep ideas coming of topics you would like to read about. I like to play “devil’s advocate” and you may find me presenting topics that are uncomfortable. I may even write some things that you do not agree with, and that is fine. One of my goals is to invoke the thinking process on topics for each of you. I will make every attempt to not appear to be for or against any topic, because as Editor I feel it is better to simply get the information out and let you form your own stance. If it appears I have taken a side, it could be that I’m just trying to invoke some response from the you, the reader.

The year 2018 was very good to me person- ally and professionally. God has blessed me with a wonderful family (Melinda and I are going to be grandparents in May), a wonder- ful office team and so many other blessings I cannot count. My goals have almost all been met, and I couldn’t ask for more. So, what

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will 2019 bring? As I have already said, goal setting is very important to me. We have had our year-end meeting at my office and set personal and professional goals. Each year they seem to look very hard to reach but with a lot of hard work and dedication, we seem to pull through as a team. What goals have you set for this year? Do you set personal and professional goals for yourself? If you do, do you regularly monitor those to assure you are on the right track?


In your planning for the upcoming year, do you set plans or goals for what you can do for dentistry? The dentistry I am talking about is not the dentistry you perform in your office, but rather the “association” dentistry—the dentistry that promotes our profession and helps to continue its success. Do you look for ways to help your local, state and national dental associations? If you don’t, you should. It is vital that we work together as a team to ensure success on all three levels. In plan- ning for 2019, make sure to set personal goals to help on those levels. If you haven’t been active, there are many things you can do to help. You do not have to do them all, but at least join in on some. Set a personal goal to do at least two of the following things:

Attend the MDA Connect4Success meet- ing (June), attend the ADA meeting (Sep- tember), attend your component meetings, attend the MDA Legislative Day (January), donate financially to the MODentPAC and or ADPAC (one time or monthly), donate to the MDA Foundation (anytime), volunteer at MOMOM (August), volunteer or have a Give Kids a Smile event (February) … the list could go on and on. Bottom line: Make sure when you are making goals to include involvement in organized dentistry. Happy New Year and welcome 2019! f

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Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

Clean between your teeth daily.

Eat a healthy diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks.

See your dentist regularly

for prevention and treatment of oral disease.


Visit for more activity sheets.

February is NCDHM Various Free Resources Abound

Encourage kids to build healthy dental hygiene habits with free resources to cel- ebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month this February. Order this year’s poster featuring the Smile Builders, who encourage children to “brush and clean in between to build a healthy smile.” You also can download free coloring and activity sheets featuring the Smile Builders. Resources available in English and Spanish at ADA.ORG/NCDHM.

Another free resource, new this year due to a partnership between Scholastic and the ADA Give Kids a Smile program, is the Tiny Smiles program, which provides tools and resources to promote the importance of oral health for young children. Resources are available for educators, dental profes- sionals and medical professionals, as well as for parents and caregivers. These can be used in the classroom, at home and in office waiting rooms. Resources available in English and Spanish at SCHOLASTIC. COM/GIVEKIDSASMILE.

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