The opportunity to learn many lessons has been hurled upon us over the last two and a half years. We have seen storms come and go and temperatures rise to new limits. We have also witnessed almost every aspect of our lives be disrupted by an infectious agent so small it cannot be seen by the naked eye. This nearly invisible agent has impacted life on this planet in such a way that no one can be blind to its effect. Nature surrounds us, may it be as minuscule as a virus or as all-encompassing as the rise of global temperatures. Nature can be described with many words: unrelenting, unabating, fierce. I prefer to see nature as persistent. It is steady and it is always there, with us, surrounding our families and our patients. Any dental treatment we provide is completely immersed in it and our treatment should be driven by it.

Written by: Dr. Luisa A. Schuldt