Archive: January 2015

What Dr. Spurlock Loves Most About Being A Dentist in Norman

Dr. Spurlock is a dentist in Norman, Oklahoma

WE RECENTLY ASKED DR. Spurlock a few questions about her career as a dentist in Norman, Oklahoma. Here are her answers – thought you’d find them interesting!

How old were you, and what made you decide you wanted to become a dentist?

“I knew from a very young age that I loved science, reading, art & making people smile. From my first visit to the dentist when I was three, to looking over my uncle’s shoulder assisting a patient, I have been intrigued with dentistry. I considered many professions; doctor, journalist, teacher and dentist, but it wasn’t until college that my interests in dentistry were solidified. I spent many hours observing in the dental offices of my cousins and I realized that with dentistry I could continue my life-long quest of education, in addition to furthering my enjoyment of reading, science, art and making others smile.”

Where did you attend school and how long have you been practicing?

“I attended dental school at the University of Oklahoma College of dentistry in OKC. I am in my seventh year of practice, but after being around dentistry for so many years prior to entering private practice it seems like much longer!”

What advice would you give to a young person considering a career in Dentistry?

“Learn as much as you can, observe, listen to others in practice, & find out how they balance their lives and career and stay energized and passionate about the profession and go for it.”

What is one thing you find most satisfying about being a dentist?

“The most satisfying aspect of my profession is building relationships with patients, getting to be a small part of their lives, learning about their travels, life events, sharing recipes, books, movies and music they enjoy and watching children grow. Our profession offers a unique opportunity to connect with patients and their families over a lifetime while maintaining their healthy smiles.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Dr. Spurlock better! And, as always, THANKS for being our valued patients and friends!

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What Dr. Whiteneck Loves Most About Being A Dentist in Norman, Oklahoma

Dr. Whiteneck is a dentist in Norman, Oklahoma

WE RECENTLY ASKED DR. Whiteneck a few questions about her career as a dentist in Norman, Oklahoma. Here are her answers – thought you’d find them interesting!

How old were you, and what made you decide you wanted to become a dentist?

“My father was a general practice medical doctor in Woodward for over three decades. As I child I remember going on house calls with my dad. I learned compassion, trust and respect for patients by observing his gentle, calm & caring manner. Later, as a teenager, I worked many summers in his office. He often worked twelve-hour days, between the hospital, the clinic & the house calls. When I started college, I planned to go into medicine. Yet, the memories of Dad’s long hours & his absence from many of us kids’ (me & my three older brothers) activities nagged me. In my senior year at Oklahoma State University, I switched from pre-med to pre-dent.”

Where did you attend school and how long have you been practicing?

“I started dental school in the fall of ’77. There were very few female dentists in Oklahoma & only one on the dental faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. There were seven (out of seventy-two) females in our class. In fact, when I started my practice in 1981 in my hometown of Woodward, I was the only female. Assuming this could be a problem in farm, ranch & oil field territory, my phone listing was S.E. Whiteneck, DDS– I was afraid to put Susan! But the times were changing, and being a female dental provider turned out to be (and has continued to be for over 30 years) a bonus! Many patients state that as one of their reasons for coming to our practice. Back in the ’80s, I never would have guessed!?!”

What advice would you give to a young person considering a career in Dentistry?

“We often have pre-dental students come observe in our office, and I always try to encourage them to go into dentistry. It is a great and continually advancing profession that never gets dull!”

What is one thing you find most satisfying about being a dentist?

“I have often said I picked dentistry for all the wrong reasons, a) I wanted to be my own boss, b) have control over my schedule, and c) have time for a family! In spite of these , dentistry has been such a wonderful & very fulfilling career! What a lucky person I am to love my profession so much! There can’t be many jobs better than dentistry! We get to help people with their oral health, their smiles, alleviate pain & discomfort. Another great perk is getting to be with our patients over the course of their lives, and getting to see their children & grandchildren grow up, too – it is such an honor.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Dr. Whiteneck better! And, as always, THANKS for being our valued patients and friends!

Do you have a question for Dr. Whiteneck?

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2015: The Year Of The Healthy Smile

girl with a healthy smile

IT ISN’T ALWAYS ABOUT looking like a movie star or supermodel. It’s about feeling confident and comfortable with your healthy smile!

Smiling’s Amazing Benefits

You may not typically think about it this way, but your smile is powerful:

  • Smiles can make you healthier. Smiling immediately lowers your blood pressure, slows your heart, and boosts your immunity. Endorphins released by smiling counteract stress and pain.
  • Smiles spread. Studies show that when you smile, 50% of people will smile back. Smiles are highly contagious, creating waves that help make people more productive, interactive, and satisfied.
  • Even fake smiles can brighten your mood! Studies have shown that smiles (real and fake) can cause a positive-mood feedback loop between brain and body.
  • Smiling makes great first impressions. Smiling makes you more attractive and can help lead to success in our professional and personal lives.

Get YOUR Smile On With These Feel-Good Facts!

Would You Like To Visit About Your Smile?

Feeling self-conscious about your smile should never prevent you from realizing the benefits of smiling! Restoring and maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile encompasses many considerations. Our goal is to always work together with you to provide the best solutions for your unique smile and circumstances.

Sometimes, something very minor like smile whitening can make a huge difference! Sometimes the answer is a gorgeous smile makeover. And sometimes we just need to help you get your smile healthy again, independent of any cosmetic considerations.

Whatever the case, we’re your trusted resource for clear information and honest recommendations. Thank you for the trust you place in our practice.

Share Your Smile More In 2015!

Make the world a better place with your smile.

Thanks for being a part of our practice family! We appreciate you.

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