In a Perfect World

In a Perfect World

Leon A. Assael, D.M.D., Douglas L. Lambert, D.D.S., Stephen F. Litton, D.D.S., Vacharee A. Peterson, D.D.S., William E. Stein, D.D.S., R. Bruce Templeton, D.M.D., M.S., and Stephanie Zastrow:

In a Perfect World

Introduction
The idea for this article began with a somewhat sarcastic observation when, watching the local news, a report on an area school system providing free laptops to its students concluded with, “Every student should have this opportunity”.
 
“Yeah,” said Someone, “in a perfect world.”
 
But sarcasm will only take you so far. Then what?
 
This idea stuck, and it occurred to us to follow where it might lead. We decided to ask some well-recognized names from our state’s dental community to join us in creating a wish list for  the profession. We gave each of them three wishes for their particular areas of expertise, as well as for the profession as a whole, as these things always take on a life of their own.
 
We invite you to play along as our participants fi ll in the blanks and offer their own answers to “In a perfect world I would find a way to … “ Let go of “It’ll never happen”; likewise lose the  lottery ticket fantasy. This is, at its heart, about not settling for something you never really wanted in the first place. In a perfect world, you see, what starts as a wish list can turn  into a playbook.
 
It could happen.
 
             Best wishes, the Editors