A Successful Dental Career Built out of Love for his Mom
- Posted on: Apr 13 2015
A person’s career choices can easily be influenced by childhood experiences that leave a lasting impact. This is definitely true for Dr. Hugh Flax, DDS.
Dr. Flax’s passion for serving the dental profession started during his childhood. Growing up in the 1970’s, Dr. Flax observed the severe dental fears from which his mother suffered.
“If you’ve ever seen the wild movements of a tree shaking in a hurricane, that’s how nervous my mother was about dentistry,” says Dr. Flax.
Witnessing the emotional trauma his mother experienced during her dental visits inspired Dr. Flax to enter the profession. His goal is to prevent other people from having a similarly traumatic experience. Dr. Flax continued to pursue his goal by becoming an accredited cosmetic/restorative dentist as well as a role as the past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
When Dr. Flax’s mom was growing up, she had the resources to receive quality, routine dental care. Yet even with this care she developed severe dental fears that eventually became a true dental phobia. As a result, she suffered from several lasting dental problems. It took some time, but eventually she found a dentist who was gentle and compassionate and able to help her with her fears. It was decided she needed strong medications to help her endure each visit, but she was able to receive the care she needed, at least temporarily. She had her first experience enjoying the confidence of a new smile and strong oral health.
Unfortunately her first dental triumph was a short-lived one. Given the level of technology and dental skill of the seventies, the dental work that was provided was not enough to fully attain long-term results. Over the next 35 years, she had her mouth fully treated four different times for a variety of conditions, including gum disease. This significant amount of oral care and intervention took a serious toll on her emotionally, physically, and financially.
“Given what we know now about the effects of gum disease on overall health, it wouldn’t surprise me that her dental problems may have contributed to her diabetes and ultimately a stroke,” Dr. Flax has said when considering the impact his mother’s poor oral health may have had on her overall health.
After witnessing his mother’s traumatic experiences, Dr. Flax has been committed to the following for the past 27 years.
- Treat everyone with respect in a gentle non-judgmental manner and create a safe environment for every patient who seeks care.
- Always look at the long-term and be an advocate for each patient.
- Continually grow skills to offer patients the best care possible and create long-term results as a standard to always achieve.
Dr. Flax takes great pride in his career as a dentist, providing excellent care in a safe and comfortable environment for nearly 30 years. He is honored to serve his community in this way and knows that he is making a difference in the lives of others, just like the kind dentists were able to make in his mother’s.
Nearly 30 Years of Dental Expertise
Dr. Hugh Flax has a passion for practicing dentistry. He takes great pleasure in changing patients’ lives through their smiles. He received his degree in dentistry at Emory University and began Flax Dental in 1987. Outside the office, Dr. Flax loves music, New Orleans, traveling and more music. Follow Flax Dental on Twitter and Facebook.
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