Dr. Sarah Tevis Poteet is a graduate of The University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School at San Antonio and also completed an advanced general dentistry residency. She owns her own dental practice in Dallas and is part of a new forward thinking generation of dentists bringing a community service minded approach to the changing world of dentistry. She believes it is no longer acceptable to sit back and not be involved in organized dentistry.
We have to be the voice of dentistry to protect our profession and how we care for our patients.
Dr. Poteet is an active member of The Dallas County Dental Society (DCDS), a component of The American Dental Association (ADA) and The Texas Dental Association (TDA). Recently, Dr. Poteet discussed her reasons for choosing to be an active member in organized dentistry.
To protect our profession and promote positive change in dentistry, the ADA needs a strong membership number to advocate for dental and oral health issues on a national legislative level. The TDA has also been working hard at a state governmental level to represent the members’ interests. The landscape of dentistry has been up against strong pressures from outside influences that may not have the patients’ or dentists’ best interests at heart. I am honored to be a member of the premier groups which serve to protect, promote, and advance the dental profession. I strive to be a strong leader for my patients, my dental practice, my community, and my profession. My involvement with the ADA, TDA, and DCDS help me make a difference.
Another reason Dr. Poteet has chosen to be a member of DCDS from the very beginning of her career, is the emphasis on continuing education.
It is crucial to stay current with ever changing technology, hands-on techniques, and materials. Even since I graduated in 2003, how I practice dentistry has changed so much. My success as a dentist depends on good quality and relevant continuing education courses. I have attended many of the courses provided by the dental society over the years, which has been a convenient and easy way to obtain top notch education.
Dr. Poteet also values her membership because it supports the many community service outreach projects that the ADA and the local groups provide. For example, The ADA Foundation’s “Give Kids a Smile” helps provide free dental care to children from low-income families who otherwise would not receive preventive or restorative care, or oral health education. Also, the “Mission of Mercy” provides free dental services to the under-privileged. The “Texas Mission of Mercy” since 2001 has provided over 29,000 patients over 15 million dollars in donated dental care. Dr. Poteet said, “As a member dentist, I know that my dues are helping to support such valuable programs. I enjoy volunteering my time to projects that make a huge impact.”
Membership with Dallas County Dental Society appeals to dentists for many reasons. For Dr. Poteet, advocacy, educational opportunities, and support of community service projects rank high among the many benefits that membership provides. Membership offers local dentists ways to make a positive impact for both their patients and their community. Be sure to ask, is your dentist a member?