Wake-Up Call for Me

Author: Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy

As the Chief Dental Geek, Michael McCarthy is the vision behind The Dental Geek blog and its purpose. Well known throughout the dental world, our seasoned geek Michael serves on several industry boards. Keep your eyes out for his popular articles and lists about all the most talked about topics in dentistry.
05.25.11 / 9:57 am

An extremely fast-growing segment of my business in dental is “social media” — blogging, texting, tweeting, Facebooking… the whole gamut.

There are hundreds of thousands of sites where people from around the world talk about every topic imaginable. Dentaltown is an excellent and well-established social media site for dental professionals. These dental-related social media sites and portals help me keep up to date on what is happening in the world we work/live in.

I was recently looking for a song by an Asian artist I had heard on NPR. I googled what I could remember of the name and found an Asian pop music portal by the name of “Soompi.” On the home page of the site was a link to the member chat lounge, and that day’s topic was “Afraid to go to the dentist?”

Needless to say, I clicked and my jaw dropped at how fearful these people were of going to the dentist. Below is the link, read for yourself and draw your own conclusions. This site I refer to targets the 12- to 25-year-old Asian hipster; their comments are honest… and astute.

How can the fear of dentistry be alleviated? Don’t mean to be “doom and gloom,” but this message thread set me back a little bit in my thinking…

http://www.soompi.com/forums/topic/355031-anybody-not-been-to-the-dentist-for-a-long-time/

Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy

As the Chief Dental Geek, Michael McCarthy is the vision behind The Dental Geek blog and its purpose. Well known throughout the dental world, our seasoned geek Michael serves on several industry boards. Keep your eyes out for his popular articles and lists about all the most talked about topics in dentistry.

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