If you called our office yesterday, you know that we closed the office (again) so that we could take yet another continuing education course. Most of the courses we go to are focused on techniques and methods we can use to deliver better, more predictable dentistry for our patients. Yesterday was a little different. Image result for teddy bear Yesterday’s course was about child abuse. I am still a bit numb from the program. I know I shouldn’t be shocked at what can and does happen in our world, but to see those images and hear those stories presented one after another is heartbreaking. The statistics are staggering. The problem is real. As a dental professional, I am required by law to be trained to identify signs of abuse and neglect within my area of expertise, and to report any suspicions. This is a heavy burden, and one I fortunately have never needed to exercise. I pray I never do. Be kind to each other out there, hug your kids, and keep an eye out for the most vulnerable among us.