Spiritual Issues & Choices in Dentistry

by William C. Forbes, D.D.S., M.Div., (editor) and Richard G. Topazian (editor)

How is the Christian faith best incorporated into the dental school experience and dental practice? How does it impact one’s professional and personal choices? Many practitioners wonder about such matters and especially the effect a demanding dental practice has on their personal life and marriage. A group of dentists offer answers that are important to consider by all in the field. Addressed are a broad range of contemporary issues, from determining a practice location, the Christian dentist’s obligation to the poor, their responsibility in foreign and domestic missions, financial issues, the role of the spouse in the practice, and much more. These essays are direct and written from the perspective of the dentist utilizing Biblical guidelines as the authority for decisions.

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by William C. Forbes, D.D.S., M.Div., (editor) and Richard G. Topazian (editor)

Dr. Forbes joined the faculty at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in January 2011. He was instrumental in formulating the initial Anatomy curriculum for the medical school and was Course Director for the Neuroscience Organ Systems Block in 2012. He currently teaches Gross Anatomy, and is the Faculty Sponsor for the Christian Medical Society at OUWB, and serves as Ombudsman for the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Prior to joining OUWB School of Medicine, Dr. Forbes maintained a solo private practice of general dentistry in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, for many years, during which time he served as Adjunct Professor of Anatomy at the University of Maine at Orono and Bangor campuses. In 1996, Dr. Forbes concluded his dental practice to join the faculty of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. There, he was Course Director for all Gross Anatomy education, including courses for dental students, graduate dentists, and residents in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Simultaneously, Dr. Forbes served as Adjunct Professor of Anatomy, in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

For 25 years, Dr. Forbes served as an editor of Today’s Christian Doctor, the journal of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. He has received several teaching awards, including the American Dental Association’s Golden Apple Award in 2010, and was designated Best Basic Science Instructor at OUWB School of Medicine in 2013. He was elected to the Dental Honorary Society Omicron Kappa Upsilon in 2011.