Dr. Stacey Simmons, editorial director of Breakthrough Clinical, says the words “Always place the mission first” were drilled into her head during a recent Spartan race, during which she carried a 60 lb. sand bag in the dark for four hours while doing various obstacles meant to test her physical and, most importantly, mental strength. In her editor’s note for February, she applies this concept to dentistry by using the term “Always place the patient first.” She introduces the articles in this issue that can help us eliminate those clinical barriers that may prevent us from keeping patients’ best interests in mind.

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