It might seem like an oversimplification, but two things got you interested in peiatric dental care: a young child and teeth.
The young child that you met through the local mentoring program first helped you make the connection to young patients. You were matched with a nine year old girl who had loved most of her life in foster care because both of her parents were in jail. She really did not like school much, but she showed some interest in science, the fact that you were a biology major, and the mention of a possible college campus tour.
Your shy and timid mentee was only ten years old named when you first met her, and for the last three years you have met with her every other week. Every opportunity you get you remind her of the importance of education, but you also try to introduce her to situations