I first had the idea when I was in about second grade, and it just stayed with me through my whole life. It was partly a preference for science but definitely wanting to do something to help fellow humans and thought the healthcare field would be good. The more I looked into it, I liked dentistry and decided that's what I was going to work towards.
Having somebody come in and say, "Yeah, I know my teeth are all broken down, and there's probably no hope for me," and then by the time you finish with them and they can look in a mirror and see a full mouth of, it might be replacement teeth, they might not be natural teeth, but the patient are just so ... sometimes tear up and everything because it's such an exciting time in their life. That's probably the biggest reward of working in dentistry is when you see a patient that got at least what they were hoping for in improvement in their dental health and their appearance.
Anytime I can learn something new, it seems like I can notice it within a week, if not just within a day or two, of how it makes practicing dentistry not only easier but practicing good dentistry easier. Just little pearls or tips you can pick up in continuing education courses make things not only more simple for the dentist and more efficient, but usually can end up with better results when you learn about those things. So, yeah, I participate in anything from the state's dental association meetings, the annual ones. The ADA has annual meetings that moves around probably seven or eight cities. I've been really pleased and pleasantly surprised that just in the last couple months I've probably got more credits than I need for a whole year.
Dr. Greg Tuttle has wanted to be a dentist since he was in the second grade, and nothing could ever change his mind. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and began practicing in 1984. He joined the Sioux Falls Smiles team in 2020.
Patients love Dr. Tuttle because he is kind, caring, gentle, and understanding. He is also massively accomplished. He has served as Director of Oral Health at four different community health locations in South Dakota, Chief Dental Officer for the Indian Health Service in Wanblee, SD, and Director of Oral Health for the South Dakota Penitentiary system in Custer, SD.
Dr. Tuttle’s favorite part of being a dentist is performing oral surgery. He loves starting with a patient who is very unhappy with their dental health and working with them until they are incredibly happy with their new appearance and dental function.
When he’s away from the office, Dr. Tuttle enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, cross-country skiing, and anything outdoors. He also likes relaxing with a good movie, and most of all, any time spent with his teenage daughters.