Latest Posts and Podcasts

Episode 40 – Burnout in Dentistry

Burnout in dentistry has become a hot-button issue in recent years with more and more dentists being willing to admit they have experienced moderate to severe stress at some point in their careers.

How is burnout defined?

How does burnout manifest itself?

How can it affect a dentist’s personal and professional life?

What can be done to deal with burnout when it comes?

We answer these questions and many more on Episode 40 of the Dental Realist Podcast.

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Episode 39 – Challenging Patients and Diagnoses

Every dentist encounters patients who have oral hygiene issues that are difficult to diagnose and questions that may not have clear-cut answers. Also, some patients claim to have immaculate oral hygiene home care, but still get cavities and want to know why.

What are the best ways to deal with these patients?

Is “I don’t know” an acceptable answer?

What is the dentist’s responsibility and the patient’s?

We discuss these topics and much more on Episode 39.

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Episode 38 – How Decisions in Dentistry Impact Your Life

Decisions during your dental career are some of the most important you will make throughout your life. From deciding to go to dental school to deciding where to practice, decisions in dentistry can impact your life for years to come.

What should be considered before making these major decisions?

How do you decide between career opportunity and lifestyle location if the two aren’t aligned?

How does your personality impact some of these decisions?

What kind of career movement is available in dentistry?

We discuss this and much, much more on Episode 38.

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Episode 37 – Is This the Truth About Dentistry?

The release of a recent article by The Atlantic called The Truth About Dentistry raised some questions about some of the information about dentistry that the general public receives. On Episode 37, Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron discuss many of the topics in this article. Is dentistry really a science?  Where is the balance between prevention and treatment? What is true and what is false in this article?

Episode 36 – Questions From Future Dentists

Recently, some of the the dental students that Dr. Neff works with asked him some very important questions concerning their futures in dentistry. On Episode 36, Dr. Stevens and Dr. Waldron try to answer some of these questions and give guidance to all future dentists.

Why do dentists seem to only work 3-4 days a week?

What are our favorite procedures?

What should new dentists look for when purchasing a practice or joining as an associate?

What keeps dentists up at night?

What are the benefits of a military loan repayment option?

We discuss these topics and much, much more on Episode 36. We would be honored if you would join us!

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Episode 35 – Is the Solo Practice Dead?

With the rise of dental service organizations, is private practice still a viable option for dentists?

What sets dentistry apart from medicine that will allow private practices to survive?

What are the benefits of working for a DSO?

What are the benefits of working in a private practice?

What are the best ways for the solo practice to compete with DSOs?

We discuss all of this and much more on Episode 35 of the Dental Realist Podcast!

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Episode 34 – Challenges of Rewarding and Retaining Employees

With the current economic realities of dentistry what is the rationale for offering our employees incentives and bonuses?

How do you communicate this to staff members?

How can you make employees feel like their job is rewarding when you can’t offer big bonuses and benefits packages?

What motivates someone to work at a dental office and to leave?

What makes an employee feel important?

We discuss this and much more on Episode 34 of the Dental Realist Podcast!

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Episode 33 – Retirement Age is Increasing and Is the ADA Doing Anything To Help?

According to the American Dental Association, the retirement age of dentists is increasing and we discuss why we think this is, what dentists and future dentists can do to avoid a later retirement, and what the ADA can do to help.

We also breakdown a recent ADA.org interview with incoming ADA president Dr. Jeffrey Cole. What are his biggest concerns about the profession of dentistry? Does he have any solutions? What are his goals for his one-year presidency? What do we think the ADA should really do? How does this affect dentists and future dentists?

We start the show by talking about an insurance issue that Dr. Stevens had this week and how it can affect other dentists’ offices.

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Episode 32 – Mentür DDS

On Episode 32 Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron announce and discuss our new mentoring program, Mentur DDS. We started the Dental Realist Podcast to help other dentists and dental students navigate their career in dentistry and Mentur DDS will allow us to do this on a more personal level. We discuss our early days in dentistry and why we wish we would have had mentors that could help give us a head start in dentistry.

We also discuss some of the traits we look for when hiring new staff members and much more! We would love you to join us.

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Episode 31 – Is a Residency Right For Me?

In this episode Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron discuss doing a one-year residency after dental school graduation, and Dr. Neff offers his unique perspective on these programs.

What are the benefits of a one-year residency?

What are some potential drawbacks?

What are some things to consider when choosing a residency?

Would it be better to complete a specialty residency?

We discuss these questions and much more. We would love you to join us!

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