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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
In this packed episode Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron start by discussing how patient stress can impact the treating dentist.
We continue our discussion by answering a listener’s questions about dealing with a bad owner-dentist. Whose job is it to bring in new patients? Who decides which types of materials are to be used? Who should pay for practice marketing? What questions should a new dentist ask before accepting an associate position?
We wrap up this episode by talking about an example of out-of-control student loan debt. Where does the burden fall when dental student debt continues to grow unchecked? Should dental school tuition continue to increase when dentist income is going down?
**We apologize for a technical difficulty with Dr. Neff’s audio in the second half of this episode.**