Episode 42 – Holiday Bonuses for the Dental Team

The dental team is one of the most important assets of an enjoyable dental career. During the holidays the dental team is usually given a bonus of some kind, but how do you know how much to give each team member? And how do you scale back if your practice has had a slow year? What do you do if you staff begins to expect a bigger bonus each year? And what kind of gift is appropriate for dentists who work in corporate offices. We discuss this and much, much more on Episode 42 of the Dental Realist Podcast!

Episode 41 – Helping Private Practices Stay Competitive

With the cost of running a dental practice getting more expensive, the rise of DSOs, and the changing dental marketplace how do private practice dentists stay competitive? To help dentists and future dentists navigate their careers during these changing times, we are joined by Caleb Carter of the Ion Dental Group. We discuss smart technology purchases, what challenges private practice dentists are facing now and will face in the future, how private practices can thrive in the current environment, and much more. We would be honored if you would join us!

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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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