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 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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Episode 30 – Dealing With a Bad Employer

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.**

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Episode 29 – Important Questions From a Dental Student

In this episode we answer a second year dental student’s email about his future after dental school.

-With $300-350k in student debt, is it possible to have the lifestyle his family wants?

-What is a good timetable to plan to purchase a practice?

-Is working in public health for a year after dental school a good option?

-What is realistic income in an area that is saturated with dentists?

We answer these questions and many more. This is an episode every future and new dentist needs to hear. We’d love you to join us!

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