Clinical board exam time is one of the most stressful periods during dental school. On Episode 44 we discuss how to best prepare for boards in the weeks and days prior. We also relive some of our memories from our boards and discuss some ideas to improve board exams for dental students. We start Episode 43 by answering a listener question and discussing our favorite soda pop.
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!
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!
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?
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.