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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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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Episode 28 – Dealing With Insurances and Salespeople

In this episode we discuss some actual situations that happened recently at our offices. We start by discussing Dr. Neff’s recent experience with a salesperson. Are salespeople out of touch with real world dentistry? Do they really have the dentist’s best interest in mind?

We continue our discussion with a unique insurance situation that Dr. Stevens encountered not long ago. What is an insurance’s role in the doctor-patient relationship? Are insurances practicing dentistry without a license when they recommend treatment?

We discuss these topics and much more on this episode of the Dental Realist Podcast. We would love you to join us!

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