The Daily Grind offers readers a glimpse into the life of general dentists practicing today. Each post offers a perspective on managing a dental practice or balancing a life outside of the practice. The Daily Grind is written by several general dentist and student members of AGD. All content published on The Daily Grind is property of the Academy of General Dentistry and cannot be reposted or reprinted without permission.

  • Praise For Our Patients Who Travel Far For Their Dental Home

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Dec 11, 2017, 08:00 AM
    Since we live in a world where we prefer everything to be within easy reach or to be delivered to us directly, how far would any of us travel for our dental care?
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  • Patient Communication Ideas for the Modern Era

    • by Eric G. Jackson, DDS, MAGD, FICOI, FICD, FADI
    • Dec 4, 2017, 09:00 AM
    These days it’s the little things that truly separate an average dental practice from a great one. All patients like the idea of a meticulous dentist performing pain-free, minimally invasive dentistry with skill and precision.
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  • Exercise and the Brain

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Nov 27, 2017, 08:00 AM
    We accept that our physical health can have ups and downs. Sometimes we’re healthy and robust, and sometimes we come down with an acute problem that requires us to stop and look after ourselves.
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  • The Struggles of Cold and Flu Season in the Dental Practice

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Nov 20, 2017, 08:00 AM
    Along with pumpkins, leaf peeping, ciders and all things wonderfully fall, comes another seasonal norm — the flu.
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  • Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Is a Pumpkin Spice Latte Good for Your Teeth?

    • by Pamela Marzban, DDS, FAGD, LVIF
    • Oct 30, 2017, 08:00 AM
    With the coming of fall, we also see the arrival of pumpkin spice flavored everything.
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  • Dental Fee Guides

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Oct 20, 2017, 08:00 AM
    In 1998, the Alberta Dental Association did something that had not happened before in Canada: They eliminated the Fee Guide, creating a free and open market for dental fees.
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  • Of Solar Eclipses and Vacations

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Sep 29, 2017, 08:00 AM
    Many years ago, I decided to take a three-week (in a row) holiday. I had heard from many sources that revealed that those in high-stress jobs, after only one week away, the stress levels are reduced but not eliminated, that after two weeks you are only starting to “let go,” but it is the third week that true emotional and mental rest starts to be felt.
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  • It’s Not ‘Just a Cleaning’

    • by Eric G. Jackson, DDS, MAGD, FICOI, FICD, FADI
    • Sep 22, 2017, 08:00 AM
    One of the largest obstacles the profession of dentistry faces is public perception. Have you seen the memes floating around out there?
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