• 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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  • Pep Talks in Dentistry: Taking Cues from Sports Coaches

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Sep 15, 2017, 09:10 AM
    But what happens when that motivation dwindles? How do you walk into your practice fully pumped to do your best knowing it’s going to be a tough day?
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  • A Story of Team Triumph

    • by Pamela Marzban, DDS, FAGD, LVIF
    • Aug 28, 2017, 08:30 AM
    My patient care coordinator came running, saying, “Dr. Marzban, there is a man collapsed outside. Our hygienist thinks he is having a heart attack, and we need your help.”
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  • Recipes for Success in Cooking and Dentistry

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Aug 21, 2017, 08:30 AM
    I work with precision all day at the office doing dentistry that calls for accuracy that can make or break a restoration or clinical situation. Reducing “the tooth by a little” obviously doesn’t fly.
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  • My First AGD Scientific Session

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Aug 14, 2017, 08:30 AM
    It only took me 30 years to attend my first AGD Scientific Session.
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  • Part 4: What Defines a Successful Practice?

    • by John Gammichia, DMD, FAGD
    • Aug 9, 2017, 08:30 AM
    This is my fourth blog post in the series I’ve written over the past few months that has discussed what I think success is to how I practice. I started this series because I read a lot of dental articles and blogs that tells us what a successful practice looks like. If you read or talk about success a lot, and you might start to think, “I don't practice that way” or “I am not wired that way,” I am here to tell you that that is OK. Success looks different to everyone.
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  • A Tribute to Roy Rasmussen

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Aug 4, 2017, 08:00 AM
    Roy loved dentistry. He loved people, and he loved business.
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  • Stand Your Ground

    • by Pamela Marzban, DDS, FAGD, LVIF
    • Jul 31, 2017, 09:00 AM
    Have you ever referred a patient to a specialist to have a lesion evaluated and/or biopsied for possible cancer, just to have the patient tell you that the specialist said, “Oh, it’s nothing. Just keep an eye on it.” This has happened to me, and while it is extremely frustrating and time-consuming, I have never made light of or dismissed concern surrounding potential signs of oral cancer.
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  • Creating a Knowledgeable Team

    • by Eric G. Jackson, DDS, MAGD, FICOI, FICD, FADI
    • Jul 27, 2017, 08:00 AM
    A dental team needs to be knowledgeable about dentistry. At first glance, this statement might seem obvious and simplistic, but take a moment to ponder it further. Ask yourself: “Does each member of my dental team have a solid, general grasp of each procedure I perform? Could every team member pass along that knowledge and correctly educate a patient?”
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  • Collect Now, Not Later

    • by Duke Aldridge, DDS, MBA, MAGD, MICOI, DICOI, FMISCH
    • Jul 25, 2017, 14:08 PM
    One of the biggest challenges facing today’s dentist is collecting money for services rendered. This process should be simple. The dentist performs dental treatment for a fair and reasonable fee, and the patient pays. Just like at the grocery store, right? Wrong!
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  • Trends in Pet Ownership

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Jul 20, 2017, 10:30 AM
    When I told my grandmother, who was born in 1924, that cats and dogs have their teeth cleaned and checked for cavities, she laughed out loud and thought it was a joke. She then commented that pets are lucky to have such great dental care. I agreed with mixed emotion, wishing many people would seek good dental care.
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  • The Surplus of Dentists

    • by Andy Alas, DDS
    • Jul 18, 2017, 10:16 AM
    I want you to try a little exercise with me. I only ask that you follow along and answer to yourself honestly. No one will ever know how you answer my questions, so you can be completely honest with yourself.
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  • The Role of Mentoring on the Road to Becoming a Dentist

    • by Samantha Allen
    • Jul 11, 2017, 12:12 PM
    I recently completed my last day as a dental assistant. Starting a pre-matriculation in a couple of weeks feels daunting. I’ll be living the “dorm life” for the first time ever — at age 36. In two months, I’ll be starting my journey at University of Mississippi Medical Center toward becoming a dentist.
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  • The Not-So-Magic ‘Magic Words’

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Jul 6, 2017, 11:56 AM
    But his role was more than just making prosthetics. He also taught us how to communicate with our dental labs, and his first lesson to me had a profound impact that continues to this day, more than 30 years after graduation.
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  • Online Dental Information: Marvel or Myth?

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Jun 23, 2017, 10:41 AM
    No doubt we’ve all used or heard the phrase, “I read it on the internet.” But what this exactly means is unknown, not to mention risky.
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  • Relationships Matter above Everything Else

    • by Duke Aldridge, DDS, MBA, MAGD, MICOI, DICOI
    • Jun 15, 2017, 10:42 AM
    As we know, dentistry has entered a new economic reality — a reality that is reshaping the way in which we do business, as part of an industry whose foundation is built upon the appreciation and realization that relationships matter, above everything else.
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  • Extinguishing Fires — Literally

    • by Andy Alas, DDS
    • Jun 6, 2017, 10:05 AM
    “Doctor, the radio keeps turning off!” So began my morning. Little did I know that within the hour, an electrician, my dental equipment repair team and an electrician would be in my office. My staff also would be cancelling all of my appointments for the day.
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