• Early Retirement From Dentistry: A Distant Wish or an Achievable Goal?

    • by Zeynep Barkat, DMD, FAGD
    • Jan 19, 2018, 09:00 AM
    We love our field and work hard. We ought to apply that same fervor to investments that will ultimately fund the last chapter of our lives.
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  • What Does the Appearance of Your Office Convey About the Cleanliness and Organization of Your Business?

    • by Duke Aldridge, DDS, MBA, MAGD, DICOI, MICOI, FMISCH
    • Jan 12, 2018, 09:00 AM
    We should always strive to create a positive first impression so every patient is comfortable and believes that they are in a state-of-the-art dental office.
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  • The AGD Fellowship Examination

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Dec 18, 2017, 08:00 AM
    They told me about the Fellowship program, that it had been in place for many years and had gained recognition worldwide as a prestigious demonstration of a continued commitment to advancing ourselves as general dentists.
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  • Five Fun Ideas on How to Give Back

    • by Pamela Marzban, DDS, FAGD, LVIF 
    • Dec 13, 2017, 08:00 AM
    Giving back to society is what I consider food for the soul. If you want to give back but are not sure where to start, here are some options we've done at our office and truly enjoyed.
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  • 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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  • 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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