• 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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  • Deciphering the Meaning of ‘I Chipped a Tooth’

    • by John Gammichia, DMD, FAGD
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:57 AM
    I know this is something you hear all the time: “I chipped a tooth.” This can mean so many things, especially if it is coming from a nondentist.
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  • Vacations: Distant Childhood Memories

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:54 AM
    Last year, a good friend of mine confessed she had a dilemma: She was trying to figure out where to spend her remaining two weeks of vacation for the year. Wait … what? Remaining?!
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  • The No. 1 Reason to Measure Your Patients’ Satisfaction

    • by Duke Aldridge, DDS, MBA, MAGD, DICOI, MICOI, FMISCH
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:53 AM
    Recently, I had an interesting conversation with an owner colleague (Dr. Colleague) regarding the various means by which he and his staff solicit patient comments (via comment cards, website, text message, etc.).
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  • The Employee Review Conundrum

    • by Donald Murry III, DMD
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:51 AM
    The blessing and curse of my group practice setting is having to relay/discuss/vote on decisions amongst my partners. At times, it’s a godsend — aka, those times when I have few if any ideas and I thusly appreciate the variety and breadth of opinions amongst my counterparts. Other times, though, it leads to disagreements and some heated discussions when opinions differ.
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  • Overcoming Challenges in Relationships

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:50 AM
    In December 2016, I completed a course with Dr. Paul Homoly about the craft of being a speaker. I have had a dream of being a keynote speaker for more than 20 years, and now, I am finally ready.
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  • What Defines a Successful Practice?

    • by John Gammichia, DMD, FAGD
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:49 AM
    After a reading some blog posts focused on what it takes to have a successful practice, I started to ask myself about success. I started to ponder what a successful practice looks like.
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  • Transform Your Life by Setting Goals

    • by Duke Aldridge, DDS, MBA, MAGD, DICOI, MICOI, FMISCH
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:48 AM
    A goal often has been defined as the terminal point of a journey or a measurable and observable end result. When we think about setting goals, the first thing that usually comes to mind is making a new year’s resolution.
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  • Career Choices

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:47 AM
    When I talk with my patients and learn about their careers, I am amazed at the variety of opportunities that are out there. We don’t learn in school how to do what most people do in their careers, and I think that is very cool.
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  • Four Ways to Boost Your Internal Marketing Efforts

    • by Pamela Marzban, DDS, FAGD
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:45 AM
    No matter where we run our business, we have to remain relevant in our communities. I believe in branding — creating some type of image or logo that represents you and your office.
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  • The Profitability Factor in Selling a Practice

    • by Andy Alas, DDS
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:44 AM
    At the ripe old age of 52, I am starting to consider selling my practice and pursuing other opportunities that have been presented to me.
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  • Dentist and Dental Assistant: A Necessary Duo

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:42 AM
    I’ve worked with numerous assistants throughout my career, and over the years, I’ve understood their job to be a difficult one — not that ours as dentists is a walk in the park, but I can’t imagine a day without them.
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