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.

  • 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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