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Dental Realist Podcast

The Dental Realist Podcast is unlike any other dental podcast. As three practicing dentists we have learned many things that we wish we'd known before dental school graduation, and we are here to give future, new, and veteran dentists the help they need to have a more enjoyable career.
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Jun 13, 2019

Every dentist encounters patients who have oral hygiene issues that are difficult to diagnose and questions that may not have clear-cut answers. Also, some patients claim to have immaculate oral hygiene home care, but still get cavities and want to know why. 

What are the best ways to deal with these patients? 

Is "I don't know" an acceptable answer? 

What is the dentist's responsibility and the patient's? 

We discuss these topics and much more on Episode 39. 

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May 29, 2019

Decisions during your dental career are some of the most important you will make throughout your life. From deciding to go to dental school to deciding where to practice, decisions in dentistry can impact your life for years to come.

What should be considered before making these major decisions? 

How do you decide between career opportunity and lifestyle location if the two aren't aligned? 

How does your personality impact some of these decisions? 

What kind of career movement is available in dentistry? 

We discuss this and much, much more on Episode 38. 

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May 15, 2019

The release of a recent article by The Atlantic called The Truth About Dentistry raised some questions about some of the information about dentistry that the general public receives. On Episode 37, Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron discuss many of the topics in this article. Is dentistry really a science?  Where is the balance between prevention and treatment? What is true and what is false in this article? 

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Mar 10, 2019

Recently, some of the the dental students that Dr. Neff works with asked him some very important questions concerning their futures in dentistry. On Episode 36, Dr. Stevens and Dr. Waldron try to answer some of these questions and give guidance to all future dentists. 

Why do dentists seem to only work 3-4 days a week? 

What are our favorite procedures? 

What should new dentists look for when purchasing a practice or joining as an associate? 

What keeps dentists up at night? 

What are the benefits of a military loan repayment option? 

We discuss these topics and much, much more on Episode 36. We would be honored if you would join us! 

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Jan 18, 2019

With the rise of dental service organizations, is private practice still a viable option for dentists? 

What sets dentistry apart from medicine that will allow private practices to survive? 

What are the benefits of working for a DSO? 

What are the benefits of working in a private practice? 

What are the best ways for the solo practice to compete with DSOs? 

We discuss all of this and much more on Episode 35 of the Dental Realist Podcast! 

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Dec 26, 2018

With the current economic realities of dentistry what is the rationale for offering our employees incentives and bonuses? 

How do you communicate this to staff members? 

How can you make employees feel like their job is rewarding when you can't offer big bonuses and benefits packages? 

What motivates someone to work at a dental office and to leave? 

What makes an employee feel important? 

We discuss this and much more on Episode 34 of the Dental Realist Podcast! 

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Sep 21, 2018

According to the American Dental Association, the retirement age of dentists is increasing and we discuss why we think this is, what dentists and future dentists can do to avoid a later retirement, and what the ADA can do to help. 

We also breakdown a recent ADA.org interview with incoming ADA president Dr. Jeffrey Cole. What are his biggest concerns about the profession of dentistry? Does he have any solutions? What are his goals for his one-year presidency? What do we think the ADA should really do? How does this affect dentists and future dentists? 

We start the show by talking about an insurance issue that Dr. Stevens had this week and how it can affect other dentists' offices. 

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Jul 18, 2018

On Episode 32 Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron announce and discuss our new mentoring program, Mentur DDS. We started the Dental Realist Podcast to help other dentists and dental students navigate their career in dentistry and Mentur DDS will allow us to do this on a more personal level. We discuss our early days in dentistry and why we wish we would have had mentors that could help give us a head start in dentistry. 

We also discuss some of the traits we look for when hiring new staff members and much more! We would love you to join us. 

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Jun 28, 2018

In this episode Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron discuss doing a one-year residency after dental school graduation, and Dr. Neff offers his unique perspective on these programs. 

What are the benefits of a one-year residency? 

What are some potential drawbacks? 

What are some things to consider when choosing a residency? 

Would it be better to complete a specialty residency? 

We discuss these questions and much more. We would love you to join us! 

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Jun 5, 2018

In this packed episode Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron start by discussing how patient stress can impact the treating dentist.

We continue our discussion by answering a listener's questions about dealing with a bad owner-dentist. Whose job is it to bring in new patients? Who decides which types of materials are to be used? Who should pay for practice marketing? What questions should a new dentist ask before accepting an associate position? 

We wrap up this episode by talking about an example of out-of-control student loan debt. Where does the burden fall when dental student debt continues to grow unchecked? Should dental school tuition continue to increase when dentist income is going down? 

**We apologize for a technical difficulty with Dr. Neff's audio in the second half of this episode.**

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Mar 1, 2018

In this episode we answer a second year dental student's email about his future after dental school.

-With $300-350k in student debt, is it possible to have the lifestyle his family wants?

-What is a good timetable to plan to purchase a practice? 

-Is working in public health for a year after dental school a good option? 

-What is realistic income in an area that is saturated with dentists? 

We answer these questions and many more. This is an episode every future and new dentist needs to hear. We'd love you to join us!

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Feb 13, 2018

In this episode we discuss some actual situations that happened recently at our offices. We start by discussing Dr. Neff's recent experience with a salesperson. Are salespeople out of touch with real world dentistry? Do they really have the dentist's best interest in mind? 

We continue our discussion with a unique insurance situation that Dr. Stevens encountered not long ago. What is an insurance's role in the doctor-patient relationship? Are insurances practicing dentistry without a license when they recommend treatment? 

We discuss these topics and much more on this episode of the Dental Realist Podcast. We would love you to join us! 

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Nov 8, 2017

In this episode we discuss if dental school is worth the debt that most students take on and options for limiting that debt. We also talk about some of the best ways to repay that debt and if student loan forgiveness is a viable option. 

Next we discuss what causes the most daily stress in practice and some ways we cope with it. We then talk about how the stress actually affects us and why dentists don't do more about their stress. 

This is an important episode for dental students and dentists alike. We would love you to join us!

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Sep 29, 2017

In this episode we discuss how dentistry is changing and how these changes will affect the future of dentistry. What affect will retiring baby boomer dentists have on dentistry? Dentists are working less than they did in years past. Why, and will the trend continue? How will a higher female dentist population change dentistry? And what aspect of dentistry has dentists the most dissatisfied? We discuss these topics and much more on episode 26. 

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Sep 10, 2017

In this episode we are joined by Steve Parker, editor-in-chief of The Profitable Dentist magazine, CEO of Excellence in Dentistry, founder of Dentiva Dental Coaching and Consulting, as well as an international speaker and dental journal contributor. In this episode we discuss what new dentists need to do to be successful, what experienced dentists are doing right and wrong in their practices, what the future of dentistry looks like, and much, much more! This episode is enlightening for dental students, new dentists, and experienced dentists. Steve Parker has a wealth of knowledge that is essential for all dentists, no matter where you are in your career. 

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Aug 30, 2017

In this episode we are joined by Craig Cody of Craig Cody and Company Inc. Craig is a certified public accountant and a certified tax coach, as well as the author of 10 Most Expensive Tax Mistakes That Cost Business Owners Thousands. We discuss the role your accountant should play in your dental practice, how proactive tax planning can save you thousands of dollars, some nuggets on how to save you and your practice money, and much more. 

For a FREE COPY of Craig Cody's book 10 Most Expensive Tax Mistakes That Cost Business Owners Thousands click here! You can also contact Craig at 516-869-4051 or email at craig@ccodycpa.com

 

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Aug 23, 2017

In this episode we discuss Howard Farran's article "Suck It Up, Buttercup" and Decisions in Dentistry's article "How Educational Debt Influences Practice Choices." With dental school student loan debt being so high are dentists able to choose which procedures they want to do or should general dentists being doing everything? How does dental school debt affect practice options after dental school? We give our opinions on these articles and much, much more in the world of dentistry. 

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Jul 21, 2017

In this episode we address our thoughts on the American Dental Association. Is the ADA really on the side of dentists? Does the ADA support dentists like we want it to? With dental school tuition skyrocketing and dental insurance reimbursements rapidly declining, what would we like to see the ADA do? We cover these crucial topics and much more on this latest episode of the Dental Realist Podcast. 

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May 5, 2017

In this episode we discuss what we learned recently at Dr. Charles Blair's lecture at the Utah Dental Association Convention and give our thoughts. Currently, how are corporate dentistry and insurance companies affecting the solo owner dentist? What steps, if any, can be taken to ensure the survival of the solo dentist? Where is dentistry headed in the future? And much, much more. 

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Feb 26, 2017

In this episode we discuss the challenges facing dentistry and the Dentaltown article written by Dr. Gordon Christensen titled Challenges Facing the U.S. Dental Profession. What are the main concerns of dentists today? What are the solutions? Who should take the lead in correcting these challenges? We discuss all of this and much, much more. If you are a dentist or future dentist you don't want to miss this episode. 

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Jan 23, 2017

On episode 19 we discuss the US News & World Report's ranking of dentist as the #1 job in America in 2017. What did this report get right and what did it miss? What should have been included in this report that wasn't? We also discuss the change in dentist pay and how this affects dental students, new dentists, and even veteran dentists. 

 

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Dec 19, 2016

In this episode, we discuss what motivates the dental staff. How do you handle Christmas bonuses? What about monthly bonuses? Is there an ideal bonus system? What is more important: money or praise? We discuss what has worked for us and what hasn't, and much more! 

 

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Nov 21, 2016

In this episode, we are joined by David Harris, certified fraud investigator and CEO of Prosperident. We discuss steps dentists can take to prevent embezzlement, hiring techniques to select new employees, types of embezzlers, what to look for if a dentist suspects they are being embezzled, and many other aspects of embezzlement. These topics are important for an experienced dentist or a dental student who is preparing for private practice. We'd love you to join us! 

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Oct 30, 2016

In episode 16, we discuss the many mental ups and downs of dentistry. How do you handle patients who refuse x-rays and/or treatment, the know-it-all patients, the composite gauntlet, patients who have received false information from the media, and many of the other mental hurdles we go through each day as dentists? Whether you are a dentist who has had these experiences or a dental student who will go through these scenarios, we'd love you to join us for this episode. 

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Oct 3, 2016

In this episode we talk about many of the lessons learned in dental school. Some seemed important at the time and turned out to be totally useless. Some seemed pointless and ended up being useful in private practice. How are you supposed to know the difference? This episode will help you know. 

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