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5 ways to quit a dental practice with grace

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By David Rice, DDS. Breaking up is never easy … for anyone. It’s also not something to take lightly. I see way too many threads on social media where one thing isn’t perfect and a young dentist or dental team member is out. That’s not cool.

What to do the summer before dental school

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By: Savannah Craig. Congratulations on your acceptance to dental school! What an incredible accomplishment! You’ve put in the time and effort, and finally, it has paid off with an offer letter from a dental school.

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Dental Patient Communication: Learning to meet your patients where they are

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By: Savanah Craig. One of the biggest challenges I face while beginning my career in dentistry is patient communication. I have spent the last 4 years learning a whole new language of technical jargon to be able to communicate with my colleagues and read research articles.

Fall Forward

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By: Mohammed Hammoud. There is only one way to know if your purpose aligns with your career , and that is to pursue it. I often pondered beforehand if I was making the right decision in pursuing dentistry.

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How to calm patients with dental anxiety

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By: Jamie Finch. If a patient is feeling too anxious before a procedure, it can make the dentist’s job much harder. While it’s important that you calm patients with dental anxiety as much as possible, doing so can be easier said than done.

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Remember, you’re more than just a dental student!

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By: Savanah Craig. When you spend 9+ hours a day at your dental school and are surrounded by people who do the same, it’s easy to let being a dental student consume your whole life. It can feel like your worth comes from your grades when all of your free time is spent studying or practicing drilling.

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Misconceptions about Dental Insurance

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By: Teresa Duncan. One of the big issues that new dentists face is learning the ins and outs of insurance — it’s a lot of paperwork! A lot of dentists find themselves confused fighting a mountain of red tape. 4 Common Dental Insurance Misconceptions.

What is your why?

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By: Mohammed Hammoud. Many of us are confronted with hopeless situations in which we no longer feel guided. Whether it be rejection from dental school to not feeling passionate about our future choices, we ask ourselves, why? It creates a sense of frustration because we fell short of our dreams.

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HIPAA in 2022: What’s on the horizon?

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By: Linda Harvey , MS, RDH. Note to Reader: This blog is an excerpt of an article originally published on DentistryIQ. In case you weren’t aware, there are a number of HIPAA updates on the horizon.

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The hidden cost to acquire a dental practice

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By: Bruce Bryen. A dental school graduate that has worked as an associate and learned from a mentor or owner may now be looking for that first dental practice acquisition.

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Things to consider when looking for a dental associate position

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By: Jennifer Murphy, DDS, FAGD. There are many, many factors to consider when looking for your next associate position. While the unicorn may be out there – your perfect job – it’s important to know your non-negotiables as well as what you are willing to compromise on in a dental associate position.

Clinic Advice for D3s & D4s

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By: Savannah Craig. Starting clinic can come with a lot of conflicting feelings. It is exciting to finally be treating patients, but it can also be a stressful experience. Everyone enters clinic with a different level of confidence, skill, and a unique patient pool.

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The Real Cost to Acquire a Dental Practice

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By: Bruce Bryen. The dental school graduate is ready to acquire a dental practice and wants to understand how much it really costs: You have been a dental school graduate for the last five years and have been working as an associate in someone’s dental practice.

How To Run a Successful Dental Practice – Time to Get Pumped UP!

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By: Dr. Paul Caselle. We have closed out 2021, now it’s time to get pumped up about 2022 and run a successful dental practice by following these four steps: Assessment, Objectives, Plan, and Execution. Assessment Objectives Plan Execution. Assessment.

Dental Assistant Requirements for New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, and Oklahoma

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By: Natalie Kaweckyj, LDA, RF, CDA, CDPMA, COA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA. One of the greatest challenges for current dental assistants is the portability of their profession across state lines.

Does Your Back Hurt? This Simple Product Can Save Your Back!

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By: Amber Auger, RDH. Near to my heart is helping hygienists have healthier, happier careers, and I believe it starts with an honest assessment of our health. It’s difficult to find joy at work when dealing with back pain, and sadly most hygienists report chronic pain.

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5 Reasons to Become a Dental Hygienist

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By: Sara Brooks RDH, BS. Here are 5 reasons to become a Dental Hygienist: Pay: You get paid well per hour. Hours: The hours are usually 8 to 5. No nights or Holidays: Most dental offices close on major Holidays. Only need Associates degree: Meaning only 2 years of school.

Playing defense with teeth

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By: Sable A Muntean, DMD, MHSA. On a recent Friday afternoon, this 18-year-old female presented as a new patient to my office. She had fallen off her scooter the day prior, fracturing both #8 and 9, as seen in Figure 1 below. FIGURE 1.

How to become a dental hygienist

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By: Megen Elliott, MS-OCL, RDH, CDA. Becoming a dental hygienist is a rewarding, challenging, and exciting adventure. If you’re considering a career in dental hygiene, keep reading my guide on how to become a dental hygienist or forward it to a friend who is considering a career change!

Advice for Applying to a GPR / AEGD Program

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By: Savannah Craig. Applying for dental residency programs is similar to applying to dental school in many ways. First, you need to narrow down your list of programs. Then, you need to begin your application on a centralized portal (ADEA-PASS) and collect your application materials.

Why You Might Consider a General Dentistry Residency Program

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By: Savannah Craig. Pursuing a one- or two-year GPR or AEGD program following graduation from dental school is just one of many options available to new dentists. Should You Pursue a Dental Residency Program? There are many reasons to choose to do a residency program.

How much should you pay for malpractice insurance? $4,000? $5,000?

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By: Dr. Luke Shapiro. I just got off the phone with my insurance sales rep and they informed me that it would now cost me almost $11,000 to have malpractice insurance in New York City! What?! I thought I misunderstood. Is it even legal to increase malpractice by this much? Turns out it is.

Did I make a mistake going into dentistry?

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By Sienna Greene, DMD. Did I make a mistake going into dentistry? Why did I become a dentist in the first place? Did I make the right decision? I don’t know if I like it and how do I know I will like it for the rest of my life?

Imposter Syndrome as a Dental Student

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By: Savanah Craig. Imposter syndrome is an experience of believing you are not as competent as others perceive you to be. Imposter syndrome is common in high-achievers, and dental students are no exception.

Top Skills to be the Best Dentist

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By Katie Dumbell, DDS, MS. In dental school, we are taught the technical skills that are required to be a dentist, but some of the most important skills to being the best dentist aren’t things you learn in a classroom.

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How Phased Therapy Elevates Your Single Tooth Dentistry Every Time

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By: Kevin Muench DMD, MAGD. Time can work against you, or it can work for you if phased therapy is the proposed treatment. Though it seems simpler than a full mouth reconstruction, single tooth dentistry can take years to achieve the desired outcome.

New data shows how hiring crisis has grown in dental industry

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By Kevin Henry. Some new numbers from the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute (HPI) are shining a light on just how much the hiring crisis in dentistry has grown since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What I Wish I Knew Before Starting Dental School

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By: Savanah Craig. Before “Day in the Life” Instagram posts, there wasn’t a lot of information about what being in Dental School was like. I had spent many hours shadowing dentists for my application, but none of them ever talked about their four years of school.

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3 Ways to Avoid the Biggest Crisis in Dentistry

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All across the country, dental practices are facing a hiring crisis. Teams are being stretched thin because of openings within the staff directory, and it’s putting pressure on everyone in the practice. They feel the strain … and so does dentistry as a whole.

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Dental mentorship & why it’s important

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By: Savanah Craig. If you attend enough ASDA events, you’ll hear about the importance of finding a mentor to help support you on your journey towards a career in dentistry. However, there isn’t much explanation about how to find a mentor or why it’s so important. How to Find a Dentist Mentor.

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How to build your brand and reputation as a new dentist

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By: Jennifer Murphy. Everyone wants to be liked and we all want to be thought of in a positive light, especially when it comes to us as dentists and our dental practices. How does a dental school graduate entering into a whole new world develop that?

Acquiring a dental practice and some of the pitfalls

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By: Bruce Bryen. Now that the dental school graduate has worked as an associate and feels that an understanding of the workings of a practice is known, he or she may be ready to acquire a dental practice.

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What every dentist should know about joining a DSO or OSO

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By: Kevin Henry. Once out of dental school, graduates begin looking at various choices regarding how to approach the job market. Do they want to begin their career by working at a small, medium, or large dental practice?

What to do as an associate when you feel it is time to move on

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By: Jennifer Murphy, DDS, FAGD. You’ve been working at an office for a while now and things are just not working out the way you imagined or were promised. What do you do now? First, let’s acknowledge this is never an easy position to be in.

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Personal affairs curtailing the potential of the associate

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By: Bruce Bryen. Like much of the general population, dental school graduates also face challenges while ascending to more lucrative and clinically challenging positions in professional dentistry.

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Pediatric Dentistry Start-Up | Cuivre Creek

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I knew for years that my ultimate professional goal was to start my own pediatric dental office. I wanted to have that autonomy and be in control of my career so that I could deliver my dentistry in the way that I thought was superior.

4 Promises of Leadership Development That Will Transform Your Dental Career

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By: Dr. Edwin “Mac” McDonald. The development of leadership competencies is about developing yourself. As you look outward with the desire to influence and inspire, consider what you would gain from looking inward instead.

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How Can Dental Students Save for Their Own Practice?

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By: Ava Guzman. After graduation, dentistry students might immediately want to start working in order to get a return on their educational investment and earn a living. However, between student loans and the money needed to open up a clinic, the costs are steep. Saving Money for Your Dental Practice.

Let’s talk Michael Strahan and smile design in your dental practice

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Michael Strahan’s snap-on, social media frenzy got me thinking, “What if he sat in my treatment room? What would I say?” More importantly, what could I do in today’s dental technology world to show him what’s possible? What could you?

How to Lead an Old Team as a New Dentist

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By: Jennifer Murphy, DDS, FAGD. So you’ve graduated dental school, gotten your DDS or DMD degree, and obtained your license. Now, you are a doctor. You’ve started your first job, yet the staff doesn’t seem to see you as a leader in the office.

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Slowing employee turnover in the dental industry

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By: Katie Klaes. The hospitality industry was known for high employee turnover even before the pandemic. Dentistry and several other industries are now facing the same challenges, so I wanted to investigate what they are doing to attract and retain employees.

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3 big insurance mistakes dental practices are making

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As we dive deeper into 2021, dental insurance expert Teresa Duncan of Odyssey Management is seeing three big issues with dental insurance that practices encounter. First , some practices have yet to switch over to the 2019 ADA insurance claim form.

Preparing for Dental School Graduation

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By: Savanah Craig. If you’re anything like me, getting into dental school was the goal. I never really thought about what would happen after dental school graduation.