The Stress-Free Dentist Podcast and Blog
The Stress-Free Dentist Podcast and Blog
Dr. Eric Block, DMD, CAGS, FICOI, FICD, FAADS, is a full-time practicing dentist in Acton, Ma. He is known as the Stress-Free Dentist and hosts the Stress-Free Dentist Podcast. His goal is to help make dental professional's careers more enjoyable.
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A Growth Mindset: A conversation with Dr. Cedric Lewis and Eric Block
   A conversation between Dr. Cedric Lewis and Dr. Eric Block A couple of dentists with multiple side gigs  Eric shares his own experience of having multiple side gigs alongside his dental practice. The episode ends with planning the interview structure and contact information exchange between the...  Read More
Episode #164: Achieving Dental Freedom with Dr. Cedric Lewis
Dr. Lewis shares what it’s like owning multiple dental practices, shedding light on the challenges and triumphs of such a venture. This firsthand account provides a valuable perspective for listeners considering or navigating the path of managing multiple practices. Dr. Lewis provides an...  Read More
Effectively Eliminate Your Patient’s TMD Symptoms
A conversation with Dr. Tony Urbanek and Dr. Eric Block   Focusing on TMD Tony Urbanek, a researcher with a background in cell biology and dentistry, figured out the solution for TMJ/TMD after realizing that current treatments were ineffective. He observed that many dentists were unwilling to...  Read More
Categories: TMJ and Occlusion
Episode #163: Effectively Eliminate Your Patient’s TMD Symptoms
Dr. Urbanek began by discussing his background and passion for addressing TMD through surgeries related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The conversation then delved into TMD symptoms, thoroughly explaining the signs and indicators to help listeners understand the condition better....  Read More
Episode #162: How to Dominate Google SEO in Your Local Area Moving forward, Naren shares practical steps on how to dominate SEO, revealing a holistic approach that goes beyond mere keyword optimization. He shares six actionable tasks to climb the Google search ladder. Naren also...  Read More
Companion blog inspired by the podcast episode with Dr. Laura Mach
  Love Your Dental Practice:  A Conversation between Dr. Laura Mach and Dr. Eric Block    Getting Started in Dentistry   , Dr. Mach tells her about her journey in dentistry and how she started as a dental assistant before becoming a dentist herself. She owns her practice in Iowa.    Going Out of...  Read More
Episode #161 with Dr. Laura Mach: Love Your Dental Practice
Discover the intriguing relationship between dentistry and life coaching as Dr. Mach shares her unique perspective on balancing dual expertise. Gain insights into what it’s like to work with a life coach and the transformative potential of such partnerships. The episode concludes with a discussion...  Read More
Why An Average Dental Practice Converts Only 1/3rd Of New Patient Calls To Appointments?
  Let’s start by talking about missed calls. While leaving voicemails and waiting for a callback was once common, patients today expect their calls to be answered during working hours. A high missed call rate can result in missed opportunities to connect with new patients. Therefore, tracking and...  Read More
A Conversation with Dr. Tarryn MacCarthy Part -02
Part 02 What are the biggest challenges for dentists right now in terms of their own happiness? Dr. MacCarthy answered, “I think it’s the external validation.  I think it’s that we’re so focused on needing our patient’s approval, needing our community’s approval, our colleagues’ approval, chasing...  Read More
 A Conversation with Dr. Tarryn MacCarthy Part -01
Her Journey into Dentistry Dr. MacCarthy chose dentistry as a career because she fell in love with that beautiful marriage of artistry and science and the promise of entrepreneurship and contribution to the community.  She then chose orthodontics as a specialty to help the community align their...  Read More
Episode #160: Educating Dentists with Dental Implants. Dr. Ryan Lee and Michael Gendron
Learn about Dr. Lee and Michael’s affiliations with implant institutions and explore the curriculum at Linkstone Implant Academy, a hub for comprehensive implant education. The episode continues with insights into patient satisfaction strategies, emphasizing the delicate balance between...  Read More
Categories: Implant Dentistry
Dr. Tarryn MacCarthy Episode #159: The Business of Happiness in Dentistry
In this episode, Dr. Tarryn MacCarthy unfolds her unique journey into dentistry, sharing pivotal moments and motivations that shaped her career. Explore how she defines success in the dental profession, providing a holistic perspective that goes beyond conventional metrics, encompassing the...  Read More
Adapting to Change: How Hybrid Work Schedules Transform Dental Care
The Great Return Whether it’s for an emergency or recall visit, many patients are just now returning for their dental care.  Even years later, for some patients, their dental care just dropped off their radar and was forgotten about, and they are just now booking their return visits and getting...  Read More
 Melissa Turner Episode #158: Transforming the Future of Dentistry
Delve into Melissa’s journey from clinical to non-clinical dentistry, unraveling the motivations and experiences that fueled this transition. The episode explores the moments that led to a significant career change, offering lessons and considerations for dental professionals contemplating...  Read More
 Episode #157: Dr. Eric Block’s Experience with Marketing
  Explore the foundational aspects of marketing broken down into four components, gaining a comprehensive understanding of these crucial elements. Naren Arulrajah, the CEO of Ekwa Marketing, provides insights into the transformative impact of Google, the art of crafting high-converting landing...  Read More
Drs Karen Tindall and Laura Schwindt Episode #156: Smile Inside Out: Elevating Dental Teams with  Whole-Person Wellness Coaching
Delve into the creation of The Mint Door Club, a platform born out of Karen and Laura’s dedication to the holistic well-being of dental professionals. The episode unfolds the inspiration behind its inception and the unique offerings it brings to the dental community. At the core of their...  Read More
 Aaron Boone CEO of MVP Mailhouse Episode #155: Direct Mail in Dentistry Is Back
Explore the ongoing debate between direct mail and digital ads, gaining valuable insights into their respective merits. Dive into the mechanics of direct mail marketing, learning how this traditional approach can be a potent tool in dental marketing. Aaron provides tips for crafting successful...  Read More
Categories: Marketing
Dr. Anissa Holmes Episode #154: Providing Dentists with Top-Notch Educational Resources
Explore the innovation that is DentalFlix,  discovering its purpose and impact on dental education and content creation. Dr. Holmes reveals the intricacies of content creation and discusses the wide-ranging offerings of DentalFlix. Whether you’re a dental student, practitioner, or enthusiast,...  Read More
Morgan Millett CEO of Front Office Friend. Episode #153: The Importance of Standard Operating Procedures
Join us on a journey with Morgan Millett as she shares her path into the dental industry, unveiling the motivations that led her to become a pivotal figure in the field. Delve into the functionality of Front Office Friend, discovering how it acts as a valuable resource for dental practices....  Read More
Episode #152: Two Most Important Steps to Reduce Insurance Dependence
We kick off the conversation by diving into the world of PPO plans and the typical write-offs that many dentists face. Naren suggests that replacing patients acquired through PPO plans with Google SEO strategies is the first crucial step to reducing insurance dependence.  He emphasizes the...  Read More
Dr. Catrise Austin, Episode #151: How To Become A Celebrity Dentist
In this episode of The Stress-Free Dentist podcast, we delve into the captivating narrative of Dr. Austin’s unconventional dental career. Dr. Austin shares her initial foray into the world of dentistry, her experiences post-dental school, and the pivotal role of her time as an associate dentist....  Read More
The Podcast Rebranding, Episode #150: Introducing The Stress-Free Dentist Show
The podcast recently underwent a rebranding, and Dr. Block provides a glimpse into what listeners can anticipate from future episodes. This includes exciting new content and expert guests who will contribute their knowledge and experiences to empower dental professionals. Additionally, we delve...  Read More
WHY DO MOST WEB PAGES GET ZERO GOOGLE TRAFFIC? Even the best-designed website will only help a company if it brings in visitors who become customers (in our case, patients for a dental practice). Google is the big dog when it comes to website traffic. Web pages aren’t as successful if they don’t...  Read More
Many dental practice owners have turned to PPO plans to seek ways to attract patients and grow their practice. However, while these plans can offer a more extensive patient base, they often come with significant write-offs that can add up over time. As a result, practice owners are exploring...  Read More
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