Dental Realist Podcast
Dental Realist Podcast
The Dental Realist podcast is unlike any other dental podcast. As three practicing dentists we have learned things that we wish we'd known before dental school graduation. We are here to give future, new, & veteran dentists the honest info you need.
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Dental Realist: Episode 42 - Holiday Bonuses for the Dental Team
The dental team is one of the most important assets of an enjoyable dental career. During the holidays the dental team is usually given a bonus of some kind, but how do you know how much to give each team member? And how do you scale back if your practice has had a slow year? What do you do if you...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 41-Helping Private Practices Stay Competitive
  Episode 41 With the cost of running a dental practice getting more expensive, the rise of DSOs, and the changing dental marketplace how do private practice dentists stay competitive? To help dentists and future dentists navigate their careers during these changing times, we are joined by Caleb...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 40 - Burnout in Dentistry
Burnout in dentistry has become a hot-button issue in recent years with more and more dentists being willing to admit they have experienced moderate to severe stress at some point in their careers.  How is burnout defined?  How does burnout manifest itself?  How can it affect a dentist's personal...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 39 - Challenging Patients and Diagnoses
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...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 38 - How Decisions in Dentistry Impact Your Life
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? ...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 37 - Is This the Truth About Dentistry?
The release of a recent article by The Atlantic called  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...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 36 - Questions From Future Dentists
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...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 35 - Is the Solo Practice Dead?
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...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 34 - Challenges of Rewarding and Retaining Employees
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...  Read More
Dental Realist Podcast: Episode 33 - Retirement Age Is Increasing and Is the ADA Doing Anything To Help?
Episode 33 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 interview with incoming...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 32 - Mentur DDS
Episode 32 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...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 31 - Is a Residency Right For Me?
Episode 31 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...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 30 - Dealing With A Bad Employer
Episode 30 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...  Read More
Dental Realist Podcast: Episode 29 - Important Questions From A Dental Student
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...  Read More
Episode 28 - Dealing with Insurances and Salespeople
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...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 26 - How Dentistry Is Changing
Episode 26  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...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 27 - Managing Dental School Debt and Practice Stress
Episode 27 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...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 25 - Real World Dentistry w/ Steve Parker
                                       Episode 25                            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...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 24 - Tax Planning w/ Craig Cody
                                                                                                   Episode 24/ Tax Planning                                       In this episode we are joined by Craig Cody of Craig Cody and Company Inc. Craig is a certified public accountant and a...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 23 - Student Debt's Influence On Dental Practices
In 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...  Read More
Episode 22 - What does the ADA actually do?
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Episode 21 - How Can the Solo Dentist Survive?
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Episode 20 - Challenges Facing Dentistry
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Episode 19 - Dentist is the #1 Job in America?
Listen to episode 19 . On 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...  Read More
Episode 17 - Embezzlement Risk & Prevention w/ David Harris
Listen to Episode 17 ! 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...  Read More
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