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 60 - Dental School Insight w/ Melissa Drab
On Episode 60, we welcome Melissa Drab, fourth-year dental student at Marquette University, to The Dental Realist Podcast. We discuss a variety of dental school topics including:  -High and lows of dental school -A day in the life of a dental student -How Covid-19 has changed dental school...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 59 - Ethical Obligations
Throughout our careers all dentists will see failing dentistry and even have our own work fail eventually. But what if it was treatment that was performed recently by us or another dentist? How should those situations be communicated to patients and even to a patient’s previous dentist, if...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 58 - Associate: Should I Stay or Should I Go?
As an associate, how do you know when you are in a good situation or when it is time to make a change? On Episode 58, we respond to a listener email regarding their associateship and if a buy-in opportunity is a good idea.  -How important is work schedule?  -Will stresses be increased or reduced...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 57 - Daily Destressing
Life in a dental office can be stressful and learning how to deal with that stress on a daily basis can make the difference in a dental career. On Episode 57, we discuss the ways we have learned to deal with stress. We also talk about how we decide to add new treatment options to our practices. ...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 56 - Questions to Ask Before Joining a Practice
Before joining or purchasing a practice there are some important questions that need to be asked and answered. On Episode 56, we discuss some of the questions we wish we’d had asked before we started working in or purchasing our practices. We also talk about how to handle situations when a patient...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 55 - ADA Past-President Dr. Jeff Cole
On Episode 55, we are joined by Dr. Jeff Cole, former president of the American Dental Association. We get Dr. Cole’s unique perspective on many important topics, including:  -The rising cost of dental school education.  -Advice for new and future dentists. -The Current state and future outlook of...  Read More
On Episode 54, we discuss how we handle certain situations that arise in dentistry. How would we handle…: -…a patient asking to trade services?  -…a patient asking for a discount? -…being pressured to perform a specialty procedure?  -…a patient bankruptcy?  We discuss these scenarios and much, much...  Read More
Dental Realist: Advice for Young Dentists w/ Dr. Howard Trotter
On Episode 53 we welcome retired dentist Dr. Howard Trotter to the Dental Realist Podcast to discuss all aspects of his 42-year career.  -Why did he choose a career in dentistry and would he do it again?  -What was the biggest change in dentistry during his career?  -How did he make dentistry...  Read More
Dental Realist: Inbetween-isode #1 - The Mandalorian
On this In-between-isode, Ryder talks about The Mandalorian, the live-action Star Wars series on Disney+. Star Wars is one of Ryder’s passions outside of dentistry and would love you to join him for this bite-sized episode of the Dental Realist Podcast. Disclaimer: No Jawas were harmed in the...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 52 - Six Months Later
  Episode 52 It has been six months since the ADA and local governments told dental offices to shut down temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Episode 52 we discuss if that was the right decision, how it affected dental offices in the short term, how it is still affecting practices, and much...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 51 - Practice Transitions w/ Randon Jensen
On Episode 51 we welcome Randon Jensen, practice transition consultant with CTC Associates, to the Dental Realist Podcast to discuss all aspects of practice transitions. -Is practice ownership still an attractive option for dentists? -What is the profile of a first-time buyer? -When is the right...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 50 - Dental School During the Pandemic w/ Brian Trecek
**Note: There is a bit of an audio technical difficulty for the first 5 minutes but clears up after that.** On Episode 50 we welcome back Brian Trecek, Director of Admissions at Marquette University School of Dentistry, to discuss all aspects of dental school and the dental school application...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 49 - Feeling Like an Imposter
Imposter Syndrome is the persistent inability to believe that one's success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved. It can affect people in any profession, including dentistry. On Episode 49 we discuss what Imposter Syndrome is, how it can affect dentists, and what can be done to manage it. ...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 48 - An Unprecedented Return
Most dentists are back to work, but how has Covid-19 affected the everyday operations of dental offices? On Episode 48 we discuss: -How we felt going back to full-time dentistry. -The extra precautions we're taking. -Our least favorite pandemic phrases.  -A variety of news topics. We start the...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 47 - Staying Positive in Trying Times
Even though most dentists are only allowed to treat emergency patients right now, there are still some ways to stay positive and also tackle some necessary projects at the office. We discuss some ways to find positivity during this stressful time, as well as continuing to be productive even when...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 46 - The COVID-19 Effect on Dentistry
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of life and is now having a profound effect on dentistry. On Episode 46 we discuss: -The ADA’s recommendations for dental practices -How dentists are coping during this crisis -How the virus has changed every day practice -The effect the virus is...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 45-Standing Up To Dental Insurance Companies w/ Benjamin Tuinei
On Episode 45 we talk with Benjamin Tuinei to discuss how dentists can fight against low insurance reimbursements. Mr. Tuinei is the founder and CEO of Veritas Dental Resources and host of The Navigating Dental Insurance Podcast. We cover a variety of topics, including: -How to negotiate higher...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 44 - Preparing for Board Exams
Episode 44 Clinical board exam time is one of the most stressful periods during dental school. On Episode 44 we discuss how to best prepare for boards in the weeks and days prior. We also relive some of our memories from our boards and discuss some ideas to improve board exams for dental...  Read More
Dental Realist: Episode 43 - Deciding on a Job After Dental School
Choosing which job to pursue after dental school can be one of the dental student’s most important decisions. On Episode 43 we discuss our individual stories for getting started after dental school, when dental students should start researching job opportunities, who to contact first, and what we...  Read More
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
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