The Daily Grind offers readers a glimpse into the life of general dentists practicing today. Each post offers a perspective on managing a dental practice or balancing a life outside of the practice. The Daily Grind is written by several general dentist and student members of AGD. All content published on The Daily Grind is property of the Academy of General Dentistry and cannot be reposted or reprinted without permission.

  • Dental Fee Guides

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Oct 20, 2017, 08:00 AM
    In 1998, the Alberta Dental Association did something that had not happened before in Canada: They eliminated the Fee Guide, creating a free and open market for dental fees.
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  • Of Solar Eclipses and Vacations

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Sep 29, 2017, 08:00 AM
    Many years ago, I decided to take a three-week (in a row) holiday. I had heard from many sources that revealed that those in high-stress jobs, after only one week away, the stress levels are reduced but not eliminated, that after two weeks you are only starting to “let go,” but it is the third week that true emotional and mental rest starts to be felt.
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  • It’s Not ‘Just a Cleaning’

    • by Eric G. Jackson, DDS, MAGD, FICOI, FICD, FADI
    • Sep 22, 2017, 08:00 AM
    One of the largest obstacles the profession of dentistry faces is public perception. Have you seen the memes floating around out there?
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  • Pep Talks in Dentistry: Taking Cues from Sports Coaches

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Sep 15, 2017, 09:10 AM
    But what happens when that motivation dwindles? How do you walk into your practice fully pumped to do your best knowing it’s going to be a tough day?
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  • A Story of Team Triumph

    • by Pamela Marzban, DDS, FAGD, LVIF
    • Aug 28, 2017, 08:30 AM
    My patient care coordinator came running, saying, “Dr. Marzban, there is a man collapsed outside. Our hygienist thinks he is having a heart attack, and we need your help.”
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  • Recipes for Success in Cooking and Dentistry

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Aug 21, 2017, 08:30 AM
    I work with precision all day at the office doing dentistry that calls for accuracy that can make or break a restoration or clinical situation. Reducing “the tooth by a little” obviously doesn’t fly.
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  • My First AGD Scientific Session

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Aug 14, 2017, 08:30 AM
    It only took me 30 years to attend my first AGD Scientific Session.
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  • Part 4: What Defines a Successful Practice?

    • by John Gammichia, DMD, FAGD
    • Aug 9, 2017, 08:30 AM
    This is my fourth blog post in the series I’ve written over the past few months that has discussed what I think success is to how I practice. I started this series because I read a lot of dental articles and blogs that tells us what a successful practice looks like. If you read or talk about success a lot, and you might start to think, “I don't practice that way” or “I am not wired that way,” I am here to tell you that that is OK. Success looks different to everyone.
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