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.

  • Career Choices

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:47 AM
    When I talk with my patients and learn about their careers, I am amazed at the variety of opportunities that are out there. We don’t learn in school how to do what most people do in their careers, and I think that is very cool.
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  • Four Ways to Boost Your Internal Marketing Efforts

    • by Pamela Marzban, DDS, FAGD
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:45 AM
    No matter where we run our business, we have to remain relevant in our communities. I believe in branding — creating some type of image or logo that represents you and your office.
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  • The Profitability Factor in Selling a Practice

    • by Andy Alas, DDS
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:44 AM
    At the ripe old age of 52, I am starting to consider selling my practice and pursuing other opportunities that have been presented to me.
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  • Dentist and Dental Assistant: A Necessary Duo

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:42 AM
    I’ve worked with numerous assistants throughout my career, and over the years, I’ve understood their job to be a difficult one — not that ours as dentists is a walk in the park, but I can’t imagine a day without them.
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  • Turn a ‘Triple Play’ for Your Patients

    • by Eric G. Jackson, DDS, MAGD, FICOI, FICD, FADI
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:41 AM
    I firmly believe that we as dentists are in a fantastic position to make a difference. There are chances to turn a “triple play” around us all of the time, to make an impact on our patients’ lives.
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  • Striving to Be Like the $350,000 Man

    • by Donald Murry III, DMD
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:39 AM
    It’s time to make yourself a better dentist and person.
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  • Part 2: What Defines a Successful Practice?

    • by John Gammichia, DMD, FAGD
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:36 AM
    I love coming to work every day. I actually like and enjoy all of my staff members (most of the time). I love doing dentistry, and I like most of my patients. Now, I don’t know about you, but I feel pretty successful in light of these things.
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  • Extending our ‘Best Before’ Dates

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Jun 5, 2017, 14:49 PM
    Having a lighter heart, seeing life through the eyes of others with an attitude of abundance, and connecting and enhancing the relationships with our patients will bring us more success — and extend our “best before” dates to a much later time in our lives.
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