The AGD podcast series features interviews with notable general dentists, specialists and other experts by AGD member Wes Blakeslee, DMD, FAGD. Listen to interviews and industry news in your car, at the gym, or right now on your computer or mobile device.
Podcast Explores the Latest in Oral Pathology
Check out the latest podcast with Wes Blakeslee, DMD, FAGD, as he explores oral pathology with Ashley Clark, DDS. Dr. Clark discusses the importance of early diagnosis as well as leukoplakia and squamous cell carcinoma. Drs Blakeslee and Clark also discuss why the HPV vaccine is so important and why general dentists should discuss these important topics with their patients with a focus on oral cancer prevention.
October Podcast Offers Important Advice on Coding
AGD Podcast Series Host Wes Blakeslee, DMD, FAGD, talks with dental coding expert Greg Grobmyer, DDS, discuss coding strategies, updates for 2022 and 2022, documentation practices, and opportunities for managing insufficient documentation. Dr. Grobmyer is currently the Chief Editor of Dr. Charles Blair’s Dental Coding with Confidence book and Practice Booster’s Insurance Solutions Newsletter, a contributing editor to the Dental Administration with Confidence, Dental Technology with Confidence, and Dental Documentation with Confidence books, a course creator and lecturer for DentalZing.com, a Revenue Enhancement Program Specialist, and host of The Dental Code Advisor Podcast.
September Podcast Focuses on Color Selection
This month, Dr. Blakeslee talks with Robert Ingrassio, CDT, on the color selection process during prosthetic restoration. Most patients trust that their dentist is competent in the prosthetic restoration of their teeth, but also believe they have less concern relating to the final color match. Understanding the various aspects often overlooked in the process of color selection, is a critical factor for case acceptance. Beyond the fundamental photographic and color-shade selection skills needed, color-selectors need to be well trained in identifying bias, body language and how the words they use and hear may be perceived. Equally important is the ability to listen and communicate effectively, to establish a realistic expectation or outcome.
Robert Ingrassio, CDT, founder of Design for Perfection, a collaboration in dental artistry, provides an overview of his philosophy within the color selection arena, acquired over decades
of hands-on experience with color and the selection process.
Robert spends most of his time training and coaching new dental professionals in technical procedures, not often taught in dental schools.
June Podcast Explores Ways to Improve Marketing
AGD Podcast Series host Wes Blakeslee, DMD, FAGD, talks with dental marketing expert Scott Spencer ways to move the needle with online marketing effort. He describes specific opportunities to boost your online presence and be more responsive to current and potential patients.
Spencer is a website marketing expert. In 2015, he established his own boutique dental marketing agency called Dental Growth Solutions. With more than a decade of experience in the dental industry and an abundance of knowledge regarding online marketing resources for dentists, Spencer has assisted all types of dental professionals with growing their dental practices using customized marketing strategies. Scott looks forward to continuing to work with dental consultants and dental practices around the country in a consultative manner to ensure they have all the tools necessary to increase their customer base.
April Podcast Features Oral Cancer Survivor
The April podcast features oral cancer survivor Gloria Cancellieri, a patient of AGD Podcast Series host Dr. Wes Blakeslee. In 2020, Cancellieri was diagnosed with oral cancer during a regular screening in Dr. Blakeslee’s office.
She describes the benefits of working closely with her dental care team to ensure her cancer was treated quickly. As a result of early diagnosis, her cancer has been successfully treated. A former janitorial services company owner
and nurse, she is now retired.
Listen to the full episode.
February Podcast Focuses on the Benefits of Stem Cell in Dentistry
AGD Podcast host Wes Blakeslee, DMD, FAGD, talks with Stephanie Tilley, DMD, about the opportunities available through stem cells to improve a patient’s overall oral health. During the podcast, she explains the process she uses in her clinic. Tilley is a general dentist in Pensacola, Florida.
November Podcast Focuses on Dumb Things That Smart Dentists Do
AGD Podcast host Wes Blakeslee, DMD, FAGD, talks with Richard Madow, DDS, this month about important considerations for moving your practice forward. Madow outlines smart steps members should take to improve the experience for current patients and help recruit new patients. Madow is the co-founder of The Madow Center for Dental Practice Success, and has been helping dentists and team members for over thirty years. As a well-known key opinion leader in dentistry, he's been named a "Leader in Dental Education" by Dentistry Today journal for over ten years running.
October Podcast Focuses on the Rise of Sleep Disordered Breathing and the Dentists’ Role
The October podcast features Ben Miraglia, DDS. He and AGD Podcast series host Wes Blakeslee, DDS, discuss sleep disorders and breathing and how general dentist ca n address these issues. In the podcast they discuss why
so many children present with malocclusion and adults suffering from sleep apnea. Miraglia provides tips to help general dentists support their patients with these issues.
Podcast Covers Infection Control and COVID-19 Vaccines
One of this month's podcast features John Molinari, PhD., professor emeritus at the University of Detroit Mercy and an expert on infection control in dentistry. Molinari and AGD Podcast Series host Wes Blakeslee, DDS, FAGD, discuss vaccine properties, required standards for testing and follow-up, COVID-19 vaccinations, booster shots and more.
John A. Molinari, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh and subsequently worked as a faculty member in the School of Dental Medicine. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he served for 32 years in the School of Dentistry as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Director of Infection Control. Later, he was Infection Control Director for DENTAL ADVISOR. He has published over 500 scientific articles, text chapters, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control. He has also been a consultant for the CDC, ADA, and regional hospitals.
August Featured Podcast: Approaches to Oral-Systemic Health
AGD Podcast host Dr. Blakeslee interviews Charles Whitney, MD, a national leader in the concierge/DPC movement since 2007 and founder of Revolutionary Health services. Dr. Whitney talks about transformation patients experience when a medical team integrates improve oral care as part of their overall care.
Dr. Whitney is double board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. He served 7 years as an Air Force physician and 6 years in the University of Pennsylvania Health System before establishing RHS in 2004. He has enjoyed volunteering his time as team physician of New Hope/Solebury High School, coaching youth sports, and as a volunteer physician at the Bucks County Health Improvement Project (BCHIP).
Meet Our Moderator
Wes Blakeslee, DMD, FAGD, is a general dentist who practices in New Jersey. He is a diplomate of both the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Blakeslee is an AGD fellow and currently serves on the advisory board for General Dentistry. If you have an interviewee recommendation for Dr. Blakeslee, you can email him at DrWesB@aol.com.