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.

  • Four Signs to Know When It's Time to Let Go

    • by Pamela Marzban, DDS, FAGD, LVIF
    • Mar 19, 2018, 09:00 AM
    What's truly more arduous? Hanging on to the wrong team members and dealing with the deleterious and detrimental ramifications or just recognizing when it's time to let go and move on?
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  • CE Hours: Do We Really Need Them?

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Mar 12, 2018, 09:00 AM
    Do you face struggles in obtaining your continuing education hours?
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  • Dixie the Dachshund Puppy

    Finding a Therapeutic Outlet with the Family Dog

    • by Frank Conaway, DMD, MAGD
    • Mar 5, 2018, 08:00 AM
    Always keep the channels of communication open. Even if it’s your pet, it is good to talk about what is happening in your practice and in your life.
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  • Unwelcome Oversight

    • by Andy Alas, DDS
    • Feb 27, 2018, 08:00 AM
    Have you ever felt as if someone was watching you while working in your operatory? I know I have. And it’s because there are always people watching you. No, they are not in the operatory with you, but they might as well be. They are the ever-present representatives of your insurance company.
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  • What is the Lifetime Value of a Dental Patient?

    • by Duke Aldridge, DDS, MBA, MAGD, DICOI, MICOI, FMISCH
    • Feb 20, 2018, 08:00 AM
    Dr. Aldridge discusses the average lifetime cost of a patient.
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  • Deciphering Caries and Cancer Risk Factors

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Feb 16, 2018, 08:00 AM
    We’ve all heard this question at some point in our careers: “Doc, why does my spouse who never flosses or brushes as much as I do have no cavities, and I floss daily, do all the right things and yet always seem to need dental work?”
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  • Use Dental Meetings to Combat the “February Patient Slowdown”

    • by Eric G. Jackson, DDS, MAGD, FICOI FICD, FADI
    • Feb 7, 2018, 09:19 AM
    The first February event is what I’ve termed the “February Patient Slowdown.”
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  • To Open or Close? That is the Question.

    • by Larry Stanleigh, DDS, BSc, MSc, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Jan 30, 2018, 09:00 AM
    Were you open for business between the Christmas and New Year holidays?
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