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.

  • Creating a Knowledgeable Team

    • by Eric G. Jackson, DDS, MAGD, FICOI, FICD, FADI
    • Jul 27, 2017, 08:00 AM
    A dental team needs to be knowledgeable about dentistry. At first glance, this statement might seem obvious and simplistic, but take a moment to ponder it further. Ask yourself: “Does each member of my dental team have a solid, general grasp of each procedure I perform? Could every team member pass along that knowledge and correctly educate a patient?”
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  • Collect Now, Not Later

    • by Duke Aldridge, DDS, MBA, MAGD, MICOI, DICOI, FMISCH
    • Jul 25, 2017, 14:08 PM
    One of the biggest challenges facing today’s dentist is collecting money for services rendered. This process should be simple. The dentist performs dental treatment for a fair and reasonable fee, and the patient pays. Just like at the grocery store, right? Wrong!
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  • Trends in Pet Ownership

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Jul 20, 2017, 10:30 AM
    When I told my grandmother, who was born in 1924, that cats and dogs have their teeth cleaned and checked for cavities, she laughed out loud and thought it was a joke. She then commented that pets are lucky to have such great dental care. I agreed with mixed emotion, wishing many people would seek good dental care.
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  • The Surplus of Dentists

    • by Andy Alas, DDS
    • Jul 18, 2017, 10:16 AM
    I want you to try a little exercise with me. I only ask that you follow along and answer to yourself honestly. No one will ever know how you answer my questions, so you can be completely honest with yourself.
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  • The Role of Mentoring on the Road to Becoming a Dentist

    • by Samantha Allen
    • Jul 11, 2017, 12:12 PM
    I recently completed my last day as a dental assistant. Starting a pre-matriculation in a couple of weeks feels daunting. I’ll be living the “dorm life” for the first time ever — at age 36. In two months, I’ll be starting my journey at University of Mississippi Medical Center toward becoming a dentist.
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  • The Not-So-Magic ‘Magic Words’

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Jul 6, 2017, 11:56 AM
    But his role was more than just making prosthetics. He also taught us how to communicate with our dental labs, and his first lesson to me had a profound impact that continues to this day, more than 30 years after graduation.
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  • Online Dental Information: Marvel or Myth?

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Jun 23, 2017, 10:41 AM
    No doubt we’ve all used or heard the phrase, “I read it on the internet.” But what this exactly means is unknown, not to mention risky.
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  • Relationships Matter above Everything Else

    • by Duke Aldridge, DDS, MBA, MAGD, MICOI, DICOI
    • Jun 15, 2017, 10:42 AM
    As we know, dentistry has entered a new economic reality — a reality that is reshaping the way in which we do business, as part of an industry whose foundation is built upon the appreciation and realization that relationships matter, above everything else.
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