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.

  • 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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  • Extinguishing Fires — Literally

    • by Andy Alas, DDS
    • Jun 6, 2017, 10:05 AM
    “Doctor, the radio keeps turning off!” So began my morning. Little did I know that within the hour, an electrician, my dental equipment repair team and an electrician would be in my office. My staff also would be cancelling all of my appointments for the day.
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  • Deciphering the Meaning of ‘I Chipped a Tooth’

    • by John Gammichia, DMD, FAGD
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:57 AM
    I know this is something you hear all the time: “I chipped a tooth.” This can mean so many things, especially if it is coming from a nondentist.
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  • Vacations: Distant Childhood Memories

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:54 AM
    Last year, a good friend of mine confessed she had a dilemma: She was trying to figure out where to spend her remaining two weeks of vacation for the year. Wait … what? Remaining?!
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  • The No. 1 Reason to Measure Your Patients’ Satisfaction

    • by Duke Aldridge, DDS, MBA, MAGD, DICOI, MICOI, FMISCH
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:53 AM
    Recently, I had an interesting conversation with an owner colleague (Dr. Colleague) regarding the various means by which he and his staff solicit patient comments (via comment cards, website, text message, etc.).
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