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.

  • Systems for Success

    • by Duke Aldridge, DDS, MBA, MAGD, DICOI, MICOI, FMISCH
    • Jun 5, 2017, 14:30 PM
    Beautifully designed systems enable a well-trained team to deliver excellent dental care and superb customer service. Everything a team member does needs to be documented, rehearsed and mastered to ensure excellent results.
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  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    • by Andy Alas, DDS
    • Jun 5, 2017, 11:50 AM
    Yes, dental practice owners are busier than ever. Perhaps they’re not always treating patients, but they’re definitely busier.
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  • Asking for Referrals: The Most Powerful Marketing Tool in the World

    • by Duke Aldridge, DDS, MBA, MAGD, DICOI, MICOI, FMISCH
    • Jun 5, 2017, 11:46 AM
    When delivering dental treatment, we progress in a logical and systematic way that yields excellent outcomes most of the time. What about the nonclinical side of dentistry, though?
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  • The Dental Admission Test: Not Just an Entry Test

    • by Zeynep Barakat, DMD, FAGD
    • Jun 5, 2017, 11:41 AM
    Does anyone remember the Dental Admission Test, aka, the DATs? For the nondentists, it is exactly as it reads: an admission test that must be passed successfully to enter dental school.
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  • Part 3: What Defines a Successful Practice?

    • by John Gammichia, DMD, FAGD
    • Jun 5, 2017, 11:39 AM
    Today, I want to talk with you about my management style. First, I want to say that I want to be the dentist who I know I should be.
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  • Love What You Do

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Jun 5, 2017, 11:25 AM
    I have to admit, I love being a dentist. I love what we get to do every day. I love that what I do changes people’s lives.
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  • Put on Your Thinking Caps!

    • by Pamela Marzban, DDS, FAGD
    • Jun 5, 2017, 11:18 AM
    One of the biggest struggles most dentists have is hiring the right people to be on their teams. For me, the ability to think through, understand and resolve tasks is a must-have trait for an applicant to be considered.
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  • Cross-Train for Dental Success

    • by Eric G. Jackson, DDS, MAGD, FICOI, FICD, FADI
    • Jun 5, 2017, 11:14 AM
    Cross-training is a way of life for the modern athlete, and no one in Chicago’s professional sports scene more illustrates that than Jake Arrieta, pitcher for the World Champion Chicago Cubs.
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