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.

  • 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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  • The Employee Review Conundrum

    • by Donald Murry III, DMD
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:51 AM
    The blessing and curse of my group practice setting is having to relay/discuss/vote on decisions amongst my partners. At times, it’s a godsend — aka, those times when I have few if any ideas and I thusly appreciate the variety and breadth of opinions amongst my counterparts. Other times, though, it leads to disagreements and some heated discussions when opinions differ.
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  • Overcoming Challenges in Relationships

    • by Larry Stanleigh, BSc, MSc, DDS, FADI, FICD, FACD, FPFA
    • Jun 6, 2017, 09:50 AM
    In December 2016, I completed a course with Dr. Paul Homoly about the craft of being a speaker. I have had a dream of being a keynote speaker for more than 20 years, and now, I am finally ready.
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