Recent Posts by Mike Mayr

Slimming Down in the New Year

It's a new year and with that comes new resolutions. Some may elect to do something to improve the quality of their personal life. And some of us may elect to do something that improves our work life. If you're like me and came of dental school with the goal of working as many days…
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Dental Materials: More Than Meets The Eye

If there's one class in dental school that I probably should have paid more attention in, it was Biomaterials. Day in and day out we spend placing hundreds of different dental materials in our patients. Have you ever thought about what really goes into all these materials? Sure, an e.max crown may be lithium disilicate,…
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What’s Your Worth?

Your first year out you'll probably be stumbling to figure out how to get through a work day and not being overwhelmed with the procedures on your schedule. The good news is, many of my new grad friends as well as myself have gotten past this hurdle and now we're heading towards the next one.…
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Tax Got Your Tongue?

April 18th was not just another tax Tuesday. It was the first tax day that I was not getting a tax refund. Instead I had to pay taxes. It was a sobering day to say the least, as I wrote my checks to the federal and state government. I kept combing through my tax documents…
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Chained to Dental Insurance

Dental insurance always seems to be a hot topic in the profession. Lately though, it has been a hot button issue in Massachusetts. Over the past few months, I have witnessed the influence and power of dental insurance companies. The impact these companies have on dentists vary from whether you're a practice owner or a…
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The Price Tag of Continuing Education

It didn't take long after graduation to realize that my education had only just begun. It's funny that a dentist doesn't "work", but instead we "practice". Maybe not the most comforting phrase for a patient, but the truth is, we are life long learners. And with the landscape rapidly changing, to be successful and effective…
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Back to Thinking About the Future

"What's your long term plans?" It's been less than a year since I've graduated, and both my practices have asked me this question. And while I would love to have an answer to this question, like most new dentists, I'm doing my best to not drown amidst the new challenges I face daily. However, having…
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

As the end of the year approaches, most people will celebrate the holidays, ring in the new year and reflect back on the year. We as dentists however will be extending office hours, double booking appointments and rushing out cases in an attempt for our patients to use the last of their insurance benefits. Also…
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Biting Your Tongue: Controversial Topics in the Chair

Have you had enough already? You know, of this amazing election year? If you are like me, November 8th can't come soon enough. The news, casual conversation with friends and your Facebook feed has been taken over with reasons why you should be with her or why we need to make America great again. But…
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Jumping in the Deep End Starts by Walking Up to the Edge: Part 2

Dr. Dave Lane and I both decided to go into private practice after graduation. The similar yet very different paths we took have taught us a lot about post graduate practice. In our posts this month, we share our different perspectives and experiences to give insight on questions you may soon be facing. The decision…
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