Root Of The Matter

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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Jumping in the Deep End Starts by Walking Up to the Edge: Part 1

Coming into the finish line for dental school can be daunting. And maybe it should be. There are a lot of life decisions to be made in a very short, very busy year. Am I going to specialize? Where should I move? AEGD, GPR or straight to practice? To make it even more complex, all…
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Prescribing Opioids for Pain

Much has been written about prescribing opioids in conjunction with addiction and overdoses. Though statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that misuse, abuse and overdoses linked to prescription opioids may have plateaued, they are still alarmingly high. Articles about overdoses and the…
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The Match Game: Finding the right dental lab

In the first few months of my post dental school practice, it seems like I have learned more than I learned in my first two years of dental school. Whether it has to do with dental insurances, treatment planning, or in this case, finding a good lab. In dental school we never really questioned what…
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Keeping Up With The Media

It’s not surprising to hear that you have to take a news story with a grain of salt these days. Journalists only have a job if they’re able to get people to hear their stories. New York Times’ Catherine Saint Louis recently wrote a piece about flossing recently that I’m sure everyone has heard about.…
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Business Contracts – The Hold Harmless Clause

Starting a new practice or joining one can be a daunting process. You’re comfortable with the clinical end of things, but the legal issues can be really intimidating. Reading business contracts can make as much sense as looking at hieroglyphics. One clause that is sometimes inserted into business contracts is the Hold Harmless clause. Essentially,…
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