Dental Realist Podcast

Dental Realist Podcast

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The Dental Realist Podcast is unlike any other dental podcast. As three practicing dentists we have learned many things that we wish we’d known before dental school graduation, and we are here to give future, new, and veteran dentists the help they need to have a more enjoyable career.


49 - Feeling Like an Imposter
Jun 24 • 43 min
Imposter Syndrome is the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved. It can affect people in any profession, including dentistry. On Episode 49 we discuss what Imposter Syndrome is, how it can affect…
48 - An Unprecedented Return
May 22 • 55 min
Most dentists are back to work, but how has Covid-19 affected the everyday operations of dental offices? On Episode 48 we discuss: -How we felt going back to full-time dentistry. -The extra precautions we’re taking. -Our least favorite pandemic phrases.…
47 - Staying Positive in Trying Times
Mar 27 • 33 min
Even though most dentists are only allowed to treat emergency patients right now, there are still some ways to stay positive and also tackle some necessary projects at the office. We discuss some ways to find positivity during this stressful time as well…
46 - The COVID-19 Effect on Dentistry
Mar 25 • 38 min
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of life and is now having a profound effect on dentistry. On Episode 46 we discuss: -The ADA’s recommendations for dental practices -How dentists are coping during this crisis -How the virus has changed every…
45 - Standing Up To Insurance Companies w/ Benjamin Tuinei
Feb 26 • 49 min
On Episode 45 we talk with Benjamin Tuinei to discuss how dentists can fight against low insurance reimbursements. Mr. Tuinei is the founder & CEO of Veritas Dental Resources and host of The Navigating Dental Insurance Podcast. We cover a variety of…
44 - Preparing for Board Exams
Feb 21 • 42 min
Clinical board exam time is one of the most stressful periods during dental school. On Episode 44 we discuss how to best prepare for boards in the weeks and days prior. We also relive some of our memories from our boards and discuss some ideas to improve…
43 - Deciding on a Job After Dental School
Jan 19 • 40 min
Choosing which job to pursue after dental school can be one of the dental student’s most important decisions. On Episode 43 we discuss our individual stories for getting started after dental school, when dental students should start researching job…
42 - Holiday Bonuses for the Dental Team
Nov 16, 2019 • 44 min
The dental team is one of the most important assets of an enjoyable dental career. During the holidays the dental team is usually given a bonus of some kind, but how do you know how much to give each team member? And how do you scale back if your practice…
41-Helping Private Practices Stay Competitive
Aug 1, 2019 • 46 min
With the cost of running a dental practice getting more expensive, the rise of DSOs, & the changing dental marketplace how do private practice dentists stay competitive? To help dentists & future dentists navigate their careers during these changing…
40 - Burnout in Dentistry
Jul 7, 2019 • 52 min
Burnout in dentistry has become a hot-button issue in recent years with more and more dentists being willing to admit they have experienced moderate to severe stress at some point in their careers. How is burnout defined? How does burnout manifest itself?…
39 - Challenging Patients and Diagnoses
Jun 13, 2019 • 44 min
Every dentist encounters patients who have oral hygiene issues that are difficult to diagnose and questions that may not have clear-cut answers. Also, some patients claim to have immaculate oral hygiene home care, but still get cavities and want to know…
38 - How Decisions in Dentistry Impact Your Life
May 29, 2019 • 50 min
Decisions during your dental career are some of the most important you will make throughout your life. From deciding to go to dental school to deciding where to practice, decisions in dentistry can impact your life for years to come. What should be…
37 - Is This the Truth About Dentistry?
May 15, 2019 • 55 min
The release of a recent article by The Atlantic called The Truth About Dentistry raised some questions about some of the information about dentistry that the general public receives. On Episode 37, Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron discuss many of…
36 - Questions From Future Dentists
Mar 10, 2019 • 54 min
Recently, the the dental students that Dr. Neff works with asked him some very important questions concerning their futures in dentistry. On Episode 36, Dr. Stevens & Dr. Waldron try to answer their questions & give guidance to all future dentists. Why do…
35 - Is the Solo Practice Dead?
Jan 18, 2019 • 56 min
What sets dentistry apart from medicine that will allow private practices to survive? What are the benefits of working for a DSO? What are the benefits of working in a private practice? What are the best ways for the solo practice to compete with DSOs? We…
34 - Challenges of Rewarding and Retaining Employees
Dec 25, 2018 • 57 min
With the current economic realities of dentistry what is the rationale for offering our employees incentives and bonuses? How do you communicate this to staff members? How can you make employees feel like their job is rewarding when you can’t offer big…
33 - Retirement Age Is Increasing and Is the ADA Doing Anything To Help?
Sep 21, 2018 • 59 min
According to the American Dental Association, the retirement age of dentists is increasing and we discuss why we think this is, what dentists and future dentists can do to avoid a later retirement, and what the ADA can do to help. We also breakdown a…
32 - Mentur DDS
Jul 18, 2018 • 30 min
On Episode 32 Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron announce and discuss our new mentoring program, Mentur DDS. We started the Dental Realist Podcast to help other dentists and dental students navigate their career in dentistry and Mentur DDS will allow…
31 - Is a Residency Right For Me?
Jun 28, 2018 • 32 min
In this episode Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron discuss doing a one-year residency after dental school graduation, and Dr. Neff offers his unique perspective on these programs. What are the benefits of a one-year residency? What are some potential…
30 - Dealing With A Bad Employer
Jun 5, 2018 • 43 min
In this packed episode Dr. Neff, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Waldron start by discussing how patient stress can impact the treating dentist. We continue our discussion by answering a listener’s questions about dealing with a bad owner-dentist. Whose job is it to…
29 - Important Questions From A Dental Student
Mar 1, 2018 • 49 min
In this episode we answer a 2nd year dental student’s email about his future after dental school. -With $300-350k in student debt, is it possible to have the lifestyle his family wants? -What is a good timetable to plan to purchase a practice? -Is working…
28 - Dealing with Insurances and Salespeople
Feb 13, 2018 • 37 min
We discuss some actual situations that happened recently at our offices. First we discuss Dr. Neff’s recent experience with a salesperson. Are salespeople out of touch with real world dentistry? Do they really have the dentist’s best interest in mind? We…
27 - Managing Dental School Debt and Practice Stress
Nov 8, 2017 • 47 min
In this episode we discuss if dental school is worth the debt that most students take on and options for limiting that debt. We also talk about some of the best ways to repay that debt and if student loan forgiveness is a viable option. Next we discuss…
26 - How Dentistry Is Changing
Sep 29, 2017 • 44 min
In this episode we discuss how dentistry is changing and how these changes will affect the future of dentistry. What affect will retiring baby boomer dentists have on dentistry? Dentists are working less than they did in years past. Why, and will the…
25 - Real World Dentistry w/ Steve Parker
Sep 10, 2017 • 57 min
In this episode we are joined by Steve Parker, editor-in-chief of The Profitable Dentist magazine, CEO of Excellence in Dentistry, & founder of Dentiva Dental Coaching & Consulting. We discuss what new dentists need to do to be successful, what…
24 - Tax Planning w/ Craig Cody
Aug 30, 2017 • 37 min
In this episode we are joined by Craig Cody of Craig Cody and Company Inc. Craig is a certified public accountant and a certified tax coach, as well as the author of 10 Most Expensive Tax Mistakes That Cost Business Owners Thousands. We discuss the role…
23 - Student Debt’s Influence On Dental Practices
Aug 23, 2017 • 49 min
In this episode we discuss Howard Farran’s article “Suck It Up, Buttercup” and Decisions in Dentistry’s article “How Educational Debt Influences Practice Choices.” With dental school student loan debt being so high are dentists able to choose which…
22 - What does the ADA actually do?
Jul 21, 2017 • 46 min
In this episode we address our thoughts on the American Dental Association. Is the ADA really on the side of dentists? Does the ADA support dentists like we want it to? With dental school tuition skyrocketing and dental insurance reimbursements…
21 - How Can the Solo Dentist Survive?
May 5, 2017 • 51 min
In this episode we discuss what we learned recently at Dr. Charles Blair’s lecture at the Utah Dental Association Convention and give our thoughts. Currently, how are corporate dentistry and insurance companies affecting the solo owner dentist? What…
20 - Challenges Facing Dentistry
Feb 26, 2017 • 51 min
In this episode we discuss the challenges facing dentistry and the Dentaltown article written by Dr. Gordon Christensen titled . What are the main concerns of dentists today? What are the solutions? Who should take the lead in correcting these…
19 - Dentist is the #1 Job in America?
Jan 23, 2017 • 38 min
On episode 19 we discuss the US News & World Report’s ranking of dentist as the #1 job in America in 2017. What did this report get right and what did it miss? What should have been included in this report that wasn’t? We also discuss the change…
18 - Staff Motivation
Dec 19, 2016 • 38 min
In this episode, we discuss what motivates the dental staff. How do you handle Christmas bonuses? What about monthly bonuses? Is there an ideal bonus system? What is more important: money or praise? We discuss what has worked for us and what hasn’t,…
17 - Embezzlement Risk and Prevention, with David Harris
Nov 21, 2016 • 67 min
In this episode, we are joined by David Harris, certified fraud investigator and CEO of Prosperident. We discuss steps dentists can take to prevent embezzlement, hiring techniques to select new employees, types of embezzlers, what to look for if a…
16 - Mental Gymnastics in Dentistry
Oct 30, 2016 • 56 min
In episode 16, we discuss the many mental ups and downs of dentistry. How do you handle patients who refuse x-rays and/or treatment, the know-it-all patients, the composite gauntlet, patients who have received false information from the media, and…
15 - Things Learned In Dental School—Useless or Useful?
Oct 3, 2016 • 54 min
In this episode we talk about many of the lessons learned in dental school. Some seemed important at the time and turned out to be totally useless. Some seemed pointless and ended up being useful in private practice. How are you supposed to know the…
14 - Pain In Dentistry w/ Juanita Benedict
Aug 23, 2016 • 58 min
In this episode we are joined by Juanita Benedict, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist. Pain seems to be a normal part of every day for dentists, and Dr. Benedict discusses some of the causes of pain and some ways…
13 - Building Patient Trust and Value
Jul 27, 2016 • 64 min
In this episode, we discuss Imtiaz Manji’s ebook called Trust and Value: A Field Guide To Today’s Dental Patients. We go in depth on the great patient traits, key patient behaviors, and how to interact with a variety of dental patients. This…
12 - Dental School Admissions w/ Brian Trecek of Marquette University School of Dentistry
Jul 4, 2016 • 52 min
In this episode we are joined by Brian Trecek, Director of Admissions at Marquette University School of Dentistry. Mr. Trecek discusses the many aspects of the dental school application and interview process. What makes an applicant stand out? How…
11 - Zero Cost Practice Boosters
Jun 26, 2016 • 52 min
In this episode we discuss many of the common sense and inexpensive ways to help improve your practice. No expensive equipment or products required. What message are you sending to your patients? How can you pleasantly surprise your patients? How can…
10 - The Many Opportunities of the Dentist and the Importance of Being Likeable
Jun 13, 2016 • 55 min
In Episode 10 we discuss: Dentist job options and some pros and cons to each: Solo owner Associate Partner Education Public health Corporate practice employee Group practice Prison (working in one not being locked up :)) Why do you need to be…
9 - The Unique Dentist-Patient Relationship
May 16, 2016 • 61 min
In this episode we discuss: What makes an ideal patient? What are some unique challenges of the dentist-patient relationship? Is it possible to mold patient behavior? How does staff contribute to the dentist-patient relationship? How to handle…
8 - Staffing- A Critical Part of Your Practice
May 2, 2016 • 53 min
In episode 8 we discuss staffing and cover the following: - Idea differences from dental school to real life - What makes a good staff member? - What makes a bad staff member? - Hiring challenges - Interviewing - Retaining staff - Reasons for…
7 - Financial Pitfalls and Solutions w/ Jordan Youngblade
Apr 14, 2016 • 47 min
In episode 7, we are joined by financial advisor Jordan Youngblade to discuss many of the financial pitfalls dentists fall into. We discuss some of the mistakes dentists make in debt management and retirement planning, what dental students can…
6 - How Insurance Is Changing Dentistry
Apr 1, 2016 • 45 min
In Episode 6, we discuss how dental insurance is changing dentistry today. How does dental insurance affect: a patient’s treatment decisions? a dentist’s treatment presentation? a practice financially? What are the benefits and downsides of…
5 - Surviving Dental School
Mar 21, 2016 • 61 min
In Episode 5 we discuss: - A day in the life of a dental student - Importance of being organized - Preparing for exams - Labs - Clinic - Extracurricular activities - Finances Please contact us with any questions or comments: Twitter:…
4 - Stress In Dentistry
Mar 1, 2016 • 63 min
In episode 4 of the Dental Realist Podcast, we discuss the causes of stress in dentistry, the effects of the stress, and some ways to better manage that stress. We touch on the issues of confinement, isolation, personality conflicts, economic…
3 - Myths vs Reality of Dentistry
Feb 22, 2016 • 47 min
In today’s episode we discuss many of the reasons pre-dental students cite for wanting to become a dentist. We had many of the same reasons and we discuss if they are fact or fiction, myth or reality. Do/did you want to be a dentist because of the…
2 - The Importance of Controlling Debt
Feb 5, 2016 • 60 min
In this podcast we discuss many facets of debt that are facing dentists today: - Good vs. Bad Debt (Necessary vs. Unnecessary) - R.O.I. (Return on Investment) - Educational Debt - Business Debt - Personal Debt - Income outlook to service…
1- Helping Dentists
Jan 31, 2016 • 29 min
The Dental Realist Podcast is unlike any other dental podcast. As three practicing dentists we have learned many things that we wish we’d known before dental school graduation, and we are here to give future, new, and veteran dentists the help they…