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Dental Slang With Dr. Christopher Phelps And Dr. Jodi Danna
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Dental Slang With Dr. Christopher Phelps And Dr. Jodi Danna

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Communication in today's age is key. Discovering new ways to explain dental procedures to patients is key to many practice's success. But how did these words or phrases that they use to describe things to others originate? What gave it special meaning to their team or their patients? That's what the Dental Slang Podcast is all about. Diving into the origins of the dental lingo that others are using to relay their message and how it came about. Join and learn what the talk of today is all about!
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DC Dental Clinical Director Dr. Lisa Germain shares her passion for dental education and training on this episode of the Dental Slang podcast. She’s working to bridge the gap between endodontists and dental implants—which is no easy task. Dr. Germain has taken on this challenge in stride thanks to her unique perspective on what it means to be a better endodontist and a better dentist. To Dr. Germain, being a better dentist means giving patients complete dental care. Learning about implants is just one of the steps she’s taking to provide her patients with the best care possible. Part of her role at DC Dental is to help other dentists offer that level of care as well, and she’s doing that by leading the company’s educational webinar program. That’s right. DC Dental offers more than just dental supplies and tools. The webinar program arms dentists with the education they need to not only use these supplies and tools, but also to hone their dental skills—for free. In this episode, we tell you how you can take advantage of this continuing education opportunity so you can become a better dentist. Remember, no matter what your dental niche is, there are always opportunities for growth. Dr. Germain also shares why she became a dentist and what ultimately inspired her to start her own podcast, This Old Tooth. The work Dr. Germain does through her podcast—and the work she discusses with us on this episode—is meant to empower patients to seek proper dental care and education. Need a little inspiration right now? Then this podcast is for you. Tune in and be inspired. In This Episode You Will Learn Why Dr. Germain pursued two different dental niches 3:20 The criteria a tooth must meet before Dr. Germain decides to extract 8:28 What the role of Clinical Director looks like at DC Dental 13:05 All about Dr. Germain's own podcast 16:20 Dr. Germain's favorite slang to use in the dental office 27:00 Some Questions We Discuss How many endodontists are bridging the gap between endo and implants? 10:10 What slang does Dr. Germain use to describe her work? 12:21 What is Dr. Germain most proud of? 15:27 Do you have any strange dental questions for Dr. Germain? 24:18 How can you get in touch with Dr. Lisa? 29:13 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Listen to Lisa’s podcast: This Old Tooth Got a question for Dr. Lisa? Read Lisa’s favorite book: Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk Learn more about DC Dental
Jodi and our guest, Dr. Rich Madow, are swapping a lot of slang on this episode. From the elusive “golden age” of dentistry to giving patients the “royal treatment”, dentists are using all sorts of slang to communicate with their dental team these days. After all, to be a successful dentist, communication with your team is key.  And building a successful dental team is Dr. Rich’s specialty.  You might recognize Dr. Rich from the annual TBSE Dental Convention in Las Vegas, but on this episode we’re talking about more than just the convention circuit. Dr. Rich has a love for dentistry that is empowering, and there are ways continuing dental education and fun can go hand-in-hand.  Dental school can be fun? Might seem impossible to some, but Dr. Rich and his brother established the Madow Center for Dental Practice Success with that principle in mind. They are bringing coaches and mentors together to teach dentists how to actually enjoy their careers and increase profitability all at the same time.  Dr. Rich is passionate about modernizing the dental practice, and he shares ways we can all supercharge our own practices with new slang, new perspectives, and new attitudes. There’s always room for quality dentistry. When you’re passionate about something, that kind of positive energy can pass through your team and your associates. Most importantly, it will inspire you to keep learning. There’s no way you can already know it all. If you’re willing to learn something new and become an even better dentist, this episode of Dental Slang is for you.  In This Episode You Will Learn A very interesting way to get fired from a dental practice 2:26  The most exciting part about teaching dentistry 9:51 What inspired Dr. Rich and his brother to finally start a coaching business 15:50 The mystery behind the “golden age” of dentistry 17:30 Dr. Rich’s favorite dental slang terms 27:55 How to handle patients that are chronically late 32:41 Some Questions We Discuss How did Rich and his brother start the Madow Foundation? 3:55 What is a “dental pearl”? 10:08 What is the TBSE and why is it ending? 13:12 Why does Dr. Rich love the “business side” of dentistry? 20:22 What happened to Dr. Rich at the senior center? 22:09 What is the “royal treatment” in dentistry? 29:25  Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Take a look at The Madow Center for Dental Practice Success
Jodi is a little partial to this episode’s guest, Dr. Robin Bethell. He’s chatting with us from Austin, and she’s more than happy to share the mic with another Texan. And Dr. Bethell has important tips to share. He’s letting us in on the secret to mastering Yelp reviews—and it might surprise you. To Dr. Bethell, now is the best time to be a dentist, even with the rising cost of tuition. The learning opportunities are endless. It’s so easy for modern dentists to get online, learn new skills, get certified, and integrate those skills right into their practice. There’s little reason to refer out anymore and risk losing patients, although Dr. Bethell has a different theory on that. Referrals aren’t the same as they used to be. Back in the day, when we referred a patient out for niche care, we often didn’t see that patient again for years. Today, the new word for referral is “collaboration.” We aren’t just sending patients away anymore. Rather, Dr. Bethell and his group practice of fellow dentists use referrals as an opportunity to discuss, collaborate, and learn from another practicing dentist or orthodontist. Patients benefit from this, too. When we work together to provide patients with optimal care, we’re going to get positive feedback. That’s where Yelp comes in, though there are times when we’ll receive negative reviews as well. Yes, negative reviews are scary, but the secret to handling them is actually quite simple. The No. 1 thing you can do with a negative Yelp review is face it head on. Dr. Bethell shares his tips for facing negative reviews, and the patients who write them, on this episode. Once you overcome the initial awkward hurdle of talking to an angry patient, Dr. Bethell’s techniques are very simple. The secret is how you speak to your patients. We go over some of the slang and sayings you can use to beat negative reviews and really connect with your patients. Tune in now to learn how to master Yelp reviews from a dentist who has done it. In This Episode You Will Learn Dr. Bethell lived all over the United States (and got to Texas as fast as he could!) 2:40 How referring out is becoming more of a collaboration between dentists and orthos 9:08 Which mentors Dr. Bethell learned from the most 13:00 The hurdle new dentist’s must overcome when it comes to Invisalign 14:25 The #1 thing you need to do when it comes to negative yelp reviews 20:30 All of the different Invisalign slang Dr. Bethell uses in his Austin office 25:10   Some Questions We Discuss When did Dr. Bethell become Invisalign certified? 3:52 What inspired Dr. Bethell to pursue orthodontics and Invisalign? 6:20 How much general dentistry does Dr. Bethell still do in his practice? 10:27 How did Dr. Bethell get all those stellar yelp reviews? 18:42 Where can you connect with Dr. Bethell online? 23:46 What’s your gamer tag? (Let’s start an all-dentist e-sport team!) 27:47 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Connect with Dr. Robin on Facebook: Aligner Nation Find Dr. Robin on YouTube: Watch now
This episode of the Dental Slang Podcast is special because we’re talking to one of the most innovative dentists in the industry, Dr. Gina Dorfman. Dr. Dorfman, the co-founder of YAPI, knew she wanted to be a dentist at 16, but running her own business was her ultimate goal. Fast forward two decades later and not only does she have her own dental practice, she’s also created a signature piece of software that’s changing the way we run our offices. YAPI is an automated software program that integrates into existing practice management software to streamline tedious day-to-day office activities. Data entry, scans and appointment calendars are all automated so you and your team members can spend time working as humans should. Like Dr. Dorfman says, “Let software do what software does best: busywork.” Humans are good at building relationships. When you streamline your dental office’s busywork and communication, you can spend more time building the relationships that matter most—those with your patients and your team. After all, that’s what inspired Dr. Dorfman to create YAPI in the first place. YAPI helps dentists tackle the challenges they face every day. Whether it’s leadership issues, creating a team culture, or managing difficult patients, there are plenty of opportunities to learn how to become a better leader. Dr. Dorfman developed YAPI so she could free up her time and improve her leadership skills, and so that her team and other dentists could have the opportunity to do the same. There are a few choice words Dr. Dorfman likes to use in her practice. For example, she’s learned ways to talk to patients that really makes them stop and think about their treatment plans rather than resist them. She shares some of that slang, and a few of her favorite questions to ask patients, in this episode. Dr. Dorfman was lucky enough to put her own leadership theories and ideas to the test right in her own dental practice, and it led her to develop some truly innovative software. But it didn’t come easy. She talks about some of the challenges she faced in her office and what inspired her to become the leader she is today. There’s no such thing as a “natural-born leader,” and developing your own leadership skills could be the change you need to really boost your career. Tune in now to hear Dr. Dorfman’s story. You just might be inspired to begin your own leadership training. In This Episode You Will Learn How Dr. Dorfman always knew she wanted to run her own business in the medical field 3:03 The mentors that inspired Dr. Dorfman’s epic leadership capabilities 10:41 All about Dr. Dorfmans’s dental efficiency software: YAPI 12:15 Dr. Dorfman’s favorite topics to talk about at meetings and public events 19:00 The slang Dr. Dorfman uses to get her point across to patients 28:02  Where you can connect with Dr. Dorfman 43:00 Some Questions We Discuss What are the biggest challenges Dr. Dorfman faces running her own dental practice? 5:30 Was there a specific incident that put Dr. Dorfman's leadership skills to the test? 8:12 What do we love most about clinical practice? 15:56 What is the Dental Success Network? 20:35 How does Dr. Dorfman start a treatment plan with her patients? 30:35 What word does Dr. Dorfman like to use most with patients? 38:50 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Connect with Dr. Dorfman’s mentor: Dr. Howard Freeman Find Dr. Dorfman on Facebook Listen to her podcast: Behind the Smiles Learn more about YAPI Join us! Dental Success Network 
We talk a lot about words on the Dental Slang Podcast, but today’s guest, Dr. Wael Garine, offers creative ways to communicate that we’ve been overlooking. Dr. Garine, the prosthodontics rock star from the Seattle Study Club, surprises us with some of the non-verbal slang he’s using in his practice. Tiny, silent gestures can speak volumes without alarming patients—and that’s something all dentists want to avoid. The Apple Watch made it easy for Dr. Garine to develop non-verbal slang in his office. The team sends him texts when patients are ready or when he has a phone call, for example, without disturbing patients. During this episode, we discuss how this slang works, and reveal other gestures we’ve caught ourselves using to communicate with team members when speaking isn’t an option. Our unique slang makes it easy to speak metaphorically about dental treatment, but what happens when you need to explain a real treatment plan to an unresponsive patient? Dr. Garine, an experienced restorative and implant dentist, has had many opportunities to explain different treatment options to all kinds of patients, and he shares some of those experiences with us on this episode. He also discusses which dental prosthetics he’s recommending to his patients and why e.max crowns have become his favorite. There’s more to prosthodontics than aesthetics. Dr. Garine has invested in different tools, treatments, and technology to bring his dental practice into the 21st century. Listen to the podcast to learn more about how prosthodontics has evolved. The modern dental office is always changing, and so is our slang. There are different ways to grow as a dentist, and in this episode, you’ll learn how to seize more opportunities to continue your own dental education and to perfect your craft. In This Episode You Will Learn Why Dr. Garine is passionate about continuing education 3:49 How to decide which prosthesis to recommend to patients 8:35 The top 3 dental prosthetics Dr. Garine uses in his practice 9:40 How the Apple Watch influences Dr. Garine’s non-verbal dental slang 18:15 One metaphorical way to handle patients who don’t want to come in for treatment 23:31 Some Questions We Discuss What’s the point of a business card? (and why Dr. Garine’s is the best!) 5:18 How have dental prosthetics evolved into the 21st century? 13:05 What are Dr. Garine’s favorite composites? 15:00 What words and slang does Dr. Garine avoid using in the office? 19:15 How can you get in touch with Dr. Garine? 25:59 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Connect with Dr. Wael Garine: Looking for a new business card? Want to learn more about Ivoclar continuing education? Ivoclar Training Center
We’re learning the slang of a very distinguished dentist on this episode of The Dental Slang Podcast. Dr. Bill Dickerson has quite the resume - he’s the founder and CEO of the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies, he’s a published author (more than just dental books too!), and he was also one of Jodi’s favorite professors while she studied at Baylor. But we aren’t just talking about classroom studies today. Dr. Bill is here to discuss what he’s been focusing on for the past twenty years: transforming the dental industry.  Like many of us dentists, Dr. Bill was burnt out on the traditional approach to dental care. The stuffy offices, the lagging technology, even the lack of physiological-based treatments really took a toll on what used to be his passion. He sought out help to get his passion back, and he’s sharing with us how his mentors helped change his attitude and break him out of that disenchanted rut.  Sometimes, people get stuck in a routine so long that the idea of changing seems preposterous. It can be a challenge to even go looking for a new perspective. We seem to think that dental school is the end of our education, but there’s so much more out there than we ever knew. The world of continuing education is alive and well in dentistry, and Dr. Bill is sharing some advice for newbies - and seasoned dentists - who are looking for a different kind of dental education. The reality for dentists like us is that our careers go far beyond what they’re teaching us in dental school. According to Dr. Bill, today’s dental schools are decades behind where they should be. The slang he uses to describe it is “intellectual inbreeding” and he explains what that means - and how it’s influencing our industry - in this episode. It’s what ultimately inspired him to found LVI, an education institute that acts as a live laboratory for dentists, complete with real patients and patient discussion groups. If you’re interested in learning more about LVI, then this podcast is for you!  In fact, this podcast is for anyone - dentist or not - who’s ever felt the flame of their passion flicker. If you learn anything from Dr. Bill and his slang in today’s episode, it will be how to truly define and measure your success. We all want to find our passion and our purpose in this life, and Dr. Bill has some truly amazing advice for any one of us looking for an optimistic perspective on our professional, emotional, and mental growth.  In This Episode You Will Learn: Why Dr. Bill decided to pursue dentistry 2:40 Wise words every new dentist needs to hear before starting their own practice 6:26 The slang Dr. Bill uses to describe today’s dental schools 9:22 What kinds of software and equipment are used with CBCT Imaging 12:42 Why 67% of dentists have lost their passion (and how to get it back) 19:27 The most exciting thing going on in Dr. Bill’s career right now 22:00 How to get in touch with Dr. Bill and the team at LVI 28:50 Some Questions We Discuss: Who mentored our favorite mentor? 4:26 Do you see a decline in the clinical abilities of modern dental students? 8:20 What kind of courses are offered at LVI? 10:13 Why do we call the mouth “the gateway to the body”? 15:00 What inspired Dr. Bill to finally write a book that WASN’T about dentistry? 16:54 What slang is Dr. Bill using for his patients and his colleagues? 25:05 What is a “front desk-less” dental office? 26:28 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Read Dr. Bill’s book: Successful Happiness Learn more about LVI: Last Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies Learn more about Dr. Bill’s mentor: Dr. Omer Reed
Dr. Amy Creech-Gionis is popping in on the Dental Slang Podcast today all the way from Florida. She’s bounced around different kinds of dental offices during her career in Tampa and has pretty much seen it all. She started in a small downtown office and worked her way through DSOs and family practices to get to where she is today. She has a good sense of what she likes to do, what she doesn’t like to do, and how it’s all influencing the future she’s building for herself in the dental industry. Amy wants what’s best for all of us practicing dentists. And for her, what’s best means becoming proficient in as many aspects of dental care as we can to give our patients the best care possible. If you couldn’t tell, Amy really loves to learn. Learning as much as she can about dentistry helps her adapt to all the changes coming to the industry. It’s important to be flexible right now, and Amy discusses a few of the ways she is flexible and how the rest of us can stay ahead of the game. The old ways of dentistry are fading. Way back when, dentists were allowed to complain about change and avoid it for as long as possible. That doesn’t work these days. If dentists want to stand out from the crowd, they must show what value they bring to the table. Staying up to date with new dental technology and investing time and energy into learning new techniques, new procedures, and even investing in new tools will show patients you’re a dentist who knows what you’re doing. Amy shares a few of her own learning experiences and discusses the different ways mentors have influenced not only her dental skills but how she runs her business. Mentors taught Amy how to look ahead, and now she’s poised to take on the modern changes coming down the pipe. She has her finger on the pulse, and she’s taking us all on a ride toward what the future of dentistry could be. If you’re curious about what’s in store for our industry, tune in now to hear Amy’s expectations for the future of private practice, the new tools coming from Berman Instruments, and the new slang words she uses for some of our most tried-and-true dental procedures. In This Episode You Will Learn Why we shouldn’t be afraid of any changes coming to dentistry 7:30 When Amy found her first mentor 12:30 The different ways you can stand out as a private practitioner 16:47  The new things Berman Instruments is offering now 23:39 The best way (with slang!) to explain dentin hypersensitivity 26:54 The top slang terms Amy is using in her dental office 28:20 Some Questions We Discuss What inspired Amy to open and run multiple dental practices? 2:55 How important are mentors to Amy’s career? 11:30 What does Amy mean when she says “I never stand still”? 15:00 What are Amy and Berman Instruments working on together? 18:30  What slang is Amy using in her dental offices to help kids? 25:58 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Amy’s Mentor: Tony Feck & Sunrise Dental Solutions Cassettes from Berman Instruments 
It’s hard to sum up today’s guest because his reputation precedes him in the best way possible. Dr. Paresh Shah is a dentist who has been working with digital technology for over a decade. He’s often a guest speaker at lectures on digital dentistry and restorative care, and today he’s our guest on The Dental Slang Podcast! But Dr. Paresh isn’t just talking tech today. He may have just gotten a brand new 3D microscope installed in his office, but that’s not the most important thing in there. While tools and technology are an integral part of any dental office, it’s really yourself and your team that make your dental practice worthwhile. If you want to be a successful dentist, it’s going to come down to how you train and empower your working team members. Dr. Paresh calls his staff the “Dream Team” not just because they’re a dream to work with but because he’s learned to leverage the unique strengths and talents of every person on his staff. You don’t need a hygienist that does everything, but you do want someone who is confident in what they do. For Dr. Paresh, building his dream team came down to what he calls “the four food groups of dentistry”. They are biomechanics, TMJ, aesthetics, and periodontal. He goes into more detail about what this means to his practice in today’s episode. The biggest takeaway you’re going to get from this episode is how to create an empowered comprehensive care practice that is built on a foundation of a confident and knowledgeable staff. When you work with a team that you can share challenges with, train together with, and learn new things together, you can build a very beautiful dental practice together. With all the pieces working together like a dream, it’s much easier to bring in all these new tools and technology. After all, that’s what it’s going to take to stay relevant over the next decade of modern dentistry, and you want to have a confident and capable team that can keep up with it.  Building a dream team doesn’t happen overnight. And it doesn’t happen with just one dentist. Finding a mentor to help train and empower your team is the best way to turn this dream team into a reality. Dr. Paresh shares some nuggets of advice today on where and how you can connect with different mentors. If you’re ready to embrace the next age of dentistry, tune in right now and learn how you can make this dream team a reality in your dental practice. In This Episode You Will Learn All about IDS, the largest dental meeting in the world 4:45  Dr. Paresh’s favorite digital dental tools 5:33  How to implement Dr. Paresh’s “Dream Team” mentality in your practice 6:53 The 4 food groups of Dr. Paresh’s dental office dream team 19:15  The power of direct internal referrals 21:07  Dr. Paresh’s favorite slang to use in the office 26:58 Some Questions We Discuss How does a dentist get into the Seattle Study Club? 2:28  What advice does Dr. Paresh have for empowering your dental staff? 11:23 How can you leverage your strengths with the strengths of your team? 15:07 When should you start asking your patients for Google Reviews? 22:00 How is Dr. Paresh using Instagram to educate fellow dentists and patients? 23:28 Which dental analogies work best when describing risks to dental patients? 30:00 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Connect with Dr. Paresh on Instagram: @DrPareshShah Visit The Kois Center online: Kois Center Check out these digital dentistry tools: Seiler Instruments
It’s rare to find a talented, business savvy practitioner who’s also an advocate for the dental community. Dr. Tony Feck is one of those clinicians, which is why we’re so excited to have him on today’s episode of the Dental Slang Podcast. This mentor and coach founded the Sunrise Dental Solutions community, which is known for bringing dentists together to offer help and support.   We all know dentists have an aversion to change, and Tony says that’s one of the biggest challenges he faces when teaching clinicians. Dentists may spend more money on mentors than any other industry, but we’re still reluctant to make big changes. Whether it’s time or money—or even fear of the unknown—it seems like something always stops us from implementing new technologies and techniques into our practices. To fight this, Tony recommends getting your staff involved in your education. The next time you go to a seminar or meet with your mentor, consider bringing some of your team members along, or at least share what you learned with them when you return to the office. That way, when you lose steam, your team members will be there to help you get back on the right track. Getting everyone on your team excited about the new procedures or tools you’d like to incorporate into your office will keep you motivated, but it also helps to have a coach, mentor or even a consultant to cheer you on as well. What’s the difference? Tony tells us, along with why he thinks a coach is the best option. Coaches offer the guidance and support we need to stay focused. Because dentists, especially practice owners, are independent, we sometimes isolate ourselves from others. A coach who is readily available, knowledgeable, and humble can give you much needed perspective when the going gets tough. If you’re thinking about finding someone to mentor you, Tony suggests looking for a coach who’s been where you want to go and who will encourage you as you make your way down the same path. He’s identified 10 qualities dentists should look for in a teacher, and he shares those qualities with us on this episode. Remember, it’s never too late to learn something new! So, tune in now to find out how you can connect with a dental coach who will help you grow your practice and meet your goals. In Today’s Episode You Will Learn How Tony helped Chris and other NC dentists change conscious sedation laws 3:33 Why dentists spend more money on coaches and mentors than any other industry 10:09 The top 10 qualities to look for in a good dental coach 19:29 What inspired Tony to start Sunrise Dental Solutions 25:15 Tony’s favorite dental slang 28:51 Chris and Tony’s favorite dental slang term 32:44 Some Questions We Discuss What’s the biggest challenge when teaching dentists? 6:13 What’s the difference between a coach, a mentor and a consultant? 12:22 Why should every dentist get a coach? 17:43 How can clinicians find a good dental coach? 23:48 What bourbon slang are dentists using in Kentucky? 34:02 What is Tony’s favorite bourbon? 35:30 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Join the community: Sunrise Dental Solutions
Dentists do so much more than just tend to people’s teeth. Dr. Milton Davenport calls us “physicians of the mouth.” His experiences at Harvard Dental School taught him the ways medicine and dentistry are similar, as well as how they’re different, and he shares those experiences with us on today’s episode. While at Harvard, Milton studied how autoimmune diseases impact oral health. This influenced the way he looks at the human mouth, but he found his view was difficult to explain to patients, and even other dentists. Fast forward a few years and he can now show his patients what he’s talking about. He calls it “cheating,” but he has technology that allows him to take photos, diagnose, and treat patients all in one place, making the entire process easier. He shares which new tools he has in his office and which technologies he’s most excited about on today’s show. As a reviewer for TheNew.Dentist’s Dental Value Brands, Milton has his fair share of experience with some of the best (and newest) tools in dentistry. Of course, he has his favorites, and he loves being part of a group that means so much to the industry. Beyond that, his unique experiences with dental science, tools, and technology make Milton one of the best mentors when it comes to helping dentists educate their patients. Milton is a proponent of patient-centered care. What he calls “guiding” patients is simply his strategy for talking to them about their treatment options. His experience with Dental Value Brands means he knows the ins and outs of some of the most tech-savvy tools on the market, but his scientific mind and experience running his own practice means he also knows how to read patients and explain treatment options in a way they’ll understand. If you’ve ever had trouble handling a patient’s pointed or confrontational questions, tune in now to hear Milton’s advice. We all know being in the dental chair is scary for some people, and Milton can help you guide your patients into a treatment program that works for both you and them, without stressing anybody out. In This Episode You Will Learn How a Chicago-based dentist made it to Harvard Dental School 2:22 What’s new and exciting in endodontics right now 10:05 How CBCT imaging (and other dental tech) changes the way Dr. Milton treats his patients 12:37 How to “read” a patient and understand their decisions and questions 15:18 The dental slang Dr. Milton uses in his own office 25:19 How to get in touch with Dr. Milton 30:23 Some Questions We Discuss What is a Harvard dental program like? 3:20 Who inspired Dr. Milton to pursue dentistry? 6:19 How are we creating an environment that helps our fellow dentists? 14:14 How do you answer a patient’s pointed questions? 20:00 What’s it like evaluating different dental tools and equipment? 21:30 What’s coming on the horizon for Dr. Milton? 27:14 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Connect with Dr Milton: Learn more about Cone Beam CT Imaging Check out the Woodpecker and other dental tools at Kinra's Dental Value Brands
Welcome back, Slangers! Our guest today, Dr. Amanda Seay, is a comprehensive restorative dentistry guru with several accolades in dental aesthetics and cosmetic dentistry. She’s also been developing several fresh techniques for dental photography with fellow Dental Slanger Dr. Adamo Notarantino, which she will be teaching in their upcoming courses for 2020. We talk a little bit about those courses on today’s episode, but mostly we’re chatting about what it takes to get to the dental status Dr. Amanda is at. The education, the mentorships, and the experiences are all at the heart of what makes Dr. Amanda such a stellar member of our community. The only thing left for her to do at this point is to start her own academy, which she has, sort of.  Amanda started a small group of lady dentists who come together to chat, collaborate, and bounce ideas off one another in one very clever way. These ladies get together at one another’s offices and go through each other’s desk drawers asking about dental tools, techniques, and even what kind of technology each is using to treat their patients. What makes this group so special is that these friends all come together to motivate one another and, most importantly, hold themselves accountable.  Finding a mentor to hold you accountable and push you along is the secret to success, but these mentors don’t always have to be seasoned dentists or minor celebrities. Mentorship can be found a friendship. Dr. Amanda shares today how one best friend and little friendly competition boosted Google reviews for both of their practices and inspired an entire dental community to do the same.  Where you find a mentor might surprise you. We all have so many different experiences in our lives - we’re parents, entrepreneurs, artists, and more than just dentists. Finding a mentor in any and all areas of our lives is a rewarding experience that can benefit our careers without us even realizing it, and that’s the biggest nugget Dr. Amanda shares with us today on the Dental Slang Podcast. Don’t worry, we’re still talking about our favorite slang. Tune in to hear not only how Dr. Amanda found her most influential mentors, but also hear the clever slang terms she’s using with her staff. Compare your own office lingo and let us know which slang you’re going to start using now with your team! In This Episode You Will Learn The importance of finding a mentor in a group 3:30 Tricks to keep you motivated and hold you accountable 5:30 Dr. Amanda’s favorite aesthetic and restorative dental projects 9:18 How to find the balance between work and home 13:25 Dr. Amanda’s favorite slang to use with patients and dental staff 19:46 How to talk to patients about their smile and aesthetic dentistry 25:25 Some Questions We Discuss What happens when a group of lady dentists get together? 2:02 Which mentor completely changed the way Dr. Amanda practices dentistry? 6:32 Which dental procedures does Dr. Amanda downright refuse to do? 11:05 What is like being on the lecture circuit with Dr. Adamo Notarantino? 15:45 What exactly is “the plaque conspiracy”? 23:34 Why is it important for your patients to look at their dental photos alone? 28:09 Resources Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Connect with Dr. Amanda Seay on Facebook: Amanda Seay Dentistry Sign up for Dr. Amanda’s 2020 Courses: im P.R.E.S.
It’s time for another episode of the Dental Slang Podcast! Today’s guest is a true dental legend. Dr. Michael Cohen is the founder of the Seattle Study Club, and he’s hopping on the mic today fresh from a presentation in Copenhagen. The topic of that presentation—dental education—comes up in today’s episode, but first we discuss what inspired him to found one of the most well-known study clubs in the dental community. The creation of the Seattle Study Club network stemmed from a need for continuing education. In the early days, these study clubs were more social gatherings than they were an exchange of ideas. Michael wanted to give dentists the opportunity to interact clinically, tap into what he calls their own “databanks of knowledge,” and ultimately become more proficient at diagnostics and treatment planning by working together. The power of collaboration inspired Michael to create this “university without walls.” He went back to school to learn how to better deliver continuing education, allowing him to bring the university to dentists who don’t have the luxury of going back to school. Now, with the Seattle Study Club and his lecture and symposium circuit, dentists can continue to learn new skills and hone their craft without having to sit in a classroom for months on end. The power of collaboration is truly transforming the way dentists learn. The topic at Michael’s latest presentation in Copenhagen was just that—how dental education is evolving. Millennial dentists are changing not only what we are learning but how we seek out education and mentors. The digital age isn’t going anywhere, and the computers and the technology these young dentists are using won’t disappear. This evolution in education is bred from the human element we all crave when we’re learning something new. Learning from each other is the fastest, most effective way for clinicians to grow, and that’s something Millennial dentists are catching on to quick. Some more seasoned dentists might not realize these changes are happening, but Michael certainly does. That’s why he’s bringing fresh, new teaching techniques to not only the Seattle Study Club but also to his lectures and his latest symposium, which is slated for February. If you’re interested in learning more about this evolution in dental education, tune in to find out how you can attend the World Team Treatment Planning Championships as well as a few choice lectures coming in the New Year. Because it’s no longer about just being a better dentist. It’s about being a more complete clinician. We’ve got advice today on how to do just that, as well as some new slang to go along with it. Tune in now! In This Episode You Will Learn The true origin story of the Seattle Study Club 1:45 The truth about treatment planning 7:25 All about the power of collaboration 14:14 How the landscape of dental education is evolving 19:13 How to use a study club like a security blanket for your education and career 25:29 Our favorite slang used by the Seattle Study Club 29:48 Some Questions We Discuss What happened when Michael added interactive sessions to early Seattle Study Club meetings? 5:04 Why did Michael decide to go back to school? 8:18 Which mentors have influenced Michael the most? 10:38 What does dentistry have to do with Polaroid cameras and vinyl records? 16:30 What’s happening at the World Team Treatment Planning Championships in 2020? 20:29 Resources Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Connect with Dr. Michael Cohen on Facebook: Seattle Study Club Learn more about Dr. Saul Schluger Want to attend the World Team Treatment Planning Championships in 2020?
We really like what Nobel Biocare is doing for the dental industry. This company thinks outside the box and isn’t afraid to question all the “tried-and-true” practices we’ve been comfortable using for decades. But it’s time for a change, and Dr. Scott MacLean, an international lecturer for Nobel Biocare, is on The Dental Slang Podcast to talk about the new era in dentistry.  Scott calls the changes coming to the dental industry a “renaissance.” He specializes in dental implants, and he’s sharing some big news about the new procedures, tools, and products we can expect to see over the next few months. More importantly, he’s sharing this amazing news on social media, a marketing niche many dentists haven’t quite figured out yet. So, while Scott talks to us about implantology, he also lets us in on how he uses social media to share dentistry’s latest tools and techniques. Scott’s social media strategy stresses how important content is, and he tells us which tools and apps he uses to create stellar content. Scott’s been making videos since 2007, so he knows a thing or two about what people are looking for. His content mainly answers the burning questions he himself had about dentistry, as well as the questions he hears from students and colleagues during his lectures. You’ll find out how this natural curiosity fuels his social media campaigns, and why it’s important to pay attention to what people are asking and talking about. It’s time to rethink the traditional dental paradigm, and sharing and learning from one another online is one of the best ways to do that. We can be great resources for one another, and the questions we ask, as well as how we ask them, can be inspiring. Scott is one mentor you don’t want to miss out on. So, tune in now to hear all about the New Age of Dentistry and the ways you can be part of it. In This Episode You Will Learn: How to use Instagram to connect with patients 5:20 Easy strategies to use on Instagram and other social media platforms 6:08 The new drilling protocol for dental implants 11:48 The biggest mistakes dentists make when it comes to studying dentistry 14:45 Some of the newest slang I’ve picked up in different dental offices 18:25 The new tools and tech Nobel Biocare is creating for dentists 25:02 Some Questions We Discuss: How long has Scott been using YouTube? 3:27 What is Nobel Biocare’s definition of micro-integration? 7:30 Why is it so important to use your real name on Instagram? 12:40 Do you know where the phrase “bite the bullet” came from? 17:30 What are some of Scott’s favorite dental slang phrases? 19:08 What does Scott think about the future of podcasting? 27:03 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Dr. Scott’s YouTube channel: smmaclean Dr. Scott’s Instagram: @drscottmaclean iMovie app Nobel Biocare Seattle Study Club
Dr. Adamo Notarantonio may be one of the most accredited cosmetic dentists in the country, but he also has another talent that we’re showcasing on this episode of The Dental Slang Podcast: photography. If you haven’t signed up for one of the COLLIDEoSCOPE photography courses with Adamo and his partner, Dr. Amanda Seay, this podcast just might be the inspiration you need. Adamo discusses the blessing and the curse that is social media and how we, as dentists, can use it to grow our practices. That means learning how to properly use a professional camera and not just relying on our iPhones. Social media is so much more than marketing. As a cosmetic dentist, Adamo sees Instagram as an opportunity to showcase his work and to interact with fellow dentists. He knows how to use lighting to his advantage and how to take the right kinds of photos. Of course, this isn’t a talent he developed overnight. He developed his eye for photography while earning his accreditation—and eventual fellowship—at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Studying with the AACD helped make Adamo the kind of dentist and social media guru he is today. The stories he shares with us about what he’s learned, the techniques he’s developed, and what it’s like to mentor dentists following the same path are almost enough to inspire us to head back to our fellowship courses. But what’s truly inspirational is that Adamo has managed to create a dental atmosphere that gets people excited about continuing their education. What prompted Adamo and Amanda to create the COLLIDEoSCOPE series and other cosmetic dentistry courses? They wanted a space where they could be true to themselves. They wanted to teach cosmetic dentistry techniques and procedures genuinely, without a sponsoring company calling the shots. This gives Adamo the opportunity to cover topics not directly related to dentistry, such as social media. Don’t think for one second that dentistry is limited to teeth. Your dental career can take many paths, as Adamo shares with us today, and you never know which skills are going to be most important to your journey. Take some time to listen to today’s episode and consider continuing your own dental education, maybe starting with a course or two on photography. You never know where this path could take you! Some Questions We Discuss What’s the procedure mix at Adamo’s Long Island office? 6:05  What does the accreditation process look like at the AACD? 11:00 Why is it so important to continue your dental education? 17:28 What is Adamo’s favorite camera? 25:50 Why is Adamo’s slang so blunt? 29:40  Where can we sign up for Adamo and Amanda’s courses? 32:25 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Connect with Adamo on Instagram: @adamoelvis Sign up for Dr. Adamo Notarantino and Dr. Amanda Seay’s courses here The Kois Center Dr. Amanda Seay
If you’ve been avoiding endodontics in your dental career, today’s episode of The Dental Slang Podcast is for you. Dr. Bill Nudera is here to put your mind at ease about every aspect of endodontic procedures. Bill has served as a dentist in the Air Force, earned an MA in oral sciences, and has been running his own full-time practice for 20 years. In his prolific career, he’s seen (and learned) a thing or two about what not to do when treating endodontic cases. It was Bill’s time in the Air Force that really set the foundation for his career. He was lucky enough to be stationed with another endodontist who donned the mentor’s cap and showed Bill the ropes when it came to endodontic concepts, principles and techniques. For two years, this board-certified endodontist critiqued Bill’s work, giving him the opportunity to hone his skills and become the dentist he is today. Bill also learned how important it is to have a mentor, and now he’s paying it forward. In this episode, Bill steps into that mentoring role and shares a bit about the new technology and techniques he’s seen in the endodontic field. He’s seeing all sorts of tech advances in dentistry, from improvements in magnification and dental imaging to new dental tools and ultrasonic instruments—and he has advice on how you can learn more about these technologies. Bill’s advice goes beyond the tech and the tools. Endodontics is a scary realm of dentistry—for dentists and patients alike—and Bill is working to change this stereotype. He became a mentor to help dentists better understand endodontics and endodontic emergencies so they can communicate better with their patients. The slang he uses in his office is centered around making even the most phobic patients feel at ease. He shares some of those words and phrases with us. There’s a method to all the madness, he says, and he breaks down his procedures and processes to help dentists become more comfortable with the world of endodontics. In This Episode You Will Learn: How a sandwich convinced Bill to join the Air Force 3:15 The most common mistakes made in endodontics 8:08 Our favorite slang in endodontics 11:20 All about guided root canal surgery 16:23 How to manage the endodontic emergency happening in your office 18:15 The slang Bill’s using in his dental office 28:33 Some Questions We Discuss: Why did Bill specialize in endodontics? 5:50 What big tech changes are coming to endodontics? 12:01 Are they teaching these new endodontics advancements in dental school? 13:25 What can we say to patients to keep them calm about root canals? 25:00 What are the “semantics” of the slang Bill uses with patients? 30:05 How can you get in touch with Bill? 33:50 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Connect with Bill on Instagram and Facebook 
Welcome back, Dental Slangers! Dr. David Little is joining us on today’s episode. David is the co-founder and Clinical Director of Little Implant Co., one of our favorite suppliers. And it isn’t just the company’s high-quality dental implants that puts it on the top of our list. It’s David’s passion for education and mentorship that inspires us. David is what we call a “seasoned” dentist. When he’s not managing his multidisciplinary practice in San Antonio, he’s teaching live surgeries, implant procedures, and other hands-on educational programs for dentists of all skill levels. What he’s teaching dentists these days—including the both of us—makes us all want to be better clinicians, especially when it comes to dental implants. Dental implants aren’t the niche procedure they used to be. In our opinion, they’re the future of dentistry. We can’t all do fillings and root canals forever, and David is on today to talk about how easy it is to bring implant dentistry to your practice. Mentors are the secret ingredient to helping you learn something new. They’ve already been there, done that, and have made the mistakes so you don’t have to. David shares his own experiences with mentorship, from being the new dentist to becoming the teacher he is today. David’s biggest piece of advice when it comes to dental implants is to keep it simple. From inventory management to discussing options with patients, simplicity is key. There’s no reason to make things more complicated than they need to be, especially when you’re doing something new. David has tips and tricks for new dentists, and we all share a few stories about how we’ve encouraged patients to try dental implants. Getting patients to accept any dental procedure can be tricky. David knows dental implants can be a particularly hard sell at times, and he discusses ways we can overcome this. Over the years, he’s noticed dentists make the same mistakes when they introduce implants to patients, and he has a few tricks to help you avoid these mistakes in your practice. Tune in now to find out how you can better explain complicated procedures like dental implants to patients, and how to better listen to your patients, too. We’ve all got stories to tell, and you never know when patients are going to teach you something new with one of their own dental stories. In This Episode You Will Learn What David’s been up to at his dental office in San Antonio 2:22 The most common mistakes dentists make with implants 7:00 Some of the questions David asks patients regarding implant procedures 17:20 Our favorite slang terms for dental implants 23:30 The dental slang David uses in his own office 24:55  In This Episode, You Will Learn: What David’s been up to at his dental office in San Antonio 2:22 The most common mistakes dentists make with implants 7:00 Some of the questions David asks patients regarding implant procedures 17:20 Our favorite slang terms for dental implants 23:30 The dental slang David uses in his own office 24:55 Some Questions We Discuss: What’s in the “secret sauce” for success as a dentist? 5:14 Who is Dr. Marc Nevins? 12:00 What makes the Little Implant Co. system stand out from other dental implants? 14:05 How can we encourage patients to say “yes” to dental implants? 16:26 How can you get in touch with David Little? 27:38 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Little Implant Company: Mentor in a Box & Little Talk Live 
Welcome back to the Dental Slang Podcast! We’ve got a wonderful guest today. Dr. Parag Kachalia is talking with us from California, from the heart of Silicon Valley, and he’s sharing some serious knowledge bombs when it comes to the future of dental technology. Dr. Parag is one of the Seattle Study Club’s Top 10 Young Educators, so you’re guaranteed to learn a little something on today’s episode.  First and foremost you will learn what Dr. Parag is a traveling man. He and his family take a trip abroad every year, but he’s also traveling a lot for work. He hops on a plane every Thursday, he says, whether it’s for lectures on digital technology or guest speeches on restorative dentistry for fellow dentists. He’s managed to find that balance between traveling for work and for pleasure and he’s sharing that secret with us today.  Other secrets will be revealed in today’s episode, including where and how you can find a different kind of dental mentor. We’ve talking about mentors before on our podcast, after all - mentors are the secret ingredient to your success. But sometimes mentors can be more than just individuals and mastermind groups. Sometimes it’s the place where you live that inspires you, kind of like how Silicon Valley inspired Dr. Parag. Dr. Parag shares his view of where the next stage of dental technology is taking us. So far he sees all of these new tools and this new tech gathering all of this data, but what are we doing with it? The future of dental technology lies in how we apply all of this new data to our dental practices. Developing AI to help us understand the data is one of many views of the future Dr. Parag shares with us today, and we discuss all the ways dentists can work together to bridge our research, our data, and our experiences to improve this profession for everyone. Today, the three of us create a whole new type of dentistry. You can call it daydreaming, but we think it’s more like brainstorming. Thinking about where the future of dental technology can take us is very inspiring, and even Dr. Parag sees these changes influencing the way dental students are learning and the way modern dentists are practicing. He breaks down these different generations and how we can not only teach them but how we can market to them as well. If you’re looking for new ways to reach your dental patients (or even your dental students), then hit play right now. The nuggets of knowledge Dr. Parag shares today cannot be missed. Because he’s doing so much more than just solving our most common dental problems. He’s aiming to create brand new ways that make our practice easier and more comfortable for our patients, our staff, and everyone working to build their own dental practices.  In This Episode You Will Learn What inspired Parag and his family to move out to the West Coast 3:32 The driving force that influenced Parag’s tech-savvy dental career 6:20 What it would be like to work remotely as a dentist 13:50 Parag’s experience joining and being involved with the Seattle Study Club 18:30 How to market to different generations of dental patients 25:40 The different slang Parag uses to communicate to patients vs. employees 31:49 Some Questions We Discuss How does Parag balance travel with his dental practice? 5:29 What’s coming up hot in dental technology today? 7:57 Why do patients dislike the dental experience? 16:50 How are these different generations of dental students learning differently? 22:10 What kind of slang does Dr. Parag use to describe certain end of the year dental treatments? 34:34 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Connect with Dr. Parag online: San Ramon Dentist Connect with Dr. Parag on Facebook: Parag R. Kachalia
This episode of The Dental Slang Podcast is an important one. Dr. Paul Goodman of Dental Nachos fame is joining us today to talk about how we can all work together to create a more positive influence in the dental community. More specifically, Paul shares his strategy for engaging with fellow dentists not only online but face-to-face. Meetups are an important part of Paul’s engagement strategy, and you’ll hear why in today’s episode. When Paul isn’t engaging with his Nacho community or speaking on his own podcast - The Dental Amigos - Paul is working hard at helping dentists fresh out of dental school. We all know that dental school isn’t the most positive environment to start your career, and Paul is working to change the way we learn and engage with one another that challenges this traditional education model. There are so many different ways to connect with other dentists, and Paul shares the strategies that work best for him and all the BADs, MADs, and SADs that he’s working with.  Dentists these days need real world experience, especially when it comes to the business side of dentistry. New dentists (and Paul has his own slang for these newbies) don’t know where to begin when it comes to starting their own practice. “Dentisting”, as Paul calls it, might make sense on paper while we’re at school, but putting it into action is a whole new can of worms. To combat this, Paul brings a fresh new perspective that inspires those in the dental community to come together and learn in a way like never before. Paul is using his lectures as well as his social media presence on Facebook to create safe spaces for fellow dentists to learn from one another. It’s a space to talk, complain, vent, learn, and maybe even pick up some new slang from each other. In this day and age, mentors are more important than ever. Connecting with fellow dentists, and uniting in our profession, is a way to keep this channel of knowledge-sharing open for all of the new dentists coming fresh out of dental school. What’s most important to Paul, and what you’ll learn from him today, is how crucial face-to-face meetings are. Paul wants us all to get off the computers every once and awhile and meet up, whether it’s at a lecture or a dinner party. You don’t want to get comfortable doing things just because it’s how they were done “back in the day.” There are new opportunities to learn all around us, so don’t miss out on yours! Tune in now and hear how you can connect with Dr. Paul, both online and off. In This Episode You Will Learn What it’s like to own and operate dental practices in two different states 2:40 Dental slang like BADs, MADs, SADs, and other acronyms Paul uses 5:30 What it used to be like “back in the day” with dentistry 13:57 A fun icebreaker for small group activities 21:00 The groups that Paul likes to lecture to most 24:16 The hardest parts of dental school and how to work around it 33:35 One of Paul’s favorite slang terms 35:50 Why it’s time for dentists to be nice to one another 39:01 Some Questions We Discuss How did Paul come up with the Dental Amigos Podcast? 3:19 What mentors did Paul seek out during his career? 9:55 What are Paul’s favorite analogies for the dental office? 17:34 What does “dentisting” mean? 22:05 What dental slang does Paul use in his offices? 26:14 Do you suffer from TSD? 31:30  What are Paul’s ABCs? 36:35 How can you get a hold of Dr. Paul Goodman? 39:55  Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Connect with Paul: Tune in to Paul’s Podcast:
You might recognize today’s guest as one of our sponsors, but we just can’t talk enough about Berman dental instruments. That’s why we brought Dr. Lou Berman, founder of Berman Dental Instruments, onto the podcast today. As an entrepreneur of many ventures, Lou’s got plenty of slang to spare. Working across different industries not only “heightened his business acumen” as he says, but it also helped him become a better dentist.  If you think there aren’t many business opportunities for dentists these days, think again. Lou’s seen it all, from community banking to real estate investment. This kind of experience and access to information helped shaped the way Lou learned why things are done the way are, inspiring him to find ways to do it better. This kind of attitude ultimately inspired him to launch the business we all know him for today - Berman Dental Instruments. But before we get into all that business talk, we talk first about Lou’s career as a dentist. He’ll say he’s been practicing since he was 12 years old. So many of us have those childhood memories of playing pretend, never thinking that it would shape our futures or our careers, but it really and truly does. That childhood confidence is what led Lou to start his own private practice fresh out of residency. But it was his taste for business that kept him from following that well-traveled road of dental practice. Lou loves dentistry, and he especially loves his field of endodontics. The dental slang Lou uses in his practice is both silly and practical, like all slang is, but it really works to help patients understand the sometimes very complicated procedures Lou performs. Yet after doing thousands of root canals and other pulp procedures, Lou was looking to expand his perspective. There are different entrepreneurial projects dentists can get into that don’t involve teeth, and Lou shares a bit about what going out on a limb with some of these business ventures is like.  His first venture was a community bank he started with his friends. This lasted for a decade before he sold that business and took a shot at real estate investment. Both of those are things some dentists would never think of - we sure didn’t! - but it’s interesting to hear how Lou ties it all back into his love of dentistry. We really dive into what inspired him to start Berman Dental Instruments, and how his own experiences in business influence the ways he helps other dentists get the most out of their own dental practices and dental businesses.  Dr. Lou Berman is looking out for his dental colleagues. Whether you’re looking for high-quality dental instruments at affordable prices, or need tips on how to build an online community, Lou is overflowing with advice. Launching the website for Berman Dental Instruments really gave him some insight on how to leverage Instagram to his advantage, and we discuss the different ways social media can create a sense of community between fellow dentists as well as dentists and their patients. If you’re interested in making Dr. Lou part of your community, tune in now and connect with him right on his website at In This Episode You Will Learn: Exactly how many editions of Pathways to the Pulp there are 2:55 The highlights of Lou’s dental career 6:30  How Berman Instruments is solving modern day dental problems 10:40 How to get the best prices on your dental tools without being part of a corporate group 16:00 Why new dentists don’t have to be afraid of starting their own practice from scratch anymore 18:00 Why Lou chose to use Italian steel for the new premium line of dental tools 21:58 Some Questions We Discuss: How can seasoned dentists get their hands on the new edition of Pathways? 4:24 What kinds of entrepreneurial projects can dentists get into? 8:05 How does Lou use social media communities to promote Berman Instruments? 13:42 What new tools are coming down the pipe at Berman Instruments? 20:56 What’s Lou’s favorite dental slang in endo? 23:57 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Click here to order your next dental tools from Berman Instruments
If you’re looking for new dental slang, today’s episode is for you. Coming fresh off a great dental day today, and Jodi is sharing some of her new slang right off the bat. Our guest today, Dr. Paul Feuerstein, also shares the slang he learned in his first week of practicing dentistry, but that’s not all he’s talking about today. The godfather of dental technology has his own tips and tricks for using slang to boost the morale at your dental office.  Paul is a real rockstar in the dental office. He may have turned down a year of traveling on the road with his band to finish dental school, but he still plays guitar a few times a month with friends and brings that rockstar performance into his dental practice. Paul’s speciality is restorative dentistry, and he’s been working with the same assistant for twenty years. Working this closely with someone means their slang is sometimes just a nod or a wink, but his strategy is really about including the patient in on the fun. As dentists, we’re often up close and personal with our patients. So are our assistants. In this case, Paul likes to talk to and compliment his staff over his patients. This way, everyone’s included in the conversation and the procedure. This kind of personal approach really helps patients understand their treatment plans and what’s going on inside their mouth without the awkward confusion of complicated dental terms. Talking slang with your staff and your patients is a key way to raise the morale at your practice and make this fun. Patients can pick up on either the chaos or the serenity of your office, and you want to create a space that’s as comfortable as possible. For Paul, that secret for serenity lies with his staff. He empowers his staff by showing his appreciation. There are different ways to do this, and we all discuss our favorite ways to compliment, appreciate, and empower our assistants and staff members in today’s episode.  Who we work with and how we work together is a key force behind the success of your dental practice. We’re putting on a performance every time we go to work. Sometimes this performance is in what we do, but it’s also in how we talk. How dentists talk to their staff reflects on how they talk to their patients, and vice-versa. Paul’s attitude toward putting on this rockstar performance every day in his dental office is all about making sure everyone knows their role and how important they are in it. It won’t hurt your staff to remind them how awesome they are every day, no matter what slang you use to tell it to them. Not only does Paul have plenty of slang to share, he’s also sharing his tips and tricks for finding the best impression scanners and 3D printers. His simple test for finding the best impression scanner can help you narrow down which brand works best for you and your patients so you don’t have to trudge through anymore dramatic online reviews or arguments about which is better. When it comes to 3D printers, the godfather of dental tech is sharing his two cents. While the realm of 3D printers hasn’t peaked yet, Paul is looking forward to the emerging trends. Tune in now to find out why he thinks 3D is essential for any dentists doing their own implants, and the slang that goes along with it.  In This Episode You Will Learn: What it takes to be a rockstar and a dentist 3:55 Why Paul calls it a “dental performance” 8:50 The dental slang Paul learned in his first week of practice 12:09 The different ways to compliment and appreciate your staff and assistants 16:50 Paul’s favorite slang to use with his assistant Karla 20:00 Paul’s trick for finding the best impression scanner 24:09 What 3D printers can actually do for the modern dentist 28:15 Some Questions We Discuss: What should everyone be doing in their dental office every day? 8:10 How does Paul use slang to help patients understand their treatment plan? 9:40 How do you keep your patients engaged during your appointments? 15:30 What does Disney have in common with dentistry? 18:38 What new dental tech is Paul most excited about? 23:20 What one thing should dentists be careful of? 27:40 What slang are other dentists using in their offices? 32:02 Resources: Visit our website: Connect with us on Facebook: Dental Slang Get some practice management tips from the late Robert Barkley  If you’re in Bar Harbor, bring Paul a lobster roll. Otherwise, you can connect with him here at Dentistry Today 
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