The Dental Hacks Podcast (general)

Jason and Alan are joined again by Dr. Jamison Spencer. We've discussed sleep and sleep apnea with him, we've discussed TMD with him. Today we focus on why those two things go together! Some of the topics we discuss:

  • Why Jamison thinks dentists shouldn't limit their practice to sleep/TMD
  • Why TMD treatment is almost dead and sleep apnea is still the hot new thing
  • How new imaging techniques changed Jamison's paradigm
  • Do you need a cone beam to treat TMD and airway?
  • When would imaging change Jamison's treatment plan?
  • Why don't dental schools teach critical thinking and understanding the literature?
  • Jamison's requirements for a good scientific article
  • Why "doing stuff" is sometimes less effective than "kicking back and thinking about it" when you're treating sleep and TMD
  • How reps make all the difference in treating TMJ and sleep
  • The unintuitive thing that's going on when the sleep appliance causes pain
  • A new paradigm for treating sleep/TMD without insurance
  • When do you need to build a team to help you treat TMD/sleep?
  • Where is the medical community on sleep apnea?

Some links from the show:

The Dental Hacks podcast is in competition with The Dentalpreneur Podcast and Dentists Implants and Worms and we're not planning on losing! We need your help! The podcast who signs up the most participants for the Voices of Dentistry between now and October 20th gets bragging rights at this year's VoD! So now is the time to sign up using the coupon code "HACKS" at www.voicesofdentistry.com! You'll get 20% off of the already low price for the best dental meeting of 2020! But wait, there's more! If you sign up between now and Oct. 20th Al (your loyal co-host) will personally record a voicemail announcement (delivered in mp3 format) for any number you want! So if you'd like the smooth vocal stylings of Alan Mead to greet your callers or patients...it's yours! Don't disappoint us, Dental Hacks fans! Represent for your favorite dental podcast and get a great deal on the best dental meeting of 2020!

VoD 2019 Highlight video

Why We Sleep, by Matthew Walker

Inspire sleep apnea treatment

Spencer Study Club (email for an invitation!)

Dr. Jamison Spencer's new project "The Airway, TMD and Sleep" podcast!

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has 27,000 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have anything “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com!

YAPI is kind of like a pizza! You can start with a plain cheese which gives you some of the essentials. Some like to add some meat! (iPad/online patient forms) and some people don't particularly want meat and will opt for veggies (automated appt confirmations/recall reminders/texting), but most people DO want The Supreme (which we call The Works!) - you get nearly everything we offer at the best value. But if you are ordering a pizza, maybe you want some hot wings (online reviews) or garlic knots (our phone screen pop integration with RingCentral or Mango Voice). Are you hungry yet? Every office is different. YAPI has pediatric practices, perio practices and a whole lot of plain old general dentistry offices and they each can choose from YAPI’s wide menu of services! Why don’t you go check the menu at dentalhacks.com/YAPI. It’s a funny name but serious software!

To effectively do chairside CAD/CAM, you've got to be organized. You want to have the right inventory of blocks, but you don't want to overstock. Most importantly, you need to be able to find exactly what you're looking for when you're looking for it! Zirc understands the needs of the chairside CAD/CAM community! If you're doing CEREC or other chairside milling, you should control block chaos with their CAD/CAM Block Locker! They're offering a 20% discount for the Dental Hacks Nation using coupon code CADCAM20 at https://www.zirc.com/products/cad-cam-block-locker. It's the best way to organize your CAD/CAM blocks!

Cosmecore is a dual cured core material from Cosmedent. We use it all the time. It cuts just like a tooth with no gouging! and now it's 20% off until the end of October using the coupon code "CORE" at check out at dentalhacks.com/cosmecore. Go get yourself some!

Go Hack Yourself

Alan: The Peaceful Practice podcast and the MEDLed MC6 headlamp

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the Dental Hacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation.

 

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Dr. Josh Austin joins Alan to talk about two new "universal" composites that have come on the scene. Are they really all you need for both posterior and anterior? Can you survive with so few shades? Will Josh and Al really not go lighter than A2 when they inevitably need full rehabs? Tune in to find out more!

Some links from the show:

3M Filtek Universal

Omnichroma

Our friends at Microcopy Dental have released a bunch of new diamonds specifically for pediatric dentistry! They've got six amazing diamond shapes and grits and they all come with short shanks for pediatric dentistry! Go check out these amazing new diamonds at dentalhacks.com/pediatricdiamondsamples!

 

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Dr. Jihyon Kim joins Alan again to talk about the skill sets that get lost (or never get learned in the first place) for doing direct restorations. In a world where it's much more convenient and profitable to do things indirectly, she thinks there is a place for directs in everyone's practice! Jihyon recently announced that she's leaving the Bioclear Learning Center and moving in some exciting directions! For one thing, she's making waves with her new social media presence and she'll even be presenting at the Dental Influencers Alliance (DIA) 2.0 meeting on December 6-7th at the DoubleTree in Scottsdale, AZ! Take a listen to hear about her new directions and the exciting things she wants to bring to dentistry!

Some links from the show:

Jihyon's Instagram

Jihyon's website

Jihyon's Youtube channel

The Dental Influencer Alliance

Our friends at Microcopy Dental have released a bunch of new diamonds specifically for pediatric dentistry! They've got six amazing diamond shapes and grits and they all come with short shanks for pediatric dentistry! Go check out these amazing new diamonds at dentalhacks.com/pediatricdiamonds!

The Dental Economics “Principles of Practice Management” conference is like no other meeting you’ve ever been to! It’s a limited attendance meeting of like minded people that want to learn how to run their businesses better! You get no fluff. No “sign up for my course” kind of thing. Good information delivered in a more intimate meeting environment with lots of access to the speakers! The conference is in beautiful Norfolk, VA this July 18th-19th! Get more details and sign up at dentalhacks.com/ppm. The Dental Hacks Nation gets a $100 discount on the already low DE price just by using the coupon code “DENTALHACKS.” This is a limited time offer, so act now! Even better, they offer even more discounts for bringing your friends! See details on the website!

 

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Welcome to season 1, episode 2 of the Clinical Hacks Podcast!

In this riveting episode, each of the Hacks discusses their tissue retraction methods for crown and bridge impressions/scans.

Highlights today include:

  • There are a lot of different ways to retract tissue, how do we do it if we're impressing?   How about scanning?
  • Medicaments?  How many chemicals can Zach put in the mouth simultaneously just to dry things up?
  • Compression caps, an inexpensive way to get some pressure hemostasis.

Products talked about in the episode:

Zach

Siltrax Plus

Premier Retraction Caps

Quick-Stat FS (generic of Astringedent)

Quick-Stat Free (generic of Viscostat Clear)

Alan

Traxodent

Aquasil Ultra Cordless

Knit-Pak+ Cord

Astringedent X

 

Kevin

Gingi-Aid Z-Twist

Viscostat Clear

Lidocaine with Epi 1:50,000

 

 

If you want to interact with us, head over to the closed Facebook Group Clinical Hacks

We want to produce episodes about the questions you have, it's a great place to post a clinical topic, you don't even have to post a photo!

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Alan talks with Dr. Bart Schultz about his strategy of using multiple consults. Who gets them and why? If you're diagnosing and treatment planning comprehensive care or even if you just aspire to, Bart has some strategies you can use!

Even better, he describes his killer line for discussing compromise treatment with his patients! 

Komet wants you to try their Footsie polishers! The pinwheel shaped polishers with a funny name give some AMAZING results! Check them out at dentalhacks.com/footsie.

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Jason and Alan both use Podium to help with reviews in their dental practices. In fact, Jason dragged Alan kicking and screaming to the Podium booth at Dentsply Sirona World and made him sign up.

Alan got 5 new Google reviews in the first 3 days of using it. Whatever they're doing...it's working.

In today's episode we talk with Logan at Podium about how it works and a little bit about their special sauce. (hint: they're in with Google).

If you want to find out more about Podium, you should check them out at dentalhacks.com/podium. Full transparency...this is an affiliate link. If you click through and sign up with Podium, they're going to throw us a little something. But since you love the Dental Hacks and Podium works really well...no worries.

Our friends at Komet USA want you to know about the Prepmarker Depth Marking Instruments! This is a set of burs that makes depth preparation nothing short of fool proof! Go check it out at dentalhacks.com/prepmarker and take advantage of their amazing deal! Order $300 in Deep Purple Burs, Prepmarker instruments or Footsie polishers and use the code "HACKS 100" at checkout from the website and you'll receive $100 off of your order as well as your choice of 2 Cerabur instruments for free!

 

 

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Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver of Exocademy.net and the DOPE Lunch podcast joins Alan to talk about their experience buying and selling stuff on eBay. They've both had overwhelmingly good experiences and a few bad experiences. The morals of the story is 1) be careful when using eBay for big stuff and 2) romance isn't dead.

Just a couple days left to save $300 on registration for the Voices of Dentistry Podcast Summit!

Our friends at Itena have made sealants quicker, easier and more reliable! Check out PreventSeal, a no-etch and no rinse sealant material that releases fluoride at dentalhacks.com/preventseal.

If you've ever had to remove zirconia crowns before, you know what a pain it can be. That and expensive! How many burs do you usually go through? Komet understands. They created the "Jackie" for just this problem! A specially designed bur that cuts through zirconia "like butta." Go check out the Jackie at dentalhacks.com/Jackie and take advantage of Komet's special Dental Hacks Nation deal! If you buy $300 in Jackie burs, deep purple burs, Footsie polishers or Prepmarker instruments on their website and use the coupon code "HACKS100," you'll get $100 off of your order and your choice of two of the amazing Cerabur slow speed caries removal burs!

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Today Alan talks with Dr. Lance Timmerman about how he started learning to diagnose and treat sleep apnea and other airway problems. They discuss the right way to learn about and incorporate airway and sleep into your practice!

Lance's links:

The Working Interferences podcast

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Alan is joined by Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver to talk about Michigan's new law requiring prescribers to counsel their patients before prescribing them opiate medications. 

Michigan's new opiate law

Shawn's links: 

Dope Lunch podcast

exocademy.net

 

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The Dental Hacks are joined by three amazing women...all dentists that are crazy passionate about treating airway issue early and often! Jason and Alan speak with Dr. Tracey Nguyen, Dr. Rebecca Bockow and Dr. Erin Elliott about airway issues and creating great airway teams!

Dr. Tracey Nguyen approached Jason about having an episode devoted to amazing women who are passionate about airway...and the result is spectacular. Dr. Rebecca Bockow, an orthodontist in Seattle joins the podcast for the first time along with Dental Hacks regulars Dr. Erin Elliott and Dr. Tracey Nguyen to talk about early diagnosis and treatment of airway issues in children as well as how to create an airway team that can get the job done!

Links from the show:


The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has over 23,000 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have anything “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com.

Go check out the Dental Success Network! It’s a couple months old and already it’s changing the lives of dentists everywhere! Jason and Alan are part of this amazing 3 pronged network: social network, CE network and buying network! Sign up and let them know the Dental Hacks sent you by using our code: DHN!

Mr. Thirsty one step is kind of like the other suction/bite block isolation units...but better! Better bite block and 100% disposable with zero clean up makes it better! Check it out at dentalhacks.com/thirsty!

You don't think much about wedges, but don't worry...Bioclear does! You need the Diamond Wedge from Bioclear! Check it out at www.dentalhacks.com/diamondwedge

What's better than taking "Catch the Composite Wave and Surf its Potential" from Dr. Buddy Mopper? Taking it with Dr. Buddy Mopper AND Dr. Bob Margeas! Go check it out at www.dentalhacks.com/wave. It's at Cosmedent Oct. 11-12 or May 10-11 (wait list only...sold out)!

Premier Dental “Hack of the Week”: 

Jason: Sugar Coated documentary

Alan: 3M Relyx Unicem 2

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation!

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Laura Maly and Michael Anderson of the Wonderist Agency join Alan to talk about marketing. Laura and Michael have a lot to say about dentists being involved with their own marketing. Some of the topics we discuss are:

  • What's the best marketing for me? (spoiler...that's impossible to know without trying some stuff)
  • What are the best ways to measure whether your marketing is working?
  • Is call tracking good information?
  • How to understand KPIs

The Wonderist Agency was one if the sponsors of the Voices of Dentistry and we're really glad to have had their support!

Do you ever wonder how people on Instagram and Facebook get the super smooth and shiny look on their crown preps? It's actually pretty simple. They finish and polish them with a very fine diamond! Microcopy Dental has you covered with their 3316.8 diamond...aka: the "yellow chamfer" in my office. It's actually a round end taper in very fine diamond and will make every preparation look smooth and shiny! Go check it out at dentalhacks.com/diamondfinisher.  You're going to love this bur!

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Jason and Alan take questions from the Dental Hacks Nation. And the DHN comes through! In episode 228 we answer:

  • What are your favorite pizza toppings?
  • What was your most hilariously embarrassing moment?
  • Have you ever drilled into the wrong tooth? What did you say to the patient and how did you make it right?
  • What's for breakfast?
  • Why do you think it is important to go over to LMT LabDay during Mid-Winter?
  • How do you handle snow days at the office? Which one if you is the better snow shoveler?
  • What is the best gift to give to a patient of 20 years?
  • (Alan) What was the tipping point for your narcotic addiction and who or what made you reevaluate?
  • What’s the one piece of technology you don’t have but wish you did in your practice (or new practice in Jason’s case)?
  • Has All the new platforms (podcasts, FB pages, webinars etc) helped create more wonderful content and voices or created more wannabe experts masquerading as influencers and authorities?
  • Why is that people that graduated ages ago think they have the best advice for new grads?
  • How many bridges do you prep each year?
     

Thanks to all of the members of the Dental Hacks Nation for great questions! We'll be sure to do this again!

Links from the show:

The Dental Hacks Academy

Cosmedent makes shade matching for composite super simple! Their Renamel Nano Plus composite (and all the others, for that matter!) match the Vita shade guide that you have in every operatory! Go check it out at dentalhacks.com/nanoplus!

The Crystal HD mouth mirror by Zirc is second to none. But be careful...once you start using them, you won't ever want to go back to your old mouth mirror! Zirc is offering a special offer to listeners of the Dental Hacks Podcast! If you use coupon code "HACKSMM" on their website they'll give you a free Mirror Magic trial kit with a 12 pack of mirrors! Go check them out at dentalhacks.com/mirrors!

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group just rolled over 26,000 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have anything “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com!

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: yard flamethrower

Alan: The Dropout podcast

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the Dental Hacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation.

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Jason and Alan sit down for a humorous and informative talk with Michael Cowen and Chad Wooters about their new and very extensive online platform for dental teams that want to incorporate sleep dentistry into their practices! The training is online and available to you and your whole team at the Sleep Hero Network website! They've given us a special coupon code, "DHN2019" that will allow you to  try the platform for a month at $19.97 and then 10% off for life!

Links from the show: 

Awaken2Sleep

Sleep Hero Network

Microcopy dental is rolling out their new 3302 blended neck carbide at the Chicago Midwinter meeting! Be sure to stop by booth number 4207 at the Midwinter to check out the design of this innovative and durable single patient use carbide! See more at dentalhacks.com/Microcopy!

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Alan speaks with Jeremy Henderson of Bioclear to talk about some spectacular Bioclear news! 3M and Bioclear are working together to bring the Bioclear Method closer to home for dentists across the U.S.! For instance:

  • 3M reps across the country have been trained up on the Bioclear method and can give live demos/lunch and learns in your office! You can check that out at 3m.com/bioclearmethod!
  • Bioclear and 3M are taking a 6 hour CE course on the road to teach dentists the Bioclear method in a venue close to home for just about everyone! Check out the schedule at bioclear.live/3m and sign up before they sell out (and they will!)
  • Head to Tacoma for an in depth course on the Bioclear Method at the Bioclear Learning Center!

The Dental Hacks have always been big fans of Bioclear and we're pretty excited that Bioclear is now coming to you!

We'd like to welcome Microcopy Dental to the Dental Hacks Podcast! Alan has been using Microcopy single patient use diamonds for most of his career...we think you're going to love them! Check them out at dentalhacks.com/Microcopy.

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Jason and Alan had the pleasure of podcasting LIVE with Dr. Mike DiTolla at the 3rd annual Voices of Dentistry meeting! We got to talk with Mike about a topic that's VERY hot right now...direct to consumer dentistry. We talk about orthodontic aligners sans dentist, where this trend is going and how the direct to consumer dentistry is going to put the endodontists out of business! 

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Dr. Darin Dichter is full time faculty at Spear Education. He's a prosthodontist, but practiced general dentistry for a lot of years before heading to UCLA for a pros residency! We talk about Spear Education, restorative dentistry and residency programs. We discussed:

  • How does Spear Education work? Online vs. campus? Seminar vs. workshop?
  • What was pros residency like for someone who had practiced dentistry for a lot of years?
  • How did Frank Spear react to Darin's choice about residency? How about Gregg Kinzer? And Bob Winter?
  • How does Darin feel about the "super GP" concept? (Darin doesn't like endo)
  • Are we "cutting bait" with teeth too early now that implants are so common? What about implant complications?
  • "Minimally destructive" vs. "minimally invasive" treatment planning. Trying to treatment plan yourself out of a case.
  • Wow does Spear talk about orthodontics a lot! Perhaps the least destructive treatment option out there.
  • Treatment planning by "thinking out loud"
  • The best way to break bad habits is not get them in the first place!
  • Why is photography important?
  • What's the best way to make sure you're always taking photographs?

Links from the show:

Spear Education

Dr. Craig Harder gives us a Clinical Hack of the Week about making a jig for immediate dentures to maintain vertical when you reline!

#whyVoD? We'll be LIVE STREAMING some of the speakers at VoD! Head over to the Dental Hacks Nation for details! Check out Implant Compare on Instagram!

Corky Willhite is offering his amazing "Transitional Bonding" course at the Cosmedent CEE in Chicago on March 14-15th! This course focuses on the benefits and step-by-step techniques of transitional bonding, an extremely practical new option requiring little or no prep for most cases. This course will cover the rationale for using composite. Work on one tooth against an arch or plan for a full mouth rehabilitation. This hands-on course presents practical occlusal guidelines for predictable function and longevity – including increasing V.D.O. and building anterior guidance as well as how to handle bruxers and non-compliant patients. Go check it out at dentalhacks.com/Corky!

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has over 25,000 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have anything “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com!

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: The One Question Persuasion Course by Blair Warren

Alan: Easy Pull Chopper and Manual Food Processor

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the Dental Hacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation.

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Laura Maly and Michael Anderson of the Wonderist Agency join Alan to talk about marketing. Laura and Michael have a lot to say about dentists being involved with their own marketing. Some of the topics we discuss are:

  • Why it isn't smart for dentists to "just write the check" for their marketing
  • Why is it so important to have authentic marketing for your practice instead of a cookie cutter approach?
  • How can a dentist have unique content for marketing without having to spend a lot of time creating it?
  • What does "done is better than perfect" mean and how does it affect dental marketing?
  • How can a dentist make a habit of creating content for their own marketing?

The Wonderist Agency is one if the sponsors of the Voices of Dentistry so make sure to find them when you're there!

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Today's episode features Dr. Wayne Remington. Alan and Wayne have known each other for a long time as Wayne was one of the people who influenced Alan to get into dental operating microscopes! In today's episode we discuss:

  • How Wayne first became interested in dental microscopes
  • How can a microscope prolong your dental career?
  • How can you let a patient know how skilled you are without having to tell them?
  • Dental microscopes and the ROI in dental hygiene
  • Quality vs. Ergonomics...which is more important (spoiler...it's a tie!)
  • Dental cinematography...is it a thing?
  • Why buy multiple microscopes?
  • Training on the microscope at Wayne's learning center

Wayne's links:

Wayne's Microscope Training Courses

video by Dr. Jorge Zapata

Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry

Links from the show:

Our "clinical hack of the week" features another tip from Dr. Vu Le, this time describing how he uses Kuraray Majesty Flow as a lubricating agent and wetting agent for composite placement!

Go get your copy of the ebook "Improving Your Practice's Clinical Photography" from Spear Education. It's free and it's a step by step guide on how to use your digital SLR camera to make comprehensive treatment planning a "thing" in your practice! Check it out at dentalhacks.com/Spearphotography

#whyVoD? Because it's the best meeting you'll ever go to for networking. Come meet all of your internet pals at the funnest and most innovative dental meeting ever! The Voices of Dentistry will be at the DoubleTree resort on January 25-26! Go buy your tickets at www.voicesofdentistry.com right now.

Jason and Alan have been using Spear Education online for awhile now. There is no better way to get great CE, do patient education, get CE credit and learn a better way to practice dentistry that signing up for Spear Education online. You get so much with your membership, it's kind of astonishing. The biggest problem is having the time to learn everything! Our most recent obsession...the Spear Online iPad app! Go check it out at dentalhacks.com/Spearonline and you can get $20/month off of your Spear online subscription!

Our friend Dr. Arthur Volker is giving a class at Cosmedent next year! It's called "POWERlooking: Anterior Direct Composite Course" and it's going to be on February 21-22 in Chicago at the amazing Center for Esthetic Excellence! You'll learn smile design including the ever important midline placement, materials, colors, palatal stents...all the good stuff! Artie is a great guy and a really good teacher and you'll get tons of face time with the man himself! Go check it out at dentalhacks.com/Artie! I can't wait for this one!

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has over 25,000 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have anything “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com!

Go Hack Yourself:

Alan: Micropore tape and the Mute nasal dilator

Also Alan: Ramen at Home: The Easy Japanese Cookbook for Classic Ramen and Bold New Flavors by Brian MacDuckston

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the Dental Hacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation.

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Jason and Alan had a chance to speak with "bestselling author" Dr. Craig Spodak! He's also co-host of The Bulletproof Dental Practice podcast and a very successful practice owner in Del Ray Beach (not Miami), Florida! We talk with Craig about:

  • creating a practice that incorporates the good stuff of dental school (working with colleagues, collaboration) without the hazing
  • Leadership
  • How a GP does huge numbers on two clinical days per week
  • Craig's new book: "The Bulletproof Practice" and their upcoming "Bulletproof Summit" on October 12-13 in Atlanta!
  • Mom jokes

Craig is a blast. He's smart and super funny and we loved seeing him at Dentsply Sirona World 2018!

Links from the show:

The Voices of Dentistry will be in Scottsdale, AZ on January 25-26! Go buy your tickets before October 10 for $300 off the normal ticket price!

Some people find Itena's Dentotemp to be a little too much hold. Maybe you've got a super retentive prep or splinted temps. Or maybe you know that your provisional won't be there for very long and you don't want to struggle to remove it. Don't worry...Itena's got you covered! Provitemp is Dentotemp's little brother. It's got a less firm hold with a great eugenol-free formulation! Check out Provitemp at dentalhacks.com/provitemp.

Are you sending patients home with sleep appliances? Retainers? Aligners? Dentures? What if they have a question or problem? What if they want to contact you to make an appointment? Why not send them home with a custom container for their appliance with your logo, email, phone number or whatever identifier you like? Our friends at Zirc make this easy with design tools on their website or you can have them design it for you! You can save 10% off of your order when you use the coupon code DH10OFF at dentalhacks.com/boxes!

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Dr. Matt Costa has been on the podcast a bunch of times. He's an amazing clinician and a really nice guy. Also...he's giving a really cool course at the Cosmedent CEE on November 1-2 this year! It's called "Mastering Morphology: the Foundation of Aesthetics." He's covering the fundamentals, and it's going to make you a better dentist! Go check it out at dentalhacks.com/mattcosta!

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has almost 25,000 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have anything “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com!

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Dr. Death

Alan: Microcopy Minnow Hi-Gloss cup

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation.

 

 

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Jason is joined by Michelle Strange of the "A Tale of Two Hygienists" podcast! They talk about how Michelle got involved with doing mission work and dental professionals can find organizations to work volunteer with.

Michelle's Links:

OneWorld Health

A Tale of Two Hygienists website

The CeraBur from Komet is like nothing you've ever used! Better visualization for caries removal will change the game for you! Check it out at dentalhacks.com/CeraBur!

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Jason and Alan are joined by Dr. Will Wyatt, Dr. Jason Luchtefeld and Dr. Richard Weber as they answer the question that everyone is asking...what would you do?

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Alan is joined by Dr. Bill Linger, a microscope using dentist and president of the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry!

Bill's links:

AMED annual meeting in Philadelphia (September 28-30th 2018)

Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry website

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Jason and Alan had a chance to speak with Dr. Frank Spear and Dr. Gregg Kinzer about dental CE: where it's been and where it's going!

The Dental Hacks welcome two luminaries of Dental CE to the show! Dr. Frank Spear and Dr. Gregg Kinzer discuss all things Spear Education. Frank tells some stories about how he started presenting to dentists and how the Spear Center in Scottsdale came about. They also tell the story of how the two of became partners in dental practice.

There's a lot to love in this podcast. We talk about the best way to bring new patients into your office ("what level would you like to be seen, Mrs. Smith?") and even how to transition patients you've been seeing for a long time into more comprehensive care. Frank and Gregg are two of the best storytellers in dentistry...you don't want to miss this one!

As a special bonus: Dental Hacks listeners can receive $20/month off their Spear Online membership using the promo code: DH169. Check it out at https://www.speareducation.com/dentalhacks! This is a terrific deal on the best online CE anywhere...often referred to as the "gateway drug" into Spear Education!

Some links from the show: 

Spear Education

Francis B. Vedder Society 

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has over 23,000 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember…if you don’t have anything “dental” on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com.

Go check out the Dental Success Network! Jason and Alan are part of this amazing 3 pronged network: social network, CE network and buying network! Sign up and let them know the Dental Hacks sent you by using our code: DHN!

The first ever Dental Hacks Nation Bioclear posterior course was held last weekend and was a huge success! We had a great time and almost everyone involved signed up for the anterior course! What does that tell you...they were convinced by the Bioclear method! You will be too! Check out courses at the Bioclear Learning Center at dentalhacks.com/learningcenter!

No more soggy and disgusting gauze throat packs. It's time you switched to Airway Armor from Zirc! This brand new product will revolutionize your surgical protocols. Patients love it and you will, too! Order a trial kit from the Zirc website using the promo code hacks38 and you will get the Airway Armor intro kit for $38 (regular price $45)! Go check it out at dentalhacks.com/airwayarmor

The very best way to close an access hole (screwmentable implants AND endodontic) is using Cosmedent's Pink Opaque! Check it out at dentalhacks.com/pink.

Premier Dental “Hack of the Week”:

Periowise Periodontal Probes

Jason: BeadSmith 3mm Hooked Dimple Pliers

Alan: Ugly Delicious

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer…give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren’t an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you’re a part of the Hacks Nation

 

 

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Alan is joined by Dr. Fred Peck on the floor of the most recent AACD meeting! We talk about accreditation, the AACD meeting and how cosmetic dentistry has changed over the last several years. Also...will it ever become its own specialty?

Fred's links:

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Fred's practice website

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The Dental Hacks are joined again by Dr. Artie Volker, this time to talk about finishing and polishing composites! Once we get past the horrible Sean Connery impersonations, there's some really good information there! Then Jason speaks with Laura Hatch about office systems. It's one thing to have an HR manual but it's a whole different ball game to implement systems throughout your practice!

Artie's links:

http://www.directoryofdentalspeakers.com/project/arthur-volker/

http://www.dentcaredentaloffice.com/arthur-volker.html

Laura's links:

Front Office Rocks!

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The Voices of Dentistry Podcast Summit is taking place January 26-27th, 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ at the Doubletree Resort! The hosts (Dr. Justin Moody and Gabe Olsen from the Dentists, Implants and Worms, Dr. Mark Costes of the Dentalpreneur Podcast and the Dental Hacks Dr. Jason Lipscomb and Dr. Alan Mead) come together to talk about the most innovative meeting in dentistry!

www.voicesofdentistry.com

 

Use coupon code "VoD200" for $200 off the already low price of $897!

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Episode 137 features a live round table of Dr. Mike DiTolla, Dr. Rich Rosenblatt, Dr. Josh Austin, Dr.Chris Farrugia and James Kwasniewski joining Alan for a live round table!

Funny dentists. Two words that don't normally go together. Until now. 

Episode 137 features a live round table of funny dentists. Dr. Mike DiTolla brought together a brain trust of dentists to help him work out material for the upcoming Dentsply/Sirona World in Las Vegas (September 13-16, 2017). You'll find it particularly interesting that the group was kicked out of our first podcasting location by the security guards at the Marriott in downtown Charlotte, NC...and we caught it on the recorder!

We talk about our own speaking styles, Gilbert Gottfried and the funniest dentists presenting today as well as what Mike's planning for the upcoming DS World! Please note...this has some adult content in it...maybe not appropriate if your kids are in the car!

Some links from the show:

Dental Hacks Nation stats: ageDental Hacks relationshipyou are a

Reverse crown prep

Dentsply Sirona World

Gilbert Gottfried 

The Dental Hacks Nation closed Facebook group has over 3100 members! Head over there to interact with other Dental Hacks listeners, guests and Brain Trust members every day, all day! Remember...if you don't have any thing "dental" on your FB page, we might decline your membership request. So IM the group or email us at info@dentalhacks.com.

The Cosmedent CASI instrument has become bigger than life in Alan's armamentarium. This instrument was designed to go hand in hand with Renamel Microfill composite and it gives some remarkable results! Check them both out at www.dentalhacks.com/CASI and www.dentalhacks.com/microfill.

We'd like to welcome Zirc Dental Products to the show! They have some innovative and awesome products and we're going to be talking about it in the coming months. Please go check them out at www.dentalhacks.com/zirc.

 Go Hack Yourself:

Alan: Samsung Chromebook Plus

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_137.mp3
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How do you know which places are going to be great for a dental practice? Which places aren’t so hot? How much risk are you willing to take? Scott McDonald of Doctor Demographics is here to explain! In episode 112 Scott and Alan talk about the information you need to make a lot of important decisions about locating your practice. Most importantly, Scott dishes on some specific places that “suck hose water” and places that are booming! Be sure to check out Scott’s own podcast here!

In episode 112 we feature listener questions to the Brain Trust! Dr. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, Dr. Arthur Volker, Dr. Matt Costa and Dr. Melissa Zettler come together to discuss contacts that open up over time, getting rid of paper charts as well as what are we going to do with the massive amounts of digital data that we can collect on our patients? Finally, we start to talk about the core restoration. Where, when and why!

Some links from the show:

Curve Cloud dental software

The Dental Economics Principles of Practice Management Conference (Jason and Alan will be podcasting LIVE!) Sign up now and use the coupon code "HACKS" at checkout for a $395 discount on this amazing meeting!

Please go take our dental podcasting summit survey

The Voices of Dentistry dental podcasting summit is coming in January 2017! Go see the amazing line up and register right away! Be sure to use the coupon code "Hacks" for a $200 discount on the already amazingly low price!

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Freakonomics Radio (podcast)

Alan: Evernote

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_112.mp3
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You're about to witness some "Hack on Hack" crime! In our special year end wrap up Alan interviews Jason about dental startups. Jason has started 4 practices in his career and is just about to open his new practice, "Brush Up Dental" in Richmond, VA. 

As you've come to expect from the Dental Hacks, Jason gives an honest account of the good, the bad and the ugly of his startup history. If you've ever thought about starting a practice from scratch or are pretty sure you don't want to...you should listen. 

We really want to thank our listeners for all their support. If it weren't for you, we'd be two dentists sitting in the basement talking to ourselves. Instead, we're two dentists sitting in the basement talking at you!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

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The local pack. The 7 little balloons that show up on that Google Map when someone is looking for a dentist in your town. If you show up there, you're going to drive new patients to your practice. Period. Darren Shaw of Whitespark, a company that helps you improve your local search visibility, answers all kinds of questions in today's interview including:

  • What's the difference between organic search and local search?
  • What is a citation and why should we care?
  • What's the difference between a direct and indirect citation?
  • If you're doing a startup, at what point should you create/claim your local listings?
  • How should you handle local listings if you have multiple dentists in group?
  • How do you handle a local listing if you've changed jobs or moved your office?
  • Do citations have to be perfectly consistent? What kind of variations are O.K.?

On top of this, Darren talks about the importance of blogging. Which makes this blogger very happy.

Plus...if you use the code "dentalhacks15" you'll get a discounted rate on Whitespark products!

The Brain Trust (Dr. Matt Standridge, Dr. Frank Clayton, Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Brent Young and Dr. Rich Rosenblatt) continue their discussion of how to handle "the unreasonables." Some things you'll hear in this episode:

  • Rich Rosenblatt hates bullies
  • Who do you need to contact at Delta to get an onlay covered?
  • How is the Waffle House different than Stuckey's?
  • Can truck stop dentistry be a legitimate business model?

The Brain Trust helped earn this episode it's first "explicit" warning. We editing out the cussing, but there was a fair amount of humor that was great but pretty blue. You've been warned!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Some links from today's show:

Whitespark

Moz Local

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CV4A9504Marketing is most effective when the content created is original and specific to the office. Todd Murray of Paper Napkin Marketing explains how dentists can leverage their assets to help make amazing marketing that fits their practice. Sure, using top notch video helps, but what about getting your team involved? How about spreading the word about how involved in the community your office is? Finally, Todd helps Alan understand that an entire marketing campaign needs to fit together. Blog posts are great, but how about making sure it fits with the message you want to send? This is another dental marketing "deep dive" that you won't want to miss!

Here's a sample of the kind of content that Paper Napkin can create for your practice!

The Brain Trust returns with an all star cast in episode 52. Dr. Frank Clayton, Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Matt Standridge, Dr. Brent Young and Dr. Rich Rosenblatt all discuss handling the "unreasonables." How do you handle people with ridiculous expectations or terrible attitudes? When do you draw the line and "fire" these patients? This week's segment is hilarious but also very helpful. Don't miss it!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

 

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This week's episode is kind of different. In our interview segment we feature a discussion with Dr. Linc Harris. Linc is a dentist in the small town of Bundaberg in the province of Queensland in Australia. He's a self professed small town dentist who has had amazing success! In today's episode Linc talks about how his practice "out in the middle of nowhere" has become an amazing success! He's a marketing genius who's had luck with a lot of different modalities and he talks all about it with Alan and Brain Trust favorite Dr. Dawn Kulongowski!

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Today's Brain Trust is the first of it's kind. We recorded live from Chicago during the Midwinter meeting with some of the Brain Trust favorites (Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski) as well as some of the DentalHacks favorite guests! We feature Dr. Tarun Agarwal, Dr. Rich Rosenblatt and Dr. Linc Harris all sitting down and talking about dental meetings, CE and a a recent trip to the Weiner Circle. Brain Trust segments don't get much better, or funnier, than this!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

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Whether you're an employer or an employee you'll get a lot out of episode #31! We spend the whole show talking with some Brain Trust all stars about their experience as employers and how to find, keep and fire employees! The episode was inspired by some recent HR changes at Dr. Matt Standridge's practice in Eureka, KS. He joins Jason and Alan along with Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Lance Timmerman to talk about the best ways to find employees, how to know who to hire and when to fire.

Help us get into "What's Hot" in iTunes!  Go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast/id891079773?mt=2 and leave us a rating (5 stars is awesome!) or better yet, leave us a review! Your reviews help other dentists find the DentalHacks nation!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks.

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In this special episode of the DentalHacks podcast, we're doing something completely different.

First, the DentalHacks are giving you their digits. There's a new way to reach the DentalHacks...by voicemail! If you have a question or comment or just want to say hello, you can reach us at a a new toll free number:

[shadowbox](866) 223-5257[/shadowbox]

Leave us a message and we may feature you on an upcoming episode!

In today's episode, co-host Alan Mead walks you through some of the new stuff he's tried in 2014. He's kind of like a raccoon...attracted to shiny objects and all things new and weird. So you can feel free to let him buy untested dental gear and report back.

[shadowbox]In the first ever installment of the DentalHacks gear reviews he covers 4 interesting items:[/shadowbox]

Vista Dental's Therma-flo Composite Applicator:

 

Onpharma's Onset Anesthetic Buffering System:

 

Lumadent LED Headlight:


video by listener Mark Frias RDH!

Note: Lumadent now has a metal housing for their batteries...they no longer mount using a leather case as shown in the video

 

A-DAPT composite instruments from Ronvig (available from Clinician's Choice)

A-DAPT

 

 

photo courtesy of Ronvig's website

[shadowbox]As a bonus, here's a couple items Alan's planning on trying out and reviewing in 2015![/shadowbox]

The Brasseler ESX endodontic system

 

The Uveneer composite veneer system:

 

So, what did you think about the 2014 gear review? Loved it? Hated it? Let us know! Email us at info@dentalhacks.com, share on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks or call us at (866) 223-5257!

Thanks for listening!

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In the second half of our interview with Dr. Armen Mirzayan we dig a little deeper into 3D imaging. Does it have value in evaluating past endodontic treatment? Does it replace all radiographs in the dental office? Also we talk about Armen's 10+ year stint as the official dentist of the LA Dodgers!

In episode 18 of the DentalHacks podcast the Brain Trust continues their discussion of patient "red flags." There were many true and hilarious suggestions on Facebook that we covered live during the recording! Jason and Alan joined Dr. Frank Clayton and newcomer to the Brain Trust Dr. Melissa Zettler in this enlightening discussion!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_18.mp3
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How often to we see deep decay that's completely asymptomatic? That's just one of the things that host Dr. Alan Mead talks to Dr. Robert Lowe about in today's interview. Dr. Lowe is a general dentist who practices in Charlotte, NC. On top of that, he teaches all over the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Lowe talks about new techniques in caries removal as well as using several new products to treat deep cavities without going right to root canal therapy.

The DentalHacks Brain Trust discussion for episode 15 begins a discussion on the worst and best purchases that they've made in dentistry. This episode of the Brain Trust features Dr. Thom Caspers of Seattle, WA, Dr. Tiffany Lee of Torrance, CA, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski of Holly, MI, Dr. Matthew Standridge of Eureka, KS and Dr. Tammy Bailey of Wausau, WI.

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In today's episode, we continue our interview with Dr. Mike DiTolla. Mike shares some secrets with us about how cases are distributed at Glidewell Labs, how to removed (aka: cut off) zirconia crowns and he uses the word yttria correctly in a sentence several times. It turns out that the funniest guy in dental CE is also pretty darn smart. Who knew?

The DentalHacks Brain Trust discussion for episode 13 focuses on mistakes we made early on in our dental careers. Listen carefully to their suggestions about hiring! Pure gold. We introduce a new member of the Brain Trust in episode 13: Dr. Thom Caspers of Seattle, WA. Returning members of the Brain Trust are Dr. Frank Clayton of Suwanne, GA, Dr. Brent Young of Shelby, NC and Dr. Tiffany Lee of Torrance, CA.

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Inspired by recent events, the first "DentalHacks Extra" episode has the Hacks taking on burnout. Every dentist from student to "soon to retire" experiences burn out. If you've ever got discouraged or tired of the profession, you should probably listen to this! Brain Trust members Dr. Frank Clayton and Dr. Brent Young discuss their own experiences with burn out and what some helpful solutions might be. 

Direct download: DentalHacks_bonus_ep_1.mp3
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Dr. Tarun Agarwal is back in round two of his first (but probably not last) DentalHacks interview! First, we discuss dental implants and his teaching center, 3D Dentists in Raleigh, NC. Then he fills us in on how he attempts to balance teaching, clinical dentistry, being a father and managing his weight. If you liked the first half of Tarun's interview, you're going to love episode 12!

The DentalHacks Brain Trust discussion for episode 12 is a continuation of our answer to a  listener's question. We all have our typical daily routines, but since we live in our own little bubble, the listener wondered what everyone else was doing. Today you'll hear about Dr. Frank Clayton's shopping habit, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski's childbirth experience and Dr. Tammy Bailey's $8 nap!

 

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Has your office suffered from poor online reviews? The internet has allowed everyone to have their say about any business. Great reviews let the world know that your office is the one they should choose, but what about the bad ones? Many sites allow the reviewer to be anonymous, so what is a dentist to do?

Dr. Doug Wolff returns in part two of the DentalHacks interview to discuss exactly this. What are the legal ramifications of poor reviews? Can you do anything about them? Dr. Frank Clayton sits in with Jason and Alan for an interesting talk.

Then, you can join the DentalHacks Brain Trust to discuss what they do when a patient won't let you lean the chair back, informed consents for all kinds of procedures (even dentures!) and how to help patients when they've had recent dental work done that's not very good.

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_10.mp3
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In episode 8 of the DentalHacks podcast we continue our interview with Rich Rosenblatt. Rich talks a bit about the learning curve with CEREC and how much quicker it’s become with the new Omnicam. Then Rich talks about the interesting path he took in becoming a featured speaker.

This week’s Brain Trust segment featuers Dr. Brent Young of Shelby, NC, Dr. Frank Clayton of Suwanne, GA, Dr. Tammy Bailey of Wausau, WI and Dr. Matt Standridge of Eureka, KS. The Brain Trust delves into the treating of the high caries patient as well as how to not take things personally when patients choose to put off or never complete treatment. They ask the question “why do my patients take the specialist’s word and not necessarily mine?” Funniest Brain Trust segment yet? We think, "yes!"

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_8.mp3
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In episode 6 we welcome guest host Dr. Frank Clayton sitting in for Jason!

Episode 6 of the DentalHacks Podcast features the second part of  our interview with Mark Jackson. Mark is a co-owner of Precision Ceramic Dental Lab in Montclair, CA. This week we talk about the future of the dental lab business, outsourcing and the trend toward recapturing that market as well as the website "The Implant Graveyard."

In this week's Brain Trust segment we introduce a new face, Dr. Frank Clayton from Suwannee, GA along with some of our"regulars." He's joined by Dr. Dawn Kulongowski from Holly, MI, Dr. Matt Standridge from Eureka, KS and Dr. Jason Luchtefeld from Robinson, IL. The Brain Trust has lively discussion about working in public health dentistry as well as transitioning from an associate to an owner. We also discuss that conversation we have with patients that are hesitant to go to a specialist because they're so comfortable with their own general dentist. Good stuff, my friends!

Direct download: DentalHacks_episode_6.mp3
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The DentalHacks Podcast episode 05: Mark Jackson sees the future in 3D

Episode 5 of the DentalHacks Podcast features our two part interview with Mark Jackson. Mark is a co-owner of Precision Ceramic Dental Lab in Montclair, CA. We discuss the history of the dental lab industry, innovations in dental lab communications as well as applications for 3D printing and other cutting edge technologies in the dental lab industry.

In this week's Brain Trust segment we introduce a new face, Dr. Frank Clayton from Suwannee, GA along with some of our"regulars." He's joined by Dr. Dawn Kulongowski from Holly, MI, Dr. Matt Standridge from Eureka, KS and Dr. Jason Luchtefeld from Robinson, IL. The Brain Trust has lively discussion about working in dental associateships: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Direct download: DentalHacks_Podcast_episode_5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:32pm EDT

Episode 4 of the DentalHacks Podcast continues our two part interview with Dr. Ryan McCall. Dr. McCall's success has relied on his unorothodox understanding of marketing dental services like dentures and extractions in unique ways. Dr. McCall talks about his experience with newspapers and billboards as well as his techniques for generating new patients and patient engagement using Facebook.

In this week's Brain Trust segment we continue our discussion on alternative dentistry. We discuss amalgam hygiene, oil pulling, the "man boob problem" and even how some people believe you can whiten your teeth with urine! The Brain Trust never disappoints!

Direct download: DentalHacks_episode_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:27pm EDT

In episode 3 of the DentalHacks Podcast we begin our two part interview with Dr. Ryan McCall. Dr. McCall practices an interesting kind of dentistry where he focuses mainly on delivering amazing dentures on patients that are often difficult or unwanted by other dentists. This interview packs a lot of great insight on denture treatment and all kinds of laughs!

In this week's Brain Trust segment we feature a discussion on a potential treatment from England (complete with horrible accents!) that could lead to "no more cavities." Is this hype or is this the real thing? Also, the Brain Trust begins its two part discussion on holistic dentistry and all things alternative.

 

Direct download: DentalHacks_episode_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42am EDT

In this episode, your hosts Alan Mead and Jason Lipscomb kick off a revolution in dental podcasts! Listen as they interview Seattle area cosmetic dentist Lance Timmerman about Botox treatment among other things. Then, get ready for the dental world to be turned on its ear with the DentalHacks Brain Trust. You'll hear authentic conversations between interesting and funny dentists talking about the stuff you talk about with your colleagues!

If you only download one dental podcast...this should be it!

Direct download: DentalHacks_episode_1.5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:24pm EDT

We continue our interview with Seattle cosmetic dentist Dr. Lance Timmerman. Dr. Timmerman explains how he got started treating sleep apnea in his practice and how the way he treats it has changed. 

The Brain Trust returns with Dr. Jason Luchtefeld, Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski and Dr. Andy Hayes discussing sleep apnea as well as the question: "if you could go back in time and talk to yourself for five minutes just as you were entering dental school, what would you tell yourself?"

Have some laughs and learn some stuff with the latest episode of your new favorite dental podcast...The DentalHacks Podcast!

Direct download: DentalHacks_episode_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm EDT

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