The Very Dental Podcast Network

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

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_53.mp3
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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!

 

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_52.mp3
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Paper Napkin Marketing. Maybe you've never heard of them. But you will. In episode 51 of the DentalHacks podcast we talk with one of the founders of this innovative and completely different kind of dental marketing company. I first met Todd Murray on Facebook. He's a listener and a fan of the show and his first line to me was:

"I wanted to take a moment and introduce Paper Napkin Marketing and share with you the best dental commercial you’ve ever seen. I guarantee it!"

I was intrigued, saw the commercial, and immediately knew he had to be a guest on the DentalHacks. We talk about dental marketing and how he came to use his marketing skills and experience in the dental field and we discuss some specific problems that dentists face in marketing.

The Brain Trust segment continues our discussion about referring patients to specialists, bringing specialists into your office. One of the best tangents that the Brain Trust takes this week is how not to take your patient's hangups so personally. Very good stuff!

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!

Oh...and here's that commercial! Two of them, actually!

 Bookmarks:

interview starts: 2:53

Brain Trust starts: 30:00

 

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_51.mp3
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Episode 50 continues our conversation with pediatric dentist and educator Dr. Josh Wren. Do pediatric dentists use stainless steel crowns too much? Should you allow parents in the operatory? What kind of sedation does he recommend? What's the recommended procedure for pulpotomies? The DentalHacks deliver on bread and butter pediatric dentistry tips in this episode! Be sure to check out pediatricdentalce.com for dates of Josh's courses!

The Brain Trust returns in episode 50 discussing what, when and how we refer to specialists. Join Dr. Lance Timmerman, Dr. Melissa Zettler, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Frank Clayton and (eventually) Dr. Tarun Agarwal as they talk about how they work with specialist. Refer to a specialist's office? Bring a specialist into your office? You'll hear about all kinds of ways to involve specialists in your patient's care and what's working for others!

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!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_50.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 10:32pm EST

In episode 49 the DentalHacks are trying something a little different. We've gotten feedback from a few listeners that they would prefer an entire long form interview on the show instead of splitting them over more than one show. So for those folks, we're trying it out. And there's no one better to do a deep dive with than Dr. Rella Christensen.

Rella Christensen was one of the founders of Clinical Research Associates (now TRAC). They've essentially been the "Consumers Reports" for dentistry for the better part of 40 years and you won't find anyone more knowledgeable on dentistry and dental materials than Rella. Our interview shows her kind demeanor as well as her no nonsense treatment of the data. She's going to change some minds with her discussion of modern crown and bridge materials, particularly monolithic zirconia and she's probably going to ruffle some feathers when she talks about enamel remineralization protocols and how everything we think we know about remineralization is wrong!

Oh...and don't get her started about sugar.

This is a really good interview with one of the smartest people in dentistry. Drink it all in, DentalHacks listeners!

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 episode 49:

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_49.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:29pm EST

Jason Lipscomb wrote the book on Social Media for Dentists. No...seriously. He wrote the book on it. He knows a little something about Facebook and how to use it for your dental practice. Alan Mead writes blogs and has been since 2008. Howard Farran said, "I actually think the best blogger in America is Alan Mead..." So, there's that. What I'm saying is that your humble hosts have a little something to say about social media!

The DentalHacksIn today's episode, we talk about how your office can have an authentic presence online, whether it's Facebook, Linkedin, an office blog or Twitter. We cover some strategies you can use today to improve your personal or office social media footprint.

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 episode 48:

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Whitespark

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_48.mp3
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You're a general dentist that sees kids, but you know you could do more and better. Continuing education in pediatrics seems pretty limited but you'd love to really improve this part of your practice. Enter Dr. Josh Wren, pediatric dentist and this week's DentalHacks interview! We get right into listener questions in this interview...you might want to listen with a note pad. Josh deli
vers a bunch of actionable items from the first minute! Josh offers hands on pediatric dental CE, too! Check that out at: pediatricdentalce.com. FYI...the DentalHacks are kicking around the idea of October 30th in Disneyworld! A little pediatric dentistry CE and then trick or treating with the mouse!

Our Brain Trust segment continues our conversation about general dentists doing "specialty procedures." The panel include Dr. Matt Standridge, Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Frank Clayton. As always, they cut through the bull and explain that general dentists working with specialists is going to give the best results, every time. Let's knock off the turf battles and do some dentistry!

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 episode 47:

Tennessee AGD Annual Meeting: July 10 and 11th, 2015 featuring Dr. Jason Smithson!

Bad Idea Jeans

Three Legged Jeans

3M Bulk Fill composite

Isolite Systems

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_47.mp3
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We feature the blood boiling second half of our interview with Justin Ditkofsky of Cirrus Consulting Group. Did you know that some leases allow the landlord to hold up the sale of a dental practice? And how about having no lease and just going month to month? This is really valuable information from a really great source! You can reach Justin on his direct, toll free number at: (866) 739-9075, ext. 3236

Our Brain Trust segment features an all star line up of panelists: Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Frank Clayton, Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Matthew Standridge. We discuss the topic of general dentists doing "specialty" procedures. Every few months there always seems to be an expose that features some dental specialist warning the public about undertrained dentists doing procedures that they aren't qualified to do. Is this a real problem? Is this just turf protection? Listen to the interesting and hilarious take of our always entertaining Brain Trust!

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!

Links mentioned in today's show:

Story from Arizona on general dentists doing implants

PR piece about Ben Burris and inexpensive prophys for poor people

 

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_46.mp3
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Episode 45 of the DentalHacks podcast features Justin Ditkofsky of Cirrus Consulting Group talking about dental office leasing. If you only listen to one podcast this year...it should be this one! Dentists can get in a lot of trouble with commercial leases and most of the time we don't even know it's happening! Before you sign a lease or renegotiate a current lease, take a listen to Justin and make sure you have all the information you need to avoid making a costly mistake!

In the second half of the Brain Trust's discussion of posterior composites we focus on heated composites, composite placement instruments and composite matrix systems. You'll hear about some new matrix rings created to work in all the toughest situations (can you say "nubbin?") Best of all, you'll hear Dr. Rich Rosenblatt get all wound up discussing repairing light composite contacts. Don't miss this Brain Trust!

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!

Links mentioned in today's show:

Optrasculpt composite intstrument

A-DAPT composite instrument

Velopex Aquacut Quattro

Garrison "monster" composite instrument

Clinician's Choice esthetic contouring instrument

P.K. Thomas waxing instrument

Hu Friedy explorer a la Jason Smithson or this one

LM Arte Fissura (and others)

Triodent tab matrices

Triodent V3

Garrison margin elevation matrix system

banana band

Garrison "nubbin" ring

Triodent disposable blue ring

GC Cerasmart blocks

 

Direct download: Dentalhacks_ep_45.mp3
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Chris-Salierno-imageHave you ever been stuck in "paralysis by analysis?" Then you should listen to episode 44 of the DentalHacks! In episode 44, Chris Salierno shares more about his responsibilities as editor-in-chief at Dental Economics. Then he goes on to tell us about passive ownership of a dental practice vs. active ownership as well as his thoughts about the future of dentistry and dental reimbursement.

Then, the Brain Trust takes on posterior composites. Dr. Melissa Zettler, Dr. Rich Rosenblatt, Jason and Alan dig in to everyone's favorite procedures. How are they deciding what's appropriate for a direct restoration vs. indirect? What materials are they using? How do they prep teeth? Is a discussion about bonding agents more controversial than a discussion of religion? We cover it all from soup to nuts!

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!

Links from today's show:

Chris Salierno's baby: Dental Economics

Chris Salierno's blog: The Curious Dentist

Adhese Vivapen

Peak Universal Bond

3M Universal Bond

Variolink esthetic cement

Vista Dental Thermo-flo

GC G-aenial flowable

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_44.mp3
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Dr. Chris Salierno loves clinical dentistry. Also loves writing. Teaching, too. Also, being the editor of Dental Economics. The man clearly gets around in dental circles...and the DentalHacks got him for a terrific interview! In today's episode you'll hear about ADD, starting a blog, dealing with anti-amalgam zealots and becoming a reluctant television star. This guys is super funny and approachable...a must listen!

The Brain Trust starts out asking: who is the best person in the office is to talk about money and schedule appointments? Then we move into the ever-controversial topic of hygienists and diagnosing disease and finally we end up talking about hygiene recall exams and treatment planning in the real world. Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Matt Standridge and Dr. Brent Young share some great information and some laughs in this segment of the Brain Trust!

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!

Links from today's show:

iTunes link to Mead's new office podcast: You Know the Drill

Chris Salierno's baby: Dental Economics

Chris Salierno's blog: The Curious Dentist

Mead's blog post on Dr. Oz: "Dr. Oz is Wrong about Amalgam"

Article referenced by Jason: Jay Baer on "Hug your Haters"

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_43_01.mp3
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Dr. David Hornbrook was on the ground floor with the cosmetic dentistry revolution. In today's episode he discusses what it's like to be on the cutting edge of teaching dentists cosmetic dentistry and how it's changed over the years. From PFM crowns to minimally invasive veneers, he's seen it all and tells an interesting story of where he thinks the profession is heading. Recently David began working with Keating Dental Arts as the Director of Clinical Education and Technology and in episode 40 he gave us links to all sorts of materials and cementation guides that he has produced.

In today's Brain Trust segment we bring on 3 favorites: Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Matt Standridge and Dr. Brent Young to talk about treatment planning and getting the most out of your hygiene recall exams. But first, the Brain Trust veers into an interesting discussion about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on mall kiosk bleaching.

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!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_42.mp3
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This week's episode is a departure. Jason and Alan spend the whole episode talking about having a presence online with your dental practice. It just so happens that both of them are presenting on the topic in the coming months. Alan is presenting "Be Found and Be Remarkable" at the Star of the North meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 25. Jason is presenting a bunch of times at the California Dental Association's annual meeting and his presentations are entitled: Friday, May 1 "Google and Web Marketing Basics for Dentists" (am) and "Facebook Marketing for Dentists" (pm) and Saturday, May 2 "Updates in Social Media Marketing" (am) and "Discussions of Social Media" (pm).

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!

Here's some links about the stuff we talked about:

Logo and website design:

mead family dental logo print
Alan's office logo created by someone on 99designs.

99 designs

fiverr

freelancer.com

Domains:

GoDaddy

Hover.com

Local data aggregators: (check your listing in these databases)

Localeze

Acxion

Infogroup

Other stuff:

Al is mobile readyHow to check if your website is mobile friendly

Article on "doorway pages"

Themeforest (Wordpress themes)

 

 

Direct download: DentalHacks_episode_41.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 9:34pm EST

To celebrate the 40th episode of the DentalHacks podcast we feature an interview with the incomparable Dr. David Hornbrook! Dr. Hornbrook is a founder of the Las Vegas Institute, PAC-live and the Hornbrook Group. He's a wet fingered dentist and influential dental educator who has mentored thousands of dentists in his career.

Also, he answers email. Which seems like a silly thing to mention except that his approachable manner makes him one of the most popular dental educators today! HornbrookHeadshot

Most recently David has begun working with Keating Dental Arts as the Director of Clinical Education and Technology and we discussed some of the new educational offerings that David will be involved with at Keating. From there, we talked about communicating with the lab and the inevitable conflict that happens between lab technicians and dentists. Is it the lab tech's place to tell you that your impression sucks? Do you want to hear it? From there we moved into discussing digital impressions and where dental technology is heading.

We finish up our 3 part Brain Trust series recorded live in Chicago in Dawn Kulongowski's hotel room (if you must know). We finish up our discussion with how to get paid. Tarun discusses his implementation of in house financing and wonders why you haven't taken advantage of this amazing option in your office! (For more details, enjoy our DentalHacks special on in house financing here!) So don't miss Dr. Rich Rosenblatt, Dr. Tarun Agarwal, Dr. Tammy Bailey and Dr. Linc Harris as they weigh in!

Some links from today's show:

Dr. Hornbrook's recent cementation guides from Keating Dental Arts

anterior adhesive cementation guide

posterior adhesive cementation guide

posterior non-adhesive cementation guide

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!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_40.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Dr. Linc Harris has an interesting practice. Lots of complex restorative treatment, yet no hygienist. With the marketing success he's had, he's developed a technique to clarify the patient's wants and needs without taking on their problems. In today's episode of the DentalHacks podcast, he explains how to consult slow and treat fast to Alan and Brain Trust favorite Dr. Dawn Kulongowski!

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Dr. Tammy Bailey
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Dr. Linc Harris
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Dr. Tarun Agarwal
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Dr. Rich Rosenblatt

Our all-star live Brain Trust continues with a discussion of how dental meetings and CE have changed. Are there too many dental meetings? Is organized dentistry out of touch with what dentists really need? 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.

 

 

Some links from the show:

Linc's office website: http://www.dentist-bundaberg.com.au/

Linc's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/bargarasmiles


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!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_39.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:21pm EST

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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Dr. Dawn Kulongowski
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Dr. Tarun Agarwal
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Dr. Rich Rosenblatt

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!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_38.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:18pm EST

What is your comfort zone? At what point do you start to get nervous in patient treatment? Laying a flap? Removing bone? Finding the MB2? Sinus lifts? Every dentist has their own limits, but where do these limits start? Alan and Dr. Darin O'Bryan (classmates from the University of Minnesota class of 1997) discuss the roots of the dental comfort zone and how to push beyond where you're comfortable. You can find out more about Dr. O'Bryan at www.onemorereasontosmile.com.

Have you ever noticed that often times patients hear what they want to hear instead of what we explain to them? The Brain Trust consisting of Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Tiffany Lee and Dr. Tammy Bailey along with Alan continue their "bitch session" featuring passive/aggressive patients a heated argument about polishing teeth and other good stuff!

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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Dr. Darin O'Bryan is a wet fingered clinician and CEREC educator. If you saw his schedule, you might think he's the hardest working man in show business! Darin teaches many of the CEREC Accept courses outside of Scottsdale for CEREC Doctors and it just so happens that he's a classmate of DentalHacks host Alan Mead. In this episode, Darin and Al catch up on the cool stuff that he's gotten into since dental school including an interesting discussion on denturists in Oregon and a crossover discussion on mid-level providers!

Episode 36 features the Brain Trust breaking some new ground! The Brain Trust decides that we're just going to have a good, old fashioned "bitch session." We're tired of it and we're not going to take it any more! We cover being sick at work, vaccinations, antibiotic prophylaxis and antibiotic overuse in dentistry. What starts out as complaining ends up being a pretty awesome discussion! Episode 36 also marks the first "ladies night" Brain Trust where we feature women only as guests! You'll hear favorites Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Tammy Bailey and Dr. Tiffany Lee weigh in. Don't even think of missing 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 Den

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_36.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 12:54pm EST

Laura Hatch can help your front desk collect more money, reduce patient cancellations and failures and fill your schedule. #notkidding In episode 35 we talk about some specific scenarios where the training videos produced by Front Office Rocks can help.

10 years from now, dentistry will look like... That's what the Brain Trust is discussing in episode 35. In this little time capsule we wonder if we'll have any more or less specialties in dentistry and how independent private practice may look like in 10 years.

Some links we talked about in episode 35:

The Future's So Bright by Timbuk3

Design Ergonomics dental practice design

RevenueWell dental practice marketing and communication solutions

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!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_35.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 1:06pm EST

So how do you train your front desk staff? It's not like you know how to do all that stuff. Nor do you have time to learn it. That's where Laura Hatch comes in. Laura is the founder of Front Office Rocks, an online training site specific to dental front offices. In episode 34 we talk to Laura about how she became a front office rock star (FORS) and how she wants to help dentists create practices with office systems that run like a well oiled machine!

What do you think dentistry will look like in 10 years? That's the question we asked the Brain Trust in episode 34. Dr. Lance Timmerman and Dr. Melissa Zettler join Jason and Alan to talk about what the future of dentistry looks like and where we'll be. (Hint: Timmerman mentions real estate. Twice.)

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!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_34.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:21pm EST

In today's episode we continue our discussion with dental coach/consultant/practice owner/podcaster Gary Takacs! Gary talks about why it is so hard to keep new and beneficial changes going in your office from the voice of experience! He's both a consultant helping with the changes and a practice owner dealing with similar difficulties in his own practice! Be sure to catch Gary's podcast, "The Thriving Dentist Show!"

The Brain Trust continues our  discussion about practice systems. Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Frank Clayton, Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Brent Young do a little complaining, a little laughing and a little bit of inventing! Toward the end of our segment we invent a potentially cool way to make small changes in your office and coin the term "microconsulting." 

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!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_33.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

In today's episode we talk with fellow podcaster and practice management coach/consultant, Gary Takacs! Gary's podcast is "The Thriving Dentist Show" and has over 150 episodes and has been ongoing since 2011! We talk about podcasts: what he listens to and how he got started. Then we move onto his practice. Gary is part owner of a dental practice in Arizona. He talks a little about how he and his dentist partner found a "fixer upper" practice and turned it into the practice that they wanted. It's very interesting to hear how a practice management consultant literally built his own "dental test kitchen" to benefit his clients!

The Brain Trust features a discussion about practice systems. What are they? Why does it seem so hard to implement them? Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Frank Clayton, Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Brent Young discuss their own experience with developing and implementing office systems. It sounds kind of dry, right? Not when the Brain Trust does 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!

Some links from today's show:

Gary's recommended podcasts:

Unofficial Linchpin Podcast

6 Pixels of Separation Podcast

Serial Podcast

Hulu SNL send up of Serial

Startup

Cliff Ravenscraft’s Podcast Answer Man

Pat Flynn's Smart Passive Income

Amy Porterfield podcast

Leo Laporte/TWIT

Social Media Marketing

Our Dental Podcasting Incubator Facebook group

James Golnick: Brush

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_32.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

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.

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

In episode 30 we continue our interview with Dr. Barry Glassman. Dr. Glassman is a dentist and educator who gave up general practice to focus on treating patients with craniofacial pain and sleep disorders. We spend most of the interview talking about occlusion. Does occlusion cause disease? Does it cause pain? Does it really even matter that  much?

The Brain Trust continues it's decidedly NSFW conversation about analogies that we use to explain complex ideas to patients. You might want to skip this one if there are kids in the car. Or if you're drinking anything...unless you want it to come out your nose!

Alan wants to get into "What's Hot" in iTunes. To help, 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.

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_30.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Who better to ring in the New Year than the DentalHacks Brain Trust! Episode 29 features some Brain Trust all stars talking all about "year end stuff" in a dental office. How does everyone else do holiday parties and gifts? How does everyone else handle last minute stragglers that want to use their benefits before the end of the year? What kids of goals does everyone have for 2015? It's all here.

And it's all hilarious!

Thanks for making the DentalHacks podcast a resounding success! If you have comments or questions be sure to email us at info@dentalhacks.com, catch us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks or call us on our new toll free phone number: (866) 223-5257!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_29.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

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!

Direct download: DentalHacks_2014_year_end_gear_review.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

In episode 28 the DentalHacks talk with Dr. Barry Glassman. Dr. Glassman is a dentist and educator who gave up general practice to focus on treating patients with craniofacial pain and sleep disorders. In this amazing interview, we ask Barry what would be different if he were in charge of the dental world. The resulting conversation is brilliant and quite funny. Barry pulls no punches as he takes the whole dental world apart piece by piece!

The Brain Trust takes on analogies that we use to explain complex ideas to patients. Or at least that's where we start. From there we come off the rails in perhaps the most profane yet hilarious Brain Trust segment yet! Have you reached the "sweat pants phase of your career?"

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. And Happy Holidays from all of us on the DentalHacks podcast to all of you!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_28.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

This episode continues our interview of two current 4th year dental students. The discussion revolves around what it's like being a dental student in 2014. The episode will feel nostalgic for the grizzled veteran listeners but would be a GREAT listen for college students considering dental school!

The Brain Trust picks up where we left off in episode 26. New dentists Dr. Scott KollenDr. Josh Carpenter, Dr. David Scardella (www.cormierdds.com), Dr. Will ParrellDr. Dennis Frazee (www.frazeefamilydentistry.com) and Dr. Rich Weber (www.hamiltonfamilydental.com) discuss dental school debt, Monopoly money and professional regrets (no one seems to have any!) You'll hear what these new dentists feel are the best CE values for recent graduates and how some of them are paying for it! Finally we talk about where these new dentists see themselves in 10 years.

There's a lot of good information here for new dentists and veterans alike!

Some links mentioned on the show:

The Prism Podcast

The Passionate Dentist Podcast

The Relentless Dentist Podcast

The Thriving Dentist Show

Howard Speaks Podcast (Howard Farran of DentalTown)

 Questions or comments? Leave us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or comment on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks.

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_27.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

We've talked about dental school and being a new dentist a bunch of times. We've offered advice about what we might do differently as a student and new dentist. Now...we hear from some dental students and new dentists!

This episode features two senior dental students, Caitlynn Haas of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and David Jacobs of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. They talk about what brought them to dentistry, their education and their debt in the first installment of this interview.

This week's Brain Trust features six "new dentists" that have graduated within the last three years. You'll hear from DentalHacks listeners and new dentists Dr. Scott Kollen, Dr. Josh Carpenter, Dr. David Scardella, Dr. Will Parrell, Dr. Dennis Frazee and Dr. Rich Weber. In our first installment of this "new dentist extravaganza" each of these dentists shares a bit about the journey they've taken since finishing dental school and how things are looking for a new dentist.

So join us for this listener driven episode of the DentalHacks!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_26.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Dr. Mike Melkers returns in today’s episode to talk about an eclectic variety of topics! First, we finish our discussion of innovations in materials science and how the more things change, the more things stay the same. Then we move into a discussion about “soft skills.” Mike teaches a lot of patient communication techniques that are second to none! He boils down a topic that seems complex into some very simple and useable tips. Finally, he discusses some clinical research on different isolation techniques (aka: the Isolite vs. rubber dam smackdown).

The Brain Trust continues it’s discussion of continuing education. Dr. Tarun Agarwal describes using shorter courses (for instance, at state dental meetings) as CE speed dating. They discuss treatment planning, endo, surgery, online resources as well as inexpensive CE options. Finally, they discuss DentalTown as the ultimate search engine for continuing education as well as a source of solid and inexpensive CE. If you want to hear about CE...this is your episode!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_25.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

It's the holiday season and the DentalHacks are in a giving mood! Feast your ears on this terrific DentalHacks extra!

Could you use a way to help patients make excellent treatment more affordable? Would you like another easy way to create cash flow in your office while doing the dentistry that you've trained to do? Dr. Tarun Agarwal has a great suggestion for your office!

T-bone has been using this in-house system for 3 years. He's offering interest free financing to his patients with little to no risk of default by patients. He describes the system he's using IN DETAIL in this podcast! There's no sales pitch, just helpful and tasty knowledge!

So make yourself a leftover turkey and cranberry relish sandwich, sit back and enjoy this holiday gift from the DentalHacks!

Direct download: DentalHacks_Holiday_extra.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 9:48pm EST

In today's episode, we begin a discussion of continuing education. We bring together all kinds of CE junkies and talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of dental continuing education.

In our interview segment, we talk to Dr. Mike Melkers. Dr. Melkers is a published researcher, teacher and admitted CE junkie. He's not ready to stop learning, but he assures us he can stop any time he wants. We discuss how new dentists (and experienced dentists who want to send their career in a new direction) should start their CE journey. What do you want to become? Where do you want to end up? What is the appropriate CE provider for you?

In the Brain Trust segment, we bring together Dr. Lance Timmerman, Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Tarun Agarwal to talk about their experiences for CE. How do you choose what you need to know? What's the best bang for your buck? GPR/AEGD? Or is T-bone's suggestion of a "PPR" (private practice residency) the best way to go. This conversation is really funny and really informative. If you're a CE junkie or only aspire to be, this episode is for you!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_24.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Alcoholism. Addiction. Chemical dependence. Whatever you call it, we don't talk about it much. Even though upwards of 15% of dentists are directly affected, it's something we don't talk about. Until now, that is.

Today's episode of the DentalHacks podcast is a bit of a departure from our typical format. In this episode we present a conversation between two friends (Alan and Dr. Brett Kessler) who have direct experience with addiction. Both of us have multiple years of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and you probably have never heard two dentists speak so openly and candidly about what we've been through and what we've seen. If you have any questions about the conversation I hope you'll email us at info@dentalhacks.com.

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_23.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

Last episode, Dr. Rob Ritter explained what it's like to be a speaker on the dental CE circuit. This episode we get down to business. We discuss his DIY website for his speaking business and how almost anyone can have an amazing web presence for next to no money. Take digital photos and show the world what you're doing for almost next to free. Then we talk about who dentistry has transitioned into an almost completely digital experience. He discusses digital impression scanners in depth (he's tried all of them) and gives his recommendation as well as what we should be looking for in the near future. Rob is a font of knowledge on materials and techniques and we've only just scratched the surface! Look for him to be a guest again!

Then we pick up where we left off with the Brain Trust's marketing round table. What are the keys to having a successful direct mail campaign? Can Facebook marketing work for dentists? How about TV and radio? Magazines? The Brain Trust weighs in on all of this. Join previous DentalHacks interview guests Dr. Lance Timmerman and Dr. Ryan McCall as well as Brain Trust regulars Dr. Matt Standridge, Dr. Matt Garrison and Dr. Melissa Zettler as they continue discussing what works and what doesn't in dental marketing!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_22.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

This week, the DentalHacks podcast features Dr. Rob Ritter. Rob is a dentist in Jupiter, FL that focuses primarily on cosmetic dentistry. He's got a lot to share on both clinical and practice management issues, but today's episode went off on an interesting tangent. Rob has been speaking to dental groups for quite some time and at one time was doing 40 or more presentations per year! So we talked to him about how get got started being a featured CE speaker, what he loves about it and what he doesn't love so much about it. Anyone who's ever thought they'd like to get into speaking to dentists will find this interview very enlightening!

Also in episode 21 the Brain Trust turns their incredible intellect and experience toward dental marketing. We welcome back our first two interviewees, Dr. Lance Timmerman and Dr. Ryan McCall as well as Brain Trust regulars Dr. Matt Standridge, Dr. Matt Garrison and Dr. Melissa Zettler! Have you ever wondered what marketing works the best? How important is your location and sign? How can you track the ROI of any given marketing? Should you try direct mail? These guys have tried it all! The good, the bad and the ugly. And they might just save you from an expensive marketing mistake! DO NOT MISS THIS EPISODE!

 

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_21.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:39pm EST

This week's show picks up with the second half of our interview with Kevin Henry. Kevin is the Group Content and Editorial Director at Advanstar Communications. Kevin spends some time talking about dental publishing, its history and its future. For instance, he thinks that there will always be a place for print (magazines) as most people won't take their iPad in the bathtub. We talk a little bit about how selling to dentists has changed and also how an aspiring dental writer could have their writing published. Finally, Kevin weighs in on who's up and coming in the dental education world. Another DentalHacks interview not to be missed!

In today's Brain Trust segment we continue talking about the question: "if you could only do one procedure for the rest or your career, what would it be?" They talk about new patients and delivering bad news along with the near universal love of immediate dentures. Then the Brain Trust moves in a different direction. If you could choose a procedure to NEVER do again, what would it be? You can get to know Dr. Matt Garrison in today's episode along with veteran Brain Trust members Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Tammy Bailey and Dr. Tiffany Lee for another legendary segment!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_20.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 8:53pm EST

This week's interview features Kevin Henry. Kevin is the Group Content and Editorial Director at Advanstar Communications. What that means is he's involved (and has been involved) with the production of online content as well as dental magazine publishing. Have you heard of "Dental Products Report?" Yeah...that's him! In today's episode Kevin shares what he's learned about dental teams. And it's a lot! We talk about dental office managers and what they can do for your practice as well as finding the best training for dental teams!

In today's Brain Trust segment we're asked the question: "if you could only do one procedure for the rest or your career, what would it be?" The answers from our Brain Trust are enlightening and hilarious! We get down to the nuts and bolts of extractions and direct composite restorations. This is "can't miss" content for anyone who takes teeth out or places composites! We introduce a new member, Dr. Matt Garrison, in today's episode as well. Matt joins veterans Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Tammy Bailey and Dr. Tiffany Lee for an entertaining and informative segment.

 

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_19.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EST

Do you need to have a 3D scan to place implants? Dr. Armen Mirzayan says, "yes!" Armen feels so strongly about this that he started CAD-Ray to help make it really easy for dentists and their patients to take advantage of 3D scanning and guided implant surgeries. This interview is so full of information, you'll probably want to listen to it twice!

In this episode of the DentalHacks podcast the Brain Trust discusses "red flags." You know those signals that patients give you that let you know there might be trouble with them in the future. This topic got a REALLY passionate response on Facebook and it turned out hilarious and insightful! Jason and Alan joined Dr. Frank Clayton and newcomer to the Brain Trust Dr. Melissa Zettler in this enlightening discussion!

Thanks again to our listeners! If you like the show we'd appreciate it if you tell a friend and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_17.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EST

What’s the deal with bulk filled composite materials? Are they ready for prime time? Dr. Robert Lowe is a fan and has used and evaluated them all! How do they work? Why can you bulk fill with them? Dr. Lowe makes sense of this up and coming material type and helps you choose which ones work.

The DentalHacks Brain Trust continue their discussion about the worst and best purchases that they’ve bought over the years. This episode spends a little more time talking about what they’re glad they bought! Check out this week’s Brain Trust panel: Dr. Thom Caspers of Seattle, WA, Dr. Tiffany Lee of Torrance, CA, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski of Holly, MI, Dr. Matthew Standridge (aka: Bear Cream) of Eureka, KS and Dr. Tammy Bailey of Wausau, WI.

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_16.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EST

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.

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EST

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.

Direct download: DentalHacks_episode_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EST

In today's episode, Dr. Mike DiTolla sits down with the DentalHacks to talk about impressions, materials and being an average dentist. Dr. DiTolla practices within Glidewell Laboratories, the largest dental lab in the United States. He is the Director of Clinical Research and Education at Glidewell and this gives him a unique perspective. Mike is one of the most entertaining presenters in dentistry, and in part one of his interview with the DentalHacks, he doesn't disappoint!

The DentalHacks Brain Trust discussion for episode 13 focuses on what mistakes we made in dental school and what we may have done differently. If you know a dental student or a prospective dental student...they need to listen to episode 13!  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.

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_13.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:00am EST

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!

 

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Dr. Tarun Agarwal isn't your typical dentist. In episode 11 of the DentalHacks podcast, you're going to hear why. The creator of  the 3D Dentists learning center, in Raleigh, North Carolina, tells the story of his beginnings and how he became a leading dental educator. Tarun is funny and easy to listen to as he tells some amazing stories of how he got to be the clinician and teacher that he is today.

The DentalHacks Brain Trust discussion for episode 11 was inspired by 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. This premise sparked the best BrainTrust discussion so far! You'll hear Jason and Alan hilariously delve into the topic with Brain Trust regulars Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski and Dr. Frank Clayton. Do not miss this!

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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.

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In episode 9 of the DentalHacks podcast we lawyer up! We begin an interview with Dr. Doug Wolff who is a dentist in Minnesota's Twin Cities as well as an attorney! Doug shares a little bit about his educational and business journey and answers some frequently asked questions about dentistry and its legal implications. How well does that consent for you use hold up? What are the most common malpractice lawsuits? Doug answers these questions and more in an interesting interview.

This week’s Brain Trust segment features Dr. Tammy Bailey of Wausau, WI, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski of Holly, MI and Dr. Matt Standridge of Eureka, KS. The Brain Trust tackles the tricky subject of how to handle a new patient's dental work that appears to have been done poorly. The Brain Trust sorts through how to help your patient as well as the pitfalls of "dental tourism" and taking the patient at their word. This is a Brain Trust panel not to be missed! 

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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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The DentalHacks Podcast episode 07: Rich Rosenblatt on CEREC, digital imaging and the dongle

Episode 7 of the DentalHacks podcast features the return of co-host Jason Lipscomb from his vacation as well as guest host Frank Clayton!

We interview Dr. Rich Rosenblatt about all things CEREC! Rich teaches for Sirona, Cerec Doctors, Patterson and Ivoclar (to name a few), but he slowed down long enough to sit down with Frank and Alan and tell us everthing he knows about bringing the CEREC into your practice!

In the Brain Trust segment we introduce a new member, Dr. Brent Young. The Brain Trust discusses the pros and cons of Medicaid in the dental practice and how to make it work in a practice if you choose to treat Medicaid patients.

After that, the DentalHacks take a little time to read and comment on listener email.

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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!

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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.

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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
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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.

 

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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!

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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!

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