A deep-ish dive into some of the hottest (and most fun) topics in dentistry today. What’s happening out there and how will it affect you? Teresa Duncan and Kevin Henry put a unique spin on current events that will give you something to chew on.
What’s Up With European Dental Offices?
We head to Europe for this edition (not really)! By pure coincidence (really!), we both chose stories from outside the good ole USA. Turns out dental anxiety isn’t really a thing in Sweden. Must be nice. And in Spain, if you thought you had a problem with patients not showing up for appointments then you haven’t seen anything like this new trend for European travelers. Grab your virtual passports and hop aboard!
EP 14: Tackling Health Literacy and Medical Emergencies in YOUR office
The very sad story of a 7 year old’s death during a procedure brings a spotlight on medical emergency training. All team members play a part when it goes south. Teresa walks through a sample scenario so you can apply it to your team. We then talk about health literacy - it’s not just reading level. It’s how your patients understand what the heck you’re telling them. Literacy includes hearing, reading, understanding and questioning your recommendations as well as your financial recommendations.
TikTok Tooth Molds, Annoying Noises and State of the Dental Industry
A user on TikTok has a cheaper solution for flippers and chipped teeth. We bring you the pros and cons of this trend - with obviously way more cons. What noises annoy you the most? See where you rank on this scale and let us know if you have any other suggestions for this list. Finally we talk about how the industry is doing with respect to marketing and patient trends. We’d like to see marketing be more direct. Take off the kid gloves in case presentations!
Vaccines, Antitrust Laws and Nutty Influencer Moms
We went from news to bizarre in this episode. We succeeded in keeping our composure until almost the end but the influencer mom was too much. On a serious note, we discussed the first dentist giving COVID-19 vaccine (congratulations Dr. Thrower!) and what this means for other offices. We then went legal with discussion of the antitrust laws that have restricted dentists but not carriers. Finally, I regretted my decision to look up a TikTok influencer.
Bathroom Spycams, Fake Dentistry and a Happy 8 Year Old Dentist
Episode 11 Highlights
- ADA’s update to its Code of Conduct regarding COVID-19 decisions
- Unlicensed dentist charged with sexual assault
- Did cost factor into his popularity?
- Uptick in home remedies and tooth care - related?
- Alex Carico’s story: Santa’s 8 year old dentist!
- Peeping bathroom bandit in an Aspen Dental office and why employees are suing
- Don't skip the background check when hiring new employees!
- How Teresa and Kevin came to the dental field
The Zoom Boom and ADA’s Outreach to the White House
Smile Direct Club’s success has shown us that cosmetic dentistry is mostly pandemic proof. People hanging out on webcams all day are suddenly noticing their gummy smiles and shade D2 choppers. The acquisitions and mergers also continue and we talk about Smile Brands’ action in the market. And what do we foresee for 2021? Listen in and let us know if we’re crazy or not!