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Alan Mead is a dentist with too much time on his hands and too much recording equipment in his basement! Each week he brings you entertaining and informative content featuring interesting dental people and the stories behind them. You'll hear "Dental School Horror stories," take a ride in the "Single Use Time Machine" and hear his co-hosts give you the "90 Second Perfect Pitch." It's all good fun for dentists and the people that love them!
 
Want to go further into your faith than the average Sunday morning sermon would allow? If so, Hoi Polloi is the podcast for you! Join Dr. Shah as we navigate the deeper waters of Christianity, tackling theological issues that are sure to engage your critical thinking and help you better connect with the scholarly side of your faith. Have you always wondered why we believe certain things in certain ways? Shoot us an email at hoipolloi@clearviewbc.org!
 
Welcome to Five Good Questions. I’m your host, Jake Taylor. Fact: the average American watches 5 hours of television per day. What would the world be like if we dedicated one of those hours to reading books instead? I don’t know, but I’d like to find out. So to inspire others to read more, I ask five good questions of interesting authors and share the results with you every Friday. Let’s see if together, we can’t rescue some of those lost hours.
 
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How do you bring a country's dental continuing education system into the 21st century? The answer will probably surprise you! Alan is joined by Dr. Artie Volker, Dr. Abdelrahman Ahmed Tawfik and Dr. Ahmed Mossad to discuss how dentistry and dental education has changed in Egypt for the better! how social media changed dentistry in Egypt creating a …
 
How does "last case bias" and clinical evidence affect the way we treat our patients? Kevin and Zach bring back Dr. Kevin Donlin to discuss an interesting and philosophical topic that influences us all. Some links from the show: The Voices of Dentistry meeting (Kevin, Kevin, Zach and Al will all be there and it's not too late to get a ticket! Use c…
 
Very Dental people...take a listen to another podcast that I do with Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, "The Peaceful Practice Podcast!" On the eve of Alan's 20th year of sobriety, Dawn and Alan have a conversation about what this milestone means, what it has been like to get here and how to examine our own habits with drugs and alcohol. To contact Dawn and Ala…
 
Do you "warranty" your work? How do you handle it when a restoration you've provided doesn't last as long as you would have expected? Alan is joined by Jared Parente who is the CEO of a company called Dental Warranty. They are the platinum sponsor of the upcoming Voices of Dentistry meeting and they offer a product that dental offices will find int…
 
Kevin and Zach are joined by Dr. Kevin Donlin who practices in Madison, SD! They tackle a topic that's not particularly popular on Instagram and Facebook groups...amalgam! Amalgam is a material that many folks brag about using but the Very Clinical crew explains why some dentists refuse to toss this tool that's still very valuable in certain situat…
 
Al answers a listener email about how to talk to patients about deep decay. It's OK to hate delivering bad news Patients NEED to know about their condition There are a lot of options for treating deep decay Clear communication and documentation is KEY! Some links from the show: The Voices of Dentistry meeting (Use coupon code: VeryDental) The Very …
 
Al had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Erin Elliott at the Greater New York dental meeting! It will come as no surprise to anyone that this wide ranging conversation was a blast! Al had veneers. Probably about 30 years ago. Who knew? What % of people have crowding vs. excess of space? Why? Are people more allergic now than they used to be? (spoil…
 
Kevin and Zach ring in the new year with returning guest, Alan Mead! First, they talk about new year's resolutions. Next the guys talk about things that they were grateful for in 2021. It's a pretty important thing to focus on...especially when there's a lot that's out of our control. Some links from the show: The Voices of Dentistry meeting (Kevin…
 
Al rings in the new year with a conversation about his personal failings in treatment planning. How often do you fail to offer the "best" option to a patient because you think you know that they won't accept? It's a problem Al has faced over 23+ years of dental practice and he's trying to turn over a new leaf. Also...there's a bit of talk about why…
 
Alan is joined (at the Greater New York Meeting) by Dr. Paul Ferraioli to talk about dental meetings and interesting practice models! Paul and Alan go WAY back to the DentalTown message boards and it was great to catch up with him! Paul and Alan were both DentalTown "golden fingers" back in the day. Microbrush never promoted the coolest product tha…
 
Kevin and Zach are joined by Alan Mead to do an "Ask Us Anything" segment! First, they talk about New Year's traditions (Twilight Zone anyone?) and then they answered listener questions! What are you looking forward to the most at VOD? Which speaker will leave you speechless? What is the best kind of CE to seek out as a new general dentist? Sometim…
 
Al weighs in on one of the things he's resolving to do better in 2022 and also complains about a common dental ailment. Some links from the show: Voices of Dentistry The Very Dental Facebook Group If you would you like support the Very Dental Podcast Network you should support our sponsors! They help us create content that is, for lack of a better …
 
Alan and the Very Dental Podcast network wishes you and yours an amazing holiday season! Today's episode has a ton of amazing holiday gifts for the listener! Some of them include: A chance to win free tickets to Voices of Dentistry? (email al@verydentalpodcast.com with subject line "FreeVoD!" A potential Dental Hacks reunion at VoD? Three amazing c…
 
Zach and Kevin are here to give you an amazing holiday gift! They're joined by the Totally Oral guys (Dr. Russell Schafer and Dr. Clint Timmerman) and each one of them drops a killer clinical tip just in time for the holidays! The guys talk about worst Christmas gifts! Clint's tip: rough prep first, build up second Russ's tip: heated composite! (lo…
 
Alan is joined by "Queen Christmas" herself, Dr. Jen Kirwan for a spectacular discussion of holiday parties in the dental office! Jen and Al talk about the different types of holiday celebrations in their past and Al comes to realize that Jen *really* knows how to do it right! A few suggestions from the queen: DON'T tie it to a bonus DON'T be predi…
 
Identity is a weird concept. "Dentist" is technically a job description (what you do) but for many of us, including Al, it becomes our identity. Or at least a huge part of it. Al takes a little time to riff on his experience on his history of disengaging from dentistry and how evaluating how you see your identity is a healthy thing to do. If you wo…
 
Kevin and Zach are joined by the Totally Oral guys, Dr. Russell Schafer and Dr. Clint Timmerman! Best Christmas gifts EVER! Zach, Kevin, Clint and Russell each lay out their "year end wrap up" at their offices If you would you like support the Very Dental Podcast Network you should support our sponsors! They help us create content that is, for lack…
 
Alan is joined by Michael Anderson and Laura Maly of the Wonderist Agency! Wonderist helps dentists market their practice by helping dentists and teams create a message and tell their story in a compelling way! We talk marketing and storytelling in an interesting and wide ranging conversation! How did Wonderist come about? Wonderist's favorite conf…
 
Alan was joined by some friends from CAD-Ray! Jon Acker, Damien Bonner and Rich LaFergola work at CAD-Ray, a full service distributor of technology products focusing on CAD-CAM, CT's and 3D printing! Alan has been using the Medit i500 that he purchased from CAD-Ray back in 2018! But there is SO MUCH MORE that they have to offer! The conversation is…
 
This week we feature a classic episode with Kevin flying solo interviewing Dr. Craig Harder from Moses Lake, WA. This week’s topic is efficient crown prepping. Highlights include: - Craig writes for Dental Economics This week’s podcast includes a gameshow segment! Omar Reed’s famous video Begin with the end in mind Craig uses Kavo electric handpick…
 
I spent a couple days with my friends at Enova Illumination at the Greater New York Dental meeting! So...are dental meetings dead? Did I buy anything? What did I look at that was really cool? All of these questions and more will be answered in today's episode! Some links from the show: Clinician's Choice PowerMix Dentazon C-Warmer EMS/Hu-friedy Air…
 
Dr. David Rice joined Alan for a rousing conversation that took place above the exhibit floor at the recent Greater New York Dental Meeting! David is the creator/founder of IgniteDDS and was recently placed as the editor in chief of DentistryIQ! Their conversation went all over the place and here are some of the highlights: Where did IgniteDDS come…
 
Laser Bob is back! Dr. Bob Convissar tells us what to do with a laser if we invest in one this week. We open up with a cinematic laser draft. Who picked the best laser team? Topics touched on: Crown lengthening Biopsy Apthous Ulcer treatment Infant tongue ties De-pigment gingiva Pulpotomies Airway Treatment You can contact Bob at laserbobdds@gmail.…
 
It's not every day that you get a phone call from a legend in cosmetic dentistry! Alan tells a story about getting a call from Dr. Buddy Mopper of Cosmedent to get some tips on using their new Renamel Bulkfill! Some links from the show: The Voices of Dentistry (use code VeryDental) The Very Dental Facebook group Renamel Bulkfill (coupon: VDP21) Ren…
 
Alan features a throwback interview with Dr. Frank Spear on this Black Friday episode! Back in 2019, mere months before the pandemic, we had a chance to talk with Frank Spear about some interesting research he was doing. It seems that what dentists thought about the profession isn't exactly what the data suggested about the profession. Some topics …
 
Dr. Bob “Laser Bob” Convissar “ DDS is a dentist who lectures and practices laser assisted dentistry in Manhattan. His practice is over 100 years old! It’s an amazing story. We talk about Black Friday. Then we talk about the ABC’s of laser dentistry. Both Zach and Kevin get laser shamed. We get the low down on histology. The CO2 laser is the best f…
 
Herodontics. For normal, mortal human dentists, sometimes we do it. Even when we know we shouldn't. But can our patients really understand it? In today's episode Alan finds an analogy that helps based on the college basketball game he recently attended! Some links from the show: The Voices of Dentistry (use code VeryDental) The Very Dental Facebook…
 
Alan welcomes two of the most accomplished and entertaining presenters in dentistry to the Group Function podcast. Dr. Mike DiTolla and Dr. Josh Austin are known as dental educators that can connect with an audience better than anyone and they prove it again in today's episode. Both of them have been working out new and never before seen material f…
 
Nate Lawson, DDS is a dental researcher who is the mastermind behind the @dentaltube Instagram page which has been voted one of the top educational dental accounts on the internet. With 76K followers and growing, you’ll see why with their excellent images. We start off talking about funny Thanksgiving stories. We pivot into discussing cracks and fi…
 
Al is heading to NYC for the Greater New York Dental meeting in a couple of weeks wondering the whole time, "are dental meetings dead?" Some links from the show: The Voices of Dentistry (use code VeryDental) The Very Dental Facebook group Enova Illumination If you would you like support the Very Dental Podcast Network you should support our sponsor…
 
Al is joined by his best friend from dental school, Dr. Bart Schultz. They had a wide ranging conversation about dental school, early dental practice and how much patients can really understand about their treatment. Also, the jobs they had in dental school and other stuff. Some links from the show: Miracle Mix Todd Johnson DDS, Paul Thomas DDS Ver…
 
Nate Lawson, DDS is a dental researcher who is the mastermind behind the @dentaltube instagram page which has been voted one of the top educational dental accounts on the internet. With 76K followers and growing, you’ll see why with their excellent images. We start off by talking about Curb your Enthusiasm and our favorite episodes. Spoiler alert, …
 
Back when this podcast was called "The Dental Hacks" we used to include a segment in most shows that we called "Go Hack Yourself." It was a chance for us to talk about something we'd been using in our practice, listening to, reading, eating watching on Netflix or whatever caught our fancy at the time. I'm bring in this tradition back starting with …
 
Dentistry is hard. We can only give so much of ourselves and we can only be compassionate to our patients for so long. Dr. Brian McGue teaches sedation with 3D Dentists and at Implant Pathway and is acutely interested in helping dentists avoid burnout from compassion fatigue. So, what is compassion fatigue? Brian and Alan dig in to a topic that man…
 
Today we reach WAY back in the Very Clinical catalog! The gang is back. Kevin, Mac, and Zach discuss posts and cores! Highlights include: - When do you choose to place a core, or a post? - Do you remove all the previous restoration every time? Most of the time? How does Mac do a core? - He mentioned like 5 products, Cosmecore, Absolute Dentin, Fuji…
 
Have you ever had that patient that's never quite ready to do the work they need done? The patient that you've had multiple consultations and treatment plans ready to go but can never quite manage to follow through? Al calls this kind of patient "The Big Talker." We've all got a few of these in our practices and Al talks about identifying and deali…
 
Alan welcomes Dr. Richard Low of the "Shared Practices Podcast" to Very Dental! Alan has known Richard since he was a dental student helping with the Howard Farran's podcast! He's since created one of the premier sources of information on practice ownership for new dentists, The Shared Practices ecosystem! Some of the topics they discussed were: Al…
 
The Very Clinical guys ring In the dam New Year (2020)! Highlights include: No New Year’s Resolutions except just be nice! Kevin uses Coltene Non Latex Rubber Dam Zach uses Hedy Isodam Kevin uses lube Kevin uses this template Zach uses PacDam…which looks way cooler Kevin uses this punch Zach uses this punch Zach uses this block out resin Kevin like…
 
Al discusses the importance of having something outside of the office that you look forward to. Whether it's cycling (current obsession), podcasting, baking or something else, I've benefitted by having something of my own. Call it a hobby, avocation or obsession...it's nice to have something that you love outside of your career and other obligation…
 
The words you use with patients can be important. Alan discusses a few that he's found to be less than helpful over the years that he tries to avoid using with patients. The four words he discusses: Small (in terms of dental disease) Dental "Insurance" Expensive Painful Do you have any words you try and avoid during patient communication? Some link…
 
Returning this week is Dr. Chris Salierno formerly from Dental Economics and now at Tend Dental. Chris lets us know where to go and eat in NYC and how he’s taking lessons from the hospitality industry to advance customer service at Tend. Clinically, Chris took an implant residency post dental school in implant restorations and he talks about how im…
 
What's the very best way to figure out what a patient really wants? You have an honest and authentic conversation with them! Alan welcomes back Dr. Jason Smithson to the Very Dental Podcast to talk about having conversations with patients! Jason and Alan spend a LOT of time talking about how they've learned to have great conversations. (hint: less …
 
If your business model is based on, "what else are they going to do?" then you suck. As a business owner, the bar for taking good care of your customers is very low. Be better. Elvis Dahl from Preat is the opposite of this. You should check them out. Some links from the show: The Voices of Dentistry (use code VeryDental) The Very Dental Facebook gr…
 
Very Clinical welcomes Dr. Chris Salierno onto the podcast! Chris was well knows as the Editor-in-Chief of Dental Economics for the past several years, but has taken on a new role as one the main officers in a hot new growing DSO on the East Coast. Highlights include: Bond, James Bond - Have you seen “No Time to Die”? Which Bond is your favorite? W…
 
Alan is joined by Dr. Addison Killeen to talk about Voices of Dentistry, his new book with Dr. Mark Costes and a bunch of great ideas for purchasing an existing practice! Addison has done a startup, done acquisitions and has owned multiple practices...he's done the thing. Buy a practice or startup? What's the best kind of practice to buy? Acquisiti…
 
Alan welcomes Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver to the Very Dental podcast! Shawn is a self described "regular dentist." What is a regular dentist? Why are we having this conversation? Well, blame it on social media. Some of the things they discussed: Shawn gets up early in self defense Social media has ruined the "regular dentist" gig for many people. Who ar…
 
Alan discusses a certain kind of difficult person that we run into often in dentistry. Many people whose behavior seems bizarre to us don't even realize that they're behaving that way. Al suggests a couple ways to remove the victim (you). Some links from the show: The Voices of Dentistry (use code VeryDental) The Very Dental Facebook group If you w…
 
Alan chats with co-founder of the Voices of Dentistry, Dr. Mark Costes. We talked VoD and planning a dental meeting, being a 50 year old dude and what waking up early (REALLY early) has done for Mark. Some links from the show: The Voices of Dentistry (use code VeryDental) The Very Dental Facebook group The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod Four Futures …
 
Alan welcomes Dr. David Hornbrook to the Very Dental podcast! David was the presenter at the Vedder Society's fall meeting and he did not disappoint! He's an amazing clinician with an approachable style of presentation and we got to see and interact with him for 3 days! Some of the things we discussed on the podcast were: David is REALLY glad to be…
 
Kevin and Zach are joined by Roe Dental president BJ Kowalski and East side rep Jayne Winn This is a discussion of the Chrome technique for placing and restoring All On X implant restorations. We discuss the history and step by step instructions for using the Chrome technique. We hope you enjoy this podcast! Please join our Facebook group! If you w…
 
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