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Why NOT to Cut The Dental Umbilical Cord

Retraction. There are many instances it makes our lives simpler. There are many strategies for success. That said, as a young dentist, it’s all too tempting after the daily clinic beatings in dental school to cut the dental umbilical cord from one’s armamentarium. Before you do, experience has taught me this…great habits deliver great results.
Great result deliver great success. So before you cut that cord, here’s a simple 5 step process to CRUSH your Restorative Success.

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CRUSH IT

This series of igniteDDS success guides and ever-growing collection of resources are for you to C.R.U.S.H. your career, right from the start by helping you avoid the pitfalls and get started off in the right direction to achieve time and money freedom. We’ve asked the experts to share their best insights and advice with you right here. Take heed, take action, and learn more about what we call C.R.U.S.H. your career.

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Student budget-friendly activities

In school, exams and academic commitments are plenty and free time is limited. With deadlines always looming, it is difficult for us high-achieving individuals to make time for ourselves and simply relax. I have compiled a list of activities to spark some inspiration for your next weekend or day off.

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So You Had a Bad Day…

…we all have them in dental school. Those hectic days when you’re struggling to get it all done, a clinic procedure that you could have done better, or a test that you worked so hard to prepare for that you don’t feel good walking out of are all examples of difficult moments we go through in dental school. One person’s great day can be another one’s worst, and such is life. When those moments kick in in the worst way, here are some ways to take the edge off and to get feeling back on track:

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NBDE I: How-To

Getting ready to study for NBDE part I? Not sure what to expect? Read on for advice on how to pass the first time around…

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The #1 New Dentist Obstacle… Pizza by the Slice or the Whole Pie

How many times have you delivered a great treatment plan to a patient only to have the patient and/or a team member look at you like you’re: 
Clearly not as good as the owner dentist
Out of your mind
Trying to scam them
In this episode, Dr. David Rice, founder of igniteDDS and Mr. Jonathan Miller, Executive Fortune Management Coach, show you how to deliver your treatment plan pizza by the slice or the whole pie. AKA, how to win the patient and the team, without pi#*ing off the owner doc.

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The Right Partnership

In a sea of dental vendors, who do you choose? Learn here what makes a dental vendor “enlightened” and understand which companies are there to help you grow…

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Top 15 Tips To Crush Dental School

We have compiled the Top 15 proven tips and tricks that will help crushing your dental school interviews. We know these worked because we are speaking from personal experiences and the perspective of a former predental student. You will not only learn how to dress professionally, but also other very important areas you might not be aware of. Ultimately, we want you to succeed and we believe you can do it! Click here to download the ebook now!

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Get Motivated, Be Dedicated, Stay Involved

Applying for dental school can be…. is a very stressful process. Of course your goal is to have the most competitive DAT score, GPA and excellent academic ranking. In light of all those factors, one must keep in mind the importance of maintaining your extracurriculars up to date.

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The Dental School Game Plan

How do you plan on achieving your dream of becoming a dentist? It no longer is an easy task. With almost 14,000 applicants to the 65 dental schools in the United States your grades will no longer solely set you apart. Much more goes into your application now-your extracurricular activities, leadership positions, DAT scores, and the very important personal statement. Because only 15% of applicants are called for an interview you need to use every opportunity you can put get yourself ahead of the pack and this book will help you do just that.

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The Benefits of Interdisciplinary CE

I recently attended AAOMS’s Dental Implant Conference, an interdisciplinary conference that presents a holistic approach to dental implant treatment plans. Find out more about the benefits of interdisciplinary conferences in the article.

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Let’s Caucus!

I attended the AAOMS District III caucus last weekend in Atlanta and had a great time taking part in our political process. Learn more about how you can ensure your voice gets heard in organizations like AAOMS, ASDA, the ADA, and more!

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3 Keys to Anterior Restorative Contour

7 Deadly Sins of Smile Design. It’s one of my fave seminars to deliver. Today’s post…a quick excerpt from just one sin. Check it out and take a step closer to delivering some wicked anterior restorations

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Why NOT to Cut The Dental Umbilical Cord

Retraction. There are many instances it makes our lives simpler. There are many strategies for success. That said, as a young dentist, it’s all too tempting after the daily clinic beatings in dental school to cut the dental umbilical cord from one’s armamentarium. Before you do, experience has taught me this…great habits deliver great results.
Great result deliver great success. So before you cut that cord, here’s a simple 5 step process to CRUSH your Restorative Success.

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The Best Tips to Accelerate a Practice

Are you looking to WIN in Private Practice? I hope you are! Absolutely honored to have been asked to guest in this weeks Thriving Dentist Show with International thought leader, Gary Takacs. This show is broadcast in 115 countries! Woot Woot…igniteDDS burning strong!!

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What do Prince and Florida’s Dental Students Share That Will Define Your Success?

“Dig if you will the picture”… you’re a new grad entering a new world and if you’re anything like me, you’re not only wondering how to get to the purple rain, but where it is or if it even exists. Having walked in your shoes…I understand. Buuutttt….if you really want to know…let me guide you… to 3 amazing lessons Prince and these dental students know very well.

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2 New Dentist Keys to Product Purchasing

Statistically, did you know almost 87% of dentists work with the same products they used in dental school for decades? Why is that? As a profession, are we lazy? Do we really despise change that much? OR, because everyone and their brother are trying to “sell” us, is the brilliant or bust factor just not worth getting burnt on?

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The Right Partnership

In a sea of dental vendors, who do you choose? Learn here what makes a dental vendor “enlightened” and understand which companies are there to help you grow…

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The Importance of Personal Rules

It was May, 2016 and I found myself with an unfamiliar span of free time. I had just graduated from dental school, but my residency program wouldn’t start for another six weeks. For the first time in four years, I had a substantial amount of time to do whatever I pleased. Many of my peers traveled, or used the time to shift focus from dentistry to another aspect of life. I chose to make the most of those weeks by working to gain perspective that could influence my career.

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Let’s Caucus!

I attended the AAOMS District III caucus last weekend in Atlanta and had a great time taking part in our political process. Learn more about how you can ensure your voice gets heard in organizations like AAOMS, ASDA, the ADA, and more!

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The Negotiability of Work Life Balance

Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the daily grind. But have you ever thought about how you get recharged for the work day in and day out? Having a work life balance is so important. How important? Read on to find out.

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3D Printing – the future is HERE!

I’ve been a 3D-Printing “groupie” for a long time.
If the technology had a tour bus, I’d be on it.
And now for solo-docs, the reality of 3D Printing here.
Today’s episode will show you this incredible tech that’s available.

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Dissecting media in medicine

The internet can be a powerful tool, but also a dangerous one given the breadth and depth of false information. Despite its intelligence, Google can’t replace a four-year medical degree.

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Ivoclar Vivadent: Why Company Culture Matters

Have you ever wondered if a company is “in your corner?” Sometimes, you connect with a company the same way you make a friend: instantly and completely. This is what happened over my weekend with Ivoclar Vivadent. Read all about how their culture changed my dentistry here!

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The Perception of Strangers Can Break Your Heart

Erinne showed me what Google predictors completed when typing “Dentists are…” and it was horrid. It broke my heart and got me wondering. For every time we hear “I hate dentists” but we still continue to love what we do… why? For those of you who wonder the same, read my answer here.

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Holiday Gratitude Challenge

Happy Thanksgiving IgniteDDS family! I hope you are all planning a restful and peace-filled weekend surrounded by your loved ones. Read on to find out how you can join with your loved ones this weekend to bring the spirit of giving and gratitude back to Thanksgiving. Take the Gratitude Challenge today!

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AEGD/GPR vs. Private Practice, Are you confused?!?!

Hi guys, I’m excited to share with you an awesome conversation I had with a D4 student who was struggling with the question of: Do I attend a GPR/AEGD or go work in private practice? I know that I personally struggled with this question a lot. So here’s the video of our conversation and me sharing my personal experiences from the last 6 months in private practice. I hope this helps and please let me know if you have any other topics/ questions that you would like me to address.

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Married to medicine

On Valentine’s Day this year, I spent 12 hours at school during the day (from 7 AM – 7 PM) and less than 5 hours with my boyfriend. At this point, it would be appropriate to change my relationship status to: married to medicine.

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