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Very Dental: "All the Gems Come Out" with Dr. Jason Smithson

The Very Dental Podcast Network

Release Date: 10/18/2021

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It turns out that we've changed our minds about our lives as well. Heavy stuff, to be sure. Today's episode continues the series for Zach and Kevin where they talk to some experienced dentists about what things they've changed their mind about over the years. Today's episode features a discussion with Al about some things we've changed our minds about life in general. Zach has changed his mind about saving money for retirement. It's dumb to wait to do the cool stuff when you're retired. Al changed his mind about being fat. NOW is the time to pay attention to your health. It's way better not...

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This throwback episode features a recording made to talk about what we had learned from the COVID pandemic. It is currently about 4 years after dental practices started back to work in a post pandemic world. This is a snapshot of how we were feeling 18 months or so after the pandemic began. Alan is joined by friends and colleagues Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Frank Clayton to talk about COVID. Specifically how we’re feeling 18 months into the COVID pandemic. What’s different? What’s changed for the worse? Did anything good come from it? Stuff that’s changed: Costs...

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Mo is joined by his friend Dr. John Corbett. John just finished a perio residency at Oklahoma and is heading to the Air Force! John explains how perio residency works: applying, matching, finishing and everything in between! Some links from the show:  John's email: Join the  using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!" The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us! -- Crazy Dental has everything you need...

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If you've been practicing dentistry for awhile, you've probably changed your mind about some stuff. Today's episode starts an interesting series for Zach and Kevin where they talk to some experienced dentists about what things they've changed their mind about over the years. Today's episode features a discussion with Al about some things we've changed our minds about clinically! Al has changed his mind about where to place margins. Now, he aims for equigingival margins vs. below the gingiva. Kevin changed his mind about specialty procedures for general dentists (implants, ortho, sleep, etc.)...

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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 talking, more listening) Any time I get a chance to tell stories with Jason, I take it! I think you'll really enjoy this one

Some of the topics they covered:

  • "Instant Orthodontics" good dentistry or bad dentistry?
  • Gen Z and Instagram filters
  • The esthetic preferences of younger generations and cultures are not necessarily the same as what dentists have learned!
  • John the 80-ish year old "very English guy" ("I don't want to look like her.")
  • Why don't we teach how to have a conversation with people about what they want?
  • The cosmetic patient that "didn't like" what they had done
  • Giving diastemas back!
  • Clinician to patient "I don't care" vs. "I don't mind"
  • Dentists need to keep their mouths shut...more listening and less talking
  • "All the gems come out after a minute or two..."
  • Is it good to be "busy?"
  • How Jason schedules recalls
  • A "very Cornish" patient and how listening helped solve his problem

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