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Very Dental: Dr. Gary DeWood on Believing It's Possible

The Very Dental Podcast Network

Release Date: 09/30/2022

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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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"Why can't I talk to my patients like Gary does?"

-me, quite often

Alan is joined by Dr. Gary DeWood for another really good conversation about communication, among other things. Some of the topics they covered:

  • Staying in the question until the questions are coming from the patient 
  • How the dental model is wrong
  • People figure out a way to do the things that they have value for
  • Assume that the patient thinks that they're healthy until you understand that they don't
  • How aligners have made people value the position of their teeth
  • Ask questions and then be quiet
  • Why the hygiene op is the worst place to talk about dental health
  • Having the hygienist "refer" the patient to the doctor
  • Lawn mowers and believing it's possible
  • The mindset change of financing/making payments
  • Patients need to know that you'll make it financially possible
  • "We're going to do whatever we can to make it possible"
  • In office financing vs. outside payment plans...what's the limit that doc can be the bank?
  • Gary on the "dead zone" in your practice
  • "You know who will pay you." The information that the dentist has that the bank doesn't! (It's a superpower!)
  • "The gift of a dental benefit plan..."
  • Getting access to Gary (and Amy) through Spear Practice Solutions
  • If you value the team, let them do this!
  • Gary on job descriptions
  • Consulting vs. coaching
  • Whose heel marks are in your parking lot? Yours or your team's?
  • Give the patients a chance to say "yes" to your best treatment

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