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    Top 10 tips from the old guy to recent dental school graduates

    I practiced dentistry for 44 years, most of that in private practice. I was able to grow my practice to the top five percent of solo practices in the U.S. in the last five years I practiced. I studied with the masters, and had the best consultants in the business help me attain my practice success.

    Here are the “top ten tips” that I paid consultants and coaches thousands of dollars for.

    6 things the dental industry needs to address now: Thoughts from a recent dental school graduate

    Be a continual student

    Dental school helped you become “The jack of all trades, but the master of none.” How many extractions did you do while you were in school? The first four months out of school, I extracted over 1,000 teeth, without the help of an instructor watching and helping.

    Did you do enough implant placements in school for your patient base to trust you? I think not. It is essential to master new techniques throughout your career.

    We have new procedures, new materials and even new rules we have to learn every day in dentistry. If you do not keep up, you will be destined to have a mediocre practice. Make a commitment to learn about the things you do most, the things you enjoy, the things you want to do more of, and things that are more profitable.

    Set yourself apart from the doctor next door and be exceptional at something. In the early 1980s I attended the AACD meetings and learned more about veneers, porcelain onlays and cosmetic dentistry. I enjoyed doing many of these procedures in my general practice, and had a reputation in my town for being good at it.

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    David Black
    Drawing on over 40 years of clinical experience, Dr. Black focuses on speaking and coaching through in-office consultation. Dr. Black ...

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