April is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

OralCancer_BlogPost_ImageWhile it may not be a part of our everyday dental concerns, the Oral Cancer Foundation reminds us that approximately 48,250 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year, with one person dying from the disease every hour of every day. Tobacco and alcohol use remain major risk factors for oral cancer, but they’re not the only ones. The fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients are young, healthy, nonsmoking adults under 40 years of age whose connection to the disease is the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is actually the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. These are sobering statistics and worth remembering as we commemorate Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month this April.

3 steps to hiring a CRUSH it team

asdanet_ignitedds_bannerAs the old adage says: “together each accomplishes more.”  So, in that spirit, I thought I’d mix it up this time and give you a very valuable private practice nugget.  How to hire a CRUSH it Team.

#1 Write a CRUSH it job description and disseminate

Seem simple?  I agree!  HOWEVER most dental practices miss on this in a HUGE WAY!  Why?  They don’t know who their ideal applicant is.  Sound crazy?  Agree…but most dental practices think they are looking for a hygienist or an assistant or an administrative team member.  On one hand…they are.  On the more important hand…that’s WAY TOO simplistic.

Confessions of a (former) predental

DrEmilyHobart_640x400Truth be told, I came to the realization that dentistry was my calling a little later than most. Unlike my colleagues who were inspired by a mentor or career day way back when, I was not completely sure of my destiny in dentistry until my last semester of undergraduate studies.

While I wasn’t really a “predental” student for very long, I did pick up a couple valuable tips that I wish someone would have shared with me…

Nothing says “I love you” like disability and life insurance

53862_GreatWestFinancial_Feb 16 ASDA Blog PostGranted, it’s not the most romantic gift in the world. But as Valentine’s Day gifts go, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more powerful way of showing your loved ones how much you care than by requesting activation of no-cost ADA-sponsored disability and life insurance.

Job search advice: 6 tips from new dentists

Kool SmilesYour first job out of dental school is one of the most important career decisions you’ll make – but when it comes to the job search and interview process, it can be difficult to know where to start!

We asked two of our newly hired dentists, Dr. Courtny Patterson and Dr. Candace Murphy, to share advice for dentist job seekers based on their recent experiences with the process. Here’s what they had to say…