And we’re back with the continuation of Irene’s story in becoming the speaker that she is today. In addition to speaking, Irene is also an educator, consultant, entrepreneur, practice owner, practicing hygienist, and so much more!

 

Diving deeper into her journey, Irene touches on a multitude of topics which include her discussing the differences between speaking in front of a live crowd versus speaking virtually, people who she has interacted with and who have helped her along the way, what enables a speaker to be engaging for their audience, and how the pandemic has affected being a speaker.

 

Will there be a Part 3 of this journey with Irene & Trene? Keep your eyes and ears open in the weeks to come!

 

Click the link to listen to Part 1: https://toothordare.podbean.com/e/105-irene-trene-part-1/

 

If you’re interested in learning more or having Irene speak at an event, please visit: toothlifeirene.com

 

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Jessica Martin works with medical professionals nationwide and also co-owns Martin Dental, a successful dental spa in Eau Claire, WI. As a licensed school psychologist, she helps medical professionals understand why patients feel anxious or afraid at the dentist and other medical appointments. She has created strategies for dental offices to remove some of the most common barriers to dental care. She loves sharing ways to make the experience positive for every patient.

 

Jessica’s mission is to educate others on how profound an impact dental anxiety can have on a dental practice and share the strategies that have helped her business be so successful. Patients don’t need to dread dentistry and dental offices don’t need to race to the bottom of the discount game. Addressing dental anxiety effectively is a win-win for everyone!

 

 

Visit Jessica’s website: www.martinmanagementllc.com

 

find her on social media @jessmichellemartin

 

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Thank you to Designs for Vision for sponsoring this episode!

 

Are you tired of slouching? Dealing with back pain? Constantly having to adjust yourself to see clearly? Well, Designs for Vision has just the solution for your neck and back worries.

 

The new Infinity Vue loupes created by Designs for Vision provide a straightforward approach for ergonomics. Keeping your chin up, neck straight, and free of aches or pains. The loupes come in 3.0x and 3.5x magnification and allows you to keep your eyes forward while viewing the magnified oral cavity. This game-changing technology allows clinicians to prolong their career and improve their quality of life.

 

Designs for Vision offers a 45-day trial, so that you can see and feel the difference in your posture.

 

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Becoming @Toothlife.Irene has been a journey.

In this exceptional episode of the Tooth or Dare podcast, Katrina takes the reins and places Irene under the microscope to take a peek behind the scenes into the life of her friend and podcast co-host. Irene Iancu graduated with a diploma in dental hygiene from Oxford college in 2007. Since then, Irene has expanded her scope of practice with procedures that include Orthodontics, Restorative Dental Hygiene (graduation 2021), Myofunctional Therapy, and advanced periodontal therapy utilizing the latest technology. 

 

As an educator, speaker, consultant, entrepreneur, practice owner, practicing hygienist, and more, Irene certainly has her hands full within the dental industry. In this episode, we explore only a few of Irene’s stories that have helped to place her on this path of success! She shares with us how she became a speaker, her experience in working with Invisalign, and certain struggles and challenges that she has faced along her journey to creating Toothlife Studio.

 

There’s so much to talk about, and with such little time, there is no way that everything could be covered in just one episode, so keep your eyes open for Part 2 of Irene & Trene!

 

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Frank King, Suicide Prevention Speaker writer for The Tonight Show for 20 years, a fulltime Speaker and Comedian for 35 Years, and a TEDx Coach for 7 years. He’s fought a lifetime battle with Depression and Chronic Suicidality, turning that long dark journey of the soul into 6 TEDx Talks on Mental Health, and lifesaving insights for associations, corporations, and colleges. Depression and suicide run in his family. 

 

Frank has thought about killing himself more times than he can count, and came close enough to dying by suicide that he can tell you what the barrel of his gun tastes like. A Motivational Public Speaker who uses his life lessons to start the conversation giving people permission to give voice to their feelings and experiences surrounding depression and suicide. And doing it by coming out, as it were, and standing in his truth, and doing it with humor. 

 

He believes that where there is humor there is hope, where there is laughter there is life, nobody dies laughing. The right person, at the right time, with the right information, can save a life.

 

 

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide and would like to reach out to Frank directly, you can reach him at 858-405-5653

 

Visit his website: thementalhealthcomedian.com

 

And find him on social media @theMHcomedian

 

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Thank you to PerioProtect for sponsoring this episode!

 

Perio Protect is an innovative treatment regimen that utilizes custom trays, molded to the mouth of an individual patient and designed to deliver bacteria-fighting medicine deep below the gum line where brushing and flossing simply cannot reach. Our goal is to help patients avoid repetitive scaling and surgery when possible. When patients can't avoid surgery, Perio Protect can be a welcome compliment to put the disease in remission.

 

By drastically reducing bacteria, Perio Protect also freshens your breath. In addition, the same antimicrobials that treat gum disease also happen to deliver prescription-strength whitening benefits. So, you can treat gum disease while freshening your breath and whitening your teeth. As far as side effects go, those are worth experiencing.

 

Talk to your doctor today or find a provider below to get your gums healthy with Perio Tray™ therapy from Perio Protect.

 

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The founder of Dental Hygiene Nation, Caitlyn Rastetter, returns for another episode with Irene and Katrina! Dental Hygiene Nation is here to celebrate dentistry with a mission to spread the importance and love of dentistry to those who share a passion for teeth. Since 2015, Dental Hygiene Nation have been creating toothy products to make your VERY professional lives just a little bit more FUN through apparel, accessories, scrubs, and quarterly subscription boxes!

 

 

Previous episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-8-because-girl-bosses-are-everywhere-caitlyn/id1441039535?i=1000428860478

 

Visit her website: dentalhygienenation.com

 

And find her on social media @dthynation

 

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Christina Kelly is a leadership coach helping women increase their confidence as leaders, empower their team, and free up their time to work on the business as a visionary leader. 

She is the Founder of the P.O.W. Method which she uses to help business owners and their teams increase their productivity and their bottom line.

Since launching her consulting services, she has been featured on Thrive Global, Brainz Magazine, Medium, and also spoken to the leaders of a Fortune 100 organization. She has also been featured on local television. Christina’s greatest joy is giving business owners the tools they need to create a positive environment in which everyone can thrive.

 

 

Visit her website: yourbestdays.com

 

And find her on social media @iamchristinakelly

 

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Lorin Berland, DDS, is an internationally acclaimed cosmetic dentist and one of the most published authors on clinical dentistry. With well over 100 clinical articles, the best-selling Lorin Library Smile Style Guide as well as instructional videos, Dr. Berland has made a lasting impact on dental education. He was the 1st Fellow of the AACD, included in the Top 100 CE Leaders for 19 consecutive years and was even recognized by the AACD for “Outstanding Contributions to the Arts & Science of Cosmetic Dentistry". Dr. Berland created the original Dental Spa concept and the multi-specialty group practice. His unique approach to dentistry has been featured in major national print and TV publications, such as 20/20, Time, Town & Country, Reader’s Digest, and GQ. 

 

Dr. B began his career as a denture technician, and after more than 35 years of listening to patients, he retired to start Dr. B Dental Solutions with a full line of products specifically designed to treat the common yet serious issues affecting the daily lives of people with oral appliances - Oral Infections and Dry Mouth - which are not addressed by major brands. His website is also a great source of useful information on oral appliances and hygiene tips for patients. His new informative & interactive website, www.DentureWearers.com, connects people missing teeth and/or terminal dentition with top dental professionals. 

 

 

For the whole story, visit https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2019-archive/january/longtime-ada-member-earns-seal-for-denture-product

 

Visit his website: DrBDentalSolutions.com

 

And find him on social media @drbdentalsolutions

 

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Thank you to Dr. Lorin Berland for sponsoring this episode!

 

The promo code for your Tooth or Dare podcast is DARE15. This code will be good for a 1 time use and will work for wholesale and retail for 15% off the order. 

 

Link to purchase: https://drbdentalsolutions.com/

 

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On this very special one-hundredth episode of the Tooth or Dare Podcast, Irene and Katrina are reunited in person at the Voices of Dentistry Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Presented with the rare opportunity of being in the same physical location, we decided to make the most of this exceptional occasion by recording the episode at Voices of Dentistry in front of a live audience. In the episode, Irene and Katrina reveal some office secrets that were shared with them on Instagram, as well as some of their own stories.

 

NO GUESTS! NO FILTERS! 100% IRENE & KATRINA!

 

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Thank you to our sponsors at Designs for Vision!

 

Designs for Vision have been producing revolutionary equipment in dentistry for over 60 years. Yes, I said 60 years! This company has been around for a while, and in that time they have made so many great products that help clinicians. With killer ergonomics, super true magnification, and loupes custom made just for YOU- Designs for Vision has your dental needs covered. I personally use their products, and I can say that it makes my work so much easier and stress free on my neck and shoulders. If you are interested in high definition headlights or loupes with superior magnification- go check out Designs for Vision!

 

 

Here is a list of Irene’s recommended Loupes, lights and the magnification of lenses:

 

Loupes:

Aerosol Loupes - 3x

Yeoman Frames - 2.5x

Yeoman With Infinity - 3x

Zienna Frames - 3x

 

Loupes Lights:

Wireless HDi

Micro HDi

High Intensity HDi

LED Daylight HDi

 

Camera: 

LED Nano Cam HDi

 

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Dr. Osman knew from a young age that he would be going into the medical field, thanks to his parents’ overenthusiastic prodding that he become a doctor. However, as he grew up and continued his education, he realized what his biggest strengths were – working with his hands, building things, tackling new challenges, and most importantly, making other people happy. He quickly realized that the dental field encompassed all of these elements, and the rest is history. Today, he feels so honored and blessed to be a dentist, and he sincerely does whatever it takes to put his patients’ best interests first. Most people hate visiting the dentist’s office, but the amazing experience he and his team provides changes all of that!

 

After attending Rutgers for his undergraduate degree, Dr. Osman pursued his doctorate from the prestigious New York University College of Dentistry. During his junior and senior years, he worked closely with the Director of Esthetics on cases that were only meant for post-graduate students. This was because he demonstrated exceptional clinical skills and was eager to learn! His top goal is to provide patients with the most exceptional and state-of-the-art care possible.

 

 

You’re able to find Dr. Osman on:

 

spfdentalcare.com

 

and follow him on social media @doctorkareem

 

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Thank you to our sponsors this week at Lip-Tx!

 

Lip-Tx Professional Lip Care, Designed in Australia by Global Oral Health Experts. Lip-Tx pro is the world's first, single patient-use, professional lip care system to protect and enhance lip health and aesthetics, designed in Australia by a group of Global Oral Health Experts, based on the latest clinical research into lip barrier function optimization. Visit Lip-Tx.com to purchase Lip-Tx.pro, Lip-Tx.home and Lip-Tx.wand. Lip-Tx is utilized at the conclusion of and professional treatment of, or around, the lips, teeth & mouth (eg after dental treatment, dental cleaning, teeth whitening, lip filler or any other therapy which may compromise lip integrity), the powerful, synergistic, 3-step system consists of exfoliation, hydration and protection phases and takes less than 5 minutes to administer. 

 

Again, visit Lip-Tx.com to purchase Lip-Tx Pro.

 

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Dr. Gina Dorfman is a practicing dentist and the CEO of YAPI.

 

Dr. Gina Dorfman completed her dental training at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry in 2000, and shortly after she graduated, she started her private practice near Los Angeles. Her passion for creating systems and leveraging technology to streamline practice operations eventually led her to co-found YAPI. Today, among practicing dentistry, she is a published author, a motivational speaker, and a frequent contributor to the many articles found on the Yapi blog.

 

Her blog topics and specialities include practice management, team building, and dental technology.

 

 

You’re able to find Gina on:

 

yapiapp.com

 

and follow her on social media @yapi_app.

 

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Sponsor Message from YAPI

No one said running a dental practice would be easy. Providing a VIP patient experience, keeping a full schedule, standing out in a saturated market, all while managing your staff can become overwhelming for even an experienced practice owner.

 

YAPI dental software is designed to keep your practice profitable and running smoothly to make both your patients AND staff happy, automatically. How? YAPI integrates with your existing software to take care of the busywork like text and email appointment reminders but also keeps your hygiene chairs full by automating recall reminders for returning patients with an easy 'book now' link. 

 

New patients searching online for a dentist in the area can book their first visit with your customizable online scheduling rules from your website or on your social listings like Facebook, Yelp, or Google my Business.

 

Patients expect convenience, online registration forms and digital consent forms and treatment plans are a must-have for a modern dental office and also made possible by YAPI. It all automatically syncs to your systems like Dentrix, Open Dental, or Eaglesoft in seconds. The newest feature, YAPI Pay lets you go fully paperless now even when it comes to billing, it can be taken care of in seconds with text to pay.

 

Built with a busy practice in mind, YAPI reduces the need for multiple subscription services, so you can use one easy app with no contracts. It even lets you send intra-office chat messages in real-time and can notify you on your phone as well when your patient is ready to be seen.

 

Listeners of this episode have an exclusive offer to try YAPI and get 2 months of free service. When you book a demo at yapiapp.com, you'll be asked "how did you hear about YAPI?" simply choose the option for Podcast to be eligible.

 

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The wonderful Anne Duffy dives into her past to speak about her younger years where she met her remarkably supportive husband and studying for her boards that would lead her to where she is today. On this episode, these three lovely ladies discuss the empowerment of female leaders in the dental industry, as well as the adversities that women have overcome and are still overcoming within the world of dentistry. They speak on the importance of replacing competition with collaboration in the workplace, noting that it’s possible for everyone to achieve their goals when they work together.

 

Having worked in dental since graduating from The Ohio State University in 1974, Anne has lived all across the country, earning herself six state boards. Her talents and experiences has led to her becoming an influential figure in the dental community and by 2001, she owned Dental Entrepreneur: Business Beyond the Classroom, which is an informational hub based on insight, knowledge and data that is designed to assist with making informed decisions. Following an incident involving a close friend in the summer of 2016, Anne became determined to make a change for how women are viewed within the dental industry. She set out on this mission by establishing a publication entitled DeW Life, a magazine for the Dental entrepreneur Woman intended to highlight, connect and inspire female leaders.

 

You’re able to find Anne on:

 

https://dew.life/

 

and follow her on social media @DeWlifemag or @dewlifemag.

 

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Thank you to our sponsors at Philips, who have strived to improve people’s health and well-being since 1891.

 

The new Philips Sonicare Power Flosser creates an X-shaped stream of water that reaches deep between teeth for a gentle, thorough clean. It covers more surface area for a faster, deeper clean versus manual floss. Because of Quad-Steam technology, this Power Flosser enables you to improve your gum health by 50% in just 1 minute per day!

 

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Originally from the world of digital marketing and brand design, Amadi Grey has ventured into several different careers, eventually arriving to his current destination in the dental industry. In his way back play back, this chubby baby resonated with the content and execution of Power Rangers which helped to reframe how he looked at connecting with adults who required special care needs. Turns out, a Google search of 'how can I make money for myself?' builds a path to excellence! Learn about how he ran away from an acting career, a video game development and a massive marketing empire to sink deeper into doing what he really wanted to do. He has built an incredible animate series called Brush Brigade about a team of tooth fairies determined to collect teeth and protect against rotten teeth! What's more: Amadi is offering a coloring book for the Brush Brigade: www.amadibrands.com/toothlife! Check out the pilot for his amazing series!

 

You’re able to find Amadi on:

 

amadibrands.com

 

and follow him on social media @amadibrands.

 

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In this episode, our guest takes us on a journey from his childhood, through his entrepreneurial exploits, to how he came up with the idea for a children’s television series based around tooth-fairies. Amadi dives into his experience with marketing, branding, networking, and content creating. Our hosts question Amadi on his background with acting and how he arrived into the entertainment industry. Will Irene and Katrina convince Amadi to create characters based on themselves as he explores this world of tooth-fairies? Listen to this episode to find out!

 

 

We would like to give a special thank you to our sponsors this week at Designs for Vision. Over one hundred thousand specialized optical products created by Designs for Vision utilized by surgeons and dentists on a daily basis. Feel free to have a look at the Infinity VUE Loupes that we spoke about in the link below. These wonderful tools are designed to provide a straight forward approach to ergonomics, helping to maintain posture by keeping your chin up, your neck straight and your eyes forward. Not only are they great within the dental and medical industry, but they also come in handy when shopping around for the perfect diamond for that special someone!

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Today we welcome Dr. Erin Elliott for her second appearance here on the pod and her colleague Dr. Tarun Agarwal!
 
Dr. Erin Elliott grew up South of Boise (i.e. Southern California) but went away to a small NAIA school in Western New York in 1995 where she played collegiate soccer and graduated summa cum laude from Houghton College. After graduating Creighton Dental School in 2003, she settled in North Idaho to begin her general dentistry career at Post Falls Family Dental. She has a special interest in DentalSleep Medicine.
She has lectured extensively on this topic and loves to spread the message that sleep apnea, snoring and insomnia can be screened for in your dental office AND can be treated.
She is an active member of her local American Dental Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is the past president and a diplomate of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy.
 
Dr. Tarun Agarwal, DDS is considered one of the top dentists in the country.
He is a recognized speaker, author, and dental leader. He has been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and News 14 Carolina.
Dr. Agarwal has been awarded '40 under 40' Business Leaders by the Triangle Business Journal.  He is regularly invited to teach other dentists around the world and recently built a training center within the practice dedicated to sharing his expertise.  
Most importantly he is a loving husband and dedicated father of three wonderful children. His biggest accolade was being voted 'Best Dad in the World' by 2 of his 3 kids.
 
Today's episode is generously sponsored by our peeps at Phillips and their new Zoom delivered whitening kit! The demand for teeth whitening went down during the pandemic but with the world transitioning back into real life with parties and get-togethers for the upcoming holiday season, Irene has had an influx of patients at her practice asking for teeth whitening services.
Finding that her inventory was low, she turned to the folks at Phillips and their Zoom delivered whitening service. All you need is to take a digital scan or impression and send it to the proprietary lab with a prescription like you would fill out for a mouth/sports guard or night guard.
Phillips Zoom will then ship the whitening kit directly to your patient. Irene then created an instructional video that she could email to patients on how to use the product! Not only does this save the patient time, but it also saves the practice time and resources by not having to have the patient return to the office for the whitening treatment!
It also gets the patient onboard and makes them a part of their own treatment plan.
See the link below for more information on Phillips Zoom Delivered!
 
 
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Dr. Elliott and Dr. Agarwal share with Irene and Katrina how they met 5 years ago following a guest appearance Dr. Elliott made on another podcast that led to a small orthodontic scandal and how they have been working together ever since! They discuss the biggest challenge holding dentists back in their practice with sleep as well as how modern hygienists can bridge the gap between a patient's expectations of what a basic teeth cleaning appointment is and how to encourage them to take their treatment into their own hands.
 
Dr. Agarwal goes on to talk about why he has implemented digital impressions in his practice, the exciting outcomes of this implementation, how many scanners he currently has in his practice, as well as the culture of his practice and how important it is to him to invest in his staff and make sure they are fully participating in the culture that he has built.
 
They both share how they approach conversations around orthodontics with patients, and Dr. Elliott explains what Vivos is and how she feels about it. Lastly, they provide insight on the importance of the relationship between the dentist and the hygienist and tips on how a hygienist can get their dentist onboard with wok they are interested in infusing into their practice.
 
Reach out to Dr. Erin Elliott at:
 
@erinelliottdds on Instagram and Facebook
 
Reach out of Dr. Tarun Agarwal at:
 
@tbonespeaks on all social platforms except twitter
or at his podcast: Tbone Speaks Podcast
 
 
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The Tooth or Dare Podcast welcomes Justin Moody to the Podcast.

Graduating from Crawford High School in 1989 and attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln studying Biological Sciences.

While in dental school he was awarded the National Disaster Medical System Appreciation letter for his efforts during the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Teledyne Removable Prothedontic outstanding student award, the Oral Pathology outstanding student award, and completed a mini-residency in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry department.

Learning didn’t stop after graduating from dental school, Dr. Moody knew that incorporating dental implants into his practice was the right thing to do for his patients. He attended the prestigious Misch International Implant Institute where he was awarded a fellowship and mastership.

Providing quality dental care to rural America is a priority of Dr. Moody’s, he is the owner of Horizon West Dental Group which has multiple locations in western Nebraska providing state of the art dental care with the latest in technology by some of the most highly trained dentists around.

In 2008 Dr. Moody limited his practice to the field of dental implants by opening the first Dental Implant Center in Rapid City South Dakota. 

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In this episode, we were live at AAID! Dr. Moody talks about how he got into implant dentistry, practicing with his childhood dentist, and a few of the strangest things he’s seen in his practice.

This superhero helped change lives in rural Nebraska by educating patients on the importance of modern practices. While treating his patients, he discovered that dentures, partials, and bridges were not the best solutions and that dental implants were the way to go.

Lastly, he discusses a few things that hygienists need to know when someone has gotten an implant done by someone else, in order to spot early signs of an implant failure.

Stay tuned until the very end of the podcast for a spicy conversation! Let us know what you peeps think about it.

 

Reach out to Justin at:

https://www.justinmoodydds.com

 

On Instagram @drjustinmoody

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November 13, 2021

#93 - Karen Daw: The OSHA Lady

Today we welcome the fabulous Karen Daw also known as The Osha Lady!

 Karen is an award-winning national speaker, author of numerous articles and CE courses on safety in dentistry, and a trainer for practices and healthcare systems across the United States. She earned her BA from the Ohio State University and her MBA with concentrations in Healthcare Administration and Business Management.

After graduating, Karen was recruited from the Emergency Department to her roles as Assistant Director of Sterilization Monitoring and Health and Safety Director for the OSU College of Dentistry. 

She is a proud member of the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention, where she also served as co-chair for their Annual Conference and Infection Control Boot Camp.

This episode is generously sponsored by our peeps at the Hu-Friedy group! As dental professionals, our PPE is necessary for the safety of both our patients and team members throughout the practice. 

In regard to the masks we wear though, it's not one size fits all and when we talk about protection and infection control the fit is everything! That is where the Hu-Friedy Secure Fit masks come in! Irene uses these exclusively in her practice! Secure Fit masks feature aluminum nose and chin pinch mechanisms at the top over the nose and also at the bottom under the chin to help reduce gapping.

This allows the wearer to customize the mask to their face for optimal fit and protection without sacrificing comfort! And when industry experts are recommending that we change our masks every 20 minutes during procedures with heavy fluid and aerosol exposure to avoid wicking, we could use something with a comfortable fit! Am I right?! 

Learn more about Secure Fit masks at the link below as well as the link to the Friends of Hu-Friedy blog!

https://www.hufriedygroup.com/securefit

 

Friends of Hu-Friedy

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In today's episode, Karen discusses with Irene and Katrina how she got into OSHA and dentistry including how she decided to go out on her own with her business and her approach to get people excited when learning about workplace safety!

They talk about what OSHA actually is and how it parallels with Canada's WHMIS, and what trainings are mandatory for US dental practices as well as who in the office should be required to train. She discusses the importance of building a culture of safety within your practice and what she recommends when it comes to having difficult conversations regarding safety practices and compliance.

Lastly, she shares a story of one of the worst things she's encountered on the job and how she has pivoted her business during the Covid-19 pandemic! We think you'll love her as much as we do!

 

Reach out to Karen at:

Theoshalady.com

Karendaw.com

 

On Instagram @theoshalady

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The Tooth or Dare Podcast welcomes Uche Odiatu to the Podcast.

Dr Odiatu is the author of The Miracle of Health.

He is double certified as a personal trainer, a certified yoga instructor and certified boot camp instructor and a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine

Dr Odiatu is a practicing dentist in Toronto

This busy dental professional has been the invited guest on 400 radio & television shows including ABC 20/20 and Canada AM. He has given over 500 lectures in Canada, the USA, Denmark, Bermuda, England, Jamaica, Norway and the Bahamas.

His number one goal is to reignite your passion for your health

Uche is a powerhouse speaker who fills lecture halls and gets people up out of their seats while learning all about health, wellness and the connection between oral and systemic health. We welcome Uche on the podcast and love hearing how his personal life has transformed who he is as a human and also a dentist.

This episode was generously sponsored by our Peeps at Philips who have created a product that has Irene mindblown. Check out Zoom Delivered as a solution for freeing up chair time and getting your patients their custom whitening treatment delivered straight to their door.

Are you still taking Alginate impression to fabricate your take-home whitening trays when your office has a digital scanner?

Irene 1.0 used to take alginates and spend an hour in the lab before work, between patients and after work to ensure the models were perfectly poured, trays nicely scalloped and perfectly made to deliver on time. A second visit was required to insert and provide instructions, which took up more chair time.

Now that I have a digital scanner, I'm able to use Zoom Delivered to successfully send for custom trays, treatment and delivery directly to my patient within 7 business days. @philipssonicarepro

To get started, Call 800-278-8282 or visit their website!

Irene created this awesome video, click here to watch it on her instagram.

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In this episode Dr. Uche talks about fitness, eating habits and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. He talks about how he builds a good relationship with his patients and acknowledging the changes in their lives.

Reach out to Uche at:

Instagram FitSpeakers

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Irene and Katrina chat about Katrina's upcoming event sponsored by our friends at Dentsply Sirona in this episode. DS has their annual event called DS world, and tickets for their live event and online event can still be purchased. Katrina will be chatting about polishing during her presentation, so register to see the event even after it's all over!

Don't miss out on John Mullaney, Gwen Stefani, and The Chainsmokers.

It's happening on Sept. 23 - 25 online or in-person so that you can get your education on!

 Grab tickets from their website 🙂

Get your tickets here -------> DS WORLD TICKETS<---------

Find out more here

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In this episode, Carrie Wucinich is a registered dental hygienist that loves all things related to little humans. She talks about establishing dental care routine for her kids and about the books that she published. Mistakes she made and what she would do differently if she could go back and do it all over again. Carrie shares her experiences working with publishers and how she self-published her book as well as working with illustrators and now illustrating her next book. 

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Shop her Amazon Store and support her book:

Amazon or Publisher Page 

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On this episode of the Tooth or Dare Podcast, Irene and Katrina share some funny mistakes they've made in their profession, exciting stories about private practice and laughable realities they face. 
 
This episode is kindly sponsored by our pees at Designs for Vision, who have created an amazing new product both Irene and Katrina are super excited to try! 

The Infinity VUE Loupes are designed to provide a straightforward approach to ergonomics; Infinity VUETM loupes are available in 3.0x and 3.5x magnification. Infinity VUETM (Vision Up Ergonomics) keeps your chin up, your neck straight, and your eyes forward while viewing the magnified surgical field. Try these loupes on to see (and feel) the difference in your posture!

To find out more about these beauties, here is a link, and also, you can directly email Ben Leousis (Irene's buddy @DFV)
 
The Infinity VUE Loupes
https://www.designsforvision.com/SurgHtml/S-Infinity.htm

Ben Leousis: 
bleousis@dvimail.com 

Welcome back to the Tooth or Dare podcast, peeps. 

Our friends at Dentsply Sirona sponsored this week's episode all about the fab life of our guest Brandi Hooker Evans. Who shares some fun facts about dental hygiene in a small town, How she managed to find her true love that was right under her nose the whole time and tips for dental hygienists to get new equipment. 

DS world Registration is now OPEN for September 23rd-25th Click here to check out the virtual or live registration packages, including a live performance by The Chain Smokers, Gwen Stafani and John Mulaney (American stand-up comedian who Katrina is obsessed with).

If you can't go onsite, no problem! There is a complete live stream of the entire event so that you can enjoy a DS experience from home. 

The agenda overview is up and ready for you to view. 

In addition to DS world, our friends have updated their online content with some amazing programs for free on their academy. Including content on infection control, perio and other fantastic topics. Click here to visit the academy. 

During our episode with Brandi, we have a good chat about all things dental hygiene. From going to school in a small town, living your dreams (perhaps one you didn't know existed) and even some tips on how to get what you want within your dental office. Like new cavitron tips, a piece of equipment or a raise. 

A few twists and turns near the end of the episode have Irene SHOOK at the plot twists in Brandi's romantic life, which added a few extra mins to the episode, but who doesn't love a good true love story! 

Thanks again for tuning in, and we will catch you at DS world. 

 

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We welcome Hadeer Scolaro, RDH, back to the podcast on this Tooth or Dare Podcast episode. Hadeer previously joined us live on the podcast from the Greater New York tradeshow back in 2019 on Episode 45 (click here if you missed that episode!)  Hadeer shared the story about how she began promoting oral health on social media. Since 2019 Hadeer, has grown as a dental hygienist; she has welcomed a new piece of technology that has changed her life. Using the Airflow system and GBT, Hadeer shares her timing, appointment lengths and powder selection. 

 

Hadeer is a wealth of knowledge on incorporating this type of technology with your patients, and the fantastic humans at Hu-Friedy, who sponsored this episode, have provided us with a special link to connect you directly with an expert to discuss incorporating Air polishing and how to get a demo with the AIRFLOW® Prophylaxis Master. 

Click Here -------> SPECIAL LINK <--------- To connect with an expert near you. 

Irene and Katrina discuss standards for polishing, stain removal and things to consider when treatment planning perio maintenance and prophy visits. 

 

Hadeer can be found on IG: @fitlittlehygienist 

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The Tooth or Dare Podcasts shares a warm welcome to our friends at Philips! Welcome to the podcast peeps, we are so excited to share fun facts about your amazing products with the "viewers at home." 
Scroll to the bottom to read more about the features of the new Sonicare 9900 Prestige and fun fact: 

Dental professionals can buy their trial unit by contacting their Philips sales representative or call (800)278 8282. 
Pricing: $159.99 CAD + tax (applicable to Canadian residents only)
Patients can buy the product via Philips online shop by visiting Philips.ca

In this week's episode, we welcome Nicole Fortune RDH to the pod to talk about all things perioscope, endoscope, and laser! 

Nicole is a registered dental hygienist who has extensive experience in periodontics, providing non-surgical and preventative care. Nicole believes the best patient care happens when combining her dental hygiene knowledge with the latest technology. She is a recognized expert in training dental hygienists in periodontics, including dental endoscopy, laser-assisted hygiene care and treatment of dental implants. Nicole has delivered multiple educational presentations to Vermont Technical College Dental Hygiene School, University of Michigan's Ramfjord Symposium, The National Osteology Foundation and The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness, and numerous other clubs and professional groups across the country. Nicole has been a clinical expert and speaker for the Facial Art Forum and an integral part of the Implant Care Practitioner training program through RDH Innovations. She is a Dental Codeology key opinion leader and is directly involved with the creation of new dental codes. She was awarded Dental Hygienist of the Year for 2017 in Vermont. Nicole earned her hygiene degree and her BA from the University of Vermont. She also holds an MBA from Champlain College.

During this episode, the ladies of the TofD podcast chat with Nicole about her extensive experience using periodontal endoscopes, lasers, and various pieces of equipment. 

Check out https://nicolefortunerdh.com/ for resources on laser and periodontal uses of endoscopy. 

Nicole can be found on IG: @FortunateRDH

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Irene and Katrina are excited to try out their new Sonicare 9900 Prestige. 
Here are more details on the new brush! 

 Philips Sonicare Power Toothbrush 9900 Prestige with SenseIQ
- Our most advanced electric toothbrush to date
- Senses and adapts to your unique brushing style
- All-in-on brush head cleans, whitens, and cares for teeth and gums
- Features unrivalled sonic technology
Sonicare power meets intelligent care.
Philips most advanced electric toothbrush is designed around you, sensing your brushing style and adapting as you clean to provide an optimum, personalized cleaning experience.
Sonic technology brushes away plaque gently and effectively by creating up to 62000 bristle movements. Dynamic fluid action help clean even hard-to-reach areas, leaving your mouth feeling exceptionally fresh and clean.

Always get it right with SenseIQ technology.
As you brush, sense IQ senses, adapts, and cares for your teeth and gums, offering a truly unique and personalized brushing experience. Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige uses sensors to detects the pressure
you apply, the cleaning motion you use and the coverage you achieve – up to 100 times per second. 
- Removes up to 20x more plaque (vs manual toothbrush in a clinical study).
- Up to 100% less stains in less than 2 days (vs manual toothbrush in a lab test).
- Up to 15x healthier gums (vs manual toothbrush in six weeks in a clinical study).

Peace out peeps! 

 

 

Welcome back peeps to another episode of the Tooth or dare Podcast!

We are grateful to have Dentsply Sirona as this weeks’ sponsor. 

The Nupro Freedom Cordless Prophy System from Dentsply Sirona is ergonomically designed to reduce strain and musculoskeletal disorders. We both use the Nupro Freedom along with the splatter-free (and gluten-free!) Nupro prophy paste in our practices. The comfortable and quiet Nupro Freedom is the best option for keeping our patients and our wrists happy. The removable and autoclavable outer sheath, the 20 unique disposable angles, and the increased maneuverability make this a must-have tool in the hands of dental hygienists. 

Get your Nupro Freedom Cordless Prophy System today at the Dentsply Sirona website.

https://www.dentsplysirona.com/en-us/categories/preventive/nupro-polishing.html 

Ask your local sales rep if they have a demo unit to use, perhaps this may help you convince the peeps in the practice with buying power! 

 

This week Irene and Katrina interview Dr. Dave Shirazi whose bio speaks for itself. Irene had a hard time getting to all the details because of her spotty internet situation but here it is! 

 

Dr. Shirazi graduated from Howard University College of Dentistry, in Washington D.C. in 2000 and earned a Masters's degree in Oriental Medicine from SAMRA University in 2006 and is also a board-licensed Acupuncturist. He has completed over 2000 hours of continuing education in TMD and facial pain, craniomandibular orthopedics, and sleep-disordered breathing. He has also completed a hospital mini-residency in oriental medicine at the China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Centre which is the only organization the World Health Organization (WHO) has authorized to teach internationally on acupuncture and herbology, and another at Kyung Hee University and Medical Center, the top medical hospital and medical research school in Korea. From 2011 through 2016, he became a board-licensed RPSGT, the first and so far only, dual degreed dentist and RPSGT. He is the founder of the Bite, Breathe and Balance Podcast, dedicated to the multidisciplinary approach to treating craniofacial pain and sleep disorders in adults and children. Dr. Shirazi is the director of state-of-the-art private practices, The TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Conejo Valley and Los Angeles, that are limited to the treatment of TMD, craniofacial pain, Sleep breathing disorders, and craniomandibular orthopedics. His practice is part of the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre international family, one of over 65 Centres throughout the world, and is located in the beautiful hills of Thousand Oaks and Brentwood CA. Personally, Dr. Shirazi enjoys hiking and camping in the state parks, travelling, and speaking. He is married to the love of his life Kimberly Shirazi and has welcomed their first son, Maximus. They live in the Santa Monica Mountains, where they are very close to nature. Disclosures: Typically part of a clinical research study, My Sleep Lab conducts research for multiple industries including pharmaceutical industry Adjunct Board supporter, lecturer, AACP Private Practice

 

This episode had a lot of great takeaways related to TMD pain, Oriental Medicine vs Western Medicine and fun facts about what really happens behind the doors of an endo office. 

Find Dr. Dave Shirazi 

On Facebook here 

Send him an email at daveshirazi@yahoo.com 

or on his website http://www.sleepconejo.com/shirazi/

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Dr. Vanessa Creaven is the co-founder and CEO of Spotlight Oral Care with a mission to create the best oral health products, to educate and promote oral care, and empower people to engage with true customized preventative oral care. Dr. Creaven studied Dentistry at Trinity College Dublin & King’s College London. She has worked with Quay Dental Clinic in Galway before her work on Spotlight Oral Care. 

Tooth or Dare is excited to partner with Spotlight Oral Care, founded by two dentists who are also sisters. Dr. Lisa and Dr. Vanessa Creaven created a toxic-free, sustainable, and vegan oral care brand so you can create that 'dentist-clean feel' and healthy smile at home. Spotlight Oral Care offers customized oral care to cater to common oral concerns. Try their award-winning at-home Whitening Kit, or biodegradable Toothpaste, and use promo code "TOOTHLIFE" for 30% off your order.

As mentioned in today’s episode, Holly Anne Mitchell has partnered with Hope for the Day, a suicide prevention charity and their event is officially live at http://www.dentalavengers.com Their inaugural event is virtual, Dec. 3-5, 2021. If you're available and can join, we'd love to see you there!     

In today’s episode, we discuss the amazing and highly personalized line of products offered at Spotlight Oral Care (Can we please take a moment to admire their Limited Edition Pride Sonic Toothbrush?!), the benefits of personalized toothpaste containing Folic Acid for pregnant women, and the difficulties of working with your siblings. We are so lucky to highlight Spotlight Oral Care’s products which further shed much-needed light on the Oral Systemic Link.

We cover some of these topics and much more:

  • What is the scope of practice for hygienists in Ireland?
  • How does hygiene school in Ireland differ from the US and Canada?
  • How do you start a dental retail brand?
  • Should you get your teeth cleaned at your own dental practice?

Check out http://www.ifdh.org/ for resources about the global forefront of dentistry

 

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IG: @VanessaCreaven

SOC IG: @spotlight_oral_care

Website: https://spotlightoralcare.com/ 

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Chosen as one of the top leaders in dental consulting by Dentistry Today, Len Tau, DMD, has dedicated his professional life to improving dentistry for both patients and other dentists. After purchasing his practice, the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Excellence in Philadelphia in 2007, Len practiced full-time while consulting to other dental practices, training thousands of dentists about reputation marketing, leading the dental division of BirdEye, a reputation marketing platform, and hosting the popular, Raving Patients podcast. He recently authored the book Raving Patients and the soon to be released 100 Tips to 100 Reviews in 100 Days. 

In 2018, Len cut down to practicing dentistry two days per week to focus additional time and attention to helping other dentists build broad and compelling online footprints that attract hundreds of new patients to their practices. Len lectures nationally and internationally on using internet marketing, social media, and reputation marketing to make dental offices more visible and credible as well as how to increase their case acceptance.

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The brand new LED DayLite NanoCam HDi incorporates all of the comfort and ease of Designs for Vision products into a hands-free 1080p camera which clips directly onto your loupes. With the option to broadcast live video, the HIPAA compliant NanoCam comes equipped with your choice of 2.5x, 3.5x or wide angle lens, a mutable microphone all in a .8 oz profile. The camera is optically calibrated to match Designs for Vision telescopes. The best part is that Designs for Vision offers 24/7 support for the camera, meaning you’ll always have the technical assistance you need. Options for a shielded foot pedal and light make this a no-brainer for surgical recording technology. Get set up today with the LED DayLite NanoCam HDi by contacting Designs for Vision at this link:

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In today’s conversation we talk about the power of the online review, groupon deals, Canadian marketing laws, google AdWords disasters and much more! Dr. Len is a great resource with clear ways of addressing the new landscape of online marketing.

We cover some of these topics:

  • How do you rebrand a dental practice?
  • What types of marketing are a waste of time for a dental practice?
  • What marketing barriers do Canadian dental offices face?
  • Can you ethically solicit online reviews from patients?

Find Dr. Len Tau online:

IG: @DrLenTau 

Website: https://www.drlentau.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ravingpatient/ 

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For more than 20 years, Dr. Chris Kammer has been at the forefront of emerging technologies and ideas in dentistry, and has become one of America’s most vocal advocates for the "oral systemic" approach for disease prevention. He's the founding father, first president, and 6 year board member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), an organization that has partnered with the world class medical experts from the Cleveland Clinic to educate physicians and dental teams on the critical significance of how the health of the mouth impacts the health of the body.

Check out the AAOSH podcast with Dr. Chris Kammer and Machell Hudson, RDH!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/time-to-live/id1515774700 

Dr. Kammer has been a chief dental consultant for Reader’s Digest, and has been quoted in many publications including USA Today, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. He was featured on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer as their Person of the Week. He has also appeared widely on national television and radio programs including The Today show, Fox and Friends, CBS MarketWatch, CNN, NPR, Montel Williams, Late Night with David Letterman and even American Idol where his original song “Get Out the Brush” reached a viewing audience of 25 million people.

Dr. Kammer was one of the first clinicians in America to develop a protocol for disease prevention with the oral systemic approach, using his comprehensive “Gums of Steel” program. He has helped bring the practice of oral systemics from its early philosophical stage to its current widespread recognition as an important whole body healing approach that integrates medicine and dentistry and he has the studies and results to back it up.

In this extremely entertaining conversation with America’s favorite singing dentist, Irene and Katrina get into the details of Dr. Chris Kammers no-drill dental practice, Dr. Kammer’s experience on American Idol, and the efficacy of Silver Diamine Fluoride for advanced decay.

We cover some of these topics and much more:

  • Why should you start dental practice?
  • What is holistic dentistry?
  • How can we bridge the gap between medicine and dentistry?
  • Can you run a dental practice with no overhead?

Find Dr. Chris Kammer online:

IG: @DrChrisK

Website: TheDrillIsGone.com

AAOSH Website: https://www.aaosh.org/

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Stephanie Botts is the owner/founder of PosturePros, an ergonomic consulting company specializing in helping dental professionals. She has been practicing clinical dental hygiene for 13 years. Her kind and compassionate approach in ergonomics consulting has led her to help dental hygienists, dentists, and dental assistants work free of pain and enjoy life again!

Her mission is to gently remind her colleagues that putting themselves and their bodies’ health first is vital not only to a long and healthy career, but is also key to living life to the fullest!

Find Stephanie’s work at https://posturepros.net/ 

Up to date resources for Alaskan hygienists can be found at http://alaskadha.org/

Following up on ongoing discussions about ergonomics in dentistry, Stephanie Botts helps us understand how we can deeper understand our relationship to ourselves and our bodies in our work. Musculoskeletal disorders and chronic pain are far too common in this industry and their prevention should be our top priority as healthy hygienists and dentists.

We cover some of these topics and much more:

  • What is dental school like in Alaska?
  • What is the best way to ask patients to adjust so that we can perform ergonomically?
  • How can hygienists advocate for our own health and mediate our own pain?
  • What is healthy neutral posture and is it the same for everyone?

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IG: @steph.posturepros

Website: https://posturepros.net/ 

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Katrina Sanders (AKA @TheDentalWinegenist), our in-house sommelier, our beloved & intelligent teacher, and insightful co-host of Tooth or Dare is finally in the hot seat! In the second installment of our new series, Irene&Trene, Irene asks Katrina to give us the way back playback. Katrina walks us through her early fascination with dental hygiene, her experience as a self-described dweeb in hygiene school, and her first experiences working in a dental practice. Katrina also talks in detail about her process of becoming a professional speaker and educator in the field and offers her advice to the young aspiring hygienists and dentists out there.

Irene&Trene is a new series where your two favorite hygienists speak off the cuff from their combined decades of experience to tell the truth about the dental industry. We will still continue our normal interview series, so stay tuned for more great interviews with dental professionals who are changing the game!

We are grateful to have Dentsply Sirona as this weeks’ sponsor!

The Nupro Freedom Cordless Prophy System from Dentsply Sirona is ergonomically designed to reduce strain and musculoskeletal disorders. We both use the Nupro Freedom along with the splatter free Nupro prophy paste in our practices. Its unique proprietary formulation is designed to deliver consistent, splatter-free performance. It boasts excellent stain removal and polishing, with color-coded grit options and 13 gluten-free flavors for our beloved gluten-sensitive folks out there!

The Nupro Revolv Disposable Prophy Angles are now available in a wide variety of cup options: soft, firm, pedo, tapered brush, pointed tip, and spiral cup. These angles exhibit reduced splatter, interproximal cleaning, and improved access around crowns or orthodontics.

 

Check out the Nupro Freedom Cordless Prophy System and more of Dentsply Sirona’s excellent products at the link below!

https://www.dentsplysirona.com/en-us/categories/preventive/nupro-polishing.html

We cover some of these topics and much more:

  • Should pediatric dentists wear bling?
  • What is it like to work in a medicare/medicaid practice?
  • How do you get speaking gigs in the dental/hygiene industry?

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Joy Raskie is the director of Education and CEO at Advanced Dental Hygiene, a company that specializes in Diode laser education and continuing education courses for dental professionals. For the past 18 years, Joy has been practicing as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She holds multiple laser degrees and advanced training in the Diode Laser. Joy is deeply passionate about teaching and integrating her audience to make learning more fun. She lectures, conducts hands-on laser training courses worldwide, and does in-office laser consulting. Joy's goal is to help everyone feel confident and ready to succeed after leaving her courses.

You can learn more about Joy's upcoming live and online hands-on laser courses at AdvancedDentalHygiene.com

Our very own Katrina Sanders has partnered with Joy Raskie to put together some courses which will be available soon at the link above!

We cover some of these topics and much more:

  • How do you make suggestions to patients about new hygiene practices?
  • What are the differences between different dental laser brands?
  • What are the methods for whitening teeth with a laser?

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IG: @AdvancedDentalHygiene

Website: AdvancedDentalHygiene.com

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This episode is the debut of a brand new series ‘Irene&Trene’ where your two favorite hygienists speak off the cuff from their combined decades of experience to tell the truth about the dental industry. We get tons of requests in our DMs about our work and life experiences, so we started this series to address the topics we get asked about most. We will still continue our normal interview series, so stay tuned for more great interviews with dental professionals who are changing the game!

On today’s premiere episode of Irene&Trene, we get the way back playback from Irene Iancu herself. Irene tells about her upbringing and her unique decision to go to dental school. After her 14th anniversary of graduating from dental school, Katrina attempts a Romanian accent. We mull over our favorite Backstreet Boy (it’s Howie), and give our raw & uncut opinions of dental hygiene Facebook groups.

If there is anything you want us to speak about in the Irene&Trene, hit up our DM’s at the links below and tell us what you want to hear!

We cover some of these topics and much more:

  • What advice would you give to young dental hygienists?
  • How can we find the right fit at our first dental office?
  • Are we really living our best life?

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Carol Jahn, RDH, MS has a BS in dental hygiene from the University of Iowa and an MS in Continuing Education from the University of St Francis. She has been a dental hygienist since 1982; she practiced clinically for 14 years in general and periodontal practices. She is an international speaker and author, and industry leader. Currently, she is the Director of Professional Relations & Education for Water Pik, Inc. Carol received the ADHA/J & J Award of Excellence in 2013 and served on the board of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and has been a delegate to the International Federation of Dental Hygiene. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her partner, Larry, and their dog Toby.

Check out Carol Jahn’s course offerings which range in topics from office management to the current trends of tobacco use: https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/pro/education/carol-jahn-rdh-ms/

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Thank you to our friends at Hu-Friedy for sponsoring today's episode!

After over a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all more aware of infection prevention and control best practices, and thanks to your hard-work and dedication, you’ve helped keep your practice safe. If we’ve learned one thing, it’s that infection prevention and control will always be a top priority, and it requires constant vigilance. The potential risks are ever-present. That’s why every detail matters and every step counts. 

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Carol walks us through her early days as she went from hog farmer to author, speaker, and hygiene industry leader. She answers the following questions and much more!

  • What are the differences between the oral health risks of E-Cigarettes and Hookahs?
  • How do we identify and adapt to diverse personalities in the dental office?
  • Is there a place for in-office gossip?
  • Traditional floss vs. Waterpik: Which is better at removing interproximal debris?
  • What is air flossing and how does it compare to water flossing?

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IG: @CAJRDH

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Holly Anne Mitchell is a speaker, coach and hypnotist in the dental industry. Her life can be summed up in two words: post-traumatic growth. Holly moved to New York City from rural Florida at the age of 18 with dreams of Broadway. From actress, to homeless, to dental C-suite, to struggling entrepreneur, after a crisis of burnout and existentialism, she found her way to hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming, forever changing her brain, and her life. 

This was the catalyst to start her own business, the LeadWell Network. Holly trains dentists and their teams on mental health first aid, helping practices become more trauma aware, prevent suicide, burnout, and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression with simple tools based in practical neuroscience. Holly regulates her own nervous system through songwriting, self-hypnosis, poetry, boxing, and long-distance running. She is a faculty member of the Dental Speakers Institute Fellowship program, and is excited to announce her first book "Try Self Hypnosis" will enter the world this summer. In her free time Holly is a singer/songwriter with her lifemate and bandmate Javier in Nashville.

For a free episode of Holly's online course and to preorder her book, visit TrySelfHypnosis.com

On this episode, we cover some of these topics and much more:

  • What is neuro-linguistic programming?
  • How can we identify and break out of patterns that hurt us?
  • Where can we find freedom in our schedule as hygienists?
  • How can I become comfortable with profound grief?
  • Have we finally found the cause of Irene’s hives?

Stay till the end to hear if Holly chooses Tooth or Dare!

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Holly’s personal IG: @hollyannemitchell.nyc

Holly’s Dental Coaching & Strategy IG: @LeadWellNetwork

Website and Blog: https://www.leadwellnetwork.com/

Self-hypnosis Website: https://www.tryselfhypnosis.com/

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Alyssa Aberle is the former president of the Colorado Dental Hygienists' Association and dental hygienist pushing forward some of the most progressive legislation in Colorado for dental hygienists. Alyssa has a unique ability to see the potential of hygiene and actively enacts that future in her advocacy work. We talk about the disconnection between dentists and hygienists, the severely limiting position that some states impose on dental hygienists, and Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF).
Alyssa Aberle answers these questions and more:
What are the limitations for hygienists in different states?
How can we learn from Colorado and advocate for it in our own states?
What is the future of dental and hygiene education in America? 
 
We are grateful to have Dentsply Sirona as this weeks’ sponsor. 
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Here is the link to the infographic of the legal scope of hygienists work across all 50 states:
Here are examples of Dr. Jeanette MacLean’s educational videos on SDF application:
 
Alyssa’s biography:
Alyssa Aberle is Colorado dental hygienist with a deep understanding of our profession and a big dream for our future. Alyssa has spent her dental hygiene career working with several local nonprofit organizations including Kids In Need of Dentistry, Salud Family Health Centers, Colorado Orthodontic Foundation, and STRIDE Community Health Center (formerly MCPN). While working with these nonprofit organizations, Alyssa pursued a Master’s in Business Administration to gain a deeper grasp on organizational management and leadership. Alyssa currently works for a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in their mobile school-based dental program and also works part-time for the Colorado Dental Hygienists’ Association. Alyssa is passionate about advocacy and advancing the profession of dental hygiene. Married to a Colorado native, Alyssa and her family of 5 spend most of their free time outdoors hiking, backpacking, and boating. Alyssa loves rocking out to 90’s music, movie theater popcorn, and chai tea.
 

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IG: https://www.instagram.com/alyssa.hygienist/ 

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Colorado Dental Hygienists' Association Website: http://codha.org/

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Dr. Tim Donley

We are grateful to have Dentsply Sirona as this weeks’ sponsor. 

The Nupro Freedom Cordless Prophy System from Dentsply Sirona is ergonomically designed to reduce strain and musculoskeletal disorders. We both use the Nupro Freedom along with the splatter free (and gluten free!) Nupro prophy paste in our practices. The comfortable and quiet Nupro Freedom is the best option for keeping our patients and our wrists happy. The removable and autoclavable outer sheath, the 20 unique disposable angles, and the increased maneuverability makes this a must-have tool in the hands of dental hygienists.

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Welcome back, Peeps!

We feel so lucky to have with us industry leader, educator, textbook author, and leading expert on the subject of gum disease, Dr. Tim Donley. In classic form, we rewind all the way back to Dr. Donley’s early years of failing out of dental school and generally having no idea what to do with life. Eventually, he improvised unique ways to place himself at the forefront of gum disease treatment and education. We share our horror stories of keynote speeches gone wrong, talk about the future of dentistry, and about the flawed thinking that keeps hygienists from reaching their potential.

We cover these topics and much more:

  • How can we completely rethink the hour hygienists have with their patients?
  • Should dental hygienists be probing implants? 
  • Are lasers in periodontics any good?
  • What piece of equipment do you bring to a desert island? 

Dr. Donley is his own words:

I am a bad-ass periodontist who is the biggest supporter of dental hygiene on the planet. The most important health care provider a patient can see if they want to maximize their chance to achieve the fruits of wellness is a dental hygienist. Not just any hygienist, one that gets that it is time to do more than just clean teeth.

I believe that the best way to grow as a person is to help someone else grow as a person. Oh yea, I also love to take the tops off of double stuff Oreos and then put them together to make Quadruple stuff Oreos.

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IG: @BeyondTheMouth

Website: https://www.beyondthemouth.com/

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Dr. Victoria Peterson

Welcome back, Peeps! 

Dr. Victoria Peterson has more than a decade of dental hygiene experience. Her deep background in consulting combined with her PhD in spiritual studies allows her to access the humanistic side of the dental profession and the people who strive, thrive, and struggle in dentistry. Like Irene, Dr. Peterson bought her own dental office as a hygienist (and subsequently bought 4 more). She provides a unique perspective into the struggles young professionals face when overwhelmed with the constant change of professional life.

We cover some of these topics and much more:

  • How can spirituality create a more pleasant work environment?
  • How can I stop the constant chaos?
  • How can I be kind while keeping others accountable?
  • What does respect look like in a dental office?

Dr. Peterson’s Biography:

Victoria Peterson, CEO and cofounder of productive dentist academy is an award winning female entrepreneur. A 4X recipient of Inc5000 fastest growing privately held companies, Victoria has learned a thing or two about growing with integrity. Combining a Doctorate in Spirituality with real world experience, she is launching a hot new 2021 podcast 'Investment Grade Practice'.                                                                                           

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IG: @ProductiveDentistAcademy

Website: www.productivedentist.com 

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Chris ‘Love’ Williams

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Welcome back, Peeps! 

Christopher Williams aka Chris Love is a multi-talented and widely experienced entrepreneur and dental hygienist. In this episode, Chris shares the story of his transition from active duty in the Air Force to becoming an RDH, and eventually becoming a thought leader in the field. He currently hosts the Dental-Ish podcast with the Brown Girl RDH duo, Martelle Coke and Anaika Forbes (Check out our amazing interview with Martelle on episode #42). Chris Love talks us through his journey and professional approach to dental hygiene as a black man. He also shares work as the co-founder of Prophy Kings, which embraces cultural and gender diversity in the hygiene field.

We cover some of these topics and much more:

  • Why are there so few men in dental hygiene?
  • How can we diversify dental hygiene?
  • Is there a difference between men and women dental hygienists?
  • Is the hiring process rigged?
  • Is dental hygiene sexualized?

Chris Love in his own words:

My name is Chris Williams also known as Chris Love

I'm a male hygienist that only recently left working in the clinical setting after practicing 5 years to now working with a dental marketing company as the business development manager. I am a serial entrepreneur hustler extraordinaire LOL, so I've started multiple small businesses and coached/advised other small businesses on getting started and best practices when trying to sustain.

I am the founder of Prophy Kings, the home for the male hygienist. We have a group on Facebook and an Instagram page. We promote diversity and representation of the male hygienist and assistant. I also started a Youtube channel where I give advice to Men and hygienists alike on the hygiene profession, business, and self care.

I am also the co-owner and co-host of "Dental-Ish" the podcast alongside Martelle Coke best known as the founder of BrownGirlRDH and Anaika Forbes best known for her company "hashtaglunchbag" that puts up community fridges in underserved areas that are filled with donated food products.

Lets Talk!

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Linktree: https://linktr.ee/smileheroics 

Podcast: https://www.dental-ish.com/ 

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Dr. Angela Mulrooney

CW: Suicide

Welcome back, Peeps! 

We are so lucky to have Dr. Angela Mulrooney on the show to tell her harrowing life story. Katrina witnessed Dr. Mulrooney speak and perform at JUMPSTART 2020 and knew she had to invite her on the show to tell us more about her remarkable life path. Dr. Angela tells about juggling her passion for dance while attending dental school, hitting rock bottom, and having to reinvent herself entirely after losing her accomplished career in dentistry. Her humanist approach to mental health and its relationship to work informs her current career as a dental business consultant.

Watch Dr. Angela’s ingenious, heartfelt performance at JUMPSTART here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbgLlp_9GaE 

We cover some of these topics and much more:

  • How can I balance dentistry and free time?
  • What does it take to rebuild myself from the ground up?
  • How do I know if I need a career coach?
  • How can I make effective use of my social media?

Dr. Mulrooney’s Bio:

Dr. Angela Mulrooney is a retired dentist turned branding expert. How did that happen?

She wanted to be a dentist since she had baby teeth. At 24, She started living her dental dream which turned into an enviable dental career. She turned a broken down practice into her dream practice. She lived the elusive dream of providing the services she loved, on clients she loved, while earning more and working less.

Overnight, she went from being a well-known dentist to hitting rock-bottom - losing everything after sustaining a career-ending injury that killed her ability to practice.

She rebranded herself as a dental business coach. Her authentic comeback story as she built her new brand was noticed by other professionals who started asking her to unleash their authentic personal brands on social media.

She works with professionals internationally to get them noticed as the go-to expert of their industry while maintaining their authenticity.

You might be the most talented professional in the world, but what if no one knows you exist? Let’s ensure that never happens!

Find Dr. Angela online:

Personal IG: @DrAngelaMulrooney

Unleashing Influence IG: @UnleashingInfluence

Website: https://unleashingdentistry.com/ 

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Dr. Laura Mach DDS

Content Warning: Domestic Abuse

Dr. Laura Mach is back for part two of our interview. If you haven’t heard part one yet, you’ve got to check out last week’s episode to follow along with one of our most profound conversations on Tooth or Dare. Her story acts as a warning and a guide to those of us who have experienced domestic abuse. Dr. Laura’s active compassionate way of being and work is a powerful reminder that our lives are not defined by those who take advantage of us. We are incredibly thankful that she joined us again to share her story. 

Check out Dr. Laura’s own podcast and her website at the links below, you will not regret it.

We cover some of these topics and much more:

  • How does being a dental professional affect our relationships?
  • How long does it really take to heal?
  • What steps do you take to heal from abuse?

Dr. Laura Mach’s Biography:

Dr Laura Mach is a practicing general dentist who has owned her practice for 13 years. She is also a certified life coach and a speaker within dentistry. She speaks on emotions, communication, creating the life you want, and treating transgender patients. She also has a podcast for female dentists called Love Your Practice which is on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube.

Dr Mach took a non traditional route to dental school and graduated with three young children. A year after graduation she found herself divorced and naively navigating the world of dating. She immediately got caught up into a dangerous relationship that ended up threatening her practice, her finances, and ultimately her physical safety. Laura speaks out about what happened to her to help other women in as many ways as she can. 

 

Find Dr. Laura online:

IG: @DrLauraMachDDS

Website: Thelifecoachforbusydentists.com 

Podcast: Love Your Practice - Available on iTunes and Spotify

LinkTree: https://linktr.ee/mariondentalpc

Youtube: Love Your Practice! Youtube Channel

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Dr. Laura Mach DDS

Welcome back, Peeps! 

Certified life coach, dentist, and industry veteran Dr. Laura Mach is a fountain of compassion and wisdom on today’s episode of Tooth or Dare. This conversation is one in a two part series focused on how we can better serve our patients and live our own lives free from doubt and worry that we impose on ourselves. Dr. Laura tells the story of getting her DDS degree while raising children, buying her own dental practice, and leading a team for 13 years. Her work as a life coach is focused on giving women dental professionals the permission to step into their power.

Check out Dr. Laura’s own podcast and her website at the links below, you will not regret it.

We cover some of these topics and much more:

  • Am I doing a good enough job in my dental practice?
  • How can dental hygienists get specialized guidance and mentorship?
  • How do you deal with a crabby coworker?
  • How can I be okay when things feel wrong?

Dr. Laura Mach’s Biography:

Dr Laura Mach is a practicing general dentist who has owned her practice for 13 years. She is also a certified life coach and a speaker within dentistry. She speaks on emotions, communication, creating the life you want, and treating transgender patients. She also has a podcast for female dentists called Love Your Practice which is on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube.

Dr Mach took a non traditional route to dental school and graduated with three young children. A year after graduation she found herself divorced and naively navigating the world of dating. She immediately got caught up into a dangerous relationship that ended up threatening her practice, her finances, and ultimately her physical safety. Laura speaks out about what happened to her to help other women in as many ways as she can. 

Find Dr. Laura Mach online:

IG: @DrLauraMachDDS

Website: TheLifeCoachForBusyDentists.com

Podcast: Love Your Practice - Available on iTunes and Spotify

LinkTree: https://linktr.ee/mariondentalpc

Youtube: Love Your Practice! Youtube Channel

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Blake McClellan

Welcome back, Peeps! 

We are huge fans of the work and products of today’s guest. Blake McClellan is the Founder of Implant Compare, an online live-streaming platform showcasing dental surgery and educational materials for dental professionals. You’ve got to check out their Instagram where they highlight dental surgeries (á la @bloodytoothguy) using their state of the art recording equipment. 

 

In all of his work, Blake is dedicated to bringing dentistry out of antiquity whether it's through Burning Man-inspired dental education experiences, his very own dental podcast ALL-IN Dental, or his 4K miniature dental video camera which you attach directly to your loupes. Seriously peeps, check out this camera. It makes recording SO much easier and many of our former guests are using it with the Implant Compare platform!

This was a really fun conversation and we covered a lot. Blake answers some of these questions and much more:

  • How can we update the dental conference format?
  • Is it worth it to be a dental influencer?
  • How can we provide meaningful dental education in a pandemic?
  • Should we be drinking more Pedialyte?

Find Blake McClellan’s work online:

IG: @ImplantCompare 

Dental Experiences and Education: https://experiencece.com/ 

ALL-IN Podcast: https://allindental.podbean.com/ 

Implant Compare Online Platform: https://implantcompare.com/ 

4K Mini Dental Camera: https://www.buyfutudent.com/?v=3e8d115eb4b3 

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Renee’ Graham RDH

Welcome back, Peeps! 

Thank you to Denstply Sirona for sponsoring today’s episode!

Ultrasonic safety is priority #1 for the folks at Dentsply Sirona. They always have the tools we need to safely ultrasonic scale every day. From keeping your drawers stocked with fresh left and right inserts to providing a two-handed approach to scaling with the Purevac HVE, your Dentsply Sirona sales rep can get you up and running today! 

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We are so pleased to welcome Renee’ Graham of Dentsply Sirona to share her four decades of dental industry experience and knowledge. She describes her timeline from her initial inspiration to be a hygienist, to her early career as a dental hygienist, and ending with her current position at Denstply Sirona. Today Renee’ works with key opinion leaders to promote the future of the dental industry. Renee’s perspective of dentistry provides a unique opportunity to see how the professional culture has changed and how we arrive at today’s gold standard of patient care.

Stay tuned to hear Renee’ Graham describe her dental dream team!

 

We cover some of these topics and much more:

  • How has dentistry and dental hygiene evolved in past decades?
  • How can we invest to improve patient relationships?
  • Who are the leading voices of dentistry today?

Renee’ Graham's Bio:

Renee’ Graham received her dental hygiene degree from Darton State College (now Albany State University) and both a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education degree from Valdosta State University. Renee’ brings to the division 39 years of private practice, academic leadership and administration. Since 2007, Renee’ has been employed with Dentsply Sirona as a Clinical Educator. Formerly the international CE for Europe and Canada; she now delivers programs throughout the US. Renee’ enjoys lecturing nationally as well as internationally.

 

Find Renee’ online:

FB:  https://www.facebook.com/renee.graham.9828

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/renee-graham-59972720/

 

Book your Dentsply Sirona Consultation today!: https://www.dentsplysirona.com/en-us/discover-by-topic/online-consultation.html

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Dr. AJ Acierno

Welcome back, Peeps!

Watch Dr. Acierno’s TED Talk here!:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJgp3wox5wE

Visit The DecisionOne Website:

https://www.decisiononedental.com/

Today is the day: Dr. AJ Acierno, the CEO of DecisionOne Dental joins us to dish some indispensable facts about the state of the dental and healthcare industry. Dr. Acierno currently runs 30+ offices with Decision One dental and shares in explicit detail the do’s and don’ts of both managing and purchasing a dental office.

He and his brother have together built a dental empire in Chicago and beyond. We talk about turning a $500,000 a year dental practice into a $2.2 million a year practice, the precise amount of doctors and patients each office should have, and how to scale your business with little to no marketing budget. These claims would sound absurd if they weren’t coming from the man who did it all himself, Dr. AJ Acierno! 

 

Dr. Acierno answers these questions and much more:

  • What is a good annual profit for a dental office?
  • When is the right time to scale your dental business?
  • How do you know when you take on a new doctor?
  • How do you know when you’re running a successful dental practice?

 

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IG: @DrAcierno

Website: www.DecisionOneDental.com

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The Smile Room - Tina Mavriyannakis

 

Welcome back, Peeps! 

Thank you to Hu-Friedy for sponsoring today's episode! Hu-Friedy’s new Harmony™ Ergonomic Scalers are a new personal favorite at ToothLife Studios. These scalers are designed to reduce pinch force and relieve hygienists of aching hands and ease the pressure on patients’ teeth. They allow for an incredibly tactile and sensitive scaling experience. Read about them more on Hu-Friedy’s site here: Harmony Ergonomic Scalers

 

It is a joy and an honor to speak with Tina Mavriyannakis RDH, the founder and CEO of The Smile Room, a fully mobile corporate and residential dental cleaning service. Tina (secret ToD superfan) shares how she forged her path to becoming the private RDH at the Google offices and many more corporate clients.

We discuss the future of teledentistry and mobile dentistry and how to rebrand the public image of dental hygienists across Canada and the US. Tina has made a remarkable name for herself and for hygienists in all of North America. Her work provides a great example of how a career in dentistry can flourish outside of the operatory.

 

We cover some of these topics and much more: 

  • Can you go to the dentist without insurance?
  • How does dentistry adapt to the rise of telehealth services?
  • What do you need to start a mobile dental office?
  • What is a restorative hygienist?

Sign your office or condo up for mobile dentistry with The Smile Room today!

Find The Smile Room online:

IG: @the_smile_room

Website: https://www.thesmileroom.ca/ 

 

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Sonya Dunbar RDH, MHA, The Geriatric Tooth Fairy

Happy V-day, Peeps! 

Sign up for the upcoming National Mobile & Teledentistry Conference here: https://nmdconference.com/

March 4-6th

Sonya Dunbar speaks on the Future of Modern Mobile Dentistry!

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We are so excited to have on the US Navy Veteran, author, entrepreneur, public speaker, teacher, and philanthropist, Sonya Dunbar RDH AKA The Geriatric Tooth Fairy! Sonya’s vitality and effort to push our dental community forward culturally and medically is clear in her words and her life’s work. She walks us through the early days of giving free dental care to her Grandmother’s friends and soon dedicating her time to comprehensive geriatric dental care.

Sonya shares her experience of dishing out an industry-shattering speech at RDH Under One Roof 2020 and shares her experience of black invisibility in the white-dominated dental field and at dental conferences. Her long list of accomplishments makes her one of the most remarkable and dynamic peeps in the field today.

We cover some of these topics and much more:

  • How can we approach geriatric dental care as hygienists?
  • How do you educate seniors on dental care?
  • How can we address a lack of diversity in dentistry?

Sonya Dunbar’s Biography: 

The Geriatric Tooth Fairy Sonya Dunbar, also known as the Geriatric Toothfairy, is a Registered Dental Hygienist, TEDx, and national public speaker guided by over 28 years of dental experience in private practice, skilled nursing facilities, and academia. Sonya and her husband, Gerald Dunbar, are the owners of Mobile Dental Xpress, providing comprehensive dental care to long-term care facilities. In addition, Sonya is a Geriatric Oral health educator and trainer. Sonya is a US Navy Veteran and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Gerontology.Sonya is a serial entrepreneur and successful Cultural diversity workplace coach that increase cultural awareness, knowledge, and communication through interactive educational workshops. She is a Key Opinion Leader on culture and diversity for Crest & Oral-B and known philanthropist. She is the Co-Founder of the National Mobile & Teledentistry Dental Conference, The American Mobile Dentistry & Teledentistry Alliance, and a published author of Golden Nuggets For Life, Co-Author of Modern Mobile & Teledentistry and The Tooth & Nothing but The Truth Books. And if that is not enough, the National Day Archives LLC has proclaimed November 9th of each calendar year as The Geriatric Toothfairy Day.

 

Find Sonya online:

IG: @geriatric_toothfairy

Sonya’s Videos along with The Suave & Sassy Senior Show: Geriatric Toothfairy Facebook Channel

Youtube: The Geriatric Toothfairy Channel

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Dr. Gina Dorfman DDS

Welcome back, Peeps! 

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We are so excited to have back on the show for another legendary appearance, Dr. Gina Dorfman. Dr. G is the founder of the YAPI app which she and her husband run together. Irene says that integrating the paperless YAPI system was one of the best decisions she’s ever made for her practice. Dr. Gina created the YAPI software to make her work in her own practice easier. We talk through her experience of leaving Soviet Russia and opening her first dental practice. Dr. Gina’s true calling is clearly to dish out extremely helpful career advice. She provides some much needed triage of Irene’s difficult experiences in the nuances of managing her own new dental practice. Check out Dr. Dorfman's podcast here! Stay tuned for the outro to hear the unbelievably sweet ending to this story!

We cover some of these dental topics and much more:

  • How do you bankrupt a dental office?
  • How do you train staff to use new technology?
  • What should discipline look like in a dental office?
  • How can you tell when an employee is not a good fit?

Find Dr. Gina Dorfman and YAPI online:

IG: @yapi_app

Personal Website: https://ginadorfmandds.com/

YAPI Website: https://yapiapp.com/

Dr. Gina's Podcast: Behind the Smiles Podcast with Dr. Gina Dorfman

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Sarah Varney RDH BSDH & Christine Diehl RDH BS

 

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Welcome back, Peeps! 

Today we are joined by the dynamic duo that are building up a generation of leaders that will elevate the dental industry. Sarah Varney and Christine Diehl are the founders of DSO Hygiene Excellence, an accreditation program geared toward dental hygienists. Sarah and Christine talk us through the systems needed to measure success as hygienists and the difficulties we face as a profession. These entrepreneurs dish their thoughts on effective leadership, patient care and system implementation in the dental office.

 

We cover some of these topics and much more:

  • How can we measure if our patients are getting the best care?
  • What are the most important factors for a hygienist to track in order to measure their personal performance?
  • How do you talk to a patient about fluoride and other periodontal therapy?
  • Should hygienists be paid hourly or on a percentage basis?

 

DSO Hygiene Excellence Team Bio:

Christine Diehl RDH BS

I have 28 years of clinical Dental Hygiene experience. I practice a patient centered approach with an emphasis on the oral systemic connection. I graduated from Parkland College with my degree in Dental Hygiene and a Bachelor's of Health Sciences from Northern Illinois University. Over my career, I have attended a multitude of continuing education, including the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2003 and received an Associate Fellowship from the World Clinical Laser Institute. In 2007, I co-founded White Velocity, a tooth whitening company.We sold exclusively through high end salons and spas. This venture gave me an appreciation of the business side of dentistry.In 2019, Founded CE2 at Decision One Dental. June 2020 Founder and CEO of DSO Hygiene Excellence. My goal is to elevate the profession of dental hygiene by giving hygienists the tools needed to be the Best!

 

Sarah Varney RDH BSDH

Registered Dental Hygienist with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree, employed by Kendall Pointe Dental since 1988. Received an Associate in Applied Science Dental Hygiene degree in 1995 from Parkland College in Champaign, IL and graduated with Honors from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT with a Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene degree in 2008. Obtained certifications: Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2003, an Associate Fellowship and Dental Laser Certification, World Clinical Laser Institute in 2004, Ultimate Soft Tissue Laser Certification, World Clinical Laser Institute in 2013, Administer and Monitor Nitrous Oxide, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2010, Inspired Hygiene Mastermind Member and Advanced Periodontal Coach in 2011. Member of the Illinois Dental Hygiene Association and the academic honorary society, Phi Kappa Phi. In 2008, became the charter recipient of the Irene Newman award.In June 2019, Founded and became the Program Director for CE2 at DecisionOne Dental.Applied to the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza School of Business, Executive MBA program in May 2019. Received admissions in August 2019 into the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza School of Business, Executive MBA program, Chicago campus, Class of 2021.

June 2020, CEO and Founder of DSO Hygiene Excellence, an organization of dental hygienists in the pursuit of excellence in patient care within the DSO space with an emphasis on leadership, business and national collaboration with other like-minded hygienists to elevate our profession and patient outcomes

Find DSO Hygiene Excellence online:  

Website: https://www.dsohygieneexcellence.com/ 

IG: @DSOHygieneExcellence 

Facebook: @DSOHygieneExcellence

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dso-hygiene-excellence 

Youtube: DSO Hygiene Excellence Youtube Page

 

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Summer Lewis - Diamond Sharp

 

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Sign up for your free demo with the link above. We are using GreenLight in our office now. It’s a great way for the whole office to stay up to date on the highest standard of sanitary protocol. And keep an eye out for the new Water Test Kit launching in 2021! Thanks Hu-Friedy!

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Today we are so proud to have a guest with a firm position in Irene’s top 8, a mother, and an entrepreneur keeping it together in the pandemic, Summer Lewis! Summer talks us through the early days of absolutely despising sharpening tools as a dental student, working as a dental assistant, and eventually founding her own business in 2018. Today, Ms. Lewis runs Diamond Sharp, a drive-up, same-day dental instrument sharpening business. Catch her and her team driving the blue van around Toronto and pretty soon, all over the US!

As a regular of Diamond Sharp, I can say confidently that the cost and timeliness of their services are a no-brainer for any dental office. Her team is super nice and they are extremely reliable, especially in a pinch!

 

We ask Summer these questions and much more:

  • Should dental students graduate knowing how to sharpen tools?
  • Can I work in the dental field without working in an office?
  • What is the best way to sharpen dental tools?
  • Can the Diamond Sharp bus be turned into a travelling karaoke club?

Book your appointment with Diamond Sharp online now! 

http://www.diamondsharp.ca/

IG: @Diamond.Sharp

 

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Welcome back, Peeps!

Thanks to our friends at Dentsply Sirona we are back for another amazing week! Fun fact, here are the dets on the part 1/part 2 Webinars Irene and Katrina are tuning into. 

 

The time is now! The oral-systemic link is not new to dentistry; however, communicating its significance to our patients AND providing more effective periodontal care is now more important than ever. This session will guide you through the latest research and help you create a plan to provide optimal care for patients while practicing a ‘safety-first’ approach. Tune in to add to your 2021 CE portfolio! 

 

Today we are so happy to speak with Dr. Joy Void-Holmes. She takes us on the journey through dental classes at Howard University where she was class president, getting her Ph.D., acting as a dentist for Al Gore, all while navigating four pregnancies... AND getting her real estate license. Dr. Joy’s story is filled with surprises that she encounters with a determination that is clear in her every word. She strives to claim new respect for all dental hygienists and dental educators so that they can have the autonomy they deserve. Thank you so much to Dr. Joy for sharing her warm sense of humour and the contagious pride she takes in her work.

 

We cover some of these topics and much more:

  • Does the president have a dental office?
  • Can you raise kids as a dental hygienist?
  • Should a dental hygienist get a Ph.D.?
  • Are dental educators paid fairly?

 

Dr. Joy’s bio:

 

Dr. Joy D. Void-Holmes holds a Doctor of Health Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and is a registered dental hygienist with over 25 years of clinical experience in private practice. She is the founder of Dr. Joy, RDH™ and the creator of the Dental Hygiene Student Planner™.  Dr. Joy is program chair for Fortis College Landover Dental Hygiene Program and holds a faculty position at the American Denturist School.  Dr. Joy is a professional speaker and published author.  She has presented continuing education courses nationally and internationally in the areas of instrumentation, ultrasonics, infection control, and nutrition and biochemistry, whitening along with her signature keynote, Confidence and Courage. She serves as a Consultant Examiner for the CDCA examination board and is Past-President of The Maryland Dental Hygienists' Association and an active member of The American Academy of Dental Hygienists, The American Dental Hygienists' Association and The Maryland Dental Action Coalition.

 

Find Dr. Joy online:

IG: @drjoyrdh

Twitter: @drjoyrdh

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-joy-void-holmes-5092222/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drjoyrdh/

 

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Katrina Klein, RDH, CEAS, CPT

Welcome back, Peeps!

 

As we herald in a new year, it’s probably about time that we drag ourselves to the gym (or open the rowing machine that’s been sitting in its box for months).

This week on the third mic we are happy to have Katrina Klein, the founder of ErgoFit Life. In her decade-long career as an RDH (while moonlighting as a bodybuilder), Katrina came to recognize the health issues that all medical professionals face in their work. She speaks from experience when it comes to working and living healthier as a dental professional. In her work she offers individualized assessments and workout routines focused on workers in the medical field. We talk about chronic pain, preventative ergonomics, and how to live and work in a dental office pain-free. Katrina Klein provides some tangible ways we can build a program for ourselves that serves our unique needs.

 

We answer these questions and much more:

  • Do Dental Hygienists have bad backs?
  • How can I work out and work full time?
  • Does working out improve metabolism?
  • What is an ergonomic assessment?

Katrina’s Biography:

 

For Katrina Klein, ergonomics is everything. She is a full time practicing Registered Dental Hygienist - has been for 13 years and counting. She knows firsthand the struggle of working in a stationary, inflexible environment. Katrina has dedicated herself to helping others prevent injury in the workplace, free themselves from physical discomfort in their dental career, and to retire without a disability. Whether instructing individual clinicians, small or large groups, she is passionate about teaching others to work smarter, not harder. She has been published in DentalTown Magazine and has more articles on the way!

As a competitive bodybuilder and personal trainer, Katrina has attained a unique understanding of the biomechanics behind clinical ergonomics. Her credentials include certification as an Ergonomics Assessment Specialist, which has given her the expertise and training to help provide safer procedures through proper ergonomics.

 

Thank you to our peeps at Dentsply Sirona for sponsoring our 60th episode holy molar! 

While Irene is at home scratching her hives, her team is eagerly awaiting the training on their brand new and amazingly awesome SiroLaser that has so many features that can be utilized by both doctors and hygienists. 

Irene shares her reasons for patiently awaiting its release here in Canada, some of those reasons being the ability to set procedure fav's for easy use during the treatment time. 

  • Debridement of the diseased epithelial lining
  • Laser removal of diseased, infected, inflamed and necrosed soft tissue within the periodontal pocket
  • Laser soft tissue curettage
  • Sulcular debridement (removal of diseased, infected, inflamed and
    the necrosed soft tissue in the periodontal pocket to
    improve clinical indices including gingival index, gingival bleeding index, probe depth, attachment loss and tooth inability)

Katrina shares some important information on the recent investigation around pathogen reduction with Lasers and the connection to ultrasonics, aerosols and a very informative article written by Noel Paschke titled, "A Path of Fewer Aerosols with Ultrasonics" 

Click on the links below to learn more about both the laser and a direct link to the article: 

SiroLaser

Noel Paschke titled, "A Path of Fewer Aerosols with Ultrasonics" 

 

Find Katrina Klein online:

IG: @ergofitlife_katrina

Website: https://ergofitlife.com/

FB: @ergofitlife

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Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD 

Welcome back peeps! Happy new year to all the dental professionals out there STILL killing it in 2021.

A big thank you to our peeps at Hu-Friedy for supporting this amazing episode. Here are the link we mentioned! 

Irene's FAV N95 Mask is here- Isolater Plus N95 Masks by Crosstex 

It is so comfortable, lightweight and easy to wear. Irene LOVES how well her loupes fit around the nose and really reduces the pressure on her overall face without losing that amazing and important seal of protection! 

Try out the sterilization quiz and let's see how on point you are with your protocols! 2021 is here and if we haven't already sharpened our pencils to update our office policies and infection control standards now is the time and Hu-Friedy has all the resources you need to get it done! Click HERE to teleport to their neatly organized website that provides amazing resources from dental organizations, CDC, OSAP and OSHA just to name a few. 

Today we are happy to have Dr. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, a board-certified prosthodontist. She offers advice for new dental hygienists, walks us through her experience failing the board exams, and answers all of our questions:

  • How hard is a clinical dental hygiene board exam in the US?
  • How does a hygienist open their own practice?
  • What is a dental hygienists’ role in a prosthodontic practice?
  • Is it legal to perform dental surgery on a dead body?

Dr. Pam has blazed a remarkable trail in her career. She earned her certificate from the UCLA School of Dentistry. After obtaining her D.M.D. from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She is also a former dental hygienist:  she earned her B.S.D.H. degree from Northeastern University and the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists, A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene and A.S. degree in Math and Science from SUNY Orange in New York. 

Since being awarded the 2010 Adult Preventive Care Practice of the Year by the American Dental Association, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz is an internationally recognized lecturer and is extensively published. She has also been recognized as Incisal Edge Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2016. In 2017, she was awarded the Edward A. Diana alumni award for Leadership in Healthcare from SUNY Orange and Dental Product Report’s Top 25 Women in Dentistry.  She has additionally been recognized as Boston Magazine’s Top Dentists in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Dr. Maragliano-Muniz is the Chief Editor for DentistryIQ.com, Editorial Director for the Dental Academy of Continuing Education, Chief Development Officer for Cellerant Consulting Group, teaches at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and maintains her private practice at Salem Dental Arts in Salem, MA.

Dr. Maragliano-Muniz maintains professional memberships with the following organizations: American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, American College of Prosthodontists, American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, American Academy of Dental Sciences, Spear Study Club

On a personal note, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz enjoys travel, yoga, outdoor activities and spending time with her family and pets. 

 

Find Pamela online:

IG: @drpamela_maragliano

Facebook: @PamelaMaragliano-Muniz

 

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Namaste, peeps!

Dr. Christian and Dr. Danielle AKA the Dental Yogis join us for their second guest appearance on the podcast (listen to their first appearance here!). The Dental Yogis talk about bringing spirituality not only into the dental setting but into all of our daily lives. In the words of Dr. Christian, it is this couples’ goal to bring a postural awareness gained through yoga into a comprehensive dentistry practice. The Yogis talk about their history of extremely difficult and life-affirming decisions to get where they are now. 

 

When Christian and Danielle are not hosting Yoga classes for dental professionals on Instagram live, they are collaborating on holistic smile transformation surgery which accounts for the mind-body and spirit of every patient. Their radically compassionate form of dentistry approaches oral surgery as a wellness retreat, where the smile is only one factor in a whole-body transformation.

 The Dental Yogis also go into detail on how they devised an upcoming service trip/wellness retreat in the Dominican Jungle, where dentists and hygienists can provide dental services to the Dominican population while becoming acquainted with their body, mind, and the energy that surrounds us all. Read all about the retreat which takes place from Feb. 7-14 on their website at www.dentalyogis.com/mission

 

The Dental Yogis’ Bio:

 

Dr. Danielle Cascioli and Dr. Cristian Pavel practice dentistry about 10 miles apart in downtown Chicago, but something much deeper connects them. The couple, who have been together since before dental school, share a love for yoga, and they want to introduce the benefits of the ancient discipline to their colleagues in the profession.

“As dentists, we most commonly express our souls through our art and service to our communities,” Dr. Pavel said. “Practicing yoga helps to highlight these expressions in order to bring more joy and awareness onto every aspect of our profession. Having a deeper connection with yourself also allows for much richer connections with your patients and an overall richer life experience.”

Drs. Cascioli and Pavel teach yoga and offer life coaching to other dental professionals through a practice called the Dental Yogis. They’ve developed a program that uses the principles of yoga and its physical, mental and spiritual disciplines to provide students “the freedom to create a transformation map towards the life of your dreams.”

 

Find the Yogis online:

IG: @DentalYogiSmiles

Website: www.DentalYogis.com

 

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