Here’s a big thank you to the rest of the dental blogosphere. You are loved for different reasons, and so those ways are quantified, contemplated, driveled about, or possibly even mocked in this section.
And for everyone else who simply like to read blogs, I think you’ll find a few new ones here that are worth your time. The key below can help you find your favorites.
Clicking on the name of each blog will let you open up that website in a new window.
•Full Osseous Flap’s Dentistry Blog
He’s a real marathon man, an Obamacare opponent, and a dentist living in the greater Los Angeles area. Meet Gregory “Flap” Cole, one of the more opinionated writers in the blogosphere. Dr. Cole’s followers even have their own forum where they can add fuel to his fire. It looks like there was way too much ND (non-dental) ranting going on in his dentistry blog, so he kindly moved the latter stuff over here.
•The Dental Warrior
Dr. Mike Barr is a multi-faceted dentist in Boynton Beach, FL who has been digitally honing his writing skills on colleagues’ backtalk for many years. His ability to get you to feel like you know him personally has translated nicely to this latest project. Mike also loves racing cars, helping dentists with their internet marketing, making you smile, and sharp pointy things.
Think of this as a “spinoff” of DentalBuzz. Eggs are what you throw at people, scramble up into something that goes with hot sauce, or fluff into a souffle, and Eva Watson, RDH does just that with dentistry. Just don’t use ketchup because the Easter bunny will never forgive you.
•Academy of General Dentistry’s The Daily Grind
What’s best about this blog, sponsored by the AGD, is that it offers slice-of-life viewpoints from its many contributing dentists. While the original three dentists are greatly missed in the sense of being able to “keep up” with them, the new format is a well-passed torch.
•The Dental Geek
This blog, sponsored by Lanmark360 (formerly The Lanmark Group) and hosted by its managing partner, Michael McCarthy, offers a fresh tone, Guest Geek articles, and highlights the fun that can be found in dentistry. If you like DentalBuzz you’ll probably like The Dental Geek.
A dental patient care coordinator (for possibly the third Madow brother?), Nomi is well-known for her Facebook page, “The Dental Office,” where she posts XtraNormal videos about the perils and passions of dentistry. Favorite challenge she’s put out there so far? If you share the dysfunctions in your office with her, she’ll anonymously publish your blowing-off-steam session.
•The Digital Dentist
Dr. Lorne Lavine is a retired periodontist who helps dentists improve their practices through better technology. It’s always a fun to guess what topic he’s covering that day because the titles usually only offer a vague quip of a clue. (“Hot and Heavy”? Hotkeys. “Two Finger Salute?” Multitouch.) Some dental news is offered but mostly he’ll show you some cool stuff that you can use to make your time behind the computer more worthwhile.
•Ask Dr. Spindel
Dr. Lawrence Spindel offers really good advice and education from his practice in midtown Manhattan. While the content seems to be geared more towards patients, he does freely share opinions about systems and treatment modalities that he uses regularly. Like writing on a tooth with a Sharpie to block out and preview aesthetics prior to smoothing. As Dr. Spindel says, “measure twice, cut once.” Be sure to also watch this video of Dr. Spindel if you really want to get to know the dentist behind the blog.
Carol Jahn is a dental hygienist, speaker, author, and professional relations manager at WaterPik, Inc. This is her blog about life and how it relates to business, your patients, and the experiences she’s gained through her various careers and volunteer work.
Missy is a practice consultant that is eager to solve your management problems with systems that she freely shares on her website, Next Step Dental Resource. Her tips for getting the most out of your team are not only valuable, they’re inviting and may help you decide to continue asking her for advice.
•Exceptional Dental Practice Management
You won’t find many dental practice administrators or dental assistants who will take time out of their schedules to maintain a blog. Not only does Linda Zdanowicz have experience in both of these fields, she deeply explores character issues and integrity and how they relate to the dental workplace. Linda gives you many reasons to keep coming back, especially if you like real-world examples of situations from the practice where she’s been for the past decade.
•The Tooth Booth
Because his dental practice is based in Toronto, Hans Skariah’s blog often features intriguing news articles not seen in the US, as well as practice updates to his patients, and even a few choice iPhone videos of patients having treatment performed.
•Televox’ Beyond the Site
If you’re looking for great tips to improve your SEO and general social media integration for your dental practice Charity Mason and Rachel Ankersen are the Televox go-to pros. But the best thing about this blog is that its heart and personality keeps you engaged while you’re figuring out how to maximize your online presence. Highly recommended site, and while the content is not always dental-centric, it is consistently relevant to dentistry. Give up some Link Love to Charity by clicking on this one.
•Your Dental Edge
Often using a Q and A formula for exploring the topic at hand, Matt Swenson is successfully achieving his mission of providing an “unbiased, centralized resource for dental professionals.” The dialogue that his blog facilitates bridges together the best that social networking has to offer.
•Dental Practice Marketing and Management Blog
If you like surveys and statistics you will absolutely be impressed with The Wealthy Dentist. Jim DuMolin and Julie Frey cover everything from toothbrush recommendations to more dollar-sense topics such as dental marketing campaign effectiveness and whether or not dentists feel comfortable raising fees. While sometimes controversial, the blog’s content features topics (many with video bonuses) that you’ll be hard-pressed to see explored elsewhere.
Rachel Wall, RDH, BS, is a hygiene consultant and speaker who uses her blog to coach dentists towards the goal of “tapping into hygiene’s profit potential.” You’ll find her posts to be passionate, focused, and challenging, especially if you’re in the mood for changing some things up in your practice. Rachel invites you to hire her for your practice, and you just may, especially after reading this comprehensive interview.
•John Flucke’s Dental Technology Blog
You’ll definitely find an emphasis on the technology here. John Flucke enjoys sharing the latest gadgets – dental or not – with the readers that know him through the lecture circuit, his work as a manufacturing consultant, or simply know him as the guy who is their dentist.
•The Visible Dentist
This is John Barremore, a dental website SEO expert and copywriter who isn’t afraid to educate his clients about the sometimes shady world of search engine optimization. Look through his archives for the spicy bits about a chiropractor who had the audacity to plagiarize John’s website content. Bad move, Dr. Martin.
•Marty Jablow DMD Dental News and Technology Blog
Marty seems to know the news before anyone else, so if you’re looking for the hottest press release from the dental industry, there’s an excellent chance that he’s posted it to his blog. His association with Dr. Flucke and Dr. Paul Feuerstein has created a powerful dental technology triumvirate that covers just about anything that comes out of the dental meetings across the country.
•Help for Dental Hygienists
Katie Hess, RDH, started this blog to give hope to hygienists who are struggling with their career choices. Because she is in the eye of the economic crisis hurricane in Michigan she understands this better than most. You’ll find common-sense advice here about getting jobs, keeping them, and what hygienists can to do contribute to their practices.
•Dental Tech Blog
Jeffrey Cohen, DDS, MBA, reports anything from the offbeat to the cutting-edge of dental news, but you’re sure to find a few stories here that you won’t see anywhere else, like the story of Winston Churchill’s dentures being sold at auction. He is a writer, lecturer, and works with ten general dentists and specialists in his Chicago area practice.
•Social Media for Dentists
Reading this blog right now means that you value other people’s opinions. Just like everyone else, which is why being savvy with social media is essential these days. General dentist Jason T. Lipscomb helps you with crafting your own blog, using Facebook to market your practice, and by offering encouragement when your efforts may occasionally tank.
•The Endo Blog
Hosted by doctors Jason J. Hales, Robert Salehrabi, and Edward H. Carlson, this extreme clinical blog is an insightful look into the deepest parts of our teeth. They seem dismayed by the push towards implants (spoken like true endodontists!) and are determined to educate general dentists to improve positive root canal therapy outcomes. You’ll definitely get better endo results by keeping up with these guys.
•The Science of Dentistry
You’ll find good content here, including well-researched articles and personal opinions. Dr. Todd Welch has created a space that is not only accessible to his patients but also has relevance to his colleagues in periodontology and dentistry in general.
•Teeth, Tech, and Truth
Jeff Rohde, DDS practices in Santa Barbara, California. He’s also one of the founders and a clinical editor of Dentalcompare, the “Ultimate Online Buyer’s Guide” for dentists, which is actually a pretty great place to look around for new dental gadgets. If you’re looking for news, tech, and politics that affect dentists, Jeff’s blog is all about keeping these bases covered.
If you know of any blogs that were missed, please send us an email so that it can be included here.