Lessons from the World of High-End Retail and from Disney that Can Be Applied to Your Practice

with Andre Shirdan

There are some wonderful lessons we can learn from successful retailers, especially when it comes to helping people want our services. For example, perio disease is quite literally an epidemic in the adult population today, yet most dental practices struggle with getting patients to accept the needed treatment.

Running time: 56:01

In this Thriving Dentist Show, Gary invited his friend Andre Shirdan to share some amazing tips on how to develop a thriving practice by implementing lessons he learned in high-end retail.

In this interview, Gary and Andre discuss;

  • Andre’s retail background and how the strategies of high end retailers can be applied to the dental profession,
  • why diagnosing and treating Perio disease should be a foundation in every general dental practice,
  • a verbal skill tip from Andre replacing the word ‘probe’ with the term ‘periodontal ruler’,
  • the importance of meeting patients where they are,
  • a new way to communicate your Perio findings with your patients using the StatCk program that Andre designed,
  • why this StatCk system is a game-changer by helping your patients understand exactly what is going on in their mouth with communication that they understand,
  • the Values and Vision of Disney and how this applies to the dental profession,
  • lessons from Disney on ‘Branding’
  • and what we can learn about consistency from Disney.

You’ll really enjoy Andre’s wisdom, perspective and passion for helping you succeed!

Links for ‘Top Clinical Tips; with Dr. Lee Ann Brady:

Lee’s website: www.leeannbrady.com

Restorative Nation Website: www.restorativenation.com

Website for Gary’s New ‘Less Insurance Dependence’ podcast: www.lessinsurancedependence.com

Link to the Less Insurance Dependence Podcast: https://apple.co/2RBzoVf

Andre’s website: www.thecrewprocess.com

Link to receive Andre’s StatCk Periodontal Process Checklist: https://www.thecrewprocess.com/statck/

Link for more information about the 2019 Disney to Dentistry Courses given by Gary and Travis Frederickson: https://www.practicewow.com/d2d2019?r_done=1

How to Create a State-of-the-Art Prevention Program in Your Practice

with Trisha O'Hehir RDH


Prevention is a topic that we can all support. In this interview, Gary invited his friend Trisha O’Hehir RDH on the Thriving Dentist Show to discuss state-of-the-art prevention in the dental office today.

  Running time: 64:12

In this enlightening interview, Gary and Trisha discuss; a great definition of prevention in dentistry, why teaching prevention is such a powerful practice builder, the science behind xylitol, why xylitol is the biggest game changer in dental hygiene in the past 50 years, the concept of quorum sensing and multi-species biofilm, chewing gum and other xylitol products available today, how xylitol can help with xerostomia and why dry mouth is becoming more common with patients today, issues related to mouth breathing and why nose breathing is the healthy format (including 18% greater oxygen flow compared to mouth breathing), tips for how to incorporate prevention in your practice, a very simple tip (the toothpaste secret) to make brushing much more effective for your patients, why prevention supports the restorative side of your practice, ‘Dental Defense System’ for Spry, issues related to excess sugar consumption, how health coaching could be incorporated into a dental practice and the cool things Trisha is doing with her O’hehir University. You will absolutely LOVE the sheer amount of cool information in this Show!

Link for Smiles at Sea:

Links for ‘Ask David’ segment:


Website for Trisha’s O’hehir University:

Website for Spry (Dental division of Xlear):

Link for ‘The Toothpaste Secret’ (you will LOVE this!)

Prudent Practices for the Business of Dentistry

with Jill Kring Carter

Most of you know that Gary strongly encourages his clients to build s strong perio therapy component of their hygiene departments. This is a win/win strategy that benefits the patient and practice alike.



Running Time: 54:01 minutes

In this Thriving Dentist Show, Gary interviews his friend Jill Kring Carter on a variety of topics related to the business of dentistry including the importance to building a strong perio therapy component. In this Show, Gary and Jill discuss the reality that many practices ignore perio therapy, the statistics that point to perio disease being an epidemic today, how to help the patient ‘own’ their dental problems, the case for assisted hygiene, how to pay your hygienist and we finish the interview with a great conversation about the changing world of obtaining financing for Dentists today. You will benefit greatly from Jill’s passion and experience in dentistry!

Jill’s website: www.PracticePrudence.com

Jill’s Email address: practiceprudence@gmail.com

Jill’s article in Dental Products Report: ‘How Should I Pay My RDH?’:

Fix a Stalled, Stagnated or Stuck Practice with Complete Health Dentistry Model

with Gary Kadi

If you are a regular listener to the Thriving Dentist Show you likely know that Gary often talks about why now is the time to get serious about diagnosing and treating perio disease.




Running Time: 59:35 minutes

In this Show, Gary interviews his friend Gary Kadi and they discuss the Complete Health Dentistry model. In this interview, they discuss why the common business model used by most Dentists often results in the practice hitting a glass ceiling, how Dentists can engage their team members, how Dentists can engage their patients and why the Complete Health Dentistry model can produce unlimited success. Gary kindly offers to provide his book; Million Dollar Dentistry as a gift to listeners of the Thriving Dentist Show.

Gary Kadi website: www.nextlevelpractice.com

Gary Kadi email address: info@nextlevelpractice.com

Gary Kadi on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NextLevelPractice

Link for the Free copy of Gary Kadi’s Book, Million Dollar Dentistry

NOTE: Listeners from the US will receive a free copy of the physical book. International listeners will receive the e-book version of the book.

No More Bloody Prophy’s

with Karoline Biami RDH

Dental PodcastGary is passionate about the topic of diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. Based in the incidence of perio disease in the adult population, it is an epidemic.




Running Time: 46:54 min

In this Thriving Dentist Show Gary interviews Karoline Biami RDH. Karoline has a unique background that allows her to understand the challenges of implementing a proper perio protocol in a general practice. Karoline practiced for 5 years as a Dentist in Brazil before coming to the US. She then practiced for 3 years as a Dental Assistant and for the past 5 years she has practiced as a hygienist. In this interview, Gary and Karoline discuss; the benefits of implementing a perio protocol, the connection between oral health and whole body health, the economic benefits of a proper perio protocol, how to get your entire team on the same page, 4 specific steps in an ideal perio protocol, and why keeping it SIMPLE is so important. You will LOVE Karoline’s passion about perio and her commitment to help her colleagues.

Karoline’s website:  www.karolinebiamirdh.com

Karoline’s email address:  karolinebiamirdh@gmail.com

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Gums of Steel Hygiene Transformation

with Dr. Chris Kammer

Dental PodcastWe are in a new era of diagnosing and treating periodontal disease and it’s time to get series about helping patients improve the health of their gums.




Running Time: 1:01:39 min

In this Thriving Dentist Show, Gary interviews his friend Dr. Chris Kammer about the clinical and financial benefits of helping patients improve the health of their gums. In addition to being a practicing Dentist for over 30 years, Chris is the co-founder of AAOSH (American Academy for Oral Systemic Health) and has been a leader in recognizing the relationship between oral health and whole body health. In this inspiring interview, Gary and Chris discuss why perio has been a neglected treatment area in dentistry, how getting serious about diagnosing and treating perio disease can be a powerful growth area for any dental practice, the latest advances in diagnosing and treating perio disease and the latest information on the oral/systemic connection. Additionally, Chris gives us a sneak preview of the 2014 AAOSH Annual Scientific Session in St. Louis (September 26-28, 2014) and he also discusses his highly acclaimed ‘Gums of Steel’ Hygiene Transformation Program.

Gums of Steel Hygiene Transformation Program

American Academy for Oral Systemic Health
(NOTE: 2014 AAOSH Annual Scientific Session: September 26-18 in St. Louis, MO)

Dr. Chris Kammer email address:  drchriskammer@yahoo.com

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What’s New & Exciting in the World of Perio

with Dr. Alex Bankhead

Dental PodcastPeriodontal disease is an epidemic in the US and getting serious about diagnosing and treating perio disease is not only an excellent practice builder but also a pathway to greater overall health for your patients. Dr. Alex Bankhead is a world-renowned authority on perio and in this interview he shares his passion for perio and dental implants.

Running Time: 53:15 min

In this interview, Gary and Alex discuss the oral/systemic connection, how to establish solid protocols to diagnose and treat perio disease today and some of the new advancements in the world of dental implants. This is a great interview sure to inspire your interest in diagnosing and treating perio disease and dental implants.

Dr. Alex Bankhead’s Website:  www.perioviews.com

Dr. Alex Bankhead’s Email Address:  drbankhead@perioviews.com

The Connection Between Oral and Systemic Health from the Physician’s Perspective

with Dr. Charles Whitney

Dental PodcastWe are learning more every day about the connection between oral and systemic health.





Running Time: 45:39 min

In this fascinating interview Dr. Charles (Chip) Whitney shares compelling new information about why Dentists should be serious about diagnosing and treating periodontal disease today. In this interview Dr. Whitney discusses some new research demonstrating a possible link to periodontal disease, he provides a summary of his keynote address at the recent American Academy of Oral and Systemic Health (AAOSH) Conference, and his views about the coming Third Era of Medicine and why the future is exciting for Dentists. He also shares some great tips for how Dentists can successfully reach out to their Physician colleagues.

Dr. Whitney Website:  www.RevolutionaryHealthServices.com

Dr. Whitney email address: ccw@RevolutionaryHealthServices.com

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Getting Serious About Perio Disease

with Dr. Tom Nabors

TDS Logo 600X600The link between oral and general health has been something that those in the dental profession have known for quite some time now. The great news is that the general public is beginning to understand this connection! It is all over the popular media. Hardly a day goes by that there isn’t some major article in a magazine or a feature on the news. Just within the last year, Whoopi Goldberg has discussed the connection between oral and general health on The View, Diane Sawyer and Dr. Timothy Johnson had a feature on Good Morning America, ABC News has run syndicated features on the evening news, and Men’s Health has published articles about this in their magazine. This is all great news because the public is beginning to pay attention! On this episode we were very fortunate to have a special guest on the show who is a world-renowned authority on periodontal disease, Dr. Tom Nabors.

Running Time 41:29

Research shows that perio disease is a silent epidemic in the world today. Some data indicates that 80% of the adult population has some degree of perio disease. Let me use more direct language. That means that it’s possible that 4 out of 5 people have an active infection in their mouth! And this infection is not just in their mouth, it’s throughout their circulatory system. While this may seem like bad news, the good news is that we have new science that can help our listeners diagnose and treat perio disease. We were very fortunate to have Dr. Nabors as our guest to share with you some of his passion for perio and how you can help your patients have great oral health and also improve their general health as well.

Email Dr. Nabors at: TNabors@OralDNA.com

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Your Spit Is Awesome

with Anastasia Turchetta

TDS Logo 600X600Gary learned many years ago that the hygiene department is the backbone of a successful dental practice! This is even more true today. The hygiene department is the primary point of contact for patients with the practice and a successful hygiene department will keep patients active and positively engaged with the office. Today, we are very fortunate to have Anastasia Turchetta as our special guest on the show! Anastasia has the unique ability to relate to with dental consumers as well as Dentists and Hygienists about Oral Health. This skill was developed from her 22+ years of experience in clinical hygiene. A couple of years ago she created her hugely popular videos on youtube called ‘Hump Day Happenings’ where she shares her passion for Oral Health with consumers.

Running Time 45:51

One of the reasons why the hygiene department is so important today is because of the connection between oral and systemic health. Today we know that if a patient has gum disease they have a much higher risk of experiencing general health concerns such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The general media has tuned in to this topic as evidenced by Whoopi Goldberg talking about it on the View as well as much more general media coverage. Gary and Anastasia will share new information with our listeners today about this connection and why it is time to get serious about diagnosing and treating gum disease.

Why is dental hygiene so much more than just teeth cleaning? It involves so many other aspects of health, including oral cancer screening which is one of the most treatable forms of cancer when caught early.

Hygiene products Anastasia is excited about

AcquaMed    Acquaseal
Colgate Pro Relief prophy paste
Sunstar Butler Soft Pics
Philips Sonicare Airfloss
Philips Sonicare Flexcare
Waterpik  Water Flosser
Air Techniques Spectra Caries Detection System
Probiotics …  Oragenics
Periosciences antioxidant oral health product line
Oral DNA salivary diagnostics for identifying perio
VELscope.  Oral cancer screening technology

Anastasia and Gary’s recommended toothbrush