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Episodes

Episode 104 – Dr. Marko Vujicic Part 2 – Chief Economist of the ADA Talks Future Dental Trends

Episode 104 – Dr. Marko Vujicic Part 2 – Chief Economist of the ADA Talks Future Dental Trends

In this week’s episode of Removing the Bite Block, Dr. Zeller interviews Chief Economist of the ADA, Dr. Marko Vujicic. They discuss his controversial guest editorial in the March 2018 JADA including many other controversial topics. Dr. Vujicic describes how he believes we approaching an […]

Episode 109 – Dr. Jane Grover – The ADA’s Alternative to Dental Therapy: Community Dental Health Coordinators

Episode 109 – Dr. Jane Grover – The ADA’s Alternative to Dental Therapy: Community Dental Health Coordinators

On this week’s episode of RTBB Dr. Zeller interviews Dr. Jane Grover. Dr. Grover is currently the Director of Council on Access, Prevention, and Relations at the American Dental Association. Dr. Grover is the expert on the ADA’s program for Community Dental Health Coordinators. This […]

Episode 108 – Jason Faler, MSJ, MHA – Dental Therapy and the Cost of Quality of Care: An Unbiased Perspective

Episode 108 – Jason Faler, MSJ, MHA – Dental Therapy and the Cost of Quality of Care: An Unbiased Perspective

Dental Therapy Part 4 – An Unbiased Perspective On this week’s episode of Removing the Bite Block Dr. Zeller interviews Jason Faler. As the first and only non-dental guest from Season 1, Jason has no skin in the dental therapy game, making his assessments less […]

Episode 107 – Future Supply of Dentists and Whether They Plan to be Self-employed – Dr. Amardeep Bains – Dental Therapy Part 3

Episode 107 – Future Supply of Dentists and Whether They Plan to be Self-employed – Dr. Amardeep Bains – Dental Therapy Part 3

On this week’s episode of Removing the Bite Block Dr. Caroline Zeller discusses future dental trends with her long time friend and colleague, Dr. Amardeep Bains. This episode fits nicely in the Dental Therapy Series, by discussing how the future supply of dentists might affect […]

Court Said No, So Kentucky Cuts Dental for over 400,000 Medicaid Beneficiaries

Court Said No, So Kentucky Cuts Dental for over 400,000 Medicaid Beneficiaries

Last week, Kentucky governor Matt Bevin (R) proposed changes to their states health plan known as Kentucky HEALTH. Upon review of these changes, the court ruled AGAINST implementation of these changes mostly due to one key suggestion – the addition of a “community engagement” requirement […]

Episode 106 – Dental Therapy Part 2 – Founding and Current Director of the Minnesota Dental Therapy Program – Dr. Karl Self

Episode 106 – Dental Therapy Part 2 – Founding and Current Director of the Minnesota Dental Therapy Program – Dr. Karl Self

In Part 2 of the Dental Therapy Series Dr. Zeller interviews Dr. Karl Self, the founding and current director of the University of Minnesota Dental Therapy Program. Dr. Self has spent most of his life in Minnesota, developing a thorough understanding of the access issues […]

Dental Therapy Multi-Episode Series

Dental Therapy Multi-Episode Series

Dental Therapy is one of, if not the most controversial topic in dentistry right now. Dr. Zeller interviews experts that support and oppose the dental therapy model in her multi-episode series.   Both educational and uncomfortable. While listening to these episodes, Dr. Zeller challenges you […]

Episode 105 – Dental Therapy Part 1 – Arizona Dental Association President Opposes Dental Therapy

Episode 105 – Dental Therapy Part 1 – Arizona Dental Association President Opposes Dental Therapy

On this week’s episode of Removing the Bite Block Dr. Zeller interviews president of the Arizona Dental Association, Dr. Robert Roda. Dr. Roda is an endodontist in Scottsdale, AZ. In April of 2018 Dr. Roda wrote an editorial that was published in the ADA news titled, […]

Dentistry in the News – Case of the Stolen Gold Tooth

Dentistry in the News – Case of the Stolen Gold Tooth

This week the Buffalo News released a story titled: Man Loses Gold Tooth and Pants at Gunpoint The title ALMOST says it all. But to be sure there are no questions left unanswered, two men stole a bunch of stuff from a man in Buffalo, […]

The Dental Community’s Response to Reform: A Deconstruction

The Dental Community’s Response to Reform: A Deconstruction

I met Dr. Vujicic two years ago at a dental conference. I knew about him six months before that. An audio interview of him was sent to me with the caption, “you’re gonna like this.” I did. Marko is articulate and his competence is evident. […]

Episode 104 – Dr. Marko Vujicic Part 1 – ‘The Dental System is Stuck and Here is What to Do About it’

Episode 104 – Dr. Marko Vujicic Part 1 – ‘The Dental System is Stuck and Here is What to Do About it’

This episode is the first of two parts. Dr. Caroline Zeller discusses what she believes to be the most influential piece of dental literature, of the past year. In Dr. Marko Vujicic’s guest editorial from the March 2018 JADA he states that  the current dental […]

Response to Dr. Vujicic’s Editorial

Response to Dr. Vujicic’s Editorial

In March of 2018 Dr. Marko Vujicic wrote a guest editorial in JADA. It was titled Our Dental System is Stuck. Below is my response to this thought piece. In the March issue of JADA Dr. Marko Vujicic described the current dental system as “stuck”. […]

Seven States Now Allow Dental Therapists

Seven States Now Allow Dental Therapists

Last week Arizona was officially the seventh state to pass a bill allowing the practice of dental therapists. Dental therapists are midlevel dental providers aimed at addressing the problem of access for many Americans. They have been operating in Alaska since 2004 and in Minnesota since 2011. […]

Episode 103 – Dr. Marcia Brand – The Future of the Dental Delivery Model and Advocating for Oral Health

Episode 103 – Dr. Marcia Brand – The Future of the Dental Delivery Model and Advocating for Oral Health

Dr. Zeller and Dr. Marcia Brand discuss where they believe dentistry is going, and how that will look entirely different than many expect. They also discuss the utility in an integrated healthcare model and those that support and hinder change. Finally, Dr. Brand describes how […]

The Prosper Act

The Prosper Act

In Episode 102, Dr. Zeller discusses The Prosper Act during the Dentistry in the News segment. Below are links to the bill text as well as two main points mentioned on the podcast. Tune in to learn more about The Prosper Act and how it […]

Episode 102 – Dr. Anthony Palatta – The Future of Dental Education and Fear of Change

Episode 102 – Dr. Anthony Palatta – The Future of Dental Education and Fear of Change

In the next episode Dr. Anthony Palatta discusses his project aimed at adapting to the changes facing dental education.   Dr. Anthony Palatta is the Chief Learning Officer at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in Washington, DC. where he leads and implements strategic initiatives […]

Episode 101 – Meet the Host and Understand the Inspiration

Episode 101 – Meet the Host and Understand the Inspiration

Meet Your Host – In the first episode of the Removing the Bite Block podcast, you’ll meet host Caroline Zeller, hear about the inspiration for starting the podcast, Caroline’s background and why she’s on a mission to improve dental care and the dental industry. Let’s […]