Pursuits of happiness: Do you need a rewrite?

“Dr. Vaughn, I wanted to ask you . . . do you enjoy dentistry?” “Interesting,” I thought. “What a simple, straightforward yet completely complicated and intricately loaded question I have just been asked by this bright-eyed, good-intentioned college student.” “Y-Yeah. . . I do.” I paused. I could feel the perspiration gathering on my forehead. Could he sense… Read More »

8 ways to better engage patients

As dental practitioners, we want to ensure the patient’s oral health as well as overall wellbeing. However, the fact is that a large part of the patient’s wellbeing is determined by how invested they are in their own health. It is by working on patient engagement strategies that can offer lasting results for patients. Let’s take a look… Read More »

Why we started the YouTube channel ‘Between Two Teeth’

“Hi all. I’m Stephy Steph and this is Bobby and together we are…BETWEEN TWO TEETH!” This is a common intro to our not-so-common YouTube channel called “Between Two Teeth.” This channel has served a multitude of functions and continues to be a space/medium to unpack some of life’s toughest questions. My partner, co-creator and co-host is Dr. Robert… Read More »

The ethical dilemma of infectious disease disclosure for dentists

In July 1990, the Florida Department of Health reported a possible transmission of HIV from a dentist to five of his patients.1 Though it was unclear if actual transmission of the virus actually occurred, this incidence caused much controversy and worry within dental community.2,3 At the time, health care providers were to follow the CDC’s “Recommendations for Preventing… Read More »

Five strategies to prevent burnout as a dentist

Have you ever found yourself lacking the energy to do activities you once enjoyed, snapping at loved ones, or feeling a flood of dread when your alarm goes off on a work day? You may be experiencing signs of chronic stress, which when unmanaged, can lead to burnout. Research shows that burnout is on the rise for healthcare… Read More »

My journey into full-time academia: Why so soon?

“Did you always know that you wanted to teach?” This is a question that I’m asked very frequently, and my answer is probably like many of my colleagues: “Absolutely, not!” When I entered dental school, my goal was to return home to Memphis, Tennessee, after graduation and practice general dentistry. Little did I know, my career would take… Read More »