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Dental Economics Advisory Board profile: Howard Glazer, DDS, FAGD

April 5, 2022
Together with our publishing team, board members work to improve DE and make it an essential resource for dentists and the dental industry. This month's featured member is Dr. Howard Glazer.

What advice would you give to a dentist seeking their first associate position? 

Marry rich—it’s much easier! Kidding aside, I think every new dentist should do a general practice residency (GPR). It’s invaluable to have an additional year to learn more about dentistry, interact with practicing faculty/preceptors, and build skills and handle time management. Ideally, entering the profession involves three phases: dental school teaches you the vocabulary; GPR teaches you how to speak in sentences; and as an associate you learn to carry on a conversation!

What type of CE would you suggest to prepare for real-world dentistry? 

I would emphasize hands-on courses in areas of interest, such as clear aligner therapy, placing and/or restoring implants, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, or even pediatric and adult operative dentistry.

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How can one stay on top of the latest products and technologies? 

Similar to the old joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.” such is true with keeping up with the latest in products and technologies: education, education, education! My preference has always been for attending live programs and hands-on courses, but often webinars and remote learning are also of value.

Do you think live conferences are still valuable? 

During COVID we all learned the value of virtual learning, but personally, I am Zoomed out. In my opinion, the days of big meetings are numbered, as recently seen at the ADA and Greater NY dental meetings. While still viable, just by walking the floor you feel the pulse has changed. Smaller booths, fewer companies, and seemingly fewer younger colleagues in attendance. On the other hand, I think local evening meetings and one- to two-day regional meetings will play a bigger role in interacting with the practicing population. Nothing is better than live education and the ability to interact with colleagues.

What products should a new dentist check out to level up their practice? 

It depends on the focus and direction of the dentist. The field of restorative dentistry is booming with new materials that help us restore function and esthetics for our patients. Single-shade, universal composites are on the rise, as are the delivery systems with which we apply the materials. The implant arena is also rapidly evolving with new designs and restorative options. In my opinion, a soft tissue diode laser is vital in daily practice. Undoubtedly the young doctors will understand the latest digital technologies more so than my generation. I think that there will be a 3D printer in every GP office in the next three to five years, so they need to be comfortable in knowing what these devices can do to enhance patient treatment.

The future is bright, and I wish our young colleagues all the best as they navigate through their careers.

Editor's note: This article appeared in the February 2022 print edition of Dental Economics magazine. Dentists in North America are eligible for a complimentary print subscription. Sign up here.

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