60 Dental Practice Books Every Dentist Should Read

Dentistry is a constantly-evolving field. It’s important to stay up-to-date on the latestw
advances to provide the best care for your patients. That’s why we’ve put together this
list of the Top 60 dental practice books that every dentist should read!

Leadership & Management Books

While often overlooked, leadership and management are critical skills for any dentist.  A good leader can help motivate their team, set and achieve goals, and make sound decisions in the practice’s best interest. Management books can teach you how to do all of these things and more.

Dental Marketing Books

Dental books can be a valuable resource for dentists of all experience levels. They can help you learn new clinical techniques, stay up-to-date on the latest dental research, and improve your management and marketing skills. Plus, they’re a great way to network with other professionals and exchange ideas.

Dentistry requires multiple hats. You must handle the clinical aspects of dentistry and the business side. Books can help you wear both hats effectively!

Clinical Technique Books

There are always new clinical techniques being developed, and it can be challenging to keep up with all of the latest advancements. Dental technique books can help you learn about new procedures and stay up-to-date with modern practices.

Growth Mindset Books

Dentistry is a challenging field for many reasons. But having the right mindset can set the tone for effective change in your practice.  Growth mindset books can help you develop the right attitude and approach to dentistry so that you’re constantly growing and learning.

So what are you waiting for? The best dental books for 2022 are waiting for you!

Our TOP 5 
  1. Traction: Get A Grip on Your Business by Gino Wackamn
  2. Breathe: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor
  3. Everything is Marketing by Fred Joyal
  4. Crucial Conversations, Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
  5. Atomic Habits by James Clear
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Brandi Hooker Evans

CEO, Stellar Outcomes

Brandi Hooker Evans is an experienced team trainer, motivational speaker, and an engaging continuing education provider. Brandi has been a clinical dental hygienist since 2007. She uses her master’s degree in health education as well as specialized adult learning tactics to help dentists and their teams achieve their highest potential as professionals. Check out Brandi’s picks for the best dental books of 2022 below.

Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business

Author: Minal Sampat

“This book is filled with content that is meaningful and useful in our daily lives as business owners and care providers. This book focuses on the concepts of leadership and how to be a good human.”

-Brandi Hooker Evans
Best Dental Books | Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business
Best Dental Books | They Didn’t Teach us That in Dental School

They Didn’t Teach Us THAT in Dental School

Author: Steve Katz

“This book is catered to dentists, providing them with information, tools, and tips needed to succeed in the industry.”

-Brandi Hooker Evans

Angela Davis-Sullivan

CEO/Founder, Adaptive-Dental Solutions

Angela is a Dental practice business and development coach.  Angela brings over 30 years of hands-on experience while helping doctors and teams reach their full potential.  Angela is also a speaker and educator for dental practices.  Her background as an administrator, expanded function dental assistant, New patient coordinator, office manager, and advanced training with dental management systems is invaluable with the day to day operations in a dental office, with the doctor, and with the team. Check out Angelas’ favorites for the best dental books of 2022 below.

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Best Dental Books | The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Author: John Maxwell

“Being a leader isn’t always easy, and as good as you are as a dentist you must also be able to lead your team. This is a great book to get you started and develop your leadership skills.”

-Angela Davis-Sullivan

Crucial Conversations, Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

Author: Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

“Tough conversations are a part of being a business owner, they are going to happen. Whether with your patients or more importantly with your team, learning the skills to have these conversations will serve you well.”

-Angela Davis-Sullivan
Best Dental Books | Crucial Conversations, Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
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Kary Helmer

CEO/Founder, Growth Mindset Dental

Kary Helmer, is an oral systemic dental assistant. Working as a dental assistant in a clinical capacity for most of her 20+ year career, Kary has a deep understanding of the challenges being a member of the clinical team presents. She knows what works in a dental practice and what does not.  She has a passion and deep knowledge for wellness, holistic dentistry and oral systemic health and sharing that with everyone she meets. See her top picks for the Best Dental Books below!

Beat the Heart Attack Gene

Author: Bradley Bale, MD and Amy Doneen ARNP

“Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in America. It affects 81 million Americans and is the culprit in one of every two deaths in the United States. Most people think they are not at risk of a heart attack if they control their cholesterol and blood pressure, but they aren’t aware of other major risk factors. The good news is that with the right information and strategies, heart attacks are preventable—even if heart disease runs in the family. ”

-Kary Helmer
Best Dental Books | Beat the Heart Attack Gene
Best Dental Books - Breathe- The New Science of a Lost Art

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Author: James Nestor

“The book provides a historical, scientific, and personal examination of breathing, with a specific interest in contrasting the differences between mouth breathing and nasal breathing. ”

-Kary Helmer

Olivia Wann

Olivia Wann, Attorney at Law

Olivia Wann maintains a busy private law practice, The Law Office of Olivia Wann & Associates, PLLC in rural Dover, Tennessee. She founded a national dental compliance consulting in the year 2000, Modern Practice Solutions, LLC. She is an entrepreneur with high energy in promoting not only her business interests but that of others, especially women. See Olivias’ top picks for the Best Dental Books below!

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Best Dental Books | Profit First

Profit First

Author: Drew Hinrichs and Barbara Stackhouse

“This book uses real client stories and shares their success strategies. You will discover how to use a simple cash flow system, quickly increase profits, and develop high productivity in your practice. Why be in the dark about your money? Now you don’t have to."

-Olivia Wann

Dental Profits

Author: Sean Crabtree

“Step-by-step process reveals and creates value in your dental practice for you and your patients. I could say that the process begins with the patient intake call, but it starts with you. You must rethink not only how you communicate with your patients and conduct patient exams but also how you communicate with your team and define roles. ”

-Olivia Wann
Best Dental Books | Dental Profits
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Julie Parker

CEO/Founder, Julie Parker Practice Success

Julie Parker is a dental practice management consultant and coach with over three decades of dental practice experience including 10 years of successfully owning and managing her own practice. She has developed and refined her systems and strategies to deliver optimal results. She has assisted over 70 practices to achieve success in unifying their dental teams, increasing the standard of patient experience and implementing strategies to increase production, efficiency and a happy, caring working environment. Check out Julies’ favorites for the best dental books of 2022 below.

Passionate People Produce

Author: Charles Kovess

“Dentists and their teams can quickly lose their sense of passion about why they do what they do. This book is excellent in helping you to identify what triggers that deep desire that drives you with seemingly endless energy—an inspiring book."

-Julie Parker
Best Dental Books | Passionate People Produce
Best Dental Books | The Power of Now

The Power of Now

Author: Eckhart Tolle

“The better you know yourself, the better you will work with and manage people and have a happier life experience."

-Julie Parker

Bryson LeMone

CEO/Founder, Dentavine

Dr. Bryson LeMone is the CEO and Co-founder of Dentavine. Dentavine is a knowledge management and communication platform for dental practices designed to hold all practice information in a secure way. Dentavine appeals to all different types of dentists in various stages of their careers. It also creates a great central access point where each team member can obtain information if needed in an instant. See Dr. LeMone’s Best Dental Books below.

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Best Dental Books | Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Author: Daniel Kahneman

“The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking."

-Bryson LeMone

Dr. Richard Madow

CEO/Founder, The Madow Center

Dr. Richard Madow has been helping dentists reach levels of success they never before imagined. Through inspirational speaking, coaching, new patient programs, and much more, Dr. Madow is recognized as a Key Opinion Leader in the profession. He is also a founder of TBSE (The Best Seminar Ever), one of the most popular dental conferences in history. Check out Dr. Madows’ best dental books for 2022. 

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Best Dental Books | The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements

Author: Don Miguel Ruiz

"There is more wisdom in this short, easy-to-read book than every other inspirational book I have ever read combined! The four simple rules on how to treat others and how to treat yourself will have an everlasting positive impact on your life."

-Dr. Richard Madow

Influence - The Psychology of Persuasion

Author: Dr. Robert Cialdini

"In this book, Dr. Cialdini explains the psychology of why people say yes, and how to apply this in both your business and personal life ethically."

-Dr. Richard Madow
Best Dental Books | Influence - the Psychology of Persuasion

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Dr. Grace Yum

CEO/Founder, Mommy Dentists in Business

Mommy Dentists in Business was started in June of 2017 by Dr. Grace Yum, while on a business trip with her husband. She noticed how lawyers connected and networked with one another and felt that dentistry was missing that component of camaraderie. The Facebook group was a way to connect dentists from all over the world, especially dentists like herself, moms that are business owners. See Dr. Yums’ picks for the Best Dental Books to read in 2022 below.

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules To Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy

Author: Jon Gordon

"It helps business owners to create a better team culture."

-Dr. Grace Yum
Best Dental Books | The Energy Bus- 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy
Best Dental Books | Profit First

Profit First

Author: Drew Hinrichs and Barbara Stackhouse

"A cash management system beneficial to all dentists."

-Dr. Grace Yum

Dr. David Rice

CEO/Founder, Ignite DDS

Founder of the nation’s largest student and new dentist community, igniteDDS, Dr. David Rice travels the world speaking, writing and connecting today’s top young dentists with tomorrow’s most successful dental practices. In addition to igniteDDS, Dr. Rice maintains a team-centered, restorative and implant practice in East Amherst, NY. With 25 years of practice in the books, he has completed curriculums at the Spear Center, The Pankey Institute, The Dawson Center and most prolifically, the school of hard knocks.

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Best Dental Books | Traction

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business

Author: Gino Wickman

"I love this read because 94% of success, statistically, is in the system. And although that’s true, most dental practices have mediocre, if any, real systems in place. Traction offers the theory and step-by-step ways to create systems and structures that deliver."

-Dr. David Rice

Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork

Author: Dan Sullivan

"One of my favorite books, Who Not How, redefines the path to success. Most people see a problem and then think about how to overcome it. Elite leaders know that a better question to answer is “who?” Who is the best person on my team to solve it? Who do I need to hire to fill in the gaps?"

-Dr. David Rice
Best Dental Books | Who Not How- The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork
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Melissa Turner

CEO/Founder, Cellerant Consulting

Melissa Turner is the co-founder of the American Mobile Dentistry Alliance and the National Mobile Dentistry Conference. A seasoned dental hygienist with clinical experience from across the country, she is a valued thought leader and influencer, with expertise in teledentistry, mobile dental care delivery, workplace wellness, as well as identifying the dental hygienist as a significant part of the primary care team.

An Introduction to Modern Mobile and Teledentistry: How Technology, Consumer Demand and Prevention Are Shaping the Future of Dentistry

Author: Melissa Turner and Sonya Dunbar

"Dentistry is changing, and our dental patients are asking for us to be more flexible in our service models. Additionally, dental practice owners are looking for ways to expand their practices, reach new patients, and retain current patients. Reimagining how we think of delivering dental care - and incorporating virtual and mobile services into our daily practice - are two easy ways to do all of the above!"

-Melissa Turner
Best Dental Books | An Introduction to Mobile & Teledentistry- How Technology, Consumer Demand & Prevention Are Shaping the Future of Dentistry
Best Dental Books | Teeth - The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America

Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Health in America

Author: Mary Otto

"The why: As dental professionals, sometimes it's easy to forget what it's like to be on the outside of dentistry. Frequently, those outside of dentistry (i.e., our patients) face the fear of the unknown, confusion, and intimidation when walking into the dental office. This book is a great read for dental professionals everywhere as it reminds us what it's like to walk in our patients' shoes."

-Melissa Turner

Kevin Henry

CEO/Founder, Kevin Speaks Dental

With 16 years in the dental publishing industry, Kevin is the former group editorial director for UBM Medica’s dental division, consisting of: Dental Products Report, Modern Dental Assistant, Dental Practice Management, Digital Esthetics, Modern Hygienist, Modern Dental Business, and more. He was named as one of the top five influential voices in the industry on Twitter (@kgh23). Check out his top picks for the best dental books of 2022 below.

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Best Dental Books | Traction

Traction: Get A Grip on Your Business

Author: Gino Wickman

"Some great thoughts on setting metrics and learning how to really see if your business is succeeding or not."

-Kevin Henry

Christian White

CEO/Founder, White & Associates Practice Consulting

Christian specializes in all areas of practice management. His strong background in the financial services industry gives him a fresh perspective that helps dental practices succeed on the business side. He has consulted many dental clients on “The New Patient Cycle” in dentistry: Discovery, Conversion, Loyalty, and Referral. Christian earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, specializing in finance, with a minor in Management Information Systems from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.

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Best Dental Books | The Richest Man In Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon

Author: George S. Clason

"This is one of the best financial books on the market for dentists. Dentists are technicians and receive next to no financial education. This book is a step-by-step guide on developing the skills to have and manage wealth. It's a very entertaining read. You will not fall asleep."

-Christian White

Everything Is Marketing

Author: Fred Joyal

"This book focuses on what dentists must do to create loyal patients and why the patient experience is a dentist's best competitive advantage in the marketplace. Plus, what must a dental practice do to create loyal patients? This is a must-read for dentists."

-Christian White
Best Dental Books | Everything is Marketing
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Laura Nadler

CEO/Founder, The Working Cat

“Laura Nadler is the owner of WorkingCat Marketing, a company that focuses on branding, training, video, and photography services, as well as online course options. In this episode, Laura brings her knowledge and value on the importance of video marketing for your practice. She uncovers why a practice and team must create videos to have on their website but also to be proactive about continually sharing videos on their social media platforms too.”

365 Days of Social Posts for Dentistry

Author: Rachel Mele

"Exactly what the title says is super practical for practices who say, "I don't know what to post!"

-Laura Nadler
Best Dental Books | 365 Days of Social Posts for Dentistry
Best Dental Books | Lights! Camera! YOU!

Lights! Camera! YOU!

Author: Laura Nadler

"Video is the single biggest obstacle for practices to add to their marketing, and it is a step-by-step, easy-to-read how-to."

-Laura Nadler

Irene Iancu

CEO/Founder, Tooth Life Studio

Irene Iancu is a practicing dental hygienist with her own dental practice, Toothlife Studio, based in Toronto. Irene is a theoretical and clinical educator at Oxford College, international speaker, as well as a peer and quality assurance mentor contracted by CDHO. Irene is an ongoing item writer for the NDHBE and a regular contributor to Oral Hygiene Magazine. Her biggest passion, working with children and Orthodontists training facial muscles post habit breaking. See Irenes’ best dental books of 2022 below.

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Best Dental Books | The First 90 Days- Updated and Expanded- Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter

The First 90 Days: Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter

Author: Michael D. Watkins

"This book addresses thought processes and strategies during job transitions and changing to a new position. You must be able to adapt to be successful."

-Irene Iancu

Tools of Titans

Author: Tim Ferriss

"If you choose to implement high-performing habits for yourself, then you will succeed and be successful."

-Irene Iancu
Best Dental Books | Tools of Titans
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Dr. Ginger Bratzel

Dentist/Coach/Copywriter/Marketer

“Ginger Bratzel, DDS. Dr. Bratzel is a dentist, coach, and award-winning copywriter and marketer. Furthermore, she is the author of “Secrets To Creating A Prosperous Practice: The Mindset, Business, And People To Get You To Your Dream Practice.” In addition to her writing, Dr. Bratzel is known for her “no holds barred and shoot straight from the hip” approach to practice growth and patient attraction.” Check out Dr. Bratzels’ best dental books below.

This Is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn To See

Author: Seth Godin

"All things Seth Godin puts out are pure gold, but this is my favorite. It is concise and sets up what marketing is and isn't. Marketing isn't manipulation, gimmicks, or tricking people. It uses empathy, compassion, and emotional labor to solve other people's problems. Seth walks the reader through this thought process to serve more people and grow their business."

-Dr. Ginger Bratzel
Best Dental Books | This Is Marketing- You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See
Best Dental Books | Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World

Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World

Author: Fareed Zakaria

"This is a very timely read. Despite its title, this is not a doom and gloom story. The world has changed, and some definitive trends are occurring. Understanding how the world is shaking out will better equip you to run a business going forward to meet the market's demands and behaviors."

-Dr. Ginger Bratzel

Dr. Ankur Gupta

Owner/Dentist, North Ridgeville Family Dentistry

Dr. Gupta loves being a dentist, and enjoys coming to work every day and has a passion for his community, often visiting the public school system to teach kids and young adults about taking care of their teeth. He lectures regularly about total health to local groups including Pioneer Ridge at Del Webb, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, American Greetings, and Beckett Gas.

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Best Dental Books | Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits

Author: James Clear

"You must make changes in order to see and benefit from results. Even if a small change might seem irrelevant, it will make a difference if you stick with it. This book talks about developing a regular routine each day to help you grow."

-Dr. Ankur Gupta

EntreLeadership

Author: Dave Ramsey

"This book caters to the common mistakes and pitfalls of starting and growing a business and provides ways to notice red flags and overcome them."

-Dr. Ankar Gupta
Best Dental Books | Entreleadership
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Justin Jory

Founder, Dentist, Lightwave Dental

Justin Jory has a strong private equity and investing background. He founded Lightwave by identifying an opportunity to provide the top benefits of a dental group without the drawbacks of traditional corporate dentistry. Prior to launching Lightwave, Justin spent the better part of a decade investing in successful high-growth businesses, including Mercato Partners and at Leucadia National Corporation. Check out his best dental books of 2022 below.

The Power of Moments

Author: Dan and Chip Heath

"Studies how to create great customer/patient experiences."

-Justin Jory
Best Dental Books | Power of Moments
Best Dental Books | Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World

Decisive

Author: Fareed Zakaria

"Studies and shares the best practices about how to make great decisions."

-Justin Jory

Dr. Tarryn MacCarthy

CEO/Founder, The Biz of Happiness

Dr. Tarryn MacCarthy started her career in dentistry, before venturing into opening up her own orthodontic practice. She also coaches dentists across the country through her company, The Biz of Happiness, striving to help these doctors find their true happiness not only in dentistry but in their personal lives outside of the chair. Learn more about Dr. MacCarthys’ best dental books below.

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Best Dental Books | Dare to Lead

Dare To Lead

Author: Brené Brown

"Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead."

-Dr. Tarryn MacCarthy

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

Author: John Maxwell

" Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over 50 years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential."

-Dr. Tarryn MacCarthy
Best Dental Books | The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

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Dr. Amanda Wilson

Founder/Orthodontist, StraightSmile Solutions®

Amanda Wilson, is an orthodontist, dental consultant, and dental advisor by profession. After 10 years in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Amanda Wilson created StraightSmile Solutions® as an orthodontic consulting company that directly services dentists, dental specialists, and dental labs and their unique needs. Check out Dr. Wilsons’ top pick for the best dental books of 2022 below. 

An Easy Guide To Adding Orthodontics onto Your Dental Practice

Author: Amanda Wilson

"All the tricks, tips, and pearls that a General or Pediatric Dentist would need to launch or scale ortho."

-Dr. Amanda Wilson
Best Dental Books | An Easy Guide to Adding Orthodontics onto Your Dental Practice
Best Dental Books | Breathe- The New Science of a Lost Art

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Author: James Nestor

"It's not a dental book per se, but it does explain well in layman's terms the airway/ortho connection."

-Dr. Amanda Wilson

Holly Anne Mitchell

Founder/Owner, LeadWell Network

Holly is the founder and owner of LeadWell Network. She offers coaching and hypnosis services to her clients. In addition, she also provides workshop opportunities and dental practice problems & solutions. Holly helps practices across the country, often helping uncover what may be the problem in the practice. She gets calls from dentists and practice owners, not knowing exactly what is wrong in their practice and can’t quite put their finger on it.

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Best Dental Books | Crucial Conversations, Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

Author: Kerry Patterson, Al Switzler, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan

"This book will help dentists in their personal and professional relationships have more effective communication, expand their emotional intelligence, and build a culture of accountability around them."

-Holly Anne Mitchell

Making Money Is Killing Your Business

Author: Chuck Blakeman

"Entrepreneur dentists are often on a treadmill of burnout, and this book provides a path off that treadmill and into the freedom of time and money."

-Holly Anne Mitchell
Best Dental Books | Making Money is Killing your Business
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Michael Dinsio

Consultant, Next Level Consultants

Michael is an experienced and highly-respected dental practice consultant who has helped over 500 doctors start, buy, and grow their practices for almost a decade. With Next Level Consultants, he hopes to expand his efforts so he can motivate and enable even more doctors to thrive and meet their goals.

Find Your Why

Author: David Mead, Peter Docker, and Simon Sinek

"Finding your WHY, such that you can wake up in the morning feeling inspired to go to work. You'll discover how to realize your WHY and start living by it - whether it means gathering stories from your past or sharing it with strangers."

-Michael Dinsio
Best Dental Books | Find Your Why
Best Dental Books | The Energy Bus- 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules To Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy

Author: Jon Gordon

"The strategy of “the more people aboard your bus, the more positive energy you'll have to fuel your ride and to see results."

-Michael Dinsio

The One Thing

Author: Gary Keller

"The ONE Thing focuses on narrowing your attention to one specific thing to see results."

-Michael Dinsio
Best Dental Books | The ONE Thing
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Dr. Matt Allen

President, M David MI Inc.

Dr. Allen is the only US-based dentist member of MINT, the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He has had the privilege of working with a wide variety of dental professionals across the country over the past several years, and has helped champion and teach motivational interviewing, shared decision making, and person-centered care in wide-ranging settings, from national oral health collaboratives to academic institutions to private practice offices.

How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America

Author: Otis Brawley and Paul Goldberg

"A fascinating read into many of the fundamental problems facing our healthcare system (including dentistry), including overtreatment and misaligned incentives."

-Dr. Matt Allen
Best Dental Books | How We Do Harm- A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America
Best Dental Books | Better- A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance

Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

Author: Atul Gawande

"A look at quality improvement in healthcare from one of the profession's best writers."

-Dr. Matt Allen

Judy Bendit

Speaker/Educator

Judy Bendit has been recognized for several years as a “Top Leader in Dental Education” by Dentistry Today and currently holds an Adjunct Faculty position in the Periodontal Department, Temple-Kornberg School of Dentistry. Following her years of practice as a clinical dental hygienist, Judy served as a Professional Sales Representative for manufacturers of dental products for 12 years. She also served as an educational consultant for several dental manufacturers for the past 15 years. See her Best Dental Books top picks.

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Best Dental Books | Teeth - The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America

Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America

Author: Mary Otto

"This book exposes our oral health crisis and the astonishing role that teeth and oral health play in our society."

-Judy Bendit

SMART Oral Health: The Medical Management of Caries

Author: Steve Duffin

"This book comprehensively evaluates the Medical Management of Caries using silver, fluoride, and glass ionomer compounds. The topics discussed involve history, scientific research, case reports, large-scale clinical trials, and community health programs worldwide."

-Judy Bendit
Best Dental Books | SMART Oral Health- The Medical Management of Caries
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Kevin Henry

Founder/Speaker, Kevin Speaks Dental

With 16 years in the dental publishing industry, Kevin is the former group editorial director for UBM Medica’s dental division, consisting of: Dental Products Report, Modern Dental Assistant, Dental Practice Management, Digital Esthetics, Modern Hygienist, Modern Dental Business, and more. He was named as one of the top five influential voices in the industry on Twitter (@kgh23).

Everything Is Marketing

Author: Fred Joyal

"The title says it all, and I don't think dentists often view the world of marketing as the ally it can be to help their business grow."

-Kevin Henry
Best Dental Books | Everything is Marketing
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Dr. Kimberly Harms

The Dental Mediator, Pine Lake Dental Law and Transitions

Kimberly Harms, DDS is a retired dentist, a transition specialist, dental mediator and conflict management consultant. During her dental career, Dr. Kim’s expertise was unmatched. Not only did she run a dental practice with her husband for 30 years, she was a former MN Dental Association President, National Delegate, national dental speaker, ADA Spokesperson and Consumer Advisor.  Now she helps dentists with their practice transitions and conflict management as well as continues to speak across the country.

Why Your Marketing Is Killing Your Business

Author: Minal Sampet

"This book discusses the real basics of marketing and is closely related to The Trust Edge. It also focuses on the importance of building relationships with patients."

-Dr. Kimberly Harms
Best Dental Books | Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business
Best Dental Books | The Trust Edge

The Trust Edge

Author: David Horsager

"David Horsager helps the reader understand the basics of building trust, our most important clinical asset. It breaks down the basics of trust into eight easy-to-understand pillars."

-Dr. Kimberly Harms

Darren Kaberna

President/CEO, Accelerate My Practice

Wanting to make a bigger impact on the lives of others, Darren Kaberna decided to start his own business coaching on the best business practices that he has combined with 15 years in the dental industry along with his MBA. Now he is impacting the lives of both doctors and their staff all over the country, not only improving dental practices by helping people achieve their dreams. If you would like to see how, attend a workshop; it will change your life! See his top picks for the Best Dental Books!

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Best Dental Books | Think and Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich

Author: Napoleon Hill

"His research at the turn of the century on how the most successful people think hasn’t been duplicated in well over 100 years. He had access to the most successful people during the industrial revolution, and they were willing to share what made them so successful vs. others who were not. Even with how the times have changed, there has never been one book written that can so radically change your life."

-Darren Kaberna

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Author: Steven Covey

"His research on how best to build habits that radically change your life as a dentist should be mandatory reading for all. Simply follow his advice and sit back and watch life change."

-Darren Kaberna
Best Dental Books | Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
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Amber Riley

Professional Speaker, DeCo, Dental Education and Consulting

Amber Riley, MS, RDH, FAAFS, FICME,  is a hygienist, forensic dental consultant, and professional dental speaker. Today, Riley discuss Educating Patients on Oral Health. She teaches several continuing education courses and lectures on different areas such as forensic odontology and oral pathology. Amber shares with our audience the importance of planting a seed for someone.

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels

Author: Jon Mecham

"Focusing and understanding the present moment by studying and looking back on critical times in our history that helped overcome fear."

-Amber Riley
Best Dental Books | The Soul of America- The Battle for Our Better Angels
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Barbara Stackhouse

Profit Advisor/Founder, More to Life Dental

Since 2005, Barbara Stackhouse has helped over 400 dentists add thousands in revenue to their practice every month and boost profits by 5-10%. A mastery level certified Profit First Professional and Profit Advisor, Barbara is an expert at cutting expenses and increasing profit margins without compromising patient care. Her clients keep more money in their pockets, allowing them to fulfill their dreams for themselves and their families. Barb’s extensive background in the dental industry gives her an advantage and deep understanding about the ins and outs of running a profitable, highly successful dental practice.

The Self-Employed Life

Author: Jeffrey Shaw

"To be self-employed means more than employing oneself. It’s putting your entire self into your business with a willingness to grow personally and to take action towards building the successful life of your dreams."

-Barbara Stackhouse
Best Dental Books | The Self-Employed Life

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Jessica Nunn

Partner, Skytale Group

Jessica Nunn is a partner at Skytale Group which provides services for financial advising, consulting, M&A and day-to-day business operations. Jessica has a background in accounting and helping dentists reach their financial goals through strategic planning and preparation. She focuses on the practice’s production rates per hour, such as the doctor’s, hygiene departments, etc. Jessica and the Skytale Group create a customized and personalized plan for each of their clients to ensure success and improvement.

Traction

Author: Gino Wickman

Best Dental Books | Traction

"This book opened my mind to the importance of having a clear vision for my business and living out my values. Its concepts are logical, practical, simple, and easy to apply. It would be an excellent book for those who want to better lead and manage their dental practices."

-Jessica Nunn
Best Dental Books | Dare to Lead

Dare To Lead

Author: Brené Brown

"Great advice on developing culture and leadership."

-Jessica Nunn

Danielle Nott

Dental Consultant/Practice Management, DN Dental Consulting

Danielle has worked as CDA, treatment plan coordinator, receptionist, office manager, and now dental consultant. She has successfully managed all aspects of dental practices including human resources, marketing, KPI’s, and treatment presentation, as well as maintained a consistent track record of achieving practice goals and targets in both production, recare management, and new patient flow. With her extensive experience and understanding of the business aspect of dentistry she has taken pride in the success of the practices she has worked with.

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Best Dental Books | Playing Your A-Game

Playing Your A-Game

Author: Bill and Carolyn Blatchford

"An oldie but a goodie! It gives real success stories of dentists focusing on building your dream team, how to work smarter, not harder, and how to implement strong, proven practice management systems."

-Danielle Nott

Mindset

Author: Carol Dweck

"I highly recommend this book as one a practice owner could buy for their team members to read! Focusing on growth mindset, this book is adaptable for anyone managing people, parents, athletes, teachers, or anyone who wants to shift their mindset and believe they can’t achieve anything!"

-Danielle Nott
Best Dental Books | Mindset
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Dr. Chris Brady

Founder/Dental Coach, The Brady Group

As the nationally recognized ‘The Rich & Happy Dentist Coach & Case Acceptance Expert’, Chris loves helping dentists have or produce large amounts of whatever it is they want—in dentistry and in life. Being ‘rich’ is not just about income. Whether it’s personal happiness, more time off to do what’s most important—family, golf, travel, etc.—wealth or less stress at the office.

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

Author: Christopher Voss and Tahl Raz

"Life is a series of negotiations you should be prepared for: buying a car, negotiating a salary, buying a home, renegotiating rent, deliberating with your partner. Taking emotional intelligence and intuition to the next level, Never Split the Difference gives you the competitive edge in any discussion."

-Dr. Chris Brady
Best Dental Books | Never Split the Difference- Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It
Best Dental Books | Leadership and Self Deception

Leadership and Self-Deception

Author: Arbinger Institute

"Through a story everyone can relate to about a man facing challenges on the job and in his family, the authors expose the fascinating ways that we can blind ourselves to our true motivations and unwittingly sabotage the effectiveness of our own efforts to achieve success."

-Dr. Chris Brady

Karen Davis

Founder/Professional Speaker, Cutting Edge Concepts

Karen Davis is a gifted speaker passionate about sharing with her audiences the skills necessary to communicate effectively with patients. Her diverse background as a clinician, consultant, team builder and speaker enable her to identify with challenges facing Dentistry today. Karen Davis offers innovative, creative solutions that are vital to success in today’s world. Her passion for practicing on the Cutting Edge of the profession and providing comprehensive patient services is limitless – making her an audience, organization and event planner favorite. Check out her best dental books of 2022 below.

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Best Dental Books | WHAT IF?- A Story of International Intrigue and Pandemic

What If??: A Story of Intrigue and Pandemic

Author: Ted Borris

The Coronavirus Pandemic has affected people around the world. Is this virus a naturally occurring phenomenon, or is it a weapon and part of a greater plot? "What If?" is a fictional account of the plan, the weapon, and the unlikely way it is stopped by an ordinary American, thrust into a heroic role.

-Karen Davis

A Statement of Vengeance

Author: Ted Borris

"A Chinese Drug Lord, Disgraced Military Officers, and a desire to get vengeance for plots and networks that have been disrupted lead to chaos on the streets of America. AIU Agents Rick Bernard and Summer Sawyer are thrust into the maelstrom as America is attacked again by foreign interests bent on upsetting our way of life and destroying our confidence in our system of governing. The results are startling and so close to recent headlines that it will make you wonder, “can this actually happen?”

-Karen Davis
Best Dental Books | A Statement of Vengeance
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Dr. Robert Maguire

Dental Speaker/Dental Consultant, The Fulfillment Coach

Dr. Robert M. Maguire is a dentist, proven leader, coach, consultant, and communication expert who offers consulting services to dentists and their teams around the country. With over 30 years of experience in his very successful solo fee-for-service private practice, in combination with his communication training, Dr. Maguire understands that practice success involves a mix of technical, managerial, and communication excellence. He calls it “The Hands, The Head, and The Heart Philosophy.”

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Author: Stephen R. Covey

"This book will help you live a more purpose-filled life. It takes you on a journey from dependence to independence to interdependence. Applying the principles in this book helped me become a better communicator with my patients, team, spouse, family, and friends. As a result, I believe wholeheartedly that my dental practice income grew because of the personal growth lessons I learned from this book."

-Dr. Robert Maguire
Best Dental Books | The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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Chris Barrow

Business Coach, Extreme Business with Coach Barrow

Chris Barrow is a business coach for Extreme Business with Coach Barrow, a company designed to provide dental business training for dentists and their teams. Chris has an immense amount of experience in the dental industry, making himself an expert in helping practices with a variety of problems. He is an expert when it comes to Dental Business Coaching.

The Ideal Team Player

Author: Patrick Lencioni

"Gives insight into building a team and keeping the team together."

-Chris Barrow
Best Dental Books | The Ideal Team Player
Best Dental Books | The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Author: Patrick Lencioni

"Discusses maintaining a team and why things get in the way, how to overcome obstacles, etc."

-Chris Barrow

Andre Shirdan

Keynote Presenter/Coach/Teacher, The Crew Process

Andre Shirdan is a keynote dental speaker as well as the founder of his company The Crew Process. His business model revolves around the four P’s of philosophy, people, process, and profitability. This helps create an effective experience for each practice he coaches. Many times practices are not prepared or they are putting in the wrong information which can put a damper and slow down the practice. He talks through ways to help resolve this issue.

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Best Dental Books | Who Moved My Cheese?- An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way To Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

Author: Spencer Johnson

"Short, sweet, and the start to helping anyone in a change process."

-Andre Shirdan

Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney

Author: Lee Cockerell

"It’s only of my favorite books on Customer Service, and Lee has been a consistent voice in the field."

-Andre Shirdan
Best Dental Books | Creating Magic- 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney
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Allison Lacoursiere

Owner/Founder, Clear Coaching

Allison is the owner and founder of Clear Coaching, a professional dental coaching and consulting company geared toward leadership training. In this episode, she talks about training your team on accountability and responsibility.  Allison also offers Clear Aligner services including leadership training with in-depth lessons and modules to help your practice improve and grow. See her top choices for the Best Dental Books of 2022.

Atomic Habits

Author: James Clear

"Building lasting habits is small and easy to do and is also the source of incredible power, a component of the system of compound growth. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again, not because you don't want to change but because you have the wrong system for change."

-Allison Lacoursiere
Best Dental Books | Atomic Habits
Best Dental Books | 5 am Club

The 5AM Club

Author: Robin Sharma

"Legendary leadership and elite performance expert Robin Sharma introduced The 5 am Club concept over twenty years ago. It is a revolutionary morning routine that helps his clients maximize their productivity, activate their best health, and bulletproof their serenity in this age of overwhelming complexity."

-Allison Lacoursiere

Dr. Kyle Stanley

Chief Clinical Officer, Pearl

Dr. Kyle Stanley is the Chief Clinical Officer at Pearl. Pearl is a company that focuses on using artificial intelligence solutions for patients and their dentists. He also is a practicing dentist at a private practice in Beverly Hills, CA. He is a firm believer in how AI can help the future in dentistry and create impactful changes in the industry. Kyle informs our audience on how AI can massively change dentistry financially.

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Best Dental Books | Breathe- The New Science of a Lost Art

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Author: James Nestor

"These two books really changed my life. Both of these books include the topic of breathing and sleep. If dentists can get on the train early by understanding breathing and sleeping, they can help their patients breathe better and sleep better. On top of that, dentists themselves can breathe better, therefore increasing their physical and mental health, allowing them to serve their purpose better and enjoy their clinical practice. In my humble opinion, the future of dentistry is artificial intelligence and sleep medicine."

-Dr. Kyle Stanley

Shira Newman

Founder, Growth Mindset Dental

Shira is a certified biological dental hygienist, and has a foundation in oral systemic health. Shira has successfully completed the Bale-Doneen Preceptorship, broadening her understanding of root causes and their relationship to cardiovascular disease.  Shira is a member of  both the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health. Shira is passionate about conveying the bilateral relationship between your mouth and body, origins of inflammation, the role your gums and teeth play in disease, and practicing holistically.

Best Dental Books | Shira Newman
Best Dental Books | Breathe- The New Science of a Lost Art

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Author: James Nestor

"Dentists must screen all patients for Sleep Apnea, and this is a great place to start about the importance of healthy breathing."

-Shira Newman

Marie Chatterley

Dental Broker, CTC Associates

Marie Chatterley, has been assisting doctors of all specialties in the dental industry since 2003. Her expertise is in practice transitions including; practice start-ups, practice sales, partnerships, associateships, team building, marketing, and practice management.  Mrs. Chatterley is the former President of the National Association of Practice Brokers and a member of the International Business Brokers Association.

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Best Dental Books | Leadership and Self Deception and Outward Mindset

Leadership and Self Deception

Author: Arbinger Institute

"This book focuses on proven strategies and techniques in negotiation that can be applied to business disputes, relationships, family situations, etc."

-Marie Chatterley

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In

Author: Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton

"It’s only of my favorite books on Customer Service, and Lee has been a consistent voice in the field."

-Marie Chatterley
Best Dental Books | Getting to Yes- Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
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Sean Crabtree

Owner/Founder, The Crabtree Group

Sean Crabtree began his career in what today is one of the largest telecommunications networks in the world while it was in its start-up phase. Here he worked closely with small businesses in nearly every arena, and discovered first-hand the major difficulties dentists face. Sean founded The Crabtree Group and for well over two decades he has worked closely with hundreds of dentists and dental teams all across the United States, Western Canada and the Caribbean.  See Mr. Crabtrees’ top choice for the Best Dental Books of 2022.

Extreme Ownership

Author: Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

"Leadership advice learned from disciplined individuals on how to stay neutral and level-headed in stressful situations."

-Sean Crabtree
Best Dental Books | Extreme Ownership

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