30 Books Every Dental Professional Should Read

As a dental professional, you stand to gain a lot in business – and in life – by following the examples of the ‘success stories’ who came before you. So many of these can be found in the list of books for dentists we've outlined below, all of which have been written by experts.

If you want more out of your dental practice and if you want to wake up one morning finally feeling as though you’ve made it, stuff your personal electronic reader full of the following thirty books for dentists.

Or stock your library with the hardcovers or paperbacks. What follows are thirty examples of books for dentists. Every dental professional should read these if they want more patients, higher production, higher rates of case acceptance and, of course, more revenue flowing in each month.

And I'm not necessarily just talking about books written by successful dentists, mind you, but rather I’m referring to the experts in business – and in life.

To put it another way, if you want to write a success story all your own, here are thirty books for dentists titles to start reading right now.

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Changing Your Mentality

1. How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It
Marc Cuban isn’t just a billionaire, he’s also one of the world’s wealthiest entrepreneurs; and he says, if he can do it, so can you. Once you read Cuban’s story, you’ll see that his success is in fact reachable, and that eureka moment could spell great things for your dental practice.

2. The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs
This book was written for one reason only: to help business professionals like yourself achieve unimaginable business success and financial wealth.

3. Awaken the Giant Within
How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Financial Destiny! Written by the success guru himself Tony Robbins, this book will teach you Tony’s effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, body, relationships, finances, business, and life.

4. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
If you lack the discipline to complete your To-Do lists daily, weekly, monthly or yearly, this book is for you.

5. The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
Many have called this revolutionary program THE PROGRAM for self-doubt, nervousness and a general lack of concentration – all those qualities that may be holding you back in business and in life.

6. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
If you’re finding it difficult to keep your stress at a minimum while keeping productivity at a max, you need this book by veteran coach and management consultant David Allen.

7. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
This book has succeeded in reaching the #1 spots on the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly, among others, more than 125 times. What has made this book so successful is its no-nonsense concept that there is ‘one thing’ that separates you from success. You’ll have to read the book to find out what that one thing is. Cut through the clutter, dial down the stress and read this book if you want to master what matters most: running the best and most successful dental practice possible.

8. Interviews with the Masters: A Companion to Robert Greene’s Mastery
If you liked Mastery, you’ll love this companion, which offers insight into the more than 20,000 of research that went into the book of its namesake. For this book, Robert Greene interviewed nine contemporary masters, including tech gurus like Paul Graham and sports experts like boxing trainer Freddie Roach, in order to get their perspectives on what it takes to be great and succeed.

9. Mastery
Written as a direct result of the research conducted by Robert Greene while writing the bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, and The Art of Seduction - a couple of which are also included on this list - this book analyzes the Masters of the Past, including Charles Darwin, Ben Franklin, Albert Einstein and others to find out what made them tick; allowing you to follow in their very big footsteps.

10. Building the Happiness-Centred Business
Dr. Paddi Lund urges you to ‘think differently’ in order to build efficient teams and promote long-term focus. The end result? As many people who have read this book can attest to, you’ll learn how to build a business that is fun, profitable, and enjoyable.

11. What They Don’t Teach You in Dental School: Everything You Need to Know About Setting Up and Running a Dental Practice
If you’ve ever asked yourself the question, “Am I running my dental practice the right way?” this book is for you. Even if you’re merely looking for another perspective on how to run a dental practice properly, Dr. Jeff Anzalone has just the examples you’re looking for.

12. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Considered to be one of the most inspiring books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People will help you change your lifestyle into one that promotes success at every turn – not only in business, but in all of your life’s endeavors.

13. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It
This newest edition of what is considered to be an underground bestseller, The E-Myth will make you reconsider what it takes to start a business from the ground up. The book takes you through each stage of entrepreneurship, allowing you to grow your business in a systematic and productive manner.

14. Outstanding!: 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional
Just like the name implies, this book – which is being called a playbook, a guide, and an inspiration all in one - will help you turn your dental practice into a business you can be proud of; and one in which all involved will want to be part of.

15. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Considered the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, Rich Dad Poor Dad tells the story of Robert Kiyosaki and the men he calls his two dads. There’s his real father and then there’s his father’s best friend, his rich dad, who taught him all he knows about money and investing. This book will make you completely rethink your relationship with money, and you’ll finally understand how to make your money work for you for a change.

16. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.)
In this groundbreaking collaboration between atypical economist Steven D. Levitt and award-winning author and journalist Stephen J. Dubner, the authors set out to explore the inner workings of, well, everything. Using skillful storytelling, this book explores the study of economics from the point of view of the people in the trenches – you and me – and sets out to answer the question of how people get what they want or need, especially when others want or need the same thing.

17. Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business: How to Launch and Grow a Business from Concept to Cash
If you’ve ever watched the TV show Shark Tank on ABC, you’ll be familiar with the concept of this book, which is filled with practical advice and instructions from the ‘Sharks’ themselves. A must-have for any business owner.

Improving Your Leadership Skills

18. The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization
Though this book is written for middle-management, dental professionals can still take much away from this leadership tutorial by industry expert John C. Maxwell. Whether you own your own practice or you’re working for someone else, this is definitely a book to read if you want to become a more effective leader.

19. The One Minute Manager
Not only has this book been followed for more than twenty years by millions of managers in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses all across the nation, but The One Minute Manager has succeeded in improving the productivity, job satisfaction and personal prosperity for millions of regular managers all over the world. Even dental professionals managing their own practices will enjoy the One Minute Goals, One Minute Praisings and One Minute Reprimands the book offers. Get this book and you’ll see exactly why it’s so popular.

20. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (10th Anniversary Edition)
This newest edition of a classic redefines the laws of leadership and even presents a sharper and updated view of each law for greater understanding. You’ll also find the seventeen laws of new leadership, a new evaluation tool that will reveal your leadership strengths and weaknesses, and new application exercises in every chapter to help you grow as both a dental professional and business leader.

21. StrengthsFinder 2.0
From discovering your own strengths to pinpointing – and cultivating – the strengths of your various staff members, this book is for any dental professional who wants to be good at uncovering the talents required to grow your business from the inside out.

22. EntreLeadership
20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches: This book posits that a company (such as your dental practice) is only as strong as the leaders that run it. That means you, the dental professional, and each of your staff members must bring their leadership skills up to par in order to, as the book puts it, engage in daily battle beneath the banner that is your brand. If you’re looking for practical, step-by-step guidance to growing your dental practice, this book is for you.

23. Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know
The second book on our list by Dr. John C. Maxwell explores the key qualities that every leader should have – influence, integrity, attitude, vision, problem-solving and self-discipline. Want to improve any of those qualities within yourself? This book is for you.

24. Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results
One of the biggest obstacles a dental professional faces is getting his or her staff to rally and work together. This book, in parable form, will not only explore this obstacle from every angle, but you’ll also receive many solutions for making your dental practice a better place to work (for your employees and yourself).

25. The 48 Laws of Power
The third book on our list by Robert Greene, this book was quoted by New York Magazine as being, “For those who want power, watch power, or want to arm themselves against power. The 48 Laws of Power is “The Rules of suits”. In other words, read this book if you want to be the Leader who takes his/her business to the next level.

26. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
This book delves into the concept of tribes and who leads them. More specifically, it explores how you can become a leader of your own tribe, which is of course comprised of your staff and dental patients.

Improve Your Chair-Side Manner

27. Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others
As a dental professional, you’re used to getting involved in conversations all day long – with patients, your staff members and your younger patients’ parents, perhaps. This book will help you hone your conversation skills so that you can form an immediate connection with anyone, despite the situation.

28. How to Win Friends & Influence People
Written back in the thirties by Dale Carnegie and updated regularly to coincide with the changing of the times, this book is still instrumental in helping dental professionals (and professionals of all other industries) improve their relationships with their staff, patients and everyone else they come in contact with day in and day out.

29. The Customer Rules: The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service
Written by the former EVP of Walt Disney World, this book can easily be applied to dental patients. If you want to provide excellent patient service, get this book and absorb the 39 rules that Lee Cockerell learned in his 40+ year career that will make patients want to do business with you and you only, no matter how many other dentists may be located in your town.

Getting Your Dental Practice Found Online

30. How to Get New Dental Patients With the Power of the Web 
Including the Exact Marketing Secrets One Practice Used to Reach $5 Million in its First Year – The Ultimate Guide to Internet Marketing for your Dental Practice: This book lays out - in step-by-step form - the exact methods one digital marketing agency used to help one doctor reach his ultimate financial goals in the span of a single year. If you have big hopes for your dental practice, this book is for you.With these thirty titles, your dental practice dreams are right around the corner. Transform your mind, alter your approach and put your ambitions into action to become the dental professional you’ve always wanted to become.

Original post published in 2014. It has since been updated to include the latest references and materials.

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