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.

24 Books Every Dental Professional Should Read

If you want more out of your dental practice, stuff your Kindle full of the following books for dentists.

Or stock your personal library with the hardcovers or paperbacks. What follows are 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 a variety of business ventures – and in life.

To put it another way, if you want to write a success story all your own, here are 24 books for dentists to start reading right now.

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Change Your Mentality & Develop Healthy Habits

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)

The author literally died at age 20. His car was hit head-on by a drunk driver at 70 miles per hour, his heart stopped beating for 6 minutes, he broke 11 bones and woke up after being in a coma for 6 days to be told by his doctors that he would probably never walk again.

However, Hal didn’t just learn to walk again, he completed a 52-mile ultra-marathon and has gone on to become a hall-of-fame business achiever, keynote speaker and author before he turned 30.

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

The Obstacle is the Way has become beloved worldwide as people who want to experience success apply it’s wisdom to their everyday routines. Drawing inspiration from stoicism, it teaches the reader how to focus on what they can control. let go of everything else, and turn new obstacles into opportunities.

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

The author has been recognized as the world’s leading expert on both organizational and personal productivity. This book shares clear instructions and insights on how to reorganize both your personal and professional life so you can accomplish your goals.

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

By learning how to focus your energy on one thing at a time, you can live a more rewarding life. Build your career, strengthen your finances, reach personal goals, and nurture your important relationships. We are all bombarded with emails, texts, messages, tweets, meetings and more every single day. Let go of the stress and cut through the clutter to stay on track and achieve your “one thing”.

QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life

John G. Miller has written a book providing a valuable and timely method for putting personal accountability into practice. The results both professionally and personally can be astonishing: internal barriers are removed, problems are solved, teams can thrive, provided service improves and people learn to adapt to change in a positive way. QBQ! can be a valuable resource for those who want to learn and grow in their personal and professional life.

Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World

Learn how simplicity can triumph over complexity in business, nature and life. In the pages of Simple Rules, Sull and Eisenhardt will challenge how you think about complexity and share new perspectives designed to help us all cope and thrive.

Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well

Feedback is vital for healthy personal and professional relationships and growth - but most people dread it or ignore it! The authors share insight into why that is and gives tools to learn how to receive feedback well and use it properly.

“Level Up” Your Leadership Skills

Step Away From The Drill

If you feel like you’re alone as a dental practice owner, Step Away From The Drill can teach you how to communicate like a leader, motivate your team to get the results you want and set clear expectations for your practice while skyrocketing your profits.

Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

The author, former career development program manager at Google, draws from her own experience to create a process that will teach anyone to answer, “what’s next?”.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

Five years ago, the author asked if a good company could become a great company. He explored that question and shared the “how” in Built To Last. Now he has concluded it is possible and shares his key insights in Good To Great.

Building the Happiness-Centred Business

The author shares how you can find happiness in your business and reap all the rewards that it brings (including increased profits). Discover why professional enjoyment is crucial to the success of your business.

Move Your Bus

Looking for a way to inspire and motivate your team? New York Times bestselling author, Ron Clark, shares his leadership principles that are effective in the business world. Move Your Bus is uplifting, easy to use to inspire your practice’s employees.

The New One Minute Manager

The new version of this classic parable of a young man looking for an effective manager is just as relevant today as it was when the book was first released 30 years ago.

EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches

If you take responsibility for your dental practice’s success, you can’t just be an entrepreneur or a leader - you have to be both! New York Times best selling author, Dave Ramsey, shares the secrets to how he grew a multimillion dollar company that had its start in his living room.

Connect With Your Dental Patients (Improve Case Acceptance)

How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

In this book the author shares 92 easy-to-understand success techniques for connecting with anyone in any type of professional or personal relationship. From making a positive impression at a first encounter to sophisticated rapport-building techniques, you’ll discover how to literally talk to anyone.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Dr. Robert Cialdini explains the psychology behind why people say “yes” and shares how you can apply that information to become skilled in persuasion.

Moving Your Patients To Yes!

Ideal for dentists or front office staff, learn how to tactfully and effectively discuss stressful situations with your patients and move them to saying, “yes” to treatment.

Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others

Learn how to use power questions to take your professional and personal influence to the next level. Gain insight into the real issue for your patients as you have conversations with them, asking them a series of strategic questions to help improve case acceptance.

Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion

Discover the martial art of the mouth and your mind that can help you be better prepared in every conversation. Learn how to listen and speak more effectively, to authentically show empathy and take a creative view of conflict.

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

Discover this New York Times and Washington Post bestseller that has changed the way millions of people communicate. Learn how to be persuasive instead of abrasive and talk to anyone about almost anything.

Make Your Dental Practice A Success

Dental Maverick Q & A

Dental Maverick Q & A is the third book from Dr. Tuan Pham, who created the Dental Maverick Program. This book is a collection of some of the most popular questions posed to Dr. Pham and shares his insight and answers for dentists.

Call Me Ted

Learn from Ted Turner - the innovative entrepreneur and philanthropist. If you want to be inspired and entertained, Call Me Ted hits the mark for everyone.

Why Can't I Hire Good People?: Lessons on How to Hire Better

Every manager deserves to have the best employees working for them. When you hire the right people, work is productive and your entire dental practice runs smoothly. In this book, the author shares her system of interviewing that can help reveal a candidate’s talents and motivations. She then gives you the tools to use this information to effectively decide if they’re the right fit for your practice.

Grow Your Practice Online - Proven Strategies to Attract and Convert New Dental Patients

Grow your practice and stay competitive. Whether you’ve been practicing for 20 years, or just opened a new dental practice last week, this book will provide you with many of the best, and most effective, dental marketing methods, formulas, and insights. You will learn the tools and many of the exact, cutting edge strategies necessary to leverage your dental practice online, get found by new patients, and increase your practice income.

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

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