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Tooth or Dare Podcast

Hold on to your suction, it’s about to get viscous. Irene, aka @Toothlife.Irene, on social media is the first (and only) Canadian Restorative Dental Hygienist with a podcast. Sharing her story surrounding her career, practice ownership, social media and, of course, dental-related content. On Tooth or Dare, she gives mic-dropping solutions to your dental questions and problems as a dental professional. With guests like top hygienists, dentists, researchers, product developers and more, this show has something for everyone interested in oral health and personal and professional development. Peeps say the content is entertaining and educational, packaged with actionable it...

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Recent Episodes of Tooth or Dare Podcast


157 -  One Smile at a Time - A Day in the Life of a Prosthodontist  | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

157 - One Smile at a Time - A Day in the Life of a Prosthodontist | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

Welcome to the 157th episode of the Tooth or Dare Podcast with Irene Iancu (@toothlife.irene) and this week's guest Dr. Effrat (Effie) Habsha (@effiehabsha). 


Do you love your smile? Dr. Habsha’s goal is to make sure her patients do. As a prosthodontist, every day can be a new challenge. Figuring out how to bring out the best smile in everyone can be difficult but very rewarding - and sometimes, a few small modifications can go a long way.

Listen to the full episode to learn how Dr. Habsha fell in love with her...

Episode 158 11 July 2024 33m and 51s


156 - Work-Life Balance as a Travelling Implant Surgeon with Dr. Steven Vorholt, Part 2  | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

156 - Work-Life Balance as a Travelling Implant Surgeon with Dr. Steven Vorholt, Part 2 | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

Welcome to the 156th episode of the Tooth or Dare Podcast with Irene Iancu (@toothlife.irene) and this week's guest Dr. Steven Vorholt (@vorholtdds), co-hosted by Dr. Craig Harder. 


Starting a dental business from scratch obviously requires a lot of money, time and effort - and then you need patients to actually come to you. But what if you could bring dentistry to your patients instead? That’s exactly what Dr. Vorholt decided to do, while still coming home every night to his family. Tune in to hear how he maintains work and life responsibilities using his...

Episode 157 4 July 2024 31m and 10s


155 - Life After Private Practice - Implant Surgeon, Lecturer, and Podcaster Dr. Steven Vorholt, Part 1  | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

155 - Life After Private Practice - Implant Surgeon, Lecturer, and Podcaster Dr. Steven Vorholt, Part 1 | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

Welcome to the 155th episode of the Tooth or Dare Podcast with Irene Iancu (@toothlife.irene) and this week's guest Dr. Steven Vorholt (@vorholtdds), co-hosted by Dr. Craig Harder. 


What do you do after your business partnership falls apart? According to Dr. Vorholt, continue to invest in yourself and come out stronger. Like many new dentists, he graduated with heavy student debt, but has never let that get in the way of starting a practice and living life the way he wants. Even when things ended with his partner, he switched gears into education, continuously learning a...

Episode 156 27 June 2024 36m and 41s


154 - The Small Talk Doc - Earning Patient Trust Through Pop Culture | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

154 - The Small Talk Doc - Earning Patient Trust Through Pop Culture | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

Welcome to the 154th episode of the Tooth or Dare Podcast with Irene Iancu (@toothlife.irene) and this week's guest Dr. Connie Wang (@drconniewang). 


Do you find yourself awkwardly asking the same few questions to your patients at every visit? Making small talk can be as uncomfortable as, well, going to the dentist - but they don't have to be! Connie loves connecting with people through lighthearted stories and pop culture news. What’s going on with Dunkin’ Donuts? When will Snoop Dogg appear at the Olympics? Tune in to find out how you can make yours...

Episode 155 20 June 2024 34m and 5s


153 - Dentistry Unmasked Round Table | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

153 - Dentistry Unmasked Round Table | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

#153 - Dentistry Unmasked Round Table | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene
Welcome to the 153rd episode of the Tooth or Dare Podcast with Irene Iancu (@toothlife.irene) this week is an episode from SmileCon.
About Dr. Chad Duplantis
Dr. Duplantis received his D.D.S. degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dental School in 1999. He continued with postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Dentistry, earning a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry in 2000. He has also applied for, and been confirmed for his Fellowship degree from the Academy...

Episode 154 13 June 2024 58m and 28s


152 - Dental Entrepreneur Puts Patients First - The Dental Records Solution with Dr. Bryan Laskin  | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

152 - Dental Entrepreneur Puts Patients First - The Dental Records Solution with Dr. Bryan Laskin | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

Welcome to the 152nd episode of the Tooth or Dare Podcast with Irene Iancu (@toothlife.irene) and this week's guest Dr. Bryan Laskin (@theupgradedental). 
Have you ever had a new patient come in with no previous dental history? It can be a very frustrating experience for both the dental care provider, who lacks information to give the proper treatment, and the patient, who suffers from lack of treatment or unnecessary procedures! Dr. Laskin sees the need for access to complete dental records when it comes to putting patients first. His new platform, ToothApps, makes it easy to see e...

Episode 153 6 June 2024 28m and 53s


151 - Making Oral Care Easy with Perio Protect  | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

151 - Making Oral Care Easy with Perio Protect | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

Welcome to the 151st episode of the Tooth or Dare Podcast with Irene Iancu (@toothlife.irene) and this week's guests Dr. Sam Low and Craig Stevens from Perio Protect (@perioprotect). 


Treating and preventing periodontal disease in patients can be hard. What if you told them it could be as simple as wearing a tray for just a few minutes per day? If that sounds too good to be true, it’s time to educate yourself on the Perio Protect Method. Hear the science behind the innovative Perio Tray™ from experts Dr. Low and Craig, and how it co...

Episode 152 30 May 2024 57m and 59s


150 - The Business of Being a Dental Hygienist with Andrew Johnston | Tooth Or Dare Podcast

150 - The Business of Being a Dental Hygienist with Andrew Johnston | Tooth Or Dare Podcast

Welcome to the 150th episode of the Tooth or Dare Podcast with Irene Iancu (@toothlife.irene) and this week's guest Andrew Johnston (@ataleoftwohygienists). 

Irene and Andrew have a lot in common - they are both registered dental hygienists, seasoned podcasters, and passionate about business - so don’t be surprised if you forget who’s interviewing who! 

With so much focus on the clinical side of things in school, new hygienists may find themselves unprepared for the ins and outs of job hunting, working with others in a real office, or even running their own practi...

Episode 151 23 May 2024 58m and 49s


149 - Part 2 with Melissa Turner  | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

149 - Part 2 with Melissa Turner | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

Welcome to the 149th episode of the Tooth or Dare Podcast with Irene Iancu (@toothlife.irene) and this week's guest Melissa Turner (@thetoothgirl).


In Part 2 of this interview, we discuss what it’s like to be a dental hygienist working within the established dental practice system - it’s not all pretty. Melissa’s mission is to improve patients’ access to dental care, and she is a huge advocate of hygienists having their own practices, like Irene herself. Find out why it’s so challenging to make this happen, and what goes behind running a practice successful...

Episode 150 16 May 2024 22m and 35s


148 - Empowering your Career Journey: From Hygienist, to Mom, to Founder: Part 1 with Melissa Turner  | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

148 - Empowering your Career Journey: From Hygienist, to Mom, to Founder: Part 1 with Melissa Turner | Tooth Or Dare Podcast with Toothlife.Irene

Welcome to the 148th episode of the Tooth or Dare Podcast with Irene Iancu (@toothlife.irene) and this week's guest Melissa Turner (@thetoothgirl).

In Part 1 of this interview, we learn about Melissa’s upbringing in rural Pennsylvania and how she started her career as a dental assistant. At her mentor’s suggestion, she decided to become a dental hygienist, which led her down the path to where she is today. Along the way, Melissa got married, moved around frequently, and started a family, but felt she was losing control of her life. Tune in to hear about how...

Episode 149 9 May 2024 23m and 24s

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