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Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH, 2020-2021 Immediate Past President of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), and Associate Director of Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, co-hosts with Andrew today, and together they are both extremely excited as they welcome Dr. Bill Busch to the podcast. Dr. Busch has been practicing dentistry and helping people in the Kansas City area for nearly twenty years, and is the co-founder and creator of TeamSmile, a nonprofit dental organization providing underserved children with life-changing dental care. Among his many, many other accomplishments, he has also been serving as the Kansas City Chiefs official team dentist since 2012, rendering him the perfect guest for today’s discussion about sports dentistry.
In today’s episode, Dr. Busch discusses his journey to sports dentistry, his work with the Chiefs and other sports teams, the most prominent issues or conditions he deals with in this work, the technological and digital advancements that he both uses now and anticipates for the future, concluding by detailing the positively inspirational work that TeamSmile accomplishes.
Interview starts: 10:50
- Dr. Busch’s journey to sports dentistry
- The Academy for Sports Dentistry
- His work with the sports teams
- The amount of medical-dental integration and respect in his work
- The level of technological and digital involvement in his practice
- Virtual visits
- Common issues/conditions/requests involved in his sports dentistry work
- TeamSmile and how to get involved
- The TeamSmile Virtual Experience
“One of the biggest things that you can do is get involved with your high school sports team initially.”
“I always promise every patient that we have the technology to produce an experience that’s going to be the least amount of visits for them, and that really sets the stage for a great experience and a great flow from there.”
“I’m just waiting for the software practice management systems to get on board.”
“I think there’s a great deal of respect there.”
“Sleep apnea is the biggest trend in dentistry but also in sports dentistry.”
“A lot of players are so thankful that we get their snoring stopped and they feel better and they’re performing better and they’re not going off-sides.”
“We’ve broken a few chairs before.”
“The fabric of every community is their sports team…so if we can get them on board with dentistry we might have something.”
“If you, for the most part, do good things in your life, good things usually happen. When you do bad things, bad things usually happen.”
“It’s a great way to drive people to a needed service.”
“I don’t want to hear any more of these bad dental jokes anymore.”
“I feel safe here.”
“We’re finding dental homes for these kids that is done pro bono.”
“It’s fun to see the cities really come together and it gives you goosebumps.”
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