Why Worry?

I woke at four this morning which is early even for me. I wasn’t woken by worry, rather the voice in my head that said “Do not worry.” Half asleep, half awake I mulled over the voice.  I thought back to a scripture that I received when I went to boarding school at the age of ten “Fear not neither be thou dismayed for the Lord thy God is with…

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Burnout — Running on Empty

It’s already Boxing Day. The festivities are over, the hectic last minute shopping, wrapping, decorating and cooking — Done.  Now somehow it all feels empty. Family are asleep or gone home! The fun of the last few days leaves a hiatus —And — A time to think, to reflect on the last year To look forward to the year ahead — But — There’s an emptiness and isolation. Last year…

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Stress and Dentistry

They didn’t tell us about the stress when we entered dental school.  At least they didn’t tell me. No one said are you absolutely sure this is for you? How would I have known, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into Had I have known the problems we face would I have chosen differently. Probably On reflection, I enjoy the outside, open spaces, love to travel, A changes…

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Late Bloomers

Why do people associate dentistry with suicide. At parties, social gatherings, meetings, people ask you what you do and you reply “Oh I’m a dentist.”  They happily volunteer —  “Isn’t that the profession with the highest level of suicide?”  I almost believed them, after all it has been going on in my life for over 40 years.  I know we suffer,  stress, depression and burnout but it would appear that…

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Dentistry AND — Initiative

  “When I were a lad,” —  Dentists drove Rolls Royce or Bentley!  They can still do so but most don’t!  — Get me a Mazda or a Toyota it does the same job! Of course if you’re into making an impression there’s always room for the  Porche, BMW or Mercedes and with the right terms why not? But there’s a catch  “Dentistry is a physically demanding profession; many practitioners…

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Retire or not, that is the question?

He picked up his drill for what he thought was the last time. Would he miss it he wondered as he removed an old fractured amalgam isolated with rubber dam. The 26 had certainly seen better days and perhaps had he been staying, would have benefited from a crown. But that was for another day and another dentist. Filling finished, dam removed, bite checked and composite polished he pulled off…

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ADRIFT— Waiting for something to happen

Have you ever felt adrift - Maybe you’e experiencing this right now. Just drifting along, waiting for something to happen but you haven’t got a clue what it is.  Life is sort of ok but you’ve hit a crossroads. Do you go straight on, continue doing what you are doing or alter course, change direction, look at something new. I totally get this. I’ve been there many times with more…

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NOT QUITE DONE – There’s “MORE”

  I’m nearly done. But before I go, can I share what I have learned in over forty years in practice?  I’d like to do that. I’ve witnessed the landscape of dentistry change over the years, it’s progress I suppose, there’s always a new angle to running a practice. Does this mean we throw out all that was good from the past as we take advice from bright eyed business…

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FRUSTRATION — Will Automation Destroy Purpose?

“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.” Just a few days ago my wife wrote a fantastic post entitled - “Elixir of Eternal Youth” … She begins — “There is nothing that keeps you young more than — staying up to date with changes” In his book Legacy — James Kerr highlights the problems of boredom and…

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Noise

There’s so much Noise!  This morning sitting in my office I could hear the trucks and workmen out on the road, finishing the new curb on our street — Noise a lawn mower fires up — the smell of fresh cut grass — Noise A council truck rushes by, it’s breaks squeak as it slows — Noise Facebook scrolling, reading, reviewing, listening — Noise Phones ringing, text messages dinging, e-mails…

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