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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Dear Colleague — THE RATIOS DON’T WORK

I was doing the maths the other day and the ratios don’t add up. It would appear that there are approximately 1100 patients per dentist. That doesn’t sound so bad except the research goes on to say that only 50% of these people will visit dentist.  You’ve worked hard for your degree and I’m sure you did this in the belief that you would be well compensated for your efforts.…

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THE RATIOS ARE WRONG

The ratio of professionals to clients is on the decline. More people qualifying, less retiring and the population relatively static. Doesn’t bode well for the young, enthusiastic, talented professional determined to excel.  You’ve spent 3,4,5 or more years studying and now you’re faced with the prospect of dwindling numbers, greater competition, burgeoning costs and consumers chasing a deal.  Just at a time when you’ve decided to place all your eggs…

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THE JUGGLER AND THE PHYSICIAN

— 𝑺𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝑷𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒂𝒓𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑾𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 — ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We tend to think of health as not being sick. Doing enough to be able to walk the dog, run for the bus or bend down to tie up a shoe lace. Many of us spending time between sick not sick, rather than well, not well! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To strive for wellness rather than sickness requires that we dig a little deeper. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Varying…

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ENTHUSIASTICALLY CHEERS!

The end of another year brings with it reflections of the past and  possibilities for a future, encapsulated in new years resolutions. Did you achieve all that you set out to do? Was it a year filled with Enthusiasm and Hope or a year when nothing really happened, resolutions dormant and forgotten on an old scrap of paper? Earl Nightingale is quoted as having said: “ The happiest, most interesting…

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