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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WHAT WOULD IT TAKE…

What would it take to say I Can — rather than I Can’t? “I Can’t” is actually — SELF PITY — Feeling sorry for myself?  Somehow I need to find the strength to say I CAN, even when times are tough.  Where does the “I CAN ” — Come from?  It comes from the belief in opportunity and the desire that we had when we were young. When nothing seemed…

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For The Sake of Our Children

It seems to me that as we try and solve one problem we create another. I had a tutor years ago and he would start every seminar with — “ What I am telling you now I may not agree with five years from now!”  Of course I hoped he was joking as I was truly invested in the program and what I wanted to achieve for my patients. Everyone…

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Long in the Tooth

One of the great things about having parents, is that you can watch what they do, learn by their mistakes and then, either choose to repeat them or go in a different direction. Well dentistry can be like this too. We can learn from our elders, choose to repeat their mistakes or adopt their successes. Along the way, we realise that dental school equips us for the job but can’t…

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