FEATURE #68 – The Future of Dental Head Start with Dr David Keir

Taking on the challenge of starting a podcast and delving into a world that you know nothing about is daunting. Putting yourself out there in a close knit community is a brave thing to do, and David has done it flawlessly.

David holds an engineering degree, been a dental assistant for a millennia, played semi-pro poker and can now add a successful career as a podcast founder to the mix. There’s not much David can’t do. 

Erica and Graeme sit down with David as they explore David’s life, talk about what Dental Head Start means to them, the future of DHS, and David’s parting wisdom have worked for 5 years and is now leading into a new, fun life adventure. 

We couldn’t think of a better interview to start off the new year 2022 with. 

TIP #63 – A Smarter Approach to CPD with Dr Kalyan Voruganti

Dentists rely on private courses and seminars to fill the gaps in their knowledge and skill set beyond the bare basics taught at dental school.

These gaps are not small. Most experienced dentists report that the vast majority of treatments they perform (for example CEREC, orthodontics, implants, photography, digital dentistry) or skills they rely upon for success (for example leadership, communication, management) were not learned in dental school; they were learned almost exclusively through private CPD taken after graduation.

Fortunately, there are many CPD options on the table and additionally, they’re offered across increasingly flexible platforms; in person, online, interactive workshops, live demonstrations and more.

However most dentists have an ad-hoc approach to CPD with little consideration given to mapping out their education plans over their career. With the average cost of CPD annually in the thousands (or 10’s of thousands), Dr Kalyan Voruganti shares with us a more strategic approach to selecting and maximising CPD choices over time.

#53 – Mentorship and CPD with Dr Jeff Kho

Imagine the insights you would get by employing, working with and training dental graduates in your own practice.The knowledge of what they do well, what they should focus on and what blinds spots graduates have is invaluable to those early in their career and this chat kicks off with just that.

Dr Jeff Kho is a general dentist, entrepreneur, business owner and educator. He runs Australian Hands On Courses and is about to launch the Graduate Accelerator Program.

Find the courses on ahcdentaled.com and cpdjunkie.com.au where you may even find discounts!<

TIP#23: CBCT in Endodontics with Dr Omar Ikram

TIP#23: CBCT in Endodontics with Dr Omar Ikram @specialistendocrowsnest

Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is being used more and more in general dentistry, that 3D perspective is taking some of the guess work out of diagnosis. However, how many times have you been in that situation where you are looking for that MB2, or you’re not getting to where you think length should be, if only there was a way that we could see more of what is going on within the tooth? Well, what about using CBCT midway through our treatment? Dr Omar Ikram, opened my eyes to the appropriate uses of CBCT in Endodontics, for diagnosis of tricky cases, but also to give us that extra bit of information we need advance when we get stuck mid treatment

TIP#20: Tackling Tricky Topics with Parents with Dr Tim Keys – What I Wish I Knew

The Australian Dental Association recommends a childs first dental visit be when their first tooth becomes visible or when then reach 12months of age. Normally seeing the baby is easy enough, but the real challenge comes with new parents, armed with millions of well intended questions about how that can give their child the best dental head start.

In many cases as new graduates we are yet to have our own kids so these conversations can sometimes be a bit of unknown territory, having not been in a bathroom with a two year old at bed time simply telling a patent to brush their childs’ teeth, my be easier said then done.

Today we look at when we should start brushing children’s teeth, getting parents on board with Fluoride and handling the ever controversial topic of tongue ties, with Sunshine Coast Paediatric Dentist Dr Tim Key’s.

TIP#19: Adverse Outcomes with Dr Annalene Weston – What I Wish I Knew

To take care of others we first need to take care of our-selves. Yet dentists rarely take time off for themselves when they need it. How can we do our best work when sick?

Dr Annalene Weston is well known for her work in Burnout and Mental Health for dentists and it is our pleasure to have her on the What I wish I Knew podcast again to share something she sees dentists making the mistake of time and time again, not taking care of yourself.

The concept of the Third Space resonated strongly with me as did much of what she had to say in this episode. I hope you take as much from this as I did.

TIP#18: Pre-Restorative Alignment with Dr Bharat Agrawal – What I Wish I Knew

Cost can be a major consideration in Dentistry. However ensuring that are we not only considering the financial costs to our patients, but also the biological costs?

This week on the podcast we are chatting again with Dr Bharat Agrawal and we are discussing a topic that he is extremely passionate about – using pre-restorative alignment to achieve conservative aesthetic outcomes. This episode will take you from only seeing ortho only as something to fix the bite, or for crowded to teeth, to starting to see its applications and benefits in almost all of your restorative patients.

Bharat fills us in on the paradigm shift from being purely a cosmetic dentist to a conservative aesthetic dentist with the patients best interest in mind. He shares with us one of his favourite tools to achieve this through orthodontics, as well some tips to help us better communicate this to our patients.

TIP#17: Endodontic Treatment Planning with Dr Omar Ikram – What I Wish I Knew

Imagine the beautiful new deck you just added to your house. Freshly oiled, beautiful view, the perfect place to relax. Yet at the same time your bedroom and bathroom are falling in.

Starting RCT or sending a patient to an Endodontist without properly assessing their mouth and treatment planning both the micro factors of this tooth and the macro factors of their mouth is the equivalent mistake.

Today Dr Ikram shares his thoughts on this absolutely critical step in all aspects of dentistry.

I know I learnt a lot in my chat with Omar, and really hope you do too. Let us know what you think about the new podcast!

TIP#16: Communication and Rapport Building with Dr. Cigdem Kipel – What I Wish I Knew

Marketing yourself and your practice is becoming a huge part of Dentistry. It can seem you always need to be prominent on Facebook, Instagram and Google to ensure that you are maximising your chances of growing your practice and patient base. However, often times the secret to growth and retention is already in your practice. When her practice fell off the face of Google Dr Cigdem Kipel learnt this the hard way

Our first episode is all about how to maximise your patient referrals and keep and treasure the patients you have.