#46 – Dental Education with Dr Susie Dracopoulos

There are a few people in your career who really leave an impact. Your first clinical mentor, your first employer, your close classmates. One of the most impactful for a generation of dentists at The University of Sydney is Dr Susie Dracopoulos – affectionately referred to as Dr D.

Dr D was the welcoming face at my first dentistry lecture. She led our preclinical training and was the year coordinator in those formative years. And while dentistry can be a stressful degree with stories that make some of us sweat years later, Dr D was a consistent support and a passionate teacher.

It goes without saying this one is nostalgic for me. But past that it is a window into teaching and the paths your career can take outside of clinical practice. Dr Dracopoulos is now the Scientific Affairs and Education Manager for the ANZ division of 3M Oral Care. A fascinating role and window into one of the many paths a career can take.

A wide ranging discussion with someone many of us know and trust, enjoy!

TIP#24: Choosing an Aligner System with Dr John Hagiliassis

Choosing an aligner system was once simple, you had little choice, it was just Invisalign.

But the few became many and the options only continue to expand today. With direct to consumer businesses on the market in Australia, the competition is increasing.

Today we invite Dr John Hagiliasis to talk about choosing an aligner system and what you should consider when making the selection.

#45 – The First Few Years After Graduation

Mentorship is a hot topic. Everyone wants a mentor to help them through the early stages of their career. But what about the first and perhaps most influential mentors – your university friends?

This is a discussion with some of the people who genuinely got me through dental school. Dr Andre Audet, Dr Katherine Del Santo, Dr Brendan Scott and Dr Akshay Sidana came on the show to share their first few years after graduation and the tips and advice they feel will help you maximise your early career.

From dentistry in Canada to Burnout and work life balance – we cover a lot!

Enjoy, and feel free to reach out if you want to connect with Andre, Kat, Brendan or Akshay!

TIP#22: Tips for Endodontic Access with Dr Matthew Youssef – What I Wish I Knew

We can’t do good endodontics without having a good access, and we can’t have a good access without being able to see where we are going.

Dr Matthew Youssef from ARIA Dental Education is better known for his skills with implants however he is also an exceptional general dentist and today on the podcast he shares some tips on how to better visualise and systemise our endodontic access cavities to ensure we are doing low stress, thorough and efficient endodontics

#44 – NSFW; The (Hilarious) side of Dentistry You Don’t See on Social Media

Great dentistry takes decades to learn. Refinement of skills is a process of dedication and persistence. And these are traits Dr Anthony Mak has in droves.

Anthony spent his first few years spread between a few practices with varying experiences and this gave him the well rounded foundation to use as a spring board for his career. Just this story alone is so useful in allowing us to consider and plan our journey in dentistry.

This is just the start of the tips advice and concepts Anthony shares in this podcast.

Dr Anthony Mak is making waves in dentistry and really contributing to the education of the dental community so for that we say thanks and for joining us on this engaging podcast interview.

TIP#21: Keys to Nailing your Aligner Software Setup with Dr John Hagiliassis

How you set up your Aligner software dictates how smooth your aligner treatment goes. Mistakes at this stage prolong treatment and can lead to unhappy patients and unhappy dentists!

Dr John Hagiliassis from AORTA Dental Education shares his thoughts on what to focus on and how to nail your software setup.

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.

#43 – Work Hard, Play Hard with Anthony Mak

Great dentistry takes decades to learn. Refinement of skills is a process of dedication and persistence. And these are traits Dr Anthony Mak has in droves.

Anthony spent his first few years spread between a few practices with varying experiences and this gave him the well rounded foundation to use as a spring board for his career. Just this story alone is so useful in allowing us to consider and plan our journey in dentistry.

This is just the start of the tips advice and concepts Anthony shares in this podcast.

Dr Anthony Mak is making waves in dentistry and really contributing to the education of the dental community so for that we say thanks and for joining us on this engaging podcast interview.

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.