#64 – Becoming a Leader in the Community with Dr Mohit Tolani

“Why do you want to be a dentist?” The cliché response to this common question is that we want to help people. And it goes without saying, our general dentistry does this. But there is so much more that is possible.

Community engagement, public health policy, volunteering and health advocacy are all areas that can make a wider impact. And Dr Mohit Tolani does them all.

Mohit and I were lucky enough to meet at the Graduate of the Year Mini Residency in 2017. We were fresh out of University and ready to change the world. Interestingly, Mohit is well on his way.

His education pathway and community involvement all demonstrates his dedication to the community and oral health outcomes at large. This is inspiring stuff for those who want to give back.

TIP #59 – Starting Up with Implants with Dr Namita Gupta

Whether you’re an owner or associate, introducing implant dentistry into your practice isn’t a small task. From stocking up on componentry to training your DA’s to figuring out costs and consent forms – there are multiple factors that need to be considered.

Dr Namita Gupta, experienced implant dentist, education and multi-practice owner breaks it down for us. We discuss everything from how to start and maintain your implant education, how to access crucial mentorship, how to train up staff and how to work out the business and administrative aspect of implant dentistry.

TIP #58 – You Can’t Be Everything to Everyone with Dr Alistair Graham

As a dentist, you can’t be everything for everyone. Most of us learn this the hard way.

On this podcast, Dr Alistair Graham shares with us the value he gained from narrowing his career path and skill set in dentistry.

Determining the kind of dentist he wanted to be allowed him to focus his efforts and concentrate his skill development in the areas of dentistry that were right for him. Today, he and his team have absolute clarity on the kind of patient they want to attract to their clinic and as a result, they only perform the kind of dentistry they love. This is by design.

He explores the decision making process that every dentist has to go through to gain focus in their own career and determine the path that’s right for them.

TIP #57 – Systemising with Dr Mark Hassed

Did you think about how to drive the car to work today? Or how you brush your teeth? No, of course not, these are things we do on autopilot. And the reason for this is simple, it helps free our brain up for the more important decisions.

Dr Mark Hassed shares this important concept in relation to our clinical practice. Efficiency is his wheelhouse and this is a key component. Keep your brain free for the important decisions by systemising the rest.

Dr Mark Hassed is an expert in case acceptance and communication and this is one of hundreds of useful tips he’s shared over the years of coaching dentists via The Relaxed Dentist. He writes a weekly blog and has made his renowned course online, on-demand for your Covid shutdown blues.

#63 – Advocating for the Dental Profession with A/ Prof Matthew Hopcraft

When we graduate from dental school, most of us think our only path in dentistry is to become a clinical dentist working out of a dental clinic. A/Prof Matthew (Matt is preferred) Hopcraft has chosen a different avenue of practicing dentistry, as he is making a huge impact on communities in Australia because of it.

Matt is a recognised leader and expert in dental public health and advocacy and has been instrumental in not only advocating on behalf of the dental profession, but also relaying information to dentists themselves since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matt shares some great stories about his experiences of working in the army, becoming CEO of the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch, and taking part in the hit series Masterchef Australia.

Enjoy this fun episode as we talk to Matt about all the great things he has been doing in his extensive career.

TIP #55 – Don’t Die Wondering, Ask with Dr Mark Hassed

You will get the girl/boy, the job or the case acceptance if you do not simply ask.

Sounds obvious, but critically analyse your own communication and case acceptance. Are there situations where you’ve seen a patient again and again and fallen into a habit of single tooth dentistry, without offering the comprehensive solution?

Dr Mark Hassed is an expert in case acceptance and communication and this is one of hundreds of useful tips he’s shared over the years of coaching dentists via The Relaxed Dentist. He writes a weekly blog and has made his renowned course online, on-demand for your covid shutdown blues.

Don’t die wondering, Ask!

TIP #54 – Understanding CEREC Basics with Dr Alistair Graham

Dr Alistair Graham is a trainer for one of the most popular CEREC courses in Australia run by CEREC pro Dr Lawrence Lau.

In this podcast we discuss the basics of CEREC; how to get started, what to focus on and what common pitfalls to avoid as a beginner.

He also shares with us his appointment workflow and how it all comes together in his highly successful private practice.

TIP #53 – Retention with Dr Jesse Green

Imagine a bath filling up with water. The water is new patients and it’s a vital component of a busy and successful practice. If you want to fill the bath, would you leave the sink unplugged?

Why is it many dentists and practices don’t first think to plug the leak before filling the bath?

Patient retention is vital for practice owners and associates alike. Your books are your responsibility. You can impact this and there are some simple yet vital ways you can keep yourself busy and loved by your patients.

Dr Jesse Green wrote the Book Retention: How to plug the #1 profit leak in your dental practice – find it on drjessegreen.com or Amazon.

TIP #52 – Orthodontics by General Dentists with Dr Tim Maxwell

This is a slightly controversial subject, so we’re going to lean into it with Dr Tim Maxwell.

It’s no secret that there are some specialist orthodontists who are against general dentists performing ortho. One of the reasons is that there is too vast a difference between the depth of education an orthodontist receives versus what’s available for general dentists to start immediately practicing ortho.

For a GP dentist wanting to learn ortho, not having the full support of the specialists doesn’t provide much confidence in what’s already a daunting educational pursuit. Not only that, there are strongly held and contentious opinions out there when it comes to different aspects of ortho: extraction vs non extraction, fixed vs clear aligners, age of intervention, degrees of airway involvement and more, further adding to the confusion.

Dr Tim Maxwell shares how he learned the importance of gaining both breadth and depth in navigating the world of orthodontic education for GPs. He talks about how to critically evaluate various education providers to gain a balanced perspective on the landscape and practice ortho competently and safely.

#61 – Artificial Intelligence and Authorship with Padma Gadiyar

What do you think dentistry will look like in 30 years?

It’s a good question, for many of us we’ll still be practicing and caring for our patients. So what impact will technology have on our practice? Without a doubt digital dentistry is having an impact, but so is AI.

Dr Padma Gadiyar is on the cutting edge of the intersection of AI and dentistry. Specifically patient managment and engagement. She is the founder of smilo.ai, an app and software that helps patients monitor their condition with their dentist and suggests if they have dental disease that needs to be addressed.

Dr Padma is not only a tech entraprenaur, she is also a practice owner and mother who has achieved so much in her career, with the added challange of immigrating to Australia after graduation.

This is an engaging episode with an inspiring women. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.