TIP #101 – Time Management with Dr Phillip Nguyen

It’s something you never have enough of and yet it creeps up on you insidiously and slips between your fingers before you can get a hold of it. Ah, time… you sneaky little thing.

In today’s episode, we are joined by Dr Phillip Nguyen who’s a new grad and was in my shoes not too long ago. We talk about his experience in his first year out – the transition from uni clinics into private practice and the little tips he has on how we can be more efficient with our time. Regardless of whether you’re a new grad or an experienced dentist, we are always looking for ways to better manage your time, and so I hope you gain a tip or two from this episode!

TIP #98 – How to Connect with Patients with Dr Paul Jay Hwin

Everyone says we have to be good at communicating, but what are practical actionable steps we can take to actually achieve this? What should you say? What shouldn’t you say?

In this episode, we cover exactly that. We are joined by Dr Paul Jay Hwin where we discuss the importance of connecting and building value with patients. Paul shares simple tips and a basic framework that we can implement when talking to our patients today. In this episode, we learn how to dive deeper to better understand our patient’s story and what’s truly important to them so we can provide them with the best possible care.

TIP #97 – Early Airway Intervention & Orthodontics with Dr Derek Mahony

As general dentists, oftentimes we’re the first people to be looking into the mouths of young patients. I know for many of us, treating children can be stressful, and we just want them in and out of there ASAP, no dramas caused. But what if we told you that by doing a simple examination and asking a few key questions, we could make the world of difference to their overall development?

Dr Derek Mahony has been leading the field of orthodontics and early airway intervention for decades now. In this episode, we discuss the links between teeth, the airways and a child’s development. We discuss the importance of a general dentist’s role, the questions we should be asking parents, and what to look out for during our examination of the child.

TIP #82 – Discovering Your CPD Journey with Dr James Tran

They say the learning never stops, which is where CPD (aka Continued Professional Development) allows us to expand our skillset and learn new perspectives and techniques in treatment.

This week I sat down with Dr. James Tran who told me all about his experiences taking CPD, what his experiences have been, and how to go about choosing the right course for yourself.

#54 – [Re-Run] Dr David McIntosh

Imagine walking into your child’s room to find a stranger choking your child. Fear, panic and an immediate response would be instant, of course with a heroic end and a safe child. However, it is common to let our children snore, effectively choking, each night without investigation or treatment.

As dentists we are the gateway to the mouth. We see our patients regularly, we monitor their development and we should know the signs of sleep disordered breathing. And when we do, we can make a change in our patients lives.

This episode we have the absolute pleasure of speaking with Dr David McIntosh. David is a paediatric ENT with a special interest in airway, snoring and sleep apnoea. David is a published author on this topic with an excellent book called Snored to Death – I recommend everyone reads this. David runs multiple facebook pages in an attempt to educate and change the old ways of letting our children struggle to breath at night.

TIP#29: Maintaining Focus During Long Appointments with Dr Michael Frazis

You could say early stage dentists are used to long apointments. After all, we started with 3hr marathons at university.

But a 3+ hr appointment in private practice doing difficult dentistry on often anxious patients is a whole new ball game. The focus and risk of letting standards slip is high and this is no easy task.

Dr Michael Frazis shares a recent case and some tips to maintain your focus and achieve high level outcomes in long appointments. It can be as much about what you don’t do, as what you do..

#24 – Dr Lincoln Harris on Dentistry Today and How he Got Here

It’s not fast
It’s OK to break the tooth!
Every piece you break out gives more room for the remaining bit. Keep Cutting whatever is left in half until it’s gone

Dr Lincoln Harris on surgical extractions

Over the years I’ve learnt a lot from Dr Lincoln Harris. He was one of the first to share cases on Facebook in the way we commonly see today and this blew my mind at the time, not only because of what was possible, but also because of how much I learnt from these posts.

Lincolns teaching has expanded from social media to international lectures, hands on courses and sold out local events. His online community at RIPE is one of the biggest dental gatherings in the world and his online academy continues to grow every year.

I feel the impact of this cannot be understated and it’s my pleasure to interview Lincoln on his path and future in dentistry.