TIP #117 – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Oral Environment with Dr Samantha Byrne

In dentistry we learn lots about how bacteria is the cause of all our problems, from dental caries, gingivitis, pulp necrosis and periapical lesions, are all bacteria bad for us? To discuss this question I’ve brought on Senior Lecturer at Melbourne University, Dr Samantha Byrne to discuss all things saliva and the environment that it creates for our microbiome. Very quickly into this episode you’ll learn how quickly this stuff gets nuanced in that there’s not really such thing as a good or bad bacteria. Another is the different ways in which patients may misinterpret advice that we give them. Okay Dr I’ve stopped drinking that lemonade like you told me and replaced it with drinking lemon juice instead? Who knew spit could be so interesting. Let’s get into it!

TIP #116 – How to Shine Bright in Your Early Years of Dental School – with Sanika Shorey

In today’s episode is an interview with the current president of the Australian Dental Student Association Sanika Shorey. We talk about what to expect out of your first year! Really because all dental schools are different we’re more focusing on your overall first half of dental school and what things you should expect and prepare for. This is an episode that will equip you well, and if you have any dental student in mind that you think this could be targeted for please feel free to share this with them. 

FEATURE #80 – The Big Wide World of Oral Medicine with Dr Michelle Kang

In this month’s feature episode we ask Oral Medicine Specialist Dr Michelle Kang about her journey and experience through the big wide world of oral medicine. Topics discussed include the variation in city and rural cases, the experience of travelling and the importance of a good support network to help you through tough times. Please sit back and enjoy!

TIP #112 – The Broadening Scope of the OHT with William Carlson-Jones

In the ever evolving field of dentistry the role of the oral health therapist has morphed and changed. Different age ranges different types of treatment and all varied across different states. This gets pretty confusing. With me here today is the Vice president of ADOHTA, Lecturer at USYD and a fellow Colgate advocate for oral health which shout out we’re both apart of. I thought CJ would be an excellent start to dive into all things OHT and get into topics such as the role of oral health promotion and trying to reduce disparities in oral health, and what are other opportunities that being in the dental health space offers?

FEATURE #79 – A Journey in Confidence with Dr Erica Hwin & Haydyn Bathurst

Happy New Year to our Dental Head Start family! To kick 2023 off, we wanted to touch base and share the big plans we have in store for you on The Dental Head Start Podcast.

Firstly, we’d like to welcome our superstar editor Haydyn Bathurst to the microphone for his official debut as our new student host! Haydyn has been a huge asset to the team and we’re excited to share his perspectives and advocacy for all the dental students out there.

With her shiny AHPRA registration in hand, Erica is now a new graduate dentist! In this episode, we’ll get to hear from her side of the table – her university experience, the lessons the podcast has taught her and how her first few weeks as a dentist have been. Join us as we dive into discussions about building confidence, exploring opportunities and the mentality we develop in order to navigate an industry as difficult as dentistry.

Thank you all for your endless support. Here’s to another bigger and better year!

FEATURE #72 – Perspectives of a Dental Student with Joanne Ling, Richard Zhu & Anushka Fernando

At Dental Head Start, our goal has always been to keep our conversations real and relevant for students and new grads, and so what better way to do that than to hear directly from you guys! In this episode, we are joined by some fellow students from around Australia, who are completing their final year of dental school, to get their perspectives on what it’s like for the new generation of dentists.

From USYD to UQ to La Trobe, join us to hear about the differences between each university’s curriculum and culture, the different committees and extra-curricular activities Richard, Anushka & Joanne are involved with, and the pearls of wisdom they have for younger students. We dive into what the future looks like for everyone and the topics that as future graduates, we’d love to learn more about.

And if there’s anything you’d like to learn more about, or even if you just want to chat, don’t be a stranger! We’d love to hear from you.

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Graeme Pearson @dr.graemepearson

TIP #81 – Alternate Career Pathways with Dr Rohan Krishnan

Being an operative dentist is the obvious career path after dental school, but it’s far from being the only option. 

In this podcast, Dr Rohan Krishnan explains why dentists are uniquely qualified to work in non-operative roles such as governance, education, non-profit organisations and other professional and regulatory bodies. 

He challenges us to explore how we can apply ourselves in an alternative capacity; perhaps as an advisor, board member, educator, committee organiser or executive, to unlock opportunities to do greater good and create true impact beyond our individual patients. 

Not only is Dr Krishnan a successful dentist and practice owner, he is the vice president of ADA NSW, Chairman of the “Filling the Gap” organization and a board member of the Australian Dental Council. 

Tune in to hear about his journey beyond the drill.

TIP #70 – Making the Most of Final Year with Dr Jeff Kho

We all know that one kid who never seems to study, is always playing games or out hitting the town, and yet still passes with flying colours and is everyone’s favourite friend.

Dental school is a rollercoaster. We’re learning the fundamentals of dentistry, figuring out what kinda dentist we want to be whilst trying to maintain a semblance of study-life balance. They say dental school is really just the beginnings of our journey and it all really starts the day we graduate, but what kind of things can we do now to really set us up on positive trajectory?

In this episode, Dr Jeff Kho reminisces on his days in dental school – and (surprise surprise!) how he wasn’t that superstar student. He talks about what he would do differently, knowing what he does now, and the stresses that in hindsight, he would’ve worried less about. We dive into the areas and disciplines that new grads don’t have as much experience in and what we can do to fill that gap in knowledge. Above all, we talk about the importance and value of investing in ourselves.

#35 – Dental students to Graduates with Dr Rohan Krishnan

You’ve heard me say it before:

Helping Dental Students Become Great Dentists

This is our motto and our mission. So, it makes perfect sense to have Dr Rohan Krishnan on the podcast to share his views, experience and vision with the Dental Head Start community.

Dr Krishnan has spent many years contributing to ADA NSW, initially on and then as chair of the Recent Graduate Committee and more recently as a Board Director. He is also on the board of Filling The Gap and runs his own private practice.

Impressive, yet my interest was peaked when he shared his new project…

#17 – Instagram Influence with Dr Bharat Agrawal, Dr Aodhan Docherty, Dr David Attia and Dr Yo-Han Choi

We’ve popped the panel interview cherry with four awesome guys. They are a powerhouse of amazing dentistry on instragram;
Dr Bharat Agrawal (@dr.bharat.agrawal),
Dr Yo-Han Choi(@dr.yohanchoi,
Dr David Attia (@dr.davidattia),
Dr Aodhan Docherty (@dr.aodhan).

These guys are simply killing in on instagram and it is genuinely a pleasure to see their cases. But there is more to them than just some fancy photography. I had the pleasure of picking apart their opinions, advice and the why behind what they do.