Dentistry Tips Blog

FEATURE #75 – Weightlifting, Oral Surgery & The Origins of DPR with Dr Soo-Wee Ong

Dr Soo-Wee Ong – Oral Surgeon by Day, Weightlifter by Night, Founder of DPR and All Round Awesome Guy.

In this jam-packed episode, we talk about everything from how weightlifting changed Soo-Wee’s life, to his early days as a magician on the side. We discuss the differences between dentistry in Australia and New Zealand, where Oral Surgeons stand in the field and the humble origins of DPR.

We discuss Soo-Wee’s attitude towards sharing knowledge and why he’s so passionate about educating the younger generation. This episode was such a wonderful mix of fun stories and the valuable lessons Soo-Wee has for grads. You don’t want to miss it!

TIP #103 – Struggles & Lessons of Your Early Years with Dr Alice Whang

It’s easy to see the confidence and competence of senior dentists and to compare ourselves to them, and oftentimes it’s easy to forget that they were once students too.

In this episode, we are joined by Dr Alice Whang to talk through the ups and downs of Dr Alice’s journey from a student to where she is now – a phenomenal clinician and a RIPE Global educator. This was a heartwarming chat where we discuss the trials and tribulations every new grad goes through.

If you haven’t already, you have to check out Dr Alice’s instagram @dralice.dentistry where she is always sharing simple clinical pro tips that can make a huge difference to how we practice. You’ll find her page full of tips on better rubber dam, using teflon, matrix selection and taking better intraoral scans.

TIP #102 – Show & Tell With Photography with Dr Paul Jay Hwin

They say a picture tells a thousand words, and in the world of dentistry, this could not be more powerful.

In this episode, we’re joined with Dr Paul Jay Hwin to talk about the power of photography and the various ways we can implement it into our appointments to communicate, educate and ultimately, connect better with our patients.

It’s one thing to look smart with tech, and take Insta-worthy photographs, but it’s a whole different ball game to know how and when to present these photos to really hit home.

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 #100 – A Year Away From Dentistry with Dr David Keir

Dental Head Start was founded in 2018 by Dr David Keir with the hopes of helping students and new graduates transition from textbooks into clinical practice. Since then, we’ve released 174 episodes, garnered over 230,000 listens, and this episode is our 100th WIWIK!

In this episode, we are joined by David, who has taken the year away from dentistry, to hear what life has been like on the road, his discoveries and his vision for the future.

TIP #99 – The Legal Side of Practice Ownership with Harry Nicolaidis

For a number of us, the goal is perhaps to one day own our own dental clinic. However, we were only ever taught how to be good clinicians, and practice ownership is a whole different can of worms.
In this episode, we are joined with Harry Nicolaidis, one of Australia’s leading lawyers in the field of dentistry. We discuss the different ways we can get into practice ownership, what we should look out for and the checklists we should cover before getting our feet wet.
This is just a small introduction into the world of practice ownership, but for those who are interested we hope it’s a little taster. Let us know if you’d like to hear more!

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.

FEATURE #74 – Success & Dentapreneurialism with Dr Kinnar Shah

One of the things we always try to do with the podcast is to bring on dentists from all different walks of life because there are so many facets to dentistry. But, we don’t know what we don’t know. Most of us go through dental school only ever seeing the clinical side – practicing as a general dentist, specialising, academics & research. But this is really just the tip of the iceberg.

In this month’s feature we are joined by Dr Kinnar Shah. Dr Kinnar is a Dentapreneur – that is, the intersection between dentistry and entrepreneurialism. He is a business and success coach, where he helps dentists and practice owners realise their full potential or as he might say, “Create their destiny by design, not by default.”

In this episode, we talk about what success is and the journey towards it, how books have played a paramount importance in Dr Kinnar’s life and different non-clinical skills that are needed to go far in our careers. We talk about Dentapreneurs which is the group Dr Kinnar created to connect like-minded individuals in the industry, what it means, where it’s headed and how we can all be involved.

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 #96 – A Complaint? Now What? with Harry Nicolaidis

So you’ve gotten yourself into a little bit of a sticky situation and received a complaint…now what? Now, fingers crossed this never actually happens to any of us, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry, to be informed and to have all our bases covered.

Harry Nicolaidis is one of Australia’s leading alternative dispute and litigation lawyers, and assists health practitioners and dental practice owners across a wide range of issues. In this episode, we talk about what to do and perhaps more importantly, what not to do when faced with a complaint. We talk about the protocols we should have in place to look after ourselves and our patients, and who our first point of call ought to be.
Litigation is a scary part of dentistry, but at the end of the day, there is a wide support network around us that we can tap into. You don’t have to face it alone.