TIP #137 – OHT Student Spotlight with Kaitlyn White: Thriving and Surviving Uni

Wow, we are well within the first semester this year and whatever part of our dental school journey we might be at, I think it would be pretty safe to say it’s only going to get harder before it gets easier at this stage. My guest in today’s episode is someone who has amassed over 1500 followers on social media by sharing her life as an OHT student and you can tell she’s a devoted one as she manages to share her oral health knowledge in such a way that would make the most anxious patient passionate about their smile. We caught up since wrapping up uni last year and talk about what we’re doing to thrive and survive another challenging year of school.

#41 – Hygiene is the engine of the practice with Salik Faniad

Great dentistry requires a team. Reception staff, dental assistants and, if you’re lucky enough, hygienists/oral health therapists.

The benefits of a strong hygiene team are clear. Comprehensive care for the gingival health of our patients, another clinician able to identify and discuss treatment and crucially, the dentists time is freed up to focus on restorative and surgical procedures.

We train relatively isolated from our oral health therapist colleagues and graduate without a strong understanding of where they fit into the private practice setting.

With our first hygienist guest, Salik Faniad, on the Dental Head Start Podcast, I hope this to open your eyes to the potential of a hygiene team. I said it multiple times in the interview, Salik’s passion is infectious and I hope this motivates you as much as it motivated me.