TIP #136 – Seeing Your First Patient with Dr Nicole Contemplacion & Laura Righetto (OHT)

Welcome to What I Wish I Knew by Dental Head Start. This is a podcast where we learn from people that have been there, made the mistakes, learnt the lessons and have developed into the accomplished dental professionals they are today.

It’s your weekly mentoring session.

Hosted by Christina Potestas 

I wanted to dedicate this episode to all my peers and of course all dental students who will be reaching what I believe to be one of the biggest milestones of dental school and that is seeing your very first patient. In first year, It was something I always thought about, although an exciting thought it didn’t come without doubt in myself.

I sat down with 2 very special people who I actually went to High school with, and who are now established dental clinicians practicing privately in Sydney. I remember them being such great, friendly personalities during highschool that I feel comfortable to turn to these two to ease my nerves of seeing my first patient and am delighted to share the chat we had with you all. 

You listening may be a 2nd year ready to see your very first patient, or maybe you’re someone who knows someone who is about to endeavour on this part of their journey, Or you may just be curious about what these 2 have to say. Whoever you are, I hope you enjoy listening to the chat just as much as I did having it.

TIP #115 – That OHT Clean Feeling! with William Carlson-Jones

‘Why can’t you get that stubborn piece of calculus off? In this WIWIK we bring back CJ to ask how to get that OHT clean feeling along with advice on proper periodontal charting and handling of children with a clean. Stay tuned!’

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?

#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.