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 Erica Hwin

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!

Dr Phillip Nguyen

Originally from Adelaide, Dr Phillip Nguyen attended La Trobe University in Regional Victoria and graduated in 2021. He was named the Australian Dental Graduate of the Year. He works in a private practice as an associate dentist at Avenue Dental on the Sunshine Coast. As a student, he served on the ADSA Committee in multiple roles including Media Officer, Secretary and President. Now, he is the Convenor of ADAQ’s Recent Graduates and Students Committee. Phillip’s interests in dentistry are varied and include cosmetic dentistry and full mouth rehabilitations. He also loves seeing paediatric and special needs patients.


Clinical Aligner Excellence

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Aligners are becoming an integral part of private practice. Whether you are new to aligner therapy or an experienced practitioner, the opportunities are vast. But how do you do it at a high standard, efficiently and profitably?

Dr Geoff Hall and Dr Jesse Green have come together to help with these key problems through Clear Aligner Excellence – their latest education platform.

Visit clearex.com.au for more information. You can expect a wealth of knowledge to help improve your practice as well as huge discounts on major aligner therapy companies and lab fees.


Avant Dental 

Digital dentistry is becoming a large part of our dental profession and our daily workflows. With all the new changes in our industry, how do you know you’ll be leveraging the most of the technology at your disposal?

Avant is a full-service dental laboratory specialising in crown and bridge, implants, splints and a range of removable prosthetic restorations. They deliver the best quality and competitive prices with materials manufactured from the best facilities in the world,.

Visit www.avantdental.com.au for more information. Avant will help support your digital dentistry journey and provide excellent service along the way.

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