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The Dental Head Start Podcast
16 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
TIP #104 – At What Age Should We Start Ortho? with Dr Derek Mahony
So we see a child with some missing teeth, some crowding here or there and a bit of a funny bite. Do we intervene now? Or watch and wait, and let them grow into themselves? In this episode, we chat with Dr Derek Mahony about the age-old question of when to start orthodontic treatment. If you haven’t already, check out our previous episode (Early Airway Intervention & Orthodontics) where we talk about early airway intervention and how this can simplify and optimise orthodontic treatment later on. Because today, we talk about when exactly we should start assessing children, how to assess peak growth and the ideal age to begin treatment. The post TIP #104 – At What Age Should We Start Ortho? with Dr Derek Mahony appeared first on Dental Head Start.
108 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
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! The post FEATURE #75 – Weightlifting, Oral Surgery & The Origins of DPR with Dr Soo-Wee Ong appeared first on Dental Head Start.
22 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
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. The post TIP #103 – Struggles & Lessons of Your Early Years with Dr Alice Whang appeared first on Dental Head Start.
26 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
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. The post TIP #102 – Show & Tell With Photography with Dr Paul Jay Hwin appeared first on Dental Head Start.
21 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
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! The post TIP #101 – Time Management with Dr Phillip Nguyen appeared first on Dental Head Start.
25 minutes | Aug 31, 2022
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. The post TIP #100 – A Year Away From Dentistry with Dr David Keir appeared first on Dental Head Start.
24 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
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! The post TIP #99 – The Legal Side of Practice Ownership with Harry Nicolaidis appeared first on Dental Head Start.
31 minutes | Aug 17, 2022
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. The post TIP #98 – How to Connect with Patients with Dr Paul Jay Hwin appeared first on Dental Head Start.
89 minutes | Aug 14, 2022
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. The post FEATURE #74 – Success & Dentapreneurialism with Dr Kinnar Shah appeared first on Dental Head Start.
28 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
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. The post TIP #97 – Early Airway Intervention & Orthodontics with Dr Derek Mahony appeared first on Dental Head Start.
15 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
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. The post TIP #96 – A Complaint? Now What? with Harry Nicolaidis appeared first on Dental Head Start.
29 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
TIP #95 – Who Needs Insurance? with Bhupesh Kaphle
I’m young, fit and healthy…do I really need health insurance? Can’t I cheap out and just not buy travel insurance? What exactly is professional indemnity? Just like tax, there’s a lot of different types of insurance. And when we haven’t directly experienced a sticky situation, it’s often hard to see the value of it or understand what they entail. In this episode, Bhupesh Kaphle talks us through the basics of insurance and why it’s important. At the end of the day, you’d rather have your back covered, than to have regrets when things don’t go to plan. The post TIP #95 – Who Needs Insurance? with Bhupesh Kaphle appeared first on Dental Head Start.
40 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
TIP #94 – Standing Your Ground with Dr Amanda Phoon Nguyen
All it takes is one conversation to start a movement or inspire a change. In this episode, we wind down with Dr Amanda Phoon Nguyen and take a deep dive into aspects of our lives beyond just clinical dentistry. I think Dr Amanda is such a wonderful role model for younger dentists in terms of living to your greatest potential, chasing your passions and not worrying so much about what other people think. We talk about all things from work-life balance (and does that even exist), managing self-doubt and imposter syndrome and standing your ground and knowing when to say no. We also discuss Dr Amanda’s role as current President for the Western Australia Women in Dentistry committee, what it means to her and their vision for the future. So grab yourselves a cup of tea and wind down with us for this heart to heart chat. The post TIP #94 – Standing Your Ground with Dr Amanda Phoon Nguyen appeared first on Dental Head Start.
67 minutes | Jul 17, 2022
FEATURE #73 – Marathoning Dentistry, Endodontic Training & PhDs with Dr Aovana Timmerman
If there’s one thing I took away from this episode with Dr Aovana Timmerman, it is that dentistry is a marathon not a sprint. It takes discipline, persistence and a consistent pace to maintain motivation and prevent burnout. In this episode, we talk to Dr Aovana about what it is that drives her passion for continuous learning and growth in dentistry, and the parallels our profession has with physical activity. We reflect on her journey as a general dentist for 10 years, before undergoing endodontic specialist training, research and why she’s now chosen to undertake a PhD. Dr Aovana is a fantastic role model and really instills confidence in young dentists that there is so much potential for us to do great things - we just have to chase it! The post FEATURE #73 – Marathoning Dentistry, Endodontic Training & PhDs with Dr Aovana Timmerman appeared first on Dental Head Start.
39 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
TIP #93 – What Did I Sign Up For? with Harry Nicolaidis
Congratulations - you’ve just landed yourself a job offer! But now, as you sit down to have a look at the contract you’ve been given, you start to wonder, ‘What did I sign up for?’ It’s job hunting season, and whether you’re new to the game and looking for your first gig or if you already have a job under your belt but have questions about your contract, we’ve got you covered. Ever wondered what the differences between employee-employer relationships, contractors or service and facilities arrangements (SFAs)? In this episode, we bring it back down to basics to cover all the things we should know when signing a contract. The post TIP #93 – What Did I Sign Up For? with Harry Nicolaidis appeared first on Dental Head Start.
120 minutes | Jun 19, 2022
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. Find us on Instagram or Facebook! Dental Head Start @dentalheadstart Erica Hwin @ericahwin.dmd Cigdem Kipel @dr.cigdemkipel Graeme Pearson @dr.graemepearson The post FEATURE #72 – Perspectives of a Dental Student with Joanne Ling, Richard Zhu & Anushka Fernando appeared first on Dental Head Start.
30 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
TIP #92 – Working Out The Prosthetic Side of Implants with Rob Dulieu
If you’ve ever flipped through a product catalog for prosthetic implant components, you’ll know that there is a LOT there. Literally hundreds of components, connections, abutments, screws, copings, healing caps, analogs, channels and more. And that’s just for one brand. So when we come to restoring implants, what do we ask our lab for? How do we make decisions around implant prosthetics? What are the common mistakes people make here? Rob Dulieu is a master ceramist and lab technician with extensive experience in all types of implant restorations - everything from single implant crowns to complex multi-unit cases. He has guided many young dentists through this steep learning curve and shares with us his top tips for restoring implants and the decision making process around the prosthetic side of implants. The post TIP #92 – Working Out The Prosthetic Side of Implants with Rob Dulieu appeared first on Dental Head Start.
30 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
TIP #91 – The Non-Tooth-Related Toothache with Dr Amanda Phoon Nguyen
“If you cannot replicate the pain, don’t take the tooth out.” The non-tooth-related toothache - the age old conundrum that seems to trouble all dentists. But what is it really in the hands of an oral medicine specialist? In this episode, Dr Amanda Phoon Nguyen breaks down orofacial pain - from its presentation and diagnosis to how it might be managed. We talk about what general dentists should expect when these patients present at their door, and how they should liaise with specialists. This is a dense and fascinating discussion about the complexities of orofacial pain. And whilst it may be beyond the scope of general dentists to treat alone, I think it is crucial to appreciate what it is to understand where we stand in the holistic management and treatment of these patients. The post TIP #91 – The Non-Tooth-Related Toothache with Dr Amanda Phoon Nguyen appeared first on Dental Head Start.
41 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
TIP #90 – What Your Lab Technician is Really Thinking with Rob Dulieu
What do lab technicians really wish for from their dentists? I asked Rob Duleiu, dental technician and master ceramist at RWD dental lab, to give it to us straight. And it’s about criticizing our preps. In this podcast, Rob and I get into the top do’s and don’ts for dentists, but from the point of view of a ceramist or technician. He reveals some eye opening insights around what we can do as dentists to make life easier for our lab technicians, how to help them do better work for us and achieve a better outcome for our patients. If you’ve ever blamed your lab for something less than ideal, listen to this episode. We talk preps, impressions, scanning, mode of communication, feedback, photography, videography and more. There’s so much in our control. The post TIP #90 – What Your Lab Technician is Really Thinking with Rob Dulieu appeared first on Dental Head Start.
57 minutes | May 29, 2022
TIP #89 – Tax, What’s That? with Bhupesh Kaphle
We learn a lot of things throughout our extensive education, but the one thing we don’t really cover before we graduate is what to do when we suddenly have a taxable income. Thankfully, even though I have no idea, we have people like Bhupesh Kaphle - an accountant and tax & business advisory specialist - where this is his area of expertise. In this episode, we cover all the tax basics from the different types of taxes, your assessable income, allowable deductions, choosing a good accountant and the importance of recording your expenses. For those in a similar boat to me, who also get overwhelmed by this topic, I hope this is a beneficial episode for you to tune into! The post TIP #89 – Tax, What’s That? with Bhupesh Kaphle appeared first on Dental Head Start.
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