Dentist blog

A view from the other side

The last few weeks have seemed a little bit like a ‘view from the other side’, some of it in our field and some in other areas of healthcare. In a short space of time I have experienced routine checks, treatment with and without local anaesthetic, surgery, a GA and a hospital stay, and not all for the same thing! Despite the fact that of course out of choice you wouldn’t necessarily want all of the above, it has given me the opportunity to consider how our patients feel and how we disseminate information.
Roger Matthews

GDPR 6 months on

Join Roger Matthews taking a look back at one of the big issues of the day for dentistry in 2018. We’re now six months on from ‘GDPR Day’, after which, allegedly, dentists could no longer communicate with their patients and we’d all stop getting those spam e-mails. Hmm, the power of mythology, eh?
antibiotic jar

Keeping antibiotics working: The role of the dental practice team

As a dental health professional, you will be aware that the effectiveness of antibiotics is fast-reducing and treating infections is becoming more difficult as bacteria become increasingly resistant. Dentistry currently accounts for around 9% of all antibiotic prescriptions in UK primary care, and this could be reduced if both dental professionals and their patients are even more mindful of their approach to antibiotics.

CASTing out mouth cancer

November marks #MouthCancerAction Month! An important campaign, organised by the Oral Health Foundation, that we are proud supporters of, which aims to raise awareness of a disease that impacts countless lives across the country and the world.
the value of health

The Value of Health

I dare say that if I use the word “wealth”, many people will immediately think of it in terms of net worth, money, or an abundance of valuable possessions. In this context, it is more than a little sobering that just eight billionaires own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who form the poorest half of the entire world’s population.
Teamwork

Learning what we can achieve as a joined up profession

In the last few weeks I have had the luxury of spending a lot of time with my team and even some time with our extended team of practice advisors. This is a rare occurrence on both fronts.
Solent Fort

Accepting we are responsible for our choices can be liberating

I stood on the edge of a fort in the middle of the Solent recently and took in the sea and the sky around me. It changed as I watched it and being able to see the weather approaching from a distance made me realise how little control we have over some things in life. Coming across from the direction of the Isle of Wight, the sky was darkening and you could see the wind increasing.
Open water swimming

Find people who understand you at courses and events

Well a few hours ago I had a gorgeous drive as the sun rose on my way up the M3 to Heathrow. Belfast clearly didn’t get the advance weather requirements I sent…I’m beginning to think my requests go unheeded!!!
cycling

The positive side of risk management

I have recently returned from presenting at our first cycle conference. One of the days I presented for almost two hours in a very hot room on the subject of risk management. Poor delegates I hear you cry, worn out from cycling all day in the Mallorcan sun and having to sit in a warm room and listen to me.
Henry Clover

Plus ça change...

I must confess to a penchant for little-known facts. Keeping this relatively on topic, take dental floss, for example – the secret weapon of toxophilites to establish nocking points.