The Dental Head Start podcast is made to help dental students become great dentists. You can't google the path to dental success, but you can learn from those already there. We interview dentists who have achieved what you're striving for and get the story behind the struggles, the successes and the advice they want you to hear. Get the head start you need in your dental career.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.