Guest blog: Our Glasgow dental clinic PA Carly talks about her role

Helping the clinic run smoothly: Carly Doherty

Helping the clinic run smoothly: Carly Doherty

Behind every successful dental clinic is a great PA! That’s what I like to tell Philip and my colleagues on a regular basis.

I’ve worked with Philip for almost four years now and carried out my role in the period of build-up to the new clinic opening its doors in November, 2010. That build-up period was full=on and hectic, helping Philip run his previous clinic premises as well as supporting him in what was a major renovation project of our existing building. It was stressful but enjoyable and hugely satisfying to see the new clinic take shape, open and welcome our first patients.

In previous careers I’ve worked in customer service environments and so appreciate the importance of delivering the best to our patients.

For everything to run smoothly in the surgeries, it’s important to have first-class back-up support in terms of administration and organisation.
With Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry in Glasgow, I work two full days within the clinic and I also have the flexibility to work from home, which suits me perfectly.

Any working mother with small children will appreciate it is key for the work/home balance to be right in order to succeed in both.

A busy week will consist of managing Phil’s diary commitments , managing the accounts and supplier invoices, liasing with associates/staff/marketing team, booking courses/events, and general administration work. The organisational aspect of my job is something I really enjoy along with the variety in my role.

PERFECTLY ORGANISED

I’m based in a small but perfectly organised office in the clinic. There are no windows in the office I use so occasionally I’ll call my colleagues on reception to ask for a weather check before either heading out for lunch, on errands or at the end of the day when I’m leaving.

I think most people who know me would agree that being organised or taking the role of the ‘organiser’ comes naturally to me. I am a lover of lists and I enjoy ticking things off as I go! This works well in my home and also in my job at the clinic.

There’s a real ‘can-do’ attitude among all the clinical and administrative team members and I really enjoy that aspect of my work environment.

If, and when, the need arises I’ll jump onto the reception to assist my colleagues there and I really enjoy face-to-face contact with our patients – plus I can see out of the windows into the bustling West End and keep an eye on the weather at the same time!
I am fortunate to work with an incredible team of people and feel so blessed that I look forward to coming to work.

If you have any queries about this blog or would like more information about the dental services and treatments we offer please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Gaining new techniques in dental implants for our patients

Dental implants are my particular focus in dentistry and I’ve travelled all over the UK and the rest of the world in pursuit of the latest techniques and understanding of what is, I believe, one of the greatest advances in cosmetic and restorative dentistry in the last 40 years.

For many years now, we have been using the all on four technique with Nobel Biocare implants to restore the dentition in those who have lost or are loosing all of the teeth in one arch.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

Recently I travelled to Essex to spend two days with fellow implant dentist Andrew Moore who uses a different implant system to carry out this technique with many benefits that I wanted to see first hand.

Since qualification in 1988 Dr Moore expanded his clinical experience by taking the post of Honorary Clinical Assistant in Oral Surgery at Basildon Hospital. He then completed a 2 year Postgraduate course in Orthodontics at Southend Hospital.

Like me, Andrew’s main interest is in the field of Implantology, which he has pursued with a commitment to postgraduate qualifications in this field, including a 1 year course in Implantology at The Centre for Reconstructive Surgery, Harley Street, London.

SUPERB OPERATOR

He was one of the first dentists to be awarded The Diploma in Implant Dentistry by the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners at The Royal College of Surgeons. Andrew has now been placing dental implants since 1997 has extensive experience and takes referrals for implant treatment from other dentists in the area. Andrew now teaches Implant Dentistry to other dentists at the practice and at the Royal College of Surgeons.

It was good to see Andrew at work – he’s a superb operator – and interesting to see another clinic in full swing, especially when dental implant surgery is underway.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our focus on dental implant surgery then please contact the Glasgow clinic via this website or by telephoning our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

If you’re based in Edinburgh I also offer my dental implant surgery services at the New Town Dental Care Clinic.

Restorative dentistry: offering patients at our Glasgow dental clinic great results

Part of a dental professional’s calendar is taken up with attending courses and seminars each year.

It’s a key part of our professional development and a vital step in ensuring that we’re at the forefront when it comes to acquiring the latest knowledge and expertise which we can then pass on in our treatments and services to our patients – whether this is in the pursuit of a smile makeover, cosmetic or restorative dentistry or dental implants surgery.

Recently I attended an excellent practical training session in London with a pioneering restorative dentist called Jason Smithson.

During the course we focused on the artistic aspects of working with composite resin materials to create restorations of teeth that are as close to nature as possible.

The advances in this field in the last few years alone have been major and we’re able to complete some excellent work for our patients as a result.

The course was great and we’re now awaiting the delivery of some new first-class materials and instruments to use in the clinic to help us achieve the best results possible.

If you have any questions about the above blog or would like to find out more about the treatments and services that we offer our patients please contact us via the website or by telephoning the Glasgow clinic on 0141 339 7579.

As well as practising in the Glasgow clinic I also offer dental implant surgery to patients in Edinburgh, working in the New Town Dental Care clinic.

Hygiene focus: key to good dental health

According to recent figures released by the British Dental Health Foundation, the nation’s dental cleaning habits are the subject of somewhat interesting reading.

The figures which were released as part of the recent National Smile Month revealed the following…

42 per cent of adults use just a toothbrush and toothpaste for their oral care.

31 per cent of adults use mouthwash

and perhaps the most concerning, only 21 per cent of adults use dental floss.

art work to promote dental hygiene at our Glasgow dental clinic

A message for all

So that means only one in five of us is flossing on a regular basis.

Hygiene Therapy should be an integral and key part of your dental regime – EVERY DAY!

Our team of hygienists here at our Glasgow dental clinic are on hand to advise on all aspects of dental hygiene.

Flossing – thereby cleaning the tiny spaces between your teeth – should be an important part of your regime.

An effective oral hygiene regime is vital if your teeth are to stay strong and healthy.

In addition to cleaning with toothpaste, daily flossing and brushing the tiny spaces between your teeth – the interdental areas – are also recommended.

EFFECTIVE FLOSSING

Here is a step-by-step guide to effective flossing compiled by the team at Oral-B:

1. Tear off 45cms (18 inches) of dental floss and wrap it several times round the middle fingers of both hands until the length is reduced to about 10cms (4 inches).

2. To clean the interdental areas in the upper jaw stretch a short section of floss firmly over both thumbs and carefully insert the floss to avoid injuring your gums.

3. Wrap the floss around each tooth in a U shape and move it up and down approximately SIX times, applying slight pressure. Never move it from side to side.

4. To clean the interdental areas in the lower jaw stretch the floss over the tips of both index fingers and floss as for the upper jaw.

5. Use a fresh piece of floss for each tooth by re-looping the floss over your fingers.

Should you have any questions about this blog or you wish to consult any of our dental professionals in relation to any treatments or services we offer please contact us via the website or by telephoning 0141 339 7579.