Working with our PEERS: New group launches

Headed to the National Motor Cycle Museum in Birmingham on Monday for the inaugural meeting of a new group called PEERS.

The group – Platform for the Exchange of Education, Research and Science – has been set up and will be co-ordinated by dental implants company AstraTech with the support and cooperation of dental professionals from all over the UK. I and Stephen Jacobs were the only Scottish representatives present.

The PEERS group is aimed at forming an association driven by opinion leaders in the implant field.

I was delighted to be one of the 30 specially invited dentists to attend. We are all involved in in dental implant work, education and research to varying degrees.

The first meeting was fantastic with great interaction and participation of all who attended.

I am sure the group will be a tremendous platform for sharing ideas, news and developments about dental implants and their benefits.

Award nods for the team and practice

Delighted to hear we’ve been shortlisted in the prestigious UK Dentistry Awards – in Best Team and Best Practice categories.

Awards ceremony in Leicester in December.

I was named Best Young Dentist (Scotland) at these awards last year.

Fingers crossed – and congratulations to the team.

New ‘filling system’: introduced to achieve great results

Colleague Jill and I headed to Edinburgh  for a day long, intensive course on a new and innovative composite teeth filling system which we’re introducing for our patients in the clinic.

The results that can be achieved are, in our view, stunning and we’re taking delivery of the full set of equipment and relevant materials for its use so we can deliver some great results right away.

Thanks to Optident’s Chris Hardie for the invitation and his warm welcome at the Apex Hotel and also to Gregory Brambilla from Italy who shared his expertise with us.

Here’s link for some more information

Does birth month = your job?

It’s fascinating some of the information on the internet – especially interesting when it focuses on my profession.

Statistics from a new study have uncovered links between when you’re born and what job you’ll do when you’re an adult.

Apparently those born in December are more likely to become dentists. I’m a September baby so I’m an exception!

They discovered that January babes are more likely to become debt collectors!

A February birth appears to increase the chances of being an artist while March babies appear to go on to become pilots.

Meanwhile, April and May are said to have a fairly even spread of professions, births in the summer months mean a much lower chance of becoming a high-earning football player, doctor or dentist.

Read more fascinating – or are they random? – facts here – at this link

The importance of clinical hygiene: key priority for all.

Our team headed out the clinic last night to attend a study evening.
A local hotel was the venue and the topics covered were cross infection and decontamination techniques.
We have a keen focus on this area of clinic hygiene as we ensure our clinical practice is always at a level beyond the current guidelines.

Awards news: Congratulations to Kasia’s ‘outstanding’ entry!

Just been notified that we’re through to the finals for 8 categories in Dentistry Scotland Awards. V exciting. Finals being held at Gleneagles next month.

Special mention to our dental implant nurse (photographed here) who’s been named as a finalist in the Most Outstanding Individual category. Congratulations to every member of our team for their efforts – and well done to Kasia for her ‘outstanding’ performance!

Dental nurse who works with Philip Friel on cosmetic dentistry cases including implants, veneers and other cosmetic techniques

Kasia: dental implant nurse

We’ve got a name for our new clinic car – thanks to Ross!

We’ve selected our winner.
The name of our new clinic car will be…..’McCavity’
Suggested by Ross Wilson who receives a top of the range Philips Sonicare toothbrush for his creative input.
We’ve had great fun reading all your entries generated via our Facebook page and thank you very much indeed for the time you’ve taken. Look our for ‘McCavity’ on the road – give us a wave!

In response to the news about his name being successful Ross wrote…

“Thank you SO much. It has made my day hearing that. I was thinking of doing a Kate Winslet-style Oscar acceptance speech – you know the kind of thing that goes something like…. I thank you, my teeth thank you, my toothbrush holder thanks you. But we could be here all night.

So I’ll settle for this.

There was a young man called Ross, every day he remembered to floss, he won a prize from Phil, without any bill and never again had any tooth loss.

Well done Ross – and thanks to all who took part.

Think of a name for our new clinic car? Win a Philips Sonicare toothbrush

Final few days to name our clinic’s Smart Car.

Got to our Facebook page -

Scroll down and you’ll see some of the fantastic suggestions. It’s going to be a tough job judging the best name.

Winner will receive Philips Sonicare toothbrush as a ‘thank you’ for suggestion. Pop your suggestions on our Facebook page.

New Smart Car - our toothmobile - used by team at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry - Glasgow

Our new set of wheels for clinic errands

Thinking Christmas? Think appointment…

The run up to the Christmas period is always a busy one and we’re expecting it to be the same this year.

There’s always a rush for patients to make appointments for check ups to scalings and dental hygiene checks. Everyone wants their smile looking its festive best!

My advice is to make sure you book in on time. Reception team on standby.