Our clinic garden: time for a spruce up.

Yesterday’s good weather gave me chance to spruce up the clinic front gardens. The gardens and the ironwork were given a major makeover as part of the clinic refurbishment last year. We felt it was important to enhance the exterior of the clinic building as well as the interior. The clinic is part of an old traditional Victorian red sandstone tenement building and we wanted to play our part as a ‘good neighbour’. The clinic also sits at a busy crossroads, right at the traffic lights so we were keen that drivers had a pleasant ‘visual’ experience when they’re stopped at the red. I also ensured our new “154″ sign on the wall was looking good.Amazing how many people stopped to chat when I was working away.

Exterior of the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry Clinic which offers bespoke general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and life enhancing dental implants

The clinic garden

Dental implant body has more than 1700 members

Attending meeting of the Association of Dental Implantology in my role as secretary and treasurer.
Founded in 1987 as a professional, non-profit making organisation, the Association of Dental Implantology has developed into one of the largest dental bodies in the UK with over 1,700 active members drawn from every county plus several countries abroad.
The ADI is a broad-based association of general dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists, orthodontists, laboratory technicians, auxiliaries, post-graduate dental students and manufacturer representatives.
“The ADI is a registered charity dedicated to providing the profession with continuing implant education and the public with a greater understanding of the benefits of dental implants”

Team meeting: progressive ideas galore

We had a great staff meeting tonight with fantastic input from the whole team.
Lots of progressive ideas as the clinic continues to grow and flourish.
We also had a fascinating lecture form our IT guru Ian Wilson who took us through the latest communication security and date software in use in the clinic.
Thanks team for your spirit and dedication in sticking with the discussions and training well after 9pm – after busy day’s work in the clinic!

Scan insight: fascinating seminar for our dentists and referring dentists

The clinic was the setting this week for a seminar on how to look at CBCT scans.
3D scans are enormously useful especially when working with patients who are having dental implants. They provide us with a huge amount of information and can assist with very specific guided surgery.
The main presentation was by Neil Heath. As part of our team Neil is a specialist in oral and maxillofacial radiology who can specifically report on the scans when requested by either our own or referring dentists.
As well as members of our own team the event was attended by a number of our referring dentists who send patients for scans to the clinic.
It was a hugely interesting and fascinating seminar and we look forward to having other seminars in the clinic in the future.

International press focus: homeless documentary

Piece in yesterday’s Toronto Star by TV designers Colin and Justin who wrote about their ITV documentary Home is Where The Heart Is.
They approached me to help and my participation is referred to in their article. See link

http://www.yourhome.ca/homes/decor/colinandjustin/article/996759–c-j-the-real-meaning-of-home

Shocking teeth cleaning poll: Don’t be one of these statistics!

We’re awash with surveys on a daily basis but one caught my attention and made me take a sharp intake of breath.
I read in today’s press that a survey by the highly respected dental hygiene firm Oral-B suggests that Scots have the dirtiest mouths in the UK.
Certainly not a statement to bring a smile to our faces.
The research reveals that one in five do not clean their teeth in the morning.
A scary two per cent of Scottish men can go a WHOLE week without brushing their teeth.
And 60% of females in Scotland will skip the teeth cleaning sessions at night before bedtime.
Furthermore some 10% of Scots admit going a full weekend without cleaning their teeth!
What’s going on?
Where’s their self respect?
And what about the issue of fresh breath?
Dental hygiene is so important – not only for the health of your teeth but for your gums and mouth in general.
My advice?
Make teeth brushing a twice daily ritual.
Brush your teeth for at least two minutes during each session.
If you’re at all worried about your dental hygiene regime then consult a professional dental hygienist.

Dental Implant Course: organisers opt for our clinic

Here’s a link to an article about a forthcoming dental implant course being held at our clinic.
CADE organises courses in a range of dental treatments and, like me, they have a particular interest in dental implants.
These courses are for other dentists to come along and learn more about dental implants and become proficient in the field.
I’m delighted to be involved with CADE in the course and it’s been an exciting project organising it with them.

http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1rwk8/ScottishDentalMagazi/resources/61.htm

My cookery days helped dental studies

Here’s a link to an article that appears in the PPD magazine.
Written about my university days and how I learned the art of cooking to help fund my dental studies.
Taught me a lot about team working – and a lot about myself.
Hard days – but happy ones too!

http://www.ppdentistry.com/dental-news/article/my-best-decision-learning-kitchen-skills

It’s National Smile Month: are you happy with your smile?

National Smile Month kicks off today and the focus is all about the Smile Factor.
The campaign is to raise awareness about good oral health.
The power of a smile is immense – the ability it has to influence the success of our relationships and careers and the impact it has upon our lives.
According to the National Smile Month promoters, almost three times as many people say they judge someone they first meet by their smile, rather than their dress sense and over two-thirds of the people agreed that having a good smile not only helps build people’s confidence psychologically and socially – but it also helps their love life, too.
This all adds to the established perception that the smile is one of our most important physical attribute – and with just under half of us believing that having pearly white teeth is the most important aspect of a good smile, while more than a quarter rate straight, even teeth as an absolute must, we must continue to value the significance it holds.