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.

Inlays? Onlays? What are the benefits of these restorative procedures for your teeth?

In some instances, the extent of decay or tooth loss in a tooth may involve such tooth volume loss that simple restorative techniques are not enough to restore the tooth form and function.

In cases where simple fillings will not suffice, inlays and onlays can be used to restore the form and function of a tooth.

While fillings are placed in the tooth immediately after preparation, inlays and onlays require that the tooth be prepared and an impression taken of this preparation.

The impression is then sent to the dental laboratory where the inlay or onlay is constructed to restore the tooth volume, form and function. Inlays and onlays can be constructed from composite resin material, porcelain or gold material and after construction are cemented in the patients mouth to complete the restoration.

Clinic joins global group: “Leading Dental Centers of the World”

Delighted to report some news about the clinic..
We’ve just been told that the clinic has been approved as a member of the prestigious “Leading Dental Centers of the World”, a global organisation set up to promote what they see as the best in clinics. Currently just a handful of clinics in the UK who have gone through the approval process. And yes the organisation does spell Centres the US way…

Leading Dental Centers of the World Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry clinic

Leading Dental Centers of the World logo

Hygienist Vivienne is in training for big race

Vivienne, one of the clinic’s hygienist team, is in training for a big event next month.

She is taking part in the Ignis Asset Management Women’s 10k run on Sunday, May 8 @ Bellahouston Park.

Good luck Vivienne from your colleagues!

Vivienne is clinic hygienist who looks after dental patients at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry clinic in Glasgow

On the starting block...

Here Vivienne is snapped just back from one of her training sessions.

Princess to be Kate’s smile factor

From time to time we’re asked to give some comment or input for media articles.

Daily Record carries a middle page feature today on how Kate Middleton has been prepping for the big day.

A few experts are quoted on issues such as her hair, make-up etc. I’m quizzed about her teeth/smile, both of which I think bear a similarity to the late Diana when looked at in isolation. Kate Middleton’s smile is great and clearly her dental maintenance in teens/20s has been spot on.

On the topic of teeth whitening I said I always recommend a dual approach – in-clinic Zoom whitening with additional home treatments using bespoke whitening trays. The effect is natural and more long lasting.

Kate’s smile will be beaming on the day – and will be beamed to billions of global TV viewers. Quite a thought!

Dental implant event: great success

Back from Manchester where the team took part in the Association of Dental Implantology Congress 2011.

It was a great opportunity to learn and share even more about the amazing topic of dental implants and how they can make radical changes to a patient’s overall dental health and smile.

Also great for us to meet representatives from other clinics and dental firms from all over the country.

It was a world class event with some inspirational speakers sharing their implant insights.

All exciting stuff…

Philip’s chef training gave him experience for future role in dentistry

Here’s a fact some of you won’t know!

When I was a student I trained as a chef and worked in the high-pressured environment of busy kitchens serving everything from pizza/pasta to fine dining dishes.

The dental magazine PPD has featured the story about my chef days in their new issue under the banner “My best decision”. As the piece says working as a chef taught me lots about team work and high pressure. The experience – done primarily to raise funds to help finance myself through uni’ – also taught me a lot about the importance of being focused and remaining so.

Here’s a pic of me in the kitchen at Gordon Ramsay’s NY restaurant Maze. And yes I still LOVE cooking for friends and family.

Philip Friel in Gordon Ramsay's kitchen in New York. Philip trained as a chef while at uni - and this gave him experience of working under pressure.

Philip in Gordon Ramsay's NYC kitchen

10 Very Strange Dental Requests, courtesy of Chicago Dental Society

According to the latest issue of Private Dentistry, a survey among more than 300 dentists, organised by The Chicago Dental Society revealed some very bizarre requests from their dental member patients. They outlined them at their annual Midwinter Meeting.

The top 10 were…

1 Can you give my dog braces?

2 Can I keep the teeth you pull out of my mouth – I’d like to make a necklace out of them.

3 May I have an emergency cleaning visit? It’s my high school reunion and I need a bright, white smile to face my old boyfriend.

4 Will you give me local anaesthesia in my lips? I’m going in for permanent lipstick tattos on my lips and I’d like to avoid the pain.

5 I just broke off my engagement. Can you prepare my tooth so that I can keep the diamond in it?

6 Pull all my teeth, and just give me dentures.

7 I will pay your or your hygienist to floss my teeth at my office every day.

8 Can you ID this set of dentures left in the bathroom of the bar I work at?

9 Please wire my mouth shut to aid in my diet?

10 Can you extract my tooth without anaesthesia?

A helping hand: clinic to support worthwhile cause.

My old school – St Aloysius’s College in Glasgow – runs a charity called St Aloysius Children’s Fund.

It serves to help underprivileged and disabled children in the West of Scotland.

As well as organising outings and parties, the charity also organises much-needed holidays for the children.

In senior school I went on one of the trips as a carer to support the children and the trip organisers and I found the experience enormously rewarding and helpful in my personal development.

As part of the ongoing support for this worthwhile charity, the clinic is supporting two children to take advantage of the holidays the group organises.