The Monday Morning Quote #143

Oscar Wilde

The Monday Morning Quote #142

“Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.

Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.

All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.”

George Bernard Shaw

Please don’t use these words

With thanks to Lucy Kelloway who calls it Waffle Flu therefore in need of “hygiene at work” & other contributions to Bullshit Bingo.

  • Walk the talk
  • T.E.A.M.
  • There’s no “I” in team
  • Elephant in the room
  • Thought leadership
  • Going forward
  • Roadmap
  • Outcomes
  • Toolbox
  • Push the envelope
  • Go the extra mile
  • Head up
  • Flag up
  • I don’t have a good optic on that
  • Circle up with you
  • Disestablish long haul positions
  • Insufficient optionality
  • Never lose sight of the bigger picture
  • Dig deep
  • Find another gear

Messages from Dental Masters

A criticism aimed at me by my partner, my coach and (most of all) myself, is that I tend to hide my lamp under a bushel.

Here is not the place to deal with my lack of personal flag waving so….


A promo. for the new collection “Messages from Dental Masters”.

Compiled by Stephen Hudson with 30 contributors (and yes, I’m one), 40% of profits will be split between the BDA Benevolent Fund and Dentists Health Support Group.

A really good read for anyone in Dentistry – order it now from Stephen’s website website.


The Monday Morning Quote #141

“The best way to sound like you know what you’re talking about.. to know what you’re talking about.”


Heart Your Smile

A great new campaign to change the public’s perception of dentistry. Headed up by  James Goolnik and launched at Dental Showcase it provides a Manifesto For Change with the 9 Habits of a Happy Dental Professional.

It’s overdue – well done to all involved.

Take a look at the website and sign up

Follow them on Twitter & like on Facebook.

Here’s the Manifesto:


NHS Pension Confusion – some clarification

During the past few weeks there has been a great deal of publicity and debate about changes to NHS pensions that came into force on November 7th. The BDA have been in discussion with the Department of Health and have issued some advice for members here.

Alan Suggett from accountants UNW has produced an excellent flow chart which I have tried to reproduce here. For the full version go to their website here.

The Monday Morning Quote #140

“The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously.

The first is imperative and the second is disastrous.”

Margot Fonteyn

Blogging: Not for the get-rich-quick crowd – A great take from the Gaping Void

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a great fan of Hugh “Gaping Void” MacLeod. He really gets the use (and sometimes the futility) of marketing and social media. This reminds me of the man lying on his death bed saying “I wish I had got another thousand twitter followers.”

Full post is here

Good news for orthodontists?

From Medical News Today

Teeth Crowded In Seniors

The size of our jaws decreases with age. This is shown in a unique study from the Faculty of Dentistry at Malmö University that followed a cohort of dentists throughout their adult lives.

The unique study started in 1949. Plaster molds were made of the jaws of dental students, who were then in their twenties. Ten years later the procedure was repeated, and in 1989, forty years after the first moulds, a final round was performed. On that occasion the researchers were in touch with 18 of the original 30 participants.

“We found that over these forty years there was less and less room for teeth in the jaw,” says Lars Bondemark, professor of orthodontics, who analyzed the material together with his colleague Maria Nilner, professor of clinical bite physiology at the College of Dentistry, Malmö University .

This crowdedness comes from shrinkage of the jaw, primarily the lower jaw, both in length and width. While this is only a matter of a few millimeters, but it is enough to crowd the front teeth.

“We can also eliminate wisdom teeth as the cause, because even people who have no wisdom teeth have crowded front teeth.”

How much the jaw shrinks is individual, but for some patients the changes are sufficiently great for them to perceive that something is happening to their bite.

“In that case it’s good to know that this is normal,” says Lars Bondemark, who maintains that dentists need to take into consideration the continuous shrinking of the jaws when they plan to perform major bite constructions on their patients.

“We’re working against nature, and it’s hard to construct something that is completely stable.”

Why the jaws change throughout life is not known, but the magnitude of the change is probably determined by both hereditary and anatomical factors, including what the patient’s bite looks like.

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