Denti-Drill a very clever (spoof) product.

The people at dreamed up a product called DentiDrill. The idea is pretty simple, using the low cost dental handpiece, you drill out the decay in your loved ones’ teeth and then using the composite material supplied you fill them.

Understandably they managed to get all manner of dental people hot under the collar. (30 odd comments on GDP-UK led me to try to discover more.)

At the moment it gets 15 pages on Google in a number of different languages.

It has a good Facebook page, masses of publicity (not to worry if it’s not all positive) and is addressing a need for low cost simple dentistry – how could it fail?

It’s a spoof, of course it is – we all knew that from the start didn’t we?

Of course we did.

Didn’t we?

The rumour that English Chief Dental Officer, Barry Cockcroft had visions of this taking over where topical fluoride applications had failed is probably as accurate as the product itself.

Isn’t it?

Is it?

The shame is that I have no idea what the parent company do, I presume that it’s something to do with implants but it’s all Dutch to me.


The Monday Morning Quote #238

“If you want to get somewhere you have to know where you want to go and how to get there.

Then never, never, never give up.”

Norman Vincent Peale


The Weekend Read – Stop Drifting, Start Rowing by Roz Savage

This is Roz Savage’s second book and is sub-titled – “One Woman’s Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific”.

Stop Drifting, Start Rowing continues the story of adventurer, environmentalist and ocean rower Roz Savage’s traverse of the world’s oceans. Starting with the, at times, terrifying account of her abortive departure from California it never loses pace as she shares her triumphs and near disasters with the reader. Her story takes us from the Golden Gate bridge to Hawai’i then on to Tarawa and finally to the completion of her goal to become the first woman to row solo across the Pacific by making landfall on Papua New Guinea.

But this is far more than an account of a rower, rowing. Roz is not only crossing the oceans “because it is there” but also and more importantly to raise awareness of environmental issues.

ROZ BK LAUNCHHer description of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch an area “around twice the size of Texas consisting of 3.5million tonnes of rubbish” and of the amount of, and damage caused by, plastic pollution will make even the most cynical user of disposable products think twice.  Plastic in the oceans not only floats on the surface, approximately two thirds sinks to the bottom where it interferes with the natural gaseous exchange between the ocean bed and the water. 80% of this plastic pollution comes from the land. The plastic is degraded by sunlight thus making smaller and smaller pieces which are eaten by small fish and other creatures at the bottom of the food chain so that the toxins released are concentrated as the chain goes higher. She tells the story of the mahi mahi fish that had been caught by one of the sailors of Junk, a boat made from 15,000 empty plastic bottles, that was so full of plastic that the toxins and hormone inhibitors released will have made the fish dangerous to eat. Plastic is not inert, it will damage us when it finally reaches us as creatures at the apex of the food chain.

Her account of her conversations with the President of Kiribati both in his country’s capital, Tarawa, and during the ill stared Copenhagen conference left me with a lingering sense of sadness and potential loss. The islands that make up Kiribati are nearly all less than 3 metres above sea level. As the oceans rise over the next decades, the inhabitants will by necessity become migrants and have to move to wherever they are able. They will become a lost nation. Take a look at this short video from the World Bank.

The other element of this book making it a great read and continuing from her first book, Rowing The Atlantic, is her discussion of her philosophy of life and how she came to reject commercialism and our longing for “stuff”. All good stuff for a coach.

One of the heart-warming aspects of her tale is the generosity shown to her by people throughout the world. It boosts your optimism about human nature. From the straightforward offers of accommodation and food through the donations of cash (ocean rowing is not in the same league as the Americas Cup but is costly to organise) and sponsorship by manufacturers Roz is eloquent in her acknowledgement of her “Rozlings”.

In recent months Roz has been appointed a Member of the British Empire for her work on behalf of environmental issues – well deserved.

This book will repay your attention – enjoy.

Available from Amazon here


Diary of a Business Consultant #1

An occasional series to prove that this life has its ups and downs too.

Just rang the PG department at XXXX Hospital to chase my payment.

Conversation along these lines:

B’ness Consultant – “Hello my name is Alun Rees I did a presentation for a dental group at your hospital post-graduate centre in August”
NHS Operative – “Yes on the xx (date), I have your claim for here on my desk”
B’ness Consultant – “That’s why I was calling. I wondered when I might get paid?”
NHS Operative – “There has been a delay. I have not long taken over and haven’t got around to it.”
B’ness Consultant – “I was just checking that it hadn’t got lost as it’s more than two months.”
NHS Operative – “Oh no, it has arrived safely I just haven’t dealt with it yet. Is there anything else I can help you with?”
B’ness Consultant – “No if you could process the forms as quickly as you can that would be great please.”
NHS Operative – “Alright, I’ll deal with it sometime soon. Thank you for calling. Goodbye.”
B’ness Consultant – Hangs up. “Fexsake!”

….then thinks to himself “perhaps they listened too closely to my piece on the importance of cashflow?”


The Monday Morning Quote #237

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”

Benjamin Disraeli


The Weekend Read – To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink’s new book which has the full title – “To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Persuading, Convincing, and Influencing Others” does what it says on the cover.  Quite early on in the book the author convincingly tells us that we are all in sales of some sort whether we be persuading our family, bosses or patients of the benefits of an action, an idea or a course of treatment. I have spent the last decade or so trying to convince clients and their teams of this, now I am able to point them at someone who has done it scientifically which will fit with a lot of Fact Finder dental people.

Like his previous book, Drive, which dealt with motivation, this is a compelling read. It will repay your investment of time giving you new ideas and tips that will change and help the way that you communicate in every day life.

Available from Amazon here.


Congratulations to S4S – onwards and upwards.

Dental lab gets the taste for growth (from The Star)

Leading UK dental laboratory S4S is expanding after securing a six-figure loan from The Royal Bank of Scotland.

The company, run by directors Neil Bullement and Matt Everatt, is planning to create jobs after completing a move to the Acorn Business Park, in Woodseats.

The two men have worked for the business, which supplies a range of dental appliances for the treatment of snoring, interrupted breathing while sleeping and excessive grinding of the teeth or jaw clenching, since it was launched in 2005.

Five years ago they staged a management at the firm, which also produces orthodontic devices, designed to improve crooked or abnormally arranged teeth.

The move to the Acorn Business Park will allow S4S to double in size and provide it with the latest technology and advanced facilities.

Neil Bullement says S4S’s success during the last two years has been fuelled by the launch of its Smilelign system for aligning teeth and means it is now running out of space.

“Funding from RBS has enabled us to purchase the new site which provides additional security because our current premises are rented,” said Mr Bullement.

“The bank have been extremely supportive and enabled us to more than double our work space.

RBS relationship manager David Fielding said: “S4S is an impressive local business operating in a niche market.

“They are focused on educating dentists and the medical profession on the effectiveness and use of their products which are all manufactured on site in Sheffield.

“The move will help them to strengthen their workforce and increase their production to meet increased demands for their products and services.”

The Monday Morning Quote #236

“One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done”

Marie Curie

Marie Curie

The Weekend Read – David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Like his previous books (The Tipping Point, Blink & Outliers) Gladwell’s “David & Goliath – Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants” is a very good read.

Taking examples of people who have been the underdog for a variety of reasons including background, upbringing, death of parent, dyslexia, lack of basic skills he analyses how they have become “successful” against the odds. The odds it seems are frequently not what they should be.

He has a gift for synthesising his subject into a form that at once makes it understandable and appealing. As one of the greats of modern social science writing his storytelling is a joy. If I have a criticism it is that not all his reasoning is completely logical and I think that, as someone pointed out to me, in some of his studies success happens ‘despite’ rather than ‘because’ of the individual’s history.

None the less this is a worthwhile and thought provoking book. It has certainly left me trying to take the lessons into my business coaching with dentists – many of whom have to be Davids in a world of Corporate Goliaths.

So get some space turn the TV off, find an armchair, a cup of tea, a glass of wine or the tipple of your choice and get stuck in.

It’s available from Amazon here.


Podcast #1 – The trial run – the beginning of something good.

Welcome to the trial run of The Incisal Edge Podcast. It’s very brief because we’re checking that the systems work – my thanks to Kim Black from who worked hard to make this happen.

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