British Film Institute film, “The Dentist” from 1993.

1993 was a big year for me, I turned 40, moved my practice away from a reliance on the NHS and our son was born. It doesn’t seem that long ago. The dentists and their practice shown in this film could be considered to be contemporary, conscientious and keen. 

I came across this film entirely by chance last week, I was searching the BFI website for something unrelated to dentistry. The “blurb” about it says:

“This film is part of a series called Profiles, the film was produced in collaboration with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, aiming to illustrate to international audiences the (presumably) appealing lifestyles enjoyed by British professionals.

Bryan Harvey is a dentist in Essex. His career is split between his practice, working as an advisor at the British Dental Association, and working as an oral surgeon. The short programme attempts to show a rounded portrait of the man rather than focusing exclusively on his work – showing his family life and social engagements at the local rotary club.”

Bryan’s practice in Woodford continues to thrive, I know he had many successful years working at the DDU, he has clearly had a very good and active career and contributed a great deal to dentistry. 

Take 15 minutes, have a look to compare, contrast & reflect on the changes.



Published by Alun Rees

Dental Business Coach. Analyst. Troubleshooter. Consultant. Writer. Presenter. Broadcaster.

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