The stories of (false) teeth

Ask any dentist and they will tell you stories of how patients have lost or mislaid their dentures. From the, possibly apocryphal, tale of the junior nurse taking the dentures from all the patients on the ward to clean them and not being able to tell one from the other to the gentleman who “lost”Continue reading “The stories of (false) teeth”

Urgent dental care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic – The Lancet

  The Lancet Vol.395 | Number 10232 | Apr 18, 2020 During the initial phase of a pandemic, when a vaccine is not available, personal protective equipment (PPE) plays a major part in disease control. Dental and oral surgery procedures using drills or ultrasonic devices cause aerosol release, and routine dentistry has therefore been suspended inContinue reading “Urgent dental care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic – The Lancet”

Dentistry needs a safety net – support the BDA’s initiative.

The BDA continues to step up to the plate on behalf of dentists in the UK. All members will have had an email from the BDA today asking them to write to their MP regarding the fall out from the Corona Virus Pandemic. “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt across our profession.   ManyContinue reading “Dentistry needs a safety net – support the BDA’s initiative.”

Time to give up the hand shake and replace it with…

In these times of contagion fear perhaps we should reconsider our traditional meeting gesture. Research shows that the strong handshake is responsible for sharing twice as many “bugs” as the moderate handshake or high five. The lowest risk contact is the brief fist bump. It might take a little bit of patient education but it’sContinue reading “Time to give up the hand shake and replace it with…”

…on the other hand, life can be good.

A contrast from yesterday’s blog where I said that many people who work as clinicians are not suited to the job, have made decisions for the wrong reasons and are unhappy. Dentistry is rewarding in many ways, if you get the design of your job right – and I’ll talk about that tomorrow. It paysContinue reading “…on the other hand, life can be good.”