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We hope you enjoy these articles, many of which have been written by young dentists. Remember you can vote for your favourites and any budding writer can get involved and submit an article.

 
The work life balance

The work life balance

Hussein Hassanali shares his thoughts about the private and working life of a dentist, having recently completed his first year of dental practice.

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Developing a relationship with a new dental team

Developing a relationship with a new dental team

Dating websites have been increasing in quantity and popularity. Magazines post articles on every second page about making first impressions, how to dress, how to speak. This all points to one fact: it’s hard work meeting new people. It’s an important occasion meeting potential partners you might live with for the rest of your life.

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How a dentist can deal with stress

How a dentist can deal with stress

Sami Stagnell, a graduate from KCL in London reflects on how he deals with stress.

The irony of writing this article was that a certain amount of stress was involved. Not intentionally and well beyond my understanding, it just kind of happened.

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Being a Dental Senior House Officer

Being a Dental Senior House Officer

Working in maxilla facial is quite a shock to the system from the word go. You have to act fast and learn faster. Hussein Hassanali, a graduate from Liverpool dental school, reflects on his year working as a dental SHO.

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Tempted to change the records?

Tempted to change the records?

John Tiernan, Director of Educational Services at Dental Protection explains the importance of the original patient record when your clinical skills face a legal challenge and emphasises the consequences if a dental professional changes a clinical record in an attempt to cover up a mistake.

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Rural versus metropolitan dental practice

Rural versus metropolitan dental practice

This article critiques working in a regionally based versus a metropolitan practice in the early phase of your dental career, highlighting the adventures, advantages and pitfalls of each.

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Why dental Practice owners and Associates don’t always see eye to eye

Why dental Practice owners and Associates don’t always see eye to eye

Joe Ingham explains why some practice owners and associates don’t always agree during their professional relationship.

Imagine the scene: a young associate is sitting on a stool next to their patient who is now comfortably numb following the expert administration of local anaesthetic.

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Whistle Blowing

Whistle Blowing

David Croser advises a cautious approach to ‘blowing the whistle’ on standards of dental treatment

Consider the situation of Myra, a young dentist who recently joined a new practice to take over some of the patients formerly treated by Salim, one of the partners now working part-time in the practice. As part of a structured retirement plan due to failing eye-sight. Myra also sees the emergency cases for Salim when he is away from the practice.

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Tips on talking money

Tips on talking money

Asking for payment, explaining costly treatments and broaching the subject of bad debts can all be difficult and unfamiliar in the early years of practice.

Whilst at dental school, many undergraduates transform the business of asking for money almost into an art form; with the bank manager's direct line stored prominently in the mobile in case urgent funding for an emergency (such as an elective in Aruba) is instantly required! However, on graduating and moving into practice, some dentists find themselves feeling strangely uncomfortable when it comes to asking for payment.

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Recording dental pain

Recording dental pain

Patients are often prompted to visit the dentist because they have been experiencing pain or discomfort.

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