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Noobie Dentist Podcast 5

The Power of Habit in Dentistry

In this week’s episode, I want to talk about habits and why it’s important to (1) identify undesirable habits in your day-to-day routine, and (2) how you can go about changing these habits to create a more productive workflow in your day.
The concept of habits and what it entails became clear to me after I read the book “The Power Of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. The basic premise of the book is the “Habit Loop” in which Charles talks about different cues in the day like eating breakfast or coming home from work, and the actions these cues trigger in us.

Noobie dentist podcast ep 10

3 Things Running Taught me About Life and Dentistry

This week, I want to follow up on a blog I recently wrote for CPD Junkie about some real life lessons I learnt from running.

Running has become a big part of my life in the past couple years. To be honest, I have had a love hate relationship with running till now. Back in high school, when I was younger, I really hated running. I remember in gym class when we were required to go for a run around the park, I would hang back from the crowd and try to lose them whenever I could. I would duck into the trees and bushes in the park, and hide until my classmates got a little away from me and out of sight. I would then make my way across the park to the running loop and join the back of the pack as they started headed back towards school.

Noobie dentist podcast ep 7

Key Tools For Communication and Case Acceptance

In our clinical practice, we come across many situations daily, where good communication is key for case acceptance and happy patients. Today, I want to talk about the importance of some communication tools we can use as clinicians to reach out to our patients effectively and give them the best possible treatment.
It’s crucial to have competent communication skills and systems in place to get through to patients about what’s going on in their mouths. You should be able to communicate the risks and benefits of different procedures skillfully and ultimately get case acceptance with your patients. Without case acceptance, you will never be able to build your books.

Noobie dentist podcast ep 8

Why Your Network and Friends Matter in Dentistry

This week, I want to centre the discussion around a quote by Jim Rohn, which reads – “You are the average of the five people you hang out with the most.” As fresh graduates who’ve just finished dental school and entered clinical practice, it’s quite easy to become disconnected from friends and colleagues, and isolate ourselves with work. I want to highlight the importance of having a supportive group of friends or mentors in your life, to help you get to where you want, in your clinical career or just life in general.

Noobie dentist podcast ep 9

Talent Vs Effort: What’s More Important?

A couple weeks ago, I gave a listen to Angela Duckworth’s Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. It was an amazing book and I’m hoping to summarise it in this blog for you.

Dr. Angela Duckworth is a psychologist and the Founder & CEO of “Character Lab.” In her book Grit, Dr. Duckworth explains how she decided to interview successful people from all walks of life; from navy seals to national spelling bee champions to professional athletes to successful entrepreneurs. The answer she was looking for was simple; what does it take to be successful? Within any profession, why are some people more successful than others? What quality decides success; is it talent, is it effort or is it a combination of the two?