The University of British Columbia invited Dr. Hird to spend today interviewing applicants for the UBC Dentistry Class of 2020.
The faculty uses a progressive multiple mini interview format that is designed to select prospects that are the most suitable to contemporary dental practice. It involves many short independent assessments, in a timed circuit, to obtain an aggregate score of each candidate’s soft skills. Who will make the cut!?
Dr. Duprat has just returned from an intensive five-day course at the Kois Center in Seattle WA where she received advanced training in complex treatment planning. This curriculum emphasizes an evidence-based approach to assess risk and improve outcomes.
As a CERECdoctors mentor, Dr. Regan was invited by dental implant company Straumann to preview some upcoming products in Boston MA. He was shown new software updates that integrate new Straumann components into the digital workflow of restoring implants. We are excited he can share with the team what is coming this fall.
The 2014 CEREC Doctors Scientific Symposium was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 24th and 25th. Dr. Hird represented the office and spent two days attending 16 lectures on different aspects of CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing) dentistry such as contemporary materials and advanced techniques for complex and cosmetic cases. It was a chance to connect with leading-edge clinicians from all over the world in this field, and bring the latest developments to our office.
The 35th Annual Tour de White Rock, one of Canada's primary cycling events, happens this weekend. Once again, White Rock Dental Group is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of an event that showcases our beautiful seaside community and also promotes healthy living. Events start tomorrow, running July 11-13th. Visit tourdewhiterock.ca for details!
Many of our patients have already experienced the convenience of CEREC one-visit dentistry at our South Surrey – White Rock dental office. CEREC is a type of CAD/CAM system (computer-aided design and manufacturing) that allows our dentists to take digital impressions and then make custom-designed porcelain restorations (like crowns and other white fillings) on-site, usually in one appointment and with no temporaries. It can also be used for some more complicated situations like implants and certain types of temporary and permanent bridges.
Dr. Duprat and Dr. Hird spent this past weekend at the Spear Campus in Scottsdale, Arizona; it is the largest hands-on CEREC training facility in the world, and where Dr. Regan is also a mentor. Such courses keep our dentists current in this ever-developing field, learning the latest developments and updates that expand their skills to deliver the highest level of patient care and convenience. This was among the many courses our dentists and allied staff take throughout the year.
If you like the idea of this service, contact at our South Surrey – White Rock dental office to schedule your one-visit crown or restoration, and to take advantage of another dental technology at our office.
The BC Dental Association launched a new public education program today called Your Dental Health, on behalf of its member dentists and dental specialists (which include our dentists and in-house specialists). It provides general consumer dental health information, and promotes the value of dental care in preventing and detecting oral health problems. Part of the program is a new dental health website that we think you will find useful and prompt discussion about your individual care and that of children and seniors in your families. Check it out!
Dr. Hird attended the Pacific Dental Conference gala fundraiser at the Vancouver Convention Centre on March 8th which benefited the UBC Dentistry Community Outreach Programs.
These programs provide unique learning opportunities for dental students to expand skills beyond the UBC campus and develop their own sense of social responsibility. As well, the programs provide free oral health care and education to a wide demographic of people in need – children, elders, new immigrants, the working poor, medically compromised people, people challenged with drug and alcohol abuse, those escaping various forms of abuse, First Nations – both locally and provincially.
Like many, we are watching the Sochi Winter Olympics. But most people have probably not thought of the role of dentistry in peak athletic performance.
The most obvious task is preventing and treating oral-facial injuries, considered the most common type of injury in sport. Mouthguards are commonly used to protect teeth, but they also reduce the incidence and severity of concussions. Besides causing pain and discomfort, dental injuries and disease can interfere with training and competition time. Some procedures such as extractions also need to be done during the off-season for impact sports. Dental disease can also impact nutrition and thus the physical condition.
Dental care can also identify habits and conditions associated with certain sports that put oral health at risk, such as oral cancer from chewing tobacco or dental damage from eating disorders.
The Globe & Mail recently published an interesting article about the Canadian olympic dental program.
If you want to find out more about your dental needs in relation to your sport, contact the office for an appointment with one of our doctors.
Many of our patients will already have noticed the updated look to our office. And now, we are launching this new website so that every part of the practice reflects who we are and why we do what we do.
We take great pride in earning the invitations to the practice that our patients continually extend to family, friends and colleagues and we hope that this website helps to build trust in us when referring someone.
The blog will provide a place to provide updates about our office, links to interesting news articles, and information about oral health.
The responsive design of the site will be more useable across a wide variety of devices, from desktop computer to tablet to smartphone. The highly visual layout makes for easier navigation and faster access to needed information.
We’d like to thank Tony Hird, Dr. Hird’s brother, for designing the site and photography, and Jason Lachance for our staff portraits.
Any feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you like and if there is anything we should add.