Month: April 2020

Part 9. Understanding the Nature and Intent of the Anti-Water Fluoridation Movement in the Context of My Workplace – A Whole Dental Health Reflection.

  If you want to assert a truth, first make sure it is not just an opinion that you desperately  want to be true. Neil deGrasse Tyson. From the German 16th century Martin Luther to the Tolepuddle Martyrs of early 19th century Britain, there…

Part 8. The Oral, Systemic and Metabolic links to Whole Dental Health. A Personal Journey and Overview.

When I first qualified as a Dental Hygienist in 1988 the thing that gave me to most clinical trepidation was treating Periodontal Disease (PD), despite my training. I can recall my very first case as a green “rookie” hygienist they were young, a heavy…

Part 7. Progressive Dental Nutrition? Relating the Lessons of the Past with the Present. Weston A. Price.

“We can now visualize our universe, its light, gravity and heat, its seasons, tides, and harvest, which prepare a habitation for the universe of vital forms, microscopic and majestic, which fill the oceans and the forests. We have a common denominator for universes within…

Part 6. Developing my PDA’s and PDP in the light of future changes to recertification. Re designing from 2019 to 2021. Whole Dental Health – A Brave New World.

From April 2021, to gain recertification as a Dental Hygienist, I am required to create a Professional Developmental Plan (PDP) that lays out my learning and developmental aims and goals for my regulatory board. It, the New Zealand Dental Council (NZDC) has changed the…

COVID 19. Part 5. A Personal and Professional Reflective Journey into an unknown and uncertain Future. Whole Dental Health, A Brave New World.

Introduction Reflection will soon become a requirement of re certification as a Dental Hygienist in New Zealand. I’m not certain how many within the profession have written reflectively but what you find below is a quick example of reflective practice about my recent and…

Part 4. A New Hope? Re Registration for Dental Professionals in New Zealand. A Whole Dental Health Perspective, Appraissal and Reflection.

“A competent Dental Hygienist understands current biological, physical, cultural, social, and psychological factors involved in dental and oral disease, and in attaining and maintaining oral health.” NZDC, Scope of Practice for Dental Hygienists Dental Hygienists are called, under a set of professional guiding standards,…

Part 3. Learning and Living with my Contradictions as a Dental Hygienist. Evolving Knowledge in the Light of Change.

Learning and Living with my Contradictions as a Dental Hygienist I was never really academic at school, much to my fathers consternation. He was an Edwardianist, distant, expecting and stoic. I was very average at most things but enjoyed Art and Sport finding most…

Part 2. Joellen Coates – University of Wyoming – Honours Thesis – “Got Teeth? How the Oral Microbiome and Diet Affects our Oral Health and the Future of Dentistry.” Aligned with Whole Dental Health? A Reflection.

              “The roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet.” Aristotle When I began the initial research phase for part 2 I pondered the possibility that the subject matter pertaining to the aims and goals of Whole Dental Health and the principles…

Authentic Learning – Environmental Oral Hygiene Part 1 – A Sustainable Approach to Whole Dental Health – Introduction and Intention

It is Monday, 6th April here in New Zealand, and the world has changed and is now different place. The roads are quieter, the streets are empty, less the occasional dog walker and jogger, and the lockdown is solidly in place. An peculiar sense…

Whole Dental Health

Whole Dental Health for a Progressive, Creative and Sustainable New World


Brewing techniques, beer and the ins and outs of running a small brewery in Northland NZ.

Pinotoriously Hoppy NZ

Pinot in all its glory, cool Kiwi craft beer plus shitz and giggles of course.

dharma shed

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the experts there are few – Shunryu Suzuki

The Science of Human Potential

Understanding how to be the best you can be. Professor Grant Schofield.


Conversations to take learning forward


History never really says "goodbye", it instead says "see you later".

Loire De Da - Old and New World Wine Adventures

The Land, It's People and their Wine

Off The Plot in New Zealand - The Ongoing Journey

Enabling Self Sufficiency and Sustainable in Abel Tasman