Eddie MacKenzie

Editor at The Dentist

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It's not 2020!

Thank God it isn’t 2020! That was, I am sure, the feeling of most of us as January began. Last year saw us battle with a global pandemic, restrictions on basic freedoms, a looming economic depression...

Annus horribilis

Looking back on 2020 – the pandemic, the lockdowns and the massive economic hit the country has taken – it is hard not to conclude it has been, in the words of the Queen Elizabeth, something of an...

Adapting in a changing world

The government recently launched a poster campaign featuring a ballerina with the caption “Fatima’s next job could be in cyber (she just doesn’t know it yet)”. The drive was encouraging people to...

What price beauty?

The relationship between dentistry and the mainstream media has long been far from ideal. It is perhaps the nature of the beast that important health information and positive stories struggle to see...

Matters that matter

I wouldn’t describe myself as overly sensitive but I have to say I was slightly uncomfortable with some of the commentary which followed the general election.

What luck

In the build up to the election prospective MPs will be campaigning in the streets and in the media in an attempt to spread the word about how wonderful they are and how unwise it would be for anyone...

Interesting debate

In the build up to the election I lost count of the amount of times politicians would begin the answer to a straightforward question by saying they wanted to be “very clear”, and would then meander in...

All change

Hair loss, wrinkles and pain in joints I can deal with, but recently I had a moment where I suddenly realised I am getting old.

Food for thought

Eight-hundred years ago the barons of England were busy uniting themselves in a struggle against the crown.

What victory?

In December children impatiently wait for the arrival of Father Christmas; to those who have been good he brings gifts and treats, ensuring it truly is the happiest time of the year.

Power struggles

At a recent dental exhibition I was involved in a conversation with a dentist who clearly liked the sound of his own voice. I say ‘conversation’, but it was more like a monologue as it was difficult...

Talking crisis

It is said that there is no such thing as bad publicity. But dentists up and down the country could be forgiven for their scepticism over any positivity to come from the big story last month – that...