On Saturday 8 February UP hosted Dr Peter Sheridan (AM BDS MDS FICD), a leading expert on Clinical Photography and Clinical Senior Lecturer at Sydney University, to conduct a one-day workshop on Clinical Dental Photography for dentists and postgraduate and undergraduate dental students The course attracted 68 participants, who were provided with a copy of Dr Sheridan’s booklet called ‘A Guide to Standard Views’ which makes clinical photography accessible to the general dentist. Dr Sheridan also donated a copy of his popular textbook ‘Clinical Photography in Dentistry – A New Perspective’ (2017) for our UP library.

Topics covered in the course included:

  • Photographs as part of records and communication in everyday dental practice
  • Images for patient education… “I want you to see what I see”
  • The essence of exposure, aperture and ISO in digital photography and overcoming the difficulties of hand-held macro photography
  • Information on cameras and systems as well as retractors, mirrors etc
  • The proper technique for taking intraoral and extraoral images
  • Better patient acceptance of treatment using photography and descriptive statements.

During the afternoon, two groups of participants spent time in the UP dental clinic practicing clinical photography on each other supervised by Dr Sheridan. The course was a huge success and participants were very happy with what they had learnt. The dentists were able to collect 5 CPD points from the Cambodian Dental Council.