EP 313 – Simon is a leading UK cosmetic dentist and co-founder of the sustainable oral care brand PARLA, as seen on Dragon’s Den

We discuss PARLA’s pioneering methods for reducing single-use plastics in dentistry with products like toothpaste tablets and plastic-free floss. We talk about the environmental impact of traditional oral care products, the intricacies of launching a sustainable business, and the hurdles faced by dentists and startups.

We also discuss the importance and strategies to manage stress and prevent burnout, and highlight the benefits of disconnecting from constant digital connectivity.

Simon also explains why greenwashing and gimmicks qualify for the big bin of bullsh*t.


00:00 BWB with Dr Simon Chard

01:41 The Problem with Plastic in Oral Care

02:30 Innovative Solutions by Perla

06:03 Challenges in Changing Consumer Habits

07:31 Toothpaste Ingredients: What You Need to Know

11:14 Mental Health in Dentistry

13:43 Dragon’s Den Experience

15:46 Entrepreneurial Journey and Future Plans

33:11 Mental Health in Dentistry and Startups

34:10 Cosmetic Dentistry Market

36:16 Fear of Dentists and Media Influence

40:50 Public Health and Dental Care

45:08 Best and Worst Advice

48:23 Mentorship and Business Challenges

53:10 Quickfire Round – Get To Know Simon

58:51 Mental Health in Startups

01:04:36 Wrap Up

Simon’s recommendations:

The Almanac of Naval Ravikant (book)

Unstressable – Mo Gowdat (book)


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