Here we get to know a little more about David Offord and his life away from Vermilion dental practice.

  1. What got you into dentistry?

I was attracted to dentistry as it required a background in science, but it was also a practical hands-on course.

2. What do you like most about it?

I love oral surgery. It’s the coolest speciality – all the others know this!

3. How do you see the future of dentistry in Scotland evolving?

A core-service NHS including children’s orthodontics and well-resourced adult periodontics. Everything else the patient will pay for.

Dentists regain their pride as autonomous professionals who set their own fees.

4. Have you had any unusual experiences in dentistry?

In 1995 I worked at the dental clinic within the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern, Sydney, which was very interesting from a dental point of view. These were the toughest extractions ever.

5. How do you unwind outside of dentistry?

I have three children under the age of 12 who keep me very occupied when I am not at work.

6. Where’s your favourite holiday destination?

You can’t beat a lunchtime pint of Tennents on the west coast of Scotland. When the sun shines, it’s the best place on the planet.

7. What’s your favourite film and TV programme?

I loved T2 Trainspotting and anything by Quentin Tarantino. TV-wise, it has to be a good boxset such as Homeland or Billions.

8. What’s your favourite meal?

Lamb biriyani with a good Spanish red.

9. What’s your favourite book?

Usually it’s the latest sports biography.

10. What’s your favourite sport?

I love the Six Nations rugby, now that Scotland are competitive again.

11. What kind of music do you listen to?

It’s my kids or Vermilion’s nurses who choose my music.

12. Sum yourself up in one word

Positive.