’As a dentistry student, I spent two years filling teeth - with
disastrous results,’ White says.
’When I gave my first injection to a fellow student, I was so nervous I
missed the correct point of entry and scraped the needle right across
his gums. Then there was the time I drilled right through a woman’s
molar and into the nerve. Quite frankly, I was useless.
’I should have realised practical work wasn’t for me when my woodwork
teacher told my parents the chessboard I was making looked like a
’At times during my sales career - when negotiations have gone a bit
awry - I’ve imagined putting the person I’m talking to into a dentist’s
chair and filling their teeth. Without anaesthetic.’