• Making a difference

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    Australian volunteers open a dental clinic in East Timor to help undo decades of damage. By Andy Kollmorgen The critical shortage of dentists in East Timor may seem like a side issue. After all, the country is still recovering from a […]

  • Why job perks work

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    Retaining good staff can be a struggle for any business owner—but tweaking how you operate and what you offer can pay off, writes Rachel Smith Ask dentists who have been in business for decades and chances are they will remember, […]

  • Instagram as business tool: 7 tips for dentists

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    Despite its endless stream of selfies, food art and filtered vistas, Angela Tufvesson writes that Instagram is an ideal platform for dentists to connect with current and potential clients Instagram boasts a whopping 500 million users globally, and here in […]

  • Keeping kids calm

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    Dentistry is rarely straightforward but when dealing with children, there’s no telling what may happen. So how do you prepare for kids as patients? Kerryn Ramsey investigates A vital part of paediatric dentistry is the ability to interact positively with children. […]

  • Cancer in the dental domain

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    Oral cancer is a problem begging for a solution. That solution, Chris Sheedy discovers, is dentists Of the almost 5,000 people presenting with head and neck cancers each year in Australia, over 50 per cent have intra-oral cancers. If diagnosed […]

Dental News


ADIA funds new annual dental research grant

A new research award that will help the dental industry empower oral health professionals to advance the health and wellbeing of all Australians has been created by the Australian Dental Industry Association. The ADIA Research Grant will be bestowed annually […]


Rebuilding Smiles of domestic violence victims

Coinciding with last month’s White Ribbon Day (held on Friday 25 November), the Australian Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) launched the Rebuilding Smiles pilot project to help women and children who are victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives. Under Rebuilding […]


Congratulations to our industry survey winners!

Bite and Invisalign are thrilled to announce the winners of the best story idea competition that accompanied our 2016 industry survey. Third prize—an iPad Mini 2—goes to Prabhjeet Kaur of Windsor Garden Dental, SA. Second prize—an Apple Watch Sport—goes to […]

Your Business


Pick your battles wisely

General practices across the country now offer patients clear-aligner treatment plans—and that’s a good thing. But when should a dentist refer a patient to an orthodontist? Kerryn Ramsey investigates Clear aligners revolutionised orthodontics by removing the stigma of wearing braces. While […]


Dipping into the till

Dental-practice embezzlement is relatively rare—but probably not as rare as you think, reports Andy Kollmorgen You do not have to be a master criminal from the wrong side of the tracks to embezzle money from a dental practice. In fact, […]


Talking about your generation

Baby boomers and millennials are our largest demographics but they demand very different dental experiences. Here’s how to customise your offering to suit both groups. By Angela Tufvesson Australian dental patients pay almost 60 per cent of the cost of […]


Want to know how to be Fully Booked?

Marketing expert Carolyn S. Dean debunks dental marketing myths in her new book. By Meg Crawford As the MD of My Dental Marketing, a specialist outfit providing marketing and website design services for dental practices, Carolyn S. Dean knows exactly what […]

Your World

Photography by Jessica Marlow

Refugee dentistry

One Victorian hospital is working hard to restore the smiles of some of our newest—and most vulnerable—residents. Meg Crawford reports Despite much ranting to the contrary, asylum seekers are among the most disadvantaged members of the Victorian community. For starters, […]


Dentimed: meeting a growing demand from oncology patients

After many years treating the oral side effects of cancer treatment in his boutique Melbourne practice, one dentist decided that a dedicated facility offering special oral care to suffering, oft-sidelined oncology patients was long overdue. By Merran White According to the […]


Clean teeth

There has been a lot of talk about recycling within Australian dental practices, but those at the frontline believe far more direct action is now required. By John Burfitt The Australian Dental Association (ADA) is very clear about what constitutes appropriate […]


The road less travelled

Why did a qualified dentist decide to become a fish-tank cleaner, shelf stacker and receptionist? Frank Leggett follows Dr Angela McIntosh’s incredible 25-year journey. Broome dentist Dr Angela McIntosh would be very happy if any of her four kids decided […]

Design + Fitout


Erko edge

The Sydney suburb of Erskineville prides itself on being design-savvy with an industrial edge—and Erko Dental fits right in, discovers Kerryn Ramsey. The inner-city Sydney suburb of Erskineville is often referred to as a village due to its community feel, […]


Welcome to the comfort zone

A clear design vision and an effective business model has seen Dr Patrick Dang and Lisa Le grow Pyrmont Dental Health into a three-practice concern in just eight years. Kerryn Ramsey reports One of the biggest frustrations that dentists face is […]


Small pleasures

When a Perth dentist decided to create a boutique practice, the first person he turned to for help was his designer brother. Kerryn Ramsey discovers the brotherly bond. ‘‘I have a lot of respect for people who want to own […]

The sculptural bike racks outside Churchill Eco Dental Care are both pretty and practical.

Riding the green wave

Two suburban dentists found that a green practice takes real commitment but the rewards and satisfaction more than make up for it. By Kerryn Ramsey In front of the Churchill Eco Dental Care practice in Sydney’s northwest, a set of three […]



Tools of the trade: Fotona LightWalker AT-S

by Dr Timothy Goh, Oxford Dental Practice, Unley, SA Over the years, I’ve owned many lasers but the Fotona LightWalker can be used with more procedures than any other laser I’ve used. It’s also the fastest and cleanest dental laser […]


3M ESPE Astringent Retraction Paste

by Dr Angus Quinn, St Lucia Dental, QLD This retraction paste is easy to use, effective and cheaper than a lot of other brands on the market. I use it with all my crown and bridge work. A retraction cord […]



Man’s best friend

Not just an owner and breeder, Dr Lindsay Dyson of Gentle Dental in Burwood East, VIC, has published two books on the weimaraner in Australia. “My first weimaraner entered my life just after I got married. We had a cocker […]

Photo: Michael Parr Photography, www.michaelparr.com.au

Making a splash

Water polo is fast, highly competitive and exhausting—and Dr Rachael Hogen-Esch of Opulent Dental in Falcon, WA, wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re a mixed bag of women who play for the Peel Water Polo Club in Rockingham. There […]

Dr Kym Hiern (left) and Dr Jayne Jones says their staff are happy to put their baking efforts through quality control. Photo: Michelle Saunders

Icing on the cake

After spending days making elaborately decorated cakes, Drs Kym Hiern and Jayne Jones, co-owners of Duneba Dental in Pymble, NSW, give them away. Dr Jayne Jones Kym has always made beautiful cakes for everybody so for her 50th birthday, I […]

guitar collection

Six-string obsession

A guitar collection is never complete, according to Dr Howard Holmes of Carousel Orthodontic Centre in Cannington, WA “My guitar collection happened by accident. Back when I was a dental student in the late ’80s/early ’90s, I was playing in […]

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