• Dentimed: meeting a growing demand from oncology patients

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    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 […]

  • Want to know how to be Fully Booked?

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    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 […]

  • What’s in a number?

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    Why the removal of two periodontal items from the Dental Schedule in March created tension between the ADA and affiliated periodontal professional groups. By Sue Nelson The Dental Schedule of Services is sacrosanct to the profession, describing services delivered by […]

  • Teeth trippers

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    Dental tourism was once considered a serious threat to the Australian dental profession. What does that threat look like now? Chris Sheedy reports. In early 2014, when nib Options was first launched, dental tourism became big news. The private insurer’s […]

  • Clean teeth

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    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 […]

Dental News


Millions of opioid pills unused by dental surgery patients

More than half of opioids prescribed to patients following surgical tooth extraction—such as the removal of impacted wisdom teeth— are not used, according to a study published earlier this month in the online journal, Drug and Alcohol Dependence. In the […]


Melbourne to host 2017 Osteology Symposium

The Switzerland-based Osteology Foundation is to stage a national symposium in Melbourne next year, the first time it has ever held an event in Australia. The Osteology Australasia Symposium is themed ‘Strategies for predictable regeneration—Today and Tomorrow’, and boasts a […]


Proof that functional older adults also have their teeth

It has been thought that maintaining good oral health may help older adults prevent a variety of health problems and disabilities. However, the effect of tooth loss on physical or cognitive health and wellbeing has been largely unknown. Until now. […]


Get help funding your dream project

The ACFF (Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future) is offering a number of grants to help fund selected community projects. In 2017, the ACFF is offering a total of $50,000 to finance projects that will ultimately help communities develop and implement […]

Your Business

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Keep calm and wait on

Research shows that a well-designed waiting room helps to alleviate patient stress and anxiety. Better still, you don’t need a complete renovation to reap the rewards. By Angela Tufvesson For most patients, waiting for a dental appointment is about as […]

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Weekend work

Opening your practice on weekends might attract a larger customer base—but when you consider the extra cost involved, John Burfitt asks is it really worth it. The first thing Dr Lucas Lang of Dentistry Plus and his team do when […]


Deals, discounts and dentistry — coupons for dental practices

Dentistry has traditionally demured from loud marketing. So why the sudden enthusiasm for the Shop A Docket? By Meg Crawford Traditionally, dentists shied away from the concept of selling dentistry—no one wanted to be branded a used car salesman or ambulance […]

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Look before they leave

Managing extended leave among your staff can be a difficult and complicated process. But as Mick Daley discovered, it doesn’t have to be Any dental practitioner that employs one or more staff knows the confusion that can result when leave […]

Your World


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 […]


Foreign tongues

When treating non-English-speaking patients, it’s vital that you make yourself understood by going through a professional interpreter, writes Samantha Trenoweth. Sometimes you have to tell it straight—there’s no sugar-coating the condition of those teeth—but what do you do when the […]

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Higher calling

Dr Steven Naoum believes everyone deserves good dental care. Which is why he’s taking Macquarie Street to Bourke. By Samantha Trenoweth Dr Steven Naoum grew up in Western Australia but in recent years has been working to bring quality oral health […]


Sleep apnoea and depression

Dentists who treat obstructive sleep apnoea should be aware of new research linking depression and OSA in men, reports Frank Leggett Men with undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) have a strong association with depression, according to a study conducted by Dr Carol […]

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: iTero Element

by Dr John Mamutil, invisibleBrace5 Orthodontics, Castle Hill, NSW I was an early adopter of iTero scanners and have always been impressed by their ease of use and advanced technology. The new iTero Element has just been shipped to Australia […]


Tools of the trade: Pencure 2000

By Dr Anthony Seymour, Seymour Dental, Dulwich Hill, NSW This is a high-intensity curing light that works very quickly. It’s fast, reliable and consistent—everything you could ask for in such a product. What’s good about it This light can cure […]


Tools of the trade: DIAGNOcam

by Dr Alannah Freer, Dent8 Dental, Taringa, QLD DIAGNOcam uses near-infrared digital-imaging transillumination (NIDIT) to produce an image of the crown portion of teeth allowing for early detection of caries, cracks and leakage around margins of fillings. The images can […]


You can’t move forward without knowing where you are

And you can’t fix a problem unless you know what’s wrong! Prime Practice has developed a new online tool, the Prime Practice Analysis, which will help pinpoint both what’s working well in your practice as well as any areas of […]


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 […]

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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 […]


Dressage for success

For the past 30 years, Dr Peter Ewing of Ascot Dental, QLD, has been breeding, training and competing warmblood horses. A warmblood is a carriage horse that was developed by crossing ‘cold-blooded’ draft horses with ‘hot-blooded’ thoroughbreds. The breed looks […]

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Triple threat

Three bands, a comedy show and a cabaret act—Dr Sharonne Zaks of Sharonne Zaks Dental in Daylesford, VIC, knows how to keep herself busy. “Up until very recently, I was playing trumpet in a band called Madre Monte, a very […]

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