• The charm of snake oil

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    Alternative oral-hygiene practices have strident supporters online. Make sure your patients know that nothing beats the products and practices rigorously tested by the scientific community, writes Meg Crawford Strident voices on the internet would have us believe that everything from […]

  • ADIA strategy: strength in numbers

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    What does the new ADIA strategy have to do with dentists? Plenty, CEO Troy Williams says, as the peak body focuses its increased resources on growing the industry through collaboration. By Chris Sheedy In November 2016 the Board of the […]

  • Should public dental be opened to competition?

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    The Productivity Commission recently proposed reforms to inject greater competition into the public dental sector. Rachel Smith investigates what this could mean for the industry overall. A new report by the Productivity Commission that recommends opening up public dental services to […]

  • Piano man

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    A life-long love of music saw Dr Timothy Chiang of Burwood Dental Centre in Melbourne become a finalist at the 2016 Australian National Piano Award “To apply for the Australian National Piano Award [ANPA], I had to send in a […]

  • Keep coming back

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    A good re-appointment rate is not only good business, it’s an excellent indicator of how your patients view your practice and your people, reports Chris Sheedy Think of how difficult it is, when you first open a practice, to build […]

Dental News

ADA responds to FDA ban on powdered gloves

In response to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s decision to ban the use of powdered gloves in the USA, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) has stated its own position in relation to their use which is still permitted in […]

Lichen could treat tooth decay

A number of compounds isolated from lichen show antibacterial properties with potential applications in oral health care, according to an article published in the January issue of Journal of Natural Products. The lichen in question, Stereocaulon paschale, generally lives in subarctic […]

The Zen of laughing gas

A new study has found that the effects of laughing gas on children receiving dental care varies widely. In an article published in the current issue of Anesthesia Progress, researchers from the Department of Pediatric Dentisty, University of Washington, Seattle, explore whether […]

Government supports CDBS

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has applauded last week’s announcement by the Turnbull Government and its Health Minister, Greg Hunt, to reinstate the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) cap to $1,000. “Following discussions between Minister Hunt and the association, the […]

Your Business

The price of free

Giveaways are a tried-and-tested marketing strategy. But are they appropriate or even effective in dental practices? Tracey Hordern investigates There’s truth to the adage that everything is marketing—and marketing is everything.  It is also true that one of the hallmarks […]

Why job perks work

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

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

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. […]

Your World

A practice in Africa

When many of their peers are contemplating retirement, Graham and Wendy Toulmin are ramping up their efforts to provide hope, health and healing to thousands of residents in the Democratic Republic of Congo, writes Tracey Porter Blind faith is an […]

Building bridges

One charity’s novel approach to bringing dentistry to rural Africa. By Sue Nelson The gulf between dentistry as it is practised in wealthy countries like Australia and in many developing nations around the world is stark—and is widening. There is […]

Making a difference

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 […]

Cancer in the dental domain

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 […]

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 […]

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: Carrie Zarzycki, dental assistant

by Dr Matthew Nangle, Everton Park Dental, QLD I had a prior career as a neuroscientist at Sydney University for about seven years. I left that to become a dentist and only finished my training in 2015. Everton Park Dental […]

Tools of the trade: CEREC Bluecam

by Dr Nitish Grover, Coast Dental, Christie’s Beach, SA I use a CEREC Bluecam even though it has been superseded a few times. The Bluecam requires the use of powder when scanning whereas the newer Omnicam is powder-free. I really […]

Tools of the trade: Interguard

by Dr Mark Foster, Castlegate Dental, Woodvale, WA This small metal insert totally protects the adjacent tooth from any damage during cavity preparation. I mainly treat children and MO and DO restorations are my bread and butter. What’s good about […]

Best-practice approach to ergonomics in dental design

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Elite Fitout Solutions. Do you pay close attention to ergonomics in the design of your dental environment? Elite believes that your practice will reap more benefits than you might think. Research […]



They may live in different states, but Drs Angus Quinn and Justin Ward meet up once a week to go fishing. It’s a mental health issue. Dr Angus Quinn, St Lucia Dental, St Lucia, QLD Justin and I grew up […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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