• Meet the president

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    His name is Hugo Sachs and he is the new head of the Australian Dental Association. Here he talks to Chris Sheedy about his early years, his professional life and what he sees as the future of the industry. When […]

  • Volunteering for hope

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    The Hope For Cambodian Children Foundation brings vital dental care to children outside the city of Battambang; they need volunteers to help them do it, reports Brannon Gerling The first time was a bit of a shock,” says Sydney-based dentist […]

  • The future is here

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    It’s the new frontier in dentistry—3D printing, and it’s set to revolutionise the work of dentists, especially once the price comes down. By Andy Kollmorgen Consider the current regimen for fitting a crown. First you have to make a physical mold of […]

  • Big-sized problems for mid-sized dentists

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    An increasingly competitive environment combined with an oversupply of graduates has created a perfect storm for mid-sized dental practices, writes Tracey Porter Poor idea execution and lack of forward planning means many Australian mid-sized dental practices risk being squeezed out of the […]

  • Small world

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    It was a 1984 teen movie that inspired Dr Sarah Rose of Eumundi Dental on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to embrace the art of bonsai. “I first became interested in bonsai after watching The Karate Kid as a child. During the movie, Mr […]

Dental News

Company awarded for innovative technology

A new technology developed by manufacturing company 3M for use in the dental industry was selected earlier this month to receive a 2017 Edison Award—a global recognition honouring innovators that create a positive impact in the world. The 3M Mobile True […]

20,000 reasons to invest in new dental equipment

Dental practices across Australia are being encouraged by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) to make an investment in new equipment that supports delivery of dental and oral health care, and take advantage of an extension of Australian Government tax concessions to […]

CareDent and the community

May is Starlight Month and Australian-based company CareDent are proud supporters of the Starlight Children’s Foundation. All year round, the company’s Starlite toothbrush helps bring awareness to Starlight Children’s Foundation but CareDent believes Starlight Month is extra special. On 10 […]

ADOHTA want to end medical dental divide

Oral health therapists rue missed opportunities in federal budget

The Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association (ADOHTA) national president, Mr Tan Nguyen, says ADOHTA is underwhelmed with the 2017/18 federal budget announcements. “Whilst many within the health sector commend some of the budget decisions, such as the lifting […]

Your Business

Best practice in digital marketing

Best practice in digital marketing is about growing patient numbers through building relationships, testing your options to see what’s working, and being smart about your target market. Here, we meet two practices doing it right. By Rob Johnson Six years ago, […]

To buy or not to buy

Most dental students dream one day of establishing their own practice. But is starting from scratch really the best option? Tracey Hordern investigates Dentistry has never been more competitive in Australia than it currently is now. Most industry experts cite […]

Personality types

In the debate over the better model of practice to work in—private or corporate—a preference can reveal a great deal about the practitioner. By John Burfitt Raise the issue of the differences in working for a corporate dental organisation as […]

Connecting with your patients

Trust issues, emotional intelligence and misaligned messaging all have an impact on patients’ willingness to develop enduring relationships with their dentists. So what more can dental professionals do to develop a rapport with those that occupy their chairs? Tracey Porter […]

Your World

Master of universal care

Associate professor Sajeev Koshy OAM has a vision: needs-based universal dental care. He tells Susanna Nelson what it would take to make his vision reality Dentally speaking, associate professor Sajeev Koshy can claim to have seen it all. There aren’t […]

Fluoride wars

The science is unequivocal: fluoridation promotes good oral health. So why are so many people still scared of it? Susan Chenery talks to Dr Michael Foley from the Australian Dental Association about his experiences fighting the good fight. Things are […]

Sweet charity

The National Dental Foundation has been offering free dental care to the needy since 2004. Last year its co-founder, Dr David Digges, was named NSW Volunteer of the Year. By Kerryn Ramsey Back in 2005, Dr David Digges began volunteering […]

Should public dental be opened to competition?

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 […]

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: Fox’s Bite Plane

by Dr Gus Freitas, Andrew Murray Dental Care, Hampstead Gardens, SA When fitting a patient with a full denture, the Fox’s Bite Plane establishes the orientation of the occlusal plane in an anteroposterior direction (Spee curve) and also the Frontal […]

American Eagle gold flat plastic

by Dr Miranda Sageman, Bespoke Dental, Turner, ACT This is my favourite flat plastic. The gold-plating works extremely well at stopping composite material from sticking to the surface. It’s very smooth and if you’re careful, there’s no need to pick […]

Stoddard DIA Endo I Diamond Bur FG

By Dr Timothy Chiang, Burwood Dental Centre, Melbourne, VIC I use this bur every time I endodontically access a tooth. It’s great when working on posterior teeth, and even for single canal teeth. What’s good about it You use this […]

GuttaCore Obturator and ThermaPrep 2 Obturation Oven

by Dr Anju Fotedar, Ramsgate Dental Care, NSW I’ve found that using GuttaCore and the ThermaPrep oven has made my root canal work much easier and provided fantastic results. It consistently ensures high-quality obturation. What’s good about it Once the […]


On the ball

Associate Professor John Cosson of Coastal Oral and Facial Surgery in Benowa, QLD, wears many hats—dentist, doctor, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, pinball wizard. “Lethal Weapon 3 was the first pinball machine I owned. I purchased it from someone who had won […]

Piano man

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 […]


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 […]

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