• Your life: dressage for success

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    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 […]

  • Look before they leave

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    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 practice.com

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    The medical-services industry has long relied on promotion by word of mouth, which is still a powerful force. But many potential customers are now turning to the web. By Chris Sheedy Consider for a moment how Google works: advertisers pay […]

  • Higher calling

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    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

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    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 […]

Dental News

CPA clients

Cerebral Palsy clients welcome new digital dental technology

Sirona Dental Systems has generously donated a state-of-the-art 3D CEREC scanning machine to the dental clinic at Cerebral Palsy Alliance, a non-profit that provides services to thousands of people with a disability, and their families. Mike Stone, managing director of Sirona, presented the […]


CSIRO helps sleep disorder start-up make ASX debut

CSIRO partner Oventus Medical Ltd has just been listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASE), raising $12m in its initial public offer. Oventus manufactures sleep apnoea devices and has invested heavily in R&D with the CSIRO over the past two […]


New study to assess oral health of the nation

Thousands of people across Australia will take part in dental interviews and free dental examinations as part of a $5.8 million national oral health study due to start later this year. To be conducted by the Australian Research Centre for […]

Your Business


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 […]


Married to the job

When a married couple runs a practice together, they get to build the business as a team but do they have a life outside the office? Kerryn Ramsey reports. Choosing to run a dental practice with your spouse has many […]

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Into the web

There are plenty of rules and regulations around what a practice can and cannot do online. But don’t let this prevent you from developing an online presence. By Chris Sheedy. Dental practices are bound by the guidelines set up by […]

Cyber security

Getting cyber smart

To be competitive dental businesses are required to be part of an internet-based economy. But what can you do to ensure your sensitive commercial information remains uncompromised? Tracey Porter reports on cyber security. At first glance American group Advantage Dental, […]

Your World


Good sports

There’s a grand tradition of dentists volunteering their time and skill at sporting events right across Australia. Frank Leggett reports. The crowning jewel of Australia’s volunteerism was at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. The original group of volunteers numbered […]


Suffer the children

If the Child Dental Benefit Scheme was so universally liked, why would the government replace it with a less targeted, less funded, less valuable scheme? By Sue Nelson. In the week before the 2016 Budget was delivered, Federal Health Minister […]


Printing the Holy Grail

 A bioprinter that can grow human tissue and bone is on its way. The man researching it, Professor Saso Ivanovski, explains what this development really means for the future of dentistry. John Burfitt, reports. Griffith University’s Professor Saso Ivanovski is, […]


Special access

The complexity of special needs dentistry combined with a practitioner shortage and funding issues means uncertainty for the exponentially growing number of patients that need it most. Tracey Porter writes. When Dr Helen Marchant opened a new clinic in Werribee […]

Design + Fitout


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 […]


Marble marvel

A marble-clad exterior is just one of the awe-inspiring elements in this newly designed practice in the Melbourne suburb of Beaumaris. By Kerryn Ramsey It’s common for diligent dentists to refer to their practices as a ‘home away from home’, […]



Your tools: Orascoptic EyeZoom loupes

by Dr Christopher Ch’ng, Argyle Street Family Dentist, Parramatta, NSW What’s good about it These loupes have an attached light and the 3.5x magnification makes everything much clearer. They allow me to work very accurately, conserve more tooth structure and […]


Your tools: OptraGate

by Dr Lydia Loh, Bracken Ridge Dental, QLD OptraGate is used to retract the lips and cheek of the patient and is suitable for use during many different procedures. I find it very handy when it’s difficult to fit a […]


Your tools: MyRay C-U2 intraoral camera

by Dr Ayesha Tiwary, Heidelberg Dentist, VIC When we ordered a new dental chair, this intraoral camera came attached, though it can be purchased separately. It’s a great unit and the quality of the images is better than those from […]

tools of the trade

Tools of the trade: Diagora Optime imaging system

by Dr Randa Beshai, Norwest Dental Care, Bella Vista, NSW I’ve had this since I started my surgery in 2006. I use it constantly and have had no problems with it in all that time. What’s good about it The […]


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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 […]


The art of flying

With over 100 pieces in his aviation art collection, Dr Anthony Burke of DentalArt in Ringwood, VIC, feels like he’s just getting started. There’s a piece of aviation art I’ve been hunting down for a while. It’s a magnificent painting […]

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The finer things in life

Utilising her skills as a dentist, Dr Angela McCarthy of Erko Dental in Erskineville, NSW, makes beautiful worlds in miniature. I began making miniature dioramas when I had an Etsy shop. The site specialises in arts and crafts, and I […]


Climbing the walls

While her busy working career is divided between two surgeries, Dr Rebecca O’Sullivan’s leisure time is all about climbing boulders. The first time I went rock climbing, I suffered from a terrible case of ‘Elvis legs’. This happens when you’re […]

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