• A practice in Africa

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    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 […]

  • Sitting pretty

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    A dental chair is one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in a practice. So how long does a chair last? Frank Leggett investigates Your dental chair is at the heart of your practice. It sits in the middle […]

  • Building bridges

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    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • The price of free

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    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 […]

Dental News

Another reason why it’s Time2Switch private health insurance

The recent reports on the decreased levels of benefits for dental care under general treatment health insurance policies are no surprise to the Australian Dental Association (ADA). The association’s Time2Switch campaign pushing for private health insurance to provide consumers better value for […]

UQ offers more free dental care in new alliance

The University of Queensland (UQ) will help deliver more free public dental care thanks to a new partnership with the state government. The alliance between UQ and Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) will give an extra 8,000 eligible […]

Dental profession says ‘no’ to bullying

The Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) is proud to be a signatory to a Joint Position Statement Against Bullying, Harassment and Inappropriate Behaviour in the Oral Health Sector—an Australian first for the health sector. The signing was witnessed and […]

Book your kids’ dental check-up for a healthy 2017

The start of the new year is a great time to form healthy habits, so the Australian Dental Association (ADA) is encouraging parents to make a dental appointment for their children before the school holidays end. Some families may even […]

Your Business

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. […]

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 […]

Your World

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 […]

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, […]

The bigger picture

Building a practice to include complementary treatments can make good business sense, writes Jane Duru We say that we treat people, not bodies,” says dentist Dr Nidhi Berera of her approach to running a dental practice. This philosophy drives the Sydney […]

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: Cracked Tooth Model

by Dr Lakh Sangha, Karalee Family Dental, QLD This is a rubber model of a tooth with an amalgam filling displayed in cross-section. Turn it around and it shows a cross-sectioned tooth fitted with a crown. What’s good about it […]

Tools of the trade: Reciproc

by Dr Rick Luu, Oasis Dental, Kingston Foreshore, NSW I use a Reciproc motor and files for my root canals and they have simplified the procedure dramatically. The Reciproc files are very resilient. Other brands I’ve used in the past […]

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 […]

The case for dental blog content

1. DENTAL BLOG CONTENT IS CHEAPER PER PATIENT THAN ADVERTISING Dental blog content is cheaper than advertising because it stays online for as long as you want it to. People circulate it voluntarily as they find it. Your content can […]



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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