• Into the web

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    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 […]

  • Getting cyber smart

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    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, […]

  • Labor promises dental van

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    The Labor candidate for the Division of Chisholm in Victoria has promised $581,000 to set up a mobile dental-health clinic—should Labor win the election. The candidate, Stefanie Perri, is offering the funds to Carrington Health, based in Whitehorse, to equip […]

  • Printing the Holy Grail

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     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, […]

  • The kids are all right

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    While it’s important for a child patient to be calm and content, dentists and parents should also be relaxed, explains Kerryn Ramsey. When Dr Timothy Johnston fitted out his new practice three years ago, his main priority was making sure […]

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Laughter is the best medicine

The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne is in for a treat this morning! The Humour Foundation is sending across Dr Fairyfloss and Dr Nurse to cheer up children in the chair. Though we often hear in the profession of people […]


Breakdown of Dental Board of Australia quarterly data

The Dental Board of Australia has released its first lot of quarterly data for 2016. The data profiles Australia’s dental workforce, and includes statistical breakdowns by practice, age and gender. While the data has remained reasonably consistent since the Dental […]


You may not be sedating your female patients enough

An article recently published in the Anesthesia Progress has confirmed that female patients need to be more heavily sedated than males. The research, using new methodology, found females tend to emerge earlier from sedation than males. The team assessed the […]


Victoria to combat poor oral health in children

Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) is rolling out a plan across the state to reduce poor oral health in children. Among other things, the plan aims to educate parents that by sharing oral bacteria with infants, they can unknowingly cause […]

Your Business


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 […]


3D: seeing it from all sides

3D technology has revolutionised the way dentistry is performed but, is it worth the investment? Frank Leggett investigates. Intraoral scanning, CAD/CAM, 3D printing and in-house milling have exploded in popularity in the past decade. More and more practices are investing […]


An implanted dilemma

Should all dentists be permitted to perform implant procedures or should the practice be restricted to dentists with specific expertise? Angela Tufvesson investigates. Currently, any qualified dentist can perform implant procedures because the discipline isn’t a registerable speciality. As such, […]


Doctors in Distress

July 2016 will mark two years since the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency first introduced a national interim drug screening protocol. The scheme was strengthened only last month suggesting the sector is still a long way from cleaning up its […]

Your World


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 […]


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 […]

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Bad mouthing

You’re examining a new patient and you realise the previous dentist did less-than-perfect work. Should you spill the beans or keep it to yourself? Angela Tufvesson investigates. Every dentist is thrilled at the prospect of a new patient, especially given […]


A change of scenery

Sometimes you want to run for the hills after a long and busy day, and some of us go so far as to do it. Amy Gray chats to some converts who have made the trade from city surviving to […]

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’, […]


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Tools of the trade: Planmeca Compact iTouch 

By Dr Alexander Lam, Dernacourt Dental Surgery, Dernacourt, SA This is a good value chair for any dentist who wants to perform dentistry at a very high level. I have been very happy with it—it ticks all the boxes. What’s […]


Tools of the trade: Olympus Tough TG-4 Digital Camera

by Dr John Mamutil, Brace 5 Orthodontics, Castle Hill, NSW   I ran an Invisalign lecture program recently and Invisalign has some very strict photography requirements. Most dentists use a weighty DSLR camera with a ring flash to achieve the […]

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Do business better with Prime Practice Connect

The way we accessed information 25 years ago was fragmented. We had the Yellow Pages for phone numbers, street directories to find our way around town and phone booths for calls outside the home or office. Today, we have ‘platforms’ […]



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 […]


The ski’s the limit

There are three things that Dr Gabrielle Allen of Adelaide Hills Family Dental in SA needs to make her happy—a powerful boat, a placid river and a single ski. I love waterskiing and, in particular, slalom. The buoys are fixed […]

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