• The bigger picture

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    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 unorthodox approach to running a dental practice. She’s not talking […]

  • Dentimed: meeting a growing demand from oncology patients

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    After many years treating the oral side effects of cancer treatment in his boutique Melbourne practice, one dentist decided that a dedicated facility offering special oral care to suffering, oft-sidelined oncology patients was long overdue. By Merran White According to the […]

  • Want to know how to be Fully Booked?

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    Marketing expert Carolyn S. Dean debunks dental marketing myths in her new book. By Meg Crawford As the MD of My Dental Marketing, a specialist outfit providing marketing and website design services for dental practices, Carolyn S. Dean knows exactly what […]

  • What’s in a number?

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    Why the removal of two periodontal items from the Dental Schedule in March created tension between the ADA and affiliated periodontal professional groups. By Sue Nelson The Dental Schedule of Services is sacrosanct to the profession, describing services delivered by […]

  • Teeth trippers

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    Dental tourism was once considered a serious threat to the Australian dental profession. What does that threat look like now? Chris Sheedy reports. In early 2014, when nib Options was first launched, dental tourism became big news. The private insurer’s […]

Dental News


50,000-strong dental community masses online

More than 50,000 people ‘like’ the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) page on Facebook, indicating there is widespread interest in the dental industry’s role of empowering oral health professionals to advance the health and wellbeing of all Australians. “Earlier this week […]


SugarByHalf tackles Australia’s Sugardemic

On World Obesity Day last week, a group of health experts, doctors, celebrities and scientists joined forces to launch SugarByHalf, a local long-term campaign that aims to cut Australia’s sky-high added sugar consumption in half. Australia has a growing issue […]

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More Victorians receiving much-needed dental health care

New figures released in Dental Health Services Victoria’s 2015-2016 Annual Report show that more Victorians than ever before are accessing critical oral health care. Highlights include: 10,122 Indigenous patients accessed care—up by 8.8 per cent 401,067 individuals treated across Victoria […]


Video explains online renewal of registration

A new video explains online renewal of registration which is now open for dental practitioners. Dental practitioners who are due to renew their general, specialist or non-practising registration with the Dental Board of Australia (the Board) by 30 November can […]

Your Business

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Keep calm and wait on

Research shows that a well-designed waiting room helps to alleviate patient stress and anxiety. Better still, you don’t need a complete renovation to reap the rewards. By Angela Tufvesson For most patients, waiting for a dental appointment is about as […]

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Weekend work

Opening your practice on weekends might attract a larger customer base—but when you consider the extra cost involved, John Burfitt asks is it really worth it. The first thing Dr Lucas Lang of Dentistry Plus and his team do when […]


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 […]

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Look before they leave

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 World


Clean teeth

There has been a lot of talk about recycling within Australian dental practices, but those at the frontline believe far more direct action is now required. By John Burfitt The Australian Dental Association (ADA) is very clear about what constitutes appropriate […]


The road less travelled

Why did a qualified dentist decide to become a fish-tank cleaner, shelf stacker and receptionist? Frank Leggett follows Dr Angela McIntosh’s incredible 25-year journey. Broome dentist Dr Angela McIntosh would be very happy if any of her four kids decided […]


Foreign tongues

When treating non-English-speaking patients, it’s vital that you make yourself understood by going through a professional interpreter, writes Samantha Trenoweth. Sometimes you have to tell it straight—there’s no sugar-coating the condition of those teeth—but what do you do when the […]

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Higher calling

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]



Tools of the trade: Canon EOS-7D

by Dr Robert Ormerod, Maven Dental Group, South Yarra, VIC We use this camera to take a full set of intraoral photographs with every new patient. It’s fitted with a macro lens and a ring flash, and each patient has […]


New Implantmed boosts implant success rates

The highly regarded W&H Implantmed has become the surgical implant motor of choice for dental implantologists around the world since its introduction in 2001. Now there is a new model Implantmed, building on the great qualities of the original, but […]


Complete digital workflow for guided surgery

Safe, predictable, efficient Computer-guided implant surgery is a popular treatment modality. It allows correct implant positioning based on a prosthetically driven treatment plan in reference to surrounding anatomical structures, which in turn contributes to a long-term successful outcome. In addition, […]


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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 […]

Dr Kym Hiern (left) and Dr Jayne Jones says their staff are happy to put their baking efforts through quality control. Photo: Michelle Saunders

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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Six-string obsession

A guitar collection is never complete, according to Dr Howard Holmes of Carousel Orthodontic Centre in Cannington, WA “My guitar collection happened by accident. Back when I was a dental student in the late ’80s/early ’90s, I was playing in […]


Dressage for success

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 […]

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