• 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 […]

  • 3D: seeing it from all sides

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    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 […]

  • Sydney teens are hooked on sugary drinks

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    Recent research has found that even though teens are aware of the damages sugary drinks can do to their health, they’re still guzzling them down. Consumption of sugary beverages is associated with a range of health issues, from obesity through […]

  • The national oral health survey results are in

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    The results are in from a national oral health survey, completed by the University of Adelaide, and they aren’t good. The research found that 25 per cent of children in Australia under the age of 11 have untreated tooth decay. […]

  • Doctors in Distress

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    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 […]

Dental News


Linking oral health to nutrition

Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) have teamed up with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) in an attempt to use the influence of dieticians to inform the public of the health issues their eating habits are having on their teeth. […]

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ADOHTA on the warpath

Poor results from the recent national oral health survey, in combination with eradication of the CDBS has elicited an outcry from the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association (ADOHTA). ADOHTA are calling for “less talk and more action” by […]


Victorians not getting the public oral health care they deserve

Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) has just released data showing the uptake of public oral health care services across Victoria, and the results are pretty poor. The data released covers the access numbers for oral health services and other dental […]


UQ appoints Professor Pauline Ford as Head of Dentistry

  The University of Queensland’s school of dentistry has just become the first dentistry school in Australia and New Zealand to appoint a female head of dentistry. The 81-year-old school of will come under the wing of Professor Pauline Ford […]

Your Business


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, […]


Home run

Transforming a residential home into a family practice can be very profitable but be prepared for unexpected costs during the early stages, explains Kerryn Ramsey. Dental practitioners are well aware of the financial value of running a practice in a […]


Behind the mask

If a patient presents with suspected injuries from domestic violence, how should a dentist respond? Frank Leggett investigates. Domestic violence is a spreading scourge right across Australia. So much so, that in September last year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced […]


Clocking in

The Continuing Professional Development system provides great opportunities for dentists. But are the rules around non-clinical education too lax? And can that really be a good thing? Amy Gray investigates. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points are a growing issue for […]

Your World


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 […]

Alzheimer’s Australia and the ADA—perfect partnership

Alzheimer’s Australia and the ADA—perfect partnership

Alzheimer’s disease and poor oral health care go hand-in-hand, but as Samantha Trenoweth discovers, a new partnership addressing the joint issues is a force to be reckoned with. “What’s fantastic is that consumers have identified this as an area that […]

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’, […]



Tools of the trade: Mectron Piezosurgery

by Dr Stuart Craig, Cameron & Co, Mundingburra, QLD I use this tool for extractions, particularly when I want to conserve bone or the buccal plate. I find it particularly useful for surgical wisdom tooth extractions. The Piezosurgery is like […]


Tools of the trade: K3 Workstation

by Dr Emma Bowman, Northside Family Dental, Canberra, ACT I was a dental assistant for 10 years before qualifying as a dentist 18 months ago. I’ve used the K3 Workstation during all of that time and it really makes the operating […]


Sterilisation Validation – do you comply?

Do you validate your sterilisation equipment properly? By Melissa Eley One of the topics around instrument reprocessing and sterilisation that is the least understood, yet crucial to carry out thoroughly and correctly, is the annual validation of your sterilisation process. […]


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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 […]


For the record

As soon as he started listening to 2SM as a kid, Dr Geoff Henzell of New England Dental Group in Armidale, NSW, knew there was no such thing as too much music. I own about 1500 vinyl albums, 1000 vinyl […]

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