• To buy or not to buy

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    Most dental students dream one day of establishing their own practice. But is starting from scratch really the best option? Tracey Hordern investigates Dentistry has never been more competitive in Australia than it currently is now. Most industry experts cite […]

  • Personality types

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    In the debate over the better model of practice to work in—private or corporate—a preference can reveal a great deal about the practitioner. By John Burfitt Raise the issue of the differences in working for a corporate dental organisation as […]

  • Fluoride wars

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    The science is unequivocal: fluoridation promotes good oral health. So why are so many people still scared of it? Susan Chenery talks to Dr Michael Foley from the Australian Dental Association about his experiences fighting the good fight. Things are […]

  • On the ball

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    Associate Professor John Cosson of Coastal Oral and Facial Surgery in Benowa, QLD, wears many hats—dentist, doctor, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, pinball wizard. “Lethal Weapon 3 was the first pinball machine I owned. I purchased it from someone who had won […]

  • Sweet charity

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    The National Dental Foundation has been offering free dental care to the needy since 2004. Last year its co-founder, Dr David Digges, was named NSW Volunteer of the Year. By Kerryn Ramsey Back in 2005, Dr David Digges began volunteering […]

Dental News

Bioengineered tooth restoration in dog

Japanese researchers have carried out successful tooth regeneration in a postnatal large-animal model, publishing their findings in this month’s Scientific Reports. Conventional therapies for restoring the loss of a tooth—due to caries, gum disease or injury—essentially consist of replacing the […]

Spotlight on oral health in aged care

Oral health researchers from the University of Newcastle (UON) have been successful in securing more than half a million dollars to advance a program dedicated to preventive oral health care for the elderly. Dr Janet Wallace and her team from […]

Truth about oral health habits

The principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide used the occasion of World Oral Health Day (held 20 March) to myth bust what people around the world believe to be good oral health practices, encouraging them to […]

Zoo partnership to focus on kids’ oral health

A new partnership focusing on better dental health for children has been launched between Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) and Zoos Victoria. Launched earlier this week on World Oral Health Day, the new initiative will see children and families engaged […]

Your Business

Connecting with your patients

Trust issues, emotional intelligence and misaligned messaging all have an impact on patients’ willingness to develop enduring relationships with their dentists. So what more can dental professionals do to develop a rapport with those that occupy their chairs? Tracey Porter […]

The charm of snake oil

Alternative oral-hygiene practices have strident supporters online. Make sure your patients know that nothing beats the products and practices rigorously tested by the scientific community, writes Meg Crawford Strident voices on the internet would have us believe that everything from […]

ADIA strategy: strength in numbers

What does the new ADIA strategy have to do with dentists? Plenty, CEO Troy Williams says, as the peak body focuses its increased resources on growing the industry through collaboration. By Chris Sheedy In November 2016 the Board of the […]

Keep coming back

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 […]

Your World

Should public dental be opened to competition?

The Productivity Commission recently proposed reforms to inject greater competition into the public dental sector. Rachel Smith investigates what this could mean for the industry overall. A new report by the Productivity Commission that recommends opening up public dental services to […]

A practice in Africa

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 […]

Building bridges

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 […]

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 […]

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: Abrahami Drill Guide

by Dr Sally Farhandi, Excellence in Dentistry, Brisbane, QLD The Abrahami Drill Guide is used for paralleling and spacing when dealing with two or more consecutive implants. It’s very easy to use and relatively inexpensive to purchase. What’s good about […]

Tools of the trade: VistaScan Mini View

by Dr Paul Crichton, Jetty Dental, Coffs Harbour, NSW Having just recently purchased Jetty Dental, the VistaScan Mini View was perfect for my needs. What’s good about it When I purchased Jetty Dental, they were still developing X-rays with chemicals. […]

Tools of the trade: CEREC Omnicam

by Dr Mark Casiglia, Apple Dental, Lane Cove, NSW I’ve been through an evolution of CERECs. I started with a Redcam back in 2008, upgraded to a Bluecam and purchased my Omnicam about three years ago. I tend to upgrade […]

3M launches world’s first tablet-based mobile intraoral scanner

Mobile tablets, a common place in many aspects of clinical practice in health care settings, have arrived in the dental industry with the introduction of the 3M™ Mobile True Definition Scanner, a one-of-a-kind tablet-based intraoral scanner that fits in your […]


Piano man

A life-long love of music saw Dr Timothy Chiang of Burwood Dental Centre in Melbourne become a finalist at the 2016 Australian National Piano Award “To apply for the Australian National Piano Award [ANPA], I had to send in a […]


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 […]

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