• Designing a dental practice … here’s how

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    Designing a dental practice that brings in the right clientele involves much more than getting the colour palette just so and choosing the right furniture. Rachel Smith reports If you’re considering revamping your existing dental practice or are designing a brand […]

  • Mobile dentistry

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    There are many social and lifestyle arguments for hitting the road with your skills and equipment but perhaps the most compelling is the growing untapped market for mobile dentistry, writes Sue Nelson. We live in an age when many traditional business models are […]

  • Lovin’ cricket—especially Sachin Tendulkar

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    Appearing on ABC-TV’s Hard Quiz has seen Dr Theja Surapaneni (of Snell and Aurelio Dental Surgeons in Heidelberg and Miners’ Dental Clinic in Wonthaggi, VIC) being called the most attractive game show contestant of all time. Interview: Frank Leggett “I […]

  • Dental innovations

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    Meet the brains behinds two terrific dental innovations—a functional oral health drink and a toothpaste and torch system that highlight areas to watch for decay and gum disease. James Gallaway reports In a queue to pay for fuel at a […]

  • Staff meetings

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    Staff meetings should be an effective way to share ideas and information, resolve difficulties, and communicate with team members. Here are some simple ways to make yours better. By Frank Leggett A dental practice is a busy place with plenty of […]

Dental News

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Map highlights sorry state of public dental care in Victoria

A new fully interactive map recently released by the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) exposes the unacceptable length of time people are waiting for public dental care in every Victorian electorate. The map shows that vulnerable Victorians with shocking dental […]

Dental product suppliers face rising costs

The most recent survey of business confidence amongst manufacturers and suppliers of innovative dental products suggests the sector is facing headwinds from rising costs. That’s the conclusion of the Australian Dental Products Sector Business Conditions Survey published by the Australian Dental Industry Association. […]

Winner of $10,000 bursary announced

Dr Sathyan Saranathan, owner of the Goulburn Valley Dental Group, has been awarded the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) and BOQ Specialist CPD Practice Bursary at a ceremony attended by 700 dental professionals at the ADAVB Convention in Melbourne. Now […]

Victoria’s largest dental show kicks off this week

Dentists and allied oral healthcare professionals from around Australia are getting behind the state’s largest regularly held dental event, the 2018 ADIA Victorian Dental Show—being held over 10-11 August 2018 at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Convened by the Australian Dental Industry Association, […]

Your Business

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Conflicts of interest in dentistry

Are dentists influenced by gifts and incentives, and should professional codes of conduct be updated to provide clearer guidelines for interactions with patients, colleagues and industry so as to avoid conflicts of interest in dentistry? By Angela Tufvesson Ever accepted […]

selling your practice to a corporate buyer

Selling your dental practice to a corporate network

Selling your practice to a corporate network could be your ticket to financial freedom, but there are some important things you need to understand to ensure you don’t get in over your head. Shane Conroy reports It’s good times for […]

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What should my hours of operation be?

If you’re running a dental clinic, your hours of operation can make all the difference between profit and loss. By Louise Baxter In the medical field, emergency situations are par for the course and time is of the essence. There’s […]

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Consumer complaints: how you handle them

How you handle consumer complaints can make all the difference between resolving the issue in a timely manner or facing a world of pain further down the line, as Tracey Porter discovers. When Melbourne dentist Kia Pajouhesh elected to take […]

Your World

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How women in dentistry are changing the profession

More women than ever are joining the profession—and changing it for the better, writes Stephanie Osfield When Leonie Clark was studying to become a dentist over 30 years ago, only a quarter of those enrolled in her course were women. […]

Working in mobile dental clinics

The Royal Flying Doctor Service received new funding in the Federal Budget to improve dental health in remote communities, but dentists in these mobile dental clinics say working this way is not for everyone. John Burfitt reports When Dr Alice Gubbins started […]

Dr Nauv Kashyap

Dr Nauv Kashyap on playing his cards right

Multi-practice owner and dental business coach Dr Nauv Kashyap is as deft a hand at business as he is at the poker table. By Sally Wilson Risk is a word that frequently comes up in conversation with Dr Nauv Kashyap. With a career that’s seen him […]

dentistry in the ADF

Dentistry in the ADF

The Australian Defence Force is an exciting alternative for dentists seeking something more than private practice. But dentistry in the ADF is not for the faint hearted. By Shane Conroy Think running a busy dental practice is challenging? Try doing […]

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 […]


digital implant guide

Tools of the trade: DIOnavi digital implant guide

by Dr Manuel Bautista, Plenty Smiles, Bundoora, VIC This is a product that makes any implant placement very reliable. In the past, general dentists would refer the patient to a surgeon or a specialist to place an implant. Now, with […]

MK-dent: Quality products made in Germany

This article is sponsored content brought to you by MK-Dent. Twenty-two years since inception, MK-dent has developed into one of the leading manufacturers for dental instruments worldwide with products sold in more than 110 countries and through approximately 800 authorised […]

W&H Assistina: The benchmark for handpiece maintenance

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Ivoclar Vivadent. Automated handpiece maintenance units that clean and lubricate handpieces not only save time and money in the dental practice, but selecting the correct unit will ensure you comply with […]

A spin on handpieces

This article is sponsored content brought to you by NSK. By Dr Amit Gurbuxani MRACDS (DPH), MDPPH(UWA), BDSc  Over the past 85 years, NSK has drawn on its high-speed rotational know how to continuously innovate its growing range of dental […]


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Girl Guides—respect, courage, strength

As a Leader with the Girl Guides, Dr Amanda McCosker of Best St Dental in Wagga Wagga, NSW, helps girls grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members. Interview: Frank Leggett “I was only six years old when I joined the […]



It’s been a long and winding road but Dr Harry Marget of East Bentleigh Dental Group in Victoria is about to enjoy pinot noir from his own vineyard. Interview: Frank Leggett “When I was an undergraduate student at Adelaide University doing dentistry, […]


Breeding papillons

As a breeder for the show ring, the look of a papillon is very important to Dr Jayne McEwan of Colac Dental Practice in Victoria—but it’s their personality that won her heart. Interview: Frank Leggett “I was 10 years old when […]


One with her unicycle

When taking her unicycle out for a spin, Dr Genevieve Nawrot of Rutherford Dental in New South Wales thinks nothing of pedalling 80 or 90 kilometres. By Frank Leggett “Each year, a Sydney to Wollongong bike ride raises money to […]

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