• Where there’s smoke

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    No-one spends more time peering into people’s mouths than dentists. So it makes sense for them to try and convince their patients who smoke—and are therefore at a greater risk of developing oral cancer—to kick the habit. By Susan Chenery […]

  • Poker face

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    Read ’em and weep—Dr Nauv Kashyap of Raceview Dental Surgery in Ipswich, QLD, likes nothing more than to win big at a poker tournament. “Back when I was studying dentistry at the University of Queensland, I went to the casino […]

  • The name giver

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    How forensic odontologist Dr Alain Middleton identifies the dead to help the living. By Harry Pearl The NSW Department of Forensic Medicine is housed in a drab building adjacent to the state Coroner’s Court in inner Sydney. In the waiting […]

  • The next step for tele-dentistry

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    Dental Monitoring, a new smartphone-based tooth-correction-monitoring system, promises to transform how orthodontists treat their patients, writes Shane Conroy When orthodontist Dr William Dabney, who practises in Virginia, USA, stumbled upon the Dental Monitoring display at a London conference, he immediately […]

  • How to have the awkward conversation

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    New research into the link between oral sex and oral cancer could see dentists playing a pivotal role in treating and informing their patients. But what is the best way to approach this sensitive matter? By Zoe Meunier Oral cancer—or, […]

Dental News

ADA says ACCC report falls short

The Australian Dental Association has strongly criticised the annual report of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on the private health insurance industry. Although the report to the Australian Senate addresses some of the ADA’s concerns, president Dr Hugo Sachs […]

ADIA named Association of the Year

The Australian Dental Industry Association was named Association of the Year before more than 300 stakeholders from across the not-for-profit sector at a gala dinner held in Sydney earlier this week. The awards were presented by Associations Forum, a body committed to assisting associations […]

Victorian dental chair installers face less red tape

In a move welcomed by the dental industry, dental chair installers in Victoria will face less red tape following a decision by the state’s electrical regulator, Energy Safe Victoria (ESV), to no longer require dental chair installations to be certified […]

100,000+ strong ADIA Facebook community

Surpassing the 100,000 supporter mark, the Facebook page run by the Australian Dental Industry Association has grown to become one of the largest not-for-profit social media communities in the nation. “Our vision is for an industry that empowers oral health professionals to advance […]

Your Business

Marketing dentistry to women

In most instances, dental treatment is similar for patients of either gender. Important distinctions do exist, however—and practices keen to attract more female patients might want to take note, writes Merran White According to ‘Women and Oral Health’, a 2016 […]

It’s in the notes

New technology for note taking and data collection is on its way, but in the meantime, it’s worth keeping meticulous notes using currently available methods. By John Burfitt Take a survey among dentists of what is the least favourite aspects of […]

Advertising: drawing the line on testimonials

A change to the AANA Code of Ethics clearly identifies practices that are deemed unacceptable by advertisers—and dentists should take note. Chris Sheedy reports When the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) released their ‘Clearly Distinguishable Advertising Best Practice Guideline’, […]

Word of mouth

Boil-and-bite mouthguards are still popular in children’s sports; so how do dentists get the word out to parents that custom-made, dentist-fitted mouthguards are the only way to go? By Kerryn Ramsey Mouthguards have been widely embraced by all sectors of […]

Your World

Project yeti

It sounds like a quest to locate the ever-elusive abominable snowman in the lofty Himalayas. In fact, Project Yeti describes the work of one Australian dentist who’s set his sights on treating some of the neediest residents in the region. […]

The superbug crisis

The problem of antimicrobial resistance is getting worse, largely due to the over-prescribing of antibiotics. The good news is dentists can play a role in minimising their use. By Harry Pearl The discovery of antibiotics is recognised as one of […]

Meet the president

His name is Hugo Sachs and he is the new head of the Australian Dental Association. Here he talks to Chris Sheedy about his early years, his professional life and what he sees as the future of the industry. When […]

Volunteering for hope

The Hope For Cambodian Children Foundation brings vital dental care to children outside the city of Battambang; they need volunteers to help them do it, reports Brannon Gerling The first time was a bit of a shock,” says Sydney-based dentist […]

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: ProGlider files

by Dr Jacques Cawood, Hobart Family Dental, TAS The ProGlider files can be attached to any rotary system and replace hand files when creating a glide path. I was a bit unconvinced about going into a tooth without hand files […]

Tools of the trade: Kavo Diagnocam

by Dr Ernest Yeo, Photogenic Dental, Parkwood, WA The DIAGNCOcam uses a near infrared laser to transilluminate through the tooth structure. It helps us to assess and digitally capture an image of how far decay and cracks are progressing interproximally […]

Pola Luminate

Pola Luminate is a quick and easy professional whitening system designed for patients on the move. With six per cent hydrogen peroxide, it is our highest strength brush-on tooth whitener that forms an invisible film on the tooth surface, without […]

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Art is life is art

Drawing on his Chinese heritage, Dr Chee Yong of Launceston, Tasmania, creates evocative art that speaks straight to the emotions. I don’t see my art as a hobby—I see it as a job. I treat it as seriously as I […]

Ride of your life

Dr Peter Duke of Western Smiles Dental Care in Mirrabooka, WA, likes nothing better than taking family, friends and staff for a ride on his turbo-charged jet ski Once a year we rent a house for a weekend and take […]

On the ball

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 […]

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 […]

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