• Meet Dr David Hills, the dental disruptor

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    Dr David Hills’ dentist-comparison platform has created a much-needed solution for a widespread industry problem. By Clea Sherman One of the most significant challenges of running a dental practice can be simply getting enough patient numbers through the door. In areas where […]

  • Professional indemnity insurance

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    Today’s dentists operate in a far more litigious environment than they did in past decades. So it’s crucial that your professional indemnity insurance affords you adequate and appropriate cover for your full scope of practice, say experts. Merran White reports […]

  • Dental therapy dogs: a patient’s best friend

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    Patients with a dental phobia is an issue faced by most practitioners but at Warragul Dental Care in Victoria’s West Gippsland, the team has a secret weapon—Dogtor Bruce, the therapy dog. By Kerryn Ramsey There’s a point of difference between Warragul […]

  • Selling your dental practice in 7 steps

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    Selling your dental practice often takes years and a whole lot of planning to get right. Angela Tufvesson shows how to maximise the sale price before putting your practice on the market. 1. Get a valuation Before you start daydreaming […]

  • Your dental uniform doesn’t have to be daggy

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    At a dental practice, a quality dental uniform can do everything from speaking volumes about your brand to inspiring staff performance. By Meg Crawford US research has borne out what we intuitively know to be true: humans are hardwired to […]

Dental News

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Students test their nerve in the virtual world

A groundbreaking simulation from the University of Newcastle is providing oral health therapy students with a unique opportunity to practise administering dental injections in a virtual environment before they enter the patient clinic. The initiative is the brainchild of lecturer and […]

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Losing first tooth mostly positive experience for kids

Children’s feelings are predominantly positive when they lose their first baby tooth, new Swiss research has found. The study—published recently in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry—also reveals that previous visits to the dentist as well as parental background and […]

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Ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury says ADIA

The Australian Dental Industry Association has called on the Australian Government to ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury—a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. The Convention includes a ban on new mercury […]

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ADIA elects new national president

The Australian Dental Industry Association announced at its recent AGM that Tanya McRae of Dental Installations has been elected as the new ADIA national president. McRae has experience in financial and strategic planning, skills she’s used in her previous involvement with […]

Your Business

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Social media savvy

The benefits to your practice of having a social media presence depends on how well you use Facebook, Instagram and other digital marketing tools, writes Sue Nelson.  The common wisdom is that you can reach anybody, at any time, on […]

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Professional dental coaching

When it comes to growing a business, managing staff and everything else in between, more and more practice owners and managers are turning to professional dental coaching for guidance. By John Burfitt Ask two of the top coaches working within […]

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Incentives for dental staff: bonuses and benefits

On top of their base wage, there’s nothing like paying an annual bonus or providing other benefits to motivate workers to try that bit harder. Marian Edmunds reports incentives for dental staff. When seeking to fill positions or hiring staff at […]

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Dental marketing campaigns

There are various difficulties when you offer discounts or freebies to patients, so what are the alternatives? Rob Johnson reveals eight inexpensive dental marketing campaigns that will win over prospective customers. Dental promotions that work well have two things in common. […]

Your World

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How to be an effective referee

With great power comes great responsibility, especially when it comes to providing a job reference. Here’s how to be an effective referee. By Angela Tufvesson Has a past or present employee asked you to be their referee? Despite the popularity […]

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Dental graduates

Peak dental bodies remain at loggerheads over the number of dental graduates required to sustain existing demand, growth and attrition levels, as Tracey Porter discovers. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has come out firing against previous Australian federal governments accusing […]

Dental postgraduate courses

As a dental surgeon, entrepreneur and dentistry educator, Dr David Penn joins with colleagues in the field to explore the range of dental postgraduate vocational and training courses currently on offer. Heather Vaile reports If you want to do more […]

Dr Tim Yuen

Meet Dr Tim Yuen of FADC Dental Group

Dr Tim Yuen started a dental practice in the regional town of Bunbury, WA, and the business has never stopped expanding. So, what’s the secret of his success? By Frank Leggett Soon after graduating from the University of Western Australia in […]

Design + Fitout

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Designing a dental practice … here’s how

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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Tools of the trade: Air Flow Handy 3.0 Premium

by Dr Allison Chiu, Erskine Park Dental, NSW This is an air-polishing unit that is also great for stain removal. I find it particularly useful with patients who have braces or sensitive teeth. It’s also good for periodontal and implant maintenance. What’s […]

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Exo Safe—The art of conservative extraction

Exo-Safe is the first automated periotome that preserves the bone plate with an action that easily mobilises the tooth and fractured roots as the periotome makes it easy to search for root fulcrum for elevation then extraction.  Exo Safe comprises […]


New 3M™ Impregum™ Super Quick Polyether Impression Material – the trusted performance of a polyether with the speed of a VPS.  Impregum Super Quick is available in three viscosities, heavy, medium and light body and can be used in monophase […]


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Beauty queen when not being a dentist

With two international and two national crowns to her name, Dr Sonia Sonia of Kallangur Dental Surgery in QLD discovered that it’s actually hard work to become a beauty queen. Interview: Frank Leggett “Last year was a year of massive […]


Belt up—karate

The path to a black belt in karate is not easy but Dr Bob Gibbins of Future Dental in Cairns, Queensland, relished the journey and the many benefits. Interview: Frank Leggett “I took up karate about 20 years ago because […]

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Lovin’ cricket—especially Sachin Tendulkar

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 […]

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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 […]