• Beauty queen when not being a dentist

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    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Social media savvy

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    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 […]

  • Professional dental coaching

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    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 […]

  • Dental postgraduate courses

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    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 […]

Dental News

aged care oral health

Rural aged care residents benefit from oral health program

An integrated oral health program that includes tele-dentistry is providing better oral health and quality of life outcomes for rural aged care residents, new Queensland research has found. In a study led by Dr Anna Tynan, a research fellow with […]

children oral health

Data reveals more kids go under to receive dental treatment

An increasing number of Victorian children are requiring hospitalisation and general anaesthetic to treat preventable dental problems, with new data accessed by the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) revealing the devastating impact that poor oral health is having on […]

Periodontal disease bacteria may kickstart Alzheimer’s

Long-term exposure to periodontal disease bacteria causes inflammation and degeneration of brain neurons in mice that is similar to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in humans, US researchers have found. A recent study by a team from the University of […]

eviDent Foundation

eviDent Foundation wants to hear from you

eviDent Foundation is a health-promotion charity supporting Australia’s only Dental Practice-Based Research Network (DPBRN). eviDent research leads directly to improved treatment outcomes for patients and addresses the connection between oral and general health. To help plan their future research activities, […]

Your Business

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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. […]

staff meetings

Staff meetings

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 […]

conflicts of interest

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 […]

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 […]

dental graduates

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 […]

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 […]

mobile dentistry

Mobile dentistry

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 […]

Design + Fitout

designing a dental practice

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 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 […]


ceramic implants

Tools of the trade: Z-Systems ceramic implants

by Dr David Cowhig, Dental Wellness, The Gap, QLD I have been a holistic biological dentist for the past 20 years and my patients are always looking for a safe, metal-free answer to their dental problems. For the past five […]

orthodontic planning software

Tools of the trade: Smilestream

by Dr Paul Quirk, Everton House Dental, Everton Park, QLD Smilestream is orthodontic planning software that’s available once you have completed and graduated from the Progressive Orthodontic Seminars (POS) course. What’s good about it For a general practitioner undertaking orthodontics, […]

Interview: Eric Genève CEO of Anthogyr, September 2018

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Anthogyr. Can you tell our readers a little bit about Anthogyr? Created in 1947, Anthogyr is a midsized family business and symbol of historical know-how of the Arve Valley (Haute-Savoie, France). […]



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 […]

Sachin Tendulkar

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 […]

girl guides

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, […]