• 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 graduates

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    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 […]

  • Belt up—karate

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    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Meet Dr Tim Yuen of FADC Dental Group

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    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 […]

Dental News

Regrowing dental tissue with stem cells from baby teeth

In a clinical trial conducted by a team of researchers from the US and China, stem cells extracted from children’s baby teeth were used to regrow the living tissue in teeth damaged by injury. Around half of children suffer some […]

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Want to be a dental volunteer in Tanzania?

The Henry Schein Cares Foundation is offering two grants to enable Australian dental professionals to volunteer with a charity that has been working in Tanzania for the last 14 years. The mission of Bridge2Aid, which originated in the UK, is […]

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Nominate today for the 2018 Public Oral Health Awards

Dental Health Services Victoria is calling for nominations for the 2018 Public Oral Health Awards. The annual Public Oral Health Awards honour the achievements of those who have gone above and beyond to improve Victoria’s oral health and the public […]

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Teeth grinding and gum disease possibly linked

Involuntary masseter muscle activity—unnecessary motion of the muscles normally used for chewing—may be linked to periodontitis, according to new research from Japan published in Archives of Oral Biology. Scientists have long investigated the relationship between periodontitis and the activity of […]

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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Your World

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Dental innovations

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]


NobelActive: The very foundation of aesthetics

NobelActive is an implant scientifically designed from the ground up for primary stability and tissue preservation, which are essential to the lasting aesthetics that patients demand. Providing the foundation for aesthetics is its underlying beauty, now backed by over a […]

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Tools of the trade: Mindray iMEC patient monitoring system

by Dr Keith Hengpoonthana, Newington Dental Care, NSW This is a vital signs monitor similar to what is used in medical hospitals. I offer my patients IV sedation so it’s a compulsory piece of equipment for my practice. It also […]

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Tools of the trade: Gemini 810 + 980 diode laser

by Dr Luke Cronin, Quality Dental, North Sydney, NSW This is a dual wavelength soft tissue laser. I’ve been using it for just over 12 months and have had very good results with it. What’s good about it I use […]


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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 […]



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 […]