• We need to talk: effective communication

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    Some dental practice partnerships are ruined when small issues are left to fester into catastrophic problems. Taking the time to talk it out, however, can make the world of difference. By John Burfitt The topic of emotional intelligence—the strategy of […]

  • How women in dentistry are changing the profession

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    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. […]

  • Surfboating is a shore thing for this dentist

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    The siren call of surfboating sees Dr David Farrington of Pymble Dental Practice in NSWat the beach and ready to compete every summer weekend. By Frank Leggett “While at dental school, I moved to the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, became […]

  • Recycling oral care products

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    Many people are keen on recycling oral care products. Helping patients and the broader community do just that is yet another way dentists can help minimise their environmental footprint. By Zoe Meunier While more and more dental practices are going green—from […]

  • Dr Sandra Meihubers offers a world of help

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    Setting up community-based dental care projects in remote Australian communities and overseas has been a career-long calling for Dr Sandra Meihubers. By Kerryn Ramsey Dr Sandra Meihubers has worked in community-based dental programs since graduating in the ’70s, but she […]

Dental News

Government faster payment commitment welcomed

The decision of the Australian Government to ensure that businesses providing goods and services to it receive faster payments has been welcomed by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA). In a major win for the 6,800 small businesses that work […]

3D bone scanning

3D bone scanning now offered in WA

Aria Dental has become the first dental practice in Western Australia to have 3D bone scanning available through a highly advanced piece of equipment known as a Cone Beam Scanner. This is complimentary to the conventional 2D dental X-ray taken […]

Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency revealed by dental X-rays

Human teeth hold vital information about vitamin D deficiency, a serious but often hidden condition that can now be identified by a simple dental X-ray, Canadian anthropologists have found. The new research appears in this month’s International Journal of Paleopathology. […]

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Added sugar labelling action needed

Consumer group CHOICE, with the support of the Australian Dental Association (ADA), has launched a national campaign encouraging consumers to demand Health Ministers across the country include added sugar labelling on food packs. Health Ministers are due to meet later […]

Your Business

how to handle customer complaints

How to handle customer complaints

Official complaints about dentists to APHRA are on the rise, but industry experts agree it’s how you respond, rather than react, that can make all the difference. By John Burfitt Meet the man who handles complaints against dentists. In his […]

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Dental healthcare: a false economy?

Dental healthcare is treated very differently to general healthcare by the Medicare system. Is it time for governments to put their money where their mouths are? Frank Leggett investigates If you look on the website of the Australian Government’s Private […]

Pass it on: word-of-mouth recommendations

With most word-of-mouth recommendations now happening online, you need to be part of the process while fully understanding your obligations. By Kerryn Ramsey A prospective patient moves to a new city. Someone’s usual dentist retires. Another person is unhappy with […]

Your World

Dental record at Melbourne’s museum of dentistry

Come on a guided tour of Australia’s oldest and most comprehensive museum of dentistry. By Cassy Polimeni The evolution of dentistry—from spells to drive away disease-causing spirits to a recognised profession at the cutting edge of technology—is characterised by colourful myths and […]

Dr Hooman Baghaie is here to help

In high-achieving refugee dentist Dr Hooman Baghaie, Iran’s loss is Australia’s gain. By Andrew McMillen When he was 12 years old, Dr Hooman Baghaie’s family left their comfortable, middle-class life in Iran behind. This decision by his parents was made […]

workplace bullying in the dental profession

Workplace bullying in the dental profession

For the safety and wellbeing of your staff, it’s important to identify harassment and bullying in the workplace early, writes James Gallaway Of all workplace safety issues, bullying and harassment create a special danger because they operate so destructively in […]

The holistic view

Joerg Eberhard has dedicated his career to proving the links between oral health and general wellness, writes Tracey Porter. Joerg Eberhard is an academic on a mission. For almost his entire career, Dr Eberhard has sought to ease global oral […]

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 […]


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Tools of the trade: Porter MRX Mobile System

by Dr Emmanuel Sim, Coburg Hill Oral Care, VIC This anaesthesia system mixes nitrous and oxygen before being channelled to the patient. It’s not for all patients—only those who feel like they are anxious—but clinically are not extremely anxious. What’s […]

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Tools of the trade: Waterlase Express

by Dr Kar Mun Chan, Kiddies Dental Care, Essendon and Werribee, VIC This is a new generation Waterlase and one of the biggest improvements is that it’s completely portable. The earlier generations could be moved from room to room but […]

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SoproLIFE intra-oral camera a ‘game changer’

This article is sponsored content brought to you by A-dec. The ability to diagnose unseen caries and accurately determine the difference between caries ‘affected’ and ‘infected’ dentine has been a game changer in the evolution of intra-oral cameras. Acteon’s SoproLIFE® […]


Lego Star Wars

Loving Lego Star Wars

A self-proclaimed Lego Star Wars geek, Dr Bruno Lim of Cranbourne North Dental in Victoria has put together some huge sets as part of his collection. By Frank Leggett “I saw my first Star Wars movie when I was a […]

In sharp relief: Haidong Gumdo

At the end of a busy day, Dr Hess Kim of Avenue Dental in Kawana, QLD, likes to put down his dental drill and pick up his sword. By Frank Leggett “I’m a second-dan black belt in Haidong Gumdo or […]

Fly away home

With over 200 birds in his aviary, Dr Darryl Mercieca of Minchinbury Dental Care in NSW blames his son for getting him into pigeon racing. It’s all because of my son that I keep racing pigeons in a huge aviary […]

Poker face

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 […]