• Dr Nahid Sayma—at home and away

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    Dr Nahid Sayma’s journey from Bangladesh to Botswana to Blacktown has come full circle—she is now working to improve the oral health of children in the slums of Dhaka. By Kerryn Ramsey When Dr Nahid Sayma became the first dentist from […]

  • Effective networking

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    Effective networking is all about who you know, not how many people you know. Understanding the ways to build a strong network could have a lasting impact on the state of your business. By John Burfitt Effective networking is one […]

  • Victims of domestic violence benefit from dental program

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    A groundbreaking initiative at a Queensland school of dentistry is empowering students to speak up about and help victims of domestic violence. By Andrew McMillen During their schooling, dental students learn all about the oral cavity, and how to care […]

  • Dentistry for seniors

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    Silver fluoride treatment is among the many ways dental practices can prepare for the coming surge in elderly patients. By James Gallaway We’re getting older and more and more of us are keeping all our teeth. In a little over a […]

  • Social media marketing top tips for your practice

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    Knowing how to best use social media to promote your business isn’t always easy. Fortunately, social media marketing has never been easier thanks to plenty of apps and other targeting tools that can help get you started. Cassy Polimeni investigates […]

Dental News

2018 Dental Industry Awards nominations now open

Businesses across the dental industry are being encouraged to enter the 2018 ADIA Dental Industry Awards. This event recognises the dental product manufacturers and suppliers that have empowered oral health professionals to advance the health and well-being of all Australians. Convened […]

Noel Martin Visiting Chair

Introducing the 2018 Noel Martin Visiting Chair

Meet Professor Sudarat Kiat-amnuay—this year’s appointee for the Noel Martin Visiting Chair—a new academic position in dentistry established by the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Sydney. Dr Kiat-amnuay is a tenured Professor at the University of Texas School […]

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Office-based dental anaesthesia gaining ground over hospital-based

The procedural differences between dentist and physician anaesthesiologists have recently been examined by US researchers. Their findings are published in the current issue of Anesthesia Progress. Dentist anaesthesiologists are a unique medical provider. Their training is related more closely to medical […]

BP therapy

BP therapy affects dental implant surgery

BP therapy to prevent bone loss in postmenopausal woman has been shown to affect dental implant surgery, new research from Japan—and published recently in the Journal of Oral Implantology—has found. Postmenopausal women often suffer from osteoporosis, resulting in a loss […]

Your Business

growing human teeth

Growing human teeth

Progress has been made, but growing human teeth remains largely out of reach. By Andy Kollmorgen For most people, two sets of teeth just aren’t enough. After all, nearly every Australian has undergone some form of restorative dentistry such as a […]

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We need to talk: effective communication

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 […]

recycling oral care products

Recycling oral care products

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 […]

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 […]

Your World

Dr Tony Lake

Meet forensic odontologist Dr Tony Lake

Dr Tony Lake hesitated between studying law and dentistry before deciding on the latter because he liked using his hands. He soon found himself in an emerging field of dentistry that worked closely with the law, writes Petra Starke When […]

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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. […]

Dr Sandra Meihubers

Dr Sandra Meihubers offers a world of help

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 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 […]

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: Radii Plus

by Dr Sarah Varma, The Smile Clinique, Perth, WA.   This is a curing light that can be simply converted to a whitening light. The UV curing light is detached and an LED light used for whitening is easily attached. What’s […]


Tools of the trade: MaximEyes Galilean loupes

by Dr Angela Schuurmans, Ingle Farm Dental, SA The loupes I was using prior to these were very heavy. They were also uncomfortable and wouldn’t stay in place. The MaximEyes Galilean loupes have been a huge improvement. What’s good about […]

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Tools of the trade: Piezotome Solo

by Dr James Kim, Hills Dental Care, Castle Hill, NSW This is an extremely useful piece of equipment that we use every day in our practice. Any dentist who performs implant surgery should seriously consider getting a Piezotome. What’s good […]


Tools of the trade: WedgeGuard

by Dr Shawn Rama, The Dental Room, Balwyn North, VIC I’ve been using WedgeGuards for a couple of years now and they work extremely well at protecting the adjacent teeth during a number of different procedures. What’s good about it […]



Kitesurfing: where wind meets water

Drs Peter Heyworth and Gus Jones love nothing more than to travel to exotic locations and take kitesurfing to the next level. By Frank Leggett Dr Peter Heyworth, Manly Wharf Dental, NSW “It was Gus who suggested we leave our families and […]


Surfboating is a shore thing for this dentist

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 […]

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 […]