• Workplace bullying in the dental profession

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    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 […]

  • In sharp relief: Haidong Gumdo

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    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 […]

  • The holistic view

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    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 […]

  • Video marketing

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    Smile: you’re on camera. Savvy dental practices are now turning to video marketing to alleviate pre-visit jitters and increase business, writes Caroline Bellinger. Let’s be honest, going to the dentist is not high on the list of most people’s favourite […]

  • Root of the matter

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    Implant failure is more often than you think, reports Tracey Hordern. In June this year, the ABC Radio National Health Report program hosted by Dr Norman Swan featured a story about dental implants, which cited recent Australian research that raises […]

Dental News

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New dental imaging method uses squid ink to detect gum disease

By combining squid ink with light and ultrasound, a team from the University of California, San Diego, has developed a new dental imaging method to detect gum disease that is non-invasive, more comprehensive and more accurate than the tools currently […]

FDI president Dr Kathryn Kell

Meet the new FDI president

At the FDI World Dental Congress held earlier this month, Dr Kathryn Kell, Iowa dentist and former American Dental Association trustee, was elected new president of the FDI World Dental Federation having spent two years as the president-elect. She succeeds […]

Launching the new Australian Dental Health Foundation

Last week it was announced that the erstwhile Australian Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) and the National Dental Foundation (NDF) have merged to become the Australian Dental Health Foundation (ADHF). This merger will rationalise the voluntary activities of both organisations, to […]

illegal dental products

ADIA supports new penalties for illegal dental products

Proposals that will give the nation’s regulator of medical devices an enhanced ability to deal with instances of illegal supply have been welcomed by the Australian Dental Industry Association. Responding to an exposure draft of a Bill to amend the Therapeutic Goods […]

Your Business

Informed consent

Why explaining to your patients all the possible consequences of a procedure—and keeping a detailed record of those conversations—is your best protection if something goes wrong. By Andy Kollmorgen Unless you go so far as to foist a consent form […]

Digitising dentistry

Australia’s leading dentists are embracing digital technology to improve customer service, boost their marketing efforts, and provide a higher level of in-house patient care. By Shane Conroy The digital revolution has transformed the way we live, and now it’s set […]

Super change

A cap on the amount of money that can be held in the tax-free, income-generating, pension part of your super fund could have far-reaching consequences. By Frank Leggett The start of the 2017-18 financial year sees a change to superannuation […]

Welcome to country

With the DRISS program moving into its final phase, the scheme is being branded a success. But those involved agree making the move into rural and remote communities is not for everyone. By John Burfitt As the final stage of […]

Your World

Helping hands: voluntary dentistry in Cambodia

Dr Tim Topalov, of River Dental in Gympie, Queensland, was listening to the radio in his car one evening when he heard something that changed his life forever. By Rachel Smith For most of us, giving back might involve buying […]

Feeling the squeeze

Are health-fund-owned dental clinics invaders or saviours? Andy Kollmorgen investigates Corporate dentistry has well and truly arrived in Australia, and these days it comes in all shapes and sizes—including extra large. Its earliest incarnation involved businesses like the Townsville-based 1300SMILES […]

Where there’s smoke

No-one spends more time peering into people’s mouths than dentists. So it makes sense for them to try and convince their patients who smoke—and are therefore at a greater risk of developing oral cancer—to kick the habit. By Susan Chenery […]

The name giver

How forensic odontologist Dr Alain Middleton identifies the dead to help the living. By Harry Pearl The NSW Department of Forensic Medicine is housed in a drab building adjacent to the state Coroner’s Court in inner Sydney. In the waiting […]

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 […]


Tools of the trade: Intra-oral camera—Sirocam AF

by Dr Nedine Moir, Kings Meadows Dental Practice, TAS We were upgrading our dental chair to a new Sinius model and decided to upgrade our digital intra-oral camera at the same time. The Sirocam AF is actually designed for use […]


Tools of the trade: Surgical Micro 250/300 loupes

by Dr Beverley Hirst, Butler Dental, WA When I first graduated, I thought loupes were unnecessary and just an added complication. I soon discovered the error of my ways and have been using loupes for the past 12 years. What’s […]

Online marketing for dental practices

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Clickbiz Australia. GOOGLE IN AUSTRALIA Google ranks as the number one search engine by a significant margin and ultimately dominates the Australian search industry. Its advertising solution—Google AdWords, lets you reach […]

Marketing the new reality

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Independent Dentist Network. What was previously an option is now essential With the expanding ownership of clinics by health insurance funds and corporate entities, the dental marketing field has changed dramatically. […]


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 […]

Art is life is art

Drawing on his Chinese heritage, Dr Chee Yong of Launceston, Tasmania, creates evocative art that speaks straight to the emotions. I don’t see my art as a hobby—I see it as a job. I treat it as seriously as I […]

Ride of your life

Dr Peter Duke of Western Smiles Dental Care in Mirrabooka, WA, likes nothing better than taking family, friends and staff for a ride on his turbo-charged jet ski Once a year we rent a house for a weekend and take […]