• Dental record at Melbourne’s museum of dentistry

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    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 […]

  • Loving Lego Star Wars

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    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 […]

  • Dr Hooman Baghaie is here to help

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    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 […]

  • Pass it on: word-of-mouth recommendations

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    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 […]

  • The future of dentistry

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    Who lives in Australia and how they access dental care is set to undergo significant change by 2030. What must dentists do to ensure the profession remains relevant and profitable into the future? By Angela Tufvesson By 2030, Australia’s population […]

Dental News

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Australia joins push to reduce medication errors

A global drive to reduce medication errors by 50 per cent within five years was launched in Brisbane earlier this month, as part of a new push by the World Health Organization to save lives and reduce the harm caused by medication […]

vegetables and oral health

Eating vegetables good for teeth

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) is taking the opportunity to support this National Nutrition Week (15-21 October) as vegetables are not only nutritious, they are good for teeth too. The #NNW2017 theme Try for 5, encourages Australians to increase their vegetable […]

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Health fund reform needed says ADA

The Australian Dental Association’s submission to the Senate Community Affairs Committee Private Health Insurance Inquiry, published on the Inquiry website last week, highlights the discriminatory, anti-competitive and at times unethical way some health funds are operating in the ‘extras’ insurance […]

Still time to register for the 2017 ADIA Queensland Dental Show

Excitement is building in the lead-up to the 2017 ADIA Queensland Dental Show to be held 13 and 14 October (tomorrow and Saturday) at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane. Convened by the Australian Dental Industry Association, this is the largest […]

Your Business

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Juggling more than one part-time job

Many new graduates have no choice but to take on two part-time jobs to make one full-time career. Those who work this way reveal the pay-offs can make up for any lack of permanency. By John Burfitt Two days every […]

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 […]

Root of the matter

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 […]

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 […]

Your World

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 […]

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 […]

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: The Wand STA System

by Dr Rouel Vergara, New Leaf Dentists, Erina, NSW The Wand changed the way I perform dentistry. It’s an effective, targeted anaesthesia delivery system that is very comfortable for patients. I’ve been using it for five years and would never […]

sickle scaler

Tools of the trade: Montana Jack Sickle Scaler

by Dr Elizabeth Arena, Corner 32 Dental, Putney, NSW I routinely use this hand scaler for all check-ups and cleans. It works really well in conjunction with an ultrasonic scaler. What’s good about it This sickle scaler is a nicely […]

Radii Xpert curing light

Radii Xpert is a smarter curing light that incorporates the latest in LED technology to deliver targeted, consistent light for optimally cured restorations. The1500 mW/cm2 light intensity over a 4-mm aperture and wavelength of 440 nm – 480 nm, reliably […]


Absolute Dentin™

High-strength Absolute Dentin™ stacks great and preps like dentin right out of the cartridge. Being versatile, not only can it be used to build up material in the core of a broken-down tooth, but also as a cement for endodontic […]


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 […]

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 […]