• Making prevention pay

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    Changes to health insurance policies are encouraging practices to re-evaluate their billing system. By Chloe Warren At Paradise Dentistry on the Gold Coast, Drs Troy Evans and Renee Heathcote have always worked to ensure that education is at the core […]

  • Oral health therapists

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    Oral health therapists have much to offer a practice yet many dentists remain confused about what they can and can’t do. By Kerry Faulkner While the path to becoming qualified as a dentist has been relatively straightforward over the decades, […]

  • Silver lining—a passion for jewellery making

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    A passion for design and creativity sees Dr Jana Nikolovski of Ambience Dental in Fairy Meadow, NSW, running a successful jewellery making business—100 of One Jewellery. By Frank Leggett “I had been working as a dentist for about five years […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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

Mouthguard March

Join eviDent’s Mouthguard March campaign

There’s still time to register for the eviDent Foundation’s Mouthguard March campaign—and demonstrate your dental practice’s commitment to protecting the teeth of Australians who participate in sport by ensuring they are wearing a well-fitted mouthguard. Only 36 per cent of […]

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ADAVB calls on government to come clean on public dental system

A new AIHW report has exposed soaring waiting times in the public dental system—with comprehensive information provided for all states except Victoria. The state Department of Health and Human Services—commenting on the report, ‘A discussion of public dental waiting times […]

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Dental product sales up but prices down, ADIA survey finds

A survey just published by the Australian Dental Industry Association—which assesses sentiment on dental product sales volumes and selling prices—has found that although there was moderate sentiment of an increase in sales volumes, the composite index was weakened by minor sentiment […]

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Tooth decay revealed as leading oral health issue

Nearly six million Australians are living with tooth decay or other oral health issues, according to Medibank data released earlier this week. Findings from the Medibank Better Health Index—which surveys 1,000 Australians every week—show that 5,707,000 people are affected by at […]

Your Business

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Effective networking

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 […]

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Dentistry for seniors

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 […]

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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 […]

Your World

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Victims of domestic violence benefit from dental program

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 […]

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 […]

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: Galileos Galaxis

by Dr George Sakoutis, Odontologie Dental Care, Lansvale, NSW The main reason I like this technology is that it allows me to perform safer implant surgery. For many years, all we had to go on was a two-dimensional X-ray or […]

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X-Mind Trium provides high quality orthodontic images

This article is sponsored content brought to you by A-dec. When WA orthodontist Anthony Hopkins set up Oasis Orthodontics in Clarkson, 34km north of Perth, he wanted the latest and most reliable technology. Being located on the west coast, Dr […]

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A Special Report on GDP Orthodontics – The Paradigm Shift

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Quick Straight Teeth. Porcelain veneers have traditionally been the first choice for dentists, and patients who wish to change the shape, position and colour of their teeth. While the results that […]

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Treat 70% of your patients with Short Term Cosmetic Orthodontics

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Smilefast. Adult patients seeking orthodontic treatment, in 70 per cent of the cases, can be easily and efficiently treated with Short Term Orthodontics (STO). Smilefast offers patients an affordable and time-efficient […]



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 […]