• The next step for tele-dentistry

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    Dental Monitoring, a new smartphone-based tooth-correction-monitoring system, promises to transform how orthodontists treat their patients, writes Shane Conroy When orthodontist Dr William Dabney, who practises in Virginia, USA, stumbled upon the Dental Monitoring display at a London conference, he immediately […]

  • How to have the awkward conversation

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    New research into the link between oral sex and oral cancer could see dentists playing a pivotal role in treating and informing their patients. But what is the best way to approach this sensitive matter? By Zoe Meunier Oral cancer—or, […]

  • It’s in the notes

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    New technology for note taking and data collection is on its way, but in the meantime, it’s worth keeping meticulous notes using currently available methods. By John Burfitt Take a survey among dentists of what is the least favourite aspects of […]

  • Art is life is art

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    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 […]

  • Project yeti

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    It sounds like a quest to locate the ever-elusive abominable snowman in the lofty Himalayas. In fact, Project Yeti describes the work of one Australian dentist who’s set his sights on treating some of the neediest residents in the region. […]

Dental News

Visiting virtual beach transforms going to the dentist

Imagine walking along a South Devon beach on a lovely day. The waves are lapping on the shore, rabbits are scurrying in the undergrowth, and the bells of a local church are mingling with the calls of seagulls. Then, as […]

Recognition for dental assistants

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Vern-Barnett Awards for Excellence in Dental Assisting. These awards were established to commemorate the contributions made by Kathy and Dr Brian Vern-Barnett to the education, advancement and recognition of dental assisting as integral […]

New St George clinic to fill gap in dental services

The recent launch of a new dental clinic in St George in south-west Queensland will ease the shortage of dental services available to the community. The UQ St George Dental Clinic, a partnership between The University of Queensland’s School of Dentistry and Goondir […]

Recognising an industry leader

Directors, members and staff of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) have congratulated Pam Clark AO who was appointed as an Officer in the general division of the Order of Australia. The announcement was made by Government House during the 2017 Queens Birthday celebrations. ADIA national […]

Your Business

Advertising: drawing the line on testimonials

A change to the AANA Code of Ethics clearly identifies practices that are deemed unacceptable by advertisers—and dentists should take note. Chris Sheedy reports When the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) released their ‘Clearly Distinguishable Advertising Best Practice Guideline’, […]

Word of mouth

Boil-and-bite mouthguards are still popular in children’s sports; so how do dentists get the word out to parents that custom-made, dentist-fitted mouthguards are the only way to go? By Kerryn Ramsey Mouthguards have been widely embraced by all sectors of […]

A bad combination

Mixing your personal and business funds can be devastating for your practice and your private life. Yet keeping them separate—and fixing a financial mess—is surprisingly simple. By Shane Conroy Mixing personal and business expenses is a common problem among dentists […]

The future is here

It’s the new frontier in dentistry—3D printing, and it’s set to revolutionise the work of dentists, especially once the price comes down. By Andy Kollmorgen Consider the current regimen for fitting a crown. First you have to make a physical mold of […]

Your World

The superbug crisis

The problem of antimicrobial resistance is getting worse, largely due to the over-prescribing of antibiotics. The good news is dentists can play a role in minimising their use. By Harry Pearl The discovery of antibiotics is recognised as one of […]

Meet the president

His name is Hugo Sachs and he is the new head of the Australian Dental Association. Here he talks to Chris Sheedy about his early years, his professional life and what he sees as the future of the industry. When […]

Volunteering for hope

The Hope For Cambodian Children Foundation brings vital dental care to children outside the city of Battambang; they need volunteers to help them do it, reports Brannon Gerling The first time was a bit of a shock,” says Sydney-based dentist […]

Small world

It was a 1984 teen movie that inspired Dr Sarah Rose of Eumundi Dental on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to embrace the art of bonsai. “I first became interested in bonsai after watching The Karate Kid as a child. During the movie, Mr […]

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 […]

Gear

Tools of the trade: Zeiss OPMI PROergo microscope

by Dr Tony Cameron, Dentistry First, Mooloolaba, QLD I purchased the OPMI PROergo about 13 years ago after completing a couple of courses on microscope dentistry. I liked its magnification, clean light and the ability to zoom. What’s good about […]

DAC Premium autoclave

by Dr Mo Solaman, Smile Dental Team, Penrith, NSW We upgraded to this DAC Premium autoclave about 18 months ago. Our old autoclave would print out the results of the sterilisation and those results had to be documented. It was […]

W&H WS-91 contra-angle handpiece

by Dr Ben Schottlander, Coral Dental, Maleny, QLD This high-speed surgical handpiece has a head angled at 45 degrees. I’ve been using it for about two and a half years, and it’s a favourite of mine when dealing with difficult […]

The new movement for successful independent dentists

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Independent Dentist Network. Have you heard about the growing number of reputable dentists joining forces? Independent Dentist Network (IDN) seeks to unite all independent dental practices nationwide to preserve patients’ freedom […]

Passions

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 […]

On the ball

Associate Professor John Cosson of Coastal Oral and Facial Surgery in Benowa, QLD, wears many hats—dentist, doctor, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, pinball wizard. “Lethal Weapon 3 was the first pinball machine I owned. I purchased it from someone who had won […]

Piano man

A life-long love of music saw Dr Timothy Chiang of Burwood Dental Centre in Melbourne become a finalist at the 2016 Australian National Piano Award “To apply for the Australian National Piano Award [ANPA], I had to send in a […]

Toothfish

They may live in different states, but Drs Angus Quinn and Justin Ward meet up once a week to go fishing. It’s a mental health issue. Dr Angus Quinn, St Lucia Dental, St Lucia, QLD Justin and I grew up […]

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