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    While she enjoys playing tennis, Dr Jyoti Anand of City Smiles in Melbourne and Maude Street Dental Surgery in Shepparton, also umpires at international tennis tournaments. Interview: Frank Leggett “In 2015 I umpired at the December Showdown—one of the major […]

  • Easy money—patient payment plans

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    The smart use of patient payment plans can help the cashflow of dental practices while also ensuring that client care stays top of mind. Cameron Cooper reports Like all good dentists, Dr Craig Duval wants his patients to receive the […]

  • How to handle dental appointment cancellations

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    Patients cancelling at the last minute can have a direct impact on the profitability of your practice. Here’s how to handle dental appointment cancellations. By Frank Leggett Every time a patient cancels at short notice, it creates a hole in […]

  • Dr Amelia Judson—a good influence

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    To really make your online presence work, maybe you need the skills of an influencer—as Dr Amelia Judson reveals. By Kerryn Ramsey As a newly graduated dentist at a busy CBD surgery, Dr Amelia Judson has managed to expand her […]

  • Bringing a partner into your dental practice

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    Is bringing a partner into your dental practice an important step towards long-term success, or a recipe for disaster? Ask yourself these key questions before you take the leap. By Shane Conroy A business partnership is much like a marriage. Find […]

Dental News

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High blood pressure risk greater in older women with missing teeth

A new US study indicates that postmenopausal women who have experienced tooth loss are at higher risk of developing high blood pressure.  Study participants were 36,692 postmenopausal women in the Women’s Health Initiative-Observational Study, in the US, who were followed […]

Be part of Mouthguard March

eviDent Foundation is inviting dental practices to join its Mouthguard March 2019 campaign—and contribute a portion of their sales of mouthguards to eviDent. Only 36 per cent of Australian players wear a mouthguard when playing a contact sport, and even fewer wear a […]

CBA partners with Whitecoat to deliver health solution

The Commonwealth Bank recently announced an exclusive partnership with Australian medical technology provider Whitecoat to deliver a best-in-class integrated payments, claiming and healthcare directory solution. CommBank Health Claim, a new product offering for patients and healthcare providers alike, combines familiar and accessible […]

Your Business

Professional indemnity insurance

Professional indemnity insurance

Today’s dentists operate in a far more litigious environment than they did in past decades. So it’s crucial that your professional indemnity insurance affords you adequate and appropriate cover for your full scope of practice, say experts. Merran White reports […]

selling your dental practice

Selling your dental practice in 7 steps

Selling your dental practice often takes years and a whole lot of planning to get right. Angela Tufvesson shows how to maximise the sale price before putting your practice on the market. 1. Get a valuation Before you start daydreaming […]

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Your dental uniform doesn’t have to be daggy

At a dental practice, a quality dental uniform can do everything from speaking volumes about your brand to inspiring staff performance. By Meg Crawford US research has borne out what we intuitively know to be true: humans are hardwired to […]

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Social media savvy

The benefits to your practice of having a social media presence depends on how well you use Facebook, Instagram and other digital marketing tools, writes Sue Nelson.  The common wisdom is that you can reach anybody, at any time, on […]

Your World

DRISS program

The DRISS program and rural dentists

The success of the DRISS program that saw almost 200 dentists move into rural and remote areas depends on who you talk to. By John Burfitt One of the many key issues behind the 2013 launch of the Dental Relocation […]

Dr David Hills

Meet Dr David Hills, the dental disruptor

Dr David Hills’ dentist-comparison platform has created a much-needed solution for a widespread industry problem. By Clea Sherman One of the most significant challenges of running a dental practice can be simply getting enough patient numbers through the door. In areas where […]

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Dental therapy dogs: a patient’s best friend

Patients with a dental phobia is an issue faced by most practitioners but at Warragul Dental Care in Victoria’s West Gippsland, the team has a secret weapon—Dogtor Bruce, the therapy dog. By Kerryn Ramsey There’s a point of difference between Warragul […]

how to be an effective referee

How to be an effective referee

With great power comes great responsibility, especially when it comes to providing a job reference. Here’s how to be an effective referee. By Angela Tufvesson Has a past or present employee asked you to be their referee? Despite the popularity […]

Design + Fitout

designing a dental practice

Designing a dental practice … here’s how

Designing a dental practice that brings in the right clientele involves much more than getting the colour palette just so and choosing the right furniture. Rachel Smith reports If you’re considering revamping your existing dental practice or are designing a brand […]

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 […]

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 […]


How Simply Teeth Used Google Ads to Drive Patient Growth

This article is sponsored content brought to you by HealthEngine. Starting their own dental practice was the dream for dental surgeons, Dr Jennifer Chan and Dr Timothy Tay. But soon after opening Simply Teeth in West Perth they quickly found […]

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Is your online presence operating at full speed?

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Smile Marketing. Your online presence is like a car. There are a lot of moving parts. And if not operated correctly, it can cost you a flood of new patients. Is […]

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Practical advice to dentists who’d like more patients

This article is sponsored content brought to you by JR Marketing Group. Remember that feeling? That special feeling of accomplishment you felt when you were finally ready to open your own dental practice? You can never re-capture that sheer enthusiasm. […]

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Core quality

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Core Practice. Core Practice offers an effective dental practice management software that utilises state-of-the-art technology.     Core Practice is an online dental software package designed to make running your practice […]



On the fly

Dr Jeremy Sternson, of Melbourne Dental Group and chair of the eviDent Foundation, has travelled the world perfecting his fly-fishing skills. Interview: Frank Leggett “My interest in fly-fishing started in boarding school but was rekindled when I was on a […]

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Beauty queen when not being a dentist

With two international and two national crowns to her name, Dr Sonia Sonia of Kallangur Dental Surgery in QLD discovered that it’s actually hard work to become a beauty queen. Interview: Frank Leggett “Last year was a year of massive […]


Belt up—karate

The path to a black belt in karate is not easy but Dr Bob Gibbins of Future Dental in Cairns, Queensland, relished the journey and the many benefits. Interview: Frank Leggett “I took up karate about 20 years ago because […]

Sachin Tendulkar

Lovin’ cricket—especially Sachin Tendulkar

Appearing on ABC-TV’s Hard Quiz has seen Dr Theja Surapaneni (of Snell and Aurelio Dental Surgeons in Heidelberg and Miners’ Dental Clinic in Wonthaggi, VIC) being called the most attractive game show contestant of all time. Interview: Frank Leggett “I […]