• Millennial employees: closing the gap

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    For all the talk about millennial employees and how they function in the workplace, the focus might be better on how to create a stronger team overall. By John Burfitt One of the popular communication catchphrases to emerge in recent […]

  • Superheroes among us

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    Mild-mannered dentist by day, Dr Cheryl Koh of The Family Smile in Fulham Gardens, SA, transforms into all manner of superheroes when a Comic-Con is in town. By Frank Leggett “In 2012, when my twin boys were five, we joined […]

  • Ergonomics and your dental practice

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    Turning a practice into an ergonomic surgery provides positive outcomes—physically, mentally and financially—for practitioners and their staff. By Kerryn Ramsey Dentists are renowned for suffering from neck, back and arm pain due to the nature of their work. Sitting and leaning […]

  • Claire Phelan—the tireless campaigner

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    Improving the oral health of Aboriginal people and people from vulnerable communities has been a powerful force driving Claire Phelan since she was a child, as Tracey Porter reports Claire Phelan’s path towards a big career as a pioneering public oral […]

  • 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, […]

Dental News


EthOss®  to be sold in Australia

EthOss®  Regeneration Ltd has announced the latest stage of its rapid global growth after receiving regulatory approval for its primary product to be sold in Australia. The company has obtained approval for  EthOss®, an innovative synthetic bone graft solution for dental […]

Australia's oral health

Australia fails its oral health check-up

Today is World Oral Health Day—and to mark the occasion, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC) at Victoria University have released their national oral health report card revealing that more than 90 per cent of Australian […]

Study assesses adult oral health of a nation

Thousands of people across the ACT, QLD and WA will be encouraged to take part in dental interviews and free dental examinations as part of the National Study of Adult Oral Health 2017-18—the first major study of its kind in Australia for […]

Your Business

What’s on at ADX18 Sydney

Discover the latest dental tools, equipment and technology from Australia and overseas at the nation’s largest healthcare trade show. By Kerryn Ramsey Dental professionals will have the opportunity to see more, buy more and learn more at Australia’s premier dental […]

Good communication skills

Never underestimate the value of good communication skills when providing patients with information about dental procedures and oral health care. Stephanie Osfield reports What’s your communication style when talking to your patients? Do you adopt a fairly formal approach and […]

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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 […]

Your World

Nahid Sayma

Dr Nahid Sayma—at home and away

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 […]

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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 […]

women in the dental profession

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. […]

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: Isovac

by Dr Hess Kim, Avenue Dental, Kawana, QLD Isovac is a suction device that isolates, removes fluids and also has a bite block. It connects to the high-speed evacuation. Isovac is a great alternative when you can’t use a rubber […]

implant stability

Tools of the trade: Neoss Penguin

by Dr Louis Ding, Refresh Smiles Dental, Cleveland, QLD This is an instrument that quickly and accurately measures the stability of implants. It displays a numeric rating that indicates whether an implant is ready for restoration or loading. What’s good […]


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Silver lining—a passion for jewellery making

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 […]


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 […]