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Thousands of smiles at Lumino Day 2019 

On Saturday May 11 2019, Lumino The Dentists provided free dental care for hundreds of patients up and down New Zealand. 

Over 450 patients received free treatment to the value of just over $150,000 at Lumino Day 2019.  Since its inception in 2013, our annual ‘give back’ day has now given free dental treatment to the value of over $1 million to thousands of patients.

This year, a team of around 100 clinical staff from 40 practices and over 150 support staff, were on hand to treat or assist the unpaid carers and St John staff.

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An extra special Lumino Day at Nelson Prosthodontics 

Lumino Day 2019 will see 40 practices up and down New Zealand open their doors and give dental treatment to hundreds of New Zealanders for free.

For Lumino Nelson Prosthodontics, the day will be extra meaningful for the staff involved.

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Years of volunteering sees improvement in community's oral health 

The oral health of the Wairoa community is improving, thanks to the efforts of Lumino The Dentists volunteers.  

This January was the fifth time Lumino clinicians from around the country travelled to the Hawke’s Bay township of Wairoa, offering their services for free in one of the Lumino Mobile Units.

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Your oral health and cancer treatment

As to be expected when receiving cancer treatment, the process and everything that comes with it can consume all your focus to the exclusion of other health issues. “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer,” says Dr Liesl-Mari Els of Lumino the Dentists Glenfield. “And what I am noticing is that people don’t know just how severely their oral health is affected by cancer treatment,” she adds.

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Donated toothbrushes for Takanini School's Wellness Project 

It’s a season of change at Takanini School in South Auckland, with their wellness project well underway. As well as lots of change, there is also still a lot of need. Some kids come to school with hungry bellies, some don’t own their own toothbrush – which is why Lumino were more than delighted to provide toothbrushes to the students there

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Making the practice a greener place

Reducing the plastic footprint in a dental practice is no easy task, however one Auckland team has made it a priority to reduce the toll their practice takes on the environment.

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Forty years of gratitude

It’s not every day a customer organises a very special thank-you for a practice, complete with a homemade fruit cake.  It’s even more wonderful, when that patient has been associated with the practice for 40 years.

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Education, targeting resourcing needed to tackle tooth decay

More education and targeting resources in the right place is what is needed to curb recent and devastating child oral health statistics, says Dr Chris Brooks, lead dentist at City Dental on the Park in Tauranga.

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  Dr Andrea Shepperson - e scooter accidents a tragedy and avoidable

Dr Andrea Shepperson reports that Lumino City Dental at Quay Park has already treated one patient with a Lime e-scooter related injury, and says it is inevitable that there will be more.

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Flouride toothpaste - Strengthened enamel, reduced rates of decay

Lumino The Dentists agree with the New Zealand Dental Association that brushing teeth with a toothpaste containing fluoride, is best practice.

Guest Post – Dr Sarah Kelly: Our journey towards environmental sustainability in a dental practice

Dr Sarah Kelly acknowledges that the tide is turning when it comes to the consumption of single use plastics, however in her article she questions how this path of change will affect the world of dentistry and outlines how her practice in Auckland will have 50,000 less items of plastic dumped into our landfill this year.  

Changing lives as a volunteer dentist – “the long hours and hard work all worth it”

Dentist Dr Sanjay Madhav counts himself ‘lucky’ to have a skill which enables him to help others, not just in New Zealand, but around the word.

Mouth guards for the team – a “little” thing goes a long way

When Paula Hapurona and the team at Lumino Smile Creations Levin wanted to support their “rugby mad” town with some community spirit, they knew just who to help.

Top Tips to keep decay away - Dentist says cut the fizz, cut the acid

Education is what is needed to curb the huge amount of sugar and acid related tooth decay, says Education is what is needed to curb the huge amount of sugar and acid related tooth decay, says Dr Garry Rae. 

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Kids better equipped to tackle oral health thanks to special lessons

Over 100 Palmerston North children are now much better equipped to take care of their own oral health, thanks to the initiative of two individuals passionate about helping children lead healthier lives.

This May, we celebrated our 5th annual Lumino Day

Now in its fifth year, Lumino partnered for the second time with Carers NZ to provide over $150,000 of free dental treatment to over 450 family carers, at 32 Lumino practices across the country.

Back to school for passionate Oral Health Therapist

Leo Yang is passionate about all things oral health – so there was no hesitation when he was asked to present in front of a group of students at nearby Mercury Bay Area School.

Joint Initiative aims for healthier smiles and educated minds

A joint initiative between Tamatea High School and Lumino The Dentists’ Tamatea practice is aiming to help students take responsibility of their oral health through education and free and regular dental visits.

Gore dentist not afraid to get into heart of community

It was without hesitation that Dentist Dr Patty Tsai recently made a number of “out of practice” visits to patients who wouldn’t otherwise have been able to receive treatment.

Unprecedented demand for free dental care in Wairoa

In what is the fourth year of the initiative, Lumino The Dentists have partnered with the Ngāti Pahauwera Development Trust in the Hawke’s Bay to provide dental services to those that can’t afford it.

Lumino returns to the Harcourts Beach Series 2017/18

As a Harcourts Beach Series participant, you want to keep fit and have fun. Having a healthy smile is part of that package, and that’s where we come in! Lumino The Dentists is proud to be associated with the Harcourts Beach Series in 2017/18!

Smiles all round for family carers on Lumino Day 2017

Lumino Day, now in its fourth year, partnered for the first time with Carers NZto provide over $165,000 of free dental treatment to over 400 family carers. 

Taking Treatment to the People 

A mobile clinic, a remote east coast town and $45,000 worth of free treatment.  The 2017 Lumino trip to Wairoa was a roaring success for the staff and the patients. 

World Masters Games 

Is your dentist a world class athlete?  Lumino will be right amongst the action at this year's World Masters Games with a team of our very own clinicians and support staff taking part in the Corporate Challenge.

Dental pain relief mission 2016

Fantastic support from Lumino The Dentists for supplying materials, instruments and volunteer dentists who kindly gave their time and expertise to treat patients in fiji.

Smiles abound as Lumino's dental network hits 100!

Smiles are in plentiful supply at Lumino The Dentists today as New Zealand’s largest dental group celebrates hitting the 100 practice milestone after more than a decade of investing into growth.

Lumino in the Islands

Dr Janet Lund from Proudmouth, Auckland and Kerry Dunphy, Lumino's Head of Marketing shared some Lumino love whilst on holiday recently.