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Our Story

Dr Ron Gifford started working in Bateman's Bay over 40 years ago. He moved to the current practice site at 58 Beach Road in 1990 after a fire forced him out of the old premises. 


Dr Steve Tangney became a co-owner and Gifford Tangney Dental was born. Steve previously worked at Avenue Dental on the Sunshine Coast. A workplace that was awarded the best place to work in Australia in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and the 2nd best in all of Australasia. He also worked at a top clinic during his residency in London, Parrock Street Dental Care, and was honoured with a post graduate Cert. in Aesthetic & Cosmetic Dentistry in 2011. Steve brings all his experience, modern thinking and techniques to offer comprehensive and predictable dentistry to the South Coast. 

In July 2020, Steve took full ownership and the name changed to Tidy Tooth. Dr Eoin Lehane and Anna-liisa Donnelley have since joined and we have expanded the opening hours and services we offer.


We are currently setting up a new premises to expand our services further. The sister premises will be a custom built 4 surgery clinic. We are hoping to have this open by the end of 2021 after the fires & Covid put a halt to everything. We will be advertising shortly for new dental professionals to join our fun, approachable team. Let us know if you are interested in coming aboard. An option exists to join as a principal dentist also.

Steve is temporarily reducing his clinical hours to work on the smooth opening of our sister premises. The downside is that it may be more difficult to get an appointment in the short term, however the obvious upside is when we have greater capacity, it will be easier to get appointments again. 

Please keep surfing to find more detail on our team, our promises and our treatments.

Our Promises

warranty on our treatments*

We believe in doing it right the first time. This is why we can stand over the quality of our work. We warranty the predicatable treatments we carry out. It's one of the reasons why so many of our patients are happy to move their dental care to us after retiring to the coast. 


emergency appointments available daily

We specifically keep emergency appointments each day for patients with dental problems. This means that we are there for you when you need us most. We will do our best to get you out of pain and should further treatment be required we will arrange an appropriate time to deal with the issue fully.

locally owned & operated

We will remain locally owned and operated. We won't sell you out to corporations whose only priority is to maximise shareholder profits. We accept all health funds and veterans affairs, however, we have no contractual obligations to them. This means they can't dictate to us what treatments you can or can't have. We believe it is essential for you to maintain control and choice over your healthcare without the influence of shareholders and profiteers. We will work with you to achieve your individual dental wants and needs, and if you have a private health insurer we will help you get the maximum rebates available.

our intentions

We intend to make each visit to the dentist your best ever dental experience. This is why we have noise cancelling headphones.... and great personalities :-) 

Rather than wasting money on advertising and marketing we prefer to invest in training, equipment & technology to improve our level of care and our job satisfaction. So you won't hear annoying radio adverts about us and we won't send you promotional group emails. We are a predominately referral based dental practice, which means we let the quality of our dental care speak for itself and we rely on word of mouth from our existing patients to help us grow sustainably. All this allows us to maintain a fair price structure and limit costs passed on to our community of patients.

As part of our Environmentally Conscious Small Businesses Plan we intend on being a fully paperless practice by the 1st of Dec 2021. We can, of course, still give paper based receipts/ treatment plans/ etc..