John graduated from the University of Otago with credit in 2002. He worked for a year in facial surgery after graduating and has since worked in private practice. John moved back to Christchurch in 2007 and began working at Ilam Dental. He purchased the practice from his father, Peter Malcolm in 2013.
He is married with 4 children and enjoys motor bikes and scuba diving in his spare time.
Ren graduated from the University of Otago in 1985 and has worked as a dentist at Ilam Dental Centre since 2001. In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, hiking, surfing, canoe polo and gardening.
Kalo graduated from Otago in 2004 and has worked as a dentist in Christchurch for over 10 years. In her spare time she enjoys painting, skiing and spending time with her wonderful family.
Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago in 2019. She worked in private practice up in Tauranga for a year before joining Ilam Dental. She is bi-lingual in English and Chinese and enjoys giving patients a warm, gentle and personalised dental experience. If you don't catch her in the practice, she can usually be found enjoying web and graphic design, going for long walks, doing some calligraphy, playing music and spending time with her friends and family.
Peter established Ilam Dental Centre in 1974. After 44 years of practicing dentistry Peter retired in 2018.
Your Oral Health
We are here to educate, motivate and inspire you to gain and retain control over your dental health.
Dental disease is almost entirely preventable and oral health is just as important as the health of the rest of your body. Untreated dental disease can lead to serious health problems such as infection, damage to bone or nerve, and tooth loss. Infection from tooth disease can even spread to other parts of the body.
You can practice preventive dentistry by adopting basic healthy habits by remembering to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day and eat a balanced diet with limited sugary content.
of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities
Severe gum disease is found in 15-20% of middle aged (35-44 years) adults.
for oral diseases include an unhealthy diet, tobacco use, harmful alcohol use and poor oral hygiene
Improve your general health with good oral hygiene
Use protective sports & motor vehicle equipment to reduce the risk of facial injuries.
Brush and floss properly, along with regular dental checkups, can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease
Stop tobacco use and decrease alcohol consumption to reduce the risk of oral disease and tooth loss.
Decrease your sugar intake and maintain a well-balanced nutritional intake to prevent tooth decay and premature tooth loss.
Consume fruit and vegetables that can protect against oral cancer
What to expect at your first checkup
If this is your first visit, we suggest arriving 10 to 15 minutes before the actual consultation to complete a short medical history questionnaire.