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ADA offers advice on how to handle dental scrap

September 27, 2019 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has recently published an article in which it discusses the best practices for recycling dental scrap. Although many dentists treat it as waste, dental scrap can be recycled by an experienced refiner. This is an environmentally friendly solution that will generate additional income for the dental practice.

Biodentine opens new treatment option allowing more teeth to be saved!

September 24, 2019

SAINT-MAUR-DES-FOSSÉS, France: Launched nearly ten years ago, Biodentine has become a must-have product when it comes to vital pulp therapy. Acknowledged by more than 600 publications worldwide, Biodentine has allowed millions of teeth to be saved from around the globe. Today, a new door opens for teeth showing irreversible pulpitis–a condition that until now had doomed teeth to root canal treatment.

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DDS.WORLD digital dental marketplace goes live

September 23, 2019 | Business | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Running a dental practice and ordering dental supplies just got a lot simpler. The global digital dental marketplace DDS.WORLD is now open for business and provides a comprehensive full-service offering for all participants in the dental industry. The marketplace offers detailed product listings, news and e-learning opportunities, as well as free cloud-based practice management software that will streamline day-to-day business for the entire practice team.

Survey indicates great concern over high dental care costs in Singapore

September 20, 2019 | News

SINGAPORE: A recent survey commissioned by a standing committee appointed by the Singapore Dental Association (SDA) has inquired into the public’s confidence in dentists and assessed the overall level of concern about dental care costs in Singapore. The data revealed that the majority of the study participants struggle to meet rising dental care costs in the country.

Mars Wrigley Foundation continues to support oral health in Australia

September 20, 2019 | News

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: In 2011, the Mars Wrigley Foundation, together with the Australian Dental Health Foundation (ADHF), implemented a programme focused on providing dental care to high-risk populations throughout Australia. The programme calls on dentists, dental students and cross-functional teams of dental professionals to develop community oral health initiatives. The winning teams each receive a grant to then implement their plan. In 2019, a total of US$82,000 was awarded for 13 different initiatives.

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New data paints a clearer picture about Australian dental practitioners

September 19, 2019 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Understanding the dental industry is a key function of the Dental Board of Australia, and the board plays an important role in the regulation of dental practitioners. Recently, the board released data on the state of the profession with regard to new registrations. The data gathered informs the board’s decisions on standards, codes and guidelines for the dental profession.

Researchers develop oral splint to help patients with Tourette’s syndrome

September 18, 2019 | News

OSAKA, Japan: In the dental clinic, practitioners come across any number of issues facing their patients that may exist outside of the mouth but in one way or another impact oral health. Tourette’s syndrome can cause anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, and can even cause destructive oral lesions. Aiming to help patients who suffer from the syndrome, researchers in Japan have developed a removable dental appliance that can reduce tics in both children and adults.

EssenSeal: The innovative sealer for advanced root canal therapies

September 17, 2019 | Advertorial

A new generation of root canal sealer engineered and manufactured by the Swiss endodontic company PD (Produits Dentaires SA) enables more effective root canal sealing to limit the development of residual bacteria and prevent any resumption of infection owing to its unique formula featuring tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca).

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Straumann Group and Modern Dental Group join forces to serve customers in Hong Kong and Macau

September 17, 2019 | Business

BASEL, Switzerland/HONG KONG, China: The Straumann Group, a global leader in implant and aesthetic dentistry, and Modern Dental Group, a leading global provider of dental prosthetic devices, have entered a joint venture to create Peak Dental Solutions Hong Kong. This distribution company will serve the dental communities in Hong Kong and Macau in China from the fourth quarter of this year. Straumann and Modern Dental Group will invest substantially in the joint venture and will own respective stakes of 40% and 60%. Financial details were not disclosed.

Poor water quality may be factor in high consumption of sugary drinks

September 13, 2019 | News

CANBERRA, Australia: The poor state of Australians’ oral health has received much needed attention over recent years. For some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly those living in remote communities, their oral health is being severely compromised owing to the consumption of sugary drinks, according to a recent study by researchers from the Australian National University (ANU).

Interview: “We will ensure the best medical treatment and care for our patients”

September 12, 2019 | Interviews | News

The recent ADA FDI World Dental Congress 2019, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from Sept. 4–8, saw the conclusion of Dr. Kathryn Kell’s successful term as FDI President. Succeeding her is Dr. Gerhard Seeberger, who will hold the title until 2021. In this interview, Seeberger discusses what he hopes to achieve as president and what optimal oral health means to him.

FDI survey highlights low level of oral care access for refugees

September 12, 2019 | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: According to recent estimates from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are more than 70 million forcibly displaced people worldwide—26 million of whom are refugees. A recent survey by FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) has found that the level of availability of dental services to refugees across the globe is extremely low, limited by many economic, cultural and psychological barriers.

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Estonian and Palestinian dental associations receive FDI Smile Awards

September 5, 2019 | Events | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: FDI World Dental Federation recognized the 2019 Smile Award winners at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco on 3 September. Presented every year, the FDI Smile Award acknowledges FDI member national dental associations around the globe that have developed sustainable, long-term projects to improve oral health. This year, the Estonian and Palestinian dental associations were both presented with awards.

20/20 Vision: Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium 2020 promises a diverse program

September 4, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Since its establishment in 2006, the Oral Reconstruction Foundation has supported young scientists, funded research projects, and promoted training and continuous education. All of these elements will be on display at the 2020 Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium, to be held from April 30 to May 2, 2020, at the iconic New York Marriott Marquis hotel in New York City.

EMS opens its regional office for Middle East, Africa and India in Amman

September 4, 2019 | Advertorial | Business | News

AMMAN, Jordan: Earlier this year, EMS Electro Medical Systems celebrated the opening of its new office in the Middle East at the W hotel in Amman in the presence of 24 delegates from some of the leading dental companies in the world. There was active participation by EMS’s top management team, headed by General Manager Paolo Zanetti, who came from Nyon in Switzerland to attend the inauguration.

Researcher shows how selfies could aid in identifying missing persons

September 3, 2019 | News

DUNDEE, UK: Though sometimes denigrated as a sign of vanity, self-portrait photographs—selfies, for short—are not without their advantages. One such advantage, according to a researcher at the University of Dundee, is that they often provide several new dental identifiers that could be used to help police in cases involving missing persons.

Planmeca Romexis: 800 users, 1.3 million patients, 30 million images

August 30, 2019 | Advertorial

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Dental care generates enormous amounts of patient data over time. A case in point is the public healthcare district of the Stockholm county council in Sweden, which serves approximately 2.3 million citizens spread across 26 municipalities. It is also the single largest Planmeca Romexis customer, housing a centralised Romexis database with dental images accessed by around 800 simultaneous users across the organisation.

Interview: “As dental practitioners, we all want our work to last”

August 30, 2019 | News

University of Queensland PhD student Dr Arosha Weerakoon was recently awarded first prize in Universities Australia’s annual Pitch it Clever competition. The competition challenges early career researchers to communicate their research in layman’s terms via video. Weerakoon won with her work on prolonging the bond between restorative material and teeth. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, she spoke in more detail about her work and future plans.

Interview: Oral health and intellectual disability

August 28, 2019 | Interviews

People with intellectual disabilities often have difficulty accessing dental care and maintaining good oral health. As part of the Your Dental Health project, Inclusion Designlab has recently published a guide to educate dental practitioners on issues related to oral health and intellectual disability. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Richard Zylan, a member of the Australian Dental Association, and Nathan Despott, manager of Inclusion Designlab, the policy, research and development arm of Inclusion Melbourne, to learn more about the topic.

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Reflux associated with temporomandibular disorder, study finds

August 26, 2019 | News

XIAN, China: Reflux is an uncomfortable condition that can have negative effects on a patient’s oral health. In a recent study, researchers have established that temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is associated with gastro-oesophageal reflux (GERD). Other factors such as anxiety and poor sleep contribute to this correlation. The authors of the study have noted that physicians need to be aware of the association and consider instituting multidisciplinary management programmes to help patients.

Scientists uncover gene that enhances tissue regeneration in tooth healing

August 23, 2019 | News

PLYMOUTH, UK: The usefulness of stem cells in the regeneration of dental and other body tissue has been established by numerous studies, though their potential in a clinical setting has yet to be proved. An international team of researchers has discovered a specific gene that increases stem cell activation and tissue regeneration during tooth healing, potentially offering a novel approach to tooth repair.

CURAPROX Perio Plus+ highlighted in Brisbane

August 22, 2019 | Advertorial

BRISBANE, Australia: With dental implants set to become an increasingly common treatment option for edentulous patients in the future, regular maintenance will be imperative to ensure implant functionality and to prevent biological complications. At the recent 2019 International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH), Dr Tihana Divnic-Resnik delivered an engaging presentation titled “The role of chemical biofilm control in prevention of periodontitis and peri-implant disease” in a session sponsored by Swiss oral health company Curaden.

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CareDent launches environmentally friendly selection at ISDH 2019

August 22, 2019 | Advertorial | News

BRISBANE, Australia: While certain industries seek to reduce their footprint through plastic minimisation and other initiatives, the oral health care industry is trailing behind, and thus dental professionals and businesses need to work together to create a systemic social shift. CareDent, an Australian oral healthcare company, took the opportunity at the 2019 International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) to announce new innovations designed to reduce its environmental footprint.

ISDH 2019 provides stimulating programme on evidence-based practice

August 21, 2019 | Events | News

BRISBANE, Australia: From 15 to 17 August, dental professionals from all around the world came together for the 21st International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) in Brisbane. The event attracted 1,135 attendees, representing 34 countries, who were engaged by an exciting mix of scientific presentations by leading international dental experts and new product launches by the exhibiting companies.

In dentistry, image is everything

August 19, 2019 | Advertorial

HELSINKI, Finland: Three-dimensional dental imaging technology and software continue to make great strides when it comes to improving image quality. However, despite the progress made in the last decade, some challenges remain. So how do you achieve a great image? Planmeca’s Product Development Manager of Imaging Algorithms, Mikko Lilja, says it is a combination of three C’s: contrast, crispness and correcting artefacts.

Interview: “KATANA Zirconia and CERABIEN ZR porcelain is an ideal combination”

August 14, 2019 | Advertorial

As a dental technician with many years of experience, Björn Roland has always pursued one goal in his lab: restorations that seamlessly mimic natural dentition and possess reliable functionality. In this interview, he discusses how he integrates Kuraray Noritake Dental’s dental solutions into his daily workflow and shares some tips for creating aesthetically pleasing dental restorations.

Improving oral health of people with intellectual disability

August 13, 2019 | News

MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia: People with intellectual disability face various social, conceptual and other challenges that affect their overall health and well-being. Some of these challenges may also affect oral health. In order to educate dental practitioners on the issue and to improve access to dental care for individuals with intellectual disabilities, the Inclusion Designlab has published a guide that is aimed at fostering collaboration between medical providers, key support professionals, accommodation services and families, and identifying and subsequently treating oral health diseases more effectively.

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Dentsply Sirona World 2019 fast approaching

August 12, 2019 | Events

LAS VEGAS, U.S.: From Oct. 3 to 5, the dental manufacturer Dentsply Sirona will be hosting Dentsply Sirona World 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. This annual industry gathering is expected to bring together thousands of professionals from all areas of dentistry. Attendees will have the chance to learn about recent innovations and gain hands-on experience with some of them, such as the new intraoral scanner Primescan. The renowned entertainment program is set to feature the likes of comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld.

Researchers discover method to control tooth root development

August 9, 2019 | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S./SICHUAN, China: Though genetic research has become increasingly relevant in the fields of medicine and biology, it has remained relatively untouched when it comes to dentistry. In a promising development, researchers have found that epigenetic regulation—the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression—can control root patterning and development in teeth, potentially leading someday to the regeneration of teeth.

Education minister visits new teaching facility at University of Otago

August 8, 2019 | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: Officially opened on 11 June, the new Clinical Services Building at the University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry is set to replace the Walsh Building as the primary care unit and teaching clinic. Recently, Education Minister Chris Hipkins took a tour of the new facility to get a better idea of some of the work being done and to see first-hand some new and exciting advancements the clinic will provide.

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