BEIJING, China: When the largest Chinese clear aligner manufacturer floated shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange in June, it was obliged to make available to the public company and market information that previously had been difficult to obtain. Angelalign’s trading prospectus outlines the exceptional market growth that is forecast for orthodontic therapy in China by 2030, by which time the country is expected to have more clear aligner treatments per year than the US or Europe.
July 26, 2021 | News
SINGAPORE: Moving from a limited focus on the environment to recognising the importance of health, well-being and prosperity of people and the planet, the concept of sustainable development has transformed over the years. Gaining some insight into this development may widen the understanding of what sustainability can mean for health professionals today.
July 23, 2021 | News
SYDNEY, Australia: Though an estimated 3.3% of the Australian population identifies as Indigenous, statistics collated by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have shown that this figures falls to 0.4% in the context of the country’s dental workforce. To help remedy this, the Indigenous Dentists’ Association of Australia (IDAA) has struck up a partnership with the New South Wales branch of the Australian Dental Association (ADA NSW) with the ultimate aim of reducing the oral health inequalities that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.
July 21, 2021 | News
DUNEDIN, New Zealand: In both developed and developing countries, obesity has become so common that it is being described as a global epidemic. Researchers from the University of Otago in Dunedin and institutions in the UK have proposed a weight loss aid for certain patients in the form of an intra-oral device fitted to the posterior teeth. DentalSlim Diet Control uses magnets to restrict mouth opening, permitting a liquid diet only. While the device has been called a “world-first weight loss device to help fight the global obesity epidemic”, many have expressed their disapproval and concern about it.
July 19, 2021 | News
SYDNEY, Australia: In many parts of the developed world, high rates of vaccination have enabled an easing of COVID-19 restrictions regarding the wearing of masks, travel and more. In Australia, meanwhile, an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant, combined with a slow vaccine rollout, has caused the country’s two largest cities to be locked down, creating major barriers to accessing dental services for many Australians.
July 14, 2021 | News
TSUKUBA, Japan: Healthcare can be considered a right or a luxury, depending on one’s location. Although essential for maintaining good health, healthcare is not readily accessible to all as certain barriers might greatly hinder access to certain healthcare services, including dentistry. For example, researchers in Japan have recently found that, although the country is economically developed and has a large dental workforce, there exist socio-economic inequalities that discourage patients from actively seeking preventive dental treatment.
July 9, 2021 | News
CHENGDU, China: For restorative dental treatments to be successful, proper dental isolation and moisture control are essential. One of the more widely applied traditional isolation methods involves the use of a rubber dam. A team of researchers from Sichuan University in Chengdu conducted a meta-analysis of studies regarding the rubber dam method and found that, although there is some evidence correlating its use to lower restoration failure rates, more research on the topic is needed.
July 6, 2021 | News
SINGAPORE: The idea of writing an article series on sustainable dentistry originated from an article titled “A guide to eco-friendly dentistry” that provided many aspects and opinions regarding sustainable dentistry, but from which it was clear that there is no real consensus or extensive framework for sustainable dentistry. This first article will briefly introduce FDI World Dental Federation’s new initiative regarding sustainable dentistry.
June 28, 2021 | News
LONDON, UK/CHENNAI, India: UK Research and Innovation and India’s Department of Biotechnology in the Ministry of Science and Technology have recently granted funding to two research projects that aim to examine the impact of COVID-19 in South Asian communities in India and the UK. One of the studies hypothesises that mucosal immunity and the oral microbiome play a critical role in susceptibility to and severity of COVID-19. If confirmed, the findings of the study could help mitigate the severity of the disease in both countries.
June 25, 2021 | News
SINGAPORE: For the first time, the Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) Congress (AOSC) will be converted to a fully digital event. The digital event will take place between 2 July and 11 July. This edition of AOSC aims to bring together orthodontists from all over the globe and enable them to connect with world-renowned experts, researchers and thought leaders.
June 16, 2021 | News
SHANGHAI, China: Given that SARS-CoV-2 originated in China, it is understandable that the nation’s emergency dental care providers have experienced an immense psychological burden since the virus was first discovered. A study of these workers has sought to better understand the exact way in which they have been affected by these experiences. The results of the study have confirmed the need for psychological support services during such difficult times.
SHANGHAI, China: Many readers may not have heard of Angelalign Technology, the largest clear aligner manufacturer in mainland China. The company shares most of the letters in its name with its largest competitor, US-based Align Technology, and the two companies also share the bulk of Chinese clear aligner sales. Angelalign stepped out of relative obscurity and into the international spotlight in June when it offered nearly 17 million shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
May 12, 2021 | News
MELBOURNE, Australia: For more than a year at this point, almost all dental events have been held online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In countries with widespread vaccination programmes and/or a lack of cases of locally transmitted SARS-CoV-2, in-person events are starting to return. ADX Melbourne, the 2021 instalment of Australia’s foremost dental exhibition, took place this past week as an in-person event and has been hailed “a great success” by the organisers.
May 10, 2021 | News
MELBOURNE, Australia: After a year unlike any other, the Australian dental industry’s best and brightest came together over the weekend for ADX Melbourne, the 2021 iteration of the country’s largest dental exhibition. As part of the event, a gala dinner was held on Friday at Showtime Events Centre, where the winners of the 2021 Australian Dental Industry Awards were announced.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India/CELEBRATION, Fla., US: The days of dental clinics using multiple software solutions are numbered, according to health technology start-up CareStack. The six-year-old dental software company raised $22.5 million (€18.6 million) in capital in April, bringing the total amount of funds raised by the company to more than $60 million, and it now plans to expand its operations and double the size of its team.
April 16, 2021 | News
QINGDAO, China: Most adults experience episodes of gingivitis, which can progress to periodontitis, yet the role of plaque in gingivitis onset and progression to periodontitis remains uncertain. Now, researchers from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have observed that the oral health of participants deteriorated and their oral microbiome aged more rapidly than normal after they stopped practising oral hygiene.
April 8, 2021 | News
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March 30, 2021 | News
SEOUL, South Korea: As periodontitis and halitosis share a microbiological pathogenesis, researchers from the Seoul National University School of Dentistry have investigated whether there is a correlation between the two. They found that halitosis may be an indicator of periodontitis and thus of the development of other systemic diseases.