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Indian dentists extract 526 teeth from boy’s mouth

August 8, 2019 | News

CHENNAI, India: In a remarkable 2-hour operation, doctors at the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital have reportedly removed 526 teeth from the mouth of a 7-year-old boy. The teeth were discovered inside a sac embedded in the posterior region of his lower jaw. Dentists are unsure whether the cause was genetic or environmental.

New research highlights relationship between scent and disease

August 7, 2019 | News

TOKYO, Japan: Bad breath can be caused by any number of things, including an illness. When there is more to it than just an overload of onions and garlic, it can be difficult for practitioners to make an accurate diagnosis. For the first time, researchers in Japan have developed a highly sensitive gas imaging system (“sniff-cam”) that can detect low diagnostic levels of some disease biomarkers.

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Dr Paolo Baldissara: “The KATANA Zirconia Block is an extremely promising technology”

August 6, 2019 | Advertorial

With over 30 years of experience as a dentist and researcher, Dr Paolo Baldissara of the University of Bologna in Italy could be forgiven for slowing down a bit. This is far from happening, however, as he continues to be at the forefront of ceramic restoration material developments and their integration into CAD/CAM workflows.

Why reviews have grown in importance

August 6, 2019 | News

“Before contacting you, I read all of your lovely reviews.” My clients are hearing that from patients every week nowadays. I’m not sure who actually taught us all to read and write reviews, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the source is Jeff Bezos at Amazon. We have fundamentally changed our buying habits as a result. Now, even the provider (if it’s Uber or Airbnb) can review us.

Research compares cooling ability of high-speed handpieces

August 6, 2019 | News

OTAGO, New Zealand: Not all dental practitioners may be aware of the finer details of dentistry equipment. Helene Chua, a 21-year-old fourth-year University of Otago Bachelor of Dental Surgery student, has recently made headlines with her research into the cooling efficiency of different numbers of water coolant ports on high-speed handpieces. Her findings point to the potential for significant savings for dentists around the world.

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Expert to focus on prophylaxis in free webinar

August 1, 2019 | News

SINGAPORE: According to Dr Wong Li Beng, modern air polishing devices are becoming increasingly significant in the context of preventative and even aesthetic maintenance therapy. In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Saturday, 3 August, Beng will be discussing this and today’s concept for prophylaxis to update clinicians on the latest changes and technical advancements in this regard.

Medication-induced bruxism overlooked in dentistry

July 31, 2019 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Dentists commonly encounter bruxism and manage its effects. However, bruxism is not always recognised as being potentially drug-induced. In a recent article, the Australian Dental Association has listed the commonly prescribed antidepressant, anti-psychotic and antiemetic medicines associated with bruxism. Drug-induced movement disorders will generally not improve unless medication is ceased or the dose reduced. Timely identification and management of drug-induced adverse effects is essential for the problem to be resolved.

Align Technology launches first pop-up store in the UK

July 30, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Align Technology, a worldwide market leader in clear aligner treatment, recently launched its first Invisalign Connect pop-up store at the Westfield London shopping centre. The interactive pop-up is located in one of the city’s busiest areas, with thousands of daily visitors, according to the company, including prospective patients who may be interested in tooth straightening.

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Experts advocate using low-dose CBCT imaging protocols

July 30, 2019 | Advertorial

Dr Michael Bornstein is Clinical Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at the University of Hong Kong in China. He has followed the ongoing evolution of low-dose CBCT imaging closely, encourages all clinicians to increase their use of dose limitation measures, and has said that the radiation dose to the patient will continue to become lower.

Is root canal therapy not so painful after all?

July 29, 2019 | News

ADELAIDE, Australia: Self-reporting of dental health suggests that Australian patients find that root canal therapy is no worse than any other dental work. The findings overturn the popular belief that this endodontic treatment is the most unpleasant dental procedure of all.

Interview: Digital workflow in dentistry—What’s in it for you

July 25, 2019 | Interviews

Dr Simon Kold from Denmark explains how he and his wife and co-surgeon, Dr Louise Kold, implemented a digital workflow in their practice and talks about the lessons they learnt from it.

Interview: Zirconia and the art of dentistry

July 25, 2019 | Advertorial | Interviews | News

Though one is a master dental technician and the other a dentist, Daniele Rondoni and Dr Nicola Scotti share a passion for discovering new materials and technologies to better provide aesthetic, durable restorations for patients. Here, they discuss their dental journeys and how they have integrated Kuraray Noritake Dental’s KATANA Zirconia range into their workflows.

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Dundee professor honoured by International Association of Paediatric Dentistry

July 24, 2019 | News

CANCUN, Mexico/DUNDEE, UK: Prof. Mark Hector has been awarded a prestigious honorary membership of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) at the organisation’s recent 27th congress in Cancun. It is only the 20th time in the 50-year history of the IAPD that it has awarded honorary membership, the highest honour that can be bestowed on a member.

Tooth analysis reveals secrets of our earliest ancestors

July 24, 2019 | News

LISMORE/MELBOURNE, Australia: Extended parental care is considered one of the hallmarks of human evolution. Through tooth chemistry analysis, scientists were able to examine teeth that are more than 2 million years old. The findings allowed them to demonstrate why early human ancestors had fewer offspring and an extended parenting role.

Call for stories giving opinions and experiences of rural health workers in Australia

July 16, 2019 | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: In Australia, some of the most at-risk dental patients are those living in the remote areas of the continent. Access, education and cost are the main contributing causes of oral health issues, and the professionals working in these areas are key to others gaining a wider understanding and thus implementing better services and programmes. As part of a movement to promote better healthcare in rural Australia, the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) is now asking health professionals from these regions to share their stories.

Interview: “DTX Studio suite really can be used on a daily basis”

July 12, 2019 | Events | Interviews | News

The recent Nobel Biocare Global Symposium saw many of the world’s leading voices on implantology and digital dentistry gather in the Spanish capital of Madrid. At the event, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr. Pascal Kunz, Vice President of Digital Solutions at Nobel Biocare, about DTX Studio suite and the benefits it provides for both dental clinicians and patients.

South Auckland dental clinic on track to be finished in 2020

July 11, 2019 | News

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: The current state of many New Zealanders’ oral health is well below where it should be. Access and cost play important roles in contributing to this situation. In December 2018, the University of Otago began the construction of a two-storey 32-chair dental clinic and teaching facility in South Auckland that will play a pivotal role in dealing with some of the oral health issues experienced by residents of New Zealand’s largest city and its surrounding area. Construction is well into its second year, and all signs point to it being completed by February 2020.

Queensland government removes sugary drinks from its facilities

July 11, 2019 | News

QUEENSLAND, Australia: After having made a commitment to ban the promotion of unhealthy food and drinks from the advertising spaces it owns, the Queensland government has now removed sugary drinks from its hospitals and health clinics. The move has been made to help fight dental caries and to contribute to the improvement of people’s overall health.

Nobel Biocare Global Symposium 2019: A landmark event for implant dentistry

July 10, 2019 | Advertorial | Events

MADRID, Spain: Throughout our 60+ years of history, we have consistently stood for genuine innovation, based on science, that was created to help improve the lives of patients around the world. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive training worldwide, and to work together with dental practices and laboratories to help maximise what services and products they offer to their patients. This was on full display at the Nobel Biocare Global Symposium 2019 in Madrid, Spain. We are delighted to announce that the event was a big success. If you were not one of the 1200 participants, take a look at some of the highlights provided in this newsletter.

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Root canal therapy versus dental implant

July 10, 2019 | Advertorial

BRISBANE, Australia: Root canal therapy (RCT) or extraction—which one is better? This is a common question posed by patients who come into a dental clinic with severe toothache. Let’s explore and explain these two options for dealing with a badly infected tooth.

King’s College London dental school scores highly in global ranking

July 9, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK/SHANGHAI, China: In a new global survey, King’s College London has been ranked fourth in the world in terms of dentistry and oral sciences research. The survey, conducted by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, ranked King’s as the only European institution in the top ten and the only one located outside the US to have made it into the top eight.

Australians seek diversity and inclusion in dentistry

July 5, 2019

SYDNEY, Australia: The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has recently published an article on diversity in Australian dentistry. According to the article, there has been a shift within the profession in recent years and the majority of people are now willing to embrace diversity and inclusiveness in their workplace.

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Sugary drink taxes decrease consumption of beverages, study finds

July 5, 2019 | News

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: Increased intake of sugar‐sweetened beverages (SSBs) is associated with a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dental caries, excess weight gain and numerous other obesity‐related diseases. In response, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended SSB taxation to reduce consumption. A systematic review by researchers from the University of Otago has evaluated whether such a tax does indeed have an impact on purchasing and dietary behaviour.

The KATANA Zirconia Block—Clinical experiences from Italy

July 3, 2019 | Advertorial

Earlier this year, Kuraray Noritake Dental invited dental professionals from all over Europe to a symposium in Berlin in Germany that highlighted the newest research and clinical findings on the KATANA Zirconia Block, the latest addition to the KATANA family. One of the presenters was Dr Nicola Scotti, an assistant professor at the Department of Cariology and Operative Dentistry at the University of Turin’s Dental School and operator of his own private practice.

Fraudulent dental practitioners face severe penalties under new amendment

July 2, 2019 | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: The Queensland Parliament has recently passed the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 that increases penalties for people who fraudulently claim to be dentists or other health practitioners. The updated legislation includes higher fines and possible prison terms, which are designed to bolster the protection offered to the public under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (the National Law).

Family characteristics influence periodontal diseases in children

July 2, 2019 | News

BRISBANE, Australia: Numerous studies have been published on the association between dental caries and various family contextual factors. However, similar research with regard to periodontal disease is limited. Thus, the aim of a recent systematic review was to assess the influence of family characteristics on periodontal diseases in children.

FEFU scientists may have found way to grow new teeth for patients

July 1, 2019 | News

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia: A group of histologists and dentists from the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) have collaborated with Russian and Japanese colleagues and discovered cells that may be responsible for the formation of human dental tissue. The findings could provide a basis for the development of bioengineering techniques in dentistry aimed at growing new dental tissue.

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BIOLASE announces Advancing Dentistry Symposium

June 27, 2019 | Events

IRVINE, Calif., U.S.: BIOLASE, a global leader in dental lasers, has announced that it will host the Advancing Dentistry Symposium in San Diego, California, on Oct. 18 and 19, 2019. The conference will provide education on the cutting-edge technologies, techniques, and innovations that are currently advancing dentistry today. Leading experts will give presentations on these latest trends and innovations.

Vital tooth bleaching has adverse effects on oral health, study concludes

June 26, 2019 | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: A newly published systemic review has revealed that, while tooth bleaching treatment yields positive changes for young participants in aesthetic-related areas, such as smiling, laughing and showing teeth without embarrassment, it causes tooth sensitivity and can affect quality of life and thus oral health.

Study examines correlation between maternal dental anxiety and oral health status of children

June 21, 2019 | News

MURADNAGAR, India: Many people with dental anxiety avoid regular visits to the dentist, which in turn can lead to a deterioration in their oral health and further increase their anxiety. A recent study by researchers from the Department of Public Health Dentistry at I.T.S Dental College in Muradnagar in India has shown that mothers’ dental anxiety has a direct impact on their children’s oral health, as it is usually the mother who has the greatest impact on the child during the first years of life.

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