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More prevention, more follow-up visits—“the BOB App engages patients in their own health”

August 14, 2020 | Advertorial

Curaden’s BOB App is an easy-to-use app that allows you to keep track of your patients’ interdental bleeding and provide them with a mouth map indicating which interdental brush to use for each interdental space. The app motivates patients to reduce and eliminate their BOB (bleeding on brushing) scores at home through daily interdental cleaning and come back for regular prevention-based check-ups. South Korean dentist Dr Yohan Shin has successfully introduced the app as a motivational tool to engage patients in their own oral health.

Osstem Implant and 3Shape conclude global partnership

August 7, 2020 | Advertorial

SEOUL, South Korea/COPENHAGEN, Denmark: On 31 July, Osstem Implant entered into a global partnership agreement with 3Shape, a market-leading company in digital dentistry solutions. With the agreement, Osstem acquired the rights for global distribution of 3Shape’s TRIOS intra-oral scanner and CAD software. The South Korean company announced that it will launch TRIOS sequentially through its subsidiaries in China, India and the US.

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Report shows Australians are avoiding dentists owing to associated costs

August 7, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Though the importance of good oral health is clear to most, if not all, Australians, access to dental services remains a considerable obstacle to achieving this goal for many in the country. A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has highlighted the prohibitive costs of many dental procedures, leading the Australian Dental Association (ADA) to predict “an oral health crisis post-COVID-19”.

Could the UK have fared better managing COVID-19 outbreak?

July 30, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Though the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, it has been going on long enough for certain lessons to have been gleaned from the way in which different countries have responded to it. This proposition forms the thrust of a recent British Dental Journal opinion article, which compares and contrasts measures implemented in the UK with those instituted in South Korea—two countries that have been affected by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 on vastly different scales.

Sino-Dental cancels 2020 event

July 30, 2020 | News

BEIJING, China: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose major challenges for the dental industry, especially regarding events. In light of the current restrictions, the organisers of Sino-Dental have decided to cancel this year’s edition, which was supposed to take place at the China National Convention Center in August. For now, the event, the 26th China International Dental Exhibition and Scientific Conference, has been rescheduled to 9–12 June 2021.

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How COVID-19 has affected online continuing dental education

July 20, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: In recent years, the dental industry’s approach to continuing education (CE) has often been focused on in-person learning opportunities at congresses, symposia and the like. This didactic avenue is, unfortunately, one of many areas of the dental profession to have been drastically affected by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Typical of dentistry’s innovative spirit, many dental companies and institutions have quickly shifted to alternative methods of teaching, and dental professionals have responded with enthusiasm.

How to maximise the potential of multilayered zirconia

July 15, 2020 | Advertorial

The use of pre-shaded zirconia with a highly translucent gradient brings more efficiency into the dental laboratory. Owing to the advanced properties of materials like KATANA Zirconia multilayered discs, true-to-life restorations can be created without any, or with only a thin vestibular layer of, veneering porcelain. This saves considerable time in the laboratory.

Zinc oxide and propolis mixture shows promising results

July 13, 2020 | News

ANDHRA PRADESH, India: The success of a pulpectomy depends on the elimination of bacteria from the root canal. Researchers have now experimented with a new mixture consisting of propolis, which is a natural product with proven antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and zinc oxide powder as a filling material in primary teeth.

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Plaque control measures and thrust for preventive dentistry—dentists’ attitude

July 10, 2020 | News

Periodontitis is pandemic in nature and distributed all over the world. The disease’s prevalence and burden on oral health in India is no different, and periodontitis shows no discrimination between race, sex, caste or creed. Many studies quote an incidence rate of greater than 30% among the global adult population. The numbers are staggering: more than 300 million people in India have periodontitis. If we consider gingivitis, the numbers are even more mind-boggling. Periodontitis remains the single largest reason for loss of teeth currently. Although many risk factors and predisposing factors are attributed to the aetiology of periodontitis, dental plaque is the predominant reason and the most easily modifiable risk factor to prevent periodontal disease.

Researchers from Wuhan use oropharyngeal secretions to improve SARS-CoV-2 detection

July 9, 2020 | News

WUHAN, China: As researchers continue their quest to better understand the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a new study has aimed at improving the detection of SARS-CoV-2 ribonucleic acid. By using oropharyngeal secretions instead of nasopharyngeal swabs (NPSs) for nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) for SARS-CoV-2, the researchers managed to reduce the number of false-negative results from testing of patients who had apparently recovered from the disease.

Tongue microbes may indicate cardiac health status

July 7, 2020 | News

GUANGZHOU, China/SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France: The connection between oral health and general health is an ongoing focus of investigation in various areas of medicine. New research presented on HFA Discoveries, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology, has found that microorganisms on the tongue could aid the screening, diagnosis and monitoring of heart failure and recommended that the underlying mechanisms regarding this association be studied further.

Nanotechnology may improve soft-tissue integration of dental implants

July 3, 2020 | News

BRISBANE, Australia: Ensuring the formation of a solid soft-tissue seal at the dental abutment surface is crucial for protecting the underlying tissue from the microbial-rich oral environment. In recent years, nanotechnology has been increasingly applied in dentistry. Now, researchers from the University of Queensland have applied titania nanopores (TNPs) to the surface of titanium. The aim of the research is to modify dental implants with nanopores in order to enhance soft-tissue integration and wound healing.

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The universal trend in dentistry

July 1, 2020 | Advertorial

Dentistry is currently experiencing an interesting evolution. While dentists are becoming increasingly specialised, the demand for products that can be used for all indications continues to grow. These systems and materials are part of a universal trend in dentistry—a trend that Kuraray Noritake Dental is extremely well suited to accommodate.

SARS-CoV-2 update: Australian and New Zealand dentists proceed with caution

June 26, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: As the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to rage across the world, the Antipodean nations of Australia and New Zealand have, by and large, managed to control the spread of the coronavirus to this point. As a result, both countries have been able to open up dental practices for many routine procedures, albeit with a heightened sense of cautiousness.

DIY dentistry during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

June 22, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: As a result of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, dental practices across the world have been partially or completely shut down and routine dental check-ups largely postponed. For a few unlucky people, however, widespread lockdowns have left them unable to access dental services during oral emergencies, leaving them with a single viable option: do-it-yourself (DIY) dentistry.

IDEM 2020 online edition starts today

June 19, 2020 | Events

SINGAPORE: For the first time, and only for this edition of the event, the International Dental Exhibition and Meeting (IDEM) will be conducted fully online. The event, which is organised by Koelnmesse and the Singapore Dental Association, will take place as a continuing education programme for the dentistry community from 19 June to 19 August 2020. Through this digital platform, participants will be able to discover new products and solutions, as well as learn from the industry’s leading practitioners, and connect with new and familiar colleagues.

Chinese pickles could help prevent dental caries

June 17, 2020 | News

CHENGDU, China: An increasing number of probiotic solutions are being found to be effective in the treatment of dental caries. In a recent study, researchers at Sichuan University in Chengdu and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba in Israel isolated probiotic Lactobacillus strains from traditional Sichuan pickles and found that one strain in particular reduced Streptococcus mutans, which supports the diffusion of oral biofilm structure, by 98.4%.

Pioneers at heart: 3Shape aims to become go-to resource for digital dental learning

June 15, 2020 | Interviews

Digitalisation is one of the most important trends that have reshaped dentistry in recent years. Copenhagen-based dental company 3Shape has been one of the major players in the field and is advancing continuing education about digital dentistry to a new level with its 24H Global Symposium, which will take place as an exclusively online event on 19 and 20 June. Prior to the symposium, Dental Tribune International spoke with Lars Christian Lund and Dr Rune Fisker, senior vice presidents at 3Shape.

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