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Coca-Cola criticised by NZDA for culturally appropriating Maori language in new marketing ploy

November 22, 2019 | News

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: New Zealand has an oral health problem. Expense is one of the main factors that prevent people from visiting the dentist, and this results, in some instances, in oral health conditions similar to those of developing countries. However, sugar is another major issue, and in a recent statement, the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA), Te Ao Mārama (the New Zealand Maori Dental Association) and Hāpai te Hauora (Maori Public Health) have criticised the use of the Maori language on Coca-Cola products.

NZDA calls on government to pass languishing water fluoridation bill

November 20, 2019 | News

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: In a recent statement, the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) said it would like to see more cross-party support in parliament for the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill. The bill was introduced when the National party was in power. Now sitting on the opposition side of parliament, National has been encouraged by the NZDA to take a similar approach to the one taken for the Zero Carbon Bill, which had bilateral support.

Interview: “The most challenging part has been getting people to believe that it is even possible”

November 18, 2019 | Interviews

Motivated by his desire to simplify the treatment process for patients, Dr Philip Tan has developed a full-arch implant-retained prosthesis for completely or partially edentulous patients which can be placed in a single session. The specialist in prosthodontics provides clinical care in two practices in Melbourne in Australia and lectures globally on implantology and digital dentistry. He talked to Dental Tribune International about his reasons for developing the AuDentes implant-retained prosthesis, its advantages and limitations, as well as his hopes for the future of the procedure.

New dental research centre set up in Singapore

November 13, 2019 | News

SINGAPORE: Though it is a relatively wealthy nation, Singapore’s overall level of oral health leaves much to be desired. Nearly a third (31%) of the population above the age of 60 is completely edentulous, according to a 2016 study, and 40% of children aged 3–6 are reported to suffer from dental caries. In response to this, a new dental research institute has recently opened in Singapore.

FDI World Dental Congress 2020—China is shaping future of oral health

November 11, 2019 | Events | News

SHANGHAI, China: China is a powerful ally in achieving a global community commitment to health. Recognising that health is fundamentally linked to successful economic and social development, the Chinese government is making progress to protect and promote the health and well-being of its citizens. When its World Dental Congress is held in Shanghai from 1 to 4 September 2020, FDI will be putting special focus on the country.

Study compares immediate with early and conventional loading of dental implants

November 7, 2019 | News

GUANGZHOU, China: Immediate loading of dental implants has become a popular option because it shortens treatment time, improves aesthetics and increases patient acceptance. Yet, up until now, it has remained unclear whether immediate loading can achieve equal clinical outcomes to early or conventional loading. In a review, researchers from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou have compared the efficacy of immediate loading versus early or conventional loading of dental implants in patients treated with fixed prostheses. They found that immediate and conventional loading show a difference in implant survival rates.

Australian agency investigates clear aligner providers

November 4, 2019 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has launched investigations into four providers of clear aligner therapy amid claims of hushed incentives being provided to dentists and the breaching of advertising laws.

Interview: “The story of antibiotics reads better than fiction”

November 1, 2019 | Interviews

The overprescription of antibiotics has accelerated antibiotic resistance and sparked controversy among dental professionals. In a new study, researchers have reviewed the scale of the issue in dental practice globally. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Smitha Sukumar, lead author of the study and a lecturer in tooth conservation at the Sydney Dental School in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney, to learn how dental professionals could help avert antibiotic resistance through antibiotic stewardship.

Launca Medical founder shares innovation and entrepreneurship experiences with Brazilian EMBA class

October 30, 2019 | Advertorial

DONGGUAN, China: Earlier this year, the Executive MBA (EMBA) class of the University of São Paulo was invited to participate in a one-day tour of Dongguan in order to experience something of the rapid development of the city.

Singapore to ban advertisement of certain sugary drinks

October 24, 2019 | News

SINGAPORE: Excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) can have a deleterious effect not just on oral health but on systemic health conditions, such as diabetes, as well. With this in mind, the Singaporean government has announced that it will ban the advertising of high-sugar drinks across all domestic mass media platforms.

Rise of non-premium dental implants in Asia Pacific region

October 24, 2019 | Business

BEIJING, China: Sales of dental implants are set to grow at a phenomenal rate in the coming years in major dental markets in the Asia Pacific region. The value implant segment is driving volume growth, but still trailing behind the premium segment when it comes to overall dollar value. International implant manufacturers are investing in the value category, and cheaper solutions in implant therapy may be the key to boosting some of the region’s developing markets.

Workshop highlights link between oral health and HIV/Aids

October 23, 2019 | News

BALI, Indonesia: Significant progress in the battle against HIV/Aids has been made in recent years, to the point that the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has declared its intention to end this epidemic by 2030. In September, the eighth World Workshop on Oral Health and Disease in AIDS (WW8) took place in Bali, where a subsequent declaration emphasised the necessity of improving the current level of dental professionals’ knowledge in order to help achieve the aims of UNAIDS.

World Food Day highlights importance of healthy diet

October 21, 2019 | News

ROME, Italy: World Food Day is celebrated annually on 16 October, marking the day the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), a United Nations agency, was founded in 1945. This year, more than 150 countries worldwide participated in a multitude of events under the theme “Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World”. People were encouraged to shift from a highly processed, sugar-laden diet to one rich in seasonal vegetables and fibre that could provide benefits for both oral and systemic health.

Improved instrumentation to reduce endodontic complications

October 15, 2019 | News

BUSAN, South Korea: Reducing complications in root canal therapy is in the best interests of dentists as well as patients. To improve the clinical performance of endodontic files, a research team led by Dr Sang Won Kwak from Pusan National University tested instruments with specially designed rotary motion.

Interview: “Education remains a priority for the company”

October 10, 2019 | Interviews

At the recent European Association for Osseointegration (EAO) annual congress in Lisbon in Portugal, Dental Tribune International had the opportunity to speak with Jo Massoels, Vice President of Global Marketing and Solutions at Dentsply Sirona Implants, about some of the company’s recently launched products and its focus for the future.

Study identifies cells in gingivae that protect against periodontitis

October 9, 2019 | News

PHILADELPHIA, U.S./CHENGDU, China: Despite significant advancements in oral health care, periodontitis remains the most common cause of tooth loss, as well as the sixth most prevalent infectious disease worldwide. The discovery of a new type of cell in the epithelial tissue of the periodontium that helps protect against harmful bacteria has thus renewed interest in the notion that our immune systems may be key to this disease.

CLEARFIL Universal Bond Quick: Now with a flip-top cap

September 30, 2019 | Advertorial | News

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: As a company, Kuraray Noritake Dental is committed not just to creating innovative products, but also to building upon our successes. A perfect example of this approach is CLEARFIL Universal Bond Quick, our newest universal dental bonding agent. A descendant of the original CLEARFIL BOND SYSTEM F and CLEARFIL SE BOND, this one-step adhesive eliminates the need for waiting, rubbing or applying additional layers. With the introduction of a flip-top cap, CLEARFIL Universal Bond Quick is now more compact and efficient than ever.

Deadline for CPD requirements fast approaching

September 30, 2019 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Further education is not only important for dentists to remain up to date in their profession but also a prerequisite in order to remain a registered practitioner. The Dental Board of Australia requires every registered dentist to complete 60 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) over a three-year cycle, and the current cycle finishes on 30 November this year.

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.

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.

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).

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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