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New Zealanders say no to legal cannabis, but does prohibition improve oral health?

December 2, 2020 | News

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: Cannabis poses a threat to oral health, but most patients are reluctant to ask their dentists for advice about what largely remains an illegal drug. New Zealanders were asked to vote for or against the legalisation of recreational cannabis use in a historic referendum that was held concurrently with the country’s October general election. Most voted against legalisation in a closely fought contest that ultimately brought renewed focus to the public health risks associated with legalising, or not legalising, the widely used substance.

Interview: Effects of COVID-19 on dentistry in Asia Pacific, Part 1

November 20, 2020 | Interviews | News

COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on dental business, but its effects have varied among countries around the world. In this interview, Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke with Dr Sushil Koirala, the founder and chairman of National Dental Hospital and Koirala Dental Academy, a global dental education centre based in Kathmandu in Nepal, on how the pandemic has affected the dental industry in the Asia Pacific region, where he is based.

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ADA’s New South Wales branch presents online lecture series

November 19, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Though the COVID-19 pandemic has been relatively well controlled in the state of New South Wales (NSW), physical distancing restrictions have meant that many events are still taking place in a virtual setting. One such event is the 2020 convention of the Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) NSW branch, which is featuring a range of different presenters discussing dental and other health-related topics.

Dental education and COVID-19: Study identifies challenges and opportunities

November 18, 2020 | News

TAIPEI, Taiwan: SARS-CoV-2 has required dental schools to be innovative. Three online symposia were held earlier this year in order to analyse strategies that had been adopted for keeping classes going during the first wave of the pandemic. A qualitative study of the symposia found that better online tools were needed, but that digital teaching platforms had created new opportunities for regional collaboration.

Reduced radiation possible with AI prediction of root morphology

November 17, 2020 | News

NAGOYA, Japan: With the aim of clarifying the relationship between panoramic radiographic appearance and longitudinal CBCT classification of root configurations of the mandibular second molar, researchers from Japan have investigated hundreds of panoramic radiographs and are now planning to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) system to help simplify diagnosis of mandibular second molar root canal configurations on panoramic radiographs in the future.

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Research points to benefits of diabetes screening in dental practices

November 13, 2020 | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: Since World Diabetes Day is set for this Saturday, 14 November, the relationship between diabetes and oral health management may be on the minds of dental professionals. A research project conducted in Australia has confirmed that the oral healthcare setting can play a valuable role in individuals’ systemic health by screening for patients who either have Type 2 diabetes or are prediabetic.

Decellularised matrix hydrogel may promote dental pulp regeneration

November 9, 2020 | News

GUANGZHOU, China: Dental pulp regeneration has been a great challenge to researchers in the field of endodontics for decades. It has been widely regocnised that tissue-engineered biomaterials might be beneficial for endodontic regeneration; however, single-component materials or shape-fixed scaffolds are not able to meet the requirements for multifunctional dental pulp regrowth. Inspired by the clinical use of multiple acellular tissue grafts, researchers in China have become interested in decellularised dental pulp matrix.

New coating method allows stronger adhesion of dental implant

November 3, 2020 | News

SEOUL, South Korea: The history of dental implantology dates back to ancient times, yet researchers are still trying solve a number of issues, such as failed osseointegration and inflammation. Researchers from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) Center for Biomaterials have now developed a novel method of producing a ceramic artificial bone coating for implants. This method is distinguished by a shorter production process and increased adhesion of the coating.

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Intelligent simplification with the new CLEARFIL MAJESTY ES-2 Universal

November 2, 2020 | Advertorial

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: Time has always been limited in dental offices, and COVID-19 sanitisation requirements have led to even greater constraints in this regard. The streamlining of procedures is a logical strategy for reducing chair time; however, this workflow optimisation must still be able to ensure a high treatment standard and aesthetic outcomes.

Teachers crucial to development of healthy eating habits, study finds

October 30, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: When it comes to the development of children’s habits, the influence their teachers hold in this regard is clear. In a new review study out of Australia, researchers have confirmed that correct nutritional guidance provided by qualified teachers can positively impact their students’ eating habits.

Interview: “SugarByHalf’s mission is for people to live better and healthier lives”

October 29, 2020 | News

In recent years, numerous studies have established conclusively that there is a link between oral health and systemic disease. More than 50% of Australian children have experienced dental caries by 6 years of age, and at least 1.2 million Australians have diabetes; therefore, the benefit of education in this area is clear. That is where SugarByHalf comes in, according to the charity’s CEO, Tania Sincock. She recently spoke with Dental Tribune International about SugarByHalf’s goals and discussed her own experiences with reducing her sugar intake.

“Mere theory does not benefit patients”—Putting prevention into practice with iTOP

October 28, 2020 | Interviews

ITOP, short for individually trained oral prophylaxis, is a training programme for achieving and maintaining perfect oral health. Aimed at dental students and practising professionals, the programme teaches atraumatic and efficient practical oral hygiene skills to pass on to patients. Indian periodontist Dr Aditi Chopra has introduced iTOP as part of her curriculum in the Department of Periodontology of the Manipal College of Dental Sciences in India, where she is a researcher and reader.

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KATANA Zirconia: The science behind superior product properties

October 20, 2020 | Advertorial

Users of dental zirconia are really spoilt for choice these days. Countless manufacturers offer zirconia materials that differ in their mechanical and optical properties and indication range. What is not apparent at first sight is that the available products also differ with respect to the quality of the CAD/CAM blanks offered. Blank quality is highly dependent on the quality of the raw materials and is affected by different aspects during raw material processing, pressing and pre-sintering. This has a huge impact on the surface quality, edge stability, fit and processing requirements of milled restorations.

NSW dentist banned for opioid misconduct

October 8, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: A New South Wales (NSW) dentist found guilty of professional misconduct has been banned from practising dentistry for a period of 12 months. Dr Peter Joseph Brian Buys was censured and found guilty of a number of breaches of conduct relating to the prescription of opioids, including that of prescribing excessive quantities of oxycodone to patients without appropriate documentation.

Dental researcher is developing more aesthetic crowns for children

September 29, 2020 | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: In New Zealand, one of most common methods for treating dental caries in primary teeth is the Hall technique. The non-invasive method involves placing metal crowns over teeth that are only moderately decayed, and is relatively quick and inexpensive to perform. Numerous issues have been reported with the type of crown used in Kiwi dental practices, however, leading a local dental researcher to begin developing her own restorative technology.

Interview: “Correct biofilm management needs to be learnt by doing”

September 28, 2020 | Advertorial | Interviews

Although dental students are well aware that a proper oral care routine is key to a healthy mouth, hands-on instruction is usually absent from the curricula. The iTOP—short for individually trained oral prophylaxis—prevention programme fills this gap, teaching students perfect oral hygiene skills and how to instruct patients and motivate them to sustain lifelong oral health. Dental Tribune International spoke to Dr Tihana Divnic-Resnik, a senior lecturer and co-ordinator at the University of Sydney. She has introduced iTOP at the university's Dental School to benefit her students, as well as their future patients.

IDEM 2020 succeeds as online event

September 28, 2020 | Events

SINGAPORE: For the first time, the International Dental Exhibition and Meeting (IDEM) was conducted online. The event, which was organised for the dental community by Koelnmesse and the Singapore Dental Association, was held from 19 June to 19 August 2020.

Planmeca: Adapting to the new normal

September 16, 2020 | Advertorial

SHANGHAI, China: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the dental industry has been forced to adapt to the “new normal” and invent new platforms for communication and collaboration. However, traditional trade fairs and exhibitions are still important platforms for dental professionals to try out the latest dental technology. In China, the local Planmeca team participated last week in the first major dental event to take place since the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2.

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