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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.

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.

KATANA Zirconia: The complete restorative solution

June 11, 2020 | Advertorial

When it was first introduced to restorative dentistry in the early 2000s, zirconia was an opaque, unnatural-looking substance with a chalk-like whiteness. Two decades later, technological and material advances have meant that zirconia is now a highly aesthetic and durable ceramic solution for a variety of procedures. Leading the way is Kuraray Noritake Dental’s KATANA Zirconia series, which can now be integrated at every step of the restorative workflow.

Sustainable dentistry: Encouraging environmental consciousness in dental practice

June 5, 2020 | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: An increasing number of dental professionals are emphasising the need to move towards eco-friendly dentistry in order to reduce waste, decrease pollution and conserve energy. Green dentistry is the way forward, and it is likely to shape the future of oral health. To learn more about the subject and the specific sustainable developmental goals that may lessen the environmental impact of dental practices, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Robert Panjkov, the founder of an award-winning dental practice based in Melbourne.

Interview: Embracing the challenge of taking IDEM digital

June 5, 2020 | Interviews

Since July 2014, Mathias Kuepper has been working as managing director of Koelnmesse Singapore, where he, in addition to his other responsibilities, organises South East Asia’s leading dental show IDEM Singapore, which takes place every two years. Owing to the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the on-site IDEM 2020 was cancelled, and it will now be a wholly digital experience in order to ensure the health and safety of staff and visitors. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Kuepper explained why Koelnmesse has decided to move IDEM online, shared insights into what it took to replan the event and attempted to answer the big question everyone is wondering about: how will SARS-CoV-2 affect the dental industry in the long run?

Online information hub launched for Australian dentists

June 2, 2020 | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: One of the most important functions of the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) is the development of standards, codes and guidelines for dental practitioners. To help make information on registration standards more accessible for dental practitioners, the board has now launched an information hub titled “Know your scope”, ahead of the implementation of the revised scope of practice registration standard on 1 July 2020.

Interview: Dr Jalal Khan, operator of the Dental Truck

May 27, 2020 | Interviews

In Australia, the provision of oral health services for rural and remote communities can be extremely difficult, not least of all because of the country’s immense size. To help combat the inequalities which result, Sydney-based dentist Dr Jalal Khan regularly travels in his mobile dental surgery truck to provide much-needed treatment across Queensland and New South Wales. Khan recently spoke with Dental Tribune International about his vision for the truck and what the response from the dental community has been.

Researchers develop mouth guard for illuminating early signs of cavities

May 20, 2020 | News

GUANGZHOU, China: One of the keys to controlling dental caries and periodontal disease is early detection of dental lesions and cavities. A novel mouth guard recently developed in China now promises to help make this easier for dentists by visually highlighting certain compounds released by bacteria that are harmful to oral health.

Elective dental procedures to restart in Australia as restrictions ease

April 29, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Thanks to Australia’s success in limiting the number of new SARS-CoV-2 cases each day, the national government announced last week that restrictions would be decreased from Level 3 to Level 2. The change came into effect on 27 April and will allow Australian dental professionals to recommence providing a number of common treatments.

Virtual live conference of solidarity—Osstem Meeting Online drives digital transition

April 29, 2020 | Advertorial

SEOUL, South Korea: On 21 April, Osstem Implant held the first session of its virtual conference, the Osstem Meeting Online, which achieved over 95,000 total live cumulative views from more than 60 countries within 2.5 hours. This series of live-streamed symposia, which create a virtual conference experience for dental professionals around the globe, will culminate in a session on 27 June that will feature a socially sustainable fundraising campaign.

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