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Sustainable development—50 years of progress

July 26, 2021 | News

SINGAPORE: Moving from a limited focus on the environment to recognising the importance of health, well-being and prosperity of people and the planet, the concept of sustainable development has transformed over the years. Gaining some insight into this development may widen the understanding of what sustainability can mean for health professionals today.

Partnership seeks to improve Indigenous representation in dental workforce

July 23, 2021 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Though an estimated 3.3% of the Australian population identifies as Indigenous, statistics collated by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have shown that this figures falls to 0.4% in the context of the country’s dental workforce. To help remedy this, the Indigenous Dentists’ Association of Australia (IDAA) has struck up a partnership with the New South Wales branch of the Australian Dental Association (ADA NSW) with the ultimate aim of reducing the oral health inequalities that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.

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3Shape TRIOS 3 outperforms Medit i500 intra-oral scanner in study

July 23, 2021 | Advertorial

SEOUL, South Korea: The integration of CAD/CAM technologies into clinical dental workflows continues to grow as digital dentistry devices become more easily accessible. In a recent study measuring the relative accuracy of intra-oral scanners, the Danish dental company 3Shape’s TRIOS 3 was found to outperform the Medit i500 intra-oral scanner in several important criteria.

Intra-oral device for weight loss ignites discussion about effectiveness and ethics

July 21, 2021 | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: In both developed and developing countries, obesity has become so common that it is being described as a global epidemic. Researchers from the University of Otago in Dunedin and institutions in the UK have proposed a weight loss aid for certain patients in the form of an intra-oral device fitted to the posterior teeth. DentalSlim Diet Control uses magnets to restrict mouth opening, permitting a liquid diet only. While the device has been called a “world-first weight loss device to help fight the global obesity epidemic”, many have expressed their disapproval and concern about it.

Lockdowns cause difficulties for Australian dentists

July 19, 2021 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: In many parts of the developed world, high rates of vaccination have enabled an easing of COVID-19 restrictions regarding the wearing of masks, travel and more. In Australia, meanwhile, an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant, combined with a slow vaccine rollout, has caused the country’s two largest cities to be locked down, creating major barriers to accessing dental services for many Australians.

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3Shape Dental System 2021: Revolutionising the technician’s work through AI

July 15, 2021 | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Ever since it was launched in 2005, 3Shape Dental System has been the software of choice for dental laboratory technicians who want to stay at the forefront of technological advancement. With the release of Dental System 2021, 3Shape is now allowing technicians to harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and enhance their productivity through its new and improved integrated workflows.

Large study finds regional inequalities in accessing dental care in Japan

July 14, 2021 | News

TSUKUBA, Japan: Healthcare can be considered a right or a luxury, depending on one’s location. Although essential for maintaining good health, healthcare is not readily accessible to all as certain barriers might greatly hinder access to certain healthcare services, including dentistry. For example, researchers in Japan have recently found that, although the country is economically developed and has a large dental workforce, there exist socio-economic inequalities that discourage patients from actively seeking preventive dental treatment.

Meta-analysis shows need for further evidence about rubber dam isolation

July 9, 2021 | News

CHENGDU, China: For restorative dental treatments to be successful, proper dental isolation and moisture control are essential. One of the more widely applied traditional isolation methods involves the use of a rubber dam. A team of researchers from Sichuan University in Chengdu conducted a meta-analysis of studies regarding the rubber dam method and found that, although there is some evidence correlating its use to lower restoration failure rates, more research on the topic is needed.

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Bioceramic sealer One-Fil by MEDICLUS tested in study

July 7, 2021 | Advertorial

CHEONGJU, South Korea: This year, MEDICLUS is aiming at leading from the front in endodontic solutions in the dental industry. Recently, the company released a high viscosity bioceramic sealer called One-Fil PT for orifice recapping, block-out perforation or for emergency case solution. One-Fil was tested and compared with competitors’ products in a current study.

Part 1: Sustainable dentistry in 500 words or more

July 6, 2021 | News

SINGAPORE: The idea of writing an article series on sustainable dentistry originated from an article titled “A guide to eco-friendly dentistry” that provided many aspects and opinions regarding sustainable dentistry, but from which it was clear that there is no real consensus or extensive framework for sustainable dentistry. This first article will briefly introduce FDI World Dental Federation’s new initiative regarding sustainable dentistry.

Kuraray Noritake Dental wins big at DENTAL ADVISOR’s Awards

July 6, 2021 | Advertorial

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: Since there are so many different dental adhesives, cements and restorative materials available, it can be difficult to decide which products are best suited to fulfilling individual requirements. A direct comparison obtained by testing all products is impossible owing to the great number of available solutions. Laboratory investigations provide information about specific product properties, but usually cannot give the overall picture.

Interview: “Digital dentistry will set you apart”

July 5, 2021 | Advertorial

As the principal at the Sydney-based dental practice Care Dentistry, specialist prosthodontist Dr Christopher Ho leads by example. The procedures and techniques he employs to create aesthetic rehabilitations are guided by digital solutions that deliver greater efficiency, accuracy and patient acceptance. Here, he discusses how 3Shape’s product portfolio powers his digital workflows.

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AG.Live—digitisation pays off

June 29, 2021 | Advertorial

KOBLACH, Austria: Amann Girrbach is all about supporting laboratories in the organisation of digital dental workflows. With the AG.Live digital platform, this project reaches a new dimension. AG.Live helps dental technicians to manage all digital activities locally and to connect with an ever-expanding global network of digital dental professionals.

COVID-19: Examining role of oral microbiome and mucosal immunity in South Asian populations

June 28, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK/CHENNAI, India: UK Research and Innovation and India’s Department of Biotechnology in the Ministry of Science and Technology have recently granted funding to two research projects that aim to examine the impact of COVID-19 in South Asian communities in India and the UK. One of the studies hypothesises that mucosal immunity and the oral microbiome play a critical role in susceptibility to and severity of COVID-19. If confirmed, the findings of the study could help mitigate the severity of the disease in both countries.

Join the KATANA Zirconia YML kick-off symposium

June 25, 2021 | Advertorial

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: From 1 July onwards, Kuraray Noritake Dental’s KATANA Zirconia YML, the latest evolution in multilayered zirconia, will be commercially available. To celebrate the launch of this superlative material, the company is inviting dental professionals to a virtual symposium to be held on 3 July.

AOS celebrates 30th anniversary and prepares for first online congress

June 25, 2021 | News

SINGAPORE: For the first time, the Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) Congress (AOSC) will be converted to a fully digital event. The digital event will take place between 2 July and 11 July. This edition of AOSC aims to bring together orthodontists from all over the globe and enable them to connect with world-renowned experts, researchers and thought leaders.

Study shows psychological impact of COVID-19 on Chinese dental professionals

June 16, 2021 | News

SHANGHAI, China: Given that SARS-CoV-2 originated in China, it is understandable that the nation’s emergency dental care providers have experienced an immense psychological burden since the virus was first discovered. A study of these workers has sought to better understand the exact way in which they have been affected by these experiences. The results of the study have confirmed the need for psychological support services during such difficult times.

Interview: “It all starts with the right dentine bonding agent”

June 11, 2021 | Advertorial

Dr Max Andrup, a 2010 graduate of Umeå University, currently runs a private practice in the city of Hudiksvall in Sweden, where he maintains a passion for restorative dentistry with a biomimetic approach. In this interview, he discusses the future of restorative dentistry and explains why he relies on Kuraray Noritake Dental’s products for his daily workflow.

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