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Frequent toothbrushing found to lower risk of diabetes

March 13, 2020 | News

SEOUL, South Korea: A recent study has highlighted the importance of good dental hygiene. Since periodontal disease and poor oral hygiene can provoke transient infection and systemic inflammation, researchers have examined the effect that periodontal disease and poor oral hygiene have on the occurrence of new-onset diabetes. They found that frequent toothbrushing may reduce the chances of developing diabetes, while the presence of periodontal disease and more missing teeth increase the chances of developing new-onset diabetes.

ITI World Symposium deferred to next year

March 12, 2020 | Events

SINGAPORE: After three years of planning and preparation, the organiser of the ITI World Symposium 2020, which was scheduled to take place on 14–16 May, has postponed the event to 1–3 September 2021. The decision was made in light of the rapid global escalation of COVID-19 cases with the subsequent travel and other restrictions being imposed, which would probably have rendered it impossible to hold a large-scale meeting with international attendance this year, the International Team for Implantology (ITI) stated.

ADX20 Sydney set to impress attendees

March 11, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: ADX20 Sydney, Australia’s largest dental exhibition, is just around the corner. Set to take place from 13 to 15 March at the International Convention Centre in Sydney’s picturesque Darling Harbour, the biennial event is convened by the Australian Dental Industry Association and is expected to bring together more than 500 exhibitors and over 10,000 stakeholders from across the dental industry.

How is COVID-19 affecting the dental industry?

March 10, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Months after it was first detected in Wuhan, one of China’s largest cities, the effects of the ongoing coronavirus (since named SARS-CoV-2) outbreak are increasingly being felt across the globe. By 10 March 2020, 114,567 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease this coronavirus causes, have occurred across all continents outside of Antarctica, and 4,027 deaths have resulted from it. With the outbreak set to intensify over the coming weeks and months, it is time for an update on what the carry-over effects have been for the dental industry.

Senator calls for better funded oral healthcare

March 5, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: According to a government report, Australians aged 15 and over have an average of 12.8 decayed, missing or filled teeth. In a recent call to action to combat this and other oral health-related issues, South Australian Senator Stirling Griff has challenged the government to provide more Medicare-funded dental care for all children, pensioners and welfare recipients. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has applauded Griff for his actions.

Koelnmesse postpones IDEM 2020 until June

February 28, 2020 | News

SINGAPORE: In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, event organisers Koelnmesse and the Singapore Dental Association have decided to postpone IDEM Singapore 2020 to 19–21 June. The decision follows guidance from Singapore’s Ministry of Health.

Countries across the world seek to reduce sugar consumption

February 28, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: The global obesity epidemic shows few signs of abating, and numerous countries from different regions have introduced policies aimed at reducing its impact. One of these countries is Chile, whose adoption of a strict warning system for the labelling of food and beverages high in sugar, fat or salt cut purchases of these products by almost a quarter over an 18-month period, according to a recent study.

Medit makes statement on recent patent infringement lawsuit

February 26, 2020 | Advertorial

DÜSSELDORF, Germany/SEOUL, South Korea: After having filed a patent infringement suit against Medit earlier last year, 3Shape has obtained a favourable first instance decision. Medit has apologised to the dental community for its involvement in the legal dispute, but has stated that it will be seeking to void patent claims.

Negative effects of betel quid chewing brought to the fore

February 26, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: With a regular user base estimated to be in excess of 600 million, betel quid chewing is an extremely popular habit and cultural practice in the Asia Pacific region. However, its deleterious side effects, which can include mouth and oesophageal cancers, combined with a burgeoning black market, have prompted the Australian Dental Association (ADA) to release a warning regarding the potential dangers of using the stimulant.

Study finds the use of amalgam in NZ is rapidly decreasing

February 24, 2020 | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: A new study by researchers at the University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry in Dunedin has shown that the use of mercury in dental practices around New Zealand has dramatically declined. The study was conducted to help inform teaching and curriculum changes at the university’s faculty of dentistry and provides a better understanding of the phasing down of the heavy metal’s wider use.

Interview: “The Heron IOS represents the best value-for-money solution available”

February 21, 2020 | Advertorial

At this year’s Chicago Midwinter Meeting, 3DISC is showcasing the latest updates to the Heron IOS, the company’s flagship intraoral scanning solution. Dental Tribune International spoke with Thomas Weldingh, 3DISC CEO, about how the company is aiming to cater for practices interested in digital dentistry.

Dental world reacts to coronavirus outbreak

February 10, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Over the past month, one topic has dominated the international news cycle above all else—the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. As of 10 February 2020, more than 40,620 cases of the virus have been confirmed and 910 deaths have resulted from it. In response, many dental associations and organisations have released advice on what dental professionals can do to help limit the transmission of the virus.

Bioactive tooth surface protective against dental caries

February 4, 2020 | News

HEFEI/HONG KONG, China: Numerous methods have been investigated to manage dental caries, which is, along with other oral diseases, the most widespread non-communicable disease, as reported by the World Health Organization. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016, 2.4 billion people are affected by caries of their permanent dentition and 486 million children suffer from caries of their primary teeth. Now, researchers have developed a bioactive peptide that coats the tooth surface, helping prevent new cavities and heal existing ones.

Interview: “The MDP monomer is one of the most effective monomers available”

January 31, 2020 | Interviews

As co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Adhesive Dentistry, Prof. Bart Van Meerbeek is one of the most respected authorities on the topic of dental bonding agents. Here, he discusses how they have advanced over the last three decades and what the future of adhesive dentistry might look like.

Examining body dysmorphic disorder in dental patients

January 30, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: As cosmetic dentistry procedures have become less invasive and generally more affordable, their popularity has risen considerably. For those patients seeking a gleaming white Hollywood smile to boost their confidence, this goal has never been more achievable. However, there remains a certain subset of patients who, though they may regularly visit dental practices, remain dissatisfied with their appearance regardless of the cosmetic work undertaken: those with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

Dental community responds to Australian bush-fires

January 22, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Though recent bouts of rain have brought some much-needed relief to areas of Australia battered by bush-fires in the past few months, dozens of fires still continue to burn across the states of New South Wales and Victoria. To help with recovery efforts in those areas that have been affected, numerous members of the Australian dental community have come together to offer financial aid and other services.

Impact of cross-collaboration in healthcare highlighted in recent pilot project

January 20, 2020 | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: The need for communication between healthcare professionals has been highlighted in a recent project. In what might be a world first, University of Otago pharmacy and dentistry students have collaborated within a clinic setting in order to improve their training and patient care.

Free dental clinic makes positive impact throughout community

January 17, 2020 | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: Many of the issues around oral health in New Zealand are related to the cost of care. People at the lower end of the socio-economic scale are often worst affected, and for this reason, University of Otago dental student Jamie Marra and Gore-based dentist Dr Haneen Alaynan organised a free community dental clinic to help patients get their oral health back on track.

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