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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.

Estonian and Palestinian dental associations receive FDI Smile Awards

September 5, 2019 | Events | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: FDI World Dental Federation recognized the 2019 Smile Award winners at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco on 3 September. Presented every year, the FDI Smile Award acknowledges FDI member national dental associations around the globe that have developed sustainable, long-term projects to improve oral health. This year, the Estonian and Palestinian dental associations were both presented with awards.

20/20 Vision: Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium 2020 promises a diverse program

September 4, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Since its establishment in 2006, the Oral Reconstruction Foundation has supported young scientists, funded research projects, and promoted training and continuous education. All of these elements will be on display at the 2020 Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium, to be held from April 30 to May 2, 2020, at the iconic New York Marriott Marquis hotel in New York City.

EMS opens its regional office for Middle East, Africa and India in Amman

September 4, 2019 | Advertorial | Business | News

AMMAN, Jordan: Earlier this year, EMS Electro Medical Systems celebrated the opening of its new office in the Middle East at the W hotel in Amman in the presence of 24 delegates from some of the leading dental companies in the world. There was active participation by EMS’s top management team, headed by General Manager Paolo Zanetti, who came from Nyon in Switzerland to attend the inauguration.

Researcher shows how selfies could aid in identifying missing persons

September 3, 2019 | News

DUNDEE, UK: Though sometimes denigrated as a sign of vanity, self-portrait photographs—selfies, for short—are not without their advantages. One such advantage, according to a researcher at the University of Dundee, is that they often provide several new dental identifiers that could be used to help police in cases involving missing persons.

Planmeca Romexis: 800 users, 1.3 million patients, 30 million images

August 30, 2019 | Advertorial

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Dental care generates enormous amounts of patient data over time. A case in point is the public healthcare district of the Stockholm county council in Sweden, which serves approximately 2.3 million citizens spread across 26 municipalities. It is also the single largest Planmeca Romexis customer, housing a centralised Romexis database with dental images accessed by around 800 simultaneous users across the organisation.

Interview: “As dental practitioners, we all want our work to last”

August 30, 2019 | News

University of Queensland PhD student Dr Arosha Weerakoon was recently awarded first prize in Universities Australia’s annual Pitch it Clever competition. The competition challenges early career researchers to communicate their research in layman’s terms via video. Weerakoon won with her work on prolonging the bond between restorative material and teeth. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, she spoke in more detail about her work and future plans.

Interview: Oral health and intellectual disability

August 28, 2019 | Interviews

People with intellectual disabilities often have difficulty accessing dental care and maintaining good oral health. As part of the Your Dental Health project, Inclusion Designlab has recently published a guide to educate dental practitioners on issues related to oral health and intellectual disability. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Richard Zylan, a member of the Australian Dental Association, and Nathan Despott, manager of Inclusion Designlab, the policy, research and development arm of Inclusion Melbourne, to learn more about the topic.

Reflux associated with temporomandibular disorder, study finds

August 26, 2019 | News

XIAN, China: Reflux is an uncomfortable condition that can have negative effects on a patient’s oral health. In a recent study, researchers have established that temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is associated with gastro-oesophageal reflux (GERD). Other factors such as anxiety and poor sleep contribute to this correlation. The authors of the study have noted that physicians need to be aware of the association and consider instituting multidisciplinary management programmes to help patients.

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