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Mectron expands in India

May 3, 2009 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany/BANGALORE, India: The Italian manufacturer Mectron has opened a new production and administration facility in Bangalore in India. Inaugurated with a big opening night back in May, the facility will be under the direction of M. Radhakrishnan, a co-founder of Mectron’s India branch. The company, which revolutionised dental surgery with their development of piezoelectric bone surgery, currently distributes a number of well-known dental brands from Germany and Italy, such as Cavex, Euronda, Heraeus Kulzer, KaVo, K-Driller, Schulz and Villa.

Enrolment quotas missed in Japan

April 27, 2009

According to a survey by the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, more than half of private dental colleges and schools across Japan fell short of enrolment quotas for the academic year. Three schools even saw enrolment fall by 40 per cent, which numbers between 35 and 43 students. The number of people who took entrance examinations for private dental colleges or schools this year was 4,973, a sharp fall from over 10,000 in previous years.

Interview with Frank Hemm, Senior Vice-President of Straumann Asia Pacific

April 27, 2009 | Business

Frank Hemm worked as a management consultant for several years in the health-care industry before he became involved with Straumann, a worldwide leading company in implant dentistry. One of the things that attracted him to the company was its drive for purposeful innovation and the improvement of the quality of patient care, he says. Dental Tribune Group Editor Daniel Zimmermann spoke with him about Straumann’s move to Singapore and recent developments and trends in the dental implant markets in Asia.

Asia Pacific Dental Federation invites to 31st Asia Pacific Dental Congress

April 27, 2009

LEIPZIG, Germany/Hong Kong: After a successful congress in 2004, the APDC is returning to Hong Kong this year. The Congress will be held under the motto Emerging Trends and Practices of Dentistry - Managing the Next Wave and offer the latest products and developments that the international dental community has to offer. The organiser expects a high number of dental professionals from all over Southeast Asia to attend the Congress. Last year, the annual event was held in Bangkok in Thailand.

Martial arts film star to promote global health

April 8, 2009

GENEVA, Switzerland/BEIJING, China/LEIPZIG, Germany: World Health Organization Director-General Dr Margaret Chan has appointed internationally acclaimed film star Jet Li as Goodwill Ambassador. Beijing-born Li, who began studying Chinese martial arts at the age of eight and won his first Chinese national championship for the Beijing Wushu Team three years later, has starred in many movies in the Chinese Film Industry and Hollywood. As Goodwill Ambassador, the film star is expected to use his worldwide celebrity status to promote key health issues, including public health responses to emergencies and mental health.

Planmeca sends dental equipment to hospitals in HK and the US

April 3, 2009 | Business

HELSINKI, Finland: The Finnish dental equipment manufacturer Planmeca OY has signed another delivery agreement with the Prince Philip Dental Hospital (PPDH) in Hong Kong. The new dental units included in the delivery will replace the current dental equipment at the hospital’s paediatric department, the company said. The PPDH is a publicly funded teaching hospital that provides clinical teaching facilities for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong.

New oral hygiene programmes to be introduced in the Philippines

March 15, 2009

LEIPZIG, Germany: The Department of Education of the Philippines is planning to expand its hygiene programme in a bid to improve public school health care. According to Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, the new Essential Health Care Package (EHCP) is expected to be endorsed by public elementary schools across the country in the next school year.

New dental lasers for Hong Kong

March 4, 2009 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: The German company elexxion has signed a cooperation agreement with Healthcare Dental Ltd. Under the agreement, the Hong Kong-based dental supplier will be allowed to market and distribute elexxion’s wide range of dental laser systems to over 1,200 dentists in the Hong Kong area and Macau. The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

China’s dental implant market grows

March 1, 2009 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: According to a report by the Millennium Research Group in Toronto in Canada, new private dental clinics are continuing to emerge in response to increasing demand for dental care from China’s growing middle class and aging population. The establishment of these private dental clinics will enable the dental implant market to reach over US$125 million by 2013, reflecting a compound annual growth rate of more than 30 per cent over the next five years.

The Philippines to host Health Tourism Congress

March 1, 2009

The Philippines has won the bid to host the next World Health Tourism Congress in Manila, the organiser Aura International has announced. The country will be the first outside Europe and the Asia Pacific region to host the event, which will be held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on 26–29 March 2009. Previous congresses have been held in Germany, Cyprus, and Spain.

GC, DuPont sign agreement on monomer technology

February 8, 2009 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: The GC Corporation based in Tokyo in Japan has signed a cooperative agreement with US DuPont to develop new filling materials for the dental market. With the agreement, the two companies will share knowledge in the fields of monomers and composites for improved abrasion resistance with no risk of shrinkage and enhanced aesthetics with chameleon-like effects.

NZ council posts rules for foreign nurses

February 2, 2009

New guidelines for overseas nursing applicants have been posted online by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. The step followed a meeting with the NZ Minister of Health, Tony Ryall, who raised concerns about cost and compliance issues for foreign nurses. Industry professionals have also criticised a lack of transparency in the Council’s registration process and accused it of profiting from the NZ$485 fee it charges to assess the eligibility of nurses trained overseas.

Laos is waiting for dental equipment

January 27, 2009

Dentaid, a UK-based international oral health charity, needs £6000 (US$8.300) in funding to send eight dental surgeries to the Faculty of Dentistry at the National University of Laos in Vientiane. Although the equipment is ready to be shipped out, the anticipated funding for the crating and shipping has not been realised, the organisation has announced in a press release.

Dental services in Brunei fall short

January 26, 2009

The Ministry of Health in Brunei has admitted that the country’s Dental Service is facing a serious shortage of staff, training, and dental clinics. According to Minister of Health Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi, who spoke at a dental forum in capital Bandar Seri Begawan in January, only 28 dental officers currently serve the total population of 381,000 people under the Primary Oral Health Care Scheme. There is also a low number of local graduates as well as foreign dentists with suitable qualifications for the post of Dental Officer, he added.

WHO appoints regional directors for Asia

January 20, 2009

Dr Shin Young-soo from South Korea has been appointed the new Regional Director for the Western Pacific Region, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported. He will succeed Dr Shigeru Omi of Japan, who is standing down at the end of January after two consecutive five-year terms.

Experts quarrel over mouthwash

January 17, 2009

New evidence from Australia has revealed that the long-term use of mouthwash containing alcohol can lead to an increased risk of developing oral cancer. The information, which was released after a study was published in the Australian Dental Journal, reports on evidence that ethanol allows carcinogenic substances, such as nicotine, to permeate the lining of the mouth.

Align receives approval for Invisalign in Japan

December 11, 2008 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: Align Technology, Inc. has announced the receipt of regulatory approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for marketing Invisalign, a method for treating misaligned teeth. The company said it would now begin widespread promotion in the country, where it has trained approximately 660 Invisalign orthodontists since launching the product there in October 2005.

IDEM Singapore receives International Fair Award

December 11, 2008 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: IDEM Singapore 2008, a leading dental show for the Asia Pacific region, was recently honoured at the Approved International Fair Awards, held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore. The award was given in recognition of the show’s exemplary programme and contribution towards making Singapore a premier business travel and MICE destination.

Interview with Dr Don McGann, Progressive Orthodontics, USA

November 20, 2008 | Business

Owing to popular demand, global orthodontics education provider Progressive Orthodontics has announced the re-opening of its Singapore location in 2009. The two-year Orthodontics class, run by Dr Oliver Hennedige and his wife Irene Hennedige, will begin on 15 January 2009 with the closing date for discounts for early registration 26 December 2008, company officials told Dental Tribune. We spoke with Dr McGann, dentist and founder of the company, about his concept of orthodontic education and what participants can expect from these courses.

Asia urged to deepen economic integration

November 13, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Export-dependent Asia should hasten regional economic integration, to bolster trade and keep a crucial engine of growth running as it braces for fallout from the global financial crisis, officials and experts at an international trade forum in Kuala Lumpur said in November.

Oral health access in New Zealand is improving

October 30, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany: The National Health Target of improving oral health through reaching 85 per cent of adolescents in New Zealand has been largely met in 2007/2008, according to the first annual National Health Targets report.

Specialist Dental Group opens Second Clinic

October 30, 2008

SINGAPORE: Specialist Dental Group recently opened its second clinic at the Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre in Singapore. With the opening of the second clinic, the group now has nine treatment rooms served by a team of seven leading dental specialists. The clinic, which was formerly named Henry Lee Dental Surgery, has been treating local and international patients for almost 30 years.

Dentistry in Singapore rolls out

October 19, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany: Q&M Dental Group (Singapore) Pte Limited has launched its Mobile Dental Clinic (MDC) as part of the Group’s island-wide dental outreach programme to encourage more people to take better care of their teeth.

Health tops list of concerns in Hong Kong

October 14, 2008

LEIPZIG: A recent survey by AXA Asia-Pacific Holding has found health to be the top concern of Hong Kong people, above financial and other concerns. Yet, only a few respondents had considered insuring themselves against health and life risks, although the country is one of the markets most receptive to insurance products.

Progressive Orthodontics extends live programme to Asia

October 5, 2008 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: Owing to popular demand, global orthodontics education provider Progressive Orthodontics has announced the re-opening of its Singapore location in 2009. Singapore’s two-year Orthodontics class, run by Dr Oliver Hennedige and his wife Irene Hennedige, will begin on 15 January 2009 with the closing date for discounts for early registration 26 December 2008, company officials told Dental Tribune.

Tokyo court turns down technicians lawsuit

September 14, 2008

TOKYO, Japan: A claim by a group of 81 dental technicians to ban overseas dentures, mostly made in China, from being imported into Japan was recently dismissed by the Tokyo District Court. The lawsuit was filed by beginning of September claiming that dental work from overseas receives no quality control in the country and might contain hazardous substances. The group has announced to appeal against the decision at the Tokyo High Court.

Biolase launches new all-tissue laser

July 9, 2008 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: The US company Biolase is launching its new hard and soft tissue laser Waterlase C100 in Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Designed for the restorative general dentist, the laser will allow clinical procedures including cavity preparation, early stage periodontal therapy and soft tissue procedures with more patient comfort than conventional instrumentation, the company said in a press release.

Hebe Tien new spokesperson for Nobel Biocare

June 30, 2008

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: Nobel Biocare has introduced Hebe Tien as their new spokesperson for Asia during the company’s World Tour stop in Singapore last June. The 25-year-old superstar, who recently received all-ceramic Procera crowns for two of her upper teeth, is well known as a member of the girl group S.H.E and has appeared in several television shows and movies in Taiwan. She will represent Nobel’s line of aesthetic dental solutions at upcoming public events in the region.

Interview with Mr Ma Yun Xiu, STD Lab Management, China

June 7, 2008

BEIJING: Recently, industry representatives met in Beijing for the 2008 China Dental Industrial Summit. Dental Tribune China Editor Shelly Yui spoke with Mr Ma Yun Xiu, President of STD Lab Management, about the current state of the dental lab industry in China.

APDF responds to Myanmar disaster

May 11, 2008

LEIPZIG, Germany/BANGKOK, Thailand: During their Annual Congress in Thailand last month, the Asia Pacific Dental Federation (APDF) has decided to assist the National Dental Association of Myanmar with US$5,000. The support was announced shortly after cyclone Nargis hit the country by end of April leaving more than 70,000 people dead and millions homeless.

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