Dental Tribune Asia Pacific
Interview: ‘Bisphosphonates may increase the failure rate of implants’

April 15, 2010

The treatment of periodontitis and peri-implantitis involves the eradication of periodontal pathogens. Microbiologic studies have shown that a complex microflora, including periodontal pathogens, become established subgingivally around implants within one week after abutment connections, and this microflora continues to persist subgingivally for long time periods. Dental Tribune Online spoke with Dr Sebastian G. Ciancio, USA, at IDEM Singapore about this process and what dentists can do to lower the risks for peri-implant mucositis.

IDEM 2010 starts off big

April 15, 2010

SINGAPORE: The Theatre on Level 3 in the Suntec Exhibition Centre saw the first glimpse of what is ahead for this year’s International Dental Exhibition & Meeting as more than 500 delegates from all over Asia took the opportunity to join the first pre-congress sessions on Wednesday morning. They were greeted by the Chairman of the IDEM Singapore 2010 Committee, Dr Phillip Goh, who thanked the organiser Koelnmesse and all participants for the effort that went into the preparation of the event.

Dentists in Japan go A.I. with patient robot

March 25, 2010

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: Scientists from three universities in Tokyo, Japan, have unveiled today a human-like robot that is able to respond realistically to pain resulting from drills and other dental treatments. Developed to resemble the behaviour of real life patients, the robot will be used to train and evaluate the skills of dental students, the researchers told reporters in Tokyo.

IDEM goes mainstream with focus on implants and dental aesthetics

March 24, 2010 | Business

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: An extended scientific programme focusing on the two most thriving trends in dentistry will be one of the major additions to this year’s International Dental Exhibition & Meeting (IDEM) in Singapore. The biannual show, which recently won the Approved International Fair Award for its 2008 edition, is also preparing a workshop specifically targeted at dental business owners, the organiser Koelnmesse said. There, current issues in the industry such as fraud prevention, medico-legal liability or the role of technology in dentistry will be discussed.

Dentists’ association in Japan switches party support

March 10, 2010

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: The Japanese Dental Association (JDA) has announced that it will cease its support of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in favour of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in the upcoming Upper House elections. The decision came after the DPJ told the Association it would support the idea of a dentist running on the party’s ticket and campaign for the candidate, who would run for a proportional representation seat.

Public dental clinics in Singapore charge for missed appointments

March 9, 2010

SINGAPORE: As the first health-care institution in Singapore, the National Healthcare Group (NHG) is charging a deposit fee to patients who do not attend their appointments at the group’s five dental clinics. According to reports in the newspaper Strait Times, the fee of S$8 (US$6) will be waived for regular patients and those on public assistance or Medifund schemes. It will not be forfeited if the appointment is cancelled or rescheduled within at least three working days.

Anti-tobacco programme set up in Indian dental clinics

March 8, 2010

CHENNAI, India: The Secretary-General of the Indian Dental Association, Dr Ashok Dhoble, has announced the launch of a new research and survey programme to reduce the incidence of tobacco-related oral diseases in India. For the programme, thousands of dental clinics in the country will be used as tobacco-intervention centres and engage in oral cancer detection in patients who come for dental treatment. Data from those screenings will also be collected through a special network.

Interview: ‘Patients demand instant aesthetic results’

March 4, 2010

Twenty years ago, a new umbrella organisation for the various aesthetic dentistry bodies in Asia was founded at the Prince Philip Dental Hospital in Hong Kong. Since then, the Asian Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (AAAD) has grown significantly and now includes 12 members. Dental Tribune Online editor Claudia Salwiczek spoke with president Dr Sim Tang Eng, Malaysia, about the organisation and what does it do to promote the principles of aesthetic dentistry in dental practices in Asia.

Filipino specialists back up plans for improved implant education

February 8, 2010

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: Dental implants in the Philippines are on the upswing, participants of an implantology conference in the capital Manila have agreed. They also supported plans of dental colleges and universities throughout the country to include implantology as part of their curriculum by 2011. Currently, there are an estimated 400-500 dentists placing implants in the Philippines.

New Sensitive toothpaste available in China

January 24, 2010 | Business

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: Following its release in all major worldwide markets last year, Colgate-Palmolive has introduced its new toothpaste for the treatment of tooth hypersensitivity in China. Sensitive Pro-Relief, which features Pro-Argin technology, is claimed to block stimuli of pain receptors within teeth by sealing open dentine tubules with a calcium-rich layer.

CE compulsory for all dentists in Malaysia

January 21, 2010

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: Private dentists in Malaysia are soon required to participate in a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme in order to continue practising. Through the scheme, which is an addition to the Malaysia Dental Act of 1971, those dentists will be able collect points by attending CPD seminars and participating in other CPD learning activities organised by the Malaysian Dental Association (MDA) in collaboration with the country’s Ministry of Health.

South Korea drives medical tourism with global conference

January 19, 2010

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: In an effort to promote medical and dental tourism in Asia, the Medical Tourism Association (MTA) has announced its first Global Healthcare and Medical Tourism Conference, which will be held in Seoul in South Korea. The event, which has support of the government, is expected to draw over 1,000 experts from 25 countries to the capital of South Korea, including healthcare and insurance providers, travel agents and referring physicians.

Malaysia and China enhance cooperation in dentistry

January 18, 2010

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: Malaysia’s Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has announced to strengthen ties between his country and China in regards to dental health care. Answering to a courtesy call from a Chinese Stomatological Association (CSA) delegation during a joint meeting of the FDI World Dental Federation and the Malaysia Dental Association last week, he said that Malaysia wants to learn from China’s experience in increasing its number of dentists.

Qualitas enters Singapore market with aquisition of dental clinic

January 13, 2010 | Business

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Qualitas Medical Group Ltd’s subsidiary Qualitas Healthcare International Sdn Bhd has acquired 75 per cent stake in Dr Marcus Cooney & Associates Pte Ltd, which operates a Singapore dental clinic under the trade name SmileFocus. Qualitas’ founder, Chairman and Managing Director Dr Noorul Ameen said the acquisition was in-line with the group’s strategy to expand its market reach into the region and other health-care-related businesses.

Waiting lists in dental clinics trouble Singapore

December 15, 2009

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: Representatives of the Ministry of Health and the National Dental Centre (NDC) in Singapore have rejected criticism about long waiting lists for special dental procedures in governmental dental clinics. In a public letter posted on the Singapore Dental Association’s website in December, Dr Kwa Chong Teck, Executive Director of the National Dental Centre, and Chief Dental Officer Patrick Tseng said that for patients seeking elective specialist treatment, the NDC generally offers an appointment within two weeks.

First vaccine for treating gum disease

December 11, 2009

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: Scientists from the University of Melbourne, Australia, have announced to have partnered with CSl Limited and Sanofi Pasteur, the countries largest biopharmaceutical companies, to further develop and commercialise a vaccine for the treatment of gum disease. The programme which took 10 years in development, involves bacterial peptides and proteins that trigger the immune response to periodontal inflammation. The vaccine is currently trialled in mouse models and expected to progress to clinical trials soon, the researchers said.

Asian countries less than average in health care spending

December 10, 2009

LEIPZIG, Germany: Countries in Asia have been found to spend less of their GDP’s for health care than most other countries in Europe and the US. According to a new health care report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, only New Zealand provided more money for health care in 2007 than the average of all observed countries. Japan, Korea and Australia, however, spent less than the OECD average of 8.9 per cent.

Asia will assure future growth, 3M’s Buckley says

December 9, 2009 | Business

NEW YORK, NY, USA/LEIPZIG, Germany: The Chief Executive Officer of 3M George Buckley has announced that his company intents to seize more overseas opportunities in regions like Asia Pacific in the upcoming business year. Speaking to investors in New York in December, he said that he expects revenues to growth by 11 to 13 per cent in emerging markets like China or India. Due to the worst economic downturn in 80 years, US sales of the company have suffered significantly in 2009.

Malaysians reject public dental services

December 8, 2009

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: Kuala Lumpur’s Deputy Director of Health Dr Ahmad Bujang has urged Malaysians to get their teeth checked once or twice a year and children at least every six months, despite the current problems in government dental services. Given the dental status situation of Malaysians now, dental checks are important, as early treatment can be more effective when there was early detection of dental diseases like caries or gingivitis, he said.

Triodent extends headquarters in New Zealand

November 23, 2009 | Business

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: At a recent ceremony, New Zealand dental manufacturer Triodent unveiled a new Innovation Center in the North Island town of Katikati. The centre is the first stage in plans to build new headquarters and bring the company’s New Zealand operations onto one site for the first time since 2007. A new factory is also scheduled to open at the site in late 2010, with an administration wing to follow, company officials said.

Interview: ‘Patients’ satisfaction towards functional reconstruction is very high’

November 19, 2009

With increasing public awareness of the benefits of dental implants, an increasing number of patients are considering this treatment option. While current studies often focus only on clinical aspects such as osseo-integration, patient responses to psychological and psychosocial changes are only infrequently addressed. Dental Tribune International Group Editor Daniel Zimmermann spoke with Dr Bo Chen from the Department of Oral Implantology (Beijing University School of Stomatology in China) about her latest study on patients’ attitudes following implant placement and subsequent restoration.

Interview: ‘Searching for an effective fluoride toothpaste formula”

October 29, 2009

The effective use of fluoride for the prevention of dental caries is advocated by organisations like the WHO and the FDI. In most Asian countries, fluoride toothpaste is often the only affordable source of fluoride for the general population. In early 2008, a cross-sectional study was conducted in the Philippines to evaluate the utilisation of fluoride toothpaste in the country. Dental Tribune Group Editor Daniel Zimmermann spoke with Dr Michael Antonio F. Mendoza, Assistant Professor at the College of Dentistry of the University of the Philippines in Manila, about the study and the challenges of making the use of fluoride toothpaste more effective.

Implantologists in Asia Pacific go online

October 29, 2009

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) has recently launched a new website for its members in the Asia Pacific region. The site, which offers services in English, Japanese and Chinese, is supposed to help Asian members of the ICOI to communicate with their respective offices in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, as well as to complete memberships, Fellowship, Masterships and Diplomate applications in their native language, the organisation has announced in a press release.

India plans to overhaul dental education system

October 20, 2009

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: The Dental Council of India has recently announced the introduction of changes to the country’s deficient dental education system. According to Council President Dr Anil Kohli, who spoke to dental graduates of the Sri Ramakrishna Dental College and Hospital in Coimbatore in September, the Council will be investigating the accreditation standards for graduate and postgraduate dental courses, as well as continuing dental education and clinical fellowship programmes. Other issues such as CE recognition in India and abroad will also be reviewed.

IDEM to address market opportunities in India

October 15, 2009 | Business

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: Indian dentistry will have a new place to gather as the first International Dental Meeting & Exhibition (IDEM) will open its doors to dental professionals next week at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. According to preliminary reports from the organiser Koelnmesse, more than 130 companies from 19 countries will be presenting their dental products, services and solutions over the course of three days. The organisers also confirmed that countries like Switzerland, Italy, Korea, Germany and the US will have joint booth participation at the show. IDEM India is scheduled to take place from 23 to 25 October 2009.

Bollywood teams up with dentistry

October 11, 2009

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: Bollywood’s biggest Gen-next star Deepika Padukone has joined up with the Indian Dental Association (IDA) and Wrighley India during a oral care marathon at the World Dental Show 2009 in Mumbai. The former model who had her break-trough as an actress in the 2007 feature Om Shanti Om became ambassador for Orbit Sugar-Free Chewing Gum in early 2009 and is representing the brand on public events since then. She is also the first actor in India to have partnered with a manufacturer to promote oral health benefits of chewing cum.

Interview: Oral health education through mass media campaigns

September 23, 2009

Delivering oral health information to the public can be a difficult task, especially in developing countries. In Thailand, a group of researchers recently tried to assess whether a public educational programme with radio broadcast could increase knowledge about oral health as well as self care behaviour among people living in remote rural areas. DT Group Editor Daniel Zimmermann spoke with Dr Duangjai Lexomboon, Associate Professor at the Department of Community Dentistry, Mahidol University, Bangkok, about the outcome and how the project was implemented.

Masuda receives idm lifetime achievement award

September 21, 2009

SINGAPORE/BENSHEIM, Germany: International dental manufacturers (idm) has awarded Jiro Masuda from J. Morita Corporation with a lifetime achievement award for his decade-long contribution to idm and other organisations. The award was presented to Masuda by idm Immediate Past President Milly Goldstein, Dental Trade Alliance, at a joint idm/FDI executive meeting during the FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Singapore. Masuda received a special award by idm in 2001 already.

Nobel launches new digital scanner and software in Asia

September 16, 2009

SINGAPORE/LEIPZIG, Germany: Nobel Biocare presented NobelProcera to dentists in South-east Asia during the FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Singapore. The system, which was first introduced to the public in March 2009 at the International Dental Show in Germany, is the most comprehensive prosthetic solution in the history of the company. NobelProcera can design and fabricate prosthetics for every clinical indication and treatment option, from single tooth to full mouth.

Progressive Orthodontics to launch new courses in Asia

September 14, 2009

HONG KONG/LEIPZIG, Germany: Progressive Orthodontics is expanding its course offerings in Asia. Within the next six months, the US-based provider of orthodontic education programmes has announced to take its core 2-year programme, Comprehensive Orthodontic Training, to Beijing (China), Hong Kong, Medan (Indonesia) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). Free 1-day introductory classes will also be held this year in Bangkok (Thailand) Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Beijing and Shanghai (China), Medan and Kuala Lumpur. Interested dentists from those countries are invited to register for their free classes through Progressive’s website.

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