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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

Study presents new treatment for jaw osteonecrosis around dental implants

January 15, 2020 | News

SEOUL, South Korea: Dental implants are a key treatment for tooth loss, but can cause a variety of complications. One such complication is osteonecrosis, which can result from patients taking medications such as bisphosphonates for bone disease. Current treatments for osteonecrosis are not always effective. However, researchers from Yonsei University College of Dentistry in Seoul have reported their successful treatment of a patient using a new regimen.

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SmileDirectClub announces expansion into Hong Kong

January 10, 2020 | Business | News

HONG KONG: The American tele-orthodontics company SmileDirectClub has expanded into Asia by opening two of its flagship SmileShops in key Hong Kong shopping districts. The company says that its own research shows that the cost of orthodontic care is one of the main barriers preventing Hong Kong residents from having their teeth straightened and that it will offer an affordable and safe treatment option to them.

New health guidelines to help practitioners better treat Stolen Generations survivors

January 8, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders who were, as children, forcibly taken from their families between 1910 and 1970 are known as the Stolen Generations. Those who are still alive today can struggle with the trauma of their experience, often neglecting their oral health owing to fear and anxiety of dental practices. To help combat this, a new set of helpful guidelines was recently launched by the Healing Foundation to help dental practitioners, doctors and aged-care workers better communicate with the remaining survivors in a practice setting.

Oral health industry opening more doors than ever before

January 3, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Most often, the images associated with the word dentistry are a chair in a room, bright lights and two or three sets of eyes peering into the mouth of a patient. However, as the industry grows, so too do the career options. A recent article from the University of Sydney featured staff and alumni who have forged interesting careers outside the clinic.

Dental students embrace new learning technology

December 31, 2019 | News

BRISBANE, Australia: In an exciting advancement in the health education field, dental students and medical nurses have been experimenting with augmented reality to help build their skills and knowledge. Different to virtual reality (VR), which provides a fully artificial environment, augmented reality is an overlay of computer-generated content onto the physical surroundings.

Dental caries prevalence continues to affect Australian adults, study says

December 30, 2019 | News

ADELAIDE, Australia: A recent study, led by the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH) at the University of Adelaide, aimed to describe the oral health status of the Australian population. The findings showed that the prevalence of dental caries continues to increase in the country, and a third of Australian adults are left with untreated caries.

First Pacific Island oral surgery specialist to return to Fiji

December 18, 2019 | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: The goal of improving the oral health standards of people from the Pacific Islands has been given a boost with the recent graduation of the Fijian national Dr Oripa Waqa with a doctorate in clinical dentistry from the University of Otago. Waqa is the first female specialist in oral surgery not only in Fiji but also in the wider Pacific Islands.

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