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Initiative includes voices of schoolchildren in fight against excessive sugar consumption

December 17, 2019 | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: A major contributor to quality oral health is awareness and education. With this in mind, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) has been partnering with Rethink Sugary Drink to help inspire school students across the country to reduce their sugar intake and become more informed about topics such as diet and nutrition. In a recent initiative, school students were asked to critique nine different public health TV commercials on the dangers of sugar and pick the one they believed was the most thought-provoking and the most effective at getting its message across to audiences. The programme, known as Critics’ Choice, has been running for three years.

Japanese government honours Makoto Nakao for contributions to dentistry

December 16, 2019 | News

TOKYO, Japan: The Japanese government has recently honoured Makoto Nakao, the former president of GC Corporation and present chairman of the board of GC International, for his distinguished accomplishments in the Japanese pharmaceutical industry. Nakao received his award, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, at a conferment ceremony on Friday, 13 December, and was subsequently invited to the Imperial Palace for an audience with the emperor.

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Australasia’s largest DSO enters takeover arrangement

December 12, 2019 | Business | News

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: After a number of offers, the directors of Abano Healthcare Group have capitulated to a bidder and entered into a scheme of arrangement for a takeover of its extensive network of dental offices across Australia and New Zealand. If approved, the takeover bid would see an entry into the dental market in Australasia by the former majority shareholder in the largest dental support organisation (DSO) in the US.

Good oral hygiene may decrease risk of cardiovascular diseases

December 9, 2019 | News

SEOUL, South Korea: Previous research has suggested that poor oral hygiene leads to bacteria in the blood, causing inflammation in the body. This increases the risks of atrial fibrillation and heart failure. A recent study, conducted by researchers from Ewha Womans University College of Medicine in Seoul, examined the connection between oral health status and the occurrence of these two conditions. They found that frequent toothbrushing was associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

Smilii becomes New Zealand’s first clear aligner company

December 5, 2019 | News

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: Up to now, clear aligner technology has been dominated by two American brands that offer their products at different prices and in different qualities. Smilii, the first New Zealand brand of clear aligners, will soon be selling similar technology at an affordable price and providing quality treatment to its clients to make tooth straightening procedures more available to New Zealanders.

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The integration of CAD/CAM into dental school curricula

December 4, 2019 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: By this point, the benefits of employing CAD/CAM technologies in the dental practice and laboratory have been well documented. CAD/CAM was developed for commercial use in the 1980s at the University of Zurich in Switzerland by Prof. Werner H. Mörmann and Dr Marco Brandestini, and its usefulness for creating dental restorations and orthodontic appliances has grown in the decades since, as has its reputation. FDI World Dental Federation, the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, went so far as to issue a policy statement in 2017 declaring that it supports “the research and development of CAD/CAM dentistry to improve the quality of the final product and allow for cost reduction”.

Dürr Dental Japan opens new branch office

November 29, 2019 | Advertorial

KOBE, Japan: In November, the Japanese branch of Dürr Dental officially opened a new building in Kobe. According to the company, the new premises will allow Dürr Dental Japan to operate a local service and repair shop, and to offer trainings for various products.

Recent proposal revamps Australian oral healthcare system

November 25, 2019 | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: Australia is facing several challenges when it comes to oral health. Access and education are among some of the most significant issues, not to mention cost, and a more modern health system might be the way forward. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Grattan Institute Health Program Director Dr Stephen Duckett spoke about a recent proposal his team developed for a universal dental care scheme for Australia.

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Coca-Cola criticised by NZDA for culturally appropriating Maori language in new marketing ploy

November 22, 2019 | News

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: New Zealand has an oral health problem. Expense is one of the main factors that prevent people from visiting the dentist, and this results, in some instances, in oral health conditions similar to those of developing countries. However, sugar is another major issue, and in a recent statement, the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA), Te Ao Mārama (the New Zealand Maori Dental Association) and Hāpai te Hauora (Maori Public Health) have criticised the use of the Maori language on Coca-Cola products.

NZDA calls on government to pass languishing water fluoridation bill

November 20, 2019 | News

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: In a recent statement, the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) said it would like to see more cross-party support in parliament for the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill. The bill was introduced when the National party was in power. Now sitting on the opposition side of parliament, National has been encouraged by the NZDA to take a similar approach to the one taken for the Zero Carbon Bill, which had bilateral support.

Interview: “The most challenging part has been getting people to believe that it is even possible”

November 18, 2019 | Interviews

Motivated by his desire to simplify the treatment process for patients, Dr Philip Tan has developed a full-arch implant-retained prosthesis for completely or partially edentulous patients which can be placed in a single session. The specialist in prosthodontics provides clinical care in two practices in Melbourne in Australia and lectures globally on implantology and digital dentistry. He talked to Dental Tribune International about his reasons for developing the AuDentes implant-retained prosthesis, its advantages and limitations, as well as his hopes for the future of the procedure.

New dental research centre set up in Singapore

November 13, 2019 | News

SINGAPORE: Though it is a relatively wealthy nation, Singapore’s overall level of oral health leaves much to be desired. Nearly a third (31%) of the population above the age of 60 is completely edentulous, according to a 2016 study, and 40% of children aged 3–6 are reported to suffer from dental caries. In response to this, a new dental research institute has recently opened in Singapore.

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FDI World Dental Congress 2020—China is shaping future of oral health

November 11, 2019 | Events | News

SHANGHAI, China: China is a powerful ally in achieving a global community commitment to health. Recognising that health is fundamentally linked to successful economic and social development, the Chinese government is making progress to protect and promote the health and well-being of its citizens. When its World Dental Congress is held in Shanghai from 1 to 4 September 2020, FDI will be putting special focus on the country.

Study compares immediate with early and conventional loading of dental implants

November 7, 2019 | News

GUANGZHOU, China: Immediate loading of dental implants has become a popular option because it shortens treatment time, improves aesthetics and increases patient acceptance. Yet, up until now, it has remained unclear whether immediate loading can achieve equal clinical outcomes to early or conventional loading. In a review, researchers from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou have compared the efficacy of immediate loading versus early or conventional loading of dental implants in patients treated with fixed prostheses. They found that immediate and conventional loading show a difference in implant survival rates.

Australian agency investigates clear aligner providers

November 4, 2019 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has launched investigations into four providers of clear aligner therapy amid claims of hushed incentives being provided to dentists and the breaching of advertising laws.

Interview: “The story of antibiotics reads better than fiction”

November 1, 2019 | Interviews

The overprescription of antibiotics has accelerated antibiotic resistance and sparked controversy among dental professionals. In a new study, researchers have reviewed the scale of the issue in dental practice globally. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Smitha Sukumar, lead author of the study and a lecturer in tooth conservation at the Sydney Dental School in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney, to learn how dental professionals could help avert antibiotic resistance through antibiotic stewardship.

Launca Medical founder shares innovation and entrepreneurship experiences with Brazilian EMBA class

October 30, 2019 | Advertorial

DONGGUAN, China: Earlier this year, the Executive MBA (EMBA) class of the University of São Paulo was invited to participate in a one-day tour of Dongguan in order to experience something of the rapid development of the city.

Singapore to ban advertisement of certain sugary drinks

October 24, 2019 | News

SINGAPORE: Excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) can have a deleterious effect not just on oral health but on systemic health conditions, such as diabetes, as well. With this in mind, the Singaporean government has announced that it will ban the advertising of high-sugar drinks across all domestic mass media platforms.

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