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Dental labour mobility still difficult in ASEAN countries Jul 24, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Dental labour mobility still difficult in ASEAN countries

CEBU CITY, Philippines: Aiming to facilitate dental workforce mobility among member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) for dental practitioners was signed by member economies in 2009. However, almost a decade later, the ASEAN community still seems far from realising the unhindered movement of skilled professionals.

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National oral health study needs participants Jul 20, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

National oral health study needs participants

ADELAIDE, Australia: A nationwide study is currently seeking people in New South Wales and Victoria to participate in dental interviews and free dental ...

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New figures reveal decline in denture use among Australians Jul 19, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

New figures reveal decline in denture use among Australians

MELBOURNE, Australia: From new figures indicating a decline in denture use in Victoria, it appears that more older people are retaining their natural dentition. ...

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Duration of breastfeeding may impact dental caries Jul 14, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Duration of breastfeeding may impact dental caries

ADELAIDE, Australia: A study conducted at the University of Adelaide has suggested that children who are breastfed for at least two years could be at a ...

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Novel surgical procedure may help combat peri-implantitis Jul 13, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Novel surgical procedure may help combat peri-implantitis

SEOUL, South Korea: The most common cause of peri-implantitis is the formation of a biofilm on the implant surface. Thus, effectively decontaminating the affected surface is essential for avoiding implant failure. Researchers in South Korea have now tested a novel surgical procedure and shown promising results in combating this inflammation.

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Risks of dental tourism highlighted by ADA Jul 13, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Risks of dental tourism highlighted by ADA

SYDNEY, Australia: With the cost of dental treatment presenting a significant barrier for many Australians, some may consider dental tourism—travelling to another country to undergo a dental procedure—to be an increasingly viable option. With this in mind, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) has been prompted to issue a warning about the risks that may accompany this decision.

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A sweet remedy? New dental lozenges aim to tackle dental caries Jul 5, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

A sweet remedy? New dental lozenges aim to tackle dental caries

OSAKA, Japan: Osaka-based confectionary company UHA Mikakuto has introduced flavoured pastilles claimed to be helpful in maintaining a healthy oral flora. According to the company, its UHA dentaclear sweets contain a strain of lactic acid bacteria that is believed to effectively suppress the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria in the mouth and hence reduce the risk of dental caries.

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Dental Health Week 2017: Anywhere, anytime Jun 28, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Dental Health Week 2017: Anywhere, anytime

SYDNEY, Australia: From 7 to 13 August 2017, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) will be celebrating Dental Health Week, the largest oral health promotional campaign in the country. The event aims to raise awareness of the importance of oral health among the population and to motivate dental professionals to become more actively engaged with one another and with the community they serve.

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Interview: “The world is becoming a noisier place each year” Jun 21, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Interview: “The world is becoming a noisier place each year”

Although noise exposure in dentistry may appear to be minimal, the potential for noise-induced hearing loss is an issue in the field. Various studies have shown that a significant number of dental professionals are affected each year. Aiming to address this matter is US dentist Dr Sam Shamardi, who developed noise reduction earplugs especially designed for use in the dental office. He recently introduced the product, first launched in 2014, at Dental Expo South in Christchurch in New Zealand, where ...

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Potentially contaminated instruments used at Singapore dental centre Jun 15, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Potentially contaminated instruments used at Singapore dental centre

SINGAPORE: At the National Dental Centre of Singapore (NDCS), up to 72 patients may have been treated with instruments that were not fully sterilised. The instruments in question had undergone thermal washer disinfection, but not the complete final step of steam sterilisation before being used at three of the centre’s specialist outpatient clinics.

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Water fluoridation receives generous funding in NZ budget Jun 14, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Water fluoridation receives generous funding in NZ budget

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: The dental well-being of New Zealand’s population has just been given a boost. Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman has announced that the federal government’s 2017 budget will commit NZ$12 million (US$8.66 million) over the next four years to help build the infrastructure needed to fluoridate drinking water.

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Smoking during pregnancy may harm child’s tooth development Jun 12, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Smoking during pregnancy may harm child’s tooth development

OTAGO, New Zealand: A study conducted by researchers at the University of Otago has found that women who smoke more than ten cigarettes a day while pregnant may negatively impact the development of their children’s teeth.

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Porirua report indicates oral health disparity in children Jun 1, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Porirua report indicates oral health disparity in children

PORIRUA, New Zealand: The Porirua City Council has released its first monitoring report on the well-being of children and young people living in Porirua. Among the matters it addresses are childhood health issues, particularly concerning dental care. It found that areas of concern for children included poor oral health and high rates of hospital admissions for children under 5 years, with both indicators showing ethnic disparities. Four out of ten Porirua children start school with dental caries, ...

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Premiere Indonesian dental event receives strong support from industry May 31, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Premiere Indonesian dental event receives strong support from industry

JAKARTA, Indonesia: Being held for the first time this September, the Indonesia Dental Exhibition and Conference (IDEC) is anticipated with great interest from international dental companies and local distributors alike. Featuring regional pavilions from China, Germany, Italy, South Korea and Switzerland, the organisers expect the event to be an important business-to-business platform for the dental industry.

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Study analyses unique root canal anatomy patterns in Indian population May 29, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Study analyses unique root canal anatomy patterns in Indian population

NAVI MUMBAI, India: Provisional findings of an Indian study have suggested that the root canal anatomy of Indians might differ from those of other ethnicities, and hence they may require adapted care during root canal therapy. The study, which began two years ago, is being jointly conducted by researchers at two local dental colleges, Terna Dental College and the Government Dental College in Mumbai.

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Osteology Symposium to be held in Australia for the first time May 26, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Osteology Symposium to be held in Australia for the first time

MELBOURNE, Australia: For the first time in the Osteology Foundation’s history, Melbourne will play host to one of the three Asia-Pacific symposiums. Themed “Strategies for predictable regeneration—Today and tomorrow”, the scientific programme will delve intensively into the current status of knowledge and research in oral tissue regeneration, discussing new trends and techniques in the field.

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Prevention in dentistry

Prevention in dentistry

In addition to daily brushing and annual dental visits, a number of preventive measures can be taken to avoid oral diseases.

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Dental caries

Dental caries

Dental caries is one of the most common global dieases, affecting 60–90 per cent of schoolchildren and nearly 100 per cent of adults worldwide.

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Digital dentistry

Digital dentistry

Digital technology is one of the fastest-growing market segments in dentistry.

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Interview: “This congress will be the perfect bridge” May 22, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Interview: “This congress will be the perfect bridge”

After the Hong Kong event in 2016, this year’s 39th Asia Pacific Dental Congress takes place only a ferry ride away in fascinating Macau. While there ...

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ADC 2017: All about education May 17, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

ADC 2017: All about education

MELBOURNE, Australia: From 17 to 21 May, the 37th Australian Dental Congress (ADC) is bringing together over 4,000 dental practitioners at the Melbourne ...

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