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New nationwide study to assess oral health of Australians Jul 18, 2016 | News Asia Pacific

New nationwide study to assess oral health of Australians

ADELAIDE, Australia: Through a new A$5.8 million study, Australia aims to determine the level of oral disease in the adult population, as well as the effectiveness, sustainability and equity of dental service delivery across the country. To be conducted by the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH) at the University of Adelaide, the study will include about 15,000 Australians in interviews and dental examinations over the next two years.

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Children who suck their thumb might have lower risk of allergies Jul 14, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

Children who suck their thumb might have lower risk of allergies

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: Thumb-sucking is one of an infant’s natural reflexes. While prolonged thumb-sucking may lead to malocclusion and other dental problems, ...

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New nanoscale technology for application in dentistry wins innovation award Jul 12, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

New nanoscale technology for application in dentistry wins innovation award

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: Acknowledging commercialisation success in New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes, the KiwiNet Emerging Innovator ...

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Birth cohort study confirms link between overweight and periodontitis Jul 5, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

Birth cohort study confirms link between overweight and periodontitis

ADELAIDE, Australia/PELOTAS, Brazil: Investigating the link between overweight and periodontitis, a team of researchers has found that people with a higher ...

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Kiwi study finds obvious inequalities in dental care provision Jun 28, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

Kiwi study finds obvious inequalities in dental care provision

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: Investigating the provision of dental care at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Otago, New Zealand’s only dental school, Kiwi researchers have found clear differences in the provision of dental extractions, endodontic treatment, crowns, and preventive care for Maori and Pacific Islanders, as well as patients of low socio-economic status (SES).

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Greens call for 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks Jun 27, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

Greens call for 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks

MELBOURNE, Australia: Aiming to tackle the increasing prevalence of obesity and diabetes, as well as dental decay in children, the Australian Greens have called for a levy of 20 per cent on drinks that contain more than 5 g of sugar per 100 ml. Party leader Dr Richard Di Natale remarked that, if enacted, the policy could reduce children’s average consumption of added sugar through soft drinks—which now makes up about one-third of their daily intake—by 12 per cent.

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Long-term cannabis use linked to periodontal disease Jun 21, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

Long-term cannabis use linked to periodontal disease

DURHAM, N.C., USA: The health benefits and adverse effects of marijuana use have long been discussed by doctors, scientists, politicians and society at large. However, the overall effects of cannabis on a person’s health are still not fully understood. According to a new study, long-term use (up to 20 years) of cannabis is associated with poor periodontal health. However, unlike tobacco use, it is not associated with several other physical health problems in early mid-life.

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Australian surgeons repair man’s face after terrible chainsaw accident Jun 8, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

Australian surgeons repair man’s face after terrible chainsaw accident

MELBOURNE, Australia: In early May, Bill Singleton, a 68-year-old-man from Ballarat in Australia, lost control of his chainsaw while chopping wood and cut through the lower half of his face, including his jaw. Although seriously injured, he was able to wrap a towel around his face, crawl to his car and drive 25 km to the nearest hospital. From there, Singleton was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where doctors stabilised him and performed reconstructive surgery on his face. The operation went ...

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Prescription drugs: Dentists should be attentive for signs of potential misuse Jun 7, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

Prescription drugs: Dentists should be attentive for signs of potential misuse

CANBERRA, Australia: Dr Chris Daly, chairperson of the Australian Dental Association’s Dental Therapeutics Committee, has issued a warning regarding potentially drug-seeking behaviour of patients. In order to prevent misuse, dentists should follow certain guidelines and be very cautious when receiving requests for prescriptions for benzodiazepines or opioids, he stressed.

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University of Queensland has first female-led dental school in Australia Jun 2, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

University of Queensland has first female-led dental school in Australia

BRISBANE, Australia: With the new appointment of Prof. Pauline Ford as its head, the School of Dentistry of the University of Queensland (UQ) has become the first such school in Australia and New Zealand to be led by a woman. After serving as the school’s deputy head from January 2015 and acting as its head since February this year, Ford is now officially assuming the leadership role.

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Cartoon exhibition explores history of dentistry May 25, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

Cartoon exhibition explores history of dentistry

MELBOURNE, Australia: In a new exhibition, It’s a Gas! Dentistry & Cartoons, the University of Melbourne brings dental history to life with laughter. ...

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Health organisations release new oral health and nutrition statement May 25, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

Health organisations release new oral health and nutrition statement

MELBOURNE, Australia: Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) and the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), the country’s leading body for nutrition ...

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