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Majority of pharmacists would welcome additional oral health training Aug 22, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

Majority of pharmacists would welcome additional oral health training

BRISBANE, Australia: Researchers from the University of Queensland have surveyed Australian community pharmacists on their attitudes, beliefs and practices regarding oral health care. At 93 per cent, the vast majority of the respondents believed delivering oral health advice was within their role as a pharmacist. However, an even greater number stated that further education would increase their confidence in identifying oral health conditions and thus be of benefit to their practice.

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New Zealand: Anti-fluoride TV commercials stir debate Aug 16, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

New Zealand: Anti-fluoride TV commercials stir debate

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand: After airing two national TV commercials, anti-fluoride initiative Fluoride Free NZ is facing claims of misleading the public ...

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Dental Health Week highlights oral health risks linked to hormonal changes Aug 5, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

Dental Health Week highlights oral health risks linked to hormonal changes

SYDNEY, Australia: As part of the annual Dental Health Week, which runs from 1 to 7 August and this year focuses on the way that hormones can play havoc ...

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Health authorities find no evidence of negligence in Sydney dental clinics  Aug 1, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

Health authorities find no evidence of negligence in Sydney dental clinics

SYDNEY, Australia: A New South Wales (NSW) Health report has found no conclusive proof of negligent behaviour in four private dental facilities in Sydney. ...

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Widespread oral health inequalities among indigenous groups Jul 29, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

Widespread oral health inequalities among indigenous groups

ADELAIDE, Australia: An international team of researchers has found that indigenous populations generally face greater inequalities in dental disease experience and self-rated oral health than do their non-indigenous counterparts. A review of several surveys showed this to be the case in Australia, New Zealand and Canada alike.

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New nationwide study to assess oral health of Australians Jul 18, 2016 | News Australia & New Zealand

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, it may also increase a child’s microbial exposure. According to a new study conducted at the University of Otago, children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails may thus have a lower risk of developing allergies.

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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 Award has honoured ground-breaking dental research at the University of Otago. The interdisciplinary project, led by Dr Carla Meledandri, developed a new technology that incorporates silver nanoparticles into different types of materials in order to treat and prevent dental and periodontal disease.

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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 body mass index do indeed have an increased risk of developing periodontitis compared with individuals of normal weight. In the study, researchers from Australia and Brazil followed a group of 539 Brazilians from birth until the age of 31.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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