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In dentistry, image is everything

August 19, 2019 | Americas | Advertorial

HELSINKI, Finland: Three-dimensional dental imaging technology and software continue to make great strides when it comes to improving image quality. However, despite the progress made in the last decade, some challenges remain. So how do you achieve a great image? Planmeca’s Product Development Manager of Imaging Algorithms, Mikko Lilja, says it is a combination of three C’s: contrast, crispness and correcting artefacts.

Cigarette smoke intensifies head and neck cancer, study finds

August 19, 2019 | Americas | News

PHILADELPHIA, U.S.: The dangers of smoking are well known, and in a new study, researchers have pinpointed it as being a major factor in developing head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, the sixth most common cancer in the world. The study was conducted by researchers from Thomas Jefferson University and highlights, among other things, how cigarette smoke reprograms cells.

Artificial intelligence advances cancer therapy

August 16, 2019 | Americas | News

CLEVELAND, U.S.: In a recent advancement in cancer research, scientists have used artificial intelligence (AI) to help customize the radiation dosage for individual patient treatments. An earlier study showed that radiation therapy for throat cancer can produce better results than transoral robotic surgery (TORS). This latest development may help physicians in all fields prescribe better treatments and save more lives.

Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy improves oral health in offspring

August 15, 2019 | Europe | News

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: The authors of a recent study have investigated whether high-dose vitamin D supplementation during the third trimester of pregnancy improved the long-term oral health of offspring during childhood. The findings showed a reduction in the probability of enamel hypoplasia, with no association between mothers’ supplementation and caries in their children.

Researchers develop new bonelike material

August 15, 2019 | Americas | News

PORTLAND, Ore., U.S.: In a recent development that could have a huge impact on the dental industry, researchers from the Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry have developed a material that replicates human bone tissue. It can be produced in 72 days or less with an unprecedented level of precision, from its microscopic crystalline structure to its biological activity, and has been referred to as “bone in a dish”.

Dentsply Sirona showcase new software

August 14, 2019 | Europe | News

BASEL, Switzerland: At the recent American Association of Orthodontics meeting in Los Angeles, U.S., the introduction of the CEREC Ortho SW 2.0 software highlighted the fact that the Dentsply Sirona CAD/CAM system can be used for orthodontic indications. Supported by digital impressions taken with Primescan, the new system allows for an improved model analysis and adds a new feature for treatment simulation.

Interview: “KATANA Zirconia and CERABIEN ZR porcelain is an ideal combination”

August 14, 2019 | Americas | Advertorial

As a dental technician with many years of experience, Björn Roland has always pursued one goal in his lab: restorations that seamlessly mimic natural dentition and possess reliable functionality. In this interview, he discusses how he integrates Kuraray Noritake Dental’s dental solutions into his daily workflow and shares some tips for creating aesthetically pleasing dental restorations.

Vivos Therapeutics raises consumer awareness of its sleep apnea treatment

August 14, 2019 | Americas | News

DENVER, U.S./‎WILKES-BARRE, Pa., U.S.: Vivos Therapeutics, an American company that seeks to find the best evidence-based treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has recently collaborated with one of the nation’s largest dental product and equipment distributors, Benco Dental, to promote the Vivos System apnea treatment in the U.S. and expand the company’s client base. As part of the partnership, Benco will offer its customers a unique in-person opportunity to obtain more information on the treatment and to find out how it benefits sleep apnea sufferers and dental practitioners in a series of events that will take place from October this year.

Improving oral health of people with intellectual disability

August 13, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia: People with intellectual disability face various social, conceptual and other challenges that affect their overall health and well-being. Some of these challenges may also affect oral health. In order to educate dental practitioners on the issue and to improve access to dental care for individuals with intellectual disabilities, the Inclusion Designlab has published a guide that is aimed at fostering collaboration between medical providers, key support professionals, accommodation services and families, and identifying and subsequently treating oral health diseases more effectively.

Recovery from opioid use requires persistence and great range of services

August 13, 2019 | Americas | News

BOSTON, U.S.: In order to bring the opioid epidemic in the U.S. under control, researchers and health care providers alike are on the hunt for solutions that will lead affected patients to a successful recovery. The first national study of opioid problem resolution suggests that individuals with opioid use problems may require intensive medical, psychological and social support services over a long period.

New research to target head and neck cancer

August 13, 2019 | Americas | News

AUGUSTA, Ga., U.S.: For a group of researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, the enzyme ecto-5’-nucleotidase (CD73) is going to be the new focus. Known for helping to keep the immune system under control, CD73 may also help often-aggressive head and neck cancers thrive. Over the next two years, scientists will seek to determine where the high levels of the enzyme originate. Their long-term goal is to develop new methods of blocking them.

Dentsply Sirona World 2019 fast approaching

August 12, 2019 | Americas | Events

LAS VEGAS, U.S.: From Oct. 3 to 5, the dental manufacturer Dentsply Sirona will be hosting Dentsply Sirona World 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. This annual industry gathering is expected to bring together thousands of professionals from all areas of dentistry. Attendees will have the chance to learn about recent innovations and gain hands-on experience with some of them, such as the new intraoral scanner Primescan. The renowned entertainment program is set to feature the likes of comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld.

Fluoride may negatively affect kidney and liver function in adolescents

August 12, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: According to researchers at Mount Sinai hospital, New York, fluoride in drinking water can have potential health side effects, such as renal system damage, liver damage, thyroid dysfunction, bone and tooth disease, and impaired protein metabolism. In a recent study, they examined the effect of fluoride levels in drinking water and blood on the kidney and liver health of adolescents participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a group of studies that assess health and nutritional well-being in the U.S.

FDA continues to educate youth about dangers of vaping

August 9, 2019 | Americas | News

SILVER SPRING, Md., U.S.: It was almost a year ago that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiated “The Real Cost” Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign to educate at-risk youth about the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes through advertising on television and the Internet and nationwide anti-smoking poster distribution. As the campaign is about to reach its first anniversary, the FDA has launched its first youth e-cigarette prevention TV advertisements and is planning to provide educational materials and newly made posters for schools across the U.S.

Researchers discover method to control tooth root development

August 9, 2019 | Americas | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S./SICHUAN, China: Though genetic research has become increasingly relevant in the fields of medicine and biology, it has remained relatively untouched when it comes to dentistry. In a promising development, researchers have found that epigenetic regulation—the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression—can control root patterning and development in teeth, potentially leading someday to the regeneration of teeth.

Education minister visits new teaching facility at University of Otago

August 8, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: Officially opened on 11 June, the new Clinical Services Building at the University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry is set to replace the Walsh Building as the primary care unit and teaching clinic. Recently, Education Minister Chris Hipkins took a tour of the new facility to get a better idea of some of the work being done and to see first-hand some new and exciting advancements the clinic will provide.

Indian dentists extract 526 teeth from boy’s mouth

August 8, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

CHENNAI, India: In a remarkable 2-hour operation, doctors at the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital have reportedly removed 526 teeth from the mouth of a 7-year-old boy. The teeth were discovered inside a sac embedded in the posterior region of his lower jaw. Dentists are unsure whether the cause was genetic or environmental.

Dental students design metal saliva ejectors

August 7, 2019 | Americas | News

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica: Four dental students at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) have recently found a way to counter the environmental impact of disposable plastic saliva ejectors. They have developed a metallic, reusable saliva ejector that can be sterilized in an autoclave. According to the students, the newly developed dental instrument is not only environmentally friendly but also a cost-effective solution for dental practices.

New research highlights relationship between scent and disease

August 7, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

TOKYO, Japan: Bad breath can be caused by any number of things, including an illness. When there is more to it than just an overload of onions and garlic, it can be difficult for practitioners to make an accurate diagnosis. For the first time, researchers in Japan have developed a highly sensitive gas imaging system (“sniff-cam”) that can detect low diagnostic levels of some disease biomarkers.

Alzheimer’s drug trial to target P. gingivalis

August 7, 2019 | Europe | News

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: At the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, researchers at pharmaceutical company Cortexyme announced an upcoming clinical trial that will target toxic substances released by the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis. Commonly associated with chronic periodontal disease, P. gingivalis has also been shown to have an adverse effect on Alzheimer’s disease.

Interview: “Oral health should not be looked at in isolation”

August 7, 2019 | Europe | Interviews | News

Whether or not to provide dental treatment for patients with drug dependencies can be a difficult decision for dentists to make. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Charlotte Bowes, Clinical Fellow in Restorative Dentistry at Newcastle University’s School of Dental Sciences and co-author of a recent article in the British Dental Journal on this topic, about the current guidance in the UK regarding this issue, the existing barriers to treatment and what she thinks could be improved.

Dr Paolo Baldissara: “The KATANA Zirconia Block is an extremely promising technology”

August 6, 2019 | Americas | Advertorial

With over 30 years of experience as a dentist and researcher, Dr Paolo Baldissara of the University of Bologna in Italy could be forgiven for slowing down a bit. This is far from happening, however, as he continues to be at the forefront of ceramic restoration material developments and their integration into CAD/CAM workflows.

Why reviews have grown in importance

August 6, 2019 | Americas | News

“Before contacting you, I read all of your lovely reviews.” My clients are hearing that from patients every week nowadays. I’m not sure who actually taught us all to read and write reviews, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the source is Jeff Bezos at Amazon. We have fundamentally changed our buying habits as a result. Now, even the provider (if it’s Uber or Airbnb) can review us.

Research compares cooling ability of high-speed handpieces

August 6, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

OTAGO, New Zealand: Not all dental practitioners may be aware of the finer details of dentistry equipment. Helene Chua, a 21-year-old fourth-year University of Otago Bachelor of Dental Surgery student, has recently made headlines with her research into the cooling efficiency of different numbers of water coolant ports on high-speed handpieces. Her findings point to the potential for significant savings for dentists around the world.

Sealed primary molars reduce caries risk

August 6, 2019 | Americas | News

BOSTON, U.S.: In a recent study, researchers have examined the association between light-polymerized, resin-based and fluoride-releasing sealants and the development of pit-and-fissure caries in primary molars. The findings suggest that sealed primary molars are less likely to develop pit-and-fissure caries. Therefore, the researchers recommend applying dental sealants on primary molars of children who are at high caries risk.

Age and race may impact frequency of dentist appointments

August 5, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S./HONOLULU, U.S.: Good oral health is increasingly recognized as an essential part of healthy aging. It is closely related to overall health status and quality of life, and regular dental checkups can prevent oral diseases and help maintain oral health. However, regularly seeing a dentist is a challenge for many Americans, especially older adults, racial and ethnic minorities, and immigrant populations, new research suggests.

Study reveals impact of dry mouth on quality of life

August 5, 2019 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: Though the exact number of people who suffer from xerostomia is unclear, some studies estimate that as many as one in five of the population could suffer from some form of the condition. A new qualitative study has investigated the physical, emotional and social impacts of dry mouth, finding that it can lead to social anxiety, a reduced ability to eat and speak, and even a higher risk of mental illness.

Dental chair redefined—A-dec 500

August 5, 2019 | Americas | Advertorial | Business

NEWBERG, Ore., U.S.: Since its launch in 2004, the A-dec 500 has become a dental chair well known in the industry for its comfort, reliability and ease of use. Meticulous craftsmanship and smart engineering have led to its winning multiple awards. A-dec is thus pleased to announce the launch of a completely revised and updated A-dec 500.

Number of pediatric dentists expected to grow rapidly

August 2, 2019 | Americas | News

ALBANY, N.Y., U.S.: A recent study, commissioned by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), has evaluated the adequacy of the supply of pediatric dentists in the U.S. The findings indicate that supply of pediatric dentists is growing more rapidly than demand. The researchers suggested that growth in demand could increase if pediatric dentists captured a larger share of pediatric dental services or if underserved children had improved access to oral health care.

Interview: “Current antimicrobial techniques are largely ineffective ”

August 2, 2019 | Americas | News

Robots and their influence on society is not something new. For years, we have been sharing our social and, more recently, private circles with them. In dentistry, the advancement of robotics is steadily progressing, and in a recent interview with Dental Tribune International, Prof. Hyun (Michel) Koo, from the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, spoke about his work in developing an army of microrobots to combat plaque.

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