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SmileDirectClub aims to change tack in 2020

February 28, 2020 | Americas | Business | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: As 2019 came to an end so too did the terms of a supply agreement between Align Technology and its one-time partner SmileDirectClub (SDC). The teleorthodontics pioneer is no longer limited to selling its 3D-printed clear aligners in its retail stores and through its website; it can now supply aligners directly to general dental practitioners and orthodontists. The company also now wants to limit what has been prodigal growth and instead focus on improving the customer experience that it provides and strengthening its core business.

Koelnmesse postpones IDEM 2020 until June

February 28, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

SINGAPORE: In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, event organisers Koelnmesse and the Singapore Dental Association have decided to postpone IDEM Singapore 2020 to 19–21 June. The decision follows guidance from Singapore’s Ministry of Health.

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Countries across the world seek to reduce sugar consumption

February 28, 2020 | Americas | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: The global obesity epidemic shows few signs of abating, and numerous countries from different regions have introduced policies aimed at reducing its impact. One of these countries is Chile, whose adoption of a strict warning system for the labelling of food and beverages high in sugar, fat or salt cut purchases of these products by almost a quarter over an 18-month period, according to a recent study.

Dual-light photodynamic therapy helps kill oral bacteria

February 27, 2020 | Europe | News

ESPOO, Finland: Regular toothbrushing helps maintain good oral health, but does not completely prevent the occurrence of oral disease. To help kill Streptococcus mutans bacteria and the harmful oral bacteria that cause gingivitis, researchers from Koite Health in Finland are launching a method intended for home use. The method involves using antibacterial photodynamic therapy and antibacterial blue light to reduce the markers indicating early gingivitis and plaque formation.

Interview: Prof. Anton Sculean on the 2020 Perio Master Clinic

February 27, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

With 37 national periodontal societies having joined since its founding in 1991, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) has well and truly established itself as one of the leading lights in this dental field. In addition to its triennial EuroPerio event, the EFP convenes an annual Perio Master Clinic, which will be held this year on 6 and 7 March in Dublin in Ireland. Dental Tribune International spoke with Prof. Anton Sculean, scientific chair of the 2020 Perio Master Clinic and past president of the EFP, about the event and the future for treatment of periodontal disease.

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Medit makes statement on recent patent infringement lawsuit

February 26, 2020 | Asia Pacific | Advertorial

DÜSSELDORF, Germany/SEOUL, South Korea: After having filed a patent infringement suit against Medit earlier last year, 3Shape has obtained a favourable first instance decision. Medit has apologised to the dental community for its involvement in the legal dispute, but has stated that it will be seeking to void patent claims.

Negative effects of betel quid chewing brought to the fore

February 26, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

SYDNEY, Australia: With a regular user base estimated to be in excess of 600 million, betel quid chewing is an extremely popular habit and cultural practice in the Asia Pacific region. However, its deleterious side effects, which can include mouth and oesophageal cancers, combined with a burgeoning black market, have prompted the Australian Dental Association (ADA) to release a warning regarding the potential dangers of using the stimulant.

ICOI to discuss future of implant dentistry in Houston

February 26, 2020 | Americas | News

HOUSTON, U.S.: From Feb. 27 to 29, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) will be holding its annual Winter Implant Symposium in Houston, America’s fourth-most populous city. The meeting will convene under the theme “Future Trends in Oral Implantology,” with the goal of providing attendees a comprehensive and science-backed overview of upcoming developments in the discipline.

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Botanical drug containing curcumin helps fight oral and oropharyngeal cancers

February 25, 2020 | Americas | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S.: In a recent study, researchers examined the effect that APG-157, a botanical plant-based drug that contains curcumin and was developed under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Botanical Drug Development: Guidance for Industry, has on neck and head cancer patients. The findings showed that the drug helps patients fight oral and oropharyngeal cancers by reducing the concentration of cytokines in the saliva and could serve as a therapeutic drug in combination with immunotherapy.

Free webinar highlights new technique in denture fabrication

February 24, 2020 | Europe | Education

Prof. Jiro Abe is the pioneer of a denture fabrication technique that is gaining popularity in dental practices around the world. In a free Ivoclar Vivadent webinar on Saturday, 7 March, he will be detailing this technique and some valuable tips on how to apply it.

Study finds the use of amalgam in NZ is rapidly decreasing

February 24, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: A new study by researchers at the University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry in Dunedin has shown that the use of mercury in dental practices around New Zealand has dramatically declined. The study was conducted to help inform teaching and curriculum changes at the university’s faculty of dentistry and provides a better understanding of the phasing down of the heavy metal’s wider use.

Interview: “Excellence made easy” through speed, user friendliness and precision

February 24, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

Dentsply Sirona recently introduced its new grinding and milling unit—CEREC Primemill—to the world. More than 200 international key opinion leaders and press representatives attended the exclusive product launch in Berlin, Germany. Dental Tribune International had the opportunity to speak with Dr Alexander Völcker, group vice president of the dental product group CAD/CAM and orthodontics.

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Interview: “The Heron IOS represents the best value-for-money solution available”

February 21, 2020 | Americas | Advertorial

At this year’s Chicago Midwinter Meeting, 3DISC is showcasing the latest updates to the Heron IOS, the company’s flagship intraoral scanning solution. Dental Tribune International spoke with Thomas Weldingh, 3DISC CEO, about how the company is aiming to cater for practices interested in digital dentistry.

Straumann—coronavirus may strip one-third of Asian sales

February 21, 2020 | Europe | Business | News

BASEL, Switzerland: The Straumann Group reported a 17% increase in revenue for the full-year 2019 amid a backdrop of continuing growth and increased investment in its implants, orthodontics and digital dentistry businesses. But CEO Guillaume Daniellot warned investors that the outbreak of the coronavirus in China is likely to dent its sales in the key Asia Pacific (APAC) region in the first quarter of 2020 by at least CHF 30 million.

Free webinar focuses on injectable composite resin veneers

February 21, 2020 | Europe | News

On Friday, 28 February, the host of a free Ivoclar Vivadent webinar Dr Andrea Shepperson will be walking participants through all aspects of injectable composite resin veneers, including case selection, materials, techniques and finishing.

EXPASYL EXACT: Effective and atraumatic gingival retraction

February 21, 2020 | Americas | Advertorial

CHICAGO, U.S.: Few products have had such a positive effect on dentistry as the EXPASYL gingival retraction paste from ACTEON. After 20 years of clinical research and efficacy, EXPASYL continues to be the choice of many dentists for tissue management during restorative and cosmetic dental treatment. Now, EXPASYL EXACT is available on the market. It offers the same results in the exact amount needed in a cost-effective, single-use capsule that can be used in any composite gun. This means that there will be no more wasted material and there is no need to purchase expensive application guns. At the 155th Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting currently being held in Chicago, interested parties can view the new product at the ACTEON booth (#2811).

Interview: “As dental coaches, we are servants in a noble profession”

February 20, 2020 | Americas | News

Dental consulting and coaching services provide advice on dental management and marketing and help dentists grow their practices. Just recently, Dental Tribune International spoke with Kirk Behrendt, founder and CEO of ACT Dental, about his experience as a dental coach. In this interview, Behrendt talks about some common mistakes in dental practice management and discusses the role that social media and continuing education play in dentistry.

Interview: “You can gain practical knowledge to improve treatment success”

February 19, 2020 | Americas | Advertorial

After the success of the Nobel Biocare Global Symposium a few months ago, the event’s scientific committee chairman, Dr. Peter Wöhrle, will be a speaker and moderator at the upcoming Global Symposium 2020 in Las Vegas in the U.S. One of a few doctors worldwide with formal specialty training in the interrelated areas of implant surgery, implant prosthodontics and dental implant technology, here he provides insight into what implant professionals can expect from this world-class event.

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