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FDA grants first modified risk orders to smokeless tobacco products

November 20, 2019 | News

WHITE OAK, Md., U.S.: For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the marketing of products through the modified risk tobacco product pathway. The authorizations were granted to eight Swedish Match snus smokeless tobacco products sold under the General brand name in the U.S. The products will now be marketed under the assumption that using General Snus instead of cigarettes decreases the risk of mouth cancer, heart disease, lung cancer, stroke, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

British Dental Association releases its 2019 manifesto

November 19, 2019 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: The British Dental Association (BDA) has launched its 2019 manifesto, just prior to the upcoming general election. In the document, the trade union calls for politicians from all parties to cease overlooking oral health and to instead recognise it as an integral part of overall health policy.

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The story of misaligned implants gets put straight in free webinar

November 19, 2019 | Europe | News

The world of implantology is progressing at an exciting speed. However, as is the case with many new developments, complications along the way are inevitable. Misaligned implants in the aesthetic zone not only are frustrating to both clinician and patient, but can also prove costly in both time and money. In a free upcoming Straumann webinar on Thursday, 28 November, information on methods to prevent this and how to identify and treat the cases that can be salvaged will be shared by hosts Drs Paul van Zyl and Louwrens Swart.

New world record: German dentist extracts world’s longest human tooth

November 19, 2019 | Europe | News

OFFENBACH, Germany: Tooth extraction is part of the day-to-day business in a dental practice. However, last year, Dr Max Lukas was fairly stunned when he pulled out a tooth that turned out to be above average in length. Now, the dentist, who runs a dental office in Offenbach, has received his official Guinness World Records certificate.

Finding an alternative to amalgam through glass hybrid technology

November 18, 2019 | Europe | Advertorial

MADRID, Spain: The phase-down of amalgam is currently taking place, and many dental practitioners are still seeking a viable alternative. In this regard, the glass hybrids EQUIA Forte and EQUIA Forte HT from GC Corp. have many advantages to offer. To share the latest insights into the technology of these materials, GC Europe organised a symposium during the Oral Health Research Congress presented by the Continental European Division and Scandinavian Division of the International Association for Dental Research, held in Madrid from 19 to 21 September.

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Interview: “The most challenging part has been getting people to believe that it is even possible”

November 18, 2019 | Asia Pacific | Interviews

Motivated by his desire to simplify the treatment process for patients, Dr Philip Tan has developed a full-arch implant-retained prosthesis for completely or partially edentulous patients which can be placed in a single session. The specialist in prosthodontics provides clinical care in two practices in Melbourne in Australia and lectures globally on implantology and digital dentistry. He talked to Dental Tribune International about his reasons for developing the AuDentes implant-retained prosthesis, its advantages and limitations, as well as his hopes for the future of the procedure.

Treatment of edentulism with Pro Arch BLX focus of free webinar

November 15, 2019 | Europe | Education

LONDON, UK: When it comes to implants, the Straumann Group has been one of the major dental brands leading the way. In a free upcoming Straumann Group webinar on Monday, 25 November, host Dr Abid Faqir will address the treatment of edentulous or soon to be edentulous patients using the Pro Arch treatment modality.

Ohio startup uses telephones to streamline practice management

November 15, 2019 | Americas | Business | News

LEHI, Utah, U.S.: The front office of a dental practice can be compared to the oral cavity. In the same way that a healthy “gateway” leads to better general health, new models for practice management are improving the general financial health of dental practices. As we continue to canvas the dental startup scene, Dental Tribune International dialed up Ohio-based Weave for more information on its telephone-based practice management software.

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First permanent molars function as health database dating back to before birth

November 15, 2019 | Americas | News

HAMILTON, Canada: Teeth provide a permanent biological marker of metabolic stressors that disrupt mineralization in utero and in early childhood. A recent study by researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton set out to evaluate whether mineralization defects in dentin could be caused by vitamin D deficiency in the critical first 1,000 days of life. They have found that a person’s first permanent molars carry a lifelong record of health information dating back to the prenatal phase, storing vital information that can connect maternal health to a child’s health.

Patients are ready to take teledentistry on board

November 14, 2019 | Europe | News

MAASTRICHT, Netherlands: As a result of the digitalisation of our everyday lives, telemedicine is becoming an increasingly more interesting topic for both medical professionals and patients alike. A recent survey by market research platform DentaVox addressed patients’ views on teledentistry.

Periodontics a step closer to gaining EU-wide recognition

November 14, 2019 | Europe | News

MADRID, Spain: For several years now, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) has been campaigning for the practice of periodontics to be given EU-wide recognition as a specialty. At a recent meeting on professional qualifications and freedom of movement, an EU group of co-ordinators (GoCs) discussed the topic, and the EFP noted that it believes it now has a strong chance of finally achieving its goal.

Enamel hypoplasia used to indicate gender equality

November 14, 2019 | Europe | News

TÜBINGEN, Germany: Scandinavia is regarded as a role model with regard to gender equality. Now, historians at the University of Tübingen have investigated whether there is a historical reason for this. In a recent study, they traced the roots of gender quality in the Scandinavian periphery over the last two millennia by using the enamel hypoplasia values of tooth fossils as an indicator. Based on this data, they found that, in these remote outlying areas of Scandinavia, gender equality had a higher value than in other European regions.

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Journal of Dental Research article focuses on evolution of esthetic dentistry

November 13, 2019 | Americas | News

ALEXANDRIA, Va., U.S.: This year, the Journal of Dental Research (JDR) is celebrating its publishing centenary. To mark the milestone, the journal has been featuring a commemorative article series and a podcast series highlighting topics that have transformed dental, oral and craniofacial research over the past 100 years. In its latest article, titled “Evolution of aesthetic dentistry,” a historical review on the evolution of esthetic dentistry over the past 100 years takes center stage.

New dental research centre set up in Singapore

November 13, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

SINGAPORE: Though it is a relatively wealthy nation, Singapore’s overall level of oral health leaves much to be desired. Nearly a third (31%) of the population above the age of 60 is completely edentulous, according to a 2016 study, and 40% of children aged 3–6 are reported to suffer from dental caries. In response to this, a new dental research institute has recently opened in Singapore.

Webinar examines immediate treatment protocols and their outcomes

November 13, 2019 | Europe | Education

LONDON, UK: When it comes to implants, good outcomes and high predictability are crucial. In a free upcoming Straumann Group webinar on Thursday, 21 November, host Dr Eirik Salvesen will seek to answer the question of whether immediate treatment protocols can fulfil some of the primary goals of implant treatment.

New publication aims to predict upcoming European implant trends

November 12, 2019 | Europe | News

LISBON, Portugal: Though it has only been available to edentulous patients for a few decades, implant therapy has become a crucial treatment modality in that time. Continued advancements in the materials and technologies used, however, have led to the development of new clinical scenarios. For this reason, a recent publication, which was launched at this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO), seeks to shed light on possible future trends in implantology in Europe until 2030.

New production process promises to make dental ceramic implants more resilient

November 12, 2019 | Europe | News

MÜLHEIM AN DER RUHR, Germany: Prof. Sami Sandhaus’s development of ceramic dental implants marked a turning point in the advancement of dental implant systems. His first ceramic implant was created in 1960. In the more recent past, clinicians and manufacturers have helped to advance the rather young discipline of ceramic implantology, which still requires considerable research. Now, scientists from the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr have found a way to produce corundum, a particularly stable variant of alumina, in the form of nanoparticles using simple mechanochemistry in a ball mill. This means, among other things, that materials for dental implants could become more robust and easier to manufacture.

FDI World Dental Congress 2020—China is shaping future of oral health

November 11, 2019 | Asia Pacific | Events | News

SHANGHAI, China: China is a powerful ally in achieving a global community commitment to health. Recognising that health is fundamentally linked to successful economic and social development, the Chinese government is making progress to protect and promote the health and well-being of its citizens. When its World Dental Congress is held in Shanghai from 1 to 4 September 2020, FDI will be putting special focus on the country.

Free webinar to focus on dysbiosis and personalised care pathways

November 11, 2019 | Europe | Education

KRIENS, Switzerland: In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Tuesday, 12 November, Dr Juan Carlos Villalobos will be discussing the importance of mechanical biofilm control as well as explaining how to design personalised biofilm control home-care programs for patients.

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Endo Voices podcast updates endodontists on the hottest topics

November 11, 2019 | Americas | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The Endo Voices podcast by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) is a new way to reach those committed to providing the best care possible and offers access to information in a fun, convenient fashion outside more traditional channels. The podcast provides compelling content from thought leaders in the endodontic community and helps to fill a need for endodontics-specific content.

SmileDirectClub soldiers on

November 8, 2019 | Americas | Business | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: Eight weeks is a long time for SmileDirectClub (SDC). Dental Tribune International last reported on the teleorthodontics startup in September, just days before it offered tens of millions of shares to investors. SDC is due to report its first earnings as a public company on Nov. 12 and investors already have a lot to consider, such as growing regulatory restrictions, a new production facility and international expansion.

CDA recommends best practices for video recording in dental offices

November 8, 2019 | Americas | News

SACRAMENTO, Calif., U.S.: An increasing number of dental offices implement video surveillance systems to ensure their own and patient security, aid in loss prevention, and deter burglary, break-ins and other criminal activity. Despite the numerous advantages of surveillance cameras, the California Dental Association (CDA) has recently cautioned dental practice owners to inform themselves about the laws and regulations surrounding video recording and suggested adhering to practical guidelines that could bring considerable benefit to the practice and help maintain patients’ and employees’ health information privacy.

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New guideline recommends treatment over antibiotics for toothache

November 7, 2019 | Americas | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: Action to combat the overprescription of antibiotics and the consequent development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is desperately needed. A new guideline released by the American Dental Association (ADA) recommending that antibiotics are not needed in most cases of toothache may be the impetus needed to bring about a healthy change when it comes to the problem of overprescription. According the ADA, the move is in alignment with its commitment to the U.S. government’s Antimicrobial Resistance Challenge.

General Dental Council accused of engaging in undercover investigations

November 7, 2019 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: According information gained via a freedom of information (FOI) request by Dental Protection and a report by The Telegraph, the General Dental Council (GDC) has been found to have spent over £17,000 on hiring a private detection agency to covertly investigate British dentists accused of wrongdoing. The tactics have angered Dental Protection, which stated that it is “disappointed and concerned” about the GDC’s legal, though ethically dubious, approach.

DTI moves north and introduces Denmark and Norway to its network

November 7, 2019 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany/HELLERUP, Denmark: Dental Tribune International (DTI) has recently welcomed a new partner to its global group of publishers: DentaNet, a professional network consisting of dental clinics and collaborators in the Nordic countries. Starting next year, dental professionals in Denmark and Norway will receive local editions of Dental Tribune, which will focus on local news, further education and the latest developments in dentistry.

Dental radiographs pose potential hazard to human health, study finds

November 7, 2019 | Americas | News

BRIGHTON, UK/ATLANTA, US: The incidence of thyroid cancer and meningioma is increasing globally. New research has found that repeated exposure to dental radiographs may increase the risk of thyroid cancer and tumours in the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord. The researchers concluded that dental radiographs should, therefore, be prescribed only when the patient has a specific clinical need and not as a standard part of routine dental evaluation. Additionally, dental professionals should maintain dental radiographic records in order to avoid unnecessary screenings.

Study compares immediate with early and conventional loading of dental implants

November 7, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

GUANGZHOU, China: Immediate loading of dental implants has become a popular option because it shortens treatment time, improves aesthetics and increases patient acceptance. Yet, up until now, it has remained unclear whether immediate loading can achieve equal clinical outcomes to early or conventional loading. In a review, researchers from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou have compared the efficacy of immediate loading versus early or conventional loading of dental implants in patients treated with fixed prostheses. They found that immediate and conventional loading show a difference in implant survival rates.

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Interview: CAD/CAM can be an incredible teaching tool

November 6, 2019 | Americas | Interviews

Dr. Gary Hack is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, where he teaches in the Department of Advanced Oral Sciences and Therapeutics. In this interview, he outlines how he integrated dental CAD/CAM technology into his teaching methods and how his students have responded to this.

Dentsply Sirona supports dentists delivering dental care in Guatemala

November 6, 2019 | Americas | Advertorial

ANTIGUA, Guatemala: Despite advancements made in oral health throughout the globe, the state of oral health in certain parts of the world remains substandard. In many developing countries, access to oral health care is limited, and teeth are often left untreated or are extracted because of pain or discomfort.

Members of ICD governing body gather in Milan for annual meeting and elections

November 6, 2019 | Europe | Events | Interviews | News

MILAN, Italy: The 40-member governing body of the International College of Dentists (ICD), the international council, met in Milan from 26 to 29 October for important discussions, analyses and resolutions. Representing all 16 sections, the international councilors, officers and college office staff reviewed the past year’s worldwide activities, discussed reports by task groups and committees, deliberated on new initiatives, exchanged experiences with humanitarian, educational and other ICD projects, and formulated action items and directives that will guide the global organization in the coming year. In addition, final preparations were made for the ICD centennial, which was launched in September in San Francisco, US, during the ADA FDI World Dental Congress, and will be celebrated worldwide throughout the coming year. At the conclusion of the annual meeting, elections for the 2020 international officers, charged with leading the college during the much-anticipated centennial year, took place.

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