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2019 GNYDM highlights latest dental products and technologies

December 12, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Held from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the 2019 Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) demonstrated once again why it is the country’s largest and most anticipated dental congress by offering an inviting mix of educational sessions, hands-on workshops, product launches and more.

Australasia’s largest DSO enters takeover arrangement

December 12, 2019 | Asia Pacific | Business | News

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: After a number of offers, the directors of Abano Healthcare Group have capitulated to a bidder and entered into a scheme of arrangement for a takeover of its extensive network of dental offices across Australia and New Zealand. If approved, the takeover bid would see an entry into the dental market in Australasia by the former majority shareholder in the largest dental support organisation (DSO) in the US.

Swedish thesis confirms link between periodontitis and risk of cardiovascular diseases

December 12, 2019 | Europe | News

MALMÖ, Sweden: Tooth loss, the final outcome of periodontitis, has previously been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. A study conducted at the University of Malmö for a doctoral thesis investigated the relationship between periodontitis, cardiovascular diseases and mortality. It was found that periodontitis causes an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and death in older people. Therefore, the paper stressed the importance of dental and overall healthcare services working more closely together.

Researchers conduct largest patient complaint study to date

December 11, 2019 | Americas | News

TORONTO, Canada: Researchers from the University of Toronto have recently conducted the largest longitudinal study of patient complaints to date. In the study, they analyzed complaints made over a period of eleven years to the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO), the regulatory and licensing body governing Ontario’s dentists and their standards of practice. The study provided insights into perceptions surrounding oral health care professionals and their standards of care and highlighted the importance of high-quality clinical care and treatment.

Endodontists stress importance of closing dental dam gap

December 11, 2019 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: The idea of using a sheet of rubber to create a dry work environment for dental professionals goes back to the nineteenth century and can be attributed to Dr Sanford Christie Barnum. In the spring of 1864, the dentist from New York had the idea of making a hole in his protective napkin and placing it around his patient’s tooth. And just like that, the rubber dam was born. Now, over 150 years later, the use of rubber dams during endodontic procedures is considered common practice and is recommended by international associations and organisations. However, for various reasons, not all dental professionals performing endodontic treatment adhere to these standards. General dental practitioners seem to struggle with its use more than endodontists do. But why is this the case and what can be done to promote rubber dam tooth isolation?

Interview: Diets rich in plant foods are increasingly associated with healthy ageing

December 10, 2019 | Europe | Interviews

“The world of plants is fascinating,” Prof. Marcello Iriti says, in starting off the interview. “Since the beginning of humanity, plants have represented, and still represent, an unlimited source of food and medication. Studying plants is equally fascinating and stimulating,” he adds. A life scientist at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Science of Milan State University in Italy, Iriti mainly researches medicinal and food plants, with an emphasis on their biological activities. The health benefits of such plant compounds are only just beginning to be realised, and it appears that our diet—and the Mediterranean diet in particular—may harbour some secrets in this regard.

Interview: Prof. Barry Sessle on the impact of neuroscience on dentistry

December 10, 2019 | Americas | Interviews

Just as our scientific and clinical understanding of dentistry has undergone seismic shifts over the past few decades, so too has the field of neuroscience. To understand more about how these two fields interact with one another, Dental Tribune International spoke with Prof. Barry Sessle, professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto in Canada and the co-author of a recent review on the topic.

Researchers find link between obesity and periodontal disease

December 10, 2019 | Americas | News

CLEVELAND, U.S.: Obesity and periodontal disease remain the most common noncommunicable diseases in the U.S. A recent study has explored the effect of obesity on nonsurgical periodontal care and evaluated potential pathways that may illustrate the connection between the two conditions. The data confirmed a correlation between the maladies and could be used to inform treatment planning for patients suffering from obesity and periodontal disease.

Periodontitis could increase stroke risk, new study says

December 9, 2019 | Americas | News

BELÉM, Brazil/RUGBY, UK: A recent study has investigated the association between stroke and periodontitis, one of the most common human diseases affecting over 700 million people worldwide. The data indicated that inflamed gingivae lead to changes in how blood and oxygen flow to the brain and may, therefore, increase the risk of stroke.

Good oral hygiene may decrease risk of cardiovascular diseases

December 9, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

SEOUL, South Korea: Previous research has suggested that poor oral hygiene leads to bacteria in the blood, causing inflammation in the body. This increases the risks of atrial fibrillation and heart failure. A recent study, conducted by researchers from Ewha Womans University College of Medicine in Seoul, examined the connection between oral health status and the occurrence of these two conditions. They found that frequent toothbrushing was associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

Study shows fillings may not be best treatment for childhood dental caries

December 6, 2019 | Europe | News

LEEDS, UK: Though dental fillings are an established method of treating the presence of dental caries in permanent dentition, their usefulness for treating caries in primary dentition remains under debate. A new study has cast further doubt on the appropriateness of this approach, suggesting that there is no evidence that conventional fillings are more effective in stopping further caries and/or pain in children than other treatment modalities are.

Smoking cessation may decrease risk of tooth loss

December 6, 2019 | Americas | News

SÃO PAULO, Brazil: Smoking cessation has been shown to have a positive impact on the outcome of periodontal therapy. Previous reviews have addressed the association between smoking and tooth loss, which is the final outcome of periodontal disease. However, so far, no systematic review has evaluated the effect of smoking cessation on tooth loss. Therefore, researchers from the University of São Paulo School of Dentistry recently investigated this topic and found that former smokers show a decreased risk compared with current smokers.

Brazilian dentists offer free dental help to victims of abuse

December 6, 2019 | Americas | News

SÃO PAOLO, Brazil: Turma do Bem is the largest specialized volunteer network in the world. The organization believes that oral health is a tool of social inclusion and should, therefore, be accessible to a vulnerable population. One of organization’s projects, called Apolônias do Bem, offers free dental help to women who have experienced severe dental problems as a result of domestic violence.

Smilii becomes New Zealand’s first clear aligner company

December 5, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: Up to now, clear aligner technology has been dominated by two American brands that offer their products at different prices and in different qualities. Smilii, the first New Zealand brand of clear aligners, will soon be selling similar technology at an affordable price and providing quality treatment to its clients to make tooth straightening procedures more available to New Zealanders.

Weave launches payment platform for dental practices

December 4, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Weave, a Utah-based startup company and one of the fastest-growing companies in technology, has taken the opportunity at the 2019 Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) to publicly debut Weave Payments, a full-scale payment processing platform for small and medium-sized businesses. The platform joins the company’s telephone-based practice management software, which is designed to help service-based businesses like dental and medical practices grow and retain patients by managing the whole scope of patient communications.

The integration of CAD/CAM into dental school curricula

December 4, 2019 | Americas | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: By this point, the benefits of employing CAD/CAM technologies in the dental practice and laboratory have been well documented. CAD/CAM was developed for commercial use in the 1980s at the University of Zurich in Switzerland by Prof. Werner H. Mörmann and Dr Marco Brandestini, and its usefulness for creating dental restorations and orthodontic appliances has grown in the decades since, as has its reputation. FDI World Dental Federation, the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, went so far as to issue a policy statement in 2017 declaring that it supports “the research and development of CAD/CAM dentistry to improve the quality of the final product and allow for cost reduction”.

Perio Workshop 2019 develops new guidelines for treating periodontitis

December 4, 2019 | Europe | Events

BRUSSELS, Belgium: A major step forward for an evidence-based, more effective approach to the treatment of Stage I, II and III periodontitis has been the outcome of Perio Workshop 2019. The scientific meeting was organised by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and was attended by more than 90 leading periodontists, dental experts and specialists in guideline development from around the world.

Harvard School of Dental Medicine emphasizes importance of saving natural teeth

December 4, 2019 | Americas | News

BOSTON, U.S.: Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) has recently collaborated with the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine to highlight the importance of saving teeth. Together, the dental schools provided more than 50 endodontic treatments on Teeth Worth Saving Day to patients in need in the Boston area.

Constant learning is good for you—in the practice and outside work

December 3, 2019 | Europe | Advertorial

We live in a rapidly changing world where continuing education is more important than ever—not only to keep you abreast of new developments and to ensure that your patients get the best possible care but also to help you grow as a human being.

Interview: “The new interface makes the learning curve shorter”

December 3, 2019 | Americas | Advertorial | Interviews

At this year’s Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM), the U.S.-based company 3DISC has launched the latest version of the Heron IOS, its solution for intraoral scanning. At the event, Dental Tribune International spoke with Thomas Weldingh, 3DISC Deputy Group CEO, about the benefits the Heron IOS provides for the entire dental team.

Cost-savings for dental tourists in Hungary are increasing

December 3, 2019 | Europe | Business | News

BUDAPEST, Hungary: For thousands of Europeans, the cost of dental treatment in their home countries is enough to send them packing. Hungary is a major destination for those seeking dental treatment abroad, and recent figures show that the average patient who travels to the country for treatment receives it for €7,240 less than he or she would have at home, even after subtracting the cost of travel and accommodation.

New biodegradable rods may deliver better antibiotic treatment for periodontitis patients

December 2, 2019 | Europe | News

HALLE (SAALE), Germany: As has been well established, the prevalence of periodontal disease globally remains quite high despite increased awareness of the importance of oral health. Though there are numerous treatment modalities available, each comes with its own drawbacks. A team of researchers has sought to change this, however, by developing flexible, biodegradable rods that can accurately deliver antibiotics to the diseased portions of the periodontium.

ICD honors new fellows from Dominican Republic and Haiti

December 2, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: For the first time in its history, the International College of Dentists (ICD) has inducted a group of fellows from the Dominican Republic. This took place in a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 1, during the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) in New York City. The college honored this first group of fellows in preparation for the international centennial induction ceremony taking place in Japan next year. The New York event was one of many celebrations happening around the world to mark 100 years of the ICD.

3Shape offers live demonstrations, expert consultations and happy hour at GNYDM

November 29, 2019 | Americas | Events

NEW YORK, U.S.: Visitors to the 3Shape booth at the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) on Dec. 1–4 will be able to see products close at hand and meet trainers through live product demonstrations, lectures, one-on-one appointments, a happy hour, and a live dentistry class.

Researchers link increased use of antibiotics to Parkinson’s disease

November 29, 2019 | Europe | News

HELSINKI, Finland: Antibiotic overprescribing continues to be a major concern in dentistry. In most cases, readily prescribing antibiotics to patients before a dental treatment does not ensure effective and appropriate dental care intervention. Additionally, it accelerates antibiotic resistance. A recent study has found that higher exposure to commonly used oral antibiotics, especially broad-spectrum antibiotics and those that act against anaerobic bacteria and fungi, may also increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

Guided Biofilm Therapy to take centre stage in free webinar

November 29, 2019 | Europe | News

Using a mixture of documentation and clinical cases, Dr Gonçalo Assis will be discussing the implementation of Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) during implant maintenance and clinical procedures used in order to maintain adequate peri-implant health. The free Swiss Dental Online Academy webinar will be held on Tuesday, 3 December.

Interview: “It feels like patient-centred care at its very best”

November 28, 2019 | Europe | Interviews

Faye Donald is a multi-award-winning dental hygienist who puts patients’ interest first. She became a certified Swiss Dental Academy (SDA) trainer in 2016 and has been a truly passionate Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) ambassador and has been educating dental professionals worldwide in preventive dental care ever since. Recently, Faye was one of over 30 experts who gave lectures in the world’s first 24-hour preventive dentistry webinar. In this interview, she tells Dental Tribune International why GBT changed her way of working completely and why dental professionals need to keep pace with the latest developments in prevention.

Dentsply Sirona highlights women’s dentistry with awards ceremony

November 28, 2019 | Europe | Advertorial

HEIDELBERG, Germany: Dentsply Sirona has honoured the innovative work of female dentists from all over the world at its inaugural Smart Integration Award ceremony, held recently in Heidelberg. The 24 prizewinners impressed the jury with creative ideas and interesting success stories on a range of topics, among them voice control for future treatment centres, therapy plans for better patient communication and intra-oral cameras with artificial intelligence.

Interview: “Social sciences need to be taught to dental students”

November 27, 2019 | Europe | Interviews

As a senior lecturer in social science at the University of Bristol’s dental school, Dr Andrea Waylen understands the importance of the behavioural and social sciences for developing well-rounded dentists with an ability to communicate effectively. Dental Tribune International recently spoke with her about an article she wrote for the British Dental Journal on this topic as well as about some of the shortcomings of current pedagogical approaches.

Straumann launches youTooth—the place to be in dentistry

November 27, 2019 | Europe | Advertorial

BASEL, Switzerland: Straumann has launched youTooth, an online community channel that “brings dental professionals together”. The platform offers valuable content straight to the mobile phones of dentistry professionals. It merges industry insights and educational multimedia content into an innovative online community portal.

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