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Children with clefts to receive improved oral healthcare

September 13, 2019 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland/NEW YORK, US: Orofacial clefts are the most common birth defects in the US. Children with orofacial clefts can be at an increased risk of caries, periodontal disease and other oral health issues even after undergoing surgery. FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) and Smile Train are working to address the issue and have recently launched a two-year project to improve oral healthcare guidance and treatment for children with clefts.

Ancient teeth shed light on Miocene rodent migration

September 13, 2019 | Europe | News

MONTPELLIER, France: A new species of prehistoric murine—the group of mammals that includes mice, rats and their relatives—has been identified from fossils discovered in Lebanon. The findings represent the first known physical evidence that the initial dispersal of mice from Asia to Africa took place through the Levant, the eastern part of the Mediterranean.

Ivoclar Vivadent: “Smart solutions that make the lives of dental professionals easier”

September 13, 2019 | Americas | Business | News

MEXICO CITY, Mexico: Ivoclar Vivadent’s new CEO, Diego Gabathuler, marked his first day in the leadership position on July 1 by visiting the company’s Mexico City offices. In an address there, David Hidalgo, director general of Ivoclar Vivadent in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, introduced him. The visit made clear the importance of the Mexican market, where Ivoclar holds the largest congress worldwide organized by a dental company.

ADA, FDI and industry leaders join centennial global launch

September 12, 2019 | Americas | News

San Francisco, U.S.: The International College of Dentists (ICD), conceived in 1920 by two visionary leaders, is today the 12,000-strong foremost global honor society for dentists and supports hundreds of humanitarian and educational projects worldwide. Global leaders met for the launch of the ICD’s centennial celebrations during the FDI World Dental Congress held last week in San Francisco.

FDI releases new guidelines on treating partially dentate patients

September 12, 2019 | Americas | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: As dentistry has evolved, so too has the oral health of the aging population. With people now not only living longer, but many also with relatively good oral health, the number of partially dentate patients is growing. In response to this, FDI World Dental Federation has launched a series of tools that offer a tailored, comprehensive approach to treatment and care of this group of patients.

Interview: “We will ensure the best medical treatment and care for our patients”

September 12, 2019 | Americas | Interviews | News

The recent ADA FDI World Dental Congress 2019, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from Sept. 4–8, saw the conclusion of Dr. Kathryn Kell’s successful term as FDI President. Succeeding her is Dr. Gerhard Seeberger, who will hold the title until 2021. In this interview, Seeberger discusses what he hopes to achieve as president and what optimal oral health means to him.

FDI survey highlights low level of oral care access for refugees

September 12, 2019 | Americas | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: According to recent estimates from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are more than 70 million forcibly displaced people worldwide—26 million of whom are refugees. A recent survey by FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) has found that the level of availability of dental services to refugees across the globe is extremely low, limited by many economic, cultural and psychological barriers.

A touch of New York in Lisbon: BioHorizons Camlog at EAO 2019

September 12, 2019 | Europe | Advertorial

LISBON, Portugal: From 26 to 28 September, BioHorizons Camlog will be present at the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO 2019) in Portugal. The company will offer an extensive programme for congress visitors.

Interview: “We usually think of rehabilitation as the responsibility of the clinician”

September 12, 2019 | Europe | Interviews

As the percentage of older people in the population is growing, the number of elderly people depending on dental implants is increasing. Dental Tribune International spoke with Prof. Jocelyne Feine from the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University in Montreal in Canada about the challenges of implant procedures in older people and how patients can contribute to the healing process. Feine will speak about the topic at the EAO 2019 congress, which will be held from 26 to 28 September in Lisbon, in Portugal.

EAO 2019 builds bridges to future of implantology

September 11, 2019 | Europe | Events | News

LISBON, Portugal: From 26 to 28 September, the Lisbon Congress Centre will play host to the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO). The congress promises to deliver an engaging learning atmosphere for attendees through a mix of lectures, hands-on workshops and clinical video sessions.

Future of endodontics main focus of 2019 ESE meeting

September 11, 2019 | Europe | Events

VIENNA, Austria: Congresses hosted by the European Society of Endodontology (ESE) are well known as highly educational meetings that combine the clinical science and practice of endodontics with the underpinning biological and materials sciences. This year, the ESE has invited its members to the 19th Biennial ESE Congress in the Austrian capital.

Collaboration between healthcare professionals may help reduce caries

September 11, 2019 | Americas | News

LIMA, Peru: In a recent study, researchers have developed an integrated intervention programme to reduce the prevalence and severity of early childhood caries (ECC) in infants. The programme was carried out by nurses and dentists who received training prior to the commencement of the clinical trial. The findings showed a substantial decrease in caries experience and called for a collaboration between oral healthcare professionals and personnel in clinics.

DT Study Club corner lights up congress in San Francisco

September 10, 2019 | Americas | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: The FDI World Dental Congress is an event not to be missed. It has a cutting-edge scientific program and interactive forums covering the most relevant topics in dentistry and is attended by the most prominent figures in the dental industry. At this year’s event, the DT Study Club corner again delivered some highly engaging and interactive content to viewers both at the congress and across the world.

Interview: Osstell’s technology remains the definitive method for understanding implant stability

September 10, 2019 | Europe | Interviews

At the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO 2019), Prof. Neil Meredith will be one of three speakers at the Osstell Scientific Symposium. He has been placing and restoring dental implants for over 30 years and is a co-inventor of resonance frequency analysis (RFA) for dental implants, the diagnostic technique that led to the formation of Swedish company Osstell. Currently, he works as Professor of Prosthodontics at the University of Queensland’s School of Dentistry in Brisbane in Australia and Professor of Dental Science at James Cook University’s College of Medicine and Dentistry in Townsville in Australia. He has lectured and published widely and internationally, but his real passions are clinical patient treatment and teaching. He spoke with Dental Tribune International about the upcoming symposium and Osstell Connect, and looked back on 25 years of Osstell’s company history.

Interview: Prominent dental specialists speak about power of an interdisciplinary approach

September 10, 2019

Dr Daniel Edelhoff is director and chair of the department of prosthodontics and dental material sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich in Germany. He is a member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Mund-, Kiefer- und Gesichtschirurgie and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Prothetische Zahnmedizin und Biomaterialien , DGPro. He is vice president of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dentale Technologie , a member of the advisory board of the DGPro, and a member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and the International College of Dentists. Dr Otto Zuhr studied dentistry at RWTH Aachen University in Germany from 1986 to 1992. He is a specialist in periodontics and is board certified by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Parodontologie , DG PARO, and runs a private office together with Dr Marc Hürzeler in Munich in Germany dedicated to periodontics and implant dentistry. Zuhr is an associate professor in the department of periodontics at Goethe University in Frankfurt in Germany. He has written several refereed scientific articles in the fields of periodontics and implant dentistry and is the author of Plastic-Esthetic Periodontal and Implant Surgery (Quintessence, 2012). His research activities are focused on oral soft-tissue wound healing and reconstruction. With more than 25 years of clinical experience and teaching practice, he has become a proven expert in his field well beyond European borders. From 2007 to 2014, he was a board member of DG PARO. After their joint lecture, which took place during the MASTERMINDS2 conference in Athens in Greece and in which they presented a well-established and proven interdisciplinary treatment concept, they took the time to answer some questions.

Cheaper smiles rattle orthodontics

September 9, 2019 | Americas | Business | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Studies have increasingly given credence to the old adage “Smile and the world smiles with you”, but our instinct for mimicking the facial expressions of those around us also means that a frown can catch on just as quickly. A straighter and more confident smile is the promise behind clear aligner therapy, and teledentistry providers are selling this promise more cheaply with the aim of capturing more of the orthodontics market.

E-cigarettes a risk to more than just oral health, study finds

September 9, 2019 | Americas | News

CLEVELAND, U.S: The controversy over the safety of electronic cigarettes persists, and some people regard vaping as a public health epidemic. Experts have typically focused on the long-term detrimental health effects of vaping. However, vaping devices can also cause severe burns, and a growing body of evidence suggests that they are a fire hazard.

Researchers conduct large study into oropharyngeal cancers

September 9, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DFBWCC) have sifted through the 2013–2014 data from the National Cancer Institute on patients with oropharyngeal cancers to better understand the disease epidemiologically. With a rise in cases over the past two decades, the researchers believe they now have a clearer picture about the extent to which oropharyngeal cancer affects Americans.

Daily aesthetic dentistry: The contribution of the spectrophotometer

September 9, 2019 | Europe | News

Precise shade matching might be challenging even for very experienced practitioners. In this case report, the author demonstrates how to perform a simple and complete colour analysis and optimise the transmission of colour information to the laboratory, using a reproducible protocol.

Research indicates mouthwash may impede benefits of exercise

September 9, 2019 | Europe | News

PLYMOUTH, UK: The systemic health benefits of regular exercise are myriad and well documented, and much the same could be said about the use of mouthwash. The latter, however, may negatively affect blood pressure reduction—a common advantage of exercise—according to a recent study by researchers from the University of Plymouth and the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona in Spain.

Role of dental professionals in sleep medicine

September 6, 2019 | Americas | Advertorial

POST FALLS, Idaho, U.S.: Patients often neglect discussing sleeping issues with their dentist because they are not aware of the role that the dentist can have in helping to diagnose and treat underlying problems such as sleep apnea. Three-dimensional imaging can help patients to visualize this connection. It improves communication with the patient, as well as helps him or her to understand the proposed treatment plan.

World of dentistry meets in San Francisco

September 6, 2019 | Americas | Events

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: “Be a part of something extraordinary” is the theme of the 2019 American Dental Association (ADA) FDI World Dental Congress, which started on Wednesday in San Francisco and will run until Sunday, Sept. 8. The 107th edition of the congress is being hosted in collaboration with the ADA at the Moscone Center to celebrate the ADA’s 160th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the San Francisco Dental Society.

Interview: “The sugar industry is a powerful and influential player”

September 6, 2019 | Americas | News

Two papers recently published in The Lancet have focused on universal health care in the U.S. and globally. Co-authored by Dr. Habib Benzian, Associate Director of Global Health and Policy for the New York University College of Dentistry’s World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Quality-Improvement, Evidence-Based Dentistry, the articles call for urgent reform with a focus on prevention. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Benzian gives more insight into the challenges facing the health sector to implement the changes and some possible avenues for exerting more pressure and raising awareness.

Interview: “It is often not possible to achieve perfectly white teeth”

September 6, 2019 | Europe | Interviews

Many people have their teeth whitened to achieve a brighter smile and to improve their self-confidence, yet they are often insufficiently informed about the potential side effects of certain tooth whitening treatments or products. Dental Tribune International spoke with three German researchers, Prof. Matthias Epple and Drs Frederic Meyer and Joachim Enax, about their recent critical review of modern concepts for tooth whitening. They shared their findings with DTI.

GSK Behavioral Change Innovation Hub showcases at ADA FDI World Dental Congress

September 6, 2019 | Americas | Advertorial

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: Dentists often refer to encouraging positive behavioral change in their patients as one of the greatest challenges they face, and GSK is embarking upon a new journey in behavioral science to support them in overcoming that challenge. Despite our best efforts, oral health is not improving. Caries is the most prevalent condition and severe periodontitis is the 6th most common disease globally. GSK is addressing this by working alongside dental health professional’s onsite to co-create interventions that help to overcome the challenges posed.

Estonian and Palestinian dental associations receive FDI Smile Awards

September 5, 2019 | Americas | Events | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: FDI World Dental Federation recognized the 2019 Smile Award winners at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco on 3 September. Presented every year, the FDI Smile Award acknowledges FDI member national dental associations around the globe that have developed sustainable, long-term projects to improve oral health. This year, the Estonian and Palestinian dental associations were both presented with awards.

Analysis of ancient fossil teeth provides insight into breastfeeding habits

September 5, 2019 | News

BRISTOL, UK: The importance of mother’s milk to an infant’s development is now well established. In a recent study, researchers analysed the fossilised teeth of some of our earliest ancestors and discovered that the first humans breastfed their infants for significantly longer periods than did their contemporary relatives. This may have played a part in areas such as brain development and thus the evolution of the human species.

20/20 Vision: Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium 2020 promises a diverse program

September 4, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Since its establishment in 2006, the Oral Reconstruction Foundation has supported young scientists, funded research projects, and promoted training and continuous education. All of these elements will be on display at the 2020 Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium, to be held from April 30 to May 2, 2020, at the iconic New York Marriott Marquis hotel in New York City.

Interview: “Naturally occurring substances will find their place in oral health”

September 4, 2019 | Europe | Education | Interviews | News

A graduate of the specialisation programme in periodontics at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, Dr Alex Solderer mostly treats severe cases of periodontitis in his daily routine. In addition, he conducts research on periodontal and dental implant topics. In his latest research paper, Dr Solderer conducted a systematic review of the efficacy of chlorhexidine rinsing after periodontal or implant surgery.

Does Medicare cover dental treatment?

September 4, 2019 | Americas | News

LAWRENCE, Kan., U.S.: Medicare has a main rule that, once learned, will help you gauge what Medicare does and does not cover. This rule is that Medicare will only cover things that are medically necessary. Medicare does not consider routine dental treatments, such as cleaning, restorations, root canal therapy, extractions and oral examinations, as medically necessary. Therefore, more times than not, Medicare will not cover routine dental treatments.

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