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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Dental stem cells able to generate milk-producing cells in mice

November 6, 2019 | Europe | News

ZURICH, Switzerland: The ability of adult stem cells to generate various tissue-specific cell populations allows for the replacement of damaged cells and offers an alternative to classical medical treatments for tissue regeneration. Dental epithelial stem cells have been shown to generate all epithelial cell types of the teeth. However, a recent study has indicated that epithelial stem cells can also produce non-dental cell populations, such as mammary glands, in female mice. The discovery could help develop stem cell-based therapies that could be used for breast tissue regeneration.

Exocad holds second global event for dental technicians and dentists

November 6, 2019 | Europe | Advertorial

DARMSTADT, Germany: “A decade of digital innovation” is the theme for exocad’s Insights 2020 global event, which is to be held on 12–13 March 2020 at the darmstadtium science and congress centre in Darmstadt. It will be the second time that the world-renowned dental software company will welcome visitors from all over the world to the German city where its history began in 2010.

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Straumann Group webinars put digital dental technology in focus

November 6, 2019 | Europe | News

BASEL, Switzerland: Webinars are a brilliant way to keep up to date with the latest developments in dentistry and gain continuing education (CE) credits. Two new webinars are coming up on the Straumann Group’s educational platform. On 11 November, Dr Maya Chmielewska will be looking at the practical implementation of digital workflows, and on 12 November, Dr Ryan Lewis will be focusing on contemporary protocols for digitally planned implant placement. This offers a great way to start the week, and dentists can continue to advance their skills and knowledge through the many more webinars still to come on the Straumann Campus.

Study suggests causal link between tooth loss and heart disease

November 5, 2019 | Middle East & Africa | News

DUBAI, UAE: Though a relationship between edentulism and cardiovascular disease has been confirmed in previous studies, the causal association is less established. A study presented at the recent joint 2019 American College of Cardiology Middle East Conference and tenth Emirates Cardiac Society Congress, however, has found that adults who lose teeth in a non-traumatic manner may be at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

New at-home bruxism monitoring device is highly accurate, researchers find

November 5, 2019 | Europe | News

JOENSUU, Finland: In a new study, researchers from the University of Eastern Finland have developed a new, more affordable method of monitoring bruxism. While treatment usually looks at management of the condition, scientists believe that the expense of methods of evaluation, such as polysomnography, has inhibited investigation of the long-term efficacy of management methods.

Oral cancer incidence on the rise, reports show

November 5, 2019 | Americas | News

RUGBY, UK/BOISE, Idaho, US: Oral cancer incidence is on the rise globally and awareness of mouth cancer remains low. To tackle the issue, the Oral Health Foundation recently launched this year’s Mouth Cancer Action Month at a gathering at the Houses of Parliament and welcomed over 130 people from various organisations. During the event, a range of speakers reinforced the need for greater recognition of mouth cancer and its signs and symptoms.

Review recommends tooth- and implant-supported fixed dental prostheses

November 5, 2019 | Europe | News

BERLIN, Germany: The number of implants placed is constantly increasing, and so are the possibilities of different prosthetic solutions. Researchers from Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin have assessed the survival and complication rates of tooth- and implant-supported fixed dental prostheses (T-I FDPs) and found the prostheses to be a recommendable treatment option.

Research to examine possible links between periodontal disease and oral cancer

November 4, 2019 | Europe | News

PLYMOUTH, UK: As worldwide oral cancer rates continue to climb, our understanding of what causes the disease to occur, thankfully, also continues to grow. Tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption have been established as primary risk factors, and researchers are now investigating another potential source for this condition: the bacteria that cause periodontal disease.

Oral health in focus at recent European Union debate

November 4, 2019 | Europe | News

BRUSSELS, Belgium: On 9 October, the Council of European Dentists (CED) and eight other European Union umbrella health organisations held a debate regarding the health policy changes the EU will face in the coming years. Under the title “EU 2019–2024: Health champions wanted”, the debate brought topics such as universal access to high-quality and sustainable healthcare, disease prevention and the fight against cross-border healthcare threats into focus.

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Australian agency investigates clear aligner providers

November 4, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

SYDNEY, Australia: The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has launched investigations into four providers of clear aligner therapy amid claims of hushed incentives being provided to dentists and the breaching of advertising laws.

E-learning non-stop: First international 24-hour webinar in preventive dentistry is approaching

November 4, 2019 | Europe | Education

NYON, Switzerland: Dental professionals should mark 23 and 24 November in their calendars in order not to miss a notable event in dental education: the world’s first international 24-hour dental webinar. For one whole day, participants around the globe will be offered dental education courses in eight languages covering the latest in prophylaxis.

Soft drinks—crucial link between obesity and tooth wear

November 1, 2019 | Americas | News

LONDON, UK: The premature wearing of teeth due to dietary or gastric acids is the third most common dental condition after caries and periodontal disease. A new study by scientists from King’s College London has shed more light on the topic of tooth wear in relation to obesity, exploring how the consumption of sugar-sweetened acidic drinks is a common factor in obesity and tooth wear among adults.

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Interview: “The story of antibiotics reads better than fiction”

November 1, 2019 | Americas | Interviews

The overprescription of antibiotics has accelerated antibiotic resistance and sparked controversy among dental professionals. In a new study, researchers have reviewed the scale of the issue in dental practice globally. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Smitha Sukumar, lead author of the study and a lecturer in tooth conservation at the Sydney Dental School in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney, to learn how dental professionals could help avert antibiotic resistance through antibiotic stewardship.

Vitamin D spray equally effective as capsules, study finds

November 1, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: All dentists know how important vitamin D is for healthy teeth and bones. In a new study, researchers from the University of Sheffield have found that using a vitamin D spray is just as effective as taking vitamin D capsules. The discovery may help patients who suffer from reflux or other issues increase their vitamin D levels. The researchers noted that only 40% of people in the UK are considered to have a sufficient amount of the vitamin in their bodies.

Align Technology sponsors leading sports teams

October 31, 2019 | Americas | News

SAN JOSE, Calif., U.S.: Align Technology has entered sponsorship agreements with high-profile North American sports franchises competing in the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer (MLS). The Invisalign maker will become the “official smile” of popular teams and will also sponsor youth development programs in the different sporting codes.

Planmeca: “It’s the complete package”

October 30, 2019 | Middle East & Africa | Advertorial

CASABLANCA, Morocco: Interest in digital dental solutions is growing fast in Morocco. In this article, three experienced dentists and practice owners from the country explain why they have chosen Planmeca for their clinics—and why Planmeca’s solutions are rapidly setting a standard for dental care in the region.

Straumann results bolstered by implants and aligners

October 30, 2019 | Europe | Business | News

BASEL, Switzerland: The Straumann Group has lifted its outlook for organic revenue growth for 2019 after a strong performance in the third quarter. In the company’s financial report for the quarter, it hailed the North American launch of its BLX implant as a major highlight of the period and said that implants and restorative products had been its largest source of growth.

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Launca Medical founder shares innovation and entrepreneurship experiences with Brazilian EMBA class

October 30, 2019 | Asia Pacific | Advertorial

DONGGUAN, China: Earlier this year, the Executive MBA (EMBA) class of the University of São Paulo was invited to participate in a one-day tour of Dongguan in order to experience something of the rapid development of the city.

GSDM pioneers cutting-edge dental technology

October 30, 2019 | Americas | News

BOSTON, U.S.: The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) has recently acquired, installed and used two surgical robotic devices for dental implant surgeries. With its accuracy and precision during dental surgery, the novel robotic technology will help augment and enhance clinical practice and patient care.

PD announces launch of its new website

October 30, 2019 | Europe | Advertorial

VEVEY, Switzerland: PD is proud to announce the launch of its new website pd-dental.com, featuring a modern design, improved functionality, easy access to essential information, and helpful tools for dental professionals and distribution partners. Through the launch and further development of the corporate website, PD, as a leader in the dental equipment industry, strives to deliver consistent and relevant resources for its partners worldwide.

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