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Free dental clinic makes positive impact throughout community

January 17, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: Many of the issues around oral health in New Zealand are related to the cost of care. People at the lower end of the socio-economic scale are often worst affected, and for this reason, University of Otago dental student Jamie Marra and Gore-based dentist Dr Haneen Alaynan organised a free community dental clinic to help patients get their oral health back on track.

Researchers call for thoughtful waste management in dentistry

January 17, 2020 | Americas | News

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., U.S.: During Harvard University’s recent Worldwide Week, researchers at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) drew the participants’ attention to the correlation between environmental health and oral health through the lens of health equity. The team believes that dentistry has a profound impact on our planet’s environmental health, which, in turn, affects oral health. Therefore, it is crucial to correctly manage dental waste.

3Shape settles patent infringement lawsuit against Medit

January 16, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Last year, 3Shape filed a patent infringement suit against Medit Corp., a South Korean company that specialises in 3D measurement and CAD/CAM solutions for dental clinics and laboratories. Now, 3Shape has announced that it has obtained a favourable first instance decision from the internationally highly esteemed Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, according to which the use of Medit’s intra-oral scanner, Medit i500, is now illegal in Germany.

The importance of dental cleaners

January 16, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: No matter how clean and sterile your dental practice is, contamination during the try-in stage of prosthetic restorations is pretty much guaranteed. Saliva, blood, gingival fluid and even dental plaque can contaminate the bonding surfaces, leading to poorer adhesion of restorations when cemented.

Expert discusses modern ceramic restorations in free webinar

January 15, 2020 | Americas | News

Achieving success with modern dental ceramics depends on a number of factors, among them the physical properties of the materials and the fabrication and clinical procedures that damage them and the oral environment. In a free Ivoclar Vivadent webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 29, Dr. Miona Jovanovic will be speaking about modern ceramic restorations and the most efficient bonding protocols for them.

Study presents new treatment for jaw osteonecrosis around dental implants

January 15, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

SEOUL, South Korea: Dental implants are a key treatment for tooth loss, but can cause a variety of complications. One such complication is osteonecrosis, which can result from patients taking medications such as bisphosphonates for bone disease. Current treatments for osteonecrosis are not always effective. However, researchers from Yonsei University College of Dentistry in Seoul have reported their successful treatment of a patient using a new regimen.

Experimental vaccine may help combat Staphylococcus aureus infection

January 15, 2020 | Americas | News

BALTIMORE, U.S.: Researchers have recently developed an experimental vaccine that protects up to 80% of mice against Staphylococcus aureus, a Gram-positive bacterium often found in the upper respiratory tract and on the skin. S. aureus has been proved to account for a third of the deadly hospital-acquired infections in patients who have just undergone a surgical procedure, including dental surgery.

Lawsuit alleges American dentist sparked fire in patient’s mouth during procedure

January 14, 2020 | Americas | News

LAS VEGAS, U.S.: According to a recently filed lawsuit, a 5-year-old girl has had her mouth set on fire while receiving routine dental treatment. As a result, her parents are now seeking more than $15,000 in damages, since some of her injuries may be “permanent and disabling” in their nature.

SmileDirectClub launches oral care products for Walmart shoppers

January 14, 2020 | Americas | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: SmileDirectClub has expanded into the dental retail market with a line of oral care products that are available from Walmart stores and the retailer’s website. In a statement, SmileDirectClub said that it is the first provider of clear aligner therapy to make oral care products available through mass retail channels and that it has extended its mission to providing affordable and safe oral care solutions.

ADA adopts tough stance on vaping

January 14, 2020 | Americas | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The American Dental Association (ADA) in December adopted an interim policy that calls for a total ban on all vaping products that are not approved for tobacco cessation purposes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Following the lead of the American Medical Association (AMA), the ADA has thrown its weight behind a de facto banning of the controversial product category because the FDA has not approved any vaping devices as prescription tobacco cessation medicines and is unlikely to do so in the near future.

Art and dentistry collaborate in London

January 13, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: In the dental clinic setting, communication is key to both successful results and satisfaction. At a recent exhibition, titled “Heads up! Shining a light on innovations in oral health”, the goal was to shine a new light on the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London in order to improve understanding from both a practitioner’s and a patient’s point of view.

SmileDirectClub to expand into Germany in 2020

January 13, 2020 | Europe | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: The teleorthodontics company SmileDirectClub has announced that it is poised to enter the German orthodontics market. The U.S.-based company, which has courted controversy with its direct-to-consumer clear aligner treatment model, said that it will open multiple locations of its flagship SmileShops across the country in early 2020.

Dental study of ancient chewing gum informs about oral microbiomes of the past

January 13, 2020 | Europe | News

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Though its popularity and constituent ingredients have changed over time, chewing gum has been used by humans for thousands of years. A new study out of Denmark that analysed a 5,700-year-old piece of chewing gum made from birch bark pitch has succeeded in extracting a complete human genome from the pitch, demonstrating its potential as a new source of ancient DNA.

SmileDirectClub announces expansion into Hong Kong

January 10, 2020 | Asia Pacific | Business | News

HONG KONG: The American tele-orthodontics company SmileDirectClub has expanded into Asia by opening two of its flagship SmileShops in key Hong Kong shopping districts. The company says that its own research shows that the cost of orthodontic care is one of the main barriers preventing Hong Kong residents from having their teeth straightened and that it will offer an affordable and safe treatment option to them.

Free webinar focuses on preparation for minimally invasive procedures

January 9, 2020 | Europe | News

Minimally invasive dentistry is on a continual path to finding new and more effective ways to preserve original tissue. This approach to dentistry offers smaller incisions, faster recovery times, and reduced pain and scarring, and it is vital to have a good plan heading into every treatment. In a free Ivoclar Vivadent webinar on Thursday, Jan. 23, Dr. Miona Jovanovic will be providing information on the preparation of treatment plans for a range of age and risk groups.

Radical oral intervention not necessary before stem cell transplants, study says

January 9, 2020 | Europe | News

BASEL, Switzerland/HELSINKI, Finland: Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation is used to treat cancers and severe blood and autoimmune diseases. Owing to slow immune system recovery after the transplantation, patients have a heightened risk of infection. However, a recent study has reported that the presence of acute or chronic oral foci of infection before the transplantation does not affect the patient’s survival rate within six months of the procedure.

Interview: “We want to reinvent the way patients think of dental treatment”

January 9, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

Described by its creators as the UK’s first dental video calling app, Tooth Fairy was recently recognised as “App of the Year” at the 2019 Dental Industry Awards. Dental Tribune International thus spoke with Dr Deepak Aulak, co-founder of Tooth Fairy, about the app’s benefits and future direction.

New health guidelines to help practitioners better treat Stolen Generations survivors

January 8, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders who were, as children, forcibly taken from their families between 1910 and 1970 are known as the Stolen Generations. Those who are still alive today can struggle with the trauma of their experience, often neglecting their oral health owing to fear and anxiety of dental practices. To help combat this, a new set of helpful guidelines was recently launched by the Healing Foundation to help dental practitioners, doctors and aged-care workers better communicate with the remaining survivors in a practice setting.

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