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TEL AVIV, Israel: Dental caries is among the costliest and most widespread bacterial diseases worldwide. In a new study, researchers have developed novel dental restorative materials with potent antibacterial capabilities. According to the findings, these resin-based composites with antibacterial nano-assemblies can hinder bacterial growth and viability on dental restorations and thereby help avoid root canal therapy or tooth extractions.
NEW YORK, U.S.: More access to dental care facilities can only be a positive step toward improving the general health of people and benefiting the community. Welcome news for the people of Brooklyn and surrounding areas is the announcement that the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) will open a new dental care facility at City Point in early 2020. The aim is to bring high-quality, low-cost care to adults and children.
BALTIMORE, U.S.: In a recent study, scientists from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine investigated whether a mouthrinse to detect human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA might be associated with helping to predict risk of recurrence and death in head and neck squamous cell cancer. As a result of the interesting findings, the team believes that more research is needed, but that the method has considerable promise as a biomarker for treatment response and detection of progression risk.
The recent Nobel Biocare Global Symposium saw many of the world’s leading voices on implantology and digital dentistry gather in the Spanish capital of Madrid. At the event, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr. Pascal Kunz, Vice President of Digital Solutions at Nobel Biocare, about DTX Studio suite and the benefits it provides for both dental clinicians and patients.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand: The current state of many New Zealanders’ oral health is well below where it should be. Access and cost play important roles in contributing to this situation. In December 2018, the University of Otago began the construction of a two-storey 32-chair dental clinic and teaching facility in South Auckland that will play a pivotal role in dealing with some of the oral health issues experienced by residents of New Zealand’s largest city and its surrounding area. Construction is well into its second year, and all signs point to it being completed by February 2020.
Today, Swiss oral health company CURADEN is commemorating collaborator and friend Dr Jiří Sedelmayer, who passed away last week aged 73, having lived a life richly filled with research, teaching and family. A champion of prophylaxis, Sedelmayer founded the individually trained oral prophylaxis (iTOP) programme, teaching students and dental professionals correct oral care for disease prevention. His influence in dentistry cannot be overstated: together with his beloved wife, Lucie, Sedelmayer contributed to a world where dentists are teachers and patients stay healthy.
BERLIN, Germany: These days, moving a dental practice forward takes more than excellent clinical capabilities. Networking skills, marketing strategies and the newest cutting-edge technology have a huge impact on its economic success. To cater for the needs of today’s modern practice and to arm practitioners with success-orientated knowledge, US company Align Technology hosted its second Growth Summit. On 5 and 6 July, the clear aligner industry’s most forward-looking growth event brought together leading Invisalign-trained dentists from around Europe in the German capital of Berlin to build on the success of its inaugural meeting in Copenhagen in Denmark in 2018.
QUEENSLAND, Australia: After having made a commitment to ban the promotion of unhealthy food and drinks from the advertising spaces it owns, the Queensland government has now removed sugary drinks from its hospitals and health clinics. The move has been made to help fight dental caries and to contribute to the improvement of people’s overall health.
Throughout our 60+ years of history, we have always stood for genuine innovation, based on science, that was created to help improve the lives of patients around the world. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive training worldwide, and to work together with practices and labs to help maximize their patient offering. This was on full display at the Nobel Biocare Global Symposium 2019 in Madrid, Spain. We are delighted to announce that the event was a big success. If you were not one of the 1200 participants, take a look at some of the highlights provided in this newsletter.
BRISBANE, Australia: Root canal therapy (RCT) or extraction—which one is better? This is a common question posed by patients who come into a dental clinic with severe toothache. Let’s explore and explain these two options for dealing with a badly infected tooth.
GHANA, Africa: Dentists in Ghana are planning to adopt a new approach to handling oral health, in response to research funded by Pepsodent, a Unilever oral care brand, which found that children with poor oral health are less likely to participate or perform well in class. Besides suffering from bad breath, dental caries and pain, these children tend to have lower self-esteem. This affects both a child’s academic and overall potential.
The use of antibiotics remains a controversial topic. A recent study investigated the necessity of antibiotics for the prevention of dental implant infections. Lead author Dr. Ismael Khouly, Associate Director of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at Bluestone Center for Clinical Research at the New York University College of Dentistry, U.S., and his colleagues found that the prophylactic use of antibiotics has no influence on the prevalence of post-surgical dental implant complications in patients who are healthy overall. Khouly was so kind as to answer DTI’s questions on the topic.
PITTSBURGH, U.S.: Mothers play a primary role in the health of their children. This function may be particularly important for children in Appalachia, a region in the eastern U.S., who have increased dental caries relative to children in other areas of the U.S. In a recent study on families in the region, scientists have examined the degree to which a child’s caries experience is in concordance with the mother’s perception of the health of her child’s teeth, and how this agreement varies by socio-demographic factors. The finding was that the majority of mothers in the study were well aware of their children’s oral health status. The data obtained could help in developing novel caries prevention and treatment strategies.
In the medical field, cryotherapy is used in an effort to relieve pain and swelling after soft-tissue management or surgery. Currently, researchers in the U.S. are exploring the possibilities and limitations of vital pulp cryotherapy in clinical trials. Dr. James Bahcall, who plays an important role in these investigations, is a clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He spoke to Dental Tribune International about the studies.
WARSAW, Poland: There has long been a debate around what constitutes excessive time spent on devices and the adverse health effects of this. In a new study from Poland, researchers have found that 3 hours or more of computer use by teenagers is enough to put their oral health at risk.
A full-day programme in the beautiful setting of Valencia’s City of Art and Sciences complex awaited the 190 orthodontists who registered to attend Align Technology’s first European Invisalign Scientific Symposium, which took place on 29 June. With 6.8 million Invisalign patients worldwide, of which 1.6 million are teenagers, the focus of this meeting was teenager treatments using the Invisalign system with mandibular advancement and the Invisalign First system for younger patients with early mixed dentition.
July 5, 2019 | Asia Pacific
SYDNEY, Australia: The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has recently published an article on diversity in Australian dentistry. According to the article, there has been a shift within the profession in recent years and the majority of people are now willing to embrace diversity and inclusiveness in their workplace.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand: Increased intake of sugar‐sweetened beverages (SSBs) is associated with a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dental caries, excess weight gain and numerous other obesity‐related diseases. In response, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended SSB taxation to reduce consumption. A systematic review by researchers from the University of Otago has evaluated whether such a tax does indeed have an impact on purchasing and dietary behaviour.
SAN FRANCISCO, U.S./VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada: In 1975, the U.S. Sugar Association (SA) created the Regional Nutritional Information Program (RNIP) in an effort to enlist dietitians to spread positive messages about sugar and health. A recent study has inquired into the RNIP and evaluated its impact on dental professionals. The findings suggest that the sugar industry used dietitians strategically in order to influence the dental community’s views on sugar.
DUNDEE, UK/VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada: In recognition of his prominence in the world of dental academia, Prof. Graham Ogden of the University of Dundee has been awarded the 2019 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Award in Oral Medicine and Pathology Research. Ogden was presented with this accolade at the recent 97th General Session and Exhibition of the IADR held in Vancouver in Canada.
ANN ARBOR, Mich., U.S.: Management of a patient’s pain during even the simplest of procedures can be difficult. In a development that may one day simplify the task, a team of scientists from the University of Michigan (UM) have created a technology to help clinicians “see” and map patient pain in real time, through special augmented reality glasses. Although it is still some years away from being integrated into dental offices, the researchers believe the technology is a good first step in the advancement of pain management technology.
Earlier this year, Kuraray Noritake Dental invited dental professionals from all over Europe to a symposium in Berlin in Germany that highlighted the newest research and clinical findings on the KATANA Zirconia Block, the latest addition to the KATANA family. One of the presenters was Dr Nicola Scotti, an assistant professor at the Department of Cariology and Operative Dentistry at the University of Turin’s Dental School and operator of his own private practice.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada/COLUMBUS, Ohio, U.S.: The composition of the oral microbiome is critically important in oral health and disease, but the patterns and mechanisms underlying community assembly have not been comprehensively studied. Researchers from the Ohio State University in Columbus have recently filled the existing research gap by examining the composition of the oral bacterial microbiome in a cohort of children evenly distributed between the ages of 1 and 12 years. The results suggest that maturing oral microbial communities in children follow a common pattern.
Centuries ago, dentistry identified mineral deposits, such as calculus, as the main cause of dental disease. Further research then recognised bacterial infections in the roots and the periodontium as the cause of periodontitis. So, what was the logical solution? To remove calculus completely. Today, we know that calculus has a porous surface that provides a niche environment for bacteria and endotoxins. Endotoxins are not absorbed into the calculus, and they can be easily removed. However, extensive removal of calculus is contra-indicated and counterproductive.
MELBOURNE, Australia: The Queensland Parliament has recently passed the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 that increases penalties for people who fraudulently claim to be dentists or other health practitioners. The updated legislation includes higher fines and possible prison terms, which are designed to bolster the protection offered to the public under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (the National Law).
BRISBANE, Australia: Numerous studies have been published on the association between dental caries and various family contextual factors. However, similar research with regard to periodontal disease is limited. Thus, the aim of a recent systematic review was to assess the influence of family characteristics on periodontal diseases in children.
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia: A group of histologists and dentists from the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) have collaborated with Russian and Japanese colleagues and discovered cells that may be responsible for the formation of human dental tissue. The findings could provide a basis for the development of bioengineering techniques in dentistry aimed at growing new dental tissue.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada: Dental caries represents one of the most common chronic diseases in young children and is a multifactorial disease. Women exhibit higher caries incidence than men, but it remains unclear whether the same disparity is found in children. A poster presentation on the topic of sex-specific differences in the microorganisms associated with dental caries found in children’s saliva was given by Stephanie Ortiz of the Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, U.S., at the 97th General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).
More and more people are adopting environmentally friendly shopping behaviour and deciding to replace products sold in plastic packaging with zero waste products. This extends also to products used in their oral healthcare routine. Since 2015, British company Georganics has provided sustainable and natural toothpaste and mouthwash products which are made in Britain. Georganics, which has its headquarters in the south of England, uses natural ingredients and avoids chemicals and animal testing. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Georganics answered questions with regard to the idea behind this forward-thinking approach.
MADRID, Spain: With the launch of its Xeal abutment surface and TiUltra implant surface this year, Nobel Biocare recently initiated the Mucointegration era for implant dentistry. Now, clinical evidence supporting these pioneering surface innovations for soft-tissue integration has been published in a special supplement of Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research (CIDRR).