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Throat cancer study compares treatments for improved swallowing

June 13, 2019 | Americas | News

LONDON, Ontario, Canada: With the rise of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and cases of oropharyngeal cancer doubling since the 1990s, treatment methods are becoming more and more important. In 2012, scientists at Lawson Health Research Institute launched the world’s first clinical trial comparing transoral robotic surgery (TORS) with radiation therapy for the treatment of oropharyngeal cancer. The results have challenged the commonly held belief that TORS leads to better swallowing outcomes.

Clinical photography and veneers brought into focus in free webinar

June 13, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: The ability to document cases with photography is becoming increasingly important in dentistry. However, the first step is always to perform quality treatments that satisfy both clinicians and patients. In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Tuesday, June 18, host Dr. Apolinar Madrigal will be discussing how to combine clinical photography and the new patient-guided Additive-Reductive Template (ART) technique to achieve increased case acceptance with minimally invasive veneers.

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British Orthodontic Society to celebrate 25 years at Glasgow conference

June 12, 2019 | Europe | Events | News

MONMOUTH, UK: The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) will celebrate a quarter of a century of promoting the study and practice of orthodontics at its next conference, scheduled for 19–21 September in Glasgow. In a press release detailing confirmed highlights from the programme, the organisers pointed out that the largest orthodontics event for UK dental professionals promises something for everyone.

From opening bottles to tearing Sellotape—Study reveals hazardous uses of teeth

June 12, 2019 | Europe | News

RUGBY, UK/AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: According to the findings of a new study, most people do not just use their teeth for eating. The research by the Oral Health Foundation and Philips, as part of National Smile Month, found that 65 per cent of respondents frequently put their oral health at risk by using their teeth as a multi-tool.

Interview: “Mouth cancer is a growing problem”

June 11, 2019 | Europe | Interviews | News

With oral cancer rates continuing to increase worldwide, it has become clear that more needs to be done to raise awareness and combat this issue. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Niall McGoldrick, Specialty Registrar in Dental Public Health with NHS Fife and the convenor of the charity Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer, about the charity’s origins, its mission and much more.

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Friends and family play role in opioid abuse, reveals study

June 11, 2019 | Americas | News

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., U.S.: The need for dentists to better understand the opioid epidemic that is currently sweeping through America is becoming increasingly important. In a recent study, researchers have reported that nonmedical opioid users were more likely to say they began abusing opioids after friends and family members offered them the drugs.

Expert to discuss lasers in periodontics in free webinar

June 10, 2019 | Middle East & Africa | News

DUBAI, UAE: In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Thursday, 13 June, host Dr Rana al-Falaki will explore the use of all-tissue lasers in periodontal therapy. Like in other areas of dentistry, there is an increasing trend towards minimally invasive periodontics, for which laser treatment has great potential. This webinar will outline the latest research, detail advantages for both patient-centred and clinical outcomes and demonstrate the use of lasers in flapless bone regeneration.

Children with autism often overlooked for dental care

June 10, 2019 | Americas | News

CHARLESTON, S.C., U.S.: Autism affects a child’s social skills. Even simple tasks, such as scheduling an appointment at a dentist’s office, may often be a challenge for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their parents. As a result, by delaying or missing early dental appointments, children with ASD develop an increased risk of dental caries and oral infections that could impact their entire body. They also miss out on the opportunity to develop a comfortable routine with a dentist.

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New evidence confirms long-term benefits of electric toothbrush use

June 10, 2019 | Europe | News

SCHWALBACH, Germany/GREIFSWALD, Germany: A new study has shown that the long-term use of an electric toothbrush slows progression of periodontal disease and helps to prevent tooth loss. As indicated by an 11-year observational study, electric toothbrush users demonstrate 20 per cent less tooth loss than manual toothbrush users do. For one market leader in electric toothbrushes worldwide, Oral-B, the results confirm the company’s efforts to improve periodontal health by plaque removal.

Sugar tax and better labelling help people make healthier choices, study finds

June 7, 2019 | Americas | News

WATERLOO, Ont., Canada: The debate around sugar and its impact on oral health and general health has led to some important developments. One of the most significant changes currently taking place in some countries is the introduction of better labelling of food and drinks that are high in sugar content, as well as a sugar tax. The impact this is having on the purchasing habits of people has recently been investigated by researchers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, who found it can help people make healthier decisions.

New 3Shape Dental System 2019 software now available

June 7, 2019 | Americas | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: 3Shape has announced the release of the 2019 version of its industry-leading design software for laboratories. The new and improved 3Shape Dental System 2019 includes significantly enhanced solutions for designing and producing dentures, splints and clear aligners, as well as improvements to core workflows.

Study finds antibiotics prescribed by dentists often unnecessary

June 6, 2019 | Americas | News

CORVALLIS, Ore., U.S.: The prescription of drugs in dentistry has recently been brought into question. Much of the discussion has been around opioids and the effect they are having on patients. In a recent study, researchers looked into the antibiotics prescribed by dentists as a pre-emptive measure against infection and found that they are unnecessary 81 percent of the time.

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Reducing plastic footprint with zero-waste toothpaste

June 6, 2019 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: The climate change caused by human influences—such as littering and over-consumption of non-biodegradable waste products—is a reality that concerns all of us. This is why dental care should not be exempt from environmental awareness. Bamboo toothbrushes, for example, have moved into many bathrooms in the last couple of years, since they are now more easily obtainable in most chain pharmacies. But what about sustainable toothpaste?

Mandible helps to uncover history of civilisations in Tibet

June 6, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

LANZHOU, China: The journey that Homo sapiens has embarked on is something that has enthralled modern scientists for many centuries. Now, as technology continually improves, more understanding is being gained and new discoveries are coming to the surface. Recently, researchers revealed that a sister group of Neanderthals, the Denisovans, occupied the Tibetan Plateau long before Homo sapiens arrived in the region. This discovery was made through the analysis of a 160,000-year-old hominin mandible.

Dentists express their concerns over DIY dentistry

June 5, 2019 | Americas | News

FARMINGTON, Conn., U.S.: With the growth of direct-to-consumer marketing, there has been a trend towards do-it-yourself (DIY) dentistry, which encourages patients to skip a visit to the orthodontist in favor of at-home impression kits and low-cost tooth aligners, protective guards and tooth whitening products. However, researchers warn that the lack of professional care for such options may lead to unsatisfactory results and damage the teeth.

Free webinar to focus on bone splitting

June 4, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: The webinar is becoming an excellent resource that enables dental professionals to follow the topics that they find most interesting at convenient times, while also obtaining continuing education credits. In an upcoming free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Wednesday, June 5, host Dr. Dima Cosmin will look at how bone splitting can be one of the best techniques for conservative surgical treatments.

US dentists prescribe 37 times more opioids than English dentists do, study finds

June 4, 2019 | Americas | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: With the overprescription of opioids causing many severe health and addiction issues in the U.S., it is imperative that dental professionals remain aware of the issue and carefully consider their prescription practices. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the U.S. and the University of Sheffield in England, each looked at the number of opioids being prescribed in their respective countries and discovered that dentists practicing in the U.S. write 37 times more prescriptions than dentists in England do.

Interview: “For most people, toothbrushing is an unconscious action. iTOP changes this.”

June 4, 2019 | Europe | Advertorial | Business | Events | Interviews | News

Although toothbrushing is the most decisive factor in preventing oral disease, only a few patients and dental professionals know how to brush perfectly. After earlier working as a dental technician and also as a dancer, Dr Fabio Angelini qualified as a dental hygienist and is now teaching internationally as an instructor in CURADEN’s iTOP programme. Individually trained oral prophylaxis (iTOP) is an interactive programme that teaches dental students and professionals perfect oral hygiene habits, so that they, in turn, can train their patients to achieve oral health that will last a lifetime.

CPAG calls for free dental care and healthcare for all youth

June 4, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: Early childhood dental caries is the most common chronic disease seen in children and a leading cause of hospital admissions for New Zealand children. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is attempting to tackle the issue by calling for free universal healthcare, including dentistry, prescriptions and specialist hearing and vision care, for all children and adolescents younger than 18 years of age.

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Project for improved root canal therapy launched

June 3, 2019 | Europe | News

ROSTOCK, Germany: In Germany, about 7.5 million root canal therapies are carried out annually. With the help of an innovative system, it may soon be possible to carry out ultrasonic preparation of the root canal and to monitor the condition of the file during treatment. In addition, protection against thermomechanical overloading will prevent the instrument from breaking.

Scientists link childhood trauma to tooth loss later in life

May 31, 2019 | Americas | News

ANN ARBOR, Mich. U.S.: In a recent study, a researcher from the University of Michigan has assessed the impact of adverse childhood events, such as childhood trauma, abuse and smoking, on oral health later in life. The study reported that, even if children grow up to overcome childhood adversity, the trauma they experience in early life puts them at greater risk of tooth loss. The findings may aid policymakers in reducing oral health disparity.

World No Tobacco Day—FDI highlights role of dental practitioners

May 31, 2019 | Europe | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: Annually on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day. This year, lung health is the primary focus of the campaign. However, FDI World Dental Federation is highlighting the relationship between tobacco use and oral health.

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Oral health project addresses dental needs of prison inmates

May 31, 2019 | Europe | News

DUNDEE, Scotland: Dental students from the University of Dundee have won an award for an innovative oral health project aimed at benefitting prison inmates. The award was presented by Dr Nigel Carter, OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, while on a recent visit to the university’s School of Dentistry as part of a panel to judge community oral health projects.

Researchers find microbial contaminants in popular e-cigarettes

May 30, 2019 | Americas | News

BOSTON, U.S.: Cigarette smoke contains microbes and microbial toxins, such as endotoxin and glucan, that may have adverse respiratory effects. However, the potential for contamination of e-cigarette products sold in the U.S. has not yet been investigated. A new study aimed to fill that gap and reported that e-cigarette products sold in the U.S. are contaminated with bacterial and fungal toxins and therefore may pose serious respiratory health risks.

Researchers find genetic mechanism that triggers cleft lip and palate

May 29, 2019 | Europe | News

BONN, Germany/PHILADELPHIA, US: It has long been known that the gene TP63 can contribute to the development of cleft lip and palate, but the exact process has been unclear. A joint study by the universities of Bonn and Pennsylvania has now clarified how this mechanism works.

BIOLASE and TeamSmile co-host series of oral health events

May 29, 2019 | Americas | News

LOS ANGELES/KANSAS CITY, Mo., U.S.: BIOLASE, a medical device company and a global leader in dental lasers, and TeamSmile, an advocacy group that partners oral health professionals with professional athletic organizations to support dental care for underserved children, first launched their partnership program in 2018. Since then, the two organizations have co-hosted several oral health events to support different communities through charity work.

Webinar to focus on alternatives in periodontal maintenance

May 28, 2019 | Europe | News

ZURICH, Switzerland: In an upcoming free webinar on Thursday, 30 May, an expert will be discussing minimally invasive alternatives to traditional debridement and periodontal maintenance. Webinar host Sally Simpson hopes to offer insights into changing the way patients are managed by introducing new concepts that are part of the ongoing development of dentistry.

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Food additive used in toothpaste and chewing gum may have negative impact on health

May 28, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Nanoparticles of the common food additive titanium dioxide (E171), which is found in more than 900 food products, including chewing gum, as well as in some medicines and toothpastes, may have a negative impact on human health, according to a recent study. The results of the study have prompted experts to call for better regulations and more discussion around the topic of food additives.

German researchers develop high-strength material for dental crown

May 28, 2019 | Europe | News

WÜRZBURG, Germany: Conventionally, the production of a dental crown requires several dentist appointments in order to complete the treatment. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC (Fraunhofer ISC) in Würzburg collaborated with two other German companies, namely VITA Zahnfabrik and DeguDent, to break new ground for their research. Together, they have developed a high-strength glass-ceramic for crowns that can be inserted during the patient’s first dental appointment.

Review study compares machined and sandblasted dental implant surfaces

May 27, 2019 | Europe | News

BUDAPEST, Hungary: Previous studies have suggested that surface roughness is one of several key factors that influence the degree of biological integration and success rates of implants. Although attention and utilisation has shifted from machined to sandblasted surfaces, for clinical practice, no sound and strong evidence exists to support the use of sandblasted implants over machined ones. Therefore, researchers from the Semmelweis University in Budapest, compared implant failure and marginal bone loss between the two in a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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