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Interview: “I know four dentists who have returned to Syria”

October 23, 2017 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: “Fake news” and “post-truth” might be words of the day, but for 27-year-old Syrian dentist Hassan Abdulla the actual fact is that, owing in part to complicated bureaucratic systems and structures, he has been forced into receiving government aid for much longer than he ever intended. Dental Tribune Online met with him at his home to find out more about his studies and work life and his experience in trying to integrate into Germany and its dentistry workforce.

Polish doctors go on hunger strike

October 20, 2017 | Europe | News

WARSAW, Poland: Ever since Poland joined the EU in 2004, many of the country’s doctors have gone in search of better-paid work aboard. Now, in what has been labelled worrying by the Council of European Dentists, a group of around 20 young medical doctors at a children’s hospital in the Polish capital of Warsaw have gone on a hunger strike, demanding better pay and increased public health care funding.

EDDY cleans canals safely and effectively

October 20, 2017 | Europe | Business

MUNICH, Germany: More than two years in everyday practice and study results have proven that the EDDY sonic-activated irrigation tip by VDW cleans even severely curved root canals safely and effectively.

Dental Tribune set to launch its first sub-Saharan Africa edition

October 19, 2017 | Middle East & Africa | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: Dental Tribune International (DTI) is the official media partner of the third International Dental Exhibition Africa (IDEA), which is to be held in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa from 14–16 December. At the event, the publisher will be releasing the print edition of Dental Tribune Africa Sub-Saharan 1/17, as well as distributing a number of other DTI publications.

Sequencing of sea cucumber genome may help with tissue regeneration

October 18, 2017 | Asia Pacific | News

QINGDAO, China: Researchers at the Institute of Oceanology Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a new high-definition sequence of the sea cucumber’s genetic material, or genome. Owing to the sea cucumber’s capacity to regrow body parts and internal organs, knowledge of its genome could aid the understanding of regeneration and determine whether its regrowth capability can offer insights into tissue regeneration and other areas of human medicine.

Dental anaesthesia: Legal loopholes put patient safety at risk

October 17, 2017 | Asia Pacific | News

SYDNEY, Australia: The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the medical body responsible for the teaching, training and licensing of specialist anaesthetists, has raised concerns about legal loopholes in the administration of local anaesthesia. Dentistry and cosmetic surgery are two fields that may be especially vulnerable to grey areas that can be exploited, putting patients at risk.

World Federation for Laser Dentistry congress hailed a success

October 17, 2017 | Europe | News

THESSALONIKI, Greece: With attendees from several countries, as well as multiple presentations and workshops, the organisers of the sixth European Division Congress of the World Federation for Laser Dentistry (WFLD) conclude it to have been their most successful conference to date. Under the theme “Bringing laser to sunlight”, the organisers set out to facilitate the forming of new networks between the many partners within laser dentistry and to lead the way in an ever-growing market.

Antibiotics for dental procedures linked to superbug infection

October 13, 2017 | Americas | News

SAN DIEGO, USA: New research has found that the unnecessary prescription of antibiotics by dentists may be playing a significant role in cases of Clostridium difficile, a serious and potentially deadly infection that causes severe diarrhea. The researchers who conducted the study presented their findings at IDWeek 2017, held from 4 to 8 October in San Diego, specifying the importance of using medication only when needed.

Vienna to host EAO congress in 2018

October 12, 2017 | Europe | Events

VIENNA, Austria: While attendees of the 26th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO) are still reflecting on the congress that took place last week in Madrid in Spain, the event organisers are already working hard in preparing for the next congress. The 27th event is going to be held in the Austrian capital of Vienna from 11 to 13 October 2018 at the Messe Wien Exhibition and Congress Center.

Osteology Foundation: Shanghai hosts largest national symposium yet

October 12, 2017 | Asia Pacific | News

SHANGHAI, China: Exceeding all expectations, the third National Osteology Symposium in China welcomed about 1,900 participants to Shanghai, making it the biggest national event in the foundation’s history. Also setting new standards for future congresses was the innovative stage design. The main platform was located in the centre of the hall and allowed speakers to address the surrounding audience at 360°.

Free webinars: 14-episode Saturday series on the bio-logic approach to implantology

October 12, 2017 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: With the introduction of newer and more innovative technologies and the development of more aesthetically pleasing dental materials, patient expectations have changed dramatically. In an upcoming free webinar series hosted by DT Study Club more than 14 experts will be analysing all of the modern aspects of oral implantology using a biological and logical approach to help better prepare dentists in an ever-changing industry.

Benefits and safety of charcoal dentifrices investigated

October 11, 2017 | Americas | News

BALTIMORE, U.S.: With promises of whiter and cleaner teeth, charcoal-based oral hygiene products have enjoyed a boost in popularity in recent times, with new products steadily entering oral hygiene racks and online shopping sites alike. However, the results of a literature review conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry have now challenged the marketed benefits of these products.

160 countries commit to the fight against mercury

October 11, 2017 | Europe | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury was held at the end of September at the International Conference Centre of Geneva. With more than 160 countries committing political and financial support to help reduce and eliminate mercury, it is the world’s first environmental and health treaty to be signed in a decade.

Interview: “I will probably surpass some personal limits”

October 10, 2017 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Volunteering can be a very rewarding experience. For Vicky Ubrich, a young dentist living in Leipzig, it was a goal she had as a child. Now halfway through her final year as an assistant dentist, Ubrich is taking some time out to head to South America as a volunteer to put her skills to use in a very different setting. Dental Tribune Online met with her a few days before her departure, to find out about her motivation, studies and work.

Newly created protein may be promising for anti-caries vaccine

October 10, 2017 | Asia Pacific | News

WUHAN, China: Researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have created a fusion protein (formed through the joining of genes that originally coded for separate proteins) that might be the key to developing a vaccine against dental caries. According to the research team, their second-generation fusion protein provides high protective efficacy against caries, but with lower side-effects than with previously created proteins.

Novel discovery may help in early caries detection in high-risk children

October 6, 2017 | Europe | News

UMEÅ, Sweden: Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have made a novel discovery connecting highly virulent types of the Streptococcus mutans caries bacterium and their adhesive function to children with rampant caries and increased risk of dental caries. According to the researchers, the results could lead to a better way of identifying high-risk patients and improving treatment.

Dentist-led study on pearls could produce fracture-resistant materials

October 5, 2017 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, USA: The beauty of the pearl has captivated people for generations. While it is known more for its value and fashion status, a team of dentists from the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) has now discovered that, beneath its iridescent surface, lies a resilient structure. Around 1,000 times tougher than pure calcium carbonate, the pearl is one of the most robust and lightweight materials found in a living organism.

EAO symposium highlights JUVORA’s PEEK implant prostheses

October 5, 2017 | Europe | Business | Events

MADRID, Spain: In front of an enthusiastic audience on the opening morning of the annual European Association for Osseointegration congress, Invibio hosted a successful symposium during which several experts discussed the growing potential of JUVORA implant-supported prostheses. JUVORA is made of PEEK-OPTIMA high-performance polymer, a clinically proven alternative to metal-based prostheses. Dental professionals from the well-known MALO CLINIC in Lisbon in Portugal and the Madrid-based Clínica Somosaguas presented their laboratory experiences and clinical outcomes with the material.

COLTENE puts employees in focus with new headquarter extension

October 4, 2017 | Europe | Business

ALTSTÄTTEN, Switzerland: On 3 October, COLTENE announced that it will be investing approximately CHF11 million (€9,609,215) in the modernisation and enlargement of its headquarters in Altstätten. With building permits granted in September, the new premises, which will house a production plant and modern office space, should be ready for occupancy by autumn 2018.

How rapid bond technology changes universal dental bonding agents

September 30, 2017 | Europe | Business

Much of the success of Kuraray Noritake Dental’s adhesive has come off the back of our originally developed MDP monomer (10-Methacryloyloxydecyl dihydrogen phosphate). After applying for a patent for it in 1981, we started using this monomer’s excellent chemical adhesion properties, hydroxyapatite and metals in PANAVIA EX, our first adhesive resin cement, as well as in our CLEARFIL SE BOND adhesive. Through a process of extensive research and development, we have been able to combine our MDP monomer with hydrophilic amide monomers to create rapid bond technology. Our new universal adhesive system CLEARFIL Universal Bond Quick relies on this technology to deliver a lasting bond faster, and easier, than ever. By building on our past successes to deliver better solutions, this new technology embodies what Kuraray Noritake Dental does best—innovate and develop new and improved products.

Household environment at the micro level may play a role in oral health

September 29, 2017 | News

LONDON, UK: The role of the household may have an influence not only at the social level, but also at the microbe level. In a study conducted in the UK, researchers have discovered that early environmental influences are far more significant than human genetics in shaping the salivary microbiome, the group of organisms that determine oral and overall health.

Study finds that dental caries are not genetic

September 28, 2017 | Asia Pacific | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: In the first large-scale study to look at the oral microbiome, researchers from Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) have determined that an individual’s genes are not associated with the presence of bacteria responsible for dental caries. Rather, this is more greatly influenced by environmental factors like diet and oral hygiene habits.

First-ever robot-led dental surgery performed in China

September 28, 2017 | Asia Pacific | News

XI'AN, China: For the first time ever, a robot has independently placed two 3-D-printed implants into a patient’s mouth without human involvement. The successful procedure raises hopes of lessening Asia’s dentist shortage, especially prevalent in metropolises such as Hong Kong and Singapore, and of avoiding risks posed by poor-quality surgeries performed by unqualified dentists.

International Dental Exhibition Africa 2017 to be held in Addis Ababa

September 28, 2017 | Middle East & Africa | News

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: The third International Dental Exhibition Africa (IDEA) will take place in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. Chosen owing to it being one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa, Addis Ababa has emerged as a regional hub and is home to key international organisations. According to IDEA, this makes it the perfect location for dental companies interested in meeting African dental professionals and dealers.

Modern Dental CEO awarded HKU honorary fellowship

September 27, 2017 | Asia Pacific | News

HONG KONG: Godfrey Ngai, co-founder and CEO of dental prosthesis provider Modern Dental Group (MDL), was granted an Honorary University Fellowship by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) yesterday and is the first recipient of this award in the dental profession. The recognition honours Ngai’s long-standing commitment to the university, as well as his efforts at societal upliftment through donating MDL dental products and services to schools, health care organisations for the elderly and other sections of the community in need.

Participants test Ferrari of dental lasers at WFLD-ED congress

September 27, 2017 | Europe | Business

This year’s congress of the World Federation for Laser Dentistry European Division in Thessaloniki, Greece was alive with energy and enthusiasm and a record number of exhibitors. Fotona’s exhibition space attracted a steady flow of dental professionals eager to see the latest models of LightWalker in action. One enthusiastic dental student was so impressed that he even described LightWalker as the “Ferrari of dental Lasers”.

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