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Artificial sweeteners linked to variety of health issues

July 25, 2017 | Americas | News

WINNIPEG, Canada: Thought of by some as the perfect replacement for anyone looking to cut back on real sugars, while still getting that golden crispy kick, the artificial sweetener was the perfect choice.

FOXI3 gene may be involved in human dental cusp formation

July 24, 2017 | Europe | News

JENA, Germany: German scientists studying the skulls and teeth of pedigreed hairless dogs from the collection of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena’s Phyletisches Museum have made a finding of possible relevance to human dentition. The study has furthered the understanding of the involvement of the FOXI3 gene in the development of teeth in hairless dogs, but potentially also in other mammals, including humans.

Dental labour mobility still difficult in ASEAN countries

July 24, 2017 | Asia Pacific | News

CEBU CITY, Philippines: Aiming to facilitate dental workforce mobility among member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) for dental practitioners was signed by member economies in 2009. However, almost a decade later, the ASEAN community still seems far from realising the unhindered movement of skilled professionals.

Young Innovations announces acquisition of VarnishAmerica

July 20, 2017 | Americas | Business

ALGONQUIN, Ill., USA: Young Innovations, a manufacturer and distributor of dental supplies and equipment, recently announced the acquisition of VarnishAmerica and other product lines from Medical Products Laboratories.

National oral health study needs participants

July 20, 2017 | Asia Pacific | News

ADELAIDE, Australia: A nationwide study is currently seeking people in New South Wales and Victoria to participate in dental interviews and free dental examinations. The 2017–18 National Study of Adult Oral Health, the first of its kind in over a decade, aims to assess 15,000 Australians to determine the prevalence of oral disease in the adult population and how this is addressed by the existing types and sources of dental care.

New CDT codes to help dentists better understand procedures

July 20, 2017 | Americas | News

CHICAGO, USA: According to some reports, the Current Dental Terminology (CDT) codes may not be readily understood by dentists and other professionals working in the dental industry. In collaboration with knowledgeable dental experts, the American Dental Association (ADA) has developed three new CDT guidelines, to help dentists better understand the procedures underlying the codes and how they should be reported.

New figures reveal decline in denture use among Australians

July 19, 2017 | Asia Pacific | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: From new figures indicating a decline in denture use in Victoria, it appears that more older people are retaining their natural dentition. The data, which was released by the Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV), relates to the number of dentures provided by Victorian public dental clinics to patients aged 65 and older.

Continued cooperation for England’s dental regulation

July 19, 2017 | News

NEWCASTLE, UK: The national group of governing bodies that are responsible for ensuring that people receive safe, high-quality and compassionate dental care throughout England is calling on the sector to continue putting quality and improvement at the heart of its work. The board, which includes the Care Quality Commission (CQC), recently published its report Working Together, Delivering Change, which calls for a cultural shift across the profession to help people obtain the best possible dental care available.

MIS releases new EZ-Base abutment

July 19, 2017 | Europe | Business

BAR LEV INDUSTRIAL PARK, Israel: MIS Implants Technologies has announced the release of a new Ti-Base abutment that offers a solution for anterior screw-retained restorations.

Kickstarter campaign funds manufacturing of jaw anti-clenching device

July 18, 2017 | Americas | News

DENVER, USA: Entrepreneur Brock Predovich is working on a novel product that is supposed to relieve bruxism. Earlier this month, his Kickstarter campaign exceeded its $10,000 goal, which means that the device, BruxRelief, can now be manufactured.

GC Chairman Makoto Nakao receives honorary doctorate

July 18, 2017 | Europe | Business

TURKU, Finland: In acknowledgement of the longstanding mutually beneficial relationship between Japanese dental manufacturer GC and the University of Turku in Finland, GC Chairman Makoto Nakao has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the university’s Faculty of Medicine.

No link found between oral cleft surgery and cognitive impairment

July 17, 2017 | Europe | News

ODENSE, Denmark/IOWA CITY, Iowa, USA: Researchers have suspected that early exposure to surgery and anaesthesia may be linked to cognitive impairment later in life. It has been thought that, due to the timing of oral cleft surgeries, which are typically performed at an extremely young age, children with an oral cleft often experience cognitive dysfunction and academic underachievement. However, a recent study by researchers at the University of Southern Denmark and the University of Iowa has suggested that the poor results in academic examinations of children born with oral clefts are not related to their early exposure to general anaesthesia.

Duration of breastfeeding may impact dental caries

July 14, 2017 | Asia Pacific | News

ADELAIDE, Australia: A study conducted at the University of Adelaide has suggested that children who are breastfed for at least two years could be at a higher risk of dental caries. The researchers considered this finding against the children’s pattern of sugar intake from foods.

Novel surgical procedure may help combat peri-implantitis

July 13, 2017 | Asia Pacific | News

SEOUL, South Korea: The most common cause of peri-implantitis is the formation of a biofilm on the implant surface. Thus, effectively decontaminating the affected surface is essential for avoiding implant failure. Researchers in South Korea have now tested a novel surgical procedure and shown promising results in combating this inflammation.

State-of-the-art dental education centre opens in Bradford

July 13, 2017 | News

BRADFORD, UK: A £500,000 sophisticated education and training facility designed to enhance and further the skills and knowledge of dental health care staff has just been completed at Bradford College. Offering training and continuing professional development courses for dental professionals on topics such as fluoride application, oral cancer awareness and impression taking, the Northern Dental Education Centre (NORDEC) will also provide apprenticeships for those seeking employment in the dental industry.

Organisation bans junk food advertisements aimed at children

July 13, 2017 | News

LONDON, UK: The Committee of Advertising Practice is clamping down on junk food advertising aimed at UK children. As of 1 July, the promotion of high fat, high salt or high sugar food or drinks in traditional media, online media and other sites where children make up over 25 per cent of the audience will be banned. However, the Oral Health Foundation (OHF) was quick to stress that the progress made cannot stop here and more needs to be done to protect the well-being of children across the country.

ADA highlights risks of dental tourism

July 13, 2017 | Asia Pacific | News

SYDNEY, Australia: With the cost of dental treatment presenting a significant barrier for many Australians, some may consider dental tourism—travelling to another country to undergo a dental procedure—to be an increasingly viable option. With this in mind, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) has been prompted to issue a warning about the risks that may accompany this decision.

Risks of dental tourism highlighted by ADA

July 13, 2017

SYDNEY, Australia: With the cost of dental treatment presenting a significant barrier for many Australians, some may consider dental tourism—travelling to another country to undergo a dental procedure—to be an increasingly viable option. With this in mind, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) has been prompted to issue a warning about the risks that may accompany this decision.

Researchers identify DNA sections responsible for periodontitis

July 10, 2017 | Europe | News

BERLIN, Germany: An international network of researchers led by scientists at the Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany has identified variations of certain DNA sequences that are clearly associated with an increased risk of developing different forms of periodontal disease. For at least two gene regions, the study team found a highly significant association with the disease.

Plymouth dental experts support Philippine mission

July 10, 2017

PLYMOUTH, UK/MANDAUE CITY, Philippines: Supporting UK charity Dentaid, two dental experts from Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry will be bringing oral health care to one of the poorest cities in the Philippines.

Osteology Foundation appoints new executive director

July 7, 2017 | Europe | Business

LUCERNE, Switzerland: Dr Kristian Tersar has been appointed Executive Director of the Osteology Foundation. Tersar, who has already served ad interim in this function since former director Kay Horsch left the foundation in January, has now officially taken over the position.

Millennials’ expectations regarding dental care are changing

July 7, 2017 | Americas | News

RADNOR, Pa., USA: New research carried out by an American insurance company has looked at consumers’ evolving dental needs and how they differ by generation. The first findings of the multiple-part study reveal dental habits and preferences, highlighting opportunities for dental offices and providing guidance for employers to better meet employees’ expectations regarding dental insurance.

Dentists welcome European action plan against antimicrobial resistance

July 6, 2017 | Europe | News

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The Council of European Dentists (CED), the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) have warmly welcomed a new plan by the European Commission to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Actions include practical advancements, such as more rapid, cheaper and reliable diagnostic tests, and on a political level, exchanging good practices and data analysis with non-EU countries.

Dental desensitization protocols support children with autism

July 6, 2017 | Americas | News

SEATTLE, USA: A study conducted at the University of Washington has suggested that desensitization programs, including repeated visits, could help many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) receive needed dental care. The researchers evaluated the effectiveness of a dental desensitization protocol for children with ASD and determined characteristics associated with a successful dental examination.

Dentsply Sirona World Summit Tour stops in Nice

July 6, 2017 | Europe | News

NICE, France: Aiming to “share inspiration, knowledge and confidence ” with dental professionals all over the globe, Dentsply Sirona Implants launched its 2017 World Summit Tour. After hosting major events in Tokyo in Japan in February and San Diego in the US in May, the tour has now made a stop in the French seaport of Nice. On 23 and 24 June, attendees can choose from several implantology-based lectures in the state-of-the-art scientific programme, as well as workshops and product demonstrations.

A sweet remedy? New dental lozenges aim to tackle dental caries

July 5, 2017 | Asia Pacific

OSAKA, Japan: Osaka-based confectionary company UHA Mikakuto has introduced flavoured pastilles claimed to be helpful in maintaining a healthy oral flora.

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