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3Shape expands its integrated in-house manufacturing options

October 29, 2019 | Europe | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: 3Shape has recently qualified the DGSHAPE DWX-42W mill as a Trusted Connection device for TRIOS Design Studio, its single-visit restorative design solution. As a Trusted Connection device, the mill can now nest the CAD block in 3Shape TRIOS Design Studio to achieve a smooth and predictable milling process. The milling machine is the third to be designated as a 3Shape Trusted Connection device and joins the series of new-generation mills now fully integrated with TRIOS Design Studio.

No top-selling sweetened children’s drinks meet expert recommendations

October 28, 2019 | Americas | News

HARTFORD, Conn., U.S.: In a recent study, researchers from Saint Louis University (SLU) and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut (UConn) found that, in 2018, sweetened drinks accounted for 62% of sales of children’s drinks. The researchers noted that none of the 34 top-selling sweetened children’s drinks met expert recommendations for healthier drinks for children.

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Television watching habits may influence oral health, study finds

October 28, 2019 | Americas | News

BELÉM, Brazil: Television can often play a key role in determining what foods people purchase, thanks to its high concentration of food product advertisements. Unfortunately, the kinds of food products that are advertised are overwhelmingly high in sugar, fats and salt, and highly processed. It comes as little surprise, therefore, that a recent study has linked excessive television watching among children to higher levels of sugar intake and subsequent dental caries.

Want to maintain good oral health? Start eating smarter

October 28, 2019 | Europe | News

KRIENS, Switzerland: With an estimated 743 million people affected, periodontitis is a major global health burden. The condition is usually initiated by bacterial biofilm resulting from poor oral hygiene and mediates the destruction of soft and hard periodontal tissue, and has been linked to systemic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A healthy diet is a well-known factor in the prevention and management of periodontitis, but there is one group of completely organic chemicals that could play a larger role than previously assumed: polyphenols.

Bioactive ceramics put under the microscope in free webinar

October 25, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: More than 2,500 articles have been published in the field of bioactive ceramics in dental materials, according to Dr. Hugo Sousa Dias. In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 30, Dias will be discussing the materials from a clinical perspective, focusing especially on mineral trioxide aggregate.

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Personalized oral health care is top priority for future, believes AADR

October 25, 2019 | Americas | News

ALEXANDRIA, Va., U.S.: A recent issue of Advances in Dental Research, an e-supplement to the Journal of Dental Research, features the proceedings from the ninth American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Fall Focused Symposium, held on Nov. 8–9, 2018. The impressive rate at which dental research is moving was acknowledged at this meeting. Under the theme “Advances in Precision Oral Health Research,” the symposium focused on the current state of precision oral health research and its clinical application, the future of personalized oral health care and the areas that need to be improved to realize the full potential of personalized oral care.

Researchers highlight importance of innovative learning models in implant dentistry

October 25, 2019 | Europe | News

LISBON, Portugal: New implant treatment techniques are constantly being developed as a result of technological progress, and this has created a need to update education in implant dentistry. Recently, researchers from Portugal, the UK and the US published a paper on trends in implant dentistry education which summarises the most effective training methods for this dental field. The paper discusses non-traditional methods and encourages dentists to seek professional education after their university training has ended.

Dentsply Sirona World 2019 impresses attendees in Las Vegas

October 25, 2019 | Americas | News

LAS VEGAS, U.S.: Earlier this month, Las Vegas played host to Dentsply Sirona World 2019, a highlight of the dental calendar. This year’s event, which sold out weeks beforehand, brought together thousands of participants to experience a unique mix of workshops, clinical training units, presentations by more than 100 dental experts, and an unrivaled entertainment program.

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Novel technology could improve efficacy of metal-based dental implants

October 25, 2019 | Americas | News

PITTSBURGH, U.S.: Owing to its favorable properties, titanium is widely used in dental implants. However, metal-based implants made of titanium often accumulate microbes on their surfaces, which may lead to chronic infections and inflammation in the surrounding tissue and even result in implant failure. In a new study, researchers have discovered a new way to treat the side effects of metallic implants by utilizing electrochemical therapy (ECT) to enhance the ability of antibiotics to eradicate microbes. The study may help promote the use of electrochemical approaches in the treatment of fungal infections.

Singapore to ban advertisement of certain sugary drinks

October 24, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

SINGAPORE: Excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) can have a deleterious effect not just on oral health but on systemic health conditions, such as diabetes, as well. With this in mind, the Singaporean government has announced that it will ban the advertising of high-sugar drinks across all domestic mass media platforms.

Rise of non-premium dental implants in Asia Pacific region

October 24, 2019 | Asia Pacific | Business

BEIJING, China: Sales of dental implants are set to grow at a phenomenal rate in the coming years in major dental markets in the Asia Pacific region. The value implant segment is driving volume growth, but still trailing behind the premium segment when it comes to overall dollar value. International implant manufacturers are investing in the value category, and cheaper solutions in implant therapy may be the key to boosting some of the region’s developing markets.

Free webinar puts carbon dioxide all-tissue laser to the test

October 24, 2019 | Americas | Education | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 6, host Dr. Jeffrey Rohde will discuss the science behind Solea, a 9.3 μm carbon dioxide all-tissue laser, and the various procedures it enables by eliminating anesthesia and bleeding and by efficiently cutting hard and soft tissue. The participants will have the opportunity to review clinical cases of hard- and soft-tissue procedures performed with Solea and learn how it can be used for cavity preparation and in oral surgeries involving soft tissue and bone ablation.

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Researchers find extra 100 ml of sugary drink can increase risk of diabetes

October 23, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: In a further development in the fight against sugary drinks, the Oral Health Foundation has called for people in Britain to change their habits and choose healthier alternatives. The call to action comes after new research has shown that increasing sugary drink consumption by 100 ml a day over four years will increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes by almost 16%.

Workshop highlights link between oral health and HIV/Aids

October 23, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

BALI, Indonesia: Significant progress in the battle against HIV/Aids has been made in recent years, to the point that the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has declared its intention to end this epidemic by 2030. In September, the eighth World Workshop on Oral Health and Disease in AIDS (WW8) took place in Bali, where a subsequent declaration emphasised the necessity of improving the current level of dental professionals’ knowledge in order to help achieve the aims of UNAIDS.

More webinars, more languages: Straumann Group’s dental e-learning platform grows

October 23, 2019 | Europe | News

BASEL, Switzerland: In order to continue advancing dental care through dental education, the Straumann Group has expanded its global educational online platform, the Straumann Campus. In the future, the website will offer up to 60 webinars per year in five languages to its international users free of charge. The overall aim of the platform is to build a true global e-learning community.

Global oral health in focus at United Nations high-level meeting

October 22, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: On Sept. 23, the United Nations held the High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) at the General Assembly in New York. Covering a wide range of topics around health care, the meeting also discussed the importance of oral health. At the meeting, world leaders adopted the first UN political declaration on UHC. In a statement, FDI World Dental Federation said it welcomed the “long overdue commitment to strengthening oral health” expressed in the declaration.

New research shows saliva could be key to understanding human evolution

October 22, 2019 | Americas | News

BUFFALO, N.Y., U.S.: Much is already known about saliva’s benefits for food digestion and general oral health. The differences between human saliva and that of other primates, however, are relatively unclear. A new study has discovered stark differences between human and primate saliva, leading to hope that these could be “overlooked hotbeds of evolutionary activity,” according to one of the study’s authors.

Researchers link obesity to dietary changes from decades ago

October 21, 2019 | Americas | News

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: The obesity epidemic in the U.S has reached a new level of severity. Supersized food portions and an inactive lifestyle are often blamed for the problem. However, researchers from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) have put forward a new contention, highlighting dietary changes that took place decades ago.

Former and light smokers subject to adverse health risks

October 21, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Various studies have examined the oral health implications of tobacco use and smoking cessation. Since it has been proven that smoking accelerates a decline in the function of the lungs, a recent study has assessed lung function in smokers, ex-smokers and those who have never smoked. The findings suggest that even people who smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day cause long-term damage to their lungs.

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World Food Day highlights importance of healthy diet

October 21, 2019 | Americas | News

ROME, Italy: World Food Day is celebrated annually on 16 October, marking the day the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), a United Nations agency, was founded in 1945. This year, more than 150 countries worldwide participated in a multitude of events under the theme “Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World”. People were encouraged to shift from a highly processed, sugar-laden diet to one rich in seasonal vegetables and fibre that could provide benefits for both oral and systemic health.

Pipeline program inspires a diverse community of students to study dentistry

October 18, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Encouraging people from all socio-economic backgrounds to study dentistry can only mean good things for the profession as a whole. However, as the cost of studying almost completely locks out those who come from the lower end of the economic scale, it is an almost impossible task. In 2012, two students from New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD), who are now both full-time faculty members, set out to create a pipeline program for low-income high school students and those from underrepresented groups to boost their interest in studying dentistry.

Bicycle helmets not effective in reducing severity of facial injuries

October 18, 2019 | Americas | News

SEATTLE, U.S.: Although cycling and bicycle accidents are increasingly common in the U.S., many cyclists do not realize the importance of wearing a helmet. In a recent study, researchers have measured the effectiveness of bicycle helmets in preventing and reducing the severity of maxillofacial injuries. They reported that cyclists who wear helmets are less likely to experience facial injury in a bicycle crash. However, helmet use did not affect the severity of the injury, which might be explained by the fact that standard helmets do not include a mask to protect the maxillofacial region.

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Study questions effect of periodontal therapy on hypertension

October 18, 2019 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: The discussion around a link between periodontitis and hypertension is not new. Acknowledging this and the fact that there is still not enough evidence to establish a causal connection, authors of a recent study which investigates the correlation believe that more randomised tests are needed to determine the impact of periodontal therapy.

California bill offers protection to teledentistry patients

October 17, 2019 | Americas | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S.: Consumers in California who receive treatment from teledentistry providers will be afforded new protection from January 2020. Crucially, Assembly Bill 1519 (AB 1519) will establish a standard of orthodontic treatment in California that does not discriminate between the care provided in the dental office and that which is provided through remote teledentistry.

GreenMark to develop technology for early caries detection

October 17, 2019 | Americas | News

EAST LANSING, Mich., U.S.: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has recently awarded GreenMark Biomedical a grant to support the development of its patented nanoparticle-based dental technology for early-stage identification of dental caries. When detected early, caries treatment is noninvasive and nonsurgical and requires minimal intervention. Therefore, the novel treatment would improve the patient experience and the long-term oral health outcomes of those who are at risk of developing caries.

Walmart begins its move into health care

October 16, 2019 | Americas | News

DALLAS, Ga., U.S.: Walmart, the world’s largest company by revenue, has recently launched its first health clinic. The retail giant held a grand opening of the Walmart Health center on Sept. 13. The new center has been designed to provide a range of medical services, including dental check-ups.

Researchers use tooth matrix biomarkers to study children’s metabolic cycles

October 16, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Few studies have examined the association between elemental exposures and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). New research has filled the gap and identified elemental signatures in primary teeth that are unique to children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, or both neurodevelopmental conditions. The findings suggest that the metabolic regulation of nutrients and toxins in children plays a pivotal role in these diseases. The study may be instrumental in identifying factors that cause the disorders and developing an early treatment plan.

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New mirror trainer may improve dentists’ motor skills, study suggests

October 15, 2019 | Americas | News

Somerville, Mass., U.S.: The process of learning how to move correctly when using a mirror in a patient’s mouth can often be difficult. Though drawing on a piece of paper while looking at it via a mirror is an often recommended exercise, the benefits of this exercise do not always translate to real dental procedures. A study of a new mirror training device has shown promising results that could affect the way dental students learn indirect motor skills.

Dentsply Sirona honours dental students from around globe

October 15, 2019 | Europe | News

KONSTANZ, Germany: Dentsply Sirona has taken the opportunity to recognise the work of some of the top dental students worldwide at its annual Global Clinical Case Contest (GCCC). The GCCC has continued to grow in size since its introduction in 2005, and more than 1,200 submissions from 140 universities were received for this year’s iteration of the competition.

Improved instrumentation to reduce endodontic complications

October 15, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

BUSAN, South Korea: Reducing complications in root canal therapy is in the best interests of dentists as well as patients. To improve the clinical performance of endodontic files, a research team led by Dr Sang Won Kwak from Pusan National University tested instruments with specially designed rotary motion.

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