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Straumann results show buoyancy in digital and implants segments

August 22, 2019 | Europe | Business | News

BASEL, Switzerland: The Straumann Group has posted strong financial results for the first half of 2019, with organic revenue up around 16%. Founding new subsidiaries, expanding its business, signing new partnerships and increasing collaboration with industry partners—the strategies behind the group’s double-digit growth demonstrate how the dentistry business will remain in good health.

Interview: “Development of tooth crowns tends to occur earlier than stated in previous works”

August 22, 2019 | Americas | News

Dr. Richard J. Sherwood is Professor of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences and Vice Chair of Research at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, he explained how his new research shows that tooth development occurs much earlier than previously thought. The results of the study set new standards of reference in dental development and could provide dentists with an opportunity to improve evidence-based decisions.

CURAPROX Perio Plus+ highlighted in Brisbane

August 22, 2019 | Americas | Advertorial

BRISBANE, Australia: With dental implants set to become an increasingly common treatment option for edentulous patients in the future, regular maintenance will be imperative to ensure implant functionality and to prevent biological complications. At the recent 2019 International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH), Dr Tihana Divnic-Resnik delivered an engaging presentation titled “The role of chemical biofilm control in prevention of periodontitis and peri-implant disease” in a session sponsored by Swiss oral health company Curaden.

CareDent launches environmentally friendly selection at ISDH 2019

August 22, 2019 | Asia Pacific | Advertorial | News

BRISBANE, Australia: While certain industries seek to reduce their footprint through plastic minimisation and other initiatives, the oral health care industry is trailing behind, and thus dental professionals and businesses need to work together to create a systemic social shift. CareDent, an Australian oral healthcare company, took the opportunity at the 2019 International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) to announce new innovations designed to reduce its environmental footprint.

ISDH 2019 provides stimulating programme on evidence-based practice

August 21, 2019 | Americas | Events | News

BRISBANE, Australia: From 15 to 17 August, dental professionals from all around the world came together for the 21st International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) in Brisbane. The event attracted 1,135 attendees, representing 34 countries, who were engaged by an exciting mix of scientific presentations by leading international dental experts and new product launches by the exhibiting companies.

Project ECHO trains dentists through video conferencing platform

August 21, 2019 | Americas | News

HOUSTON, U.S.: Staff at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry have recently presented the first online lecture on oral and maxillofacial lesions through Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). The project connects expert specialists at academic medical centers with primary care clinicians in rural and underserved locations worldwide through what is named teleECHO technology. This enables specialist teams to share their knowledge and, through doing so, help improve treatment outcomes.

Opioid prescriptions reduced by one-third in 43 hospitals

August 20, 2019 | Americas | News

ANN ARBOR, Mich., U.S.: There is a new level of awareness in the U.S. about the opioid crisis and now more physicians are starting to respond with action. In a recent research letter, a team of doctors have shown how hospitals throughout Michigan have reduced the quantity of opioids prescribed to thousands of patients. Results showed that there were no signs of a decrease in patient satisfaction or a decline in pain management.

Oral appliances may be highly effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea

August 20, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Certain traits may define a type of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that can be effectively treated with an oral appliance, according to new research. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is considered the gold standard for preventing the obstruction by blowing air through a mask into the nose and throat. However, many patients have trouble sleeping with CPAP. For these patients, an oral appliance that moves the lower jaw forward to prevent the periods of obstructed airflow offers an alternative.

Oral organs of fish capable of tissue regeneration

August 20, 2019 | Americas | News

LONDON, U.K./ATLANTA, U.S.: After examining tooth renewal in animals that have tooth replacement and regenerative abilities, researchers from the U.K. and the U.S. identified similarities between the teeth and taste buds of a fish. The results suggest that the fish’s oral organs are able to regenerate tissue and can be manipulated to express the characteristics of different tissue types, under the regulation of the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling pathway.

In dentistry, image is everything

August 19, 2019 | Americas | Advertorial

HELSINKI, Finland: Three-dimensional dental imaging technology and software continue to make great strides when it comes to improving image quality. However, despite the progress made in the last decade, some challenges remain. So how do you achieve a great image? Planmeca’s Product Development Manager of Imaging Algorithms, Mikko Lilja, says it is a combination of three C’s: contrast, crispness and correcting artefacts.

Cigarette smoke intensifies head and neck cancer, study finds

August 19, 2019 | Americas | News

PHILADELPHIA, U.S.: The dangers of smoking are well known, and in a new study, researchers have pinpointed it as being a major factor in developing head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, the sixth most common cancer in the world. The study was conducted by researchers from Thomas Jefferson University and highlights, among other things, how cigarette smoke reprograms cells.

Artificial intelligence advances cancer therapy

August 16, 2019 | Americas | News

CLEVELAND, U.S.: In a recent advancement in cancer research, scientists have used artificial intelligence (AI) to help customize the radiation dosage for individual patient treatments. An earlier study showed that radiation therapy for throat cancer can produce better results than transoral robotic surgery (TORS). This latest development may help physicians in all fields prescribe better treatments and save more lives.

Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy improves oral health in offspring

August 15, 2019 | Europe | News

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: The authors of a recent study have investigated whether high-dose vitamin D supplementation during the third trimester of pregnancy improved the long-term oral health of offspring during childhood. The findings showed a reduction in the probability of enamel hypoplasia, with no association between mothers’ supplementation and caries in their children.

Researchers develop new bonelike material

August 15, 2019 | Americas | News

PORTLAND, Ore., U.S.: In a recent development that could have a huge impact on the dental industry, researchers from the Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry have developed a material that replicates human bone tissue. It can be produced in 72 days or less with an unprecedented level of precision, from its microscopic crystalline structure to its biological activity, and has been referred to as “bone in a dish”.

Dentsply Sirona showcase new software

August 14, 2019 | Europe | News

BASEL, Switzerland: At the recent American Association of Orthodontics meeting in Los Angeles, U.S., the introduction of the CEREC Ortho SW 2.0 software highlighted the fact that the Dentsply Sirona CAD/CAM system can be used for orthodontic indications. Supported by digital impressions taken with Primescan, the new system allows for an improved model analysis and adds a new feature for treatment simulation.

Interview: “KATANA Zirconia and CERABIEN ZR porcelain is an ideal combination”

August 14, 2019 | Americas | Advertorial

As a dental technician with many years of experience, Björn Roland has always pursued one goal in his lab: restorations that seamlessly mimic natural dentition and possess reliable functionality. In this interview, he discusses how he integrates Kuraray Noritake Dental’s dental solutions into his daily workflow and shares some tips for creating aesthetically pleasing dental restorations.

Vivos Therapeutics raises consumer awareness of its sleep apnea treatment

August 14, 2019 | Americas | News

DENVER, U.S./‎WILKES-BARRE, Pa., U.S.: Vivos Therapeutics, an American company that seeks to find the best evidence-based treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has recently collaborated with one of the nation’s largest dental product and equipment distributors, Benco Dental, to promote the Vivos System apnea treatment in the U.S. and expand the company’s client base. As part of the partnership, Benco will offer its customers a unique in-person opportunity to obtain more information on the treatment and to find out how it benefits sleep apnea sufferers and dental practitioners in a series of events that will take place from October this year.

Improving oral health of people with intellectual disability

August 13, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia: People with intellectual disability face various social, conceptual and other challenges that affect their overall health and well-being. Some of these challenges may also affect oral health. In order to educate dental practitioners on the issue and to improve access to dental care for individuals with intellectual disabilities, the Inclusion Designlab has published a guide that is aimed at fostering collaboration between medical providers, key support professionals, accommodation services and families, and identifying and subsequently treating oral health diseases more effectively.

Recovery from opioid use requires persistence and great range of services

August 13, 2019 | Americas | News

BOSTON, U.S.: In order to bring the opioid epidemic in the U.S. under control, researchers and health care providers alike are on the hunt for solutions that will lead affected patients to a successful recovery. The first national study of opioid problem resolution suggests that individuals with opioid use problems may require intensive medical, psychological and social support services over a long period.

New research to target head and neck cancer

August 13, 2019 | Americas | News

AUGUSTA, Ga., U.S.: For a group of researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, the enzyme ecto-5’-nucleotidase (CD73) is going to be the new focus. Known for helping to keep the immune system under control, CD73 may also help often-aggressive head and neck cancers thrive. Over the next two years, scientists will seek to determine where the high levels of the enzyme originate. Their long-term goal is to develop new methods of blocking them.

Dentsply Sirona World 2019 fast approaching

August 12, 2019 | Americas | Events

LAS VEGAS, U.S.: From Oct. 3 to 5, the dental manufacturer Dentsply Sirona will be hosting Dentsply Sirona World 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. This annual industry gathering is expected to bring together thousands of professionals from all areas of dentistry. Attendees will have the chance to learn about recent innovations and gain hands-on experience with some of them, such as the new intraoral scanner Primescan. The renowned entertainment program is set to feature the likes of comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld.

Fluoride may negatively affect kidney and liver function in adolescents

August 12, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: According to researchers at Mount Sinai hospital, New York, fluoride in drinking water can have potential health side effects, such as renal system damage, liver damage, thyroid dysfunction, bone and tooth disease, and impaired protein metabolism. In a recent study, they examined the effect of fluoride levels in drinking water and blood on the kidney and liver health of adolescents participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a group of studies that assess health and nutritional well-being in the U.S.

FDA continues to educate youth about dangers of vaping

August 9, 2019 | Americas | News

SILVER SPRING, Md., U.S.: It was almost a year ago that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiated “The Real Cost” Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign to educate at-risk youth about the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes through advertising on television and the Internet and nationwide anti-smoking poster distribution. As the campaign is about to reach its first anniversary, the FDA has launched its first youth e-cigarette prevention TV advertisements and is planning to provide educational materials and newly made posters for schools across the U.S.

Researchers discover method to control tooth root development

August 9, 2019 | Americas | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S./SICHUAN, China: Though genetic research has become increasingly relevant in the fields of medicine and biology, it has remained relatively untouched when it comes to dentistry. In a promising development, researchers have found that epigenetic regulation—the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression—can control root patterning and development in teeth, potentially leading someday to the regeneration of teeth.

Education minister visits new teaching facility at University of Otago

August 8, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: Officially opened on 11 June, the new Clinical Services Building at the University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry is set to replace the Walsh Building as the primary care unit and teaching clinic. Recently, Education Minister Chris Hipkins took a tour of the new facility to get a better idea of some of the work being done and to see first-hand some new and exciting advancements the clinic will provide.

Indian dentists extract 526 teeth from boy’s mouth

August 8, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

CHENNAI, India: In a remarkable 2-hour operation, doctors at the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital have reportedly removed 526 teeth from the mouth of a 7-year-old boy. The teeth were discovered inside a sac embedded in the posterior region of his lower jaw. Dentists are unsure whether the cause was genetic or environmental.

Dental students design metal saliva ejectors

August 7, 2019 | Americas | News

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica: Four dental students at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) have recently found a way to counter the environmental impact of disposable plastic saliva ejectors. They have developed a metallic, reusable saliva ejector that can be sterilized in an autoclave. According to the students, the newly developed dental instrument is not only environmentally friendly but also a cost-effective solution for dental practices.

New research highlights relationship between scent and disease

August 7, 2019 | Asia Pacific | News

TOKYO, Japan: Bad breath can be caused by any number of things, including an illness. When there is more to it than just an overload of onions and garlic, it can be difficult for practitioners to make an accurate diagnosis. For the first time, researchers in Japan have developed a highly sensitive gas imaging system (“sniff-cam”) that can detect low diagnostic levels of some disease biomarkers.

Alzheimer’s drug trial to target P. gingivalis

August 7, 2019 | Europe | News

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: At the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, researchers at pharmaceutical company Cortexyme announced an upcoming clinical trial that will target toxic substances released by the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis. Commonly associated with chronic periodontal disease, P. gingivalis has also been shown to have an adverse effect on Alzheimer’s disease.

Interview: “Oral health should not be looked at in isolation”

August 7, 2019 | Europe | Interviews | News

Whether or not to provide dental treatment for patients with drug dependencies can be a difficult decision for dentists to make. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Charlotte Bowes, Clinical Fellow in Restorative Dentistry at Newcastle University’s School of Dental Sciences and co-author of a recent article in the British Dental Journal on this topic, about the current guidance in the UK regarding this issue, the existing barriers to treatment and what she thinks could be improved.

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