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Artificial intelligence used to predict oral cancer survival chances

October 14, 2019 | Europe | News

COVENTRY, UK: The impact artificial intelligence is having on the healthcare industry is becoming more and more evident on a daily basis. In dentistry, some of the advances have helped to improve outcomes and increase productivity. Now in a recent pilot study, researchers in the UK have developed an algorithm that helps predict the chances of a patient surviving oral cancer. The study, which focuses on patients from Pakistan, may be hugely influential in helping a country with almost 13,000 new cases of oral cancer every year.

Webinar to focus on air polishing powders

October 14, 2019 | Europe | News

ZURICH, Switzerland: Getting to know your tools as well as possible is important for anyone who wants to master his or her craft. In the field of dentistry there is much to master and so too in the field of dental hygiene. In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Thursday, 17 October, webinar host Joyce van der Horst will be sharing her thoughts about the experience which she has gained during her 17 years of practising and teaching dental hygiene.

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Interview: A fresh perspective on dentistry

October 14, 2019 | Europe | Interviews

Dr Vitor Neves, a dentist who qualified in Brazil and in the UK, believes that the profession needs innovation, but that, to its detriment, dentistry has moved away from biologically based treatment modalities in favour of a more technical approach. Neves, a lecturer and periodontics registrar at the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London, recently wrote an opinion piece on the topic for the British Dental Journal, and he discusses it in this interview with Dental Tribune International.

ROOTS SUMMIT calls for abstracts and poster presentations

October 14, 2019 | Europe | News

PRAGUE, Czech Republic: The ROOTS SUMMIT provides not only a great lecture programme with some of the best endodontists in the world but also the perfect opportunity to participate. Therefore, the event organisers are inviting anyone interested in attending the summit in Prague to submit their own work in the form of posters or oral presentations by 6 December 2019.

Jersey patients waiting years for orthodontic treatment

October 14, 2019 | Europe | News

ST HELIER, Jersey: Patients on the island of Jersey are having to wait up to five years for orthodontic treatment, according to local newspaper the Jersey Evening Post. The patients are primarily children, and a government spokesperson has described the waiting times as “unacceptably high”.

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Dental startups are harnessing artificial intelligence

October 11, 2019 | Americas | Business | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Artificial intelligence (AI) has broken free from the pages of science fiction to become fact. Machines and software that can think and learn are now a reality and a wave of dental startups are developing new AI-assisted technologies for dentists. So what are some of the youngest companies in the industry hoping to achieve? And how can they bring their AI solutions from the drawing board to the dental practice?

Free webinar to feature live treatment

October 11, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: According to webinar host Dr. Gilberto Debelian, mechanical debridement of the root canal by endodontic files is important to gain access to the complex root canal network. In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 16, Debelian will give an overview of the different types of endodontic irrigants and a demonstration of a clinical protocol to be used in vital and nonvital cases.

Study to explore alternative to opioids in dentistry

October 11, 2019 | Americas | News

NEWARK, N.J., U.S.: Owing to the pain management benefits of this class of drugs, the opioid overdose epidemic persists in the U.S., and various studies have indicated that dentists are among the key prescribers of opioids. In the hope of reducing opioid dependence and abuse, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has recently awarded the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine a substantial grant to enable scientists to study the combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen as an opioid alternative.

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Interview: “The number of dentists treated for IPF was 23 times higher than expected”

October 11, 2019 | Americas | News

The health and safety of dental practitioners is an important topic. When a number of dental professionals were diagnosed with the commonly fatal condition of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) at a single Virginia clinic, researchers from West Virginia University School of Dentistry and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) wanted to find out more. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Dr. Randall Nett from the Respiratory Health Division at NIOSH spoke about the research and current developments.

Interview: “Education remains a priority for the company”

October 10, 2019 | Americas | Interviews

At the recent European Association for Osseointegration (EAO) annual congress in Lisbon in Portugal, Dental Tribune International had the opportunity to speak with Jo Massoels, Vice President of Global Marketing and Solutions at Dentsply Sirona Implants, about some of the company’s recently launched products and its focus for the future.

Mobile phones might help improve oral health in children and adolescents

October 10, 2019 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: Nowadays, the majority of people, even at a young age, own a mobile phone, making them a wide-reaching tool for interventions. For some time now, sports apps for smartphones have been used to improve general health, measuring distances and speed, for example. Why not extend this use to enhance oral health? A recent systematic review investigated whether mobile phones can be employed to address the global challenge of dental caries and found positive, but not generalisable, results.

Webinar to focus on magnification and CEREC workflow in dentistry

October 10, 2019 | Americas | Education

NEW YORK, U.S.: Even experienced dentists with thorough knowledge of the field may often find it difficult to properly evaluate the situation and perform treatment without the help of a dental microscope, as the naked eye is unable to perceive the necessary detail. In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 16, host Dr. Christian del Rey Schnitzler will explore the clinical and ergonomic relevance of using a dental microscope, especially when using the CEREC workflow. The webinar will outline the benefits of using magnification devices and help participants improve their visual acuity.

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Webinar host to argue against the “one abutment, one time” concept

October 9, 2019 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: According to webinar host Prof. Tomas Linkevičius, the concept of “one abutment, one time” has been circulating in the dental world for decades. In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Monday, Oct. 14, Linkevičius will put his case forward as to why there is no strong evidence regarding the benefit of the abutment level approach.

Seniors’ perception of oral health affects treatment seeking, study says

October 9, 2019 | Americas | News

CLEVELAND, U.S.: Dental Tribune International recently reported on an article that highlighted the significance of oral health for systematic health and demonstrated how this relationship becomes more critical with age. Now, a new study has examined how older adults perceive the importance of their own oral health and has found that a person’s perception of dental care may affect whether he or she decides to seek treatment. The results suggest that restructuring elderly people’s perception of the importance of dental conditions could help prevent edentulism and improve oral health-related quality of life.

Research into HPV-related neck cancer may help personalize treatment

October 9, 2019 | Americas | News

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., U.S.: Within the health sector, dentistry has been leading the way when it comes to personalizing treatment. In a recent study that has turned its focus to cancer treatment, researchers have identified certain characteristics in patients with head and neck cancer linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV) that may help personalize levels of radiation and chemotherapy.

Study identifies cells in gingivae that protect against periodontitis

October 9, 2019 | Americas | News

PHILADELPHIA, U.S./CHENGDU, China: Despite significant advancements in oral health care, periodontitis remains the most common cause of tooth loss, as well as the sixth most prevalent infectious disease worldwide. The discovery of a new type of cell in the epithelial tissue of the periodontium that helps protect against harmful bacteria has thus renewed interest in the notion that our immune systems may be key to this disease.

Analysis suggests that many foods might be oversweetened

October 9, 2019 | Americas | News

PHILADELPHIA, U.S.: Some of the recurring suspected culprits responsible for the growing prevalence of dental caries globally are food and drinks with added sugar. A study from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia has suggested some surprising trends in this regard, however, finding that many consumers tend to find foods to be too sweet rather than not sweet enough.

German clear aligner start-up partners with orthodontists

October 9, 2019 | Europe | Business | News

BERLIN, Germany: Remote aligner therapy is convenient and cost-effective for patients, but is this treatment option as sound as visiting an experienced orthodontist? The German start-up clear aligner manufacturer SunshineSmile has a new name and a new strategy that it hopes will allay patient concerns about remote treatment.

Dentsply Sirona announces acquisition of OraCheck

October 8, 2019 | Americas | Business

YORK, Pa., U.S./SALZBURG, Austria: Dentsply Sirona announced yesterday that it has signed an agreement to acquire OraCheck, extraoral and intraoral scanning software. According to the company, the acquisition will enable them to provide dental professionals with an additional tool for patient monitoring before, during and after treatment.

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Interview: This work helps us understand acute periodontal pathogens

October 8, 2019 | Americas | News

Bacteria and their different forms, movements and influences offer a seemingly unending number of research possibilities. In a recent study, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have found that it is not true that bacterial collaborations within microbiomes, like in the mouth, have evolved to be generous and exclusive. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Dr. Gina Lewin explains this in more detail and discusses other areas of the study.

Climate change threatens world health

October 7, 2019 | Europe | News

BERLIN, Germany: At the third global demonstration against climate change, held at the end of September, the World Health Summit participated in a campaign at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Charité) under the slogan “The climate crisis is a medical emergency”. The demonstration was jointly organized by German general practitioner and author Dr Eckart von Hirschhausen, students of Charité, the Deutsche Allianz Klimawandel und Gesundheit and the action platform Health for Future. Medical staff, nursing staff and students from Charité gathered in the city centre to raise awareness of the health consequences of climate change.

Oral health of particular importance to elderly, study shows

October 7, 2019 | Americas | News

FARMINGTON, Conn., U.S.: Numerous studies have established that oral health can play a significant role in systemic health. A new review study has found that this relationship actually grows in importance with age, and that oral health vigilance is especially critical for the elderly.

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Interview: “The link between oral disease and oxidative stress is still not that widely known”

October 4, 2019 | Europe | Advertorial | Business | Interviews | News

Dr Lenka Banasova runs her own dental centre, Pearl Dental, in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, where she has a passionate staff of dentists, dental assistants and dental hygienists. In recent years, her focus has increasingly shifted from conservative dentistry and prosthodontics towards periodontics. Most importantly, however, she is one of the few dentists to touch on the largely neglected topic of oxidative stress. In this interview, she explains how natural antioxidants can improve periodontal therapy.

Teeth from victims of Irish famine reveal dietary insights

October 4, 2019 | News

EDINBURGH, UK: The Great Irish Famine is something etched into European history. The impact of the famine has been well documented, and in a new study that adds to this cache of information, researchers have analysed the dental calculus and plaque build-up on the teeth of the famine’s victims, finding evidence of maize, oats, potato, wheat and milk foodstuffs. They believe that this information is important because it confirms historical accounts.

Slow Dentistry seeks to empower dental patients

October 4, 2019 | Europe | News

LUCERNE, Switzerland: Slow Dentistry is a concept developed by a group of international clinicians in order to combat the pressure to perform and achieve instant results which is often put on the dental profession by the dental industry. The concept is based on four universal key principles that patients can use as a checklist. The concept is aimed at empowering patients to be confident about their safety, well-being and comfort and at helping them better understand dental treatment.

Report shows sugar reduction goals not yet on track

October 4, 2019 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: The negative impact that excess sugar consumption has on both oral and overall health is a well-established fact at this point. It comes as concerning news, then, that an ambitious plan by Public Health England (PHE) to reduce the country’s sugar intake by 20% by 2020 has delivered mixed results so far, according to a recent report on the campaign’s progress.

Dentsply Sirona World 2019 is here!

October 3, 2019 | Americas | Events | News

LAS VEGAS, U.S.: Dentsply Sirona, a leading dental manufacturer, has officially opened Dentsply Sirona World 2019, its annual industry gathering. The sold-out event is being held at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino in Las Vegas from Oct. 3 to 5, where participants will have the opportunity to attend a wide range of workshops and lectures, as well as try out innovations like Primescan, the company’s new intraoral scanner.

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Abnormal mouth sores are focus of free webinar

October 3, 2019 | Europe | News

ZURICH, Switzerland: Dental professionals are well placed to identify abnormal sores in the mouth to aid in early diagnosis of oral cancer. In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Tuesday, 8 October, registered dental hygienist Shannon Nanne, a former Executive Director of the Global Oral Cancer Forum (GOCF), will pass on her expertise in the area of recognising intra- and extra-oral irregular lesions.

Third European Aligner Society Congress to feature wide array of speakers

October 3, 2019 | Europe | Events | News

ST JULIAN’S, Malta: The European Aligner Society (EAS) recently announced that it will be holding its third congress from 19 to 21 March 2020 in Portomaso in St Julian’s in Malta. According to the organisers, the programme will build on the knowledge developed at the previous two congresses and EAS Spring Meetings, and the impressive line-up of speakers will explore continuing advances in aligner therapy, an area of considerable importance in orthodontic treatment.

Researchers associate electric toothbrushing with tooth retention

October 2, 2019 | Europe | News

GREIFSWALD, Germany: Various studies have investigated the short-term oral health benefits of using an electric or a manual toothbrush. A recent study examined the long-term effects of powered toothbrushes on periodontal health, caries and tooth loss in adults. The findings showed that participants who used electric toothbrushes experienced less edentulism than those who used manual toothbrushes did. Additionally, brushing teeth with an electric toothbrush was associated with fewer periodontal pockets and an improved attachment of teeth to the gingivae and bone.

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