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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Interview: How dental restorative materials could provide radiation information

July 4, 2017 | Europe | Interviews

In accidents or terror attacks suspected to involve radioactive substances, it can be difficult to determine whether people nearby have been exposed to radiation. By analysing materials or objects that come in close contact with the human body, it is possible to retrieve important information on radiation exposure. Dental Tribune Online spoke with medical radiation physicist Dr Therése Geber-Bergstrand, who has investigated the potential of teeth and dental restorative materials, among others, as indicators of radiation exposure.

Evidence of prehistoric dentistry found in Neanderthal teeth

July 3, 2017 | Americas

LAWRENCE, Kan., USA: A new study led by a University of Kansas researcher has discovered multiple toothpick grooves on teeth and signs of other dental manipulations by a Neanderthal of 130,000 years ago. These findings are evidence of a kind of prehistoric dentistry and form of self-treatment to relieve dental discomfort.

One in two dental practices do not check for nitrous oxide leaks

July 3, 2017 | Americas

WASHINGTON, USA: Although dental practices generally use a scavenging system to minimize exposure to nitrous oxide, many do not execute the recommended control steps—such as checking equipment for leaks—when performing dental procedures. To investigate the extent to which these exposure controls are used, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted a survey among members of professional practice organizations representing dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.

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Dentsply Sirona to host Ultimate Dental Meeting in Las Vegas

June 30, 2017 | Americas | Business

LAS VEGAS, USA: Dental solutions company Dentsply Sirona will be hosting its World 2017 Ultimate Dental Meeting in Las Vegas from Sept. 14 to 16. The event boasts more than 95 keynote speakers, a mixture of exciting talks, clinical training sessions, professional exchanges and first-class entertainment, featuring stars such as TED Talks luminary Simon Sinek, Grammy award-winning band Imagine Dragons and iconic entertainer Will Smith.

Microthreaded dental implants may preserve crestal bone

June 30, 2017 | Americas

LEXINGTON, Ky., USA/DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia: Implants with a microthreaded-neck design are more effective than those with a machined or conventional rough surface, researchers have found. Their study findings indicate that less crestal bone is lost with implants with the first design. Furthermore, the shape may contribute to better primary implant stability.

Practices lack bloodborne pathogen exposure control plans

June 29, 2017 | Americas

ATLANTA, USA: Findings from a web-based survey have shown that over a quarter of private dental practices that participated did not have a written site-specific bloodborne pathogen exposure control plan (ECP). The study was conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention and is one of the first to examine the extent of awareness of and compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration bloodborne pathogen standard in private dental practices.

American dentist still practicing at 93

June 27, 2017 | Americas | Interviews

EVANSVILLE, Ind., USA: Dr. Wilbur K. Manchette is probably one of the most passionate, dedicated and experienced dentists in his field. Even though the 93-year-old could be enjoying retirement, he is not considering ending his career at the All In The Family Dental practice in Evansville any time soon.

Henry Schein takes European Carriere Symposium to Barcelona

June 27, 2017 | Europe | Events

BARCELONA, Spain: From 14 to 16 September, Henry Schein Orthodontics is holding its third annual European Carriere Symposium in Barcelona. The company’s orthodontic business will bring together leading speakers and forward-thinkers in a powerful learning environment, aiming to showcase its latest innovations and clinical solutions.

Septodont launches new corporate website

June 26, 2017 | Europe | Business

SAINT-MAUR-DES-FOSSÉS, France: Targeted at digitalising its communications and complementing its 16 existing local sites, dental pain management provider Septodont has recently unveiled its new corporate website. With the aim of providing visitors with a global understanding of the company, it is hoped the new site will allow for closer interaction for all its users.

Osteology Symposium to be held in Australia for the first time

June 26, 2017 | Asia Pacific | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: For the first time in the Osteology Foundation’s history, Melbourne will play host to one of the three Asia-Pacific symposiums. Themed “Strategies for predictable regeneration—Today and tomorrow”, the scientific programme will delve intensively into the current status of knowledge and research in oral tissue regeneration, discussing new trends and techniques in the field.

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HPV vaccination may lower risk of oral infections that cause mouth cancer

June 24, 2017 | Americas | News

CHICAGO, USA: A study conducted in the U.S. has found that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine may help reduce oral infections that cause mouth and throat cancer by as much as 88 percent. However, the actual impact of the vaccine on oral HPV infections remains low, owing to the poor rate of uptake in the country, especially in males. The research is the first large study to explore the possible impact of the vaccine on oral HPV infections.

Award-winning seaweed drug helps fight disease

June 23, 2017

CARDIFF, UK: Together with Norwegian biopharmaceutical company AlgiPharma, researchers at Cardiff University have been working on new drugs to combat antibiotic-resistant diseases and infections. In the study, the team at the School of Dentistry has shown how alginates—found in seaweed—can disrupt the formation of microbial biofilms.

US Environmental Protection Agency reinstate amalgam management ruling

June 22, 2017 | Americas | News

WASHINGTON, USA: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule on the management of dental amalgam discharges into sewer systems. The regulation closely follows the American Dental Association’s (ADA) best management practices and will come into effect as of July 14, with compliance for most dentists set for July 14, 2020.

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US agency reinstates rule on amalgam management

June 22, 2017 | Americas | News

WASHINGTON, USA: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule on the management of dental amalgam discharges into sewer systems. The regulation closely follows the American Dental Association’s (ADA) best management practices and will come into effect as of July 14, with compliance for most dentists set for July 14, 2020.

Interview: “The world is becoming a noisier place each year”

June 21, 2017 | Asia Pacific | Interviews

Although noise exposure in dentistry may appear to be minimal, the potential for noise-induced hearing loss is an issue in the field. Various studies have shown that a significant number of dental professionals are affected each year.

New research may revolutionize root canal treatment

June 20, 2017 | Americas

PORTLAND, Ore., USA: Researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) have developed a revolutionary process by which to engineer new blood vessels in teeth using pre-vascularized dental tissue constructs. With this technique, they anticipate more effective treatment and longer-lasting results for root canal therapy.

Periodontal pathogen may interfere with conception in young women

June 20, 2017 | Europe | News

HELSINKI, Finland: In a new study recently carried out by researchers at the University of Helsinki, it was found that the common periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis may inhibit conception in young women. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, severe chronic periodontitis is the sixth most common medical condition in the world. Up until now, no data on the influence of periodontal bacteria on conception has been available.

Periodontal pathogen may interfere with conception in young women

June 20, 2017 | Europe | News

HELSINKI, Finland: In a new study recently carried out by researchers at the University of Helsinki, it was found that the common periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis may inhibit conception in young women. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, severe chronic periodontitis is the sixth most common medical condition in the world. Up until now, no data on the influence of periodontal bacteria on conception has been available.

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DT Bulgaria celebrates tenth anniversary of Smile of the Year awards

June 19, 2017 | Europe | News

SOFIA, Bulgaria: Dental Tribune Bulgaria recently celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Smile of the Year national dental competition, which recognises achievements in dentistry and dental technology. With around 200 attendees, including distinguished national and international guests, this year’s ceremony was held in Bulgaria's capital Sofia.

Smoking during pregnancy may harm child’s tooth development

June 19, 2017 | Asia Pacific

OTAGO, New Zealand: A study conducted by researchers at the University of Otago has found that women who smoke more than ten cigarettes a day while pregnant may negatively impact the development of their children’s teeth.

Water fluoridation receives generous funding in NZ budget

June 19, 2017 | Asia Pacific | News

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: The dental well-being of New Zealand’s population has just been given a boost. Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman has announced that the federal government’s 2017 budget will commit NZ$12 million (US$8.66 million) over the next four years to help build the infrastructure needed to fluoridate drinking water.

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