September 11, 2017 | News
MANDAUE, Philippines: Four volunteers working with Dentaid, a dental charity that provides essential dental care to people in the UK and to people in many of the poorest countries in the world, have recently returned from the Philippines. In a joint mission with two other UK charities, Team Rubicon and Serve On, the volunteers were able to treat 383 patients at Umapad Elementary School on the island of Cebu, many of whom had been suffering from long-term dental pain and needed extractions.
MARBURG, Germany: Jugend forscht is a German youth competition that encourages and supports talented achievers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It seeks to inspire young people to pursue careers in these areas and, after the contest, supports them in this regard. This year, three dental students were awarded first prize for their lamp that prevents the premature hardening of restorative material.
CALGARY, Canada: Dentsply Sirona and Zephyr Sleep Technologies have announced their strategic partnership to help in the advancement of sleep apnea solutions. Sleep-related breathing disorders, which include obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), affect as many as 20 percent of the North American population, and oral appliances are often the preferred treatment option. However, they are only suitable for about 60 percent of OSA cases, and selecting which patients will respond to the treatment is difficult.
LONDON, UK/ROME, Italy: That the consumption of sweet, carbonated and alcoholic drinks—which are all main characteristics of Prosecco—lead to tooth damage is a well-known fact. However, a statement by a British dentist claiming that excessive consumption of the sparkling wine from the Veneto region of Italy leads to the so-called “Prosecco smile” has provoked a response by the Italian government.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., USA: In a breakthrough to achieving longer-lasting fillings, crowns, implants and other restorative work, researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have developed a new type of dental composite that provides an extra layer of durability to treated teeth. This new composite could mean a 50 percent increase in toughness, resulting in fewer trips to the dentist, saving money and resources.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., USA: In 1926, Dr. William Gies published his seminal report “Dental education in the United States and Canada,” which has had a profound impact on dental education over the last 90 years and provided a scientific basis for the profession. However, dental education is now challenged by a new set of issues concerning financing education, improved oral health, more effective treatment technologies and a rapidly changing delivery system. This has created the need for another study to set a new course for education of the oral health care workforce.
LEIPZIG, Germany: Next year, Dental Tribune International (DTI) is launching its new educational platform, Dental Tribune Online Shows. Aimed at dental professionals in a variety of fields, each interactive learning experience offered will consist of a series of lectures broadcast in real time to participants around the world. Recorded either from a preferred location or in the newly established Tribune Studios in Berlin in Germany, speakers will have the opportunity to engage with participants in an easy and modern manner.
CHICAGO, USA: The American Dental Association (ADA) and 3M have announced that they are partnering to create the first 3M Innovative Research Fellowship Program. Aimed at encouraging and engaging with researchers who are innovating and leading the way to advance dental materials science, the focus of the program will be to support future-oriented new pathways and methods in dental research.
CALGARY, Alberta, Canada: Researchers studying a 400-million-year-old bony fish from Estonia believe that they have found evidence for the origin of teeth. Using advanced synchrotron microtomography on numerous specimens representing different ages has allowed scientists a rare glimpse into the evolution and formation of teeth.
September 1, 2017 | News
BRISBANE, Australia: In light of the ageing population, dentists need to be aware of the risks posed by retained dentition and exposed root surfaces in elderly patients, whose oral health problems are multifactorial. A recent article has recommended a maximum interception approach involving all members of the health care team and promoting evidence-based self-care, taking into account salivary, plaque and lifestyle risk factors.
MADRID, Spain: Prof. Mahesh Verma, President of the Indian Academy of Restorative Dentistry, was presented with the second annual International Dental Manufacturers (IDM) Global Oral Health Progress Award at the FDI World Dental Congress yesterday. The award recognises Verma’s many years of service to the dental profession and valuable contributions to furthering global oral health, particularly in emerging markets.
MADRID, Spain: At a press event on Wednesday, long-standing partners Oral-B and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) announced that they have joined forces in a Europe-wide campaign to raise awareness of the importance of oral health during pregnancy. The initiative aims to educate and support expectant women, as well as health care and dental professionals, by introducing guidelines for both audiences, among other measures.
At this year’s FDI World Dental Congress, the annual summit of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) is being held for the eighth time. Dental Tribune Online spoke with ACFF Chairman Prof. Nigel Pitts from King's College in London about the meeting on Thursday, the alliance’s progress to date and whether the organisation’s long-term goal of cavity-free children born in 2026 is still realistic.
SYDNEY, Australia: In a follow-up to its Dental Health Week 2017 campaign, held from 7 to 13 August, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) is reminding all Australians to make August their month to visit the dentist. Dental Tribune International spoke with Prof. David Manton, Chairman of the ADA’s Oral Health Committee, about the message of Dental Health Week and why oral health is important for overall well-being.
LONDON, Ontario, Canada: Researchers have used proteomics to examine proteins and peptides in saliva in order to accurately detect exposure to the Zika virus. With 70 countries and territories reporting evidence of mosquito-borne Zika transmission, there is an increased need for a rapid and effective test for the virus.
LEIPZIG, Germany: Breaking through the barrier between dentistry and medicine could be a crucial step towards better all-round health. Since the practice of dentistry was founded, the two professions have largely been seen as separate entities; however, twenty-first-century science has established that oral health is intrinsically connected with overall health, making a joint working relationship between them seem like an obvious step.
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, U.S.: CEO and founder of Ultradent Dr. Dan Fischer has written an open letter calling on Americans to turn their backs on the Trump presidency. In response to Trump’s reaction to the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12 and 13, the full-page letter in USA TODAY has now caused the already maxed-out political turmoil to spill over into the dental industry.
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany: Dental tasks executed in awkward body positions result in a high degree of strain on the respective muscles. A recently published study has investigated those dental tasks during which awkward postures occur most frequently. It found that, during treatment activities, the entire head and trunk area was anteriorly tilted and the back twisted to the right and such static positions were assumed for 4–10 seconds.
SHANGHAI, China: After hosting major events in Tokyo in Japan in February, San Diego in the US in May, and Nice in France in June, the 2017 World Summit Tour will make its final stop in Shanghai on 25 and 26 November.
HALLE, Germany: According to a joint study conducted by researchers at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Biotechnology Research and Information Network (BRAIN) in Germany, people across the globe are eating far too much sugar. Involving 168 countries, the study used data from 2010 on the prevalence of caries, periodontitis and tooth loss, on disease burden and the corresponding costs of treatment, and on sugar consumption.
German-Swedish orthodontist Dr David Weichbrodt lives in Asker, part of Norway’s Greater Oslo region. In his four-person practice, he emphasises the role of teamwork and communication in fostering an optimal and personal rapport with each patient. In his practice, which he established more than ten years ago, Weichbrodt remains driven by the desire to achieve a consistently positive experience for his patients. In this interview, he talks about the path he took to orthodontics and the benefits of the interior design of a dental practice for both the patient and the dentist.
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany: While the mechanism underlying loss of consciousness in anaesthesia is not known, it has been hypothesised that it is due to interrupted transmission on nerve fibres coupling brain areas, affecting their ability to communicate with each other. Neuroscientists have now discovered that certain areas of the brain generate less information under anaesthesia. The drop in information could be a consequence of reduced local information generation in the brain.
Traditionally, becoming a dentist in Spain was a lengthy process. Students used to be required to first obtain a qualification in medicine before they could even undergo dental training. Since 1986, however, these restrictions have been eased, and dentists are now able to practise with a European Union-recognised degree in dentistry. As a result, the country is now home to around 35,000 dentists and over 14,000 dental hygienists, almost all of whom operate as private practitioners owing to Spain’s low level of public-funded oral health care.
CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The folklore of the tooth fairy is widely known and practiced in various countries in the English-speaking world. It states that, when a child loses a baby tooth and puts it under the pillow, the tooth fairy will replace it with a small gift during the night. This tradition is celebrated on August 22 in the form of National Tooth Fairy Day. How did the myth of the tooth fairy actually come into being?
CHARLESTON, S.C., U.S.: With intraoral scanning becoming increasingly prevalent in dentistry, knowing which scanner will give the best performance is essential. In a new study led by Dr. Walter Renne, from the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at the Medical University of South Carolina, researchers looked at seven scanners and analyzed their performance based on 3-D comparisons. They found that Planmeca PlanScan and 3Shape’s TRIOS performed the best.
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany: In a case study published recently, a patient who was unable to swallow after a resection of the oesophagus, owing to Barrett’s oesophageal carcinoma, experienced immediate remarkable results after irradiation treatment. Used in clinical medicine for prevention and therapy, water-filtered infrared-A (wIRA) is a special form of heat radiation with high tissue penetration and a low thermal load to the skin surface.