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DNA from dental calculus shows Neanderthal used natural analgesics

May 5, 2017

ADELAIDE, Australia/LIVERPOOL, UK: Ancient DNA in the calcified dental plaque of Neanderthals—the nearest extinct relative to humans—has provided new insights into their behaviour, diet and evolutionary history. An international team of researchers has analysed 42,000- to 50,000-year-old dental plaque DNA samples from four Neanderthals found at cave sites in Belgium and Spain. The findings revealed the complexity of Neanderthal behaviour, including knowledge of plant-based medication and dietary differences.

Study confirms link between slender jaws and left-handedness

May 4, 2017 | Americas

SEATTLE, USA: Researchers in the U.S. have found that genetics that shape dental and thus facial features might also increase the likelihood of specific handedness. In a recently published study, people with slender faces were found to be predominantly left- rather than right-handed.

European Parliament adopts new medical device regulations

May 4, 2017 | Europe

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Parliament has voted to implement two new regulations concerning medical devices with the aim of improving safety in medicine and dentistry. The regulations were proposed in 2012 by the European Commission and experienced several delays before being officially endorsed earlier this month. They will be applied after a transitional period of three years from publication for medical devices and five years for in vitro diagnostic medical devices. Publication is expected to take place shortly in the Official Journal of the European Union.

ADX Sydney has new manager

May 4, 2017

SYDNEY, Australia: In a move that is set to benefit Australia’s various dental events, Linda Gaunt, former CEO of Meetings & Events Australia, has been appointed as the Exhibitions Strategy Manager of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA). Gaunt will first be tasked with making the upcoming ADX18 Sydney, Australia’s largest dental exhibition, an event that captures the interest of the entire dental community.

Hong Kong: Access to dental subsidy scheme to be widened

May 3, 2017 | Asia Pacific

HONG KONG: The age limit for the Community Care Fund scheme, which subsidises dental care for Hong Kong’s elderly population, among other assistance programmes, is set to be lowered from 75 to 70 years, fund task force chairman Dr Law Chi-kwong has announced. However, a general lack of services for this vulnerable group remains a problem in the city.

Interview: TAV Dental wants to offer a complete implant solution

May 2, 2017 | Europe | Business

Rapid improvement in the quality of ceramic implants has meant that they have become a viable alternative to the traditionally used titanium implants. TAV Dental is an industry leader in ceramic implantology, with its zirconia-based options offering aesthetic and metal-free solutions for dental practices worldwide. At the 2017 International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne in Germany, Dental Tribune International spoke with TAV Dental CEO Oded Ben-Shabat and implant specialist Dr Michael Leistner about the company’s products and its plans for entering the European dental market.

Interview: A non-invasive, quick and easy method to collect epithelial cells

May 1, 2017 | Europe

Early detection of oral cancer or other serious oral health conditions is significant for successful treatment. To improve the process of collecting tissue from the mouth, a researcher at Ege University’s Faculty of Dentistry in Izmir in Turkey has developed the oral biopsy brush, which allows sampling of the entire oral epithelium. Dental Tribune Online spoke with Dr Pelin Güneri, Professor at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, about the functionality of the brush, its benefits and plans for a market introduction.

Austrian dentist refuses to treat Erdoğan supporters

April 28, 2017 | Europe

INNSBRUCK, Austria: A dentist in Austria has caused some sensation with his protest message directed at patients. For three weeks, his practice bore a sign stating that supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would not be treated. The note was shared widely on social networks and the subject of much debate. Turkish television even reported live from the scene.

Study challenges understanding of oral health in the Stone Age

April 27, 2017 | Middle East & Africa

LAS VEGAS, USA: The conventional wisdom surrounding humankind’s transition from hunter-gatherers to consumers of agricultural products is that many people in this period suffered from widespread dental caries and periodontal disease. A team of researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and the University of Arkansas has challenged this understanding with their study of a modern-day foraging tribe, instead suggesting that oral health may be influenced by gender and residential setting.

First stakeholders meeting on medical devices

April 27, 2017

Dear ADDE members and supporters, the first stakeholder meeting in Brussels on 23 February provided a great opportunity for promoting European dentistry and securing the interests of dental professionals and patients in light of the new medical device regulations. Various dental associations and members participated in the first-rate event, which provided insights into the new medical device regulations. Two European Union experts spoke about the regulatory framework’s intended impact and outcomes.

Interview with COMIDENT Chairman Henri Rochet

April 27, 2017 | Europe | Interviews

COLOGNE, Germany: At the recent International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne in Germany, Dental Tribune International had the opportunity to meet Henri Rochet, Chairman of COMIDENT, during the presentation of the 2017 Survey on the European Dental Trade, undertaken by the Federation of the European Dental Industry and the Association of Dental Dealers in Europe (ADDE).

New survey on European dental trade announced at IDS

April 27, 2017 | News

COLOGNE, Germany: At this year’s IDS, the Association of Dental Dealers in Europe (ADDE) has presented the new edition of its market review, the 2017 Survey on the European Dental Trade, which covers all the relevant topics and trends concerning the European dental industry. Again produced in collaboration with the Federation of the European Dental Industry, the report indicates a further shift towards digital dentistry, manifesting in overall growth of online shopping and use of CAD/CAM systems and intra-oral scanners. The publication will be available in April on in hard and digital copy.

Interview: Trendsetting AMRUM orthodontic treatment unit goes global

April 25, 2017 | Europe | Business

MIKRONA is known for its ORTHORA 200 dental unit and MIGMA 200 alginate mixer. Founded in 1959, the Swiss company has successfully combined functionality and aesthetics with precision in its products. Just in time for the new season, the limited ORTHORA AMRUM edition, named after a beautiful island in northern Germany, is a response to the orthodontist’s desire for the latest colour trends. Dental Tribune International met CEO Fabio Fagagnini at the 2017 International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne to speak about the stylish unit.

Produits Dentaires expands in endodontics

April 25, 2017 | Europe | Business

COLOGNE, Germany: Produits Dentaires stands for Swiss quality in dentistry. In more than 100 countries, the company offers dentists a wide range of high-quality products for use in endodontics, restorative dentistry, prophylaxis, prosthetics and periodontology. At the recent International Dental Show (IDS), Dental Tribune Online had the opportunity to learn more about the Swiss company’s future business strategies and portfolio.

Interview: “CAD/CAM production really is the way forward”

April 24, 2017 | Business

The integration of digital dentistry into existing workflows has become increasingly popular as newer technologies have been developed. Though this approach can offer faster and safer treatment methods, it needs an experienced and educated dental professional to be implemented optimally. Dental Tribune International spoke with Ed Attenborough, Managing Director of Attenborough Dental and board member of the Association of Dental Dealers in Europe (ADDE), about the opportunities and challenges that digital dentistry presents.

Carestream Dental to be established as independent company

April 21, 2017 | Americas | Business

ROCHESTER, N.Y., USA: Carestream has announced that it will be selling its dental digital business to funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a global private equity firm, and CareCapital Advisors, a specialist investment platform focused on dental and consumer health in Asia. The new independent company will be named Carestream Dental. Subject to regulatory and other approvals, the sale is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.

After IDS is before IDS

April 20, 2017 | Europe | News

COLOGNE, Germany: About four weeks ago, the International Dental Show (IDS) closed with record results. Overall, more than 155,000 people from over 150 countries and more than 2,300 companies from around the globe attended. The next IDS will take place from 12 to 16 March 2019. As it is never too early to prepare for the most important event in the dental calendar, Dental Tribune International (DTI) has already announced a number of dedicated products that will be offered for 2019.

Early-life stress may lead to crooked bite

April 19, 2017 | Americas

SEATTLE, USA: It is known that the first 1,000 days after conception significantly affects a person’s life expectancy and disease susceptibility. While low birth weight, for example, has been established as a primary marker of early-life stress, the findings of a new study have suggested that lower-face asymmetries, assessed according to the asymmetry of occlusion, are a marker of environmental stress and cerebral lateralization during early development too.

Investing in growth: Septodont builds new production facilities

April 18, 2017 | Europe | Business

SAINT-MAUR-DES-FOSSÉS, France: Septodont, known for its dental pain management products, has built a new facility near Paris for the production of injectable dental anaesthetic cartridges. The company has invested nearly €26 million in the establishment of its new building. The production facility is part of a strategy based on internal growth and external acquisitions.

New research explores effect of strawberries in oral cancer therapy

April 18, 2017 | Americas

COLUMBUS, Ohio, USA: As previous laboratory studies have suggested that dietary administration of whole strawberries has substantial potential as a strategy for oral and esophageal cancer prevention, researchers at the Ohio State University have set out to analyze how the fruit’s cancer-inhibiting chemicals affect the oral microenvironment in heavy smokers. The recently presented initial results revealed some intriguing differences between smokers and nonsmokers.

Three questions for Rik Jacobs, Vertex-Dental

April 6, 2017 | Europe | Business

Vertex-Dental, a leading manufacturer of dental products and materials, was recently acquired by global solutions company 3D Systems. The 2017 International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne in Germany saw the launch of the Figure 4 production platform, which combines Vertex-Dental’s materials with 3D Systems’ technology to provide mass customisable dental parts faster and more accurately than ever before. Dental Tribune Online asked Vertex-Dental CEO Rik Jacobs three quick questions about the company’s future and his experience at IDS.

Three questions for Keith Batcheller, ClearCorrect

April 6, 2017 | Europe | Business

Established in 2006 by Dr Willis Pumphrey, ClearCorrect has grown rapidly to become the second-largest clear aligner manufacturer in the world. The company services over 20,000 dentists in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK, and is aiming to expand into the contiguous European market. At the 2017 International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne in Germany, Dental Tribune Online spoke with Keith Batcheller, Director of Business Development and International Sales and Marketing at ClearCorrect, about the company’s strategy.

Periodontologists announce first European Gum Health Day

April 6, 2017 | Europe

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain: The European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) has launched the first European Gum Health Day, to be celebrated on 12 May. Through the event, the members aim to raise public awareness across Europe of the importance of keeping one’s gingivae healthy throughout life. The initiative is promoted by the federation and organised by its affiliated national societies. Last year, 21 national societies took part in what was then called European Periodontology Day.

Swiss quality on display: NOUVAG presents latest products at IDS

April 5, 2017 | Europe | Business

COLOGNE, Germany: This year’s International Dental Show (IDS) was again a record-breaking one. With 155,000 tickets sold and 2,300 booth spaces rented, both the visitor and exhibitor numbers rose to a new all-time high. Among the experienced exhibiting companies was NOUVAG, a Swiss manufacturer of dental and medical equipment. At the fair, the company introduced a new contra-angle handpiece for its successful flagship products, the Physio Dispenser MD 11 and MD 30 motor systems.

Children with Type 2 diabetes more prone to poor oral health

April 4, 2017 | Americas

BUFFALO, N.Y., USA: Although it is well-known that there is a link between poor oral health and diabetes, as well as prediabetes, in adults, no research has been conducted on oral health of children with obesity or diabetes to date. For the first time, a study has now shown that obese children with Type 2 diabetes are more likely to have poor oral health compared with normal-weight and obese children without the disease.

Dangerous X-ray radiation: German authorities caution Asian IDS exhibitors

April 4, 2017 | Europe

COLOGNE, Germany: German authorities took radiographic units of three Asian manufacturers out of service during this year’s IDS. The devices were displayed ready for operation, although this is prohibited owing to harmful radiation. Whether trade fair visitors were radiographed with the machines before the inspection remains unclear.

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