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Research on pufferfish could lead to addressing tooth loss in humans

May 29, 2017 | News

SHEFFIELD, UK: According to new research by an international team of scientists, human teeth evolved from the same genes that form the characteristic beaked teeth of the pufferfish. Published in the PNSA journal, the study has revealed this fish’s very similar dental regeneration process to other vertebrates, and it is hoped that the findings could be used to address tooth loss in humans.

Study analyses unique root canal anatomy patterns in Indian population

May 29, 2017 | Asia Pacific

NAVI MUMBAI, India: Provisional findings of an Indian study have suggested that the root canal anatomy of Indians might differ from those of other ethnicities, and hence they may require adapted care during root canal therapy.

W&H and Planmeca joint branch office opens officially

May 26, 2017 | Asia Pacific | Business

BANGALORE, India: After having announced their joining forces to expand in the Indian dental market last autumn, W&H Managing Director Peter Malata and Planmeca President Heikki Kyöstilä officially opened the new branch office in Bangalore with a celebratory ceremony in April.

Start preparing for IDS 2019 now

May 25, 2017 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Two months after a successful attendance at the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne in Germany, Dental Tribune International (DTI) has now released its media kit for the 2019 show already. Through its event-related print and online products, the publisher aims to offer visitors a comprehensive information source. Exhibitors can thus choose from a multifaceted portfolio in selecting advertising options that fit their individual needs and give them optimal exposure during IDS.

7th international Laser and Health Academy Symposium

May 23, 2017 | Europe | Business

During this year’s Laser and Health Academy Symposium (LA&HA), 70 clinical experts from around the world gathered to present, share and discuss their clinical experiences in the field of medical laser treatments. Due to the large number of lecturers and attendees this year, the symposium was extended from one to two full days, with lecture topics grouped into parallel sessions according to LA&HA’s three main research categories, i.e. aesthetics, dermatology and surgery, dentistry as well as gynecology.

Planmeca showcases new technology in Belgrade

May 22, 2017 | Europe | Business

BELGRADE, Serbia: Serbian dental supply company Plast-DENT recently teamed up with Planmeca to organise a digital solutions seminar in Belgrade. Held in conjunction with the celebration of Finland’s 100 years of independence and hosted at the Embassy of Finland, the event was attended by more than 60 Serbian dental professionals and guests to learn more about the advantages of digital dentistry and to familiarise themselves with Planmeca’s technology.

Interview: “This congress will be the perfect bridge”

May 22, 2017 | Asia Pacific

An interview with Dr Carlos Manuel Brito Augusto, chairman of the APDC organising committee

EAED Spring Meeting: Organisers announce live streaming of sessions

May 19, 2017 | Europe

MILAN, Italy: While final preparations for this year’s Spring Meeting of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (EAED) are in full swing, the organisers have decided on a complement to the traditional event. In response to the high registration demand, which could not be met because of limited attendance, the opening ceremony and two sessions are now to be streamed live via the event website.

Interview with FEPPD: “We are bound to learn new technologies”

May 19, 2017 | Europe | Business

Representing 40,000 dental laboratories and 210,000 dental technicians in Europe, the European and International Federation of Dental Laboratory Owners and Dental Technicians (FEPPD) is a key participant in the dental trade industry. Founded in 1953, the FEPPD evolved from representing manufacturers to promoting European dental technology worldwide. Dental Tribune Online had the exclusive opportunity to speak to Pierre Zammit, Secretary General of the FEPPD, during the 2017 International Dental Show about the new medical device regulation and its consequences for dental technicians.

ADC 2017: All about education

May 17, 2017 | Asia Pacific

MELBOURNE, Australia: From 17 to 21 May, the 37th Australian Dental Congress (ADC) is bringing together over 4,000 dental practitioners at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Established in 1907 and organised by the Australian Dental Association (ADA), the event is set to be the biggest ever this year.

Interview: “The natural oral microbiome is not associated with oral disease”

May 17, 2017 | Asia Pacific

An interview with ADC speaker Prof. Philip Marsh, UK

Stronger together: Brazilian association supports local dental manufacturers

May 15, 2017 | Europe

COLOGNE, Germany: With around 2,300 exhibitors and 155,000 visitors, the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne once again proved its importance as a platform for companies to introduce their products, promote their brand and network with other manufacturers and dental professionals from all over the world. Supported by ABIMO, the Brazilian Medical and Dental Devices Manufacturers Association, and Apex-Brasil, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, a number of companies from the country took this opportunity and presented their product portfolios at the Brazilian pavilion.

Grape seeds may be key to increasing durability of dental fillings

May 12, 2017 | Americas

CHICAGO, USA: According to a new study, a natural compound found in grape seed extract, which has been shown to have several health benefits, could be used to strengthen dentin and increase the life of resin fillings. The findings could lead to the development of a natural adhesive material that helps reinforce the bond between the tooth and the filling, hence prolonging the life of the restoration and minimizing dental tissue and tooth loss.

Interview: “Healthy gingivae make our lives better”

May 12, 2017 | Europe

A campaign launched by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP), the inaugural European Gum Health Day is being held today, May 12. With the slogan of “Fighting periodontal disease together”, the initiative aims to promote a cooperative approach between dentists and patients towards maintaining gingival health. Dental Tribune International spoke with Prof. Filippo Graziani, member of the EFP’s executive committee, about some of the events planned and the overall purpose.

First FDI African Regional Dental Congress welcomes 800 participants

May 11, 2017 | Middle East & Africa

MARRAKESH, Morocco: Oral health professionals and scientists from Africa and around the world recently met in Marrakesh to attend the first FDI African Regional Dental Congress, hosted by the Association Marocaine de Prévention Bucco-Dentaire, the Moroccan association for oral health prevention. Under the theme “Leading Africa towards optimal oral health”, the event featured a distinguished array of speakers and a rich scientific programme.

US company launches innovative toothbrush–flossing aid

May 10, 2017 | Americas

ASHBURN, Va., USA: After a development phase of two years, a startup company has launched Flossy Brush, a new 2-in-1 dental cleaning tool that combines a manual toothbrush on one end and a flossing aid on the other. Owing to its double functionality, the manufacturer claims that it removes significantly more plaque than a regular manual brush does. It is currently the only product of its kind available on the market.

Project for new type of braces wins entrepreneur prize

May 8, 2017 | Americas

LOS ANGELES, USA: A startup that is developing an inventive type of orthodontic appliance has recently been awarded first prize in a business plan competition at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). With this revolutionary device, the founders aim to halve treatment time, reduce the number of visits to the orthodontist, and lower overall pain for the patient.

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.

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