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New study focuses on dentists’ occupational health

June 21, 2019 | News

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., U.S.: Something often overlooked in dentistry is the occupational health risks to practitioners. In a new study, researchers from West Virginia University (WVU) School of Dentistry are collaborating with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to find out how microscopic, airborne particulates and gases might be generated during dental procedures and what measures dentists can take to protect themselves.

Webinar to focus on soft-tissue management

June 20, 2019 | News

NEW YORK. U.S.: Minimally invasive dentistry has well and truly become a mainstream idea, and dental professionals around the world are dedicating countless hours to developing new techniques and methods in the field. In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Monday, June 24, an expert will be discussing a new approach to enhancing the periimplant soft tissue in the anterior zone.

EssenSeal: A new-generation root canal sealer

June 20, 2019 | Advertorial

VEVEY, Switzerland: Introduced by Swiss endodontic company Produits Dentaires (PD) at the 2019 International Dental Show, EssenSeal is an innovative sealer designed for advanced root canal therapy. Engineered and manufactured by the company, it enables more effective root canal sealing to limit the growth of residual bacteria and prevent any resumption of infection. This is possible because of its unique formula featuring melaleuca, or tea-tree oil.

Interview: “The future of dentistry will be digital”

June 20, 2019 | Advertorial | Interviews

As the operator of his own dental practice in the German town of Laer and a member of the Digital Dental Academy in Berlin, Dr Hendrik Zellerhoff is clearly a very busy man. Fortunately, his integration of Kuraray Noritake Dental’s KATANA Zirconia Block into his daily workflow means that he is able to deliver high-quality restorations to his patients faster than ever. In this interview, Dr Zellerhoff explains how he uses the block and how his patients have responded to it.

Organized Dentistry Coalition supports raising tobacco purchasing age to 21

June 20, 2019 | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: The Organized Dentistry Coalition (ODC), which encompasses the efforts of the American Dental Association (ADA) members, staff and supporters at the local, state and national level, has recently stated that it supports raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. The new legislation would help address poor oral health and oral diseases caused by smoking.

Nobel Biocare getting ready to reshape implant dentistry

June 19, 2019 | Business | Events | News

ZURICH, Switzerland: From 27 to 29 June, the Spanish capital of Madrid will play host to the 2019 Nobel Biocare Global Symposium. At this event, dentists will be able to see and experience the future of implant dentistry through the innovations being showcased. Among these will be the new Nobel Biocare N1 system, which combines the company’s latest surface technology with a biologically driven design to reduce treatment time and improve patient comfort.

Review shows distraction techniques may reduce dental anxiety

June 19, 2019 | News

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil: Dental anxiety is globally regarded as a public health concern owing to its effects on an individual’s oral health and quality of life. The prevalence of the condition in children ranges from 5% to 61%. A recent systematic review assessed whether distraction techniques reduce anxiety during dental treatments in children and adolescents.

American Academy of Pediatrics updates sedation guidelines

June 14, 2019 | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: The death of a 4-year-old boy while under sedation at an Oklahoma dental office last month has brought into question the guidelines around pediatric anesthesia. In response to the tragedy, the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidance on sedation for dental procedures in children and, in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, has written a clinical report.

Scientists examine transparent teeth of deep-sea dragonfish

June 13, 2019 | News

SAN DIEGO, U.S.: Researchers have recently looked into the transparent dragonfish teeth in order to analyze their structure, composition, and mechanical properties. The study reported that the teeth of dragonfish owe their transparency to an unusually crystalline nanostructure of hydroxyapatite and collagen mixed with amorphous regions. The findings could serve as bioinspiration for developing transparent dental ceramics.

Throat cancer study compares treatments for improved swallowing

June 13, 2019 | News

LONDON, Ontario, Canada: With the rise of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and cases of oropharyngeal cancer doubling since the 1990s, treatment methods are becoming more and more important. In 2012, scientists at Lawson Health Research Institute launched the world’s first clinical trial comparing transoral robotic surgery (TORS) with radiation therapy for the treatment of oropharyngeal cancer. The results have challenged the commonly held belief that TORS leads to better swallowing outcomes.

Clinical photography and veneers brought into focus in free webinar

June 13, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: The ability to document cases with photography is becoming increasingly important in dentistry. However, the first step is always to perform quality treatments that satisfy both clinicians and patients. In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Tuesday, June 18, host Dr. Apolinar Madrigal will be discussing how to combine clinical photography and the new patient-guided Additive-Reductive Template (ART) technique to achieve increased case acceptance with minimally invasive veneers.

Friends and family play role in opioid abuse, reveals study

June 11, 2019 | News

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., U.S.: The need for dentists to better understand the opioid epidemic that is currently sweeping through America is becoming increasingly important. In a recent study, researchers have reported that nonmedical opioid users were more likely to say they began abusing opioids after friends and family members offered them the drugs.

Children with autism often overlooked for dental care

June 10, 2019 | News

CHARLESTON, S.C., U.S.: Autism affects a child’s social skills. Even simple tasks, such as scheduling an appointment at a dentist’s office, may often be a challenge for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their parents. As a result, by delaying or missing early dental appointments, children with ASD develop an increased risk of dental caries and oral infections that could impact their entire body. They also miss out on the opportunity to develop a comfortable routine with a dentist.

Sugar tax and better labelling help people make healthier choices, study finds

June 7, 2019 | News

WATERLOO, Ont., Canada: The debate around sugar and its impact on oral health and general health has led to some important developments. One of the most significant changes currently taking place in some countries is the introduction of better labelling of food and drinks that are high in sugar content, as well as a sugar tax. The impact this is having on the purchasing habits of people has recently been investigated by researchers from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, who found it can help people make healthier decisions.

New 3Shape Dental System 2019 software now available

June 7, 2019 | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: 3Shape has announced the release of the 2019 version of its industry-leading design software for laboratories. The new and improved 3Shape Dental System 2019 includes significantly enhanced solutions for designing and producing dentures, splints and clear aligners, as well as improvements to core workflows.

Study finds antibiotics prescribed by dentists often unnecessary

June 6, 2019 | News

CORVALLIS, Ore., U.S.: The prescription of drugs in dentistry has recently been brought into question. Much of the discussion has been around opioids and the effect they are having on patients. In a recent study, researchers looked into the antibiotics prescribed by dentists as a pre-emptive measure against infection and found that they are unnecessary 81 percent of the time.

Dentists express their concerns over DIY dentistry

June 5, 2019 | News

FARMINGTON, Conn., U.S.: With the growth of direct-to-consumer marketing, there has been a trend towards do-it-yourself (DIY) dentistry, which encourages patients to skip a visit to the orthodontist in favor of at-home impression kits and low-cost tooth aligners, protective guards and tooth whitening products. However, researchers warn that the lack of professional care for such options may lead to unsatisfactory results and damage the teeth.

Free webinar to focus on bone splitting

June 4, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: The webinar is becoming an excellent resource that enables dental professionals to follow the topics that they find most interesting at convenient times, while also obtaining continuing education credits. In an upcoming free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Wednesday, June 5, host Dr. Dima Cosmin will look at how bone splitting can be one of the best techniques for conservative surgical treatments.

US dentists prescribe 37 times more opioids than English dentists do, study finds

June 4, 2019 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: With the overprescription of opioids causing many severe health and addiction issues in the U.S., it is imperative that dental professionals remain aware of the issue and carefully consider their prescription practices. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the U.S. and the University of Sheffield in England, each looked at the number of opioids being prescribed in their respective countries and discovered that dentists practicing in the U.S. write 37 times more prescriptions than dentists in England do.

Scientists link childhood trauma to tooth loss later in life

May 31, 2019 | News

ANN ARBOR, Mich. U.S.: In a recent study, a researcher from the University of Michigan has assessed the impact of adverse childhood events, such as childhood trauma, abuse and smoking, on oral health later in life. The study reported that, even if children grow up to overcome childhood adversity, the trauma they experience in early life puts them at greater risk of tooth loss. The findings may aid policymakers in reducing oral health disparity.

Researchers find microbial contaminants in popular e-cigarettes

May 30, 2019 | News

BOSTON, U.S.: Cigarette smoke contains microbes and microbial toxins, such as endotoxin and glucan, that may have adverse respiratory effects. However, the potential for contamination of e-cigarette products sold in the U.S. has not yet been investigated. A new study aimed to fill that gap and reported that e-cigarette products sold in the U.S. are contaminated with bacterial and fungal toxins and therefore may pose serious respiratory health risks.

BIOLASE and TeamSmile co-host series of oral health events

May 29, 2019 | News

LOS ANGELES/KANSAS CITY, Mo., U.S.: BIOLASE, a medical device company and a global leader in dental lasers, and TeamSmile, an advocacy group that partners oral health professionals with professional athletic organizations to support dental care for underserved children, first launched their partnership program in 2018. Since then, the two organizations have co-hosted several oral health events to support different communities through charity work.

“Simply apply and dry, and you’re done”: CLEARFIL CERAMIC PRIMER PLUS

May 27, 2019 | Advertorial | News

Combining ease of use and excellent viscosity, CLEARFIL CERAMIC PRIMER PLUS is a stable and universal prosthetic primer designed for all restorations. By incorporating Kuraray Noritake Dental’s original MDP monomer and a silane monomer, it is able to provide an enhanced adhesive surface for ceramics, hybrid ceramics, composites and even metals. CLEARFIL CERAMIC PRIMER PLUS is best used in conjunction with the adhesive resin cement PANAVIA V5 to ensure durable restorations.

It is all about soft-tissue management

May 27, 2019 | Interviews

Dr Giovanni Zucchelli is professor at the University of Bologna in Italy and president elect of the Italian Academy of Osseointegration. He specialises in the treatment of complex periodontal and peri-implant cases and in the aesthetic rehabilitation of gingival tissue around natural teeth and implants, applying the avant-garde procedures he himself devised. Zucchelli also offers courses at his private practice in Bologna and speaks regularly at major international congresses. Furthermore, he is an active researcher and regularly gives presentations internationally. He has published several books focusing on periodontal plastic surgery. Zucchelli was one of the lecturers at the MASTERMINDS2 conference, organised by OMNIPRESS, which took place in Athens in Greece on 17 and 18 May.

Study disproves need for antibiotic prophylaxis for prevention of dental implant infections

May 24, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: The question of whether antibiotics positively influence the survival of dental implants in overall healthy patients is still highly discussed. Thus, in a recent study, researchers from the New York University College of Dentistry sought to determine the efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis and specific antibiotic regimens for the prevention of postoperative infection (POI) in dental implant placement.

Interview: “Innovation backed by science”

May 23, 2019 | Interviews | News

Dental Tribune International sat down at IDS 2019 with Hans Geiselhöringer, President of Nobel Biocare Systems, to discuss the company’s latest innovations, its upcoming Global Symposium in Madrid, and what he sees as its future focus.

Scientists find a link between improved oral care and substance abuse recovery

May 22, 2019 | News

SALT LAKE CITY, U.S.: Research indicates that people who suffer from substance use disorder (SUD) generally have poor oral health, which also damages interpersonal skills and results in poor nutrition, increased oral and general infections, and debilitating oral pain. A team of researchers at the University of Utah School of Dentistry have explored the effect of complementary comprehensive oral care as part of a more holistic approach to SUD treatment and found that better oral health may improve substance abuse therapy results.

Launca and Hyperlab announce strategic business cooperation

May 21, 2019 | Business

GUANGDONG, China/CURITIBA, Brazil: Launca Medical Device Technology has officially announced a business partnership with Hyperlab in Brazil for its digital intra-oral scanner.

New research could prevent jaw damage for cancer patients in need of oral surgery

May 16, 2019 | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S.: To this day, there is no clinical procedure to treat or stop loss of jawbone tissue, a potentially deadly side effect that can occur after treatment with bisphosphonates. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Southern California are trying to tackle the issue and have collaborated in a study that could potentially prevent patients treated for cancer or osteoporosis from experiencing jawbone damage as a result of oral surgery.

Study finds human tongue has ability to detect odors

May 16, 2019 | News

PHILADELPHIA, U.S.: The powers of the tongue have been well researched. However, in a new study, scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia have reported that the sensors that detect odors in the nose are also present in human taste cells found on the tongue. The findings suggest that interactions between the senses of smell and taste may, in fact, begin on the tongue and not in the brain, as previously thought.

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