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Endo Voices podcast updates endodontists on the hottest topics

November 11, 2019 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The Endo Voices podcast by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) is a new way to reach those committed to providing the best care possible and offers access to information in a fun, convenient fashion outside more traditional channels. The podcast provides compelling content from thought leaders in the endodontic community and helps to fill a need for endodontics-specific content.

SmileDirectClub soldiers on

November 8, 2019 | Business | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: Eight weeks is a long time for SmileDirectClub (SDC). Dental Tribune International last reported on the teleorthodontics startup in September, just days before it offered tens of millions of shares to investors. SDC is due to report its first earnings as a public company on Nov. 12 and investors already have a lot to consider, such as growing regulatory restrictions, a new production facility and international expansion.

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CDA recommends best practices for video recording in dental offices

November 8, 2019 | News

SACRAMENTO, Calif., U.S.: An increasing number of dental offices implement video surveillance systems to ensure their own and patient security, aid in loss prevention, and deter burglary, break-ins and other criminal activity. Despite the numerous advantages of surveillance cameras, the California Dental Association (CDA) has recently cautioned dental practice owners to inform themselves about the laws and regulations surrounding video recording and suggested adhering to practical guidelines that could bring considerable benefit to the practice and help maintain patients’ and employees’ health information privacy.

New guideline recommends treatment over antibiotics for toothache

November 7, 2019 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: Action to combat the overprescription of antibiotics and the consequent development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is desperately needed. A new guideline released by the American Dental Association (ADA) recommending that antibiotics are not needed in most cases of toothache may be the impetus needed to bring about a healthy change when it comes to the problem of overprescription. According the ADA, the move is in alignment with its commitment to the U.S. government’s Antimicrobial Resistance Challenge.

Dental radiographs pose potential hazard to human health, study finds

November 7, 2019 | News

BRIGHTON, UK/ATLANTA, US: The incidence of thyroid cancer and meningioma is increasing globally. New research has found that repeated exposure to dental radiographs may increase the risk of thyroid cancer and tumours in the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord. The researchers concluded that dental radiographs should, therefore, be prescribed only when the patient has a specific clinical need and not as a standard part of routine dental evaluation. Additionally, dental professionals should maintain dental radiographic records in order to avoid unnecessary screenings.

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Interview: CAD/CAM can be an incredible teaching tool

November 6, 2019 | Interviews

Dr. Gary Hack is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, where he teaches in the Department of Advanced Oral Sciences and Therapeutics. In this interview, he outlines how he integrated dental CAD/CAM technology into his teaching methods and how his students have responded to this.

Dentsply Sirona supports dentists delivering dental care in Guatemala

November 6, 2019 | Advertorial

ANTIGUA, Guatemala: Despite advancements made in oral health throughout the globe, the state of oral health in certain parts of the world remains substandard. In many developing countries, access to oral health care is limited, and teeth are often left untreated or are extracted because of pain or discomfort.

Oral cancer incidence on the rise, reports show

November 5, 2019 | News

RUGBY, UK/BOISE, Idaho, US: Oral cancer incidence is on the rise globally and awareness of mouth cancer remains low. To tackle the issue, the Oral Health Foundation recently launched this year’s Mouth Cancer Action Month at a gathering at the Houses of Parliament and welcomed over 130 people from various organisations. During the event, a range of speakers reinforced the need for greater recognition of mouth cancer and its signs and symptoms.

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Soft drinks—crucial link between obesity and tooth wear

November 1, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The premature wearing of teeth due to dietary or gastric acids is the third most common dental condition after caries and periodontal disease. A new study by scientists from King’s College London has shed more light on the topic of tooth wear in relation to obesity, exploring how the consumption of sugar-sweetened acidic drinks is a common factor in obesity and tooth wear among adults.

Interview: “The story of antibiotics reads better than fiction”

November 1, 2019 | Interviews

The overprescription of antibiotics has accelerated antibiotic resistance and sparked controversy among dental professionals. In a new study, researchers have reviewed the scale of the issue in dental practice globally. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Smitha Sukumar, lead author of the study and a lecturer in tooth conservation at the Sydney Dental School in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney, to learn how dental professionals could help avert antibiotic resistance through antibiotic stewardship.

Align Technology sponsors leading sports teams

October 31, 2019 | News

SAN JOSE, Calif., U.S.: Align Technology has entered sponsorship agreements with high-profile North American sports franchises competing in the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer (MLS). The Invisalign maker will become the “official smile” of popular teams and will also sponsor youth development programs in the different sporting codes.

GSDM pioneers cutting-edge dental technology

October 30, 2019 | News

BOSTON, U.S.: The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) has recently acquired, installed and used two surgical robotic devices for dental implant surgeries. With its accuracy and precision during dental surgery, the novel robotic technology will help augment and enhance clinical practice and patient care.

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BIOLASE dental symposium highlights advances in dentistry

October 30, 2019 | Advertorial

IRVINE, Calif., U.S.: BIOLASE, the global leader in dental lasers, recently hosted its inaugural Advancing Dentistry Symposium in San Diego. The event took place on Oct. 18–19 and hosted more than 250 professionals working in the dental field. Visitors to the symposium had the opportunity to enjoy collaboration within the oral health community and immerse themselves in education related to the technologies and techniques that are advancing dentistry today.

Walking speed provides insight into oral health, study finds

October 29, 2019 | News

DURHAM, N.C., U.S.: In a recent study, researchers from Duke University in Durham have found that the walking speed of 45-year-olds can reveal a considerable amount about their teeth, lungs, immune system and brains. In the five-decadelong cohort study, researchers collected data from nearly 1,000 participants from the age of 3 in order to establish whether they could find corresponding neurocognitive data to indicate who would become slow walkers later in life and what this might mean in regard to general health.

No top-selling sweetened children’s drinks meet expert recommendations

October 28, 2019 | News

HARTFORD, Conn., U.S.: In a recent study, researchers from Saint Louis University (SLU) and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut (UConn) found that, in 2018, sweetened drinks accounted for 62% of sales of children’s drinks. The researchers noted that none of the 34 top-selling sweetened children’s drinks met expert recommendations for healthier drinks for children.

Television watching habits may influence oral health, study finds

October 28, 2019 | News

BELÉM, Brazil: Television can often play a key role in determining what foods people purchase, thanks to its high concentration of food product advertisements. Unfortunately, the kinds of food products that are advertised are overwhelmingly high in sugar, fats and salt, and highly processed. It comes as little surprise, therefore, that a recent study has linked excessive television watching among children to higher levels of sugar intake and subsequent dental caries.

Bioactive ceramics put under the microscope in free webinar

October 25, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: More than 2,500 articles have been published in the field of bioactive ceramics in dental materials, according to Dr. Hugo Sousa Dias. In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 30, Dias will be discussing the materials from a clinical perspective, focusing especially on mineral trioxide aggregate.

Personalized oral health care is top priority for future, believes AADR

October 25, 2019 | News

ALEXANDRIA, Va., U.S.: A recent issue of Advances in Dental Research, an e-supplement to the Journal of Dental Research, features the proceedings from the ninth American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Fall Focused Symposium, held on Nov. 8–9, 2018. The impressive rate at which dental research is moving was acknowledged at this meeting. Under the theme “Advances in Precision Oral Health Research,” the symposium focused on the current state of precision oral health research and its clinical application, the future of personalized oral health care and the areas that need to be improved to realize the full potential of personalized oral care.

Dentsply Sirona World 2019 impresses attendees in Las Vegas

October 25, 2019 | News

LAS VEGAS, U.S.: Earlier this month, Las Vegas played host to Dentsply Sirona World 2019, a highlight of the dental calendar. This year’s event, which sold out weeks beforehand, brought together thousands of participants to experience a unique mix of workshops, clinical training units, presentations by more than 100 dental experts, and an unrivaled entertainment program.

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Novel technology could improve efficacy of metal-based dental implants

October 25, 2019 | News

PITTSBURGH, U.S.: Owing to its favorable properties, titanium is widely used in dental implants. However, metal-based implants made of titanium often accumulate microbes on their surfaces, which may lead to chronic infections and inflammation in the surrounding tissue and even result in implant failure. In a new study, researchers have discovered a new way to treat the side effects of metallic implants by utilizing electrochemical therapy (ECT) to enhance the ability of antibiotics to eradicate microbes. The study may help promote the use of electrochemical approaches in the treatment of fungal infections.

Free webinar puts carbon dioxide all-tissue laser to the test

October 24, 2019 | Education | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 6, host Dr. Jeffrey Rohde will discuss the science behind Solea, a 9.3 μm carbon dioxide all-tissue laser, and the various procedures it enables by eliminating anesthesia and bleeding and by efficiently cutting hard and soft tissue. The participants will have the opportunity to review clinical cases of hard- and soft-tissue procedures performed with Solea and learn how it can be used for cavity preparation and in oral surgeries involving soft tissue and bone ablation.

Global oral health in focus at United Nations high-level meeting

October 22, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: On Sept. 23, the United Nations held the High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) at the General Assembly in New York. Covering a wide range of topics around health care, the meeting also discussed the importance of oral health. At the meeting, world leaders adopted the first UN political declaration on UHC. In a statement, FDI World Dental Federation said it welcomed the “long overdue commitment to strengthening oral health” expressed in the declaration.

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New research shows saliva could be key to understanding human evolution

October 22, 2019 | News

BUFFALO, N.Y., U.S.: Much is already known about saliva’s benefits for food digestion and general oral health. The differences between human saliva and that of other primates, however, are relatively unclear. A new study has discovered stark differences between human and primate saliva, leading to hope that these could be “overlooked hotbeds of evolutionary activity,” according to one of the study’s authors.

Researchers link obesity to dietary changes from decades ago

October 21, 2019 | News

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: The obesity epidemic in the U.S has reached a new level of severity. Supersized food portions and an inactive lifestyle are often blamed for the problem. However, researchers from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) have put forward a new contention, highlighting dietary changes that took place decades ago.

Former and light smokers subject to adverse health risks

October 21, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Various studies have examined the oral health implications of tobacco use and smoking cessation. Since it has been proven that smoking accelerates a decline in the function of the lungs, a recent study has assessed lung function in smokers, ex-smokers and those who have never smoked. The findings suggest that even people who smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day cause long-term damage to their lungs.

World Food Day highlights importance of healthy diet

October 21, 2019 | News

ROME, Italy: World Food Day is celebrated annually on 16 October, marking the day the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), a United Nations agency, was founded in 1945. This year, more than 150 countries worldwide participated in a multitude of events under the theme “Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World”. People were encouraged to shift from a highly processed, sugar-laden diet to one rich in seasonal vegetables and fibre that could provide benefits for both oral and systemic health.

Pipeline program inspires a diverse community of students to study dentistry

October 18, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Encouraging people from all socio-economic backgrounds to study dentistry can only mean good things for the profession as a whole. However, as the cost of studying almost completely locks out those who come from the lower end of the economic scale, it is an almost impossible task. In 2012, two students from New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD), who are now both full-time faculty members, set out to create a pipeline program for low-income high school students and those from underrepresented groups to boost their interest in studying dentistry.

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Bicycle helmets not effective in reducing severity of facial injuries

October 18, 2019 | News

SEATTLE, U.S.: Although cycling and bicycle accidents are increasingly common in the U.S., many cyclists do not realize the importance of wearing a helmet. In a recent study, researchers have measured the effectiveness of bicycle helmets in preventing and reducing the severity of maxillofacial injuries. They reported that cyclists who wear helmets are less likely to experience facial injury in a bicycle crash. However, helmet use did not affect the severity of the injury, which might be explained by the fact that standard helmets do not include a mask to protect the maxillofacial region.

California bill offers protection to teledentistry patients

October 17, 2019 | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S.: Consumers in California who receive treatment from teledentistry providers will be afforded new protection from January 2020. Crucially, Assembly Bill 1519 (AB 1519) will establish a standard of orthodontic treatment in California that does not discriminate between the care provided in the dental office and that which is provided through remote teledentistry.

GreenMark to develop technology for early caries detection

October 17, 2019 | News

EAST LANSING, Mich., U.S.: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has recently awarded GreenMark Biomedical a grant to support the development of its patented nanoparticle-based dental technology for early-stage identification of dental caries. When detected early, caries treatment is noninvasive and nonsurgical and requires minimal intervention. Therefore, the novel treatment would improve the patient experience and the long-term oral health outcomes of those who are at risk of developing caries.

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