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Interview: A kaleidoscope view of the ever-changing dental profession

February 17, 2020 | Interviews

In the run-up to the 2020 Chicago Dental Society (CDS) Midwinter Meeting, Dental Tribune International had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Terri Tiersky, a long-serving dentist and this year’s president of CDS. In this interview, she talks about her experience as a female dentist, discusses some of the most significant trends in dentistry and tells readers the story behind this year’s Midwinter Meeting theme, “KALEIDOSCOPE VIEW 2020.”

Opioid prescription habits of dentists brought into focus again

February 14, 2020 | News

PITTSBURGH, U.S.: Between 2015 and 2018, the opioid epidemic in the U.S. cost the economy $631 billion, according to a report released by the Society of Actuaries. With such a substantial human and financial impact, there is a crucial need to understand whether the new pain management guidelines introduced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2016 have curbed the issue. A recent study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reported that the overprescribing of opioids by dentists was common, particularly for patients at high risk for substance abuse.

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Importance of dental education and research highlighted in recent article series

February 7, 2020 | News

CALIFORNIA, U.S.: The Journal of the California Dental Association recently published a series of articles on the role research plays in the education of dental students. Covering a topic that many experts believe needs more attention, the articles focused on why maintaining innovative research programs are crucial in preparing students for their careers in the industry.

Dental giant Envista concludes transformative year

February 6, 2020 | Business | News

BREA, Calif., U.S.: Newly independent Envista Holdings has concluded a transformative year that saw it emerge as a new major player in dentistry. Sales for the fourth quarter were down 5% year over year, but the company says that factors such as successful product launches in orthodontics, new partnerships in the digital space and growth in emerging markets have put it on track for an improved business performance in 2020.

Align Technology posts record figures and braces for coronavirus

February 5, 2020 | Business | News

SAN JOSE, Calif., U.S.: Align Technology has reported its highest ever 12-month revenues. The company’s global sales amounted to $2.4 billion last year and an increase in teenage cases helped clear aligner revenues reach $2 billion for the first time. But 2020 has begun with a degree of uncertainty for the company, which says that the outbreak of the coronavirus in China could strip up to 25,000 cases from its first quarter shipments.

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Interview: “The MDP monomer is one of the most effective monomers available”

January 31, 2020 | Interviews

As co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Adhesive Dentistry, Prof. Bart Van Meerbeek is one of the most respected authorities on the topic of dental bonding agents. Here, he discusses how they have advanced over the last three decades and what the future of adhesive dentistry might look like.

Western Dental enters clear aligner market

January 30, 2020 | Business | News

ORANGE, Calif., U.S.: Western Dental & Orthodontics has launched a proprietary clear aligner system that will only be available at its chain of dental offices. The company says that orthodontic treatment with its new ClearArc aligner will be planned and led by trained orthodontists and will still cost 40% less than treatment with the leading competitor’s brand.

Expert to discuss tissue conditioning around implants

January 30, 2020 | News

The one abutment, one time protocol offers biological advantages, but it also has its drawbacks. In a free Dental Tribune Study Club webinar on Thursday, Feb. 13, Dr. David Norré will be sharing new insights into tissue conditioning around implants and how to avoid some of the disadvantages.

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Examining body dysmorphic disorder in dental patients

January 30, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: As cosmetic dentistry procedures have become less invasive and generally more affordable, their popularity has risen considerably. For those patients seeking a gleaming white Hollywood smile to boost their confidence, this goal has never been more achievable. However, there remains a certain subset of patients who, though they may regularly visit dental practices, remain dissatisfied with their appearance regardless of the cosmetic work undertaken: those with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

Dental companies stack up on FORTUNE’s most admired list

January 29, 2020 | Business | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: A number of dental manufacturers, suppliers and distributors feature on this year’s list of the most admired companies in the world. Compiled by FORTUNE business magazine, the 2020 list of 331 companies features Henry Schein, Danaher, Colgate-Palmolive, Procter & Gamble and 3M.

Oral health the focus at UN event

January 27, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: At the 2019 United Nations General Assembly, a side event, hosted by New York University (NYU) and The Lancet, called for oral health to be integrated into universal health coverage (UHC). Among the main issues raised were the influence of the sugar industry worldwide and the importance of public–private partnership. The event was co-sponsored by the governments of Egypt, Japan and Thailand as well as the World Economic Forum and supported by the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.

Text messaging program improves oral health awareness

January 27, 2020 | News

BOSTON, U.S.: Effective preventive treatments for dental caries exist; yet caries experience among preschoolers has not changed significantly. Children from socially disadvantaged families are particularly affected by it. For young children, the role of the primary caregiver is especially important in reducing caries risk. Now, researchers at Boston University have taken advantage of a tool that is already part of everyday life: the cellphone. In a recent study, they used text messaging to improve the oral health of children—with promising results.

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Study proves effectiveness of stainless-steel crowns in restoring permanent teeth

January 24, 2020 | News

MILTON, Ontario, Canada: Dental crowns are available in a variety of materials, making it difficult for dentists to decide which material will best restore a tooth that has been broken or worn down. While it has been proved that stainless-steel crowns (SSCs) are highly effective in restoring posterior primary teeth, their efficacy in restoring posterior permanent teeth has not yet been scientifically proved. Now, a recent study has examined the long-term clinical outcomes of using SSCs in a special needs population and confirmed that SSCs are a viable and durable option for the treatment of both types of dentition.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention release statement on spread of Candida auris

January 23, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement declaring that Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. One of the main reasons that CDC released the statement was because C. auris outbreaks had occurred in health care settings.

Expert to share what’s new in implantology

January 23, 2020 | News

In a free Ivoclar Vivadent webinar on Sunday, Feb. 9, Dr. Edward Tam will be speaking about advanced implant prosthetics. Well established and respected in the dental world in both Hong Kong and the U.K., Tam will be bringing a range of new ideas and insights to share with participants.

Survey reveals stress, anxiety and burn-out among UK dentists

January 22, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK/WASHINGTON, US: Dental Protection, the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals, has recently surveyed the well-being of dentists in the UK and reported increased levels of burn-out in the profession. Since burn-out may affect the dentist’s behaviour, diminish the quality of work and affect those around him or her, Dental Protection called for dental organisations to establish a corresponding role in which a trained professional would recognise burn-out and offer the necessary support and to include well-being as one of the key performance indicators for dental practices.

Dental industry ranks highly on American list of best jobs

January 21, 2020 | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: Though it can be stressful at times, a career in the dental industry is often highly sought after owing to the relatively high wages and attractive working hours. It comes as little surprise therefore that an American media company’s recent ranking of professions placed dentist at No. 2 and orthodontist close behind in fourth place.

Scientists find adverse pulmonary health effects associated with vaping

January 21, 2020 | News

BALTIMORE, U.S: Scientists investigating the potential health effects of vaping on the human pulmonary system have reported that inhaling vapor from electronic cigarettes was linked to increased odds of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), conditions known to be caused by smoking traditional cigarettes. Additionally, both smoking and vaping were found to increase the odds of developing COPD sixfold compared with people who refrained from using any tobacco products.