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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.

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Researchers call for thoughtful waste management in dentistry

January 17, 2020 | News

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., U.S.: During Harvard University’s recent Worldwide Week, researchers at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) drew the participants’ attention to the correlation between environmental health and oral health through the lens of health equity. The team believes that dentistry has a profound impact on our planet’s environmental health, which, in turn, affects oral health. Therefore, it is crucial to correctly manage dental waste.

NYU Dentistry’s Prof. Nicola Partridge receives recognition for craniofacial biology research

January 16, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: For her clinical work in the area of biology and the formation of bone, Prof. Nicola Partridge has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Partridge is professor of basic science and craniofacial biology at the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry).

Expert discusses modern ceramic restorations in free webinar

January 15, 2020 | News

Achieving success with modern dental ceramics depends on a number of factors, among them the physical properties of the materials and the fabrication and clinical procedures that damage them and the oral environment. In a free Ivoclar Vivadent webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 29, Dr. Miona Jovanovic will be speaking about modern ceramic restorations and the most efficient bonding protocols for them.

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Experimental vaccine may help combat Staphylococcus aureus infection

January 15, 2020 | News

BALTIMORE, U.S.: Researchers have recently developed an experimental vaccine that protects up to 80% of mice against Staphylococcus aureus, a Gram-positive bacterium often found in the upper respiratory tract and on the skin. S. aureus has been proved to account for a third of the deadly hospital-acquired infections in patients who have just undergone a surgical procedure, including dental surgery.

Lawsuit alleges American dentist sparked fire in patient’s mouth during procedure

January 14, 2020 | News

LAS VEGAS, U.S.: According to a recently filed lawsuit, a 5-year-old girl has had her mouth set on fire while receiving routine dental treatment. As a result, her parents are now seeking more than $15,000 in damages, since some of her injuries may be “permanent and disabling” in their nature.

SmileDirectClub launches oral care products for Walmart shoppers

January 14, 2020 | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: SmileDirectClub has expanded into the dental retail market with a line of oral care products that are available from Walmart stores and the retailer’s website. In a statement, SmileDirectClub said that it is the first provider of clear aligner therapy to make oral care products available through mass retail channels and that it has extended its mission to providing affordable and safe oral care solutions.

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ADA adopts tough stance on vaping

January 14, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The American Dental Association (ADA) in December adopted an interim policy that calls for a total ban on all vaping products that are not approved for tobacco cessation purposes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Following the lead of the American Medical Association (AMA), the ADA has thrown its weight behind a de facto banning of the controversial product category because the FDA has not approved any vaping devices as prescription tobacco cessation medicines and is unlikely to do so in the near future.

Envista announces 2020 Nobel Biocare Global Symposium

January 8, 2020 | Events

BREA, Calif., U.S.: Envista is proud to announce the 2020 Nobel Biocare Global Symposium, to be held in Las Vegas from April 16 to 18. Empowered by a combination of expert knowledge and innovative solutions that are elevating patient care, the event will be a unique opportunity for dental professionals to explore the future of dental implantology and digital dentistry.

Miniature dental device mimics dentin–pulp interface

January 8, 2020 | News

PORTLAND, Ore., U.S.: For the first time, researchers have developed an organ-on-a-chip system for dental research. The system is designed to help scientists better understand the functioning of live dental pulp cells in the oral cavity and could be used to further knowledge of tooth formation and pulpal response to various injuries and treatments. Additionally, the novel device could help dentists identify dental filling materials that are more efficient and durable based on the specific patient’s teeth and oral microbiome.

Survey reveals impact of healthy teeth on well-being

January 7, 2020 | News

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., U.S: Cigna, a worldwide health services organization, has recently released a study that helps confirm the connection between oral health and confidence. Not surprisingly, it showed that people who reported having “excellent” oral health had higher self-confidence than those who reported “fair to poor oral health.” Researchers also noted that the insecurities about smiles and oral health have had a direct impact on employment opportunities for many of the people included in the study.

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Novel technology may improve early detection of mouth and throat cancer

January 7, 2020 | News

DURHAM, N.C., U.S./BIRMINGHAM, U.K.: Cancers that occur in the back of the mouth or in the upper throat are difficult to spot and, as a result, are often diagnosed only when they are advanced. In an effort to improve early cancer detection, researchers have recently used acoustofluidics, a novel, noninvasive method that analyzes saliva for the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-16, the pathogenic strain linked with oropharyngeal cancers (OPC). The technique proved to be successful in detecting OPC in whole saliva in almost half of the patients tested and in the majority of confirmed OPC patients.

Dentist who rode hoverboard while extracting patient’s tooth on trial

January 2, 2020 | News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, U.S.: When it comes to things dentists can do to ease patient anxiety, riding a hoverboard or a self-balancing scooter while extracting a tooth is not very high on the list. However, this is exactly what an Alaska-based dentist is alleged to have done, as he faces a litany of charges in court.

Study suggests relationship between periodontitis and vitamin D

January 1, 2020 | News

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada: There are many reasons why vitamin D is essential to the body’s proper functioning. The vitamin is helpful for maintaining healthy bones and teeth and can assist in regulating insulin levels and managing diabetes treatment. Now, a new study has suggested that there is an association between a low level of vitamin D and the presence of periodontal disease.

Researchers develop novel test to detect excess fluoride in water

December 27, 2019 | News

EVANSTON, Ill., U.S.: Small doses of fluoride have been proven to promote oral health by strengthening tooth enamel and preventing dental caries. However, in some parts of the world, specifically across Africa, Asia and Central America, fluoride may occur naturally at levels that make it dangerous. Fluoride consumed in high amounts over long periods of time can cause skeletal fluorosis. To prevent this from happening, researchers have recently developed a test that does not require scientific expertise and can help detect dangerous levels of fluoride in drinking water.

AAE underscores recommendations on endodontic treatment standards

December 25, 2019 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) distilled its white papers on competency and treatment standards into executive summaries that provide key recommendations and directives to guide the insurance industry, state boards, and other communities of interest in supporting appropriate endodontic care.

Interview: Education—empowering dental professionals worldwide

December 20, 2019 | Interviews

During this year’s Dentsply Sirona World 2019 meeting, which took place on Oct. 3–5 in Las Vegas, Dental Tribune Italy had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Terri Dolan, Chief Clinical Officer at Dentsply Sirona, to talk about the importance of education in dentistry, one of the main focus areas of the company. In 2018 alone, Dentsply Sirona offered 11,835 courses worldwide, in which nearly 432,000 dental professionals from around the globe participated.

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