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Scientists to develop novel dental restorative material

September 16, 2019 | News

TORONTO, Canada: Researchers from the University of Toronto (U of T) have recently been awarded a grant to develop a new restorative material for treating dental caries. The goal is to create a tooth-colored material that will not degrade when it comes into contact with saliva or when it encounters the body’s immune response. The grant will help address the failure of dental restorations and consequently reduce treatment costs.

Children with clefts to receive improved oral healthcare

September 13, 2019 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland/NEW YORK, US: Orofacial clefts are the most common birth defects in the US. Children with orofacial clefts can be at an increased risk of caries, periodontal disease and other oral health issues even after undergoing surgery. FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) and Smile Train are working to address the issue and have recently launched a two-year project to improve oral healthcare guidance and treatment for children with clefts.

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Ivoclar Vivadent: “Smart solutions that make the lives of dental professionals easier”

September 13, 2019 | Business | News

MEXICO CITY, Mexico: Ivoclar Vivadent’s new CEO, Diego Gabathuler, marked his first day in the leadership position on July 1 by visiting the company’s Mexico City offices. In an address there, David Hidalgo, director general of Ivoclar Vivadent in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, introduced him. The visit made clear the importance of the Mexican market, where Ivoclar holds the largest congress worldwide organized by a dental company.

ADA, FDI and industry leaders join centennial global launch

September 12, 2019 | News

San Francisco, U.S.: The International College of Dentists (ICD), conceived in 1920 by two visionary leaders, is today the 12,000-strong foremost global honor society for dentists and supports hundreds of humanitarian and educational projects worldwide. Global leaders met for the launch of the ICD’s centennial celebrations during the FDI World Dental Congress held last week in San Francisco.

FDI releases new guidelines on treating partially dentate patients

September 12, 2019 | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: As dentistry has evolved, so too has the oral health of the aging population. With people now not only living longer, but many also with relatively good oral health, the number of partially dentate patients is growing. In response to this, FDI World Dental Federation has launched a series of tools that offer a tailored, comprehensive approach to treatment and care of this group of patients.

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Interview: “We will ensure the best medical treatment and care for our patients”

September 12, 2019 | Interviews | News

The recent ADA FDI World Dental Congress 2019, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from Sept. 4–8, saw the conclusion of Dr. Kathryn Kell’s successful term as FDI President. Succeeding her is Dr. Gerhard Seeberger, who will hold the title until 2021. In this interview, Seeberger discusses what he hopes to achieve as president and what optimal oral health means to him.

FDI survey highlights low level of oral care access for refugees

September 12, 2019 | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: According to recent estimates from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are more than 70 million forcibly displaced people worldwide—26 million of whom are refugees. A recent survey by FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) has found that the level of availability of dental services to refugees across the globe is extremely low, limited by many economic, cultural and psychological barriers.

Collaboration between healthcare professionals may help reduce caries

September 11, 2019 | News

LIMA, Peru: In a recent study, researchers have developed an integrated intervention programme to reduce the prevalence and severity of early childhood caries (ECC) in infants. The programme was carried out by nurses and dentists who received training prior to the commencement of the clinical trial. The findings showed a substantial decrease in caries experience and called for a collaboration between oral healthcare professionals and personnel in clinics.

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DT Study Club corner lights up congress in San Francisco

September 10, 2019 | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: The FDI World Dental Congress is an event not to be missed. It has a cutting-edge scientific program and interactive forums covering the most relevant topics in dentistry and is attended by the most prominent figures in the dental industry. At this year’s event, the DT Study Club corner again delivered some highly engaging and interactive content to viewers both at the congress and across the world.

Cheaper smiles rattle orthodontics

September 9, 2019 | Business | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Studies have increasingly given credence to the old adage “Smile and the world smiles with you”, but our instinct for mimicking the facial expressions of those around us also means that a frown can catch on just as quickly. A straighter and more confident smile is the promise behind clear aligner therapy, and teledentistry providers are selling this promise more cheaply with the aim of capturing more of the orthodontics market.

E-cigarettes a risk to more than just oral health, study finds

September 9, 2019 | News

CLEVELAND, U.S: The controversy over the safety of electronic cigarettes persists, and some people regard vaping as a public health epidemic. Experts have typically focused on the long-term detrimental health effects of vaping. However, vaping devices can also cause severe burns, and a growing body of evidence suggests that they are a fire hazard.

Researchers conduct large study into oropharyngeal cancers

September 9, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DFBWCC) have sifted through the 2013–2014 data from the National Cancer Institute on patients with oropharyngeal cancers to better understand the disease epidemiologically. With a rise in cases over the past two decades, the researchers believe they now have a clearer picture about the extent to which oropharyngeal cancer affects Americans.

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Role of dental professionals in sleep medicine

September 6, 2019 | Advertorial

POST FALLS, Idaho, U.S.: Patients often neglect discussing sleeping issues with their dentist because they are not aware of the role that the dentist can have in helping to diagnose and treat underlying problems such as sleep apnea. Three-dimensional imaging can help patients to visualize this connection. It improves communication with the patient, as well as helps him or her to understand the proposed treatment plan.

World of dentistry meets in San Francisco

September 6, 2019 | Events

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: “Be a part of something extraordinary” is the theme of the 2019 American Dental Association (ADA) FDI World Dental Congress, which started on Wednesday in San Francisco and will run until Sunday, Sept. 8. The 107th edition of the congress is being hosted in collaboration with the ADA at the Moscone Center to celebrate the ADA’s 160th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the San Francisco Dental Society.

Interview: “The sugar industry is a powerful and influential player”

September 6, 2019 | News

Two papers recently published in The Lancet have focused on universal health care in the U.S. and globally. Co-authored by Dr. Habib Benzian, Associate Director of Global Health and Policy for the New York University College of Dentistry’s World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Quality-Improvement, Evidence-Based Dentistry, the articles call for urgent reform with a focus on prevention. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Benzian gives more insight into the challenges facing the health sector to implement the changes and some possible avenues for exerting more pressure and raising awareness.

GSK Behavioral Change Innovation Hub showcases at ADA FDI World Dental Congress

September 6, 2019 | Advertorial

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: Dentists often refer to encouraging positive behavioral change in their patients as one of the greatest challenges they face, and GSK is embarking upon a new journey in behavioral science to support them in overcoming that challenge. Despite our best efforts, oral health is not improving. Caries is the most prevalent condition and severe periodontitis is the 6th most common disease globally. GSK is addressing this by working alongside dental health professional’s onsite to co-create interventions that help to overcome the challenges posed.

Estonian and Palestinian dental associations receive FDI Smile Awards

September 5, 2019 | Events | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: FDI World Dental Federation recognized the 2019 Smile Award winners at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco on 3 September. Presented every year, the FDI Smile Award acknowledges FDI member national dental associations around the globe that have developed sustainable, long-term projects to improve oral health. This year, the Estonian and Palestinian dental associations were both presented with awards.

Osstell Beacon is available in US

September 5, 2019 | Advertorial

WHITE OAK, Md., U.S./GOTHENBURG, Sweden: Osstell, the developer of the proprietary diagnostic technology Osstell ISQ (Implant Stability Quotient), has announced that the Osstell Beacon is now available in the U.S. after receiving clearance from the Food and Drug Administration. The Osstell Beacon is a new, innovative and highly intuitive tool designed to assess dental implant stability.

20/20 Vision: Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium 2020 promises a diverse program

September 4, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Since its establishment in 2006, the Oral Reconstruction Foundation has supported young scientists, funded research projects, and promoted training and continuous education. All of these elements will be on display at the 2020 Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium, to be held from April 30 to May 2, 2020, at the iconic New York Marriott Marquis hotel in New York City.

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Does Medicare cover dental treatment?

September 4, 2019 | News

LAWRENCE, Kan., U.S.: Medicare has a main rule that, once learned, will help you gauge what Medicare does and does not cover. This rule is that Medicare will only cover things that are medically necessary. Medicare does not consider routine dental treatments, such as cleaning, restorations, root canal therapy, extractions and oral examinations, as medically necessary. Therefore, more times than not, Medicare will not cover routine dental treatments.

USC researchers seek to understand craniofacial abnormalities

September 4, 2019 | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S.: Most birth defects involve the face and skull and scientists are still unable to explain this phenomenon. The University of Southern California (USC) has recently received a substantial grant for a project that is aimed at collecting data, DNA samples and images related to abnormalities of the head and facial bones. The research data will help gain a better understanding of the issue and foster interdisciplinary collaboration between medical experts.

Researcher shows how selfies could aid in identifying missing persons

September 3, 2019 | News

DUNDEE, UK: Though sometimes denigrated as a sign of vanity, self-portrait photographs—selfies, for short—are not without their advantages. One such advantage, according to a researcher at the University of Dundee, is that they often provide several new dental identifiers that could be used to help police in cases involving missing persons.

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New FDA-approved device will help detect Barrett’s esophagus

September 3, 2019 | News

CLEVELAND, U.S.: Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center are celebrating the 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of their swallowable device used to detect Barrett’s esophagus (BE). The researchers report a 90% BE detection rate with the use of the device and it is therefore a significant step forward in diagnosis. Funding of $18 million has been awarded to develop the device.

Interview: “Helping patients begins with recognizing the anxiety”

September 2, 2019 | Interviews

Being in a dental setting may often make people feel uncomfortable. As dental anxiety increases, patients may intentionally miss dental appointments and neglect their oral health. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr. Peter Milgrom, Professor Emeritus of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Washington. Milgrom has recently published an article on dental anxiety and shed some light on the issue in this interview.

Planmeca Romexis: 800 users, 1.3 million patients, 30 million images

August 30, 2019 | Advertorial

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Dental care generates enormous amounts of patient data over time. A case in point is the public healthcare district of the Stockholm county council in Sweden, which serves approximately 2.3 million citizens spread across 26 municipalities. It is also the single largest Planmeca Romexis customer, housing a centralised Romexis database with dental images accessed by around 800 simultaneous users across the organisation.

Study shows low HPV vaccination rates among female college students

August 29, 2019 | News

TAMPA, Fla., U.S.: With oropharyngeal cancer related to the human papillomavirus (HPV) on the rise, oral health professionals can play a key role in prevention and treatment. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all adolescents are vaccinated at age 11 or 12. In a new study, researchers have found that a large number of female college students have not followed these guidelines and that religion is reported to have had an influence on their decision.

Fluoride exposure during pregnancy linked with low IQ in children

August 29, 2019 | News

QUEBEC CITY, Canada: Various studies have investigated the effectiveness of fluoridated water in the prevention of dental caries. A recent study has taken a step further and examined the association between a mother’s fluoride intake during pregnancy and a child’s IQ score. The findings indicate that fluoride exposure in pregnancy may affect a child’s intellectual development and should, therefore, be reduced.

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Interview: “There is constant innovation in the area of whitening”

August 29, 2019 | Interviews

Tooth whitening treatments are of increasing importance in general dental offices and patients’ expectations of their family dentist are rising, as more and more new technologies enter the market. In a presentation to be held at the American Dental Association (ADA) FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco, a panel of key opinion leaders in the industry will discuss whitening treatments as a practice builder and introduce a brand-new product to the market. Dr. Burkhard Selent, a chemist and environmental engineer who has worked for Colgate-Palmolive for almost 20 years, is one of those experts scheduled to speak at this year’s event. In an exclusive interview with Dental Tribune International, he provided a sneak peek at what is to be expected.

DT Study Club corner: Worldwide live streaming from San Francisco

August 28, 2019 | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: The Dental Tribune Study Club provides its worldwide audience of specialists and general dental practitioners with comprehensive learning opportunities for dental training. This typically takes the form of online seminars, but the continuing education platform also organizes live lectures at congresses, such as its program at the American Dental Association FDI World Dental Congress (ADA FDI 2019) to be held in San Francisco from Sept. 5 to 8. In this manner, the study club facilitates, promotes and simplifies global expertise transfer between science and practice.

Interview: Improving oral health through portable and mobile dentistry

August 27, 2019 | Interviews

In 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Action for Dental Health Act of 2017. The bill was intended to address the dental health crisis in the U.S. and to increase access to oral health care. Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke with Dr. Romesh Nalliah, an associate professor and Director of Pre-Doctoral Clinical Education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Dr. Shailee Gupta, a clinical director at the St. David’s Foundation in Austin, Texas. In their recent study, the researchers examined how portable and mobile dentistry (PMD) could help reach the vulnerable. They shared their findings with DTI.

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