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NBGS 2019: A landmark event for implant dentistry

July 10, 2019 | Advertorial | Events

Throughout our 60+ years of history, we have always stood for genuine innovation, based on science, that was created to help improve the lives of patients around the world. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive training worldwide, and to work together with practices and labs to help maximize their patient offering. This was on full display at the Nobel Biocare Global Symposium 2019 in Madrid, Spain. We are delighted to announce that the event was a big success. If you were not one of the 1200 participants, take a look at some of the highlights provided in this newsletter.

Interview: Antibiotics are often overprescribed in an arbitrary manner in dentistry

July 9, 2019 | Interviews

The use of antibiotics remains a controversial topic. A recent study investigated the necessity of antibiotics for the prevention of dental implant infections. Lead author Dr. Ismael Khouly, Associate Director of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at Bluestone Center for Clinical Research at the New York University College of Dentistry, U.S., and his colleagues found that the prophylactic use of antibiotics has no influence on the prevalence of post-surgical dental implant complications in patients who are healthy overall. Khouly was so kind as to answer DTI’s questions on the topic.

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Study examines mother’s perception of her child’s oral health status

July 9, 2019 | News

PITTSBURGH, U.S.: Mothers play a primary role in the health of their children. This function may be particularly important for children in Appalachia, a region in the eastern U.S., who have increased dental caries relative to children in other areas of the U.S. In a recent study on families in the region, scientists have examined the degree to which a child’s caries experience is in concordance with the mother’s perception of the health of her child’s teeth, and how this agreement varies by socio-demographic factors. The finding was that the majority of mothers in the study were well aware of their children’s oral health status. The data obtained could help in developing novel caries prevention and treatment strategies.

Interview: “Bioactive endodontics is the future”

July 8, 2019 | Interviews

In the medical field, cryotherapy is used in an effort to relieve pain and swelling after soft-tissue management or surgery. Currently, researchers in the U.S. are exploring the possibilities and limitations of vital pulp cryotherapy in clinical trials. Dr. James Bahcall, who plays an important role in these investigations, is a clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He spoke to Dental Tribune International about the studies.

First Invisalign European Scientific Symposium welcomed 190 orthodontists from 25 countries

July 6, 2019 | Events | News

A full-day programme in the beautiful setting of Valencia’s City of Art and Sciences complex awaited the 190 orthodontists who registered to attend Align Technology’s first European Invisalign Scientific Symposium, which took place on 29 June. With 6.8 million Invisalign patients worldwide, of which 1.6 million are teenagers, the focus of this meeting was teenager treatments using the Invisalign system with mandibular advancement and the Invisalign First system for younger patients with early mixed dentition.

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Sugar industry exploited dietitians to influence dentists, study shows

July 4, 2019 | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S./VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada: In 1975, the U.S. Sugar Association (SA) created the Regional Nutritional Information Program (RNIP) in an effort to enlist dietitians to spread positive messages about sugar and health. A recent study has inquired into the RNIP and evaluated its impact on dental professionals. The findings suggest that the sugar industry used dietitians strategically in order to influence the dental community’s views on sugar.

Scottish professor wins international dental research award

July 4, 2019 | News

DUNDEE, UK/VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada: In recognition of his prominence in the world of dental academia, Prof. Graham Ogden of the University of Dundee has been awarded the 2019 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Award in Oral Medicine and Pathology Research. Ogden was presented with this accolade at the recent 97th General Session and Exhibition of the IADR held in Vancouver in Canada.

Technology may help clinicians “see” a patient’s real-time pain

July 4, 2019 | News

ANN ARBOR, Mich., U.S.: Management of a patient’s pain during even the simplest of procedures can be difficult. In a development that may one day simplify the task, a team of scientists from the University of Michigan (UM) have created a technology to help clinicians “see” and map patient pain in real time, through special augmented reality glasses. Although it is still some years away from being integrated into dental offices, the researchers believe the technology is a good first step in the advancement of pain management technology.

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The KATANA Zirconia Block—Clinical experiences from Italy

July 3, 2019 | Advertorial

Earlier this year, Kuraray Noritake Dental invited dental professionals from all over Europe to a symposium in Berlin in Germany that highlighted the newest research and clinical findings on the KATANA Zirconia Block, the latest addition to the KATANA family. One of the presenters was Dr Nicola Scotti, an assistant professor at the Department of Cariology and Operative Dentistry at the University of Turin’s Dental School and operator of his own private practice.

Researchers examine composition of oral microbiome in children

July 3, 2019 | News

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada/COLUMBUS, Ohio, U.S.: The composition of the oral microbiome is critically important in oral health and disease, but the patterns and mechanisms underlying community assembly have not been comprehensively studied. Researchers from the Ohio State University in Columbus have recently filled the existing research gap by examining the composition of the oral bacterial microbiome in a cohort of children evenly distributed between the ages of 1 and 12 years. The results suggest that maturing oral microbial communities in children follow a common pattern.

Salivary microbiomes of children show sex-specific differences

July 1, 2019 | News

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada: Dental caries represents one of the most common chronic diseases in young children and is a multifactorial disease. Women exhibit higher caries incidence than men, but it remains unclear whether the same disparity is found in children. A poster presentation on the topic of sex-specific differences in the microorganisms associated with dental caries found in children’s saliva was given by Stephanie Ortiz of the Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, U.S., at the 97th General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).

ADA urges Congress to address acute dental pain in its response to opioid crisis

June 28, 2019 | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: The American Dental Association (ADA) has recently applauded the U.S. Congress’ response to the opioid crisis but urged the federal government to place a greater emphasis on managing acute pain after one-time surgical procedures, such as third molar extraction. The association has recommended that prescriber education opportunities be coordinated with professional societies and administered by an accredited continuing education provider and that the coursework be dually recognized for state licensure purposes.

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Journal of Dental Research editor-in-chief stepping down

June 28, 2019 | News

ALEXANDRIA, Va., U.S.: Founded in 1919, the Journal of Dental Research (JDR) is a multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the dissemination of new knowledge in all sciences relevant to dentistry and the oral cavity and associated structures in both health and disease. After ten years at the helm as editor-in-chief, Prof. William Giannobile will be stepping down in 2020, and the search for a new leader has begun. The position is available from April 2020 and carries an annual stipend.

Danaher announces new dental company Envista Holdings Corporation

June 28, 2019 | Advertorial | Business | News

WASHINGTON, US: Danaher Corporation has announced that Envista Holdings Corporation will be the name of the separate company it is to take public via an initial public offering in the second half of 2019. Envista will be comprised of three operating companies within Danaher's Dental segment: Nobel Biocare Systems, KaVo Kerr, and Ormco, all of which have significant positions in dental implants, equipment and orthodontics.

Oral Health Foundation launches new guidelines for denture adhesives

June 27, 2019 | News

RUGBY, UK/VANCOUVER, Canada: The Oral Health Foundation (OHF) has recently published a new set of global science-based guidelines for denture adhesives. The new recommendations will combat the current lack of guidance for complete denture wearers regarding the correct use of denture adhesives.

BIOLASE announces Advancing Dentistry Symposium

June 27, 2019 | Events

IRVINE, Calif., U.S.: BIOLASE, a global leader in dental lasers, has announced that it will host the Advancing Dentistry Symposium in San Diego, California, on Oct. 18 and 19, 2019. The conference will provide education on the cutting-edge technologies, techniques, and innovations that are currently advancing dentistry today. Leading experts will give presentations on these latest trends and innovations.

Researchers investigate how tongue reacts to different textures in food

June 27, 2019 | News

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., U.S.: For a long time, people have known that individual differences in taste and smell can have an influence on liking or disliking a particular food. Recently, in a new study, researchers used chocolate to help understand how the tongue reacts to different textures in food, revealing that the tongue has much to do with whether the food is eaten, liked or rejected.

Colgate-Palmolive develop recyclable toothpaste tube

June 26, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: It is estimated that globally about one billion tubes of toothpaste find their way into landfill annually. In an exciting move to curb this and to commit to a more eco-friendly business model, Colgate-Palmolive has announced that the design of the world’s first recyclable toothpaste tube has been finalized and that the company hopes to convert all of its tube packaging to recyclables by 2025.

Teledentistry pioneer invests in mass production of 3-D-printed clear aligners

June 25, 2019 | News

PALO ALTO, California, U.S.: SmileDirectClub has teamed up with multinational information technology company HP to install 49 Multi Jet Fusion 3-D-printing systems at its production facility in Antioch in Tennessee in the U.S. According to an HP press release detailing its collaboration with the clear aligner maker, SmileDirectClub is poised to further disrupt the US$12 billion (€10.5 billion) orthodontics industry with an increased annual production capacity of close to 20 million 3-D-printed mouth moulds.

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New medical device may help reduce opioid use and prescription

June 25, 2019 | News

CLOSTER, N.J., U.S.: Many dental professionals have recognized the benefits of using cryotherapy for oral pain management and swelling relief in dentistry, and most dentists use external ice packs to reduce postoperative pain after oral surgeries, tooth extraction, dental implant procedures and maxillofacial surgeries. Now, a new cryotherapy product that is applied intraorally has entered the market. According to the manufacturers, this medical device, which is registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), provides effective and opioid-free relief from pain, swelling and discomfort to dental patients by cooling the mouth from the inside for an extended period.

Health organization stresses role of dentists in curbing opioid epidemic

June 24, 2019 | News

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., U.S.: At the 2019 International Association for Dental Research General Session and Exhibition held on June 19–22 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the worldwide health services organization Cigna made special note of the important role dentists can play in addressing the opioid epidemic. As part of a long-standing commitment to help curb opioid addiction and overdose, Cigna partnered with dentists to increase awareness of the dangers of opioids and released three years of data on customers with dental and pharmacy benefits to help bring the topic into focus.

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.

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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.

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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.

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