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Oral organs of fish capable of tissue regeneration

August 20, 2019 | News

LONDON, U.K./ATLANTA, U.S.: After examining tooth renewal in animals that have tooth replacement and regenerative abilities, researchers from the U.K. and the U.S. identified similarities between the teeth and taste buds of a fish. The results suggest that the fish’s oral organs are able to regenerate tissue and can be manipulated to express the characteristics of different tissue types, under the regulation of the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling pathway.

In dentistry, image is everything

August 19, 2019 | Advertorial

HELSINKI, Finland: Three-dimensional dental imaging technology and software continue to make great strides when it comes to improving image quality. However, despite the progress made in the last decade, some challenges remain. So how do you achieve a great image? Planmeca’s Product Development Manager of Imaging Algorithms, Mikko Lilja, says it is a combination of three C’s: contrast, crispness and correcting artefacts.

Cigarette smoke intensifies head and neck cancer, study finds

August 19, 2019 | News

PHILADELPHIA, U.S.: The dangers of smoking are well known, and in a new study, researchers have pinpointed it as being a major factor in developing head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, the sixth most common cancer in the world. The study was conducted by researchers from Thomas Jefferson University and highlights, among other things, how cigarette smoke reprograms cells.

Artificial intelligence advances cancer therapy

August 16, 2019 | News

CLEVELAND, U.S.: In a recent advancement in cancer research, scientists have used artificial intelligence (AI) to help customize the radiation dosage for individual patient treatments. An earlier study showed that radiation therapy for throat cancer can produce better results than transoral robotic surgery (TORS). This latest development may help physicians in all fields prescribe better treatments and save more lives.

Researchers develop new bonelike material

August 15, 2019 | News

PORTLAND, Ore., U.S.: In a recent development that could have a huge impact on the dental industry, researchers from the Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry have developed a material that replicates human bone tissue. It can be produced in 72 days or less with an unprecedented level of precision, from its microscopic crystalline structure to its biological activity, and has been referred to as “bone in a dish”.

Interview: “KATANA Zirconia and CERABIEN ZR porcelain is an ideal combination”

August 14, 2019 | Advertorial

As a dental technician with many years of experience, Björn Roland has always pursued one goal in his lab: restorations that seamlessly mimic natural dentition and possess reliable functionality. In this interview, he discusses how he integrates Kuraray Noritake Dental’s dental solutions into his daily workflow and shares some tips for creating aesthetically pleasing dental restorations.

Vivos Therapeutics raises consumer awareness of its sleep apnea treatment

August 14, 2019 | News

DENVER, U.S./‎WILKES-BARRE, Pa., U.S.: Vivos Therapeutics, an American company that seeks to find the best evidence-based treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has recently collaborated with one of the nation’s largest dental product and equipment distributors, Benco Dental, to promote the Vivos System apnea treatment in the U.S. and expand the company’s client base. As part of the partnership, Benco will offer its customers a unique in-person opportunity to obtain more information on the treatment and to find out how it benefits sleep apnea sufferers and dental practitioners in a series of events that will take place from October this year.

Recovery from opioid use requires persistence and great range of services

August 13, 2019 | News

BOSTON, U.S.: In order to bring the opioid epidemic in the U.S. under control, researchers and health care providers alike are on the hunt for solutions that will lead affected patients to a successful recovery. The first national study of opioid problem resolution suggests that individuals with opioid use problems may require intensive medical, psychological and social support services over a long period.

New research to target head and neck cancer

August 13, 2019 | News

AUGUSTA, Ga., U.S.: For a group of researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, the enzyme ecto-5’-nucleotidase (CD73) is going to be the new focus. Known for helping to keep the immune system under control, CD73 may also help often-aggressive head and neck cancers thrive. Over the next two years, scientists will seek to determine where the high levels of the enzyme originate. Their long-term goal is to develop new methods of blocking them.

Dentsply Sirona World 2019 fast approaching

August 12, 2019 | Events

LAS VEGAS, U.S.: From Oct. 3 to 5, the dental manufacturer Dentsply Sirona will be hosting Dentsply Sirona World 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. This annual industry gathering is expected to bring together thousands of professionals from all areas of dentistry. Attendees will have the chance to learn about recent innovations and gain hands-on experience with some of them, such as the new intraoral scanner Primescan. The renowned entertainment program is set to feature the likes of comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld.

Fluoride may negatively affect kidney and liver function in adolescents

August 12, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: According to researchers at Mount Sinai hospital, New York, fluoride in drinking water can have potential health side effects, such as renal system damage, liver damage, thyroid dysfunction, bone and tooth disease, and impaired protein metabolism. In a recent study, they examined the effect of fluoride levels in drinking water and blood on the kidney and liver health of adolescents participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a group of studies that assess health and nutritional well-being in the U.S.

FDA continues to educate youth about dangers of vaping

August 9, 2019 | News

SILVER SPRING, Md., U.S.: It was almost a year ago that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiated “The Real Cost” Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign to educate at-risk youth about the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes through advertising on television and the Internet and nationwide anti-smoking poster distribution. As the campaign is about to reach its first anniversary, the FDA has launched its first youth e-cigarette prevention TV advertisements and is planning to provide educational materials and newly made posters for schools across the U.S.

Researchers discover method to control tooth root development

August 9, 2019 | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S./SICHUAN, China: Though genetic research has become increasingly relevant in the fields of medicine and biology, it has remained relatively untouched when it comes to dentistry. In a promising development, researchers have found that epigenetic regulation—the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression—can control root patterning and development in teeth, potentially leading someday to the regeneration of teeth.

Dental students design metal saliva ejectors

August 7, 2019 | News

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica: Four dental students at the University of Costa Rica (UCR) have recently found a way to counter the environmental impact of disposable plastic saliva ejectors. They have developed a metallic, reusable saliva ejector that can be sterilized in an autoclave. According to the students, the newly developed dental instrument is not only environmentally friendly but also a cost-effective solution for dental practices.

Dr Paolo Baldissara: “The KATANA Zirconia Block is an extremely promising technology”

August 6, 2019 | Advertorial

With over 30 years of experience as a dentist and researcher, Dr Paolo Baldissara of the University of Bologna in Italy could be forgiven for slowing down a bit. This is far from happening, however, as he continues to be at the forefront of ceramic restoration material developments and their integration into CAD/CAM workflows.

Why reviews have grown in importance

August 6, 2019 | News

“Before contacting you, I read all of your lovely reviews.” My clients are hearing that from patients every week nowadays. I’m not sure who actually taught us all to read and write reviews, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the source is Jeff Bezos at Amazon. We have fundamentally changed our buying habits as a result. Now, even the provider (if it’s Uber or Airbnb) can review us.

Sealed primary molars reduce caries risk

August 6, 2019 | News

BOSTON, U.S.: In a recent study, researchers have examined the association between light-polymerized, resin-based and fluoride-releasing sealants and the development of pit-and-fissure caries in primary molars. The findings suggest that sealed primary molars are less likely to develop pit-and-fissure caries. Therefore, the researchers recommend applying dental sealants on primary molars of children who are at high caries risk.

Age and race may impact frequency of dentist appointments

August 5, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S./HONOLULU, U.S.: Good oral health is increasingly recognized as an essential part of healthy aging. It is closely related to overall health status and quality of life, and regular dental checkups can prevent oral diseases and help maintain oral health. However, regularly seeing a dentist is a challenge for many Americans, especially older adults, racial and ethnic minorities, and immigrant populations, new research suggests.

Dental chair redefined—A-dec 500

August 5, 2019 | Advertorial | Business

NEWBERG, Ore., U.S.: Since its launch in 2004, the A-dec 500 has become a dental chair well known in the industry for its comfort, reliability and ease of use. Meticulous craftsmanship and smart engineering have led to its winning multiple awards. A-dec is thus pleased to announce the launch of a completely revised and updated A-dec 500.

Number of pediatric dentists expected to grow rapidly

August 2, 2019 | News

ALBANY, N.Y., U.S.: A recent study, commissioned by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), has evaluated the adequacy of the supply of pediatric dentists in the U.S. The findings indicate that supply of pediatric dentists is growing more rapidly than demand. The researchers suggested that growth in demand could increase if pediatric dentists captured a larger share of pediatric dental services or if underserved children had improved access to oral health care.

Interview: “Current antimicrobial techniques are largely ineffective ”

August 2, 2019 | News

Robots and their influence on society is not something new. For years, we have been sharing our social and, more recently, private circles with them. In dentistry, the advancement of robotics is steadily progressing, and in a recent interview with Dental Tribune International, Prof. Hyun (Michel) Koo, from the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, spoke about his work in developing an army of microrobots to combat plaque.

SmileDirectClub launches in UK

August 2, 2019 | Business | News

LONDON, UK: The US-headquartered clear aligner provider SmileDirectClub has launched nine stand-alone stores across London, Manchester and Birmingham, its first entry into the European market. The company announced that its expansion would continue in partnership with the Well Pharmacy chain, which will oversee the opening of four additional SmileShops within Well Pharmacy stores in Cambridge, Newcastle, Cardiff and Leeds.

People living with HIV struggle to access oral health services

August 1, 2019 | News

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada: Researchers from the University of British Columbia have recently conducted an environmental scan and categorized the scope of medical and oral health care services for people living with HIV (PLWHIV) across the province of British Columbia (BC). The findings revealed a mismatch between the number and scope of services available for PLWHIV and the distribution of HIV infection across BC.

Outreach program treats more than 3,000 people in 2018/2019 school year

July 31, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Oral health outreach programs play a pivotal role in helping those who, for whatever reason, struggle to access dental care. Recently, the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) and Henry Schein announced that their collaboration to provide dental services to those in need had offered free therapy to more than 3,000 patients during the 2018/2019 school year.

Particulate mercury is significant source of exposure to mercury in dental profession

July 31, 2019 | News

HANNA, Alberta, Canada: Dental amalgam has been used for almost two centuries. Now, a recently published paper has investigated the amount of exposure to mercury that takes place in the dental office when dental amalgam is removed. This study was designed to answer questions about matters such as the concentration of mercury vapor that can be reached from particulate generated by the removal of dental amalgam restorations using a high-speed drill and the length of time this particulate can continue to volatilize mercury vapor.

Experts advocate using low-dose CBCT imaging protocols

July 30, 2019 | Advertorial

Dr Michael Bornstein is Clinical Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at the University of Hong Kong in China. He has followed the ongoing evolution of low-dose CBCT imaging closely, encourages all clinicians to increase their use of dose limitation measures, and has said that the radiation dose to the patient will continue to become lower.

Study calls for better guidelines to help diagnose burning mouth syndrome

July 26, 2019 | News

CLEVELAND, U.S.: Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) can be difficult to diagnose because it has similar symptoms to conditions such as dry mouth. In a new study, researchers from Case Western Reserve University have noted that physicians and researchers need better standards and guidelines to help improve care and to reduce the burden put on the health care system by misdiagnosis. A good start would be to reach a consensus for a single definition of BMS that encompasses specific inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Dentsply Sirona announces a new leader for its North American commercial business

July 25, 2019 | Business

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Dentsply Sirona has recently announced that Eric Bruno has joined its team as senior vice president of the North American regional commercial organization. He is responsible for leading the company’s go-to-market strategy in North America to provide innovative solutions and clinical education supporting dental professionals and improving patient outcomes. Bruno has worked in medical device, pharmaceutical and consumer businesses for 25 years. He will be based in Charlotte.

Interview: Digital workflow in dentistry—What’s in it for you

July 25, 2019 | Interviews

Dr Simon Kold from Denmark explains how he and his wife and co-surgeon, Dr Louise Kold, implemented a digital workflow in their practice and talks about the lessons they learnt from it.

Interview: Zirconia and the art of dentistry

July 25, 2019 | Advertorial | Interviews | News

Though one is a master dental technician and the other a dentist, Daniele Rondoni and Dr Nicola Scotti share a passion for discovering new materials and technologies to better provide aesthetic, durable restorations for patients. Here, they discuss their dental journeys and how they have integrated Kuraray Noritake Dental’s KATANA Zirconia range into their workflows.

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