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Researchers conduct largest patient complaint study to date

December 11, 2019 | News

TORONTO, Canada: Researchers from the University of Toronto have recently conducted the largest longitudinal study of patient complaints to date. In the study, they analyzed complaints made over a period of eleven years to the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO), the regulatory and licensing body governing Ontario’s dentists and their standards of practice. The study provided insights into perceptions surrounding oral health care professionals and their standards of care and highlighted the importance of high-quality clinical care and treatment.

Interview: Prof. Barry Sessle on the impact of neuroscience on dentistry

December 10, 2019 | Interviews

Just as our scientific and clinical understanding of dentistry has undergone seismic shifts over the past few decades, so too has the field of neuroscience. To understand more about how these two fields interact with one another, Dental Tribune International spoke with Prof. Barry Sessle, professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto in Canada and the co-author of a recent review on the topic.

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Researchers find link between obesity and periodontal disease

December 10, 2019 | News

CLEVELAND, U.S.: Obesity and periodontal disease remain the most common noncommunicable diseases in the U.S. A recent study has explored the effect of obesity on nonsurgical periodontal care and evaluated potential pathways that may illustrate the connection between the two conditions. The data confirmed a correlation between the maladies and could be used to inform treatment planning for patients suffering from obesity and periodontal disease.

Periodontitis could increase stroke risk, new study says

December 9, 2019 | News

BELÉM, Brazil/RUGBY, UK: A recent study has investigated the association between stroke and periodontitis, one of the most common human diseases affecting over 700 million people worldwide. The data indicated that inflamed gingivae lead to changes in how blood and oxygen flow to the brain and may, therefore, increase the risk of stroke.

Smoking cessation may decrease risk of tooth loss

December 6, 2019 | News

SÃO PAULO, Brazil: Smoking cessation has been shown to have a positive impact on the outcome of periodontal therapy. Previous reviews have addressed the association between smoking and tooth loss, which is the final outcome of periodontal disease. However, so far, no systematic review has evaluated the effect of smoking cessation on tooth loss. Therefore, researchers from the University of São Paulo School of Dentistry recently investigated this topic and found that former smokers show a decreased risk compared with current smokers.

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Brazilian dentists offer free dental help to victims of abuse

December 6, 2019 | News

SÃO PAOLO, Brazil: Turma do Bem is the largest specialized volunteer network in the world. The organization believes that oral health is a tool of social inclusion and should, therefore, be accessible to a vulnerable population. One of organization’s projects, called Apolônias do Bem, offers free dental help to women who have experienced severe dental problems as a result of domestic violence.

Weave launches payment platform for dental practices

December 4, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Weave, a Utah-based startup company and one of the fastest-growing companies in technology, has taken the opportunity at the 2019 Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) to publicly debut Weave Payments, a full-scale payment processing platform for small and medium-sized businesses. The platform joins the company’s telephone-based practice management software, which is designed to help service-based businesses like dental and medical practices grow and retain patients by managing the whole scope of patient communications.

The integration of CAD/CAM into dental school curricula

December 4, 2019 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: By this point, the benefits of employing CAD/CAM technologies in the dental practice and laboratory have been well documented. CAD/CAM was developed for commercial use in the 1980s at the University of Zurich in Switzerland by Prof. Werner H. Mörmann and Dr Marco Brandestini, and its usefulness for creating dental restorations and orthodontic appliances has grown in the decades since, as has its reputation. FDI World Dental Federation, the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, went so far as to issue a policy statement in 2017 declaring that it supports “the research and development of CAD/CAM dentistry to improve the quality of the final product and allow for cost reduction”.

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Harvard School of Dental Medicine emphasizes importance of saving natural teeth

December 4, 2019 | News

BOSTON, U.S.: Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) has recently collaborated with the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine to highlight the importance of saving teeth. Together, the dental schools provided more than 50 endodontic treatments on Teeth Worth Saving Day to patients in need in the Boston area.

Interview: “The new interface makes the learning curve shorter”

December 3, 2019 | Advertorial | Interviews

At this year’s Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM), the U.S.-based company 3DISC has launched the latest version of the Heron IOS, its solution for intraoral scanning. At the event, Dental Tribune International spoke with Thomas Weldingh, 3DISC Deputy Group CEO, about the benefits the Heron IOS provides for the entire dental team.

ICD honors new fellows from Dominican Republic and Haiti

December 2, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: For the first time in its history, the International College of Dentists (ICD) has inducted a group of fellows from the Dominican Republic. This took place in a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 1, during the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) in New York City. The college honored this first group of fellows in preparation for the international centennial induction ceremony taking place in Japan next year. The New York event was one of many celebrations happening around the world to mark 100 years of the ICD.

3Shape offers live demonstrations, expert consultations and happy hour at GNYDM

November 29, 2019 | Events

NEW YORK, U.S.: Visitors to the 3Shape booth at the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) on Dec. 1–4 will be able to see products close at hand and meet trainers through live product demonstrations, lectures, one-on-one appointments, a happy hour, and a live dentistry class.

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JDR highlights importance of behavioral sciences in dentistry

November 26, 2019 | News

ALEXANDRIA, Va., U.S.: This year marks the centennial of the Journal of Dental Research (JDR), a peer-reviewed medical journal that disseminates new knowledge and information on various sciences relevant to dentistry. To celebrate, the JDR is featuring a yearlong commemorative article and podcast series that highlights topics that have been instrumental in helping transform dental, oral and craniofacial research over the past 100 years.

Waterlase laser allows dentists to remove crowns and veneers in 5 minutes or less

November 26, 2019 | Advertorial

IRVINE, Calif., U.S.: BIOLASE, a global leader in dental lasers, is proud to announce that its Waterlase dental laser system has received U.S. and Canada regulatory clearance for crown and veneer removal. This new indication allows dentists to remove crowns and veneers in less than 5 minutes using laser technology. BIOLASE is the only dental laser company with this clearance.

Research institutions establish dental informatics program to improve oral health

November 25, 2019 | News

INDIANAPOLIS, U.S.: With the goal of improving oral health for better overall physical and emotional health, Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD), both in Indianapolis, are joining together to create a novel dental informatics program. This new program is one of only a few in the U.S. and is perhaps the only dental informatics program in the country linked to a clinical data repository managed by a regional health information exchange.

Danaher to offer its shareholders an Envista stock swap

November 22, 2019 | Business | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: Danaher Corp. has announced an exchange offer through which its shareholders will have the opportunity to swap their Danaher stock for the stock in Envista that the corporation retained after its September spinoff of the dental products company.

California company raises funds for smart lingual appliances

November 21, 2019 | Business | News

IRVINE, Calif., U.S.: Swift Health Systems raised $45 million in October for its lingual “Smartwire” appliance, INBRACE. The company seeks to address the needs of consumers and orthodontists with INBRACE by providing an invisible solution for light-force tooth movement that is led by clinicians. The appliance may be difficult to spot, but the technology behind it is turning heads.

Dental school establishes novel opioid-free pain management guidelines

November 21, 2019 | News

PITTSBURGH, U.S.: Doctors continue to routinely prescribe opioid pain relievers for dental procedures. However, current evidence suggests that alternative, nonopioid medications typically work as well or even better for managing pain after dental treatment and do not cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting and constipation or have the potential for misuse. To help fight the opioid epidemic, the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (Pitt Dental Medicine) has become the first dental school in the nation to put in place opioid-free pain management guidelines for a wide range of procedures performed in its clinics.

Journal celebrates centennial with article on how implants have influenced restorative dentistry

November 21, 2019 | News

ALEXANDRIA, Va., U.S.: This year marks the centennial of the Journal of Dental Research (JDR). To celebrate this special occasion, the JDR is featuring a yearlong commemorative article and podcast series that highlights topics that have transformed dental, oral and craniofacial research over the past century. One of these articles describes the progress that has been made in dental implants, but also emphasizes the importance of the main goal in dentistry: to preserve natural teeth.

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FDA grants first modified risk orders to smokeless tobacco products

November 20, 2019 | News

WHITE OAK, Md., U.S.: For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the marketing of products through the modified risk tobacco product pathway. The authorizations were granted to eight Swedish Match snus smokeless tobacco products sold under the General brand name in the U.S. The products will now be marketed under the assumption that using General Snus instead of cigarettes decreases the risk of mouth cancer, heart disease, lung cancer, stroke, emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Ohio startup uses telephones to streamline practice management

November 15, 2019 | Business | News

LEHI, Utah, U.S.: The front office of a dental practice can be compared to the oral cavity. In the same way that a healthy “gateway” leads to better general health, new models for practice management are improving the general financial health of dental practices. As we continue to canvas the dental startup scene, Dental Tribune International dialed up Ohio-based Weave for more information on its telephone-based practice management software.

First permanent molars function as health database dating back to before birth

November 15, 2019 | News

HAMILTON, Canada: Teeth provide a permanent biological marker of metabolic stressors that disrupt mineralization in utero and in early childhood. A recent study by researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton set out to evaluate whether mineralization defects in dentin could be caused by vitamin D deficiency in the critical first 1,000 days of life. They have found that a person’s first permanent molars carry a lifelong record of health information dating back to the prenatal phase, storing vital information that can connect maternal health to a child’s health.

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Journal of Dental Research article focuses on evolution of esthetic dentistry

November 13, 2019 | News

ALEXANDRIA, Va., U.S.: This year, the Journal of Dental Research (JDR) is celebrating its publishing centenary. To mark the milestone, the journal has been featuring a commemorative article series and a podcast series highlighting topics that have transformed dental, oral and craniofacial research over the past 100 years. In its latest article, titled “Evolution of aesthetic dentistry,” a historical review on the evolution of esthetic dentistry over the past 100 years takes center stage.

Endo Voices podcast updates endodontists on the hottest topics

November 11, 2019 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The Endo Voices podcast by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) is a new way to reach those committed to providing the best care possible and offers access to information in a fun, convenient fashion outside more traditional channels. The podcast provides compelling content from thought leaders in the endodontic community and helps to fill a need for endodontics-specific content.

SmileDirectClub soldiers on

November 8, 2019 | Business | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: Eight weeks is a long time for SmileDirectClub (SDC). Dental Tribune International last reported on the teleorthodontics startup in September, just days before it offered tens of millions of shares to investors. SDC is due to report its first earnings as a public company on Nov. 12 and investors already have a lot to consider, such as growing regulatory restrictions, a new production facility and international expansion.

CDA recommends best practices for video recording in dental offices

November 8, 2019 | News

SACRAMENTO, Calif., U.S.: An increasing number of dental offices implement video surveillance systems to ensure their own and patient security, aid in loss prevention, and deter burglary, break-ins and other criminal activity. Despite the numerous advantages of surveillance cameras, the California Dental Association (CDA) has recently cautioned dental practice owners to inform themselves about the laws and regulations surrounding video recording and suggested adhering to practical guidelines that could bring considerable benefit to the practice and help maintain patients’ and employees’ health information privacy.

New guideline recommends treatment over antibiotics for toothache

November 7, 2019 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: Action to combat the overprescription of antibiotics and the consequent development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is desperately needed. A new guideline released by the American Dental Association (ADA) recommending that antibiotics are not needed in most cases of toothache may be the impetus needed to bring about a healthy change when it comes to the problem of overprescription. According the ADA, the move is in alignment with its commitment to the U.S. government’s Antimicrobial Resistance Challenge.

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Dental radiographs pose potential hazard to human health, study finds

November 7, 2019 | News

BRIGHTON, UK/ATLANTA, US: The incidence of thyroid cancer and meningioma is increasing globally. New research has found that repeated exposure to dental radiographs may increase the risk of thyroid cancer and tumours in the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord. The researchers concluded that dental radiographs should, therefore, be prescribed only when the patient has a specific clinical need and not as a standard part of routine dental evaluation. Additionally, dental professionals should maintain dental radiographic records in order to avoid unnecessary screenings.

Interview: CAD/CAM can be an incredible teaching tool

November 6, 2019 | Interviews

Dr. Gary Hack is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, where he teaches in the Department of Advanced Oral Sciences and Therapeutics. In this interview, he outlines how he integrated dental CAD/CAM technology into his teaching methods and how his students have responded to this.

Dentsply Sirona supports dentists delivering dental care in Guatemala

November 6, 2019 | Advertorial

ANTIGUA, Guatemala: Despite advancements made in oral health throughout the globe, the state of oral health in certain parts of the world remains substandard. In many developing countries, access to oral health care is limited, and teeth are often left untreated or are extracted because of pain or discomfort.

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