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2021 GNYDM to only accept fully vaccinated attendees

August 27, 2021 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: The 2020 Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) went virtual owing to the pandemic, but its 2021 iteration is set to return to an in-person format. To minimize the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, the event’s organizing committee has announced that proof of vaccination against the virus will be compulsory for attendees.

Quest for tooth whitening: Study reports extensive damage to dental cells by carbamide peroxide

August 27, 2021 | News

TORONTO, Canada/LONDON, UK: As the quest for having whiter teeth continues, it is crucial to fully understand the extent of damage that tooth-whitening agents could have on oral health. In the first study of its kind, researchers sought to dig a little deeper into the issue and investigated the possibly deleterious effect of hydrogen peroxide-derived free radicals on dental cells. They found that exposing teeth to certain concentrations of carbamide peroxide gel harms the dental pulp cells and that this damage is irreversible.

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Colgate Oral Health Network celebrates a decade of service to dental professionals

August 25, 2021 | Business

NEW YORK, U.S.: Launched in 2011 and sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive, Colgate Oral Health Network (COHN) is the dental team’s one-stop resource for free dental continuing education (CE). The site offers over 200 CE units at any one time, and members can choose from a range of dental topics offered by internationally recognized experts in a variety of formats, including live and recorded webinars, articles, and most recently, CE podcasts.

Evidence suggests triad of symptoms most common in COVID-19 patients

August 12, 2021 | News

BRASILIA, Brazil: From the start of the pandemic, the oral cavity has been highlighted as a potentially relevant infection axis with further inflammatory response in surrounding tissues. This has resulted in heightened international interest in investigating the issue. A current study confirms the previous findings, namely that xerostomia, taste dysfunction and oral mucosal lesions currently manifest most commonly in patients with COVID-19.

Women in dentistry: Meet chemist and awarded dental materials inventor Dr. Sumita Mitra

August 11, 2021 | Interviews

As the second candidate for a series portraying outstanding women in dentistry, Dental Tribune International (DTI) interviewed Dr. Sumita Mitra. During her career at 3M, she developed a unique nanomaterial-based dental filler, for which she received the European Inventor Award 2021. This material and numerous other inventions of hers in the field of dental materials have been patented. DTI spoke with Mitra about how a bunch of grapes inspired her research efforts, about the greatest advantages of her developed material and about how she gives back to the next generation of inventors.

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BioMin F in Smile Revolution podcast

August 9, 2021 | News

I recently recorded a podcast with Prof. Robert Hill and Richard Whatley (CEO at BioMin Technologies) on BioMin F toothpaste—an in-depth conversation on a very interesting toothpaste. During the preparation for this recording and after it, I developed an interest in the area as my understanding evolved. In this article, I wish to share my insight into some other considerations I have become aware of that we could include in building our understanding around toothpastes in general.

Gunman killed by police after injuring three workers at SmileDirectClub plant

August 6, 2021 | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: A shooting at SmileDirectClub’s Nashville manufacturing facility was carried out by an active employee and resulted in three workers being injured and the gunman being fatally shot by police, according to CNN.

ADA not backing compulsory COVID-19 jabs

August 5, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The American Dental Association (ADA) says that dentists should be vaccinated against COVID-19 but has stopped short of backing compulsory inoculation within the oral care workforce. As the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 continued to spread in the U.S., the association broke ranks with other health and medical groups by advocating for voluntary vaccination in order to show leadership and help to build nationwide vaccine confidence.

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Thinking of joining a DSO? Owning practice building can complicate sale

July 29, 2021 | News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., U.S.: For dentists who own the property on which their dental practice is located, the property is typically their second-most valuable asset after the dental clinic itself. When selling a clinic to a dental support organization (DSO), however, owning the wider premises can result in challenges for dentists. Dental Tribune International spoke with an experienced medical practice broker who said that selling the property to a cooperative group can solve the problem and allow dentists to retain partial ownership.

GC America to present live, biofilm-focused seminar

July 28, 2021 | Advertorial | Events

ALSIP, Ill., U.S.: In celebration of GC’s 100th anniversary, GC America will host a one-day virtual symposium on combating biofilm and oral disease on July 30. At this free educational event, three experts on the topic of biofilm will come together to share their experiences in dealing with the biofilm-related issues that many patients have.

Third molar extraction may have positive effect on sense of taste

July 28, 2021 | News

PHILADELPHIA, U.S.: Taste disorders and other neurosensory defects have been reported postoperatively in a number of patients who have undergone extraction of the mandibular third molars. Although taste deficits are generally expected to resolve within one year, the long-term effects of the surgical procedure remain unknown. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has challenged the notion that third molar extraction only has negative effects on taste, as it found that patients who underwent the dental procedure had improved taste abilities decades after the surgery.

Study offers new insights into periodontal disease and body’s protective response

July 22, 2021 | News

SEATTLE, U.S.: Biofilm buildup can lead to many oral health issues, including gingivitis, periodontitis and tooth loss, as well as other serious health consequences, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis and bowel disease. To better understand individual variation in gingival inflammation, researchers have recently identified and classified human host and microbial responses to the accumulation of dental plaque. The study may help explain why some people are more susceptible to inflammation-associated health problems.

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Oral health management in times of climate change crisis

July 21, 2021 | News

BOSTON, U.S./ KIGALI, Rwanda: Experts have been warning about the consequences of climate change for years, and with every year that the situation worsens, these consequences become increasingly difficult to reverse. The current rate of global warming is associated with higher risks for adverse health outcomes as well, and these are measurable today, according to a recent commentary.

Machine-learning algorithms may help in predicting tooth loss

July 19, 2021 | News

BOSTON, U.S.: Little is known about socioeconomic factors in relation to tooth loss. In a new study, researchers at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) have developed machine-learning algorithms for predicting tooth loss in adults that—in addition to the obvious parameters such as age and dental care—included patients’ socioeconomic factors. The findings suggest that these tools may help identify teeth at risk in order to ensure early intervention.

3Shape Dental System 2021: Revolutionising the technician’s work through AI

July 15, 2021 | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Ever since it was launched in 2005, 3Shape Dental System has been the software of choice for dental laboratory technicians who want to stay at the forefront of technological advancement. With the release of Dental System 2021, 3Shape is now allowing technicians to harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and enhance their productivity through its new and improved integrated workflows.

What would a decade-old investment of $1,000 in Align Technology be worth today?

July 13, 2021 | Business | News

SAN JOSE, Calif., U.S.: The Invisalign clear aligner system entered the market with a string of patents and no competitors in the late 1990s. According to Zacks Equity Research, a June 2011 investment of $1,000 (€700) in its manufacturer, Align Technology, would have gained 2,668% in value by June this year.

Studies demonstrate that Waterlase laser technology benefits periimplantitis treatment

July 8, 2021 | Advertorial

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., U.S.: Periimplantitis poses one of the greatest challenges for implantologists. BIOLASE, a global leader in dental lasers, recently announced that two current studies have demonstrated that BIOLASE’s Waterlase Er,Cr:YSGG laser technology may be beneficial in the treatment of periimplantitis.

Kuraray Noritake Dental wins big at DENTAL ADVISOR’s Awards

July 6, 2021 | Advertorial

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: Since there are so many different dental adhesives, cements and restorative materials available, it can be difficult to decide which products are best suited to fulfilling individual requirements. A direct comparison obtained by testing all products is impossible owing to the great number of available solutions. Laboratory investigations provide information about specific product properties, but usually cannot give the overall picture.

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