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.
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.
Most children do not particularly love toothbrushing, and many parents will agree that getting their children to brush can be quite a hassle. As a solution, South-Korean Samsung spin-off Kitten Planet has launched Brush Monster, a fun and interactive mobile app game that teaches children healthy brushing habits and enables parents to analyse the brushing data afterwards. Via augmented reality and an innovative smart brush, the app walks kids through the brushing process from start to finish in real time, while turning good oral hygiene into an engaging game. Prevention spoke to Dr Jongho Choi, Brush Monster cofounder and CEO of Kitten Planet.
CHICAGO, U.S.: For a number of years, dentists throughout America have been working to improve access to oral health care for those in underserved regions. In a positive step forward in that pursuit, Congress has recently passed the Action for Dental Health Act, something the American Dental Association (ADA) has commended.