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Constant learning is good for you—in the practice and outside work

December 3, 2019 | Advertorial

We live in a rapidly changing world where continuing education is more important than ever—not only to keep you abreast of new developments and to ensure that your patients get the best possible care but also to help you grow as a human being.

Cost-savings for dental tourists in Hungary are increasing

December 3, 2019 | Business | News

BUDAPEST, Hungary: For thousands of Europeans, the cost of dental treatment in their home countries is enough to send them packing. Hungary is a major destination for those seeking dental treatment abroad, and recent figures show that the average patient who travels to the country for treatment receives it for €7,240 less than he or she would have at home, even after subtracting the cost of travel and accommodation.

New biodegradable rods may deliver better antibiotic treatment for periodontitis patients

December 2, 2019 | News

HALLE (SAALE), Germany: As has been well established, the prevalence of periodontal disease globally remains quite high despite increased awareness of the importance of oral health. Though there are numerous treatment modalities available, each comes with its own drawbacks. A team of researchers has sought to change this, however, by developing flexible, biodegradable rods that can accurately deliver antibiotics to the diseased portions of the periodontium.

Researchers link increased use of antibiotics to Parkinson’s disease

November 29, 2019 | News

HELSINKI, Finland: Antibiotic overprescribing continues to be a major concern in dentistry. In most cases, readily prescribing antibiotics to patients before a dental treatment does not ensure effective and appropriate dental care intervention. Additionally, it accelerates antibiotic resistance. A recent study has found that higher exposure to commonly used oral antibiotics, especially broad-spectrum antibiotics and those that act against anaerobic bacteria and fungi, may also increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

Guided Biofilm Therapy to take centre stage in free webinar

November 29, 2019 | News

Using a mixture of documentation and clinical cases, Dr Gonçalo Assis will be discussing the implementation of Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) during implant maintenance and clinical procedures used in order to maintain adequate peri-implant health. The free Swiss Dental Online Academy webinar will be held on Tuesday, 3 December.

Interview: “It feels like patient-centred care at its very best”

November 28, 2019 | Interviews

Faye Donald is a multi-award-winning dental hygienist who puts patients’ interest first. She became a certified Swiss Dental Academy (SDA) trainer in 2016 and has been a truly passionate Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) ambassador and has been educating dental professionals worldwide in preventive dental care ever since. Recently, Faye was one of over 30 experts who gave lectures in the world’s first 24-hour preventive dentistry webinar. In this interview, she tells Dental Tribune International why GBT changed her way of working completely and why dental professionals need to keep pace with the latest developments in prevention.

Dentsply Sirona highlights women’s dentistry with awards ceremony

November 28, 2019 | Advertorial

HEIDELBERG, Germany: Dentsply Sirona has honoured the innovative work of female dentists from all over the world at its inaugural Smart Integration Award ceremony, held recently in Heidelberg. The 24 prizewinners impressed the jury with creative ideas and interesting success stories on a range of topics, among them voice control for future treatment centres, therapy plans for better patient communication and intra-oral cameras with artificial intelligence.

Interview: “Social sciences need to be taught to dental students”

November 27, 2019 | Interviews

As a senior lecturer in social science at the University of Bristol’s dental school, Dr Andrea Waylen understands the importance of the behavioural and social sciences for developing well-rounded dentists with an ability to communicate effectively. Dental Tribune International recently spoke with her about an article she wrote for the British Dental Journal on this topic as well as about some of the shortcomings of current pedagogical approaches.

UK dentist wins Swedish prize for minimally invasive dentistry

November 27, 2019 | News

ADDLESTONE, UK: UK dentist Dr Tif Qureshi and his colleague from Oslo, Dr Erik Svendsrud, have recently received the Sverker Prize, which is awarded in memory of Dr Sverker Toreskog, an internationally renowned clinician in the field of minimally invasive dentistry. The Sverker Prize recognises an individual’s commitment to conservative and effective dental techniques.

Straumann launches youTooth—the place to be in dentistry

November 27, 2019 | Advertorial

BASEL, Switzerland: Straumann has launched youTooth, an online community channel that “brings dental professionals together”. The platform offers valuable content straight to the mobile phones of dentistry professionals. It merges industry insights and educational multimedia content into an innovative online community portal.

First 24-hour dental webinar hits 15,000 registrations

November 27, 2019 | News

NYON, Switzerland: Yesterday, the Swiss Dental Academy (SDA) announced on its Facebook page that over 15,000 registrations had been counted for its international 24-hour webinar in preventive dentistry, which was the first of its kind. The SDA thanked all participants and attendees of the webinar series, which was broadcast live on 23 and 24 November.

Study finds regular consumption of stimulants affects saliva

November 26, 2019 | News

VALENCIA, Spain: Studies on the effects that alcohol, tobacco and caffeine have on the biological and microbiological status of the oral cavity have shown that long-term consumption can alter the natural status. In the first pilot study of its kind, researchers have investigated whether alterations to the levels of cytokines occur in the saliva of patients who are frequent consumers of the three stimulating substances.

Curious about clear aligners? Free webinar to discuss the basics

November 26, 2019 | News

Since 2017, more than 27 clear aligner products have come on the market. With so many options, it can be difficult to know where to start. A specialist in orthodontics, webinar host Sander van der Linden will be discussing ClearCorrect from Straumann. Focusing on areas such as case selection and how to avoid malocclusion, the free Straumann Group webinar will be held on Tuesday, 3 December.

Study finds chewing gum could help fight dental caries

November 25, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Though the relative benefits of chewing gum are often subject to debate, a number of studies have shown that the sugar-free varieties can promote oral health. On this topic, a recent review has found some evidence that chewing sugar-free gum could help to reduce the further development of dental caries in both adults and children.

Interview: “The vast majority of dental professionals are still using abrasive polishing pastes”

November 22, 2019 | Education | Events | Interviews | News

The upcoming 24-hour webinar organised by EMS and the Swiss Dental Academy is a first in dental continuing education (CE). One of the speakers is Karen Davis, who, in addition to running her own CE company, works as a dental hygienist in Dallas in the US. Dental Tribune International talked to her about the advantages of erythritol, a minimally abrasive air polishing powder, and its edge over other powders, such as glycine, for supra- and subgingival air polishing.

Interview: “I cannot see any drawback to erythritol if used properly”

November 22, 2019 | Education | Events | Interviews | News

Although air polishing with erythritol has been established as a standard mode of minimally abrasive root surface debridement, many dentists are unaware of its clinical benefits. Ahead of the world’s first 24-hour dental webinar, Dental Tribune International spoke with periodontist and researcher Dr Gregor Petersilka, who will be talking about erythritol’s safety and convenience in practice during the webinar.

Oral biofilm: A concern for all dental professionals

November 22, 2019 | Education

The oral microbiome is an incredibly complex bacterial community. In total, it harbours over 700 bacterial taxa.[i] The oral microbiome with its various microorganisms exists in the form of a biofilm, that is, microbial structures readily forming on all hard- and non-shedding surfaces in a fluid system. For this reason, the oral cavity with its many surfaces, including the hard tissue of teeth, hard substance of implants and crowns, and soft tissue of the oral mucosa and the tongue, represents the ideal ground for microbes to colonise and biofilm to develop.

Immediate implants and their benefits to be discussed in free webinar

November 22, 2019 | News

In a free upcoming Straumann Group webinar on Monday, 2 December, host Dr Abid Faqir is tackling the subject of immediate implant placement. He has a broad range of skills and knowledge and has had extensive training both in the UK and overseas in the field of implantology. Faqir will focus on some of the particulars around the subject, providing tips and tricks along the way.

Interview: Prof. Phoebus Madianos next EuroPerio chairman

November 22, 2019 | Interviews | News

Prof. Phoebus Madianos is a professor of in the Department of Periodontics and Dean of the School of Dentistry at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. He is head of the graduate programme in periodontics, as well as Director of the Osseointegrated Dental Implants Unit of the School of Dentistry. He is chairman of the Scientific Affairs Committee of the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP), past President of the Hellenic Society of Periodontology and committee chairman of the next EuroPerio, set to take place in Copenhagen in Denmark from 2 to 5 June 2021.

Labour promises free dental check-ups if elected

November 21, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The UK general election is just weeks away, scheduled to be held on 12 December. In recognition of the oral health inequalities that exist within the nation, the Labour Party has announced that, if elected, it will abolish charges for all dental check-ups in England.

New HD Black Line Mirrors reduce glare and deliver superior visibility

November 21, 2019 | Advertorial

CHICAGO, U.S.: Hu-Friedy, the global leader in dental instrument manufacturing and infection prevention solutions, today announced the international launch of its new HD Black Line Mirrors. Building upon the success of HD Mirrors, Black Line and XTS product lines, HD Black Line Mirrors are Hu-Friedy’s latest innovation, delivering superior visibility throughout any dental procedure.

Interview: “We need to stress the importance of prevention”

November 21, 2019 | Interviews

Dr Magda Mensi is a researcher at the University of Brescia in Italy with a special interest in non-surgical therapy of periodontal diseases. In preparation for the world’s first 24-hour webinar in dentistry, the dentist, who also runs a private practice limited to periodontics and implantology, shared with Dental Tribune International her thoughts about the importance of preventive dental care and ways to tackle peri-implantitis.

2019 ADF conference and exhibition fast approaching

November 20, 2019 | News

PARIS, France: The annual conference and exhibition of the French Dental Association (ADF) is one of the most important events on the European dental calendar. This year’s iteration is set to take place at the Palais des Congrès de Paris at Porte Maillot from 26 to 30 November, and 500 international speakers are scheduled and 400 exhibitors will be present.

British Dental Association releases its 2019 manifesto

November 19, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The British Dental Association (BDA) has launched its 2019 manifesto, just prior to the upcoming general election. In the document, the trade union calls for politicians from all parties to cease overlooking oral health and to instead recognise it as an integral part of overall health policy.

The story of misaligned implants gets put straight in free webinar

November 19, 2019 | News

The world of implantology is progressing at an exciting speed. However, as is the case with many new developments, complications along the way are inevitable. Misaligned implants in the aesthetic zone not only are frustrating to both clinician and patient, but can also prove costly in both time and money. In a free upcoming Straumann webinar on Thursday, 28 November, information on methods to prevent this and how to identify and treat the cases that can be salvaged will be shared by hosts Drs Paul van Zyl and Louwrens Swart.

New world record: German dentist extracts world’s longest human tooth

November 19, 2019 | News

OFFENBACH, Germany: Tooth extraction is part of the day-to-day business in a dental practice. However, last year, Dr Max Lukas was fairly stunned when he pulled out a tooth that turned out to be above average in length. Now, the dentist, who runs a dental office in Offenbach, has received his official Guinness World Records certificate.

Finding an alternative to amalgam through glass hybrid technology

November 18, 2019 | Advertorial

MADRID, Spain: The phase-down of amalgam is currently taking place, and many dental practitioners are still seeking a viable alternative. In this regard, the glass hybrids EQUIA Forte and EQUIA Forte HT from GC Corp. have many advantages to offer. To share the latest insights into the technology of these materials, GC Europe organised a symposium during the Oral Health Research Congress presented by the Continental European Division and Scandinavian Division of the International Association for Dental Research, held in Madrid from 19 to 21 September.

Treatment of edentulism with Pro Arch BLX focus of free webinar

November 15, 2019 | Education

LONDON, UK: When it comes to implants, the Straumann Group has been one of the major dental brands leading the way. In a free upcoming Straumann Group webinar on Monday, 25 November, host Dr Abid Faqir will address the treatment of edentulous or soon to be edentulous patients using the Pro Arch treatment modality.

Patients are ready to take teledentistry on board

November 14, 2019 | News

MAASTRICHT, Netherlands: As a result of the digitalisation of our everyday lives, telemedicine is becoming an increasingly more interesting topic for both medical professionals and patients alike. A recent survey by market research platform DentaVox addressed patients’ views on teledentistry.

Periodontics a step closer to gaining EU-wide recognition

November 14, 2019 | News

MADRID, Spain: For several years now, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) has been campaigning for the practice of periodontics to be given EU-wide recognition as a specialty. At a recent meeting on professional qualifications and freedom of movement, an EU group of co-ordinators (GoCs) discussed the topic, and the EFP noted that it believes it now has a strong chance of finally achieving its goal.

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