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Good oral health as a positive part of ageing process

September 13, 2019 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: The world’s population is ageing, and experts predict that, by 2050, 25% of the world’s population—two billion people—will be over 60 years old. A fifth of these—400 million—will be over 80 years old. Thus, FDI World Dental Federation recently released three practical guides that highlight advisory measures to maintain good oral health even into old age.

Children with clefts to receive improved oral healthcare

September 13, 2019 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland/NEW YORK, US: Orofacial clefts are the most common birth defects in the US. Children with orofacial clefts can be at an increased risk of caries, periodontal disease and other oral health issues even after undergoing surgery. FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) and Smile Train are working to address the issue and have recently launched a two-year project to improve oral healthcare guidance and treatment for children with clefts.

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Ancient teeth shed light on Miocene rodent migration

September 13, 2019 | News

MONTPELLIER, France: A new species of prehistoric murine—the group of mammals that includes mice, rats and their relatives—has been identified from fossils discovered in Lebanon. The findings represent the first known physical evidence that the initial dispersal of mice from Asia to Africa took place through the Levant, the eastern part of the Mediterranean.

Interview: “We will ensure the best medical treatment and care for our patients”

September 12, 2019 | Interviews | News

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.

FDI survey highlights low level of oral care access for refugees

September 12, 2019 | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: According to recent estimates from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are more than 70 million forcibly displaced people worldwide—26 million of whom are refugees. A recent survey by FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) has found that the level of availability of dental services to refugees across the globe is extremely low, limited by many economic, cultural and psychological barriers.

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A touch of New York in Lisbon: BioHorizons Camlog at EAO 2019

September 12, 2019 | Advertorial

LISBON, Portugal: From 26 to 28 September, BioHorizons Camlog will be present at the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO 2019) in Portugal. The company will offer an extensive programme for congress visitors.

Interview: “We usually think of rehabilitation as the responsibility of the clinician”

September 12, 2019 | Interviews

As the percentage of older people in the population is growing, the number of elderly people depending on dental implants is increasing. Dental Tribune International spoke with Prof. Jocelyne Feine from the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University in Montreal in Canada about the challenges of implant procedures in older people and how patients can contribute to the healing process. Feine will speak about the topic at the EAO 2019 congress, which will be held from 26 to 28 September in Lisbon, in Portugal.

EAO 2019 builds bridges to future of implantology

September 11, 2019 | Events | News

LISBON, Portugal: From 26 to 28 September, the Lisbon Congress Centre will play host to the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO). The congress promises to deliver an engaging learning atmosphere for attendees through a mix of lectures, hands-on workshops and clinical video sessions.

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Future of endodontics main focus of 2019 ESE meeting

September 11, 2019 | Events

VIENNA, Austria: Congresses hosted by the European Society of Endodontology (ESE) are well known as highly educational meetings that combine the clinical science and practice of endodontics with the underpinning biological and materials sciences. This year, the ESE has invited its members to the 19th Biennial ESE Congress in the Austrian capital.

Interview: Osstell’s technology remains the definitive method for understanding implant stability

September 10, 2019 | Interviews

At the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO 2019), Prof. Neil Meredith will be one of three speakers at the Osstell Scientific Symposium. He has been placing and restoring dental implants for over 30 years and is a co-inventor of resonance frequency analysis (RFA) for dental implants, the diagnostic technique that led to the formation of Swedish company Osstell. Currently, he works as Professor of Prosthodontics at the University of Queensland’s School of Dentistry in Brisbane in Australia and Professor of Dental Science at James Cook University’s College of Medicine and Dentistry in Townsville in Australia. He has lectured and published widely and internationally, but his real passions are clinical patient treatment and teaching. He spoke with Dental Tribune International about the upcoming symposium and Osstell Connect, and looked back on 25 years of Osstell’s company history.

Daily aesthetic dentistry: The contribution of the spectrophotometer

September 9, 2019 | News

Precise shade matching might be challenging even for very experienced practitioners. In this case report, the author demonstrates how to perform a simple and complete colour analysis and optimise the transmission of colour information to the laboratory, using a reproducible protocol.

Research indicates mouthwash may impede benefits of exercise

September 9, 2019 | News

PLYMOUTH, UK: The systemic health benefits of regular exercise are myriad and well documented, and much the same could be said about the use of mouthwash. The latter, however, may negatively affect blood pressure reduction—a common advantage of exercise—according to a recent study by researchers from the University of Plymouth and the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona in Spain.

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Interview: “It is often not possible to achieve perfectly white teeth”

September 6, 2019 | Interviews

Many people have their teeth whitened to achieve a brighter smile and to improve their self-confidence, yet they are often insufficiently informed about the potential side effects of certain tooth whitening treatments or products. Dental Tribune International spoke with three German researchers, Prof. Matthias Epple and Drs Frederic Meyer and Joachim Enax, about their recent critical review of modern concepts for tooth whitening. They shared their findings with DTI.

Estonian and Palestinian dental associations receive FDI Smile Awards

September 5, 2019 | Events | News

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.: FDI World Dental Federation recognized the 2019 Smile Award winners at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco on 3 September. Presented every year, the FDI Smile Award acknowledges FDI member national dental associations around the globe that have developed sustainable, long-term projects to improve oral health. This year, the Estonian and Palestinian dental associations were both presented with awards.

20/20 Vision: Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium 2020 promises a diverse program

September 4, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Since its establishment in 2006, the Oral Reconstruction Foundation has supported young scientists, funded research projects, and promoted training and continuous education. All of these elements will be on display at the 2020 Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium, to be held from April 30 to May 2, 2020, at the iconic New York Marriott Marquis hotel in New York City.

Interview: “Naturally occurring substances will find their place in oral health”

September 4, 2019 | Education | Interviews | News

A graduate of the specialisation programme in periodontics at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, Dr Alex Solderer mostly treats severe cases of periodontitis in his daily routine. In addition, he conducts research on periodontal and dental implant topics. In his latest research paper, Dr Solderer conducted a systematic review of the efficacy of chlorhexidine rinsing after periodontal or implant surgery.

Researcher shows how selfies could aid in identifying missing persons

September 3, 2019 | News

DUNDEE, UK: Though sometimes denigrated as a sign of vanity, self-portrait photographs—selfies, for short—are not without their advantages. One such advantage, according to a researcher at the University of Dundee, is that they often provide several new dental identifiers that could be used to help police in cases involving missing persons.

Study determines reasons for dental implant failure and removal techniques

September 3, 2019 | News

ZURICH, Switzerland: Dental implants have become a great treatment option to replace missing teeth, and various treatment concepts have reported high success rates. Nevertheless, like in every medical procedure, biological complications can occur which may lead to complete implant failure and, consequently, in the worst-case scenario, to the removal of the implant. A recent study by researchers from the University of Zurich has revisited the reasons for implant failure and compared different removal techniques.

Smoking rates continue to drop steadily in England

September 2, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Cigarette smoking rates in England have been in a steady decline since the 1970s, according to the Office for National Statistics. Whereas 45.6% of adults smoked in 1974, just 15.1% did in 2018. New research funded by the charity Cancer Research UK has shown that this effectively translates into 1.4 billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year, or 118 million fewer cigarettes per month.

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Straumann Group announces two appointments to its executive management team

September 2, 2019 | Business

BASEL, Switzerland: The Straumann Group recently announced two executive management appointments that become effective on 1 January 2020. Robert Woolley, experienced as a manager of large companies in the field of medical devices, is joining the group to lead its North American region. He is taking over from Guillaume Daniellot, who will succeed the current CEO, Marco Gadola, at the beginning of 2020. At the same time, Holger Haderer, who currently heads the group’s largest European subsidiary (Germany), will also join the executive management team, as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Education, taking over from Frank Hemm, who has decided to leave the company.

Planmeca Romexis: 800 users, 1.3 million patients, 30 million images

August 30, 2019 | Advertorial

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Dental care generates enormous amounts of patient data over time. A case in point is the public healthcare district of the Stockholm county council in Sweden, which serves approximately 2.3 million citizens spread across 26 municipalities. It is also the single largest Planmeca Romexis customer, housing a centralised Romexis database with dental images accessed by around 800 simultaneous users across the organisation.

Study examines oral health behaviours in elite athletes

August 30, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Various studies have found that poor oral health may impair training and athletic performance. A recent study has examined oral health behaviours and risks in athletes and the potential for oral health intervention. The findings showed that the athletes had considerably high rates of oral disease regardless of healthy brushing habits. This disparity might be explained by their heavy consumption of sports drinks. However, the athletes showed great interest in changing their oral hygiene habits and were quite prepared to improve their oral health.

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Researchers investigate possibility of regrowing teeth

August 29, 2019 | News

BERLIN, Germany: For certain animals, the loss of teeth does not always pose a problem: sharks and crocodiles have the ability to regrow their teeth repeatedly. Researchers from the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) are exploring the possibility that this can be applied to humans and are working on a new method to develop teeth from the human body’s own tissue.

Charity shines spotlight on excessive sugar consumption

August 28, 2019 | News

RUGBY, UK: Though the April 2018 introduction of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy—otherwise known as the sugar tax—has proved effective in reducing the sugar levels of many carbonated beverages, UK adults and children continue to consume far more of this sweet substance than is generally recommended. The Oral Health Foundation (OHF), a charity that seeks to reduce the burden of oral disease and improve well-being, has found that the British population supports further taxation of high-sugar foods in the form of a “pudding tax”.

Interview: “We aim to prepare dentists for care of the ageing population”

August 27, 2019 | Education | Interviews | News

As people worldwide are living longer, the proportion of elderly people is increasing. In 2015, 900 million people were 60 years or older. This number is expected to reach a staggering two billion by 2050. The consequent pressure this puts on the medical profession is significant, and dentistry is no exception. A third-generation GC Group owner, Makoto Nakao served as CEO of GC Corp. for most of his life and is still active in the company as Chief Corporate Advisor. The demographic situation in his native Japan, as well as his retirement from his position as CEO at age 70 inspired him to establish the Nakao Foundation, which aims to promote healthy ageing through oral disease prevention, education and research.

Dentures discovered in larynx days after general anaesthetic

August 26, 2019 | News

GREAT YARMOUTH, UK: Dentures need to be taken out before a general anaesthetic is administered, doctors have warned after a 72-year-old man’s dentures became stuck in his throat during surgery to remove a harmless lump in his abdominal wall. They were not discovered for eight days. Aside from causing the patient considerable pain, bleeding and difficulty swallowing, the oversight led to repeated hospital visits, additional invasive tests, blood transfusions and, eventually, more surgery.

Scientists uncover gene that enhances tissue regeneration in tooth healing

August 23, 2019 | News

PLYMOUTH, UK: The usefulness of stem cells in the regeneration of dental and other body tissue has been established by numerous studies, though their potential in a clinical setting has yet to be proved. An international team of researchers has discovered a specific gene that increases stem cell activation and tissue regeneration during tooth healing, potentially offering a novel approach to tooth repair.

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Straumann results show buoyancy in digital and implants segments

August 22, 2019 | Business | News

BASEL, Switzerland: The Straumann Group has posted strong financial results for the first half of 2019, with organic revenue up around 16%. Founding new subsidiaries, expanding its business, signing new partnerships and increasing collaboration with industry partners—the strategies behind the group’s double-digit growth demonstrate how the dentistry business will remain in good health.

CURAPROX Perio Plus+ highlighted in Brisbane

August 22, 2019 | Advertorial

BRISBANE, Australia: With dental implants set to become an increasingly common treatment option for edentulous patients in the future, regular maintenance will be imperative to ensure implant functionality and to prevent biological complications. At the recent 2019 International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH), Dr Tihana Divnic-Resnik delivered an engaging presentation titled “The role of chemical biofilm control in prevention of periodontitis and peri-implant disease” in a session sponsored by Swiss oral health company Curaden.

ISDH 2019 provides stimulating programme on evidence-based practice

August 21, 2019 | Events | News

BRISBANE, Australia: From 15 to 17 August, dental professionals from all around the world came together for the 21st International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) in Brisbane. The event attracted 1,135 attendees, representing 34 countries, who were engaged by an exciting mix of scientific presentations by leading international dental experts and new product launches by the exhibiting companies.

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