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Recession hits dentists in the UK

June 24, 2009

LONDON, UK: The number of dentists seeking financial help in the UK has risen as the credit crunch takes hold, according to the British Dental Association’s Benevolent Fund. Last year, the Fund saw a 50 per cent increase in applications for financial assistance over the previous year, and this rise continued in the first three months of 2009.  

Philips goes kid-friendly with new Sonicare

June 23, 2009 | Business

MUNICH and LEIPZIG, Germany: Philips has introduced a new Sonicare toothbrush aimed at children between ages 4 -10 at the 22nd meeting of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry in Munich in Germany. The new brush is based on the core Sonicare technology but is featuring less power than the adult version. It will also incorporate a number ‘kid friendly’ elements, such as a specifically designed ergonomic handle, a trainer timer or interchangeable decorative panels, the company said.

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Global network links dentists

June 22, 2009 | Business

GLASGOW, UK: A new global network that aims to unite dentists of Indian origin from around the world was recently launched at the British Dental Association conference in Glasgow in the UK. Created by former Chief Dental Officer of England, Prof. Raman Bedi, whose parents migrated from India in the 1950s, Dentalghar is expected to link thousands of dentists who share common values. Health care education market leader Smile-on and Henry Schein Minerva are supporting the project.

Swine flu could spread through teeth

June 18, 2009

LONDON, UK: Bad dental hygiene could increase the risk of swine flu, according to the British Dental Health Foundation. The organisation’s recent National Dental Survey has found that dreadful dental habits are helping spread germs, as 40 per cent of the UK population admit to picking their teeth with their fingernails. It has also revealed that people pick their teeth with everyday items such as earrings, credit cards, paper clips, paper and even screwdrivers.

UK health secretary pushes flouridation

June 11, 2009

The new Health Secretary for the UK Andy Burnham has urged health service managers to ‘press ahead with water fluoridation. Speaking at the NHS Confederation annual conference, he said that there is clear evidence that it can improve children’s dental health. ""I feel we’ve been too timid at times on the public health agenda," Mr Burnham said.

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Dental snapshots in 3-D

June 11, 2009

JENA, Germany: Under contract by German dental company Hint-ELs, an expert team at the Fraunhofer Society have developed an optical digitisation system that scans the oral cavity and captures 3-D data of the teeth, using camera optics. The system is designed to facilitate the production of dental prostheses, in order to make the intricate and laborious route from bite impression and plaster mould to model scanning in the laboratory a thing of the past.

Discovery of new proteins may lead to more effective treatment of endocarditis

June 8, 2009

MALMÖ, Sweden: A research team at the Faculty of Odontology at Malmö University in Sweden has discovered two new proteins that are of importance to the survival of bacteria and their colonisation of the human body. Besides enhancing our knowledge of the ability of bacteria to spread, the findings may also lead to more effective treatment of endocarditis and infections associated with implants.

Interview with Dr Johannes Wamser and Mike Batra, Germany, about the dental market in India

May 26, 2009 | Business

The Indian market with a population of more than 1 billion people and an emerging middle class offers enormous potential for all kinds of industries. Dentistry is one of them. Editor Claudia Salwiczek spoke with Dr Johannes Wamser and Mike Batra from German consulting company Dr Wamser + Batra GmbH about the current market conditions in India and why foreign manufacturers of medical and dental equipment should start to invest now.

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World Health Assembly endorses public health care

May 25, 2009

LEIPZIG, Germany/GENEVA, Switzerland: The improvement of primary health care as well as pandemic influenza preparedness were some of the main resolutions adopted at this year’s World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Last week, the 193 Member States adopted a final plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property which included an agreed list of stakeholders who will be involved in the process, as well as a time frame and progress indicators by which to monitor progress. The plan of action aims, among other things, to reduce exclusion and social disparities in health care systems worldwide and promotes public policy reforms to integrate health into all public sectors.

Interview with Dr Jolán Bánóczy, Hungary, about the basics of dentine hypersensitivity

May 3, 2009

Dentine hypersensitivity is recognised as a common dental condition and has been referred to as the ‘common cold of dentistry’. While worldwide studies reveal its pandemic nature, significant under-reporting compounds the problem. Up to 40 per cent of patients do not consult a dental-care professional about this pain, leaving the condition susceptible to under-diagnosis. Dental Tribune Editor Claudia Salwiczek spoke to Dr Jolán Bánóczy, Professor Emeritus of the Semmelweis University (Budapest, Hungary), about the basics of dentine hypersensitivity and what dentists can do to treat or prevent the condition.

Vibringe offers next level of endodontic hand irrigation

April 27, 2009 | Business

Vibringe is the first endodontic irrigation device that enables easy and safe manual delivery and activation of the irrigation solution in only one step. A patented microprocessor inside the handpiece delivers precisely tuned sonic energy to the irrigation solution to be injected in the root canal. According to the company, the sonic flow within the solution enriches and completes the irrigation procedure, improving the success rate of the conventional irrigation procedure and, therefore, the endodontic treatment. Initial user studies have shown that more than 80 per cent are convinced of the product’s benefits.

Interview: ‘Teeth and ice hockey sticks do not go well together’

April 24, 2009

Currently, 400 ice hockey players are battling for an Ice Hockey World Championship victory in Bern in Switzerland. Dental and facial traumas during the games are frequent. Dental Tribune Switzerland Editor-in-Chief Johannes Eschmann took a look behind the scenes where he spoke with Dr Bendicht Scheidegger und Dr Hans-Peter Frei who are leading the emergency dental unit at the Championship.

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Stains mistaken as tooth decay

April 13, 2009

LONDON, UK: Stains on teeth are often mistaken for signs of decay, according to new research. A study of 200 private dental patients in the UK found that in over 60 per cent of cases, stains that were hard to remove were mistaken for decay.

Interview with the UK’s Chief Dental Officer Dr Barry Cockcroft

April 3, 2009

In part one of this two-part exclusive interview, DT guest editor Neel Kothari talks to the Chief Dental Officer in the UK Dr Barry Cockcroft to find out how well he thinks the public system of dentistry is working in the country and what standards it should be aiming for.

IDS Cologne flourishes despite economic trouble

April 2, 2009 | Business

COLOGNE, Germany: The world’s largest dental show defies the economic gloom. According to a preliminary report released by the organiser Koelnmesse at the end of March, the number of visitors in 2009 increased again by 6.9 per cent to over 100,000. The number of exhibitors also rose by 4,5 per cent to 1,820. International companies held a share of 65 per cent, an increase by 10 per cent compared to the previous show in 2007.

An interview with Mectron, the company who invented Piezosurgery

April 1, 2009 | Business

Mectron, based in Italy, has revolutionised dental surgery with their development of piezoelectric bone surgery. Recently, the company presented the 3rd generation of their Piezosurgery device at the IDS show in Cologne in Germany. Dental Tribune Group Editor Daniel Zimmermann spoke with company founders Domenico Vercellotti and Fernando Bianchetti, as well as area managers Wolf Narjes and Alexandre Cadau, about the clinical advantages of their invention and how the company is reacting to the current market conditions.

Private dentistry in the UK booms on

March 31, 2009

Annual profits in the private dental sector in the UK have risen by £6,000, while profits for practices enrolled in the National Health Service have dropped, according to new figures. The figures from the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants (NASDA), show that during 2007/08, annual profits for NHS practices fell from £149,000 to £148,000, while profits in the private sector rose by almost five per cent.  

Games technology to help in future dental training

March 30, 2009

GLASGOW, UK: Dentists of the future could be using games technology to hone their clinical skills. Three final year dental students at the University of Glasgow Dental School have developed the concept of using Wii technology to help dental students try out their operative skills. The students are winners of The Dental Innovation Technology Ideas Award announced last week. The competition challenged final year students to develop an idea for a new piece of technology or innovation in the dental field.

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