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Research to examine possible links between periodontal disease and oral cancer

November 4, 2019 | News

PLYMOUTH, UK: As worldwide oral cancer rates continue to climb, our understanding of what causes the disease to occur, thankfully, also continues to grow. Tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption have been established as primary risk factors, and researchers are now investigating another potential source for this condition: the bacteria that cause periodontal disease.

Soft drinks—crucial link between obesity and tooth wear

November 1, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The premature wearing of teeth due to dietary or gastric acids is the third most common dental condition after caries and periodontal disease. A new study by scientists from King’s College London has shed more light on the topic of tooth wear in relation to obesity, exploring how the consumption of sugar-sweetened acidic drinks is a common factor in obesity and tooth wear among adults.

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Vitamin D spray equally effective as capsules, study finds

November 1, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: All dentists know how important vitamin D is for healthy teeth and bones. In a new study, researchers from the University of Sheffield have found that using a vitamin D spray is just as effective as taking vitamin D capsules. The discovery may help patients who suffer from reflux or other issues increase their vitamin D levels. The researchers noted that only 40% of people in the UK are considered to have a sufficient amount of the vitamin in their bodies.

NHS England takes steps to promote mental health in dentistry

October 28, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Workplace stress can lead to mounting anxiety or even depression. As is the case with other healthcare providers, dentists and doctors are often faced with burdensome situations that could affect professional and personal performance. To tackle the issue, the Department of Health and Social Care has recently announced the launch of a mental health support service for dentists and doctors working in the National Health Service (NHS). The service will help staff manage stressful situations and address other issues that could negatively affect their emotional and mental well-being.

Researchers find extra 100 ml of sugary drink can increase risk of diabetes

October 23, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: In a further development in the fight against sugary drinks, the Oral Health Foundation has called for people in Britain to change their habits and choose healthier alternatives. The call to action comes after new research has shown that increasing sugary drink consumption by 100 ml a day over four years will increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes by almost 16%.

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More webinars, more languages: Straumann Group’s dental e-learning platform grows

October 23, 2019 | News

BASEL, Switzerland: In order to continue advancing dental care through dental education, the Straumann Group has expanded its global educational online platform, the Straumann Campus. In the future, the website will offer up to 60 webinars per year in five languages to its international users free of charge. The overall aim of the platform is to build a true global e-learning community.

E-learning course to help dentists manage complaints

October 22, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The Dental Defence Union (DDU), a not-for-profit organisation that helps dental professionals address dento-legal issues, complaints and claims, has recently introduced a new, members-only e-learning course. The course is aimed at helping dental professionals effectively manage and respond to patient complaints.

World Food Day highlights importance of healthy diet

October 21, 2019 | News

ROME, Italy: World Food Day is celebrated annually on 16 October, marking the day the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), a United Nations agency, was founded in 1945. This year, more than 150 countries worldwide participated in a multitude of events under the theme “Healthy Diets for a #ZeroHunger World”. People were encouraged to shift from a highly processed, sugar-laden diet to one rich in seasonal vegetables and fibre that could provide benefits for both oral and systemic health.

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Study questions effect of periodontal therapy on hypertension

October 18, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The discussion around a link between periodontitis and hypertension is not new. Acknowledging this and the fact that there is still not enough evidence to establish a causal connection, authors of a recent study which investigates the correlation believe that more randomised tests are needed to determine the impact of periodontal therapy.

Score Dental makes its mark

October 17, 2019 | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: Score Dental, a Dutch company with almost four decades of experience, manufactures ergonomic dental seats designed to promote the health and well-being of dental professionals in all environments. The company caters not only for members of the dental practice team but for those in the dental laboratory as well and is exhibiting its entire range of ergonomic seating solutions at this year’s BDIA Dental Showcase.

BDIA Dental Showcase kicks off

October 17, 2019 | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: The 2019 British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) Dental Showcase has opened its doors to dental professionals. The annual event is the largest dental trade show in the UK, and this year’s version promises a variety of hands-on demonstrations and lectures, and numerous opportunities for dental professionals to gain verifiable continuing professional development credits.

Digital workflows on display at BDIA Dental Showcase

October 17, 2019 | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: Though manual skills are still required, the future of dentistry looks increasingly digitally based. The 2019 BDIA Dental Showcase is catering for this growing demand by providing, for the first time, a Digital Workflow Showcase, in which attendees can explore a range of digital technology and equipment from some of dentistry’s leading companies.

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Septodont highlights Biodentine at BDIA Dental Showcase

October 17, 2019 | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: Since its launch almost a decade ago, Septodont’s Biodentine has gone on to establish a high standard for vital pulp therapy. At the 2019 BDIA Dental Showcase, Septodont is demonstrating the dental material’s proven ability to counteract irreversible pulpitis in teeth, which potentially saves patients from undergoing root canal therapy.

Miglionico showcases updated orthodontic dental unit in Birmingham

October 17, 2019 | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: Miglionico, the first manufacturer of dental units in southern Italy, is exhibiting NICE ONE L, the latest version of its orthodontic dental unit, at the 2019 BDIA Dental Showcase. The unit comes with an ambidextrous delivery arm that can rotate 180° to the left or right and a multifunction display with a glass surface for easy cleaning.

Artificial intelligence used to predict oral cancer survival chances

October 14, 2019 | News

COVENTRY, UK: The impact artificial intelligence is having on the healthcare industry is becoming more and more evident on a daily basis. In dentistry, some of the advances have helped to improve outcomes and increase productivity. Now in a recent pilot study, researchers in the UK have developed an algorithm that helps predict the chances of a patient surviving oral cancer. The study, which focuses on patients from Pakistan, may be hugely influential in helping a country with almost 13,000 new cases of oral cancer every year.

Interview: A fresh perspective on dentistry

October 14, 2019 | Interviews

Dr Vitor Neves, a dentist who qualified in Brazil and in the UK, believes that the profession needs innovation, but that, to its detriment, dentistry has moved away from biologically based treatment modalities in favour of a more technical approach. Neves, a lecturer and periodontics registrar at the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London, recently wrote an opinion piece on the topic for the British Dental Journal, and he discusses it in this interview with Dental Tribune International.

General Dental Council reduces annual retention fee for dentists

October 14, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Some dentists, especially newly qualified ones or those with a low income, may struggle to pay the annual retention fee of the General Dental Council (GDC). Fortunately, the GDC has recently announced that it will be reducing its fee for dentists and dental care professionals. The new fee will remain unchanged for the next three years to provide more certainty for dental professionals.

Jersey patients waiting years for orthodontic treatment

October 14, 2019 | News

ST HELIER, Jersey: Patients on the island of Jersey are having to wait up to five years for orthodontic treatment, according to local newspaper the Jersey Evening Post. The patients are primarily children, and a government spokesperson has described the waiting times as “unacceptably high”.

Lengthy waiting times for dental patients in Scotland draw criticism

October 10, 2019 | News

STIRLING, Scotland: Freedom of information requests by the Scottish Liberal Democrats have highlighted the extremely long waiting times for oral surgery that some patients have had to endure. The British Dental Association (BDA) has responded by calling on the Scottish government to “stop treating dentistry as an optional extra”.

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ACFF addresses need to limit sugar intake in children

October 8, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) is a not-for-profit organisation formed by a group of dental professionals. According to the ACFF, between 60% and 90% of schoolchildren and nearly 100% of adults worldwide have dental caries, and it is the single biggest contributing factor in hospital admissions of British children.

Interview: “The link between oral disease and oxidative stress is still not that widely known”

October 4, 2019 | Advertorial | Business | Interviews | News

Dr Lenka Banasova runs her own dental centre, Pearl Dental, in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, where she has a passionate staff of dentists, dental assistants and dental hygienists. In recent years, her focus has increasingly shifted from conservative dentistry and prosthodontics towards periodontics. Most importantly, however, she is one of the few dentists to touch on the largely neglected topic of oxidative stress. In this interview, she explains how natural antioxidants can improve periodontal therapy.

Teeth from victims of Irish famine reveal dietary insights

October 4, 2019 | News

EDINBURGH, UK: The Great Irish Famine is something etched into European history. The impact of the famine has been well documented, and in a new study that adds to this cache of information, researchers have analysed the dental calculus and plaque build-up on the teeth of the famine’s victims, finding evidence of maize, oats, potato, wheat and milk foodstuffs. They believe that this information is important because it confirms historical accounts.

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Report shows sugar reduction goals not yet on track

October 4, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: The negative impact that excess sugar consumption has on both oral and overall health is a well-established fact at this point. It comes as concerning news, then, that an ambitious plan by Public Health England (PHE) to reduce the country’s sugar intake by 20% by 2020 has delivered mixed results so far, according to a recent report on the campaign’s progress.

New research shows teething products may have side effects

October 2, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Though teething is a difficult experience for both parents and their babies, a judicious decision-making process should be employed when selecting a product to relieve it. This, at least, is the conclusion reached in a recent study regarding teething products in the UK.

Align Technology announces “Digital Excellence Series—Powered by iTero” for dental professionals

October 1, 2019 | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: Align Technology has announced that, throughout October, it will be hosting the “Digital Excellence Series—Powered by iTero”, a new event series for dental professionals in the UK. The events will be hosted in Birmingham, Motherwell, Manchester and London.

DDU sees increase in aggression against dental professionals

September 30, 2019 | News

LONDON, UK: Dentists may sometimes encounter patients who are agitated during a dental appointment and who become violent or aggressive. The Dental Defence Union (DDU) has said that there has been an increase in reports of such patients over the years, which is why dental professionals are finding it necessary to seek the support of the union and advice on how to deal with them.

Results from research into soft drinks cause for concern

September 24, 2019 | News

DUBLIN, Ireland: The negative impact of sugar-laden drinks on oral health is something dentists have known about for many years. However, that these drinks may also be a factor that leads to death is something new. In a large European-wide study, researchers have found that those who had a high consumption rate of soft drinks had a higher all-cause mortality rate than those who drank less than one glass per month.

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Study finds Irish 3-year-olds are consuming too much sugar

September 23, 2019 | News

DUBLIN, Ireland: Free sugars (FS) are sugars added to food during its production, as well as the sugars naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juices. The term is used to distinguish between sugars that are naturally present in unrefined food such as fruit or brown rice and sugars that have been refined, typically by humans but sometimes by animals. In a recent study, researchers at the Dublin Dental University Hospital at Trinity College have found that a large majority of 3-year-olds in Ireland are consuming on average ten level teaspoons of FS a day.

Campaign to raise awareness of DIY orthodontics risks announced

September 23, 2019 | News

GLASGOW, UK: At the recent British Orthodontic Conference in Glasgow, the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) and the Oral Health Foundation (OHF) have taken the opportunity to announce their joint plans for a national campaign to warn patients about the risks of direct-to-consumer orthodontics—also known as DIY orthodontics.

Research suggests human dairy consumption has longer history than previously thought

September 20, 2019 | News

YORK, UK: The history of dairy consumption among European populations is a surprisingly contentious subject. Lactase persistence—the ability to digest the lactose in milk into adulthood—emerged approximately 5,000 years ago in southern Europe, and just 3,000 years ago in central Europe. A new study of human dental calculus at British Neolithic sites, however, has revealed that dairy may have been ingested with regularity as far back as 6,000 years ago.

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