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New Philips Sonicare toothbrush encourages better brushing habits

September 26, 2016

LONDON, UK: Dental professionals regularly encourage their patients to implement a thorough oral care routine on a daily basis. However, between dental check-ups, their advice often passes out of mind. In order to bridge this gap and to help people improve their oral health through personalised guidance, Philips has developed the new Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected. At a launch event held in London on 16 September, the company introduced its first connected electric toothbrush for adults featuring smart sensor technology and the new Philips Sonicare app to oral health care experts and the media.

BOS launches new app in Brighton, announces details of 2017 congress

September 23, 2016

BRIGHTON, UK: Under a clear early autumn sky, hundreds of orthodontic specialists gathered this morning at the Brighton Centre for the first day of the 2016 British Orthodontic Conference (BOC). On the occasion, the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) announced the launch of a new app aimed at helping dental professionals and students classify patients according to the Index of Treatment Need (IOTN).

International Invisalign expert presents at BOC Brighton

September 23, 2016

BRIGHTON, UK: At the British Orthodontic Society congress (BOC), being held until 25 September in Brighton, Dr Sam Daher, a key speaker for Align Technology and one of the world’s pre-eminent experts on the Invisalign system, will address attendees on the vertical challenge of treating open bites with clear aligners tomorrow at the Brighton Centre’s main auditorium.

Interview: “Adults offer exciting and rewarding challenges for the entire dental team”

September 22, 2016

During the conference of the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) this week in Brighton, Dr Robert Kirschen from Reigate and Prof. Ama Johal from London are going to highlight what they think clinicians should consider when treating adult patients. Dental Tribune Online had the opportunity to speak with both presenters about some of the challenges and why excellence is in reach for all members of the profession.

More get up and GO

September 15, 2016

Align Technology is hailing unprecedented early interest in its recently introduced aesthetic tooth straightening product designed specifically for general dental practitioners. Since its launch in early September, there have been a significant number of requests to attend special courses for providers new to Invisalign, and the first one has already taken place, underlining the demand for this training. This is because the new, simplified approach to tooth alignment takes GDPs through identifying, planning and monitoring aesthetic cases, enabling them to use Invisalign to treat patients confidently right from the start.

Dental students already plagued by neck and back problems at university

September 14, 2016

LONDON, UK: Undergraduate dental students already experience musculoskeletal pain as dental practitioners do, a study performed at King’s College London Dental Institute and published in the British Dental Journal has found. By surveying 380 King’s students on the issue, researchers found that around half of the respondents had experienced extended periods of pain in the lower back and other parts of their musculoskeletal system.

Individualised feedback can reduce dentists’ prescription of antibiotics

September 1, 2016

CAMBRIDGE, UK: While dentists only prescribe 10 per cent of all antibiotics in the UK, they often prescribe them inappropriately. Over-prescription of antibiotics could be reduced to some extent if practitioners receive individualised feedback about their prescription practices the results of a trial, published in the PLOS Medicine journal, among NHS dentists in Scotland have indicated.

Interview: Toothbrush first, cleaning after

August 31, 2016

Barbara Derham is always smiling. She has over 25 years of experience as a dental hygienist, having worked in private practice in the UK and Ireland. In Ireland and internationally, she is an established iTOP (individually trained oral prophylaxis) instructor. Also, as a past President of the Irish Dental Hygienists’ Association (IDHA), she represents Irish dental hygienists around the world. However, never too busy to talk about her work, the importance of prevention and the advantages of iTOP, she spoke with Dental Tribune Online in an interview.

Delivering the ultimate teeth whitening experience

August 29, 2016 | Business

CAMBRIDGE & LONDON, UK: Philips has come a long way since introducing its first patent for a light bulb with an extended burning time in 1905. Over more than 100 years, the Dutch company has continued to pave the way with groundbreaking products, such as medical X-ray tubes, radios, electric shavers and toothbrushes—innovations that made a small company from a town of fewer than 50,000 residents in the south of the Netherlands a household name around the globe.

Infection scare dentist taken off register

August 25, 2016

LONDON, UK: The General Dental Council (GDC) has struck off a Nottingham dentist responsible for the largest recall of patients in the history of the NHS from its register last week. Desmond D’Mello was removed for reasons of misconduct owing to 55 allegations of failure to maintain basic standards of infection control or prescribe antibiotics without a thorough assessment of patients’ needs.

World of orthodontics meets in Brighton

August 25, 2016

BRIGHTON, UK: After a six-year absence, the British Orthodontic Conference (BOC) returns to Brighton ‪next month. Held from 23 to 25 September, the event is aimed at the entire dental team and includes cutting-edge clinical presentations from some of the world’s leading experts, together with sessions covering practice and personal development. ‬‬‬‬

CURAPROX UK appoints new manager to expand in Ireland

August 24, 2016 | Business

KIMBOLTON, UK: Oral health care products provider CURAPROX UK has announced its intended expansion of its presence on the British Isles with the appointment of Orla Sheehy as the new Senior Business Manager for Ireland. Sheehy will oversee sales and development of the company’s core business within the Irish market over the upcoming months and work closely with iTOP (individually trained oral prophylaxis) tutor Barbara Derham as part of CURAPROX’s efforts to increase its educational reach.

Career development opportunities and support in a corporate practice

August 18, 2016 | Business

Having worked for most of my career in the independent sector, I was aware of the negative press surrounding corporate dentistry before I joined the mydentist group, but I have to say that those rumours were all unfounded. In fact, I feel quite passionately that new graduates are still being given that negative message. As a company we should try to give the next generation the facts and engage them directly.

Align extends Invisalign offering for GDPs

August 15, 2016 | Business

LONDON, UK: With its Invisalign system, Align Technology provides one of the leading solutions on the clear aligner market. The company has now introduced Invisalign Go, a new aesthetic tooth-straightening product, with which it aims to make the solution accessible to more clinicians in the UK.

BDIA publishes post-Brexit manifesto

August 12, 2016 | Business

LONDON, UK: The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) has published a manifesto in response to the uncertainty after the Brexit vote in June. Six main priority areas are highlighted in the document, including creating a favourable business environment, investing in the nation’s oral health, working to protect patients, spending more on the NHS, generally building towards a better future and championing innovation. At the same time, the association has encouraged dental professionals to attend the BDIA Dental Showcase in October to obtain more information about the Brexit outcomes.

Review challenges dental health recommendation to avoid dried fruits

August 11, 2016

BETHERSDEN, UK: Dental health associations worldwide, including the British Oral Health Foundation, usually advise against snacking on dried fruits. Owing to their stickiness, they adhere to the teeth and are thus considered to be detrimental to dental health. By reviewing scientific literature on this topic, a nutrition expert from the UK has now found that this assumption might not be founded on scientific evidence.

Regular use of mouthrinse reduces caries in children

August 11, 2016

LONDON, UK: In order to determine the effectiveness and safety of fluoride mouthrinses in preventing dental caries in the younger population, researchers have conducted an extensive review of studies published on the topic over four decades. They were able to confirm that regular use of a fluoride mouthrinse by children and adolescents is associated with a large reduction in caries increment in permanent teeth.

Thousands of teeth may unnecessarily be pulled for profit in UDA system

August 11, 2016

LONDON, UK: According to a new investigation conducted by The Times, thousands of teeth could be needlessly extracted in the UK every year because it is more lucrative for NHS dentists to take them out than try to save them. Moreover, the findings suggest that the current fee-per-item scheme makes it too easy for dentists to exploit the system and see more patients than they should for monetary reasons.

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