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Genome-wide analysis finds genetic link between oral health and cardiovascular- metabolic factors

July 30, 2019 | News

UMEÅ, Sweden: Researchers from the Institute of Odontology at Umeå University in Sweden collaborated with the Bristol Dental School in the UK, in the largest study of its kind, in order to improve our understanding on the role our genes in oral health. The team collected meta-data from thousands of patients and was able to identify 47 new genes with connections to tooth decay. Also, they used Mendelian randomisation to find a genetic link between oral health and cardiovascular- metabolic factors

Study reveals environmental impact of mercury released from dental amalgam- an unexplored topic

July 27, 2019 | News

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico/SPRING, Texas, U.S.: Mercury in dental amalgam contributes to global mercury pollution in multiple ways, such as the illegal diversion of dental mercury into the artisanal and small-scale gold mining industry, crematoria emissions from the deceased and sewage sludge sold to the farmers. This mercury pollution leads to air, water and food contamination that can impact human health negatively. A recent study investigated the different pathways that release mercury from dental amalgam into the environment.

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Dr Jayant Palaskar receives US and EU Patents for his invention on Centric Relation (CR) recording

July 21, 2019 | News

Centric Relation (CR) is a complex and controversial topic in dentistry. The primary reason for the controversy is the frequent modification of its definition in the last so many decades, based on our understanding of the condylar head position during centric jaw relation. The clinical challenge is that there is no device available right now that can help the operator to guide the head of the condyle to attain the position described in the definitions given by Glossary of Prosthodontic Terms (GPT). Dr Jayant Palaskar's invention attempts to solve this problem by making the whole process objective and achievable.

Knife-edges are back, thanks to adhesive tech & better understanding of materials- Dr Ali Tunkiwala

July 12, 2019 | Interviews | News

Dr Ali Tunkiwala (MDS, Prosthodontics) maintains a dental practice in Mumbai, primarily focused on Implants, Aesthetics and Full Mouth Rehabilitation. He is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and also a Fellow and Diplomate of ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists) & ISOI (Indian Society of Oral Implantologists). He is a speaker for the International Team for Implantology (ITI), and also serves on the editorial board of various international journals and periodicals in dentistry. Dr Ali has several peer-reviewed publications to his credit and has authored a chapter in the book titled, “Graftless Solutions in Implant Dentistry”. He is the Director of “Impart Education”, a continuing education initiative to nurture and guide motivated clinicians towards predictable evidence-based dental practice. In this interview, he talks about three of his favourite topics: Minimally Invasive Dentistry, Esthetic Rehabilitation, and Digital Dentistry.

Clinicians can now “see” a patient’s pain in real time using advanced technology

July 11, 2019 | News

ANN ARBOR, Mich., U.S.: One of the biggest challenges in clinical dentistry is pain management during even the simplest of procedures. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Michigan (UM) have created a technology to overcome this challenge. Their innovation involves special augmented reality glasses through which clinicians can “see” and map a patient's pain in real time. The researchers consider this innovation as the first step in the advancement of pain management technology, although it may still take some more years to get integrated into dental practices.

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Orthodontic treatment does not guarantee better psychosocial functioning later in life.

July 3, 2019 | News

ADELAIDE, Australia: Researchers at the University of Adelaide examined whether an orthodontic treatment has any positive impact on psychosocial outcomes later in adulthood. The study revealed that the therapy, contrary to popular belief, does not result in better psychosocial functioning later in life.

FEFU scientists may have found the cell type needed to grow new teeth for patients

July 3, 2019 | News

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia: Dentists and histologists from the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) have discovered cells that may be responsible for the human dental tissue formation. The findings of this research, conducted in collaboration with Russian and Japanese colleagues, could provide a basis for the development of bioengineering techniques aimed at growing new dental tissue.

Family characteristics affect the periodontal diseases in children and adolescents

July 2, 2019 | News

BRISBANE, Australia: We have enough literature to demonstrate an association between dental caries and family characteristics. However, the same is not true about periodontal disease, where the evidence is limited. Therefore, a recent systematic review assessed the influence of family characteristics on periodontal diseases in children and adolescents.

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New study reveals that our food choices are decided by how our tongue perceives the food texture

July 2, 2019 | News

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., U.S.: It is a well-known fact that individual differences in taste and smell perception decide whether a person likes or dislikes a particular type of food. A recent study used chocolate to investigate how our tongue reacts to different food textures, and influences us to eat, like or reject different types of food.

An interview with Dr. Maria Csillag (Budapest) – the creator of Smylist®

July 1, 2019 | Interviews

Dr. Maria Csillag is the inventor, chief instructor, and owner of Smylist® Ltd. Dr. Maria’s key achievements include the development of the Smylist® concept and the software, the gnatho ageing technique, the body balance technique, the MyActiveFace Smylist® facial muscle exercises and the Smile to go by Smylist® technique. Since 2008, she has been delivering training sessions on the use of the Smylist® Design Software and general smile design all over the world, adding courses in 2012 on her unparalleled, new, step-by-step complex approach, the Smylist® concept. This interview is an attempt to give the readers a better idea about Smylist, and how its principles can be applied to diagnose and treat even the musculoskeletal and medical problems.

My first editorial : Being a trend watcher.

June 27, 2019 | Education | Interviews | News

Dr. Rajeev Chitguppi (MDS) has taken over as the Executive Editor of Dental Tribune (South Asia) from May, 2019.

Interview with Dr. Gerhard Iglhaut, Germany (DDS, PhD) : A pioneer in Implantology

June 27, 2019 | Events | Interviews | News

Dr. Gerhard Iglhaut, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon with an experience of more than 30 years in Implantology, will be visiting India in the month of August, 2019 to conduct a 5 day workshop on soft tissue management in Bangalore.

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Editorial: Can we rebuild the lost enamel?

June 27, 2019 | Interviews | News

We knew since the beginning that once the enamel is lost, it is lost forever because it cannot regenerate naturally.  However, this could all change in the future, thanks to Professor Janet Moradian-Oldak, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. She works out of the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, University of Southern California.

Allogenic stem cells – a faster and cheaper method to treat periodontitis

June 27, 2019 | News

SENDAI, Japan: Periodontitis is a common oral disease that affects the oral health of many people with serious effects. A new research from Japan proposes a novel cell-based regenerative approach, which promises to address & overcome some of the shortcomings and limitations of the regenerative therapies, currently being used for the treatment of periodontitis.

FDI highlights role of dental practitioners on World No Tobacco Day, 2019

June 27, 2019 | Events | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day on May 31 every year. WHO emphasizes on a specific area every year, and this year’s primary focus was on lung health. However, FDI World Dental Federation highlighted the relationship between the use of tobacco and oral health.

Review study compares machined and sandblasted dental implant surfaces

June 27, 2019 | News

BUDAPEST, Hungary: Studies have shown that the implant surface roughness influences the degree of biological integration and success rates of dental implants, which has resulted in a shift of focus from machined to roughened implant surfaces. However, clinicians have still been looking for strong scientific evidence that supports the use of sandblasted implants over machined ones in clinical practice. Looking at this need, the team of researchers from the Semmelweis University in Budapest, carried out a comparative evaluation of implant failure and marginal bone loss between the two types of surfaces.

Fears of contaminated equipment use – HIV tests offered to dental patients.

June 27, 2019 | News

HODDESDON, UK: Hepatitis & HIV tests have been offered to more than 500 patients at a Hoddesdon dental practice, over concerns that they could have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis B or C because of the use of improperly cleaned dental equipment.

New explanation for the genetic mechanism that triggers cleft lip and palate

June 27, 2019 | News

BONN, Germany/PHILADELPHIA, US: Though it was known for long that the TP63 gene can contribute to the development of cleft lip and palate, the exact process was unclear. A recent joint study by the universities of Bonn and Pennsylvania has clarified this mechanism of action.

Prophylactic use of antibiotics has no influence on the post-surgical dental implant complications

June 26, 2019 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: It’s still a debatable question whether antibiotics positively influence the survival of dental implants in systemically healthy patients. A team of researchers from the New York University College of Dentistry, conducted a study recently to determine the efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis and specific antibiotic regimens for the prevention of postoperative infection (POI) in dental implant placement.

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Children’s teeth can reveal whether they were exposed to high stress in their early years

June 26, 2019 | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: Exfoliated teeth, one of the few tissues in our body that record the history of environmental insults, are turning out to be a promising biomarker for modern medicine. The researchers at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington showed the emerging evidence that teeth can reveal stress levels of patients.

A simple exercise that can improve oral function in the elderly.

June 26, 2019 | News

SEOUL, South Korea: Common symptoms frequently experienced by older adults include decreased salivation and xerostomia, which may lead to oral soft-tissue disease, dental caries, periodontal disease and oral candidiasis. It’s well known that masticatory and swallowing functions are closely linked to overall health, nutritional status and quality of life. At the same time, chemical agents used to treat dry mouth not only require a prescription, but may also cause side effects. A new study has shown improved oral function in the elderly, who perform a simple oral stretching and exercise technique.

Finnish study links childhood oral infections and adult carotid atherosclerosis

June 26, 2019 | News

HELSINKI, Finland: Studies that link oral infections with systemic diseases and conditions have been going on for a long time. A recent Finnish study, after a 27-year follow-up, has revealed that childhood oral infections, such as caries and periodontal diseases, are associated with a greater risk of atherosclerosis in adulthood. This is a significant finding, which emphasises the need for a quality oral care during childhood.

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Use of antibacterial nanoparticles to prolong the life of dental restorations

June 26, 2019 | News

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., U.S.: To address the issue of dental restoration failures, researchers have started studying how nanoparticles with antibacterial properties could be added to composite resin restoration materials, so that they can strengthen the bond between the restoration and the tooth surfaces. This would help minimize the dental restorations failures due to cracking and secondary caries, and increase their longevity.

Mumbai hosts 1st international 3D cleaning congress, Endodontics redefined

March 6, 2019 | News

Mumbai , India: The first international 3D Cleaning congress was held on the 2nd and 3rd of February 2019. The congress was powered by Innovations Endo & Dental Masters academy. The first of its kind congress focused on the biological aspect of the endodontic procedures.Around 200 delegates participated in this unique congress from within India and overseas. Delegates from Iraq, Egypt, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Nepal ,Bangladesh and Australia participated in the congress.

Dr.Mahesh Verma elected to the prestigious FDI World Dental Congress Science committee

February 4, 2019 | Events | News

In the month of  September, 2018 at the global meet of world’s leading organisation Fédération Dentaire Internationale  (FDI) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Prof. (Dr.) Mahesh Verma, Director and Principal, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi, India, was elected to the prestigious science committee of the FDI. His candidature was nominated by Indian Dental Association (IDA) and he is the first Indian ever to get this opportunity.

French dentist wins contest of Dental photography school’s 2019 calendar

January 29, 2019 | Education | News

Dental photography school released the 3rd edition of its calendar in January this year. The idea of world dental photography calendar was to encourage all dentists to undertake better documentation. For 2019 calendar, the event received entries from over 18 countries.

GDCRI reaches another milestone, celebrates 60 years in existence

January 15, 2019 | Events | News

Bangalore: The Government Dental College and Research Institute (GDCRI) celebrated 60 years of dental education on 28th of December 2018. The grand event was attended by the Hon'ble Chief Mininster of Karnataka Shri.H.D.Kumaraswamy, Hon'ble Minister for water resources and medical education, Shri.D.K.Shivakumar

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Mangaluru hosts 46th National conference of Indian Prosthodontic Society

December 6, 2018 | Events | News

Mangaluru,Karnataka: The 46th Indian Prosthodontic Society National Conference held in Mangaluru from 15th to 18th November, 2018 was attended by 2300 delegates with more than 1000 scientific deliberations. There were 12 eminent international guest speakers and 42 National speakers of repute sharing a common platform for exchange of ideas and experiences, with the ultimate aim to provide better restorative care to our patients and the society at large.

Interview: “Representing India on the world stage is a big boost to Indian dentistry”

November 17, 2018 | Interviews

The 2019 Dental XP 7th Annual Global Symposium will showcase Global Team Dentistry and highlight the latest strategies in minimally invasive restorative & periodontal aesthetics, new digital 3D work flows, as well as a specific focus on managing full arch patients. Among a select group of leading global teams who have been invited to present their unique interdisciplinary concepts, is a team from India. The team of Dr. Udatta Kher, Dr. Ali Tunkiwala and Dr. T.V.Narayan will represent India at the symposium.

Nagpur hosts 40th national pedodontic conference, PEDOCON 2018

November 14, 2018 | Events | News

Nagpur, Maharastra: The Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry (ISPPD) is a national society specifically concerned with the oral health of children in India. It aims to improve oral health in children and encourage the highest standards of clinical care. The society has been formed on the firm belief that every child has a fundamental right to his total oral health.

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