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Healthy teeth lower rheumatoid arthritis pain

May 31, 2009

LEIPZIG, Germany: People who suffer from gum disease and also have a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis can lower the chronic pain by keeping their teeth healthy. A research team from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland suggest that both inflammatory diseases share similarities in the progression over time. In both diseases, the soft and hard tissues are destroyed from inflammation caused by toxins from bacterial infection.

A behind-the-scenes glimpse at NobelProcera

May 29, 2009

MAHWAH, NJ, USA: Nobel Biocare is revolutionizing CAD/CAM dentistry today in much the same way that Henry Ford revolutionized the automobile industry 100 years ago. But unlike Ford Motor Company, where every Model T coming off the assembly line was exactly the same and you could have any color you wanted as long as it was black, Nobel Biocare, with its state-of-the-art NobelProcera system, has perfected the art of mass production for customized, personal needs. Every crown and every bridge coming off the assembly line at Nobel’s state-of-the-art facility is manufactured to exacting, individualized specifications.

Ancient skeleton in India bears evidence of leprosy

May 28, 2009

LEIPZIG, Germany: The oldest known skeleton showing signs of leprosy has been recently found in India and may help unravel the myth of where the disease originated. In the journal PLoS One, Assistant Professor Gwen Robbins, an anthropologist at Appalachian State University in the US, and researchers in India describe a middle-aged adult male skeleton demonstrating signs of leprosy in skeletal material, such as tooth loss and root exposure. Historians have long considered the Indian subcontinent to be the source of the leprosy that was first reported in Europe in the fourth century B.C., shortly after the armies of Alexander the Great returned from India.

Interview with Prof. Van B. Haywood, USA, about bleaching sensitivity

May 28, 2009

Dr Van B. Haywood is a Professor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation in the School of Dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia. In 1989, Dr Haywood and Prof. Harald Heymann co-authored the first article in the world on nightguard vital bleaching (NGVB). He has completed over 90 publications on the NGVB technique and the topic of bleaching and aesthetics, including the first papers on treatment of bleaching sensitivity with potassium nitrate, direct thermoplastic tray fabrication, extended treatment of tetracycline stained teeth, and primary teeth bleaching. Dental Tribune Editor Claudia Salwiczek spoke with Dr Haywood about bleaching sensitivity.

Educational sessions in Montreal offer something for everybody

May 27, 2009

Whether you are a dentist, a specialist or a member of a professional office staff, it’s always beneficial to step outside of the day-to-day routine one in a while to expand your knowledge base. At the 38th annual Journées Dentaires Internationales du Quebec, held 23–26 May in Montreal, educational opportunities abounded.

Scientists find someone new to target in periodontitis fight

May 26, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA, USA: Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Dentistry, in cooperation with the University of Michigan and the University of California, San Diego, have recently identified a potential new focus of treatments for osteoporosis, periodontitis and similar diseases. Dr Cun-Yu Wang, who holds UCLA’s No-Hee Park Endowed Chair in the dental school’s division of oral biology and medicine, and his team suggested that inhibiting nuclear factor-kB (NF-kB), a master protein that controls genes associated with inflammation and immunity, can prevent disabling bone loss by maintaining bone formation.

ADA Foundation hosts gala, honors three members of Congress

May 22, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC, USA: Three members of congress were honored recently by the American Dental Association (ADA). The awards were presented during the American Dental Association Foundation’s second annual Give Kids A Smile Awards Gala, held at the Library of Congress on 12 May.

Linden shares endo expertise with fellow dentists in New York

May 21, 2009

NEW YORK, NY, USA: When it comes to stimulating dinner conversation, root canal therapy is not typically considered the most appetizing topic. That is unless the room happens to be filled with dentists who want to be the very best. Add to that a dynamic and entertaining speaker with years of experience in proper materials and methods of achieving predictable success in endodontics — and you have a most memorable evening.

CADapalooza ’09 to take place in Miami Beach

May 19, 2009

The lineup for CADapalooza ’09 has just been announced. Join Dr Gordon Christensen, Dr Ed McLaren, Dr Curtis Jansen, Lee Culp CDT, and others at this event highlighting the newest innovations in CAD/CAM dentistry for dentists, lab technicians and all dental team members.

The science behind the smile

May 18, 2009 | Business

ANAHEIM, CA, USA: In an interview with Dental Tribune conducted at the recent California Dental Association meeting (15 to 17 May), GC America Marketing Director Dr Robert Lee discusses his company’s new composite, called Kalore.

‘The power of one …’

May 18, 2009 | Business

ANAHEIM, CA, USA: In an interview with Dental Tribune at the recent California Dental Association meeting (15 to 17 May), C. Brian Melonakos, president and CEO of Shofu, discussed his company’s new BeautiBond seventh-generation bonding agent featuring dual adhesive monomers for dentin and enamel.

US House congratulates ADA on its 150th anniversary

May 18, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC, USA: The United States House of Representatives recently passed a resolution commending the American Dental Association (ADA) for 150 years of working to improve access to oral health care services that are essential to help ensure the health of the American public.

IFED to hold 6th World Congress in Las Vegas

May 18, 2009

LAS VEGAS, NV, USA: The International Federation of Esthetic Dentistry (IFED), an international consortium of 30 aesthetic dental organizations including the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (AAED) and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, among many others, will hold its 6th World Congress 2–5 August at the Bellagio Resort.

AMD LASERS spreads the word

May 17, 2009 | Business

Sold in 60 seconds. That might be the catchphrase if AMD LASERS made a film about its Picasso soft tissue diode laser. “We set up here in the exhibition hall at the CDA on Friday and began showing it, and it was not more than a minute before we sold our first unit,” said President Alan Miller. “It sold in 60 seconds.”

AMD LASERS introduces new diode laser

May 16, 2009 | Business

ANAHEIM, CA, USA: AMD LASERS, the company that builds the world’s most affordable dental laser technology, announces the launch of the Picasso soft tissue diode laser to the U.S. dental industry. With its sleek and compact design, ease of use, comprehensive clinical results and a broad spectrum of applications, Picasso sets itself apart as a high-quality laser with distinctive features such as a multiple-language menu and a lower price point than any other laser available on the market.

Placement of dental implants results in minimal bone loss, study shows

May 15, 2009

CHICAGO, IL, USA: Dental implants are frequently used as a replacement for missing teeth in order to restore the patient’s tooth function and appearance. Previous research demonstrates that the placement of a dental implant disrupts the host tissue in the area of the implant, so practitioners often focus their treatment planning to carefully maintain the patient’s bone and gum tissue surrounding the implant. 

Team spirit and an award-winning T-shirt ties Hu-Friedy together to support breast cancer awareness

May 14, 2009

CHICAGO, IL, USA: This year on Mother’s Day morning, Team Hu-Friedy walked proudly through Grant Park and the streets of Chicago with their chests puffed and heads held high. Team Hu-Friedy not only reached their corporate fundraising goal of US$10,000 for the Breast Cancer Network of Strength’s Walk to Empower, but picked up first prize in the organization’s corporate T-shirt design contest, winning much-appreciated compliments and well-deserved bragging rights.

New dental association aims to make profession eco-friendly one toothbrush at a time

May 14, 2009

BERKELEY, CA, USA: The Eco-Dentistry Association (EDA), an international association of dental professionals, has been launched by the creators of the country’s first green dental office to give colleagues access to eco-friendly practices and consumers the power to encourage their dentists to adopt earth-friendly methods.

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