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Interview: The collaboration between endo and restorative

May 17, 2012

In an interview conducted at the recent American Association of Endodontists Annual Session in Boston, Tom Gallop, CEO of SS White, discussed the collaboration between endodontists and restorative dentists to preserve dentin and therefore improve outcomes for patients.

Athletes are reminded to wear mouthguards

May 17, 2012

TAMPA, FL, USA: This year, more than 3 million teeth will be knocked out during youth sporting events, and the cost of replacing a knocked-out tooth can mount to $20,000, according to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation.
 Athletes are 60 percent more likely to suffer an injury to the mouth when not wearing a mouthguard.

Researchers examine ancient diets using dental plaque

May 16, 2012

Reno, Nev., USA: By investigating dental plaque from skeletons buried in a Spanish cathedral, researchers from the USA have found a new way to gain information about the diet of ancient peoples. Their method could be a useful alternative to common research methods of this kind, usually conducted on bone, hair, muscle or nails.

Sports and energy drinks found to erode tooth enamel

May 15, 2012

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: Tests on tooth enamel samples have shown that the consumption of sports and energy drinks may result in considerable enamel weight loss within a few days. In a recently published study, researchers have warned that acidic levels in these popular beverages vary significantly between brands and between different flavors of the same brand.

Composite is said to kill bacteria, remineralize tooth structure

May 15, 2012

Baltimore, Md., USA: Scientists using nanotechology at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry have created what they call the first cavity-filling composite that kills harmful bacteria and regenerates tooth structure lost to bacterial decay. Rather than just limiting decay with conventional fillings, the new composite is a revolutionary dental weapon to control harmful bacteria, says professor Huakun (Hockin) Xu, PhD, MS.

Oral bacteria resposible for artificial joint failure

May 14, 2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio, USA: Study results have suggested that periodontal bacteria can migrate from the mouth to the synovial cavity, which might be the reason for the failure of artificial joints. In recent DNA tests, researchers detected the same bacterial DNA in synovial fluid and dental plaque in 14 percent of patients with arthritis and periodontitis.

AdDent presents award to J. Morita

May 11, 2012

CHICAGO, IL, USA: AdDent, a dealer-oriented company that manufactures high-quality, advanced dental products, presented a partnership appreciation award to the J. Morita company for sales of its Microlux system. Dr. Joshua Friedman, president of AdDent, and Mark Albanese, far east sales manager, presented the award to Keiji Osaka, group manager of J. Morita.

The science that shows there’s no need for numbing before drilling

May 10, 2012

ANAHEIM, Calif., USA: A brand-new convention booth isn’t the only big change going on with SS White this year. Even more important is the esteemed company’s new, highly interactive website, located at, and its increased focus on providing consultation and training to dental professionals interested in its products. The changes attracted lots of attention at the recent CDA Presents meeting.

A new smile takes flight

May 10, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, USA: Tyler covered his mouth when he smiled, barely spoke and refrained from eating in public whenever possible. Although he was in desperate need of dental treatment, he had not seen a dentist in many years. Unable to work, his mother is on dialysis several times a week and his father, a veteran, suffers from a brain injury incurred during his time in the service.

AACD holds 28th Annual Scientific Session in Washington

May 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC, USA: Good things come in small packages, right? Well, it might not have been the biggest exhibit hall of the year, but the AACD did pack a punch with some 141 exhibitors gathered in D.C. for its 28th Annual Scientific Session. The hall had a variety of companies running the gamut of products and services, so attendees were sure to find exactly what they needed.

Novel portable probe detects early oral cancer

May 9, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas, USA: In order to reduce the time taken to diagnose oral cancer, researchers have developed the first prototype of a handheld detection device capable of fast imaging with a large field of view. They said that this miniature confocal probe could be used by dentists to screen for early-stage cancer cells in the future.

High fluoride levels in African groundwater put oral health at risk

May 8, 2012

DURHAM, N.C., USA: Researchers have suggested that the dental health of about 8 million people living in the Main Ethiopian Rift is jeopardized by high levels of naturally occurring fluoride in their groundwater. Their studies revealed a 100 percent prevalence of dental fluorosis in the teeth of the local residents. Furthermore, they found that additional milk intake may reduce the severity of this disease.

CDA holds spring meeting in Anaheim

May 7, 2012

ANAHEIM, Calif., USA: The California Dental Association held its spring meeting, CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry, May 3-5 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Educational offerings included hands-on workshops, lectures and presentations offered right on the exhibit hall floor. Approximately 600 companies showcased the latest products and services.

Interfaith Medical Center honors periodontist

May 3, 2012

BROOKLYN, N.Y., USA: At a dental presentation at Interfaith Hospital, Dr. Charles Grannum, DMD, director of the Department of Dentistry, and Dr. Ingrid Dowrich, DDS, chair, presented Dr. Bernard Fialkoff, a periodontist and dental implant specialist of Queens, N.Y., with a Leadership in Dental Education Award. At the end of the presentation on periodontal treatment, Grannum came to the floor and surprised Fialkoff with the plaque.

204 million Americans now have fluoridated water

May 2, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, USA: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that that 73.9 percent of Americans who get their water from municipal systems now benefit from optimal fluoridation, bringing the number of Americans receiving optimally fluoridated water to an all-time high of 204 million people. In a press release, the American Dental Association (ADA) welcomed the news.

Patient sues dentist after swallowing dental instrument

May 1, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky., USA: A female patient has filed a lawsuit against her former dentist from Fayette County, accusing him of severe negligence. Since he had not taken adequate precautions during a routine procedure, the patient swallowed a dental screwdriver, which passed through her digestive tract and had to be removed surgically.

Society pays for dental mercury through additional costs, report suggests

April 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., Wash., USA: New research could revitalize the discussion about the use of amalgam fillings. According to a new study released by a broad coalition of health, consumer and environmental groups, dental mercury fillings pollute the environment, contaminate fish and are far more costly for taxpayers than alternative tooth-colored materials. The groups have called for the phasing out of amalgam in the USA, following the lead of other countries.

Implant failure may be related to bisphosphonate use

April 27, 2012

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., USA: The results of a study conducted at the New York University College of Dentistry seem to confirm the hypothesis that the use of oral bisphosphonate is connected to dental implant failure. In the case-control study, more than 300 female patients with failed dental implants were compared with woman whose implants were still intact.

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