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Malaysian Dental Bill 2017 proposes stricter regulation of dentistry Dec 12, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Malaysian Dental Bill 2017 proposes stricter regulation of dentistry

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia’s new Dental Bill 2017, which had its first reading in Parliament on 27 November, will see significant changes made to the regulation of the dental profession and the organisational structure of the dental workforce. Among other measures, the bill aims to appoint the Malaysian Dental Council and the Malaysian Dental Therapist Board to control and regulate the profession. The existing dental council, established under the Dental Act of 1971, will consequently be ...

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New research on sugar-laden drinks could influence sugar tax debate Dec 11, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

New research on sugar-laden drinks could influence sugar tax debate

SYDNEY, Australia: Researchers from the University of Sydney have revealed that one in seven adolescents are drinking more than two cups of sugar-sweetened ...

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Chinese market in focus at 2017 World Dental Forum in Beijing Dec 4, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Chinese market in focus at 2017 World Dental Forum in Beijing

BEIJING, China: Held for the fourth time in 2017, this year’s edition of the World Dental Forum proved to be a great success for its organiser, dental ...

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Study finds almost all Myanmar mouth cancer patients chew betel quid Nov 30, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Study finds almost all Myanmar mouth cancer patients chew betel quid

TOUNGOO, Myanmar: A study has found that almost all of the mouth cancer patients investigated used smokeless tobacco in the form of betel quid, researchers ...

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Major increases in waiting time for public dentistry in Australia Nov 28, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Major increases in waiting time for public dentistry in Australia

DARWIN, Australia: Unreasonably long waiting times in public dentistry have been an issue in Australia for some time. Now, new figures disclosed in a senate estimates hearing in Canberra in October show that the problem worsened in most states in 2016, especially in the Northern Territory. Here, the waiting period increased dramatically from 30.8 months to 45.7 months in just a year.

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JADR annual meeting stands out with diverse and broad scientific programme Nov 24, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

JADR annual meeting stands out with diverse and broad scientific programme

TOKYO, Japan: Last weekend, the Japanese Association for Dental Research (JADR), the Japanese division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), concluded the 2017 edition of its annual meeting held at Showa University in Tokyo. This year’s event particularly stood out with a diverse and broad scientific programme, offering the 350 local and international participants a wide choice of topics, such as advances in stem cell research, aetiology of periodontitis and life science ...

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Young dentist's charity making positive changes throughout New Zealand Nov 23, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Young dentist's charity making positive changes throughout New Zealand

HAMILTON, New Zealand: Now into its sixth year, the charity Revive a Smile has made giant leaps in its ultimate goal of providing free dental care to those in disadvantaged and impoverished communities around New Zealand. Founded by a young Hamilton-based dentist, Dr Assil Russell, it is the only mobile dental clinic of its kind in the country, and it is about to serve those in need in Auckland for the very first time.

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Interview: “The pattern of decay is slowly changing” Nov 17, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Interview: “The pattern of decay is slowly changing”

In Australia, dental caries is the highest cause of preventable hospitalisations of children. In search of a potent anti-caries approach, Dental Health Services Victoria has announced that it is conducting a study on the use of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) for the management of caries. In an interview with Dental Tribune Online, research project manager Dr Rana Yawary spoke about the benefits and drawbacks of the method and why she thinks SDF has the potential to increase treatment compliance and ...

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Western Australia to change restrictive CBCT ownership regulations for dentists Nov 16, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Western Australia to change restrictive CBCT ownership regulations for dentists

PERTH, Australia: CBCT imaging is changing the way dental practitioners can visualise the oral and maxillofacial complex, as well as teeth and the surrounding tissue. Despite being regarded as beneficial for practitioners and patients alike, owing to a restrictive licensing policy, the technology is only available to a minority of dental practitioners in Western Australia. However, this regulatory framework is set to change, according to the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA).

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First issue of Dental Tribune Japan distributed at Tokyo Dental Show Nov 14, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

First issue of Dental Tribune Japan distributed at Tokyo Dental Show

TOKYO, Japan: Almost 20,000 visitors celebrated the latest in dentistry in Tokyo this past weekend. Held at Tokyo Big Sight, the city’s international exhibition centre, the Tokyo Dental Show featured more than 190 local and international manufacturers and dealers. Among the new products introduced to the Japanese market was the first issue of Dental Tribune Japan.

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Parrotfish tooth research may ring in new era of biomaterial development Nov 10, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Parrotfish tooth research may ring in new era of biomaterial development

SINGAPORE/BERKELEY, Calif., U.S.: The achievements of science are evolving constantly. However, there are many natural wonders that humanity has not been able to mimic yet. Among these are parrotfish teeth, which are one of the strongest and most abrasion-resistant in the animal world. Investigating their structural make-up, a team of researchers has now determined the underlying properties that make the fish’s teeth strong enough to even bite stony corals.

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Interview: A preventative approach to infection control Nov 9, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Interview: A preventative approach to infection control

Periodontist and implant specialist Dr Lisa Heitz-Mayfield is very busy indeed. In addition to maintaining a specialist periodontics practice in West Perth in Australia and serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Oral Implants Research journal, Heitz-Mayfield holds several academic positions, including that of adjunct professor at the University of Western Australia. Dental Tribune Online had the opportunity to speak with her about the importance of preventative strategies and early diagnosis ...

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Texting for advice: New app enables medical consults round the clock Nov 8, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Texting for advice: New app enables medical consults round the clock

SINGAPORE: Tele-medicine and tele-health apps are increasingly emerging. Just last month, the MaNaDr app for mobiles was launched in Singapore. Through the app, which is accessible to patients in Singapore and Australia, users can tele-consult and schedule appointments with over 500 clinics and 600 general medical and dental practitioners and specialists in the two countries.

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EAO 2017 Madrid

EAO 2017 Madrid

The the 26th annual scientific meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration takes place in the Spanish capital from 5-7 October 2017.

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FDI World Dental Congress 2017

FDI World Dental Congress 2017

Bienvenido a Madrid! From 29 August to 1 September 2017, the dental community gathered in the Spanish capital for the FDI World Dental Congress. Find the ...

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Prevention in dentistry

Prevention in dentistry

In addition to daily brushing and annual dental visits, a number of preventive measures can be taken to avoid oral diseases.

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China accelerates registration process for foreign drugs and medical devices Nov 2, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

China accelerates registration process for foreign drugs and medical devices

BEIJING, China: The Chinese State Council has announced its facilitation and expediting of the approval process for overseas pharmaceuticals and medical device manufacturers seeking to enter the Chinese market. The measures are part of efforts to lower research and development costs and reduce delays for new medical products entering the domestic market.

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Crown and go: Kiwi study investigates pioneering method to treat caries Oct 30, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Crown and go: Kiwi study investigates pioneering method to treat caries

WHANGANUI, New Zealand: Aiming to find a safer, more effective and faster treatment method to reduce the high prevalence of dental caries in children in New Zealand’s Whanganui district, a three-year study has set out to test an alternative method of treating caries, the Hall technique. The study has been underway since December 2015, and its provisional results have been promising, according to the lead researcher.

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Interview: Our knowledge can benefit and strengthen the dental community Oct 27, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Interview: Our knowledge can benefit and strengthen the dental community

BEIJING, China: The 2017 World Dental Forum will be held on 30 and 31 October at the China World Trade Center in Beijing. The organiser, dental prosthesis provider Modern Dental Group, is expecting more than 800 dentists at the event, which will feature multiple lectures, panel-led discussions and events. Dental Tribune Online spoke with Edith Chan, Executive Director and Chief Marketing Officer of Modern Dental Group, to find out more about this year’s forum and what is in store.

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Continually growing: IDEM Singapore larger than ever in 2018 Oct 27, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Continually growing: IDEM Singapore larger than ever in 2018

SINGAPORE: With a line-up of various events in addition to its exhibition and main scientific conference, the tenth International Dental Exhibition and Meeting (IDEM) Singapore will take place from 13 to 15 April 2018. Around 9,000 visitors representing at least 83 countries are expected to attend the conference and exhibition, which comprises 550 exhibitors. Hosted at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event will be held under the theme “Striving for clinical excellence”. ...

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Dentist awarded Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation Oct 25, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Dentist awarded Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation

MELBOURNE, Australia: University of Melbourne molecular biologist Prof. Eric Reynolds has claimed the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation for his pioneering dental research. Thirty years ago, the then-young dental researcher discovered a protein in cow’s milk that repairs and strengthens teeth. Today, that protein, sold as RECALDENT, is used by millions of people every day in the form of chewing gum and professional applications by the dentist.

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Women dentists now outnumber their male counterparts in Australia Oct 25, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Women dentists now outnumber their male counterparts in Australia

SYDNEY, Australia: The latest figures out of Australia show that, for the first time in the island continent’s history, there are more women working in dentistry than men. With its flexible hours, creativity and good pay, many women are choosing the profession over medicine. The trend, however, might not be isolated.

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Sequencing of sea cucumber genome may help with tissue regeneration Oct 18, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Sequencing of sea cucumber genome may help with tissue regeneration

QINGDAO, China: Researchers at the Institute of Oceanology Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a new high-definition sequence of the sea cucumber’s genetic material, or genome. Owing to the sea cucumber’s capacity to regrow body parts and internal organs, knowledge of its genome could aid the understanding of regeneration and determine whether its regrowth capability can offer insights into tissue regeneration and other areas of human medicine.

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Dental anaesthesia: Legal loopholes put patient safety at risk Oct 17, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Dental anaesthesia: Legal loopholes put patient safety at risk

SYDNEY, Australia: The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the medical body responsible for the teaching, training and licensing ...

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Osteology Foundation: Shanghai hosts largest national symposium yet Oct 12, 2017 | News Asia Pacific

Osteology Foundation: Shanghai hosts largest national symposium yet

SHANGHAI, China: Exceeding all expectations, the third National Osteology Symposium in China welcomed about 1,900 participants to Shanghai, making it the ...

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