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Interview: “The future is certainly looking bright”

May 13, 2021 | Interviews

This year, Planmeca is celebrating 50 years of contributions to modern dental practice. Many of our readers will know Heikki Kyöstilä, chairman and CEO of the Finnish dental manufacturer. Kyöstilä has been credited with putting Finland on the global dental map, and he has remained humble and customer-focused even as Planmeca set sales records and grew into a household name in dentistry. Dental Tribune International spoke with Kyöstilä to find out more about Planmeca’s achievements and about the man who founded one of the largest dental manufacturers in the world.

Sweden predicts continued shortage of dentists

May 11, 2021 | News

JOHANNESHOV, Sweden: In 15 years’ time there will still be a shortage of dentists. That is the conclusion of a new forecast by the Swedish Chancellor’s Office and the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) which assesses the need for university graduates in the labour market and the number of training places for them in educational institutions.

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Interview: “Working digitally feels very natural to me”

May 5, 2021 | Interviews

Dr Cecilie Terjesen was one of 24 women from seven different nations to be honoured with Dentsply Sirona’s first Smart Integration Award for visionary treatment concepts in 2019. Terjesen, who works at the dental practice A1 Tannlegen in Arendal in Norway, received the award for her forward-looking ideas related to digital duplication. She spoke with Dentsply Sirona about her professional background, changes in the dental industry, and her ideas about technology and the future of the dental practice.

AG.Live CON highlights key trends of transformation in the dental industry

May 3, 2021 | Advertorial

KOBLACH, Austria: Digitisation in the dental industry is unstoppable, heralding change and offering enormous potential. Many dental technicians and dentists want to seize this opportunity, as was evident from the large number of participants in AG.Live CON. At this digital dental conference and exhibition, 38 international speakers presented the blueprints for a new dimension of a unified dentistry in numerous live presentations and discussions from 20 to 24 April.

TrollFoil takes the guesswork out of occlusal adjustment

April 9, 2021 | Advertorial

UPPLANDS VÄSBY, Sweden: Occlusal adjustment is usually a time-consuming process and a very critical phase in restorative dentistry. However, most dentists do not dedicate adequate attention to this process. A recent study showed that around 95% of occlusal readings are incorrect. Misreading results in the dentist removing structure from different occlusal areas, possibly leading to occlusal disturbance.

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April 8, 2021 | News

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PlusDental expands into Sweden

April 6, 2021 | Business | News

BERLIN, Germany: The orthodontics start-up PlusDental is now offering clear aligner treatment at dental practices in Sweden. According to the company, its new Swedish operations will initially include working with 30 partner clinics, opening pop-up stores across major cities and establishing new regional headquarters.

Periodontitis increases risk of bacteria in donated blood

April 1, 2021 | News

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Recent research from the University of Copenhagen and Næstved Hospital in Denmark has demonstrated that periodontitis leads to an increased risk of bacterial contamination of donor blood. The study findings indicate that bacteria originating from the oral cavity evade the routine screening systems commonly used by blood banks. Despite this, the researchers emphasised the safety of blood donations.

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Hormonal changes during menstrual cycle affect oral microbial ecosystem

March 29, 2021 | News

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: The connection between poor oral health and the heightened risk of systemic diseases has been long established, which is why the practice of good oral hygiene is so crucial. In a recent study, researchers with complementary expertise and a joint interest in women's health have examined the dysbiotic variations of the oral microbiome during the menstrual cycle. They found that the hormonal fluctuations that occur while women menstruate can disrupt their oral microbiome, thus compromising their oral health.

How can the dental team help reduce patient anxiety?

March 23, 2021 | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: Though its causes can be unclear and multiform, the effects of dental anxiety in patients are well understood. As it increases, patients may avoid appointments and dental care, neglecting their oral health in the process. In Sweden, a study conducted at the University of Gothenburg for a doctoral thesis has found that the nation’s levels of dental anxiety have dropped significantly in recent decades, highlighting the benefits brought about by a preventive approach to oral health.

Amann Girrbach presents attractive gateways to the future at virtual congress

February 22, 2021 | Advertorial

KOBLACH, Austria: Digitisation holds lucrative opportunities for the future of the dental industry. During its innovative AG.Live CON virtual congress that will take place from 20 to 24 April, Amann Girrbach will be showcasing how these opportunities can be easily exploited. Renowned dental technicians and clinicians will meet with the leading minds in research to explore avenues to advanced digitisation.

3Shape and Ivoclar Vivadent intensify collaborative efforts

February 2, 2021 | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark/SCHAAN, Liechtenstein: 3D scanner developer 3Shape and smart product systems manufacturer Ivoclar Vivadent are scaling up their collaborative efforts. Their common goal is to develop the best possible oral health solutions for the health and well-being of patients.

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Orsing switches to exclusive use of fossil-free Hygoformic Bio

December 28, 2020 | Advertorial

HELSINGBORG, Sweden: Swedish manufacturer of dental consumables Orsing is actively looking into ways to reduce its share of greenhouse gas emissions and has recently introduced a product line entirely manufactured from renewable resources. Orsing’s eco-line includes the coil design saliva ejector Hygoformic Bio with its Hygoformic Bio Adaptor, the Hygovac Bio and Hygovac Vent Bio aspirator tubes, and the Bio Cup dental cup made of bamboo fibre.

Study reveals obstructive sleep apnoea as risk factor for COVID-19

December 22, 2020 | News

TURKU, Finland: During the first wave of the pandemic, the number of hospitalisations for SARS-CoV-2 infections in Finland was relatively low compared with the rest of the world, and since hospitals were not overburdened with patients who required intensive care, researchers had the time to examine COVID-19 and its relation to other diseases more closely. For example, researchers from Turku University Hospital and the University of Turku used this time to study the link between COVID-19 and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). According to their findings, OSA may be a risk factor for SARS-CoV-2 infection, and patients with OSA may anticipate more severe COVID-19 outcomes if they become infected.

Interview: High-quality dental treatments with CAD/CAM technology

December 18, 2020 | Interviews

Janne Ruokola, Planmeca’s sales manager for CAD/CAM products, has been working with CAD/CAM technology for more than ten years. In his career, he has seen first-hand how dental professionals can benefit from going digital. He believes digital workflows will become the new standard all over the world and recommends making the digital transition step by step with Planmeca’s complete solution.

What will dental events look like in 2021?

December 7, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: It is hard to overstate the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on dental trade fairs in 2020. From March onwards, essentially all dental events were shifted online, postponed or outright cancelled, effectively devastating an important and profitable sector of the industry. Though the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to climb by hundreds of thousands with each passing day, there are a number of bright spots on the horizon, leading us to ask what dental events will look like in 2021 and beyond.

EDHF unifies dental hygiene in common European curriculum

December 7, 2020 | News

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Owing to considerable variation regarding the definition, practice, regulation and training of dental hygienists across the European Dental Hygienists Federation (EDHF) member states, the organisation has developed a standardised curriculum for dental hygiene. It is intended to assist dental hygiene educators in authorising or updating curricula, while taking into account their own local regulations.

Study examines knowledge and experience of erosive tooth wear among Danish dentists

November 27, 2020 | News

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Erosive tooth wear (ETW) is of growing concern to dental professionals and therefore the subject of extensive research. A survey has now investigated how knowledgeable Danish dental professionals are about the problem and how they would potentially treat such cases.

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