CHICAGO, U.S.: A survey by the American Dental Association (ADA) has found that more patients have developed bruxism as a result of stress during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and that there is a general increase in stress-related oral health conditions. According to the association’s chief science officer, the trend means that routine dental check-ups have never been more important.
QINGDAO, China: Most adults experience episodes of gingivitis, which can progress to periodontitis, yet the role of plaque in gingivitis onset and progression to periodontitis remains uncertain. Now, researchers from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have observed that the oral health of participants deteriorated and their oral microbiome aged more rapidly than normal after they stopped practising oral hygiene.
MILAN, Italy: Since the evidence of oral manifestations linked to SARS-CoV-2 is scarce, researchers have recently set out to fill the gap by investigating the presence and prevalence of oral conditions in people who had contracted COVID-19 and successfully recovered from it. They discovered that SARS-CoV-2 directly affects the oral cavity of COVID-19 survivors, which is manifested by a significant number of the patients developing salivary gland ectasia and other oral diseases after clinical recovery.
WASHINGTON, U.S.: As vaccine supply continues to increase in the coming weeks and all adults across the United States become eligible for vaccination, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched an online portal to help dental providers navigate the training and registration they will need to complete in order to become a part of the expanded COVID-19 vaccine workforce.
BELFAST, UK: The phase-out of dental amalgam is currently taking place in a number of countries owing, in part, to its deleterious effects on the natural environment. The Northern Ireland branch of the British Dental Association (BDA) has released a statement requesting that the European Commission (EC) reconsider its plans for a complete amalgam phase-out by 2030, arguing that it might end up “exacerbating health inequalities” and “destabilising health systems already under considerable strain”.
NOVI SAD, Serbia: A few weeks ago, Zoran Zrnić, an entrepreneur and innovator who was central to the business of Dental Tribune International (DTI) in Serbia and Montenegro, passed away. He became one of the first licence holders of the publishing network in 2007 and inspired many people in the dental materials market in the region through his visions and ideas.
BETHESDA, Md., U.S.: COVID-19 can cause a number of symptoms in the oral cavity, such as lesions, ulcerations and a loss of taste, and yet the role of the mouth in SARS-CoV-2 infection and transmission is poorly understood. A study by an international team of scientists has found evidence that the virus infects cells in the mouth. This finding, the researchers say, shows that the oral cavity could play an important role in SARS-CoV-2 infection and underscores the need for adequate prevention measures in dental settings.
JERUSALEM, Palestine: A May 2020 survey asked dentists located in the West Bank area about their preparedness to resume offering routine dental care after the practice closures that were necessitated by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The researchers published a study in February this year which found that the challenges that emerged during the pandemic showed that dentistry needed to adapt in order to be better prepared for future crises.
NEW YORK, U.S.: Older adults with more harmful than healthy bacteria in their periodontal tissue are more likely to have evidence for amyloid beta— a key biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease—in their cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), according to new research from NYU College of Dentistry and Weill Cornell Medicine. However, this imbalance in oral bacteria was not associated with another Alzheimer’s biomarker called tau.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala./IRVINE, Calif., U.S.: Researchers from different U.S. universities have collaborated to investigate a novel dental gel, produced by Livionex Pharma, a company based in Los Gatos in California. The findings of their study demonstrated that the product significantly reduced gingival bleeding, gingival inflammation and the depths of periodontal pockets in patients with periodontitis.
LONDON, UK: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, passed away on Friday at the age of 99. Over the course of his long life, the prince was a supporter of many causes and associations. One of these—the British Dental Association (BDA)—appointed him its president of honour in 1980 and paid tribute to Philip upon the announcement of his death.
April 8, 2021 | News
As we all know, dentistry is dedicated to understanding the workings of the oral cavity, the maxillomandibular relationship, the repair of tooth decay, the reconstruction of partially or completely fractured teeth, the replacement of missing teeth, aesthetics, smile design, the creation of proper tooth alignment, the fixing of bite discrepancies, and much, much more. Regardless of what we as clinicians do for our patients, are there any solutions that should necessarily be described as being permanent?
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Many of us react in quite different ways to changes happening around us. Take a moment to read this short account of what is not so much my change journey, but what it could mean to you, your practice, your team in becoming stronger and more flexible in response to change in an ever-changing environment.
Though the importance of oral health for systemic health is well established, providing access to affordable preventive dental services continues to be an issue in countries across the world. To learn more about this topic, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr. Fernando Neves Hugo, associate professor of dental public health at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul’s Faculty of Dental Sciences in Brazil. Hugo is also the co-author of a recent article discussing the role of dentistry in global health policy.
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.
YORK, UK: Enough plastic waste to circle the globe twice is the annual result of the current population cleaning their teeth with toothpaste from tubes that cannot be recycled. The UK waste management company BusinessWaste.co.uk is concerned about the volume of plastic waste being thrown away owing to toothpaste tubes and is calling for plastic-free alternatives.
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.
LONDON, UK: More than one-third of UK practice owners report that private revenue is higher now than it was before the pandemic, according to an insider view on corporate and independent dental operators by London-based Christie & Co. The specialist property advisor says that, although banks are now taking a more cautious approach, they remain positive about lending to dentists and dental groups in 2021.
BRUSSELS, Belgium: More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, its seismic impact on different elements of the dental profession is becoming clearer. In order to find out how it affected the workflows of periodontists and dental hygienists, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) launched a survey back in May 2020 that invited these specialists to share their experiences. The EFP has now unveiled the preliminary findings of its investigation, and more detailed analysis will be published in the coming months.
SEOUL, South Korea: As periodontitis and halitosis share a microbiological pathogenesis, researchers from the Seoul National University School of Dentistry have investigated whether there is a correlation between the two. They found that halitosis may be an indicator of periodontitis and thus of the development of other systemic diseases.
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.
As digital technologies become increasingly enmeshed in the everyday workflow of dental practices, dental education is changing to reflect their growing influence. One example of this is the recent announcement by the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) that it would be implementing Yomi, a robot-assisted surgical device developed by the health care startup Neocis, into its dental implant procedures. Dental Tribune International recently spoke with Dr. Alon Mozes, CEO and co-founder of Neocis, about the path toward Yomi’s creation and the benefits this system offers both dental students and practicing clinicians.
March 26, 2021 | News
CLAYTON-LE-MOORS, UK: The Interim Orders Committee (IOC) of the General Dental Council (GDC) has imposed interim conditions on the practice registration of East Lancashire dentist Dr Waqar Mohammed. The IOC heard submissions relating to Mohammed’s provision of clinical care, which included allegations relating to the treatment of 27 patients over a four-year period.
TEL AVIV, Israel: Since digital technology is so deeply rooted in our society, it would be hard to imagine a world without the internet. Whereas smartphones used to be a commodity, they have now become a necessity for most people, offering limitless opportunities and opening the door to the rest of the world. Ironically, when overused, smartphones can also socially isolate people. A new study has also found that excessive use of smartphones and social media may cause certain health problems, including bruxism and facial muscle pain.