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Dürr Dental suction unit wins German Design Award

December 4, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

BIETIGHEIM-BISSINGEN, Germany: Every year, a jury of renowned experts bestows the German Design Award on innovative projects and products. The process of selecting innovative products focuses not only on great design but also on effective function, safety and sustainability. This year, the Tyscor VS 4 suction unit from Dürr Dental convinced the international jury of its excellence and won the German Design Award 2021.

Business acquisition: Young buys Preat

December 3, 2020 | Americas | Business

ALGONQUIN, Ill., U.S.: Young Innovations, a global portfolio company that supplies a wide range of dental products, has recently announced the acquisition of Preat Corp., a leading provider of dental implant components, attachments and tools. Since the early 2000s, Young has grown through a series of acquisitions in a variety of dental segments. It has acquired seven organizations to date.

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Toothpaste and mouthwash found effective in neutralizing SARS-CoV-2

December 3, 2020 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Recent laboratory studies have shown that toothpastes containing zinc or stannous fluoride and mouthwash formulas with cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) can effectively neutralize SARS-CoV-2. The studies are part of a Colgate-Palmolive research program in which scientists are assessing the efficacy of oral care products in reducing the amount of SARS-CoV-2 in the mouths of people who have COVID-19 and potentially slowing down the spread of the virus.

UK dental world reacts to COVID-19 vaccine approval

December 2, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: The UK has become the first country in the world to approve a clinically tested COVID-19 vaccine after the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) authorised the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use. The vaccine is set to be rolled out from next week onwards, and elderly people and NHS staff are to be prioritised—although details on how dental professionals, for example, fit into this plan are yet to be finalised.

New Zealanders say no to legal cannabis, but does prohibition improve oral health?

December 2, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: Cannabis poses a threat to oral health, but most patients are reluctant to ask their dentists for advice about what largely remains an illegal drug. New Zealanders were asked to vote for or against the legalisation of recreational cannabis use in a historic referendum that was held concurrently with the country’s October general election. Most voted against legalisation in a closely fought contest that ultimately brought renewed focus to the public health risks associated with legalising, or not legalising, the widely used substance.

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How guided implant surgery facilitates communication and the treatment decision process

December 2, 2020 | Education

Team communication, treatment planning and execution represent the three pillars of interdisciplinary implant therapy. In a free webinar on 9 December, Dr Ricardo Mitrani will describe how utilising digital technology enhances and facilitates this process, allowing the team to deliver results with a higher level of precision. Prior to his presentation, Mitrani, who maintains a private practice with a focus on prosthodontics, implants and aesthetic dentistry in Mexico City in Mexico, gave a short preview of his topic.

Calcified canals: A new approach to an old problem

December 1, 2020 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: We, as dentists, have developed outstanding new technology in order to fashion beautiful smiles. The option to retain the natural dentition or replace it with implants opens limitless possibilities. As an endodontist, however, my mission is to preserve functioning teeth when possible. In the process, I focus on integrating the patient’s needs with technology. Today, advances in dentistry provide us with new choices when confronting the challenges of the past. Calcified canals are considered by many to be one of those challenges.

Shocking misinformation persists in fight against HIV

December 1, 2020 | Europe | News

EDINBURGH, UK: The chief executive of the UK’s Oral Health Foundation (OHF) told the media in November that HIV could be transmitted through the sharing of toothbrushes. His comment was later corrected, but not before it had been published on the OHF’s website and on Dentistry.co.uk. As the international community prepared to mark World Aids Day 2020, Chief Executive of HIV Scotland Nathan Sparling said that misinformation about HIV remains deep-rooted.

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NYU Dentistry to increase access to dental implants for patients in need thanks to Straumann

November 30, 2020 | Americas | Advertorial

NEW YORK, U.S.: The New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) has received funding and in-kind support from Straumann Group North America, a global leader in tooth replacement and orthodontic solutions, in order to make dental implants more accessible for patients in need and to foster and enhance student education at NYU Dentistry.

Why digitalisation in dentistry is now even more important than ever

November 27, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

LONDON, UK: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Align Technology worked with a number of key opinion leaders with a view to exploring best practice strategies for returning to dental practice, helping dental professionals thrive in a new environment and turning unprecedented challenges into potential opportunities. A key enabler was found to be the adoption of a digital dental solution.

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

November 27, 2020 | Europe | 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.

UK dentists need peace of mind on PPE and COVID-19 complaints

November 26, 2020 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: Practices in the UK remain open during the current lockdown, but dentists in the country have reported increased concerns related to other aspects of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Two in five dentists (40%) say that they fear future investigations relating to the disruption of dental care during the lockdown, and more than a third (35%) say that problems with the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) is affecting their ability to see more patients.

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Dentsply Sirona sets new standards in digital dental events

November 26, 2020 | Americas | Education | News

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: DS World typically takes place in Las Vegas, but was held virtually this year owing to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. More than 4,500 dental professionals from over 25 countries attended the event, and the company said that its success showed that the dental business and continuing dental education are thriving even amid the greatest health crisis of the modern era.

ITC finds no violation of Align Technology patents by 3Shape

November 25, 2020 | Americas | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: Another court case in the drawn-out patent battle between Align Technology and 3Shape has come to a close. A notice of final determination issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) found that there was no Section 337 violation and that, while 3Shape had infringed upon certain Align patent claims, those claims were found to be invalid. Furthermore, of the two Align patents that were found to be valid, the ITC determined that neither had been infringed by 3Shape.

Dr Miguel Stanley talks about importance of practising Slow Dentistry

November 25, 2020 | Europe | Education | Interviews

Many dental professionals equate business success to practice profitability. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to rushed dental appointments and poor-quality treatments. In his webinar on 4 December, Dr Miguel Stanley, the clinical director of the White Clinic based in Lisbon in Portugal and a passionate advocate for high-quality dental care, will talk about how Slow Dentistry should be a fundamental human right. He will also explain why it is now more important than ever to follow the best disinfection practices in a dental clinic.

Interview: Consulting the Internet should in no way replace visiting the dentist

November 24, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

Everyone has done it—searching for symptoms on the Internet. Recent statistics show that searches for dental and mouth-related problems are very common in Europe. On average, Europeans generate over 200,000 searches per month for toothache alone. This benefits patients by assisting them in taking responsibility for their own health, but unfortunately self-diagnosing on the Internet can sometimes do more harm than good. Self-diagnosis can fuel anxiety and hypochondria, and some websites provide unreliable information. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Dr Chun Tang, of Pall Mall Medical in Manchester in the UK, shared some tips for dental professionals on how to educate patients about this matter.

New sensor monitors bone growth around dental implants

November 24, 2020 | Middle East & Africa | News

TEHRAN, Iran: In order to reduce the medical radiographic imaging dosage for patients with dental implants, engineers from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran have designed a novel sensor. The device can be integrated within dental implants in order to monitor bone growth, thus replacing multiple radiographic imaging sessions.

Jump in prescriptions by dentists during lockdown stokes fear of antibiotic resistance

November 23, 2020 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: According to a new study, dentists in England wrote 25% more prescriptions for antibiotics between April and July 2020 than they did during the same period in 2019. In London, the increase was 60%. FDI World Dental Federation has published a new white paper on how dental teams can contribute to reducing antibiotic resistance (ABR), and one of its authors has said that the profession has a clear responsibility to contribute to the fight against ABR at local, national and global levels.

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