BUCHAREST, Romania: The Society of Esthetic Dentistry in Romania (SSER) continues to be one of the most important European associations in its field, having a tradition of organising specialist events and bringing innovations to a business that goes back more than 18 years.
GOTHENBURG, Sweden: In Sweden, free dental check-ups are provided for children and adolescents until they reach the age of 20. Whereas this means that much is known about their oral health status, there have been relatively few studies measuring consideration for the oral pain that young Swedish dental patients undergo and its treatment. A new study has shed light on this topic, suggesting that dental professionals with more experience tend to be more alert to the needs of young patients.
In 2019, Dr Ginal Bilimoria was honoured with Dentsply Sirona’s first Smart Integration Award which celebrates innovative ideas from female dental experts. It was awarded to her for her forward-looking ideas related to the digital workflow and the impact that integration would have on both her as a practitioner and on her patients. Bilimoria is a general dentist in Orewa, a suburb of Auckland in New Zealand. Dentsply Sirona spoke with her about what made her decide to enter the competition, the role of technology in her own practice and her future goals.
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.
MELBOURNE, Australia: For more than a year at this point, almost all dental events have been held online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In countries with widespread vaccination programmes and/or a lack of cases of locally transmitted SARS-CoV-2, in-person events are starting to return. ADX Melbourne, the 2021 instalment of Australia’s foremost dental exhibition, took place this past week as an in-person event and has been hailed “a great success” by the organisers.
BRUSSELS, Belgium: “Gum diseases are preventable”, the slogan for Gum Health Day 2021, will seem obvious to oral health professionals; however, the annual worldwide oral health initiative aims to educate the public about the nature of diseases that affect the gingivae and how to detect and prevent them. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers say that this year it is more important than ever to get the message across to the public.
The pandemic has caused professional and private challenges. However, some people managed to use this downtime to stimulate their creativity and to test their entrepreneurial skills. One of these people is Dr. Scott Yamaoka, who devoted his time and energy to creating a face shield that would protect his dental team and patients from SARS-CoV-2 infection in the workplace. In this interview, he and his son, Zach Yamaoka, tell Dental Tribune International how they turned their idea into a product—the next generation optical face shield that allows dentists to comfortably fit magnification loupes with fiber optic lighting.
LONDON, UK: The benefits of adopting a digital workflow are more compelling than ever. To go digital, however, dental professionals need to rationalise the move away from their existing functional analogue workflow—a shift which may seem quite daunting and confusing at first. In an upcoming online event, titled “Going digital—guidance for restorative practice”, on 19 May at 7:30 p.m. CEST, experts will show how dental professionals can approach this.
MELBOURNE, Australia: After a year unlike any other, the Australian dental industry’s best and brightest came together over the weekend for ADX Melbourne, the 2021 iteration of the country’s largest dental exhibition. As part of the event, a gala dinner was held on Friday at Showtime Events Centre, where the winners of the 2021 Australian Dental Industry Awards were announced.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S./GENEVA, Switzerland: As a global industry leader, Dentsply Sirona recognizes its responsibility to the environment and is focused on ways to become a more sustainable business through investment and innovation. In this spirit, the company is pleased to announce its participation as a founding partner in FDI World Dental Federation’s Sustainability in Dentistry initiative.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India/CELEBRATION, Fla., US: The days of dental clinics using multiple software solutions are numbered, according to health technology start-up CareStack. The six-year-old dental software company raised $22.5 million (€18.6 million) in capital in April, bringing the total amount of funds raised by the company to more than $60 million, and it now plans to expand its operations and double the size of its team.
LONDON, UK: As world leaders are continuing to roll out vaccination programmes and encouraging the public to get vaccinated, one thing is clear: there are still people who refuse or delay their vaccinations. Healthcare workers are a priority group since they run an elevated risk of infection. However, in a recent study, researchers found that vaccine hesitancy prevails in around a quarter of healthcare workers in the UK and that, compared with their white British colleagues, some ethnic minority groups show more resistance to getting vaccinated.
CHICAGO, U.S.: In a recent study, researchers have examined the prevalence of COVID-19 in pediatric dentistry by testing children during their visit at the pediatric dentist’s office. The study reported that, although all the children who took part in the study were asymptomatic, some of them tested positive after undergoing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. This suggests that testing pediatric dental patients could help better identify potential SARS-CoV-2 carriers and subsequently reduce transmission rates.
BERLIN, Germany: The international phase-down of dental amalgam through the widely ratified Minamata Convention on Mercury means that it is necessary to identify a suitable alternative. Glass hybrid and composites are currently the leading candidates for the replacement of dental amalgam. A recent study compared the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of the two materials and found that glass hybrids showed similar efficacy and greater cost-effectiveness, meaning that the material could be preferable as a replacement for amalgam.
GLASGOW, UK: SARS-CoV-2 transmission by those with asymptomatic infection may be significant, but little is known about this. Therefore, researchers from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing of the University of Glasgow and public health authorities in Scotland have investigated SARS-CoV-2 infection in asymptomatic dental patients to inform surveillance of the spread of the virus and improve understanding of risks in the dental setting.
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.
Too often, dental students have to rely on textbook examples or only receive limited practical training when it comes to improving their oral hygiene skills. Dr Isabel Martínez Lizán is a professor of preventive and community dentistry at the University of Barcelona in Spain and takes her dental students through iTOP—short for individually trained oral prophylaxis. Thanks to the iTOP training programme, dental students learn the correct tools and techniques for perfect brushing through hands-on practice, so they in turn can set up their future patients for a lifetime of oral health.
Prof. Lior Shapira was elected president of the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) in March, and he promptly outlined his vision for a return to normality during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the ensuing weeks, Shapira also raised important social issues, such as the need for wider recognition of women clinicians and a greater focus on sustainability where oral care is provided. Dental Tribune International asked the professor and chairman of the Department of Periodontology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem about the road to normality and how to navigate it.
LEIPZIG, Germany: As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, more and more has been discovered about the virus and disease. Previously, it was assumed that SARS-CoV-2 infected the lungs only via the upper airways. Now, another hypothesis has been formally published that suggests that the virus is transmitted via a vascular route from the oral cavity to the lungs.
LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, Switzerland: Swiss company FKG Dentaire has a legacy founded on years of trusted performance and expertise. It is well-known for its flagship XP-endo line, and it is now introducing two innovative treatment solutions, RACE EVO and R-Motion. The company offers a comprehensive range of products, providing a complete solution to the market’s instrumentation needs.
WROCŁAW, Poland: With substantial manufacturing capabilities in Mexico and China, Align Technology can already boast of having the world’s largest 3D-printing operations. The Invisalign maker now plans to expand its global production footprint by building its first factory in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
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.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: In 2018, South Africa introduced a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) based on their respective levels of sugar content with the aim of curbing their consumption. Three years later, a study analysing household purchases in the country found a reduction in the sugar and calories contained within SSBs in addition to a decreased volume of purchases.
KILCHBERG, Switzerland: Ceramic implants are increasingly being used in modern dental implantology as a complement to the treatment spectrum with titanium implants. Not only can a growing interest be observed in health-conscious patients, but dentists too are increasingly becoming interested in the biological advantages. Despite promising short- and medium-term data on the successful use of ceramic implants, the use of these implants is still a matter of debate owing to the lack of long-term data.
Flaüs is the name that the Los Angeles-based company GoFlaus came up with for its revolutionary product: the world’s first eco-friendly electric flosser. The device makes flossing as quick and easy as brushing teeth. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Samantha Coxe, CEO and co-founder of GoFlaus, explained where the idea for Flaüs came from, what sustainability means to the dental industry in this day and age, and why marketing oral health care products does not have to be all so somber.
In November 2019, 24 female dentists from seven nations received Dentsply Sirona’s first Smart Integration Award for visionary treatment concepts. One of the winners was Dr Alison Simpson, a general dentist from Rothwell in the UK. She was honoured with the first Smart Integration Award for sharing her story of success in using the digital workflow. In this interview, Dr Simpson told us about her background, discussed changes in the dental industry and shared her ideas about technology and the future of the dental practice.