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

November 23, 2020 | 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.

Interview: Effects of COVID-19 on dentistry in Asia Pacific, Part 1

November 20, 2020 | Interviews | News

COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on dental business, but its effects have varied among countries around the world. In this interview, Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke with Dr Sushil Koirala, the founder and chairman of National Dental Hospital and Koirala Dental Academy, a global dental education centre based in Kathmandu in Nepal, on how the pandemic has affected the dental industry in the Asia Pacific region, where he is based.

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U.S. presidential election: What does it mean for dentistry?

November 19, 2020 | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: On Nov. 3, the 59th U.S. presidential election was held. Owing to a record number of mail-in ballots and extremely tight contests in swing states such as Georgia and Pennsylvania, it was several days before The Associated Press declared Joe Biden to be victorious in succeeding the incumbent Republican president, Donald Trump. Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris are set to be inaugurated on Jan. 20 next year, and it is time to ask what effect a Biden presidency could have on American dentistry.

Dental education and COVID-19: Study identifies challenges and opportunities

November 18, 2020 | News

TAIPEI, Taiwan: SARS-CoV-2 has required dental schools to be innovative. Three online symposia were held earlier this year in order to analyse strategies that had been adopted for keeping classes going during the first wave of the pandemic. A qualitative study of the symposia found that better online tools were needed, but that digital teaching platforms had created new opportunities for regional collaboration.

How to protect patients and personnel from COVID-19

November 18, 2020 | Education

Infection control and prevention measures commonly observed in the dental practice are safe and effective, but hygiene routines need to be known, understood and strictly observed by the whole dental office team—especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a free webinar, speakers Drs Mikael Zimmerman and Petteri Sjögren will summarise and explain the main aspects of these precautions with the purpose of shedding some light on key issues and explaining some crucial reasons for choosing them and methods of implementing them. Prior to their online presentation, Zimmerman, who is a leading expert in quality assurance, hygiene and infection control in dentistry, gave a brief preview of the topic.

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Reduced radiation possible with AI prediction of root morphology

November 17, 2020 | News

NAGOYA, Japan: With the aim of clarifying the relationship between panoramic radiographic appearance and longitudinal CBCT classification of root configurations of the mandibular second molar, researchers from Japan have investigated hundreds of panoramic radiographs and are now planning to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) system to help simplify diagnosis of mandibular second molar root canal configurations on panoramic radiographs in the future.

Bioceramic implant induces cranial regrowth and restores bone defects in oral cavity

November 16, 2020 | Europe | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: Large cranial reconstructions are being increasingly performed worldwide, but remain a substantial clinical challenge. Researchers from Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, in cooperation with Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and Uppsala University, have now developed a novel bioceramic implant. Study results show that it has been proved to stimulate regeneration of natural skull bone so that even large cranial defects can be repaired in a way which was previously not possible.

A-dec joins Mercy Ships in first reveal of Global Mercy hospital ship

November 16, 2020 | Americas | Advertorial

NEWBERG, Ore., U.S.: Family-owned dental equipment manufacturer A-dec has proudly joined Mercy Ships in announcing a first look at the construction of the world’s largest nongovernmental organization hospital ship. Mercy Ships is a faith-based global organization powered by charitable donors and volunteers. The new ship, named the Global Mercy, is scheduled to sail to Africa in late 2021.

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World Diabetes Day—A dental perspective

November 13, 2020 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Although most of the world’s population continues to focus its attention on the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever to raise awareness of other diseases that may significantly affect health. This Saturday, 14 November, marks World Diabetes Day—the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting. Almost a century ago, Banting and Charles Best co-discovered insulin, a peptide hormone that helps control blood glucose in people with diabetes. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) chose the date in order to shed light on issues that are relevant to diabetes prevention and to bring public and political attention to the disease.

Research points to benefits of diabetes screening in dental practices

November 13, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: Since World Diabetes Day is set for this Saturday, 14 November, the relationship between diabetes and oral health management may be on the minds of dental professionals. A research project conducted in Australia has confirmed that the oral healthcare setting can play a valuable role in individuals’ systemic health by screening for patients who either have Type 2 diabetes or are prediabetic.

Exocad Insights 2020: Annual event for manufacturers and users of dental CAD/CAM technologies

November 12, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial | Events

DARMSTADT, Germany: On 21 and 22 September, the second exocad Insights took place—this time in a hybrid format, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 300 dental technicians and dentists visited the darmstadtium international congress centre in Darmstadt to participate in lectures and an exhibition by 41 partner companies. The in-person component of the event was possible thanks to strict compliance with the federal and state rules for social distancing and hygiene. Around 1,600 further users of digital technologies in laboratories and practices from 55 countries joined exocad Insights 2020 via a live video stream.

Georgio Haddad: How 3D printing has transformed dental care

November 12, 2020 | Americas | Education | News

Dentistry has come a long way since the first introduction of digital technology. In an upcoming webinar on Nov. 18, Georgio Haddad, an intrapreneur who is in charge of the development of dental strategic partnerships and initiatives at Formlabs, will talk about the adoption of 3D printing in the dental practice. Prior to his online presentation, Haddad discussed the various applications of 3D printing in dentistry, reflected on how 3D printing has reshaped the dental industry and weighed the risks associated with embracing the technology.

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Dental sales return, with caveat

November 11, 2020 | Europe | Business | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Dentists typically follow the performance of the world’s largest dental companies in order to inform themselves about new products and investment opportunities. This year, all eyes have been on quarterly results in the hope of gauging the peak of the largest crisis ever to have affected the dental industry. Results from the third quarter show cause for optimism, but also lingering uncertainties.

TePe aims for carbon-neutral products and packaging by 2022

November 11, 2020 | Europe | Business

MALMÖ, Sweden: Sustainability at TePe means ensuring environmental, economic and social well-being for today and tomorrow, according to the company. This is why the internationally renowned manufacturer of interdental brushes, toothbrushes and dental picks has now committed to climate action by setting a carbon dioxide neutrality goal.

Planmeca Digital Dentistry World Tour 2020 goes virtual

November 11, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial | Events

HELSINKI, Finland: The popular Planmeca Digital Dentistry World Tour will bring Planmeca’s trailblazing digital dentistry solutions directly to dental professionals again in 2020. Starting at the end of November, the world tour will feature captivating and informative virtual shows in several languages and across multiple regions.

Interview: “The digital revolution in dentistry will accelerate, and we aim to be front runners”

November 10, 2020 | Europe | Business | Interviews

Amann Girrbach is a pioneer of CAD/CAM technology and is now recognised as one of the leading innovators in digital dental prosthetics worldwide. The Austrian full-service provider initiated a strategic paradigm shift some time before the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, and it now finds itself in the midst of the digital revolution. Dental Tribune International spoke with CEO Dr Wolfgang Reim and Head of Marketing Patrick Amann about the effects of the pandemic, the ongoing digitisation of dental practice and the 2021 International Dental Show (IDS).

What dental professionals can do to tackle antibiotic resistance

November 10, 2020 | Europe | Education

According to Dr Wendy Thompson, who is a dentist and clinical lecturer in primary dental care at the University of Manchester in the UK, the dental profession globally is responsible for around one in ten antibiotic prescriptions across human healthcare. In an upcoming free webinar, she will share guidance on how the whole dental team, including general dental practitioners, specialists and practice managers, can develop local solutions to tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance. Before her online seminar, Thompson gave some insight into the issue in an interview with Dental Tribune International.

Decellularised matrix hydrogel may promote dental pulp regeneration

November 9, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

GUANGZHOU, China: Dental pulp regeneration has been a great challenge to researchers in the field of endodontics for decades. It has been widely regocnised that tissue-engineered biomaterials might be beneficial for endodontic regeneration; however, single-component materials or shape-fixed scaffolds are not able to meet the requirements for multifunctional dental pulp regrowth. Inspired by the clinical use of multiple acellular tissue grafts, researchers in China have become interested in decellularised dental pulp matrix.

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