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Plaque control measures and thrust for preventive dentistry—dentists’ attitude

July 10, 2020 | News

Periodontitis is pandemic in nature and distributed all over the world. The disease’s prevalence and burden on oral health in India is no different, and periodontitis shows no discrimination between race, sex, caste or creed. Many studies quote an incidence rate of greater than 30% among the global adult population. The numbers are staggering: more than 300 million people in India have periodontitis. If we consider gingivitis, the numbers are even more mind-boggling. Periodontitis remains the single largest reason for loss of teeth currently. Although many risk factors and predisposing factors are attributed to the aetiology of periodontitis, dental plaque is the predominant reason and the most easily modifiable risk factor to prevent periodontal disease.

Researchers from Wuhan use oropharyngeal secretions to improve SARS-CoV-2 detection

July 9, 2020 | News

WUHAN, China: As researchers continue their quest to better understand the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a new study has aimed at improving the detection of SARS-CoV-2 ribonucleic acid. By using oropharyngeal secretions instead of nasopharyngeal swabs (NPSs) for nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) for SARS-CoV-2, the researchers managed to reduce the number of false-negative results from testing of patients who had apparently recovered from the disease.

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Dental classes of 2020 graduate virtually

July 9, 2020 | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: The next generation of dentists is entering a profession that suddenly has considerable risk associated with it—a fact already evident to the many dental students who recently graduated in virtual commencement ceremonies held using online platforms such as YouTube, Zoom and Facebook Live.

An abnormal crisis

July 8, 2020 | News

Previous international crises, and the 2008–2013 crisis in particular, have arisen from the collapse of the economic or financial system at the macroeconomic level, having an impact on businesses (for example, through the resulting credit crunch) and society, especially as a consequence of the resulting rise in unemployment. It is quite evident that all this has an impact on the real economy, or the purchasing power of families, creating a sharp drop in demand. All of this happened in the Western world in the 2008–2013 period.

Anti-inflammatory coatings may reduce complications after dental implant surgery

July 8, 2020 | News

HALLE (SAALE), Germany: The use of medical implants can be hampered by chronic inflammatory reactions, which may result in failure of the device. Now, researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have developed a new method of applying anti-inflammatory substances to implants in order to inhibit undesirable inflammatory reactions in the body. According to the researchers, these new coatings will also be of interest for applications in dentistry.

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US dentistry teeters toward recovery

July 7, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Dentists in the U.S. are seeing more patients despite the continued and alarming spread of SARS-CoV-2 within the country. In the same week that the daily number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 steadily topped 40,000, analysts at Baird Equity Research found that patient volumes had increased by an encouraging rate. The analysts said that this suggested that the rising number of infections in the U.S. was not currently impacting the recovery of its dental market.

Tongue microbes may indicate cardiac health status

July 7, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

GUANGZHOU, China/SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France: The connection between oral health and general health is an ongoing focus of investigation in various areas of medicine. New research presented on HFA Discoveries, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology, has found that microorganisms on the tongue could aid the screening, diagnosis and monitoring of heart failure and recommended that the underlying mechanisms regarding this association be studied further.

Leading event for future of digital dentistry

July 6, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

DARMSTADT, Germany: The worldwide exocad community is looking forward to the rescheduled exocad Insights 2020, set to take place on 21 and 22 September and now reimagined as a global hybrid event owing to the current health situation. Several hundred participants are expected to attend the event in person in the darmstadtium science and congress centre in the city of Darmstadt. Tickets for this part of the event have been sold out; however, exocad expects more than 1,500 participants online, who will be able to experience the event via live streaming in their laboratories, practices and homes.

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Nanotechnology may improve soft-tissue integration of dental implants

July 3, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

BRISBANE, Australia: Ensuring the formation of a solid soft-tissue seal at the dental abutment surface is crucial for protecting the underlying tissue from the microbial-rich oral environment. In recent years, nanotechnology has been increasingly applied in dentistry. Now, researchers from the University of Queensland have applied titania nanopores (TNPs) to the surface of titanium. The aim of the research is to modify dental implants with nanopores in order to enhance soft-tissue integration and wound healing.

Interview: Choosing social media content to engage with patients

July 3, 2020 | Americas | Interviews | News

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: Mark Schaefer is considered to be one of the most influential social media marketing experts. He is an educator, a business consultant and the author of many bestselling marketing books. In this interview, Schaefer shared his opinion about current marketing trends, the importance of establishing a strong social media presence, and optimizing a dental practice’s website for search engines in order to acquire more patients and generate revenue.

Saudi youth prefer clear aligners

July 2, 2020 | Middle East & Africa | News

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: Clear aligners are the most attractive and acceptable orthodontic appliance—this was the main finding of a study of youth perception of orthodontic appliances conducted by a researcher from the Faculty of Dentistry at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. The results of the study, the first of its kind in the kingdom, were a first step towards understanding the consumer behaviour of Saudi youth in the orthodontic clinic, according to the author.

Researchers develop saliva-based SARS-CoV-2 test and examine COVID-19 prevalence among dentists

July 2, 2020 | Americas | News

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Canada: Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) in Saskatoon are currently working on two large projects that have recently received substantial federal funding. The first project is aimed at developing a novel saliva-based test for SARS-CoV-2 detection, whereas the second one aims to examine COVID-19 incidence rates among Canadian dentists.

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Four questions on Straumann biomaterials

July 1, 2020 | Education

After tooth extraction, a series of physiological changes affecting the surrounding alveolar bone take place. This process includes bone formation as well as volumetric resorption, and the latter can compromise implant placement in a prosthetically driven position or the clinical outcome. In an upcoming webinar, which will be broadcast live on 7 July, Drs Susy Linder and Michel Dard will explain the clinical decision-making process after tooth extraction. Prior to the online presentation, the experts answered a few questions for Dental Tribune International on the use of biomaterials in this regard.

The universal trend in dentistry

July 1, 2020 | Americas | Advertorial

Dentistry is currently experiencing an interesting evolution. While dentists are becoming increasingly specialised, the demand for products that can be used for all indications continues to grow. These systems and materials are part of a universal trend in dentistry—a trend that Kuraray Noritake Dental is extremely well suited to accommodate.

W&H launches #dentalsunited to help dentists get back to work

June 30, 2020 | Europe | News

BÜRMOOS, Austria: A campaign designed to help dental professionals around the world get back to work amid the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has been launched by the dental technology manufacturer W&H. The company aims to support customers and partners through the online campaign by providing imaginative and responsible information that it says will help to re-establish regulated and safe daily routines in dental clinics.

Five ways in which Perio Plus+ Regenerate protects your patients

June 29, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

KRIENS, Switzerland: A proper mouthrinse at the proper time can go a long way towards protecting your patient’s oral and overall health. Perio Plus+ Regenerate is a mouthwash that will help you do just that, in five different ways.

Dentsply Sirona wins summary judgment

June 29, 2020 | Americas | Business

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Dentsply Sirona, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of professional dental products and technologies, has announced a success in its ongoing infringement case.

SARS-CoV-2 update: Australian and New Zealand dentists proceed with caution

June 26, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

SYDNEY, Australia: As the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to rage across the world, the Antipodean nations of Australia and New Zealand have, by and large, managed to control the spread of the coronavirus to this point. As a result, both countries have been able to open up dental practices for many routine procedures, albeit with a heightened sense of cautiousness.

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