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Interview: “Correct biofilm management needs to be learnt by doing”

September 28, 2020 | Asia Pacific | Advertorial | Interviews

Although dental students are well aware that a proper oral care routine is key to a healthy mouth, hands-on instruction is usually absent from the curricula. The iTOP—short for individually trained oral prophylaxis—prevention programme fills this gap, teaching students perfect oral hygiene skills and how to instruct patients and motivate them to sustain lifelong oral health. Dental Tribune International spoke to Dr Tihana Divnic-Resnik, a senior lecturer and co-ordinator at the University of Sydney. She has introduced iTOP at the university's Dental School to benefit her students, as well as their future patients.

IDEM 2020 succeeds as online event

September 28, 2020 | Events

SINGAPORE: For the first time, the International Dental Exhibition and Meeting (IDEM) was conducted online. The event, which was organised for the dental community by Koelnmesse and the Singapore Dental Association, was held from 19 June to 19 August 2020.

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Interview: “Dental laboratories will be left in an extremely vulnerable position”

September 28, 2020 | Interviews

Close cooperation between dentists and dental technicians generates synergy and helps to ensure high-quality prosthetic dentistry. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has diminished the confidence of many professionals working in the dental field and has created much uncertainty about the future of dental technology. In this interview, Dental Tribune International discussed the topic with Barry Tivey, an accomplished dental technician and owner of Ceramic Techniques, a dental laboratory that produces crowns, bridges, implants and aesthetic restorations.

FDI webinar to discuss oral health in comprehensive cleft care

September 25, 2020 | Europe | Education

Clefts of the lip and palate are the most common birth defect of the face and mouth. Even children who undergo cleft surgery are often at an increased risk of caries, periodontal disease, and other oral health and well-being issues as they grow. These children require regular dental care to ensure adequate monitoring, education, support and treatment in order to prevent oral disease and achieve the highest possible quality of life. FDI World Dental Federation has joined forces with Smile Train, with funding and crucial support from GSK Consumer Healthcare, to provide essential resources on the standard of oral health and dental care for children with clefts. The first deliverable for the two-year project is the Oral Health in Comprehensive Cleft Care guidelines, which will be presented in a free webinar on Tuesday, 29 September. In an interview beforehand, the project collaborators together spoke with Dental Tribune International about the initiative.

Let dentists keep working—lessons from the second Israeli lockdown

September 24, 2020 | News

TEL AVIV, Israel: Dental clinics in Israel are operating as usual this week, despite a government-imposed lockdown that has been implemented to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke with an Israeli dentist, who commented that the strict health protocols that are in place within dentistry justify the continued provision of elective care.

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COVID-19 update: Nordic dentists continue to be affected by pandemic

September 24, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Though the Nordic countries share many similar cultural and social traits, their respective governments’ responses to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have diverged sharply at times. These differences have had a knock-on effect on the provision of dental services, leading to frustration among some in the industry.

Low-risk dentistry vs. high-risk dentistry

September 23, 2020 | Europe | News

Patients usually do not think of dentistry as being of low risk or high risk from a medical perspective. When visiting the dentist, a patient would expect that the dentist knows exactly what he or she is doing and that it is relatively safe to undergo the treatment proposed. Most dentists graduate with an understanding of the basic concepts of general dentistry and are fully capable of performing a wide array of treatments. In my humble opinion, the problem of risk lies in the nature of dentistry itself, and I have spent a great deal of time thinking about this.

Insights 2020: exocad celebrates a decade of digital innovation

September 23, 2020 | Europe | Events

DARMSTADT, Germany: CAD/CAM software provider exocad has celebrated its tenth anniversary and its newest releases at Insights 2020, which was held on 21 and 22 September at the darmstadtium congress centre in the “City of Science”. An extensive and high-quality programme—consisting of lectures, an exhibition, a live surgery and laboratory sessions—was delivered to participants on-site and online during the first hybrid event of its kind under the theme “A decade of innovation”.

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FDI presents live debate on relation between oral health and overall health of athletes

September 22, 2020 | Europe | Education

Prof. Ian Needleman, who is a member of FDI World Dental Federation’s Sports in Dentistry Task Team, is moderating a discussion on 24 September about the impact of athletes’ oral health on their general health. It will feature eminent dental experts and elite athletes and will be the first time that the topic will be addressed in such a format. The event is part of the programme for the Virtual Dental Exhibition, which is being hosted by the organisers of the Central European Dental Exhibition from 24 to 26 September. Ahead of the debate, Needleman shared some insights with Dental Tribune International.

Campaign highlights links between periodontal and cardiovascular diseases

September 22, 2020 | Europe | News

BRUSSELS, Belgium: There is scientific evidence that periodontal and cardiovascular diseases are related. With a new campaign called Perio and Cardio, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the World Heart Federation (WHF) aim to create more awareness of this important topic. The initiative includes a website and educational material for dentists, cardiologists, medical professionals and the general public.

Study shows sharp decrease in periodontal treatment and tooth loss in Norway

September 21, 2020 | Europe | News

OSLO, Norway: Periodontal disease is a global health issue, and many countries consistently report high levels of the disease among the population. The Norwegian government has attempted to address the issue by introducing certain measures, including major financial support, over the last four decades. In order to assess how successful these measures have been in reducing the level of periodontitis in Norway, a recent study examined the national treatment prevalence of periodontal disease in the country and reported that the frequency of treatment carried out was sufficient to prevent major tooth loss in the Norwegian population.

Interview: EAO Digital Days will deliver online content in an entirely new way

September 21, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

This year’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO Digital Days), which had been scheduled to take place in Berlin in Germany, has now taken on a completely new digital format. EAO Digital Days will be broadcast from 5 to 11 October and will present a colourful mixture of live shows and on-demand videos. Prior to the event, Prof. Henning Schliephake, chair of EAO Digital Days and EAO president, shares how the organisers have jazzed up the programme in order to create a scientific conference structure in a virtual environment.

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Patents and patience: The rise of the SmileShop

September 18, 2020 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: A patent granted to orthodontics disrupter SmileDirectClub (SDC) in April ensures that no other company can duplicate its clear aligner retail concept for 18 years—a period around three times longer than the 2014-founded company has existed for. The granting of the patent might have gone unnoticed by many, but not by its competitors, including one-time partner Align Technology.

Optimism prevails at Baird Global Healthcare Conference

September 17, 2020 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: On Sept. 9 and 10, Baird Equity Research held its annual Global Healthcare Conference. Traditionally hosted in New York, the invite-only congress was conducted virtually this year owing to the ongoing pandemic. Attendees were able to engage with presentations by representatives of more than 90 of the world’s leading health care and dental companies, who were on hand to showcase their respective plans for navigating a path to profit in a post-COVID-19 landscape.

GC Germany presents five-day online symposium on molar incisor hypomineralisation

September 17, 2020 | Europe | Education

BAD HOMBURG VOR DER HÖHE, Germany: It is estimated that every seventh child in Germany is affected by molar incisor hypomineralisation (MIH). Besides the aesthetic aspect caused by the abnormal colour and shape of the teeth, this enamel formation disorder often causes severe pain. Owing to the high number of affected patients and in promotion of the 100th anniversary of GC Corp. next year, GC Germany will be holding an online symposium from 28 September to 2 October. The event will be dedicated to the topic of MIH and is aimed at general dentists, dental technicians and orthodontists.

SARS-CoV-2 as invisible threat: Mitigating aerosols in dental clinics

September 17, 2020 | Americas | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, dentists have been provided with strict infection prevention and control guidelines. These include ensuring the appropriate amount of personal protective equipment, reviewing sterilization and disinfection protocols, and allowing a fallow period between dental visits. However, since the aforementioned measures do not completely protect staff and patients from the inhalation of aerosols in dental settings, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (UIC Dentistry) have engineered a novel method for aerosol mitigation that could be implemented in dental clinics worldwide.

Interview: “ISQ is the only measure that allows the follow-up of implant healing”

September 16, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

Dr Raquel Zita Gomes, who runs her own practice focusing on implantology and oral surgery in Oporto in Portugal, will be one of the speakers at the upcoming Osstell ISQ scientific online symposium. Prior to the event, Gomes shared with Dental Tribune International how SARS-CoV-2 has shaped the way dental education is being delivered and discussed what criteria have to be considered for dental implant loading.

Planmeca: Adapting to the new normal

September 16, 2020 | Asia Pacific | Advertorial

SHANGHAI, China: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the dental industry has been forced to adapt to the “new normal” and invent new platforms for communication and collaboration. However, traditional trade fairs and exhibitions are still important platforms for dental professionals to try out the latest dental technology. In China, the local Planmeca team participated last week in the first major dental event to take place since the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2.

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