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ADA not backing compulsory COVID-19 jabs

August 5, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The American Dental Association (ADA) says that dentists should be vaccinated against COVID-19 but has stopped short of backing compulsory inoculation within the oral care workforce. As the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 continued to spread in the U.S., the association broke ranks with other health and medical groups by advocating for voluntary vaccination in order to show leadership and help to build nationwide vaccine confidence.

Septodont names new dental division president

August 4, 2021 | Advertorial

PARIS, France: Septodont, a world leader in dental anaesthesia, has announced that Karim Khadr joined the company as president of its dental division on 28 July. He will report to Olivier Schiller, CEO of the Septodont Group.

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Registration for EuroPerio10 and virtual EuroPerio Series now open

August 4, 2021 | Events | News

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Following the virtual EuroPerio Series kick-off event earlier this summer, the event organisers have now announced that registration is open for EuroPerio10, which will be held from 15 to 18 June next year, as well as for the upcoming single sessions of the virtual EuroPerio Series.

CQC mandates registration for direct-to-consumer orthodontics providers

August 4, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: As the independent regulator of health and social care in England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recognised the benefits that new technologies can deliver for healthcare patients. As a result of the rise in direct-to-consumer orthodontics, the regulator has released updated guidance on what the registration requirements for this method of dental care are.

First digital edition of AOSC exceeds expectations

August 3, 2021 | Education | Events

SINGAPORE: The Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) Congress (AOSC), held from 2 to 11 July, successfully concluded its first online edition. The congress exceeded the expectations of the organisers, despite the current global climate, by attracting nearly 1,000 attendees from 50 countries.

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Around 830 exhibitors from 56 countries to attend IDS 2021

August 2, 2021 | Business | Events | News

COLOGNE, Germany: The International Dental Show (IDS) will be opening its doors for the 39th time from 22 to 25 September. Owing to the ongoing global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, which led the organisers to postpone the event from March to September, this year’s edition will be taking place under extraordinary circumstances. Although a considerable number of companies will not be exhibiting at IDS, about 830 companies have already confirmed their participation.

Understanding how bruxism affects dental restorations

July 30, 2021 | Europe | News

MALMÖ, Sweden: Research has shown that bruxism not only causes damage to teeth but may also result in implant failure. To further investigate the issue, researchers from Malmö University are seeking to examine how bruxism affects the longevity of dental restorations by evaluating the complications the condition may cause after implant treatment. The study is planned to reduce the time and costs associated with redoing dental work.

Interview: “This could be the beginning of a new way we do local dentistry”

July 29, 2021 | Europe | Interviews

Fiona Perry, from Perthshire in Scotland, started her journey in dentistry as a dental nurse in the early 1980s, and a couple of years later, she qualified as a dental hygienist at King’s College London. Today, Perry still does the same job but with a significant twist: she is the country’s first mobile dental hygienist. Dental Tribune International spoke to Perry about her passion, what a typical workday on the go looks like and how sustainable dentistry plays into it all.

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Thinking of joining a DSO? Owning practice building can complicate sale

July 29, 2021 | Americas | News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., U.S.: For dentists who own the property on which their dental practice is located, the property is typically their second-most valuable asset after the dental clinic itself. When selling a clinic to a dental support organization (DSO), however, owning the wider premises can result in challenges for dentists. Dental Tribune International spoke with an experienced medical practice broker who said that selling the property to a cooperative group can solve the problem and allow dentists to retain partial ownership.

GC America to present live, biofilm-focused seminar

July 28, 2021 | Americas | Advertorial | Events

ALSIP, Ill., U.S.: In celebration of GC’s 100th anniversary, GC America will host a one-day virtual symposium on combating biofilm and oral disease on July 30. At this free educational event, three experts on the topic of biofilm will come together to share their experiences in dealing with the biofilm-related issues that many patients have.

Third molar extraction may have positive effect on sense of taste

July 28, 2021 | Americas | News

PHILADELPHIA, U.S.: Taste disorders and other neurosensory defects have been reported postoperatively in a number of patients who have undergone extraction of the mandibular third molars. Although taste deficits are generally expected to resolve within one year, the long-term effects of the surgical procedure remain unknown. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has challenged the notion that third molar extraction only has negative effects on taste, as it found that patients who underwent the dental procedure had improved taste abilities decades after the surgery.

Dentists providing cosmetic injectable procedures urged to protect themselves

July 27, 2021 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: After a year-long inquiry, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing (APPG) has released a report on the regulatory environment surrounding non-surgical aesthetic procedures such as dermal fillers and botulinum toxin injections—the latter most commonly known as Botox. Given that these treatments are increasingly being offered by UK dental practices, the British Dental Association (BDA) has cautioned dentists to confirm that they are appropriately insured to provide these services.

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China emerging as key orthodontics and clear aligner market

July 27, 2021 | Asia Pacific | Business | News

BEIJING, China: When the largest Chinese clear aligner manufacturer floated shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange in June, it was obliged to make available to the public company and market information that previously had been difficult to obtain. Angelalign’s trading prospectus outlines the exceptional market growth that is forecast for orthodontic therapy in China by 2030, by which time the country is expected to have more clear aligner treatments per year than the US or Europe.

Dental community mourns death of Prof. Norbert Gutknecht

July 26, 2021 | Europe | News

AACHEN, Germany: Members of the global dental community learned on 19 July of the death of Prof. Norbert Gutknecht, one of the pioneers of dental laser technology. Gutknecht, who was born in Germany in 1954, devoted his professional career to scientific research in the application of lasers in dentistry and, from the early 1990s, helped to educate generations of dentists in the responsible use of this technology.

Sustainable development—50 years of progress

July 26, 2021 | Asia Pacific | News

SINGAPORE: Moving from a limited focus on the environment to recognising the importance of health, well-being and prosperity of people and the planet, the concept of sustainable development has transformed over the years. Gaining some insight into this development may widen the understanding of what sustainability can mean for health professionals today.

Partnership seeks to improve Indigenous representation in dental workforce

July 23, 2021 | Asia Pacific | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Though an estimated 3.3% of the Australian population identifies as Indigenous, statistics collated by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have shown that this figures falls to 0.4% in the context of the country’s dental workforce. To help remedy this, the Indigenous Dentists’ Association of Australia (IDAA) has struck up a partnership with the New South Wales branch of the Australian Dental Association (ADA NSW) with the ultimate aim of reducing the oral health inequalities that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.

3Shape TRIOS 3 outperforms Medit i500 intra-oral scanner in study

July 23, 2021 | Asia Pacific | Advertorial

SEOUL, South Korea: The integration of CAD/CAM technologies into clinical dental workflows continues to grow as digital dentistry devices become more easily accessible. In a recent study measuring the relative accuracy of intra-oral scanners, the Danish dental company 3Shape’s TRIOS 3 was found to outperform the Medit i500 intra-oral scanner in several important criteria.

Study offers new insights into periodontal disease and body’s protective response

July 22, 2021 | Americas | News

SEATTLE, U.S.: Biofilm buildup can lead to many oral health issues, including gingivitis, periodontitis and tooth loss, as well as other serious health consequences, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis and bowel disease. To better understand individual variation in gingival inflammation, researchers have recently identified and classified human host and microbial responses to the accumulation of dental plaque. The study may help explain why some people are more susceptible to inflammation-associated health problems.

Fraunhofer developing 3D-printing technologies for medical applications

July 22, 2021 | Europe | News

DRESDEN, Germany: Much has been made of the transformative potential of additive manufacturing in the medical field, and a project by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft hopes to pair new 3D-printing technologies with tangible applications in the medical sector. Scientists in Germany and Poland are collaborating on a series of pilot projects in selected medical fields, including dentistry.

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Intra-oral device for weight loss ignites discussion about effectiveness and ethics

July 21, 2021 | Asia Pacific | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: In both developed and developing countries, obesity has become so common that it is being described as a global epidemic. Researchers from the University of Otago in Dunedin and institutions in the UK have proposed a weight loss aid for certain patients in the form of an intra-oral device fitted to the posterior teeth. DentalSlim Diet Control uses magnets to restrict mouth opening, permitting a liquid diet only. While the device has been called a “world-first weight loss device to help fight the global obesity epidemic”, many have expressed their disapproval and concern about it.

Oral health management in times of climate change crisis

July 21, 2021 | Americas | News

BOSTON, U.S./ KIGALI, Rwanda: Experts have been warning about the consequences of climate change for years, and with every year that the situation worsens, these consequences become increasingly difficult to reverse. The current rate of global warming is associated with higher risks for adverse health outcomes as well, and these are measurable today, according to a recent commentary.

Kampala Declaration decries vaccine injustice

July 20, 2021 | Middle East & Africa | News

KAMPALA, Uganda: Clear demands have been made of the international community concerning equity in the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The Kampala Declaration on COVID-19 Vaccine Equity, which was signed during the recent World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Uganda in June, calls for an end to “vaccine egoism and nationalism” and for the sharing of vaccine doses with low- and middle-income countries.

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CAD/CAM expert Thomas Gienger dies unexpectedly

July 20, 2021 | Europe | News

KNITTLINGEN, Germany/KOBLACH, Austria: Last week, Thomas Gienger, dental technician and trainer at Amann Girrbach, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 58. Gienger was valued for his comprehensive knowledge and over 20 years’ experience in dental laboratories and the dental industry. He was a first-generation user of CAD/CAM technology and helped train thousands of dental technicians.

Lockdowns cause difficulties for Australian dentists

July 19, 2021 | Asia Pacific | News

SYDNEY, Australia: In many parts of the developed world, high rates of vaccination have enabled an easing of COVID-19 restrictions regarding the wearing of masks, travel and more. In Australia, meanwhile, an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant, combined with a slow vaccine rollout, has caused the country’s two largest cities to be locked down, creating major barriers to accessing dental services for many Australians.

Machine-learning algorithms may help in predicting tooth loss

July 19, 2021 | Americas | News

BOSTON, U.S.: Little is known about socioeconomic factors in relation to tooth loss. In a new study, researchers at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) have developed machine-learning algorithms for predicting tooth loss in adults that—in addition to the obvious parameters such as age and dental care—included patients’ socioeconomic factors. The findings suggest that these tools may help identify teeth at risk in order to ensure early intervention.

Pandemic leads UK dentists to seek advice in record numbers

July 16, 2021 | Europe | News

GLASGOW, UK: Changing restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have regularly affected the scope of work that dental professionals have been allowed to conduct. Understanding exactly which procedures are permitted—and which ones are not—has been a continued challenge. The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS), one of the leading medical defence organisations in the UK, has announced that it received a record number of inquiries from dentists looking for advice and support during 2020.

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