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Scientists say SARS-CoV-2 is spreading through airborne transmission

August 13, 2020 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: When it comes to airborne pathogens, size matters. Scientists have written an open letter urging the World Health Organization (WHO) to recognise that SARS-CoV-2 could be spread through microdroplets that are small enough to remain airborne for extended periods. WHO responded by acknowledging that evidence of airborne transmission is emerging, but stopped short of changing its guidance or recognising the potential for airborne transmission outside of hospitals and dental settings.

Interview: “IDS 2021 will be different”

August 13, 2020 | Interviews

Like most industries, the dental industry has been severely affected by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The entire European and international economy are facing an enormous recession. Despite the difficult current circumstances, the Association of the German Dental Industry (VDDI) has a positive outlook eight months before the International Dental Show (IDS). Dental Tribune International spoke with Chairman of the Board Mark Stephen Pace about the current situation in the industry and the ongoing preparations for IDS, which is scheduled to take place as planned from 9 to 13 March 2021 in Cologne in Germany.

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New report spotlights plight of healthcare workers during COVID-19 pandemic

August 13, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: A report from Amnesty International, released last month, has revealed that more than 3,000 healthcare workers worldwide have died as a result of COVID-19. The organisation further stated that this figure is likely to be a considerable under-estimate as a result of under-reporting, prompting the American Dental Association to reassert its support for front-line healthcare workers throughout the world.

ADA responds to World Health Organization: Dentistry is essential healthcare

August 12, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: In a news release issued today (Aug. 12, 2020) the American Dental Association (ADA) said that it “respectfully yet strongly disagrees with the World Health Organization’s recommendation to delay ‘routine’ dental care in certain situations due to COVID-19.”

Dentsply Sirona reshuffles as pandemic cuts sales in half

August 12, 2020 | Americas | News

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: The multinational dental company Dentsply Sirona will exit the traditional orthodontics business and reduce its activities in analog laboratory services in order to streamline its business in the midst of the
SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. This was the message from the company’s directors when they reported a drop of over 50% in net sales for the second quarter of this year.

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Study compares dentine penetration ability of root canal sealers and obturation methods

August 12, 2020 | News

KIRIKKALE, Turkey: It is known that some microorganisms can penetrate dentinal tubules and sometimes even survive effective irrigation solutions. At this stage, using a penetrable root canal sealer is critically important for entombing microorganisms inside tubules to achieve antimicrobial activity. A research team at Kirikkale University has investigated the penetration depth of four sealers using different obturation methods to determine which is the most effective.

For young people too, interdental brushing should be a daily habit

August 11, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

According to Prof. Denis Bourgeois, dental professionals should instruct patients from a young age to make interdental brushes an integral part of their daily brushing routine. This is important in order to avoid future periodontal and systemic disease. Recently, he was part of a team of researchers who evaluated the efficacy of calibrated interdental brushing for the prevention of periodontal pathogen infection in young adults. The results of the study showed that participants were able to decrease interdental inflammation and re-establish symbiotic microbiota.

Interview: “To me, dentistry is a consolidation of science, art and medicine all in one field”

August 11, 2020 | Americas | Interviews

Dr. Rhonda Kalasho has recently been acclaimed as the most detail-oriented dentist in Hollywood. She works at one of the most innovative dental practices in the U.S., where she offers cosmetic, pediatric, emergency and general dental care and treats dental conditions such as bruxism and sleep apnea. In this interview, Kalasho talks about some of the state-of-the-art tools she uses in her practice and discusses the dangers of do-it-yourself (DIY) dentistry and the influence of social media on smile restoration. She also reveals how COVID-19 has affected her day-to-day work and presents some of the challenges facing cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

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British Dental Association website hit by cyber-attack

August 11, 2020 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: The British Dental Association (BDA) has temporarily taken its website offline as a consequence of what the trade union has described as “a sophisticated cyber-attack”. The website attack occurred on 30 July, and the BDA is still investigating the motive, along with what information the hackers were able to obtain.

SCHEU GROUP: Markus Bappert succeeds Christian Scheu

August 10, 2020 | Europe | Business

ISERLOHN, Germany: On 1 August, Markus Bappert took over as managing director of the SCHEU GROUP, a group consisting of the companies SCHEU-DENTAL, CA DIGITAL and SMILE DENTAL. After 40 years in the lead, the current managing partner Christian Scheu handed over responsibility to Bappert and will remain with the group as chairman of the advisory board and a shareholder.

Osstem Implant and 3Shape conclude global partnership

August 7, 2020 | Asia Pacific | Advertorial

SEOUL, South Korea/COPENHAGEN, Denmark: On 31 July, Osstem Implant entered into a global partnership agreement with 3Shape, a market-leading company in digital dentistry solutions. With the agreement, Osstem acquired the rights for global distribution of 3Shape’s TRIOS intra-oral scanner and CAD software. The South Korean company announced that it will launch TRIOS sequentially through its subsidiaries in China, India and the US.

Report shows Australians are avoiding dentists owing to associated costs

August 7, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Though the importance of good oral health is clear to most, if not all, Australians, access to dental services remains a considerable obstacle to achieving this goal for many in the country. A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has highlighted the prohibitive costs of many dental procedures, leading the Australian Dental Association (ADA) to predict “an oral health crisis post-COVID-19”.

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Dental sales at Henry Schein drop by over 40%

August 6, 2020 | Americas | Business | News

MELVILLE, N.Y., U.S.: In May, Henry Schein Executive Chairman and CEO Stanley M. Bergman described the SARS-CoV-2 crisis as “one of the most trying moments in modern history.” As the company announced its earnings for the second quarter, the monetary cost to Henry Schein was revealed as significant. Dental sales fell by 41.2% despite a 30.0% increase in sales of personal protective equipment (PPE) to dentists.

Enzymatic whitening: Safe and healthy home whitening for patients

August 6, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

KRIENS, Switzerland: Do-it-yourself (DIY) whitening kits may be popular, but in a worst-case scenario, they will do more harm than good. However, there is a safe and healthy method to whiten teeth at home that can be recommended to patients: enzymatic whitening. Enzymatic whitening is a perfect solution for patients who want whiter teeth, but without professional whitening or potentially harmful DIY bleaching kits.

Envista says dental markets are recovering

August 6, 2020 | Americas | Business

BREA, Calif., U.S.: Dental practices are struggling during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and so too are the companies that supply them with equipment and consumables. Envista Holdings cut its operating costs by more than $100 million (€84 million) between April and June and still posted an operating loss of close to $108 million. Staggering drops in earnings are the current reality for Envista and its competitors, but the dental giant said that recovery in dental markets is picking up pace.

How is the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic affecting retirement in dentistry?

August 5, 2020 | Americas | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: When widespread lockdowns began to be implemented in order to curb the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the number of unemployed people in many countries increased rapidly. Dentistry was no exception, and most dental practices either shut down entirely or only provided care in an emergency context. Though a good number of practices have since reopened after the relaxing of certain restrictions, it remains unclear just how many dental professionals have ended their careers early as a result.

Celebrity dentist restores smile of Black Lives Matter protester

August 4, 2020 | Americas | News

ATLANTA, U.S.: Although most social media feeds have returned to other topics, protests in light of the Black Lives Matter movement are still very much a reality for many Americans—and so is police brutality. An activist who was attacked by a police officer during a demonstration in Chicago has now received a dental makeover by celebrity dentist Dr. Heavenly Kimes.

Half of adults over 65 lack dental insurance, poll finds

August 3, 2020 | Americas | News

ANN ARBOR, Mich., U.S.: Oral health is integral to good health at every age. Yet older adults can have unique oral health needs and barriers to accessing dental care, including higher rates of health conditions that could contribute to oral health problems and lower rates of dental coverage. A survey has found that nearly all older Americans support the addition of a dental benefit to the Medicare program that covers most people over age 65.

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