Live WebinarResuming Dentistry in the Post-Pandemic Era
13 Aug 2020, 08:00 PM EST (New York)
Eve Cuny Associate Professor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BRUSSELS, Belgium: In 2018, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) released a new global classification system for periodontal health, diseases and conditions—the outcome of a joint workshop held by the EFP and the American Academy of Periodontology the previous year. Following up on this, the EFP has now released an evidence-based treatment guide for periodontitis, with the aim of improving periodontal treatment throughout Europe and beyond.
IRVINE, Calif., U.S.: BIOLASE, a global leader in dental lasers, has reported the results of a clinical trial conducted at the McGuire Institute. Designed to meet the stringent American Academy of Periodontology best-evidence consensus standards, this first-of-its-kind study compared the BIOLASE REPAIR Perio protocol with conventional minimally invasive surgical treatment for moderate to severe generalized periodontitis.
LEIPZIG, Germany: Researchers and health bodies around the world are advising health practitioners in the northern hemisphere to actively prepare for an expected second wave of SARS-CoV-2 infections. According to the UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS), the summer months must be a period of intense preparation for a worst-case public health scenario this winter. So what can dental practices do?
LONDON, UK: Though the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, it has been going on long enough for certain lessons to have been gleaned from the way in which different countries have responded to it. This proposition forms the thrust of a recent British Dental Journal opinion article, which compares and contrasts measures implemented in the UK with those instituted in South Korea—two countries that have been affected by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 on vastly different scales.
BEIJING, China: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose major challenges for the dental industry, especially regarding events. In light of the current restrictions, the organisers of Sino-Dental have decided to cancel this year’s edition, which was supposed to take place at the China National Convention Center in August. For now, the event, the 26th China International Dental Exhibition and Scientific Conference, has been rescheduled to 9–12 June 2021.
LEIPZIG, Germany: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to the provision of dental care around the world. Patient volumes decreased by as much as 80% in April, and the financial repercussions for dentists have been significant. As the second quarter draws to a close, the world’s largest dental companies are beginning to reveal the state of their books.