It is safe to say that Prof. Markus Blatz has dedicated his life to the furthering of clinical and theoretical knowledge in order to advance dentistry. His passion for the dental profession is unmistakable and can be seen in his numerous degrees, professional awards and academic publications, among other achievements. In his current role, Blatz serves as chair of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences and assistant dean for digital innovation and professional development at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, U.S., where he founded the Penn Dental Medicine CAD/CAM Ceramic Center and is leading the Digital Innovation Initiative. In this interview, he discusses all things digital dentistry, including the CAD/CAM workflow, 3D printing and the use of artificial intelligence (AI).
The co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Adhesive Dentistry and chair of the Department of Oral Health Sciences at KU Leuven in Belgium, Prof. Bart Van Meerbeek, is one of the most respected authorities on the topic of dental bonding agents. In this interview, he discusses the latest generation of universal adhesives and details what he regards as the most important factors for long-term bond stability.
Dentsply Sirona is committed to empowering women in dentistry. Its Smart Integration Award, being presented for the second time, celebrates visionary treatment concepts and ideas for the future submitted by female dental experts. The application phase for this year’s competition has already started. In this interview, Susanne Schmidinger, director of global brand marketing enabling devices at Dentsply Sirona Digital Solutions Marketing, speaks about the significance of the award, what is new this year and how dental professionals can enter.
CHICAGO, U.S.: A survey by the American Dental Association (ADA) has found that more patients have developed bruxism as a result of stress during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and that there is a general increase in stress-related oral health conditions. According to the association’s chief science officer, the trend means that routine dental check-ups have never been more important.
PARIS, France: On its website, the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO) has announced that its annual scientific meeting will not take place as planned from 14 to 16 October in Milan in Italy. Owing to the ongoing global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the in-person event has had to be cancelled; however, the organisation stated that it is currently arranging a digital alternative.
HERNDON, Va., U.S.: This week, 3DISC announced the release of the newest version of HeronClinic, the case management and scanning software for the company’s flagship intraoral scanning solution, the Heron IOS. HeronClinic 3.2 introduces new features and major enhancements to the intuitive software, providing reliable and accurate results and improving the overall scanning experience for both dental professionals and patients.
QINGDAO, China: Most adults experience episodes of gingivitis, which can progress to periodontitis, yet the role of plaque in gingivitis onset and progression to periodontitis remains uncertain. Now, researchers from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have observed that the oral health of participants deteriorated and their oral microbiome aged more rapidly than normal after they stopped practising oral hygiene.
How can dental teams intelligently integrate digitalisation into everyday routines? As part of the build-up to the online dental congress AG.Live CON, which will take place from 20 to 24 April, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Daniel Edelhoff, dean of studies in dental medicine and director and chair of the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry at the University Hospital of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Germany. As a trained dental technician, Edelhoff will give a presentation at AG.Live CON on digital communication between dental clinics and laboratories and will join a much-anticipated panel discussion.
MILAN, Italy: Since the evidence of oral manifestations linked to SARS-CoV-2 is scarce, researchers have recently set out to fill the gap by investigating the presence and prevalence of oral conditions in people who had contracted COVID-19 and successfully recovered from it. They discovered that SARS-CoV-2 directly affects the oral cavity of COVID-19 survivors, which is manifested by a significant number of the patients developing salivary gland ectasia and other oral diseases after clinical recovery.
WASHINGTON, U.S.: As vaccine supply continues to increase in the coming weeks and all adults across the United States become eligible for vaccination, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched an online portal to help dental providers navigate the training and registration they will need to complete in order to become a part of the expanded COVID-19 vaccine workforce.
BELFAST, UK: The phase-out of dental amalgam is currently taking place in a number of countries owing, in part, to its deleterious effects on the natural environment. The Northern Ireland branch of the British Dental Association (BDA) has released a statement requesting that the European Commission (EC) reconsider its plans for a complete amalgam phase-out by 2030, arguing that it might end up “exacerbating health inequalities” and “destabilising health systems already under considerable strain”.
NOVI SAD, Serbia: A few weeks ago, Zoran Zrnić, an entrepreneur and innovator who was central to the business of Dental Tribune International (DTI) in Serbia and Montenegro, passed away. He became one of the first licence holders of the publishing network in 2007 and inspired many people in the dental materials market in the region through his visions and ideas.
BETHESDA, Md., U.S.: COVID-19 can cause a number of symptoms in the oral cavity, such as lesions, ulcerations and a loss of taste, and yet the role of the mouth in SARS-CoV-2 infection and transmission is poorly understood. A study by an international team of scientists has found evidence that the virus infects cells in the mouth. This finding, the researchers say, shows that the oral cavity could play an important role in SARS-CoV-2 infection and underscores the need for adequate prevention measures in dental settings.
JERUSALEM, Palestine: A May 2020 survey asked dentists located in the West Bank area about their preparedness to resume offering routine dental care after the practice closures that were necessitated by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The researchers published a study in February this year which found that the challenges that emerged during the pandemic showed that dentistry needed to adapt in order to be better prepared for future crises.
NEW YORK, U.S.: Older adults with more harmful than healthy bacteria in their periodontal tissue are more likely to have evidence for amyloid beta— a key biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease—in their cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), according to new research from NYU College of Dentistry and Weill Cornell Medicine. However, this imbalance in oral bacteria was not associated with another Alzheimer’s biomarker called tau.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala./IRVINE, Calif., U.S.: Researchers from different U.S. universities have collaborated to investigate a novel dental gel, produced by Livionex Pharma, a company based in Los Gatos in California. The findings of their study demonstrated that the product significantly reduced gingival bleeding, gingival inflammation and the depths of periodontal pockets in patients with periodontitis.
LONDON, UK: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, passed away on Friday at the age of 99. Over the course of his long life, the prince was a supporter of many causes and associations. One of these—the British Dental Association (BDA)—appointed him its president of honour in 1980 and paid tribute to Philip upon the announcement of his death.
ZURICH, Switzerland: Dental implantology leader Nobel Biocare has expanded its portfolio of regenerative products with the launch of creos syntoprotect, a new line of dense PTFE membranes. According to the company, the expansion will allow creos—its regenerative solutions brand—to make a decisive movement towards meeting the ever-changing needs of dental professionals.
UPPLANDS VÄSBY, Sweden: Occlusal adjustment is usually a time-consuming process and a very critical phase in restorative dentistry. However, most dentists do not dedicate adequate attention to this process. A recent study showed that around 95% of occlusal readings are incorrect. Misreading results in the dentist removing structure from different occlusal areas, possibly leading to occlusal disturbance.
April 8, 2021 | News
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Though the importance of oral health for systemic health is well established, providing access to affordable preventive dental services continues to be an issue in countries across the world. To learn more about this topic, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr. Fernando Neves Hugo, associate professor of dental public health at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul’s Faculty of Dental Sciences in Brazil. Hugo is also the co-author of a recent article discussing the role of dentistry in global health policy.
CAMBRIDGE, Ontario, Canada: Septodont, a global pharmaceutical and medical device company specializing in dental pain management, has announced that its Canada-based pharma division, Novocol Pharma, will receive funding of over C$32 million from the Canadian government. The investment is part of a countrywide initiative to advance vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19 on a national level.
BERLIN, Germany: The orthodontics start-up PlusDental is now offering clear aligner treatment at dental practices in Sweden. According to the company, its new Swedish operations will initially include working with 30 partner clinics, opening pop-up stores across major cities and establishing new regional headquarters.
YORK, UK: Enough plastic waste to circle the globe twice is the annual result of the current population cleaning their teeth with toothpaste from tubes that cannot be recycled. The UK waste management company BusinessWaste.co.uk is concerned about the volume of plastic waste being thrown away owing to toothpaste tubes and is calling for plastic-free alternatives.