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Sustainable dentistry: Encouraging environmental consciousness in dental practice

June 5, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: An increasing number of dental professionals are emphasising the need to move towards eco-friendly dentistry in order to reduce waste, decrease pollution and conserve energy. Green dentistry is the way forward, and it is likely to shape the future of oral health. To learn more about the subject and the specific sustainable developmental goals that may lessen the environmental impact of dental practices, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Robert Panjkov, the founder of an award-winning dental practice based in Melbourne.

Interview: Embracing the challenge of taking IDEM digital

June 5, 2020 | Asia Pacific | Interviews

Since July 2014, Mathias Kuepper has been working as managing director of Koelnmesse Singapore, where he, in addition to his other responsibilities, organises South East Asia’s leading dental show IDEM Singapore, which takes place every two years. Owing to the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the on-site IDEM 2020 was cancelled, and it will now be a wholly digital experience in order to ensure the health and safety of staff and visitors. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Kuepper explained why Koelnmesse has decided to move IDEM online, shared insights into what it took to replan the event and attempted to answer the big question everyone is wondering about: how will SARS-CoV-2 affect the dental industry in the long run?

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IES 2020: Watch lectures on demand

June 4, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

SCHAAN, Liechtenstein: Under the theme “Succeeding together in tomorrow’s dentistry”, the Ivoclar Vivadent International Expert Symposium (IES) was held at the end of May. The online event drew an audience of 8,000 participants from 126 countries.

A-dec joins fight against SARS-CoV-2 by manufacturing PPE

June 4, 2020 | Americas | Advertorial

NEWBERG, Ore., U.S.: Dental equipment manufacturer A-dec has announced that it has begun manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The company has developed a variety of such products that are critically needed by health care workers.

Align Technology to host its 2020 Growth Summit in all-virtual format

June 4, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Global medical device company Align Technology has recently announced that it has moved its 2020 Growth Summit to an all-digital format. The event, originally planned for Dubrovnik in Croatia, will now be hosted on 19 and 20 June from a television studio and will feature expert speakers from the areas of dentistry and business.

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Dental practices add surcharges for PPE

June 3, 2020 | Americas | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: Dental practices are suffering from the impact of SARS-CoV-2 and the substantial economic loss brought about by contact restrictions and reduced working hours. However, various businesses have found a way to help cover some of the economic damage inflicted by the pandemic. Faced with the crisis, businesses such as salons, restaurants and dental offices have started levying surcharge fees on customers.

Interview: “Grow yourself, grow your team and grow your dental business”

June 3, 2020 | Americas | Business | Interviews

Dentists are currently facing uncertain times owing to the ensuing financial impacts of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. But some industry commentators have predicted an even greater emphasis on oral health as a consequence of COVID-19, and some dentists may be in a position to leverage the current uncertainties in the market in order to expand their dental practices or acquire new ones. Dental Tribune International spoke with Jacob Puhl, partner and CEO of the Dentist Entrepreneur Organization (DEO), about the skills and strategies required to build a dental group from the ground up.

Online information hub launched for Australian dentists

June 2, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: One of the most important functions of the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) is the development of standards, codes and guidelines for dental practitioners. To help make information on registration standards more accessible for dental practitioners, the board has now launched an information hub titled “Know your scope”, ahead of the implementation of the revised scope of practice registration standard on 1 July 2020.

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Good oral health may prevent severe COVID-19 progression

June 2, 2020 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Given that little time has passed since the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, it comes as no surprise that only sparse data on COVID-19 is available and many factors remain uncertain. Now, the German Society of Dentistry and Oral Medicine (DGZMK) has stressed the importance of dental prevention and the systemic relevance of dentistry, especially in times of the pandemic. Recent studies have indicated that maintaining good oral health may prevent a severe course of the disease.

New guidance issued for reopening American dental practices

June 1, 2020 | Americas | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is still ongoing, and countless stakeholders in the dental industry are feeling its effects. In an attempt to return to some sort of normality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated guidance regarding dental services in the U.S. The advice is intended to expand the provision of nonemergency treatment while minimizing infection risks for patients and health care personnel alike.

Dental practices reopening across the world

May 29, 2020 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Many governments have now eased public health restrictions, saying that their countries have overcome the first wave of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Dental practices have begun to reopen across Canada, the US, India and parts of Europe, and staff and patients are having to adjust to a new sense of normality in the provision of oral care. Health precautions vary in different dental markets, but it can safely be stated that a trip to the dentist is not what it was in February.

IrriFlex—endodontic irrigation needle for better results

May 29, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

VEVEY, Switzerland: Root canal preparation is an essential step in endodontic treatment and aimed at removing the current content of the root canal and preparing it for filling. The objective is to prevent the onset or recurrence of apical periodontitis. The use of rotary instruments with continuous rotation has made treatments faster, more comfortable and more predictable over the past 20 years. Many developments in instrumentation have helped improve preparation systems. But despite all these advances, the complexity of root canal systems results in unprepared or unpreparable areas that require the complementary use of chemicals for cleaning.

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Will COVID-19 push orthodontics further into the digital space?

May 29, 2020 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Patient volumes at orthodontic practices are expected to rebound quickly when practices reopen. Digital tools have helped orthodontists to continue providing care while their clinics are closed, but although these tools will serve to ease the transition into the resumption of dental practice, orthodontists admit that chairside consultations cannot be replaced. The leading clear aligner manufacturer says that its new digital tools that have been developed in response to the crisis will continue to be used well after restrictions are lifted.

IES 2020 final phase: Register now and earn continuing education credits

May 28, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

SCHAAN, Liechtenstein: Dental professionals who wish to learn more about the latest developments and cutting-edge technologies in the dental world still have the opportunity to join Ivoclar Vivadent’s online International Expert Symposium (IES), which commenced on Monday. On the final days of the symposium, today and tomorrow, high-class webinars will be presented by renowned experts, from 7 p.m. CEST. Attendance of the symposium is free of charge.

Interview: Dentistry will be different once dental practice resumes

May 28, 2020 | Americas | Interviews

Dr. Leslie Fang is a world-renowned physician, educator and businessman who has been lecturing extensively about the implications of SARS-CoV-2 for dentistry over the past weeks. Fang is also on the speaker roster for 3Shape’s upcoming 24-hour online symposium, during which he will outline practical recommendations for dental professionals to help them return safely to work.

Scientists identify biomarkers for neurological disease in teeth

May 27, 2020 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S./ANN ARBOR, Mich., U.S.: Mount Sinai scientists have identified biological markers present in childhood that relate to the degenerative and often fatal neurological disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known Lou Gehrig’s disease. The researchers found the markers in the teeth of patients who went on to develop ALS as adults.

Interview: Dr Jalal Khan, operator of the Dental Truck

May 27, 2020 | Asia Pacific | Interviews

In Australia, the provision of oral health services for rural and remote communities can be extremely difficult, not least of all because of the country’s immense size. To help combat the inequalities which result, Sydney-based dentist Dr Jalal Khan regularly travels in his mobile dental surgery truck to provide much-needed treatment across Queensland and New South Wales. Khan recently spoke with Dental Tribune International about his vision for the truck and what the response from the dental community has been.

Dental implant abutment design is “a small stone in the whole mosaic”

May 26, 2020 | Education

In a free upcoming webinar on 9 June, Dr Stavros Pelekanos will explain the importance of implant abutment design for implant dentistry and discuss the digital workflow in the anterior zone. In the run up to his presentation, Pelekanos, who heads his own dental practice in Athens in Greece and focuses on implantology and aesthetics, answered some questions on his area of expertise in an interview with Dental Tribune International.

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