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KRIENS, Switzerland: Effectively cleaning around lingual orthodontic appliances, fixed prostheses or dental implants can be a hassle, but the CS 708 toothbrush from Swiss oral health brand CURAPROX allows cleaning of the most difficult-to-reach areas of the mouth.
MILAN, Italy: Italy has become the European country worst affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, its confirmed cases of infection currently reaching 74,386, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As the country is facing a nationwide lockdown, the pandemic has completely reshaped people’s daily lives, weakened the economy and boosted unemployment rates. To minimise the risks associated with contagion and slow down the spread, the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has recently ordered the shutdown of all non-essential factories and businesses. In the meantime, some dental offices continue to operate, offering patients emergency care only.
ORANGE, Calif./CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Western Dental & Orthodontics has announced that it will temporarily close the majority of its 250 affiliated offices throughout California and keep only selected clinics open in key locations in order to meet demand for urgent dental care. As COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise in the U.S., the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners has been forced to respond to requests for a blanket closure of dental clinics in the state.
During viral epidemics, dental offices face significant challenges. There are requirements for meticulous hygiene and virus spread prevention, and cyclodextrins in oral care products could help dentists do their jobs while keeping everyone healthy and safe. While cyclodextrins are not primarily meant for the prevention or cure of viral infections, in the same way as soap does, they destroy the membranes of viruses and make them weaker.
FLINT, Mich., U.S.:When Drs. Louis Ottofy and Tsurukichi Okumura first came up with the idea of creating the International College of Dentists (ICD) in 1920, likely they never imagined that the inaugural number of 250 fellows would swell to more than 12,000 fellows in 122 countries.
SHANGHAI, China: Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and was first reported in December 2019, most dental events for the first half of 2020 have been either cancelled or postponed. Now, FDI World Dental Federation has decided to call off its flagship event, the World Dental Congress (WDC), which was scheduled to take place in Shanghai from 1 to 4 September.
In the coming week, the Curaden Academy will present dental professionals with one live webinar each day. Owing to the outbreak of the virus SARS-CoV-2, most educational events for the first half of 2020 have been cancelled or postponed by now. In this situation, online webinars offer dentists the opportunity to concentrate on their further education and continue to obtain continuing education (CE) credits. Also, in times of social distancing, online courses offer a safe way to learn from home.
Over the past two decades, MIS Implants Technologies has successfully developed into a global business and today counts as one of the leading brands in the value segment of the worldwide dental implant market. Dental Tribune International spoke with the company’s vice president of marketing and products, Elad Ginat.
MUMBAI, India: Dental colleges in India are currently closed, and dental clinics across the country have been advised to suspend all non-essential treatment. Both of these measures are in effect until at least 31 March. The latest advice from the Indian Dental Association (IDA) to dental practitioners is to exercise caution and make well-informed decisions about patient care and in the operation of their dental practices.
SINGAPORE: Originally, the 11th International Dental Exhibition and Meeting (IDEM) was scheduled to take place in April 2020 and was then moved to 19–21 June to ensure attendees’ health and safety during the COVID-19 crisis. However, now that the outbreak has become a pandemic and the situation is not expected to stabilise in time for the show, the event organisers have decided to move IDEM 2020 online.
ZURICH, Switzerland: After careful consideration and monitoring of the ongoing spread of the virus SARS-CoV-2, Nobel Biocare has decided to postpone its 2020 Global Symposium, which was originally scheduled for 16–18 April in Las Vegas in the US. The symposium is now scheduled for early 2021. The company will communicate the new date and location as soon as details are available.
LONDON, UK: In worrying news outside of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been reported that a number of dental practices in the UK operating under the Finest Dental brand have recently stopped trading with immediate effect. The closure has left thousands of patients in the dark about whether scheduled treatments and procedures will go ahead—many of which were paid for in advance.
For ten years now, exocad’s dedicated team of engineers and researchers has consistently delivered state-of-the-art innovations to the dental industry. At the exocad press conference in Darmstadt, Germany, on 12 March, Dental Tribune International met with the company’s CEO, Tillmann Steinbrecher, to discuss the partnership with Align Technology, evaluate what impact the collaboration could have and consider the future of digital dentistry.
CHICAGO, U.S.: The American Dental Association (ADA) has recommended that dentists in all U.S. states postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks, effective from March 16, in order to combat the spread of the virus SARS-CoV-2. Similar calls have been made by state-level dental associations, and the California Dental Association (CDA) has given advice to its members on what “shelter-in-place” self-isolation orders mean for them and their practices.
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in dental practices across Canada being told to delay elective and preventive treatments, and the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) has told Dental Tribune International that the situation remains fluid. While some dental practices remain open, the CDA says that this could change at any moment, based on, but not limited to, the directives and recommendations that are being issued by provincial dental regulatory authorities.
GENEVA, Switzerland: In light of World Oral Health Day (WOHD), which is being celebrated around the world today on 20 March 2020, FDI World Dental Federation released new statistics on the willingness of parents to limit their children’s sugar intake to ensure good oral health. The global survey, which was carried out by YouGov and commissioned by FDI, showed that less than half of parents proactively limit their children’s intake of sweets, carbonated soft drinks and juice as a means of protecting their teeth.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA: Referring to the latest public health guidance designed to curtail the spread of COVID-19, the California Dental Association has cancelled CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry. The annual meeting had been scheduled for May 14–16 in Anaheim, Calif.