PATERNA, Spain: Graphenano Dental is part of the Graphenano group of companies, dedicated to incorporating graphene into numerous applications and a leader in industrial scale production of different types of graphenes and other nanostructures. During IDS 2021, dental professionals will have the opportunity to learn more about the company’s products and its graphene nano-reinforced biopolymer G-CAM disc in particular.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea: At IDS 2021, all-ceramic dental materials manufacturer HASS (Human-Aid System Supplier) will be presenting a wide range of glass-ceramic solutions for aesthetic restorations that meet the requirements of both chairside and laboratories.
DAEGU, South Korea: Micro-NX is a South Korean company that specialises in manufacturing dental electric motors, including motors for implant surgery procedures. Its electric motors are manufactured using a technology patented in China, Japan and the US. They are exported worldwide and are growing in popularity. At IDS 2021, Micro-NX will launch a new line of products, including contra-angle and straight handpieces available in gear ratios 1:1, 16:1 and 20:1.
KOBLACH, Austria: Digitisation in the dental industry is unstoppable—it heralds change and, at the same time, offers unlimited potential. In addition to a number of innovations to its proven CAD/CAM products and materials, the company will focus on solutions for interdisciplinary cooperation between dental laboratories and dental practices at its IDS booth (#A010–B011 in Hall 3.2).
There are many different aspects to consider in guiding the individual to suitable oral hygiene products: the patient’s oral status, abilities, preferences and motivation, as well as the design and efficacy of the device. Where does environmental impact fit into the equation?
BADALONA, Spain: Mouthwashes that contain cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) have been found to reduce by at least one thousand times the infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 in vitro. Researchers in Spain tested CPC-containing mouthwashes against variants of SARS-CoV-2, including the Alpha variant, and said that such mouth rinses could constitute a cost-effective measure to aid in the reduction of viral transmission.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden: The Humble Smile Foundation was established in 2015 by its president, Dr Darren Weiss, who felt that dentistry was not accessible to the people who needed it the most. The foundation works to build a bridge between dentistry and general healthcare, and a guiding thread in achieving its goals is awareness of the need for dentistry to be responsible.
LONDON, UK: From 2 to 3 July, Align Technology presented its third Invisalign Scientific Symposium, which was held in a digital format for the second time and was broadcast from the Align Studios in the UK. The event provided an excellent blend of advanced scientific content, inspiring lectures delivered by enthusiastic renowned speakers and the opportunity to socialise with like-minded peers. Key topics included the efficacy of the Invisalign system and clear aligners as a treatment option in young patients. Over 1,200 orthodontists from 60 countries attended the symposium, which was concluded by a high-quality poster presentation.
BRNO, Czech Republic: A study of the attitudes of dental students around the world towards COVID-19 vaccines found that 22.5% were hesitant and 13.9% rejected the vaccines outright. The researchers found that acceptancy of vaccines among dental students was suboptimal owing to a range of factors, such as socio-economic contexts, and they called for a greater focus on infectious disease epidemiology education within undergraduate dental curricula.
LEIPZIG, Germany: Emotional intelligence (EI) relates to the ways in which an individual can understand and manage his or her own needs as well as recognise and deal with the needs of others and the abilities to do this. As a dental professional, these are important skills to have because every activity during a treatment process requires connecting emotionally with patients, and those who can put their EI into practice effectively will be more successful in the long run.
ONAN, Japan: Maintaining good oral health has many benefits, including those pertaining to systemic health. For example, a few studies have already addressed the link between oral health, sarcopenia and diabetes. However, since evidence is scarce and results often inconsistent, researchers from Japan have examined whether deteriorating oral health could lead to loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength or hyperglycaemia. They found that poor oral health is associated with both sarcopenia and diabetes.
COLOGNE, Germany: As the 39th International Dental Show (IDS) is rapidly approaching, the organisers have announced that registration is now open. Different from past years, tickets can only be obtained in a digital format, which will help to avoid close contact, a safety measure owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SINGAPORE: Why should dental professionals strive towards sustainable dentistry? Firstly, it is the right thing to do ethically; secondly, it is a great marketing-tool; and finally, it creates an attractive workplace for new colleagues, since research indicates that the younger generation values sustainable workplaces more highly than monetary compensation. Before taking steps towards creating a green dental practice and practising green dentistry, the practitioner should understand that sustainability minimises the pitfalls and simplifies the process. This article will give a brief overview of sustainable development, focusing on Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN).
August 17, 2021 | News
Dentistry in many parts of the world is being taken over by financially driven practices, and there seems to be a growing number of clinics that are focused only on the bottom line and, as such, see the largest number of patients possible a day, putting themselves and their patients at risk. How? By not taking the appropriate amount of time to process patients’ information, properly discuss treatment options with them and prepare the operatory for therapy and in many cases by not placing a dental dam when needed.
SENDAI, Japan: Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have found that maternal mental health may play a significant role in instilling early toothbrushing habits in children and thereby influence their oral health and the development of early childhood caries (ECC).
LEIPZIG, Germany: Sales at major dental companies climbed in the second quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2020, during which the pandemic brought dentistry to a grinding halt. In the latest series of earnings reports, some dental company chiefs praised the recovery of the market, whereas others outlined falling discretionary spending, concerns about SARS-CoV-2 variants and sluggish vaccine rollouts in some geographic areas.
LONDON, UK: In 2016, the Member of Parliament for Monmouth, David Davies, courted controversy when he suggested that dental checks could be used to verify the age of teenage Syrian and Afghani refugees whom he believed looked “older than 18”. Five years later, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has come under fire from the British Dental Association (BDA) after it was reported in The Times that the Home Office’s Nationality and Borders Bill would allow dental radiographs to be used to ascertain asylum seekers’ ages.
LEIPZIG, Germany: The pandemic has been a trying time for dentists, particularly for owner-dentists who must make decisions that may influence the safety of their treatment team. Recent studies have found that the rate of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in dental settings has been lower than what was expected when the pandemic was declared, and the literature has shown that air purifiers could play a role in keeping transmission rates down.
BRASILIA, Brazil: From the start of the pandemic, the oral cavity has been highlighted as a potentially relevant infection axis with further inflammatory response in surrounding tissues. This has resulted in heightened international interest in investigating the issue. A current study confirms the previous findings, namely that xerostomia, taste dysfunction and oral mucosal lesions currently manifest most commonly in patients with COVID-19.
As the second candidate for a series portraying outstanding women in dentistry, Dental Tribune International (DTI) interviewed Dr. Sumita Mitra. During her career at 3M, she developed a unique nanomaterial-based dental filler, for which she received the European Inventor Award 2021. This material and numerous other inventions of hers in the field of dental materials have been patented. DTI spoke with Mitra about how a bunch of grapes inspired her research efforts, about the greatest advantages of her developed material and about how she gives back to the next generation of inventors.
MILAN, Italy: Digital technologies are rapidly spreading in dentistry. Tools such as intra-oral and laboratory scanners, CBCT, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software, as well as innovative manufacturing procedures such as 3D printing and laser sintering, are changing the way we treat our patients. Therapies are increasingly personalised, and the tools available allow more predictable results with levels of diagnostic precision and manufacturing accuracy that were previously unthinkable.
SYDNEY, Australia: From 26 to 29 September, the Australian Dental Association and FDI World Dental Federation will present a special edition of the World Dental Congress (WDC). Owing to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the congress will be completely virtual for the first time. This year’s WDC will bring together leaders from across the world in dental practice, research, academia and industry to present quality, innovative and effective continuing education.
BERLIN, Germany: In our modern society, data has become a key resource that allows for the storage and analysis of important information which then influences how decisions are made or what offers are available. This approach also applies to health and dental care, where providers aim to deliver quality care by processing information generated about their patients—a trend that is currently called data dentistry.
I recently recorded a podcast with Prof. Robert Hill and Richard Whatley (CEO at BioMin Technologies) on BioMin F toothpaste—an in-depth conversation on a very interesting toothpaste. During the preparation for this recording and after it, I developed an interest in the area as my understanding evolved. In this article, I wish to share my insight into some other considerations I have become aware of that we could include in building our understanding around toothpastes in general.
COLOGNE, Germany: In 2021, IDS is going hybrid, which means that more participants than ever before will attend the largest trade show in the dental industry from the comfort of their homes and not in person, owing to COVID-19 travel restrictions. To provide a digital enhancement to the classic physical event, the free platform IDSconnect intends to maintain IDS’s extensive international reach together with a successful on-site trade fair experience.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: A shooting at SmileDirectClub’s Nashville manufacturing facility was carried out by an active employee and resulted in three workers being injured and the gunman being fatally shot by police, according to CNN.