The number of children with autism spectrum disorder is on the rise, and the challenges they face are plentiful and include problems in maintaining a healthy mouth. To commemorate World Autism Awareness Day, which is celebrated on 2 April every year, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Yasmin Kottait, an internationally renowned paediatric tooth fairy with a passion for treating children on the spectrum and expertise in doing so. As a certified autism specialist, Kottait discussed why it is important that children with autism are given the option of receiving a typical dental treatment. She also shared some ideas on how to make an autistic child’s visit to the dental office a pleasant experience.
Dr Primitivo Roig from Spain is a dentist who combines his clinical practice with a great dedication to the dissemination of knowledge about management in dentistry and with the promotion of a vision of efficient, science-driven and ethical dental management. His main objective is to improve the quality of service provided to patients. He is also very passionate when it comes to sustainability in the dental sector. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Roig shared his opinion on where he thinks the profession stands when it comes to practising eco-friendly dentistry.
April 1, 2021 | News
COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Recent research from the University of Copenhagen and Næstved Hospital in Denmark has demonstrated that periodontitis leads to an increased risk of bacterial contamination of donor blood. The study findings indicate that bacteria originating from the oral cavity evade the routine screening systems commonly used by blood banks. Despite this, the researchers emphasised the safety of blood donations.
LONDON, UK: More than one-third of UK practice owners report that private revenue is higher now than it was before the pandemic, according to an insider view on corporate and independent dental operators by London-based Christie & Co. The specialist property advisor says that, although banks are now taking a more cautious approach, they remain positive about lending to dentists and dental groups in 2021.
SHANGHAI, China: The Straumann Group, a global leader in implant and aesthetic dentistry, has recently signed an investment agreement with the Shanghai Xinzhuang Industrial Park (SHXIP) in order to establish its first campus in China. The campus will comprise a manufacturing, education and innovation centre, all situated on one site.
BRUSSELS, Belgium: More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, its seismic impact on different elements of the dental profession is becoming clearer. In order to find out how it affected the workflows of periodontists and dental hygienists, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) launched a survey back in May 2020 that invited these specialists to share their experiences. The EFP has now unveiled the preliminary findings of its investigation, and more detailed analysis will be published in the coming months.
SEOUL, South Korea: As periodontitis and halitosis share a microbiological pathogenesis, researchers from the Seoul National University School of Dentistry have investigated whether there is a correlation between the two. They found that halitosis may be an indicator of periodontitis and thus of the development of other systemic diseases.
KOBLACH, Austria: Digitisation can bring dental technicians and dentists closer together. How new opportunities arising from this interdisciplinary approach can be used best is the topic of Amann Girrbach’s AG.Live CON virtual congress, which will be held from 20 to 24 April.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden: The connection between poor oral health and the heightened risk of systemic diseases has been long established, which is why the practice of good oral hygiene is so crucial. In a recent study, researchers with complementary expertise and a joint interest in women's health have examined the dysbiotic variations of the oral microbiome during the menstrual cycle. They found that the hormonal fluctuations that occur while women menstruate can disrupt their oral microbiome, thus compromising their oral health.
As digital technologies become increasingly enmeshed in the everyday workflow of dental practices, dental education is changing to reflect their growing influence. One example of this is the recent announcement by the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) that it would be implementing Yomi, a robot-assisted surgical device developed by the health care startup Neocis, into its dental implant procedures. Dental Tribune International recently spoke with Dr. Alon Mozes, CEO and co-founder of Neocis, about the path toward Yomi’s creation and the benefits this system offers both dental students and practicing clinicians.
March 26, 2021 | News
CLAYTON-LE-MOORS, UK: The Interim Orders Committee (IOC) of the General Dental Council (GDC) has imposed interim conditions on the practice registration of East Lancashire dentist Dr Waqar Mohammed. The IOC heard submissions relating to Mohammed’s provision of clinical care, which included allegations relating to the treatment of 27 patients over a four-year period.
TEL AVIV, Israel: Since digital technology is so deeply rooted in our society, it would be hard to imagine a world without the internet. Whereas smartphones used to be a commodity, they have now become a necessity for most people, offering limitless opportunities and opening the door to the rest of the world. Ironically, when overused, smartphones can also socially isolate people. A new study has also found that excessive use of smartphones and social media may cause certain health problems, including bruxism and facial muscle pain.
LEIPZIG, Germany: Many understood the news of the first SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in late 2020 to represent a panacea in the global fight against the pandemic. In reality, a short list of rich countries had already purchased the lion’s share of doses that the makers of these vaccines will be able to produce in 2021—often before clinical trials were even concluded. Many countries are dependent on COVAX, the COVID-19 vaccines global access initiative that aims to distribute doses to healthcare workers and at-risk populations in the developing world. Scientists have pointed out that a lack of equitable distribution could harm global public health.
HONG KONG, China/BERKELEY, Calif., US: A study led by researchers in China has recently examined the impact of the oral microbiota on overall health. The researchers found that a novel microbial small molecule released by Streptococcus mutans, a bacterium commonly found in the human oral cavity, is linked to dental caries development. With its new insights, the study could help scientists undertaking new research to find a way to prevent dental caries.
Through the Minamata Convention on Mercury in 2013, the countries of the EU committed themselves to completely or largely eliminating mercury-containing industrial products such as dental amalgam from the supply and disposal cycle by 2030.1 In 2020, the EU came to the conclusion through an expert opinion that not only the planned phase-down but even a complete phase-out of dental amalgam is possible. Accordingly, dental amalgam is becoming a material of the past.
GOTHENBURG, Sweden: Though its causes can be unclear and multiform, the effects of dental anxiety in patients are well understood. As it increases, patients may avoid appointments and dental care, neglecting their oral health in the process. In Sweden, a study conducted at the University of Gothenburg for a doctoral thesis has found that the nation’s levels of dental anxiety have dropped significantly in recent decades, highlighting the benefits brought about by a preventive approach to oral health.
March 23, 2021 | Education
Clinical professionals can look forward to three upcoming implantology webinars in March, April and May. Presented by dental implant manufacturer Neodent, the lectures will offer knowledge about peri-implant tissue maintenance, the evolution of conical connections and benefits of surface treatments and will provide the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.
NEW YORK, U.S.: The New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is the third U.S. dental school to acquire, install and use devices for robot-assisted dental implant surgeries. The Yomi devices are expected to enhance clinical practice.
LEIPZIG, Germany: Exactly six months from today, the 2021 International Dental Show (IDS) is slated to open. The 39th edition of the world’s leading dental trade fair was originally scheduled to take place from 10 to 13 March before the event organisers decided last December to postpone it to 22–25 September 2021. With clinically tested SARS-CoV-2 vaccines being rolled out across many countries, the prospects for IDS 2021 have now become a good deal rosier, leading the event organisers to declare that preparations are “going very well”.
GENEVA, Switzerland: In light of World Oral Health Day (WOHD), which is being celebrated today on 20 March, FDI World Dental Federation has released a statement that sums up how oral health behaviours have deteriorated during this time. One year into the pandemic, FDI councillors and members say that they are seeing first-hand the catastrophic aftermath of the virus on the health of people’s teeth and gingivae in dental practices around the globe.
NEW YORK, U.S.: Clear aligner therapy continues to grow in popularity. Before it was introduced, malocclusion in teenagers was typically treated using fixed appliances. The adolescents and teenagers of today are opting for a more discreet option, but there is little discretion being shown by the pop icons and social media influencers that are helping to turn clear aligners into the latest self-care trend. This article offers a glance at some of the most famous smiles fitted with transparent trays.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Dentsply Sirona and the Pittsburgh-headquartered dental support organization (DSO) North American Dental Group (NADG) have agreed to extend a partnership related to digital imaging solutions. In a press release, Dr. Andrew Matta of NADG said that the new agreement will help the DSO to keep up to speed with the continuing evolution of dental care.
HALLE (SAALE)/LEIPZIG, Germany: A new approach to the treatment of periodontitis could make the use of antibiotics obsolete, as it targets only the bacteria that cause the disease while sparing those that are harmless. It has been developed as a result of a collaboration between the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI in Leipzig and PerioTrap Pharmaceuticals in Halle. The researchers expect the new method of treatment to cause few side effects.
EDINBURGH, UK: The havoc wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic across the world has meant that patient attendance levels at dental practices have dropped quite substantially since March 2020. Although government-mandated lockdowns have played a role in this outcome, new data released by Public Health Scotland has indicated that access to NHS dentistry services remains a point of concern in the country.
GENEVA, Switzerland: Like other oral health professionals, dentists are front-line workers who provide an essential healthcare service. Accordingly, many countries have included dentists in priority vaccination groups. But what about allowing dentists to administer SARS-CoV-2 vaccines? A recent survey conducted by FDI World Dental Federation revealed that only one-third of the responding countries permitted vaccine administration by dentists. In light of the results, FDI has urged more countries to enable dentists to administer the vaccines.