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Yale and NBA team up to test saliva sampling for SARS-CoV-2

June 24, 2020 | Americas | News

NEW HAVEN, Conn., U.S.: We are learning more about SARS-CoV-2 every day, including more about how to effectively test for it. Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have found that employing saliva samples to test for the virus could lower the risk of infection for health workers. The researchers have partnered with the National Basketball Association (NBA) to test the efficacy of a saliva sampling method that they say presents as a faster, less invasive and more accurate alternative to the recommended nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal sampling methods.

HelloMask: First transparent surgical mask goes to manufacture

June 24, 2020 | Europe | News

DÜBENDORF, Switzerland: Researchers of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have jointly developed a fully transparent surgical mask that is intended to replace the three-layer mask normally worn by medical staff. The mask was developed primarily with the aim of improving non-verbal communication between nursing staff and patients but could also be worn by dentists to protect against transmission of bacteria and viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2. The product is expected to be launched in early 2021.

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Researchers plan to develop smartphone sensor to detect tooth pain

June 23, 2020 | Americas | News

MANSFIELD, Conn., U.S.: In the hope of finding a better way to detect dental pain, a team of scientists at the University of Connecticut (UConn) is currently looking into a novel way to quantify tooth pain and to develop a patient-friendly smartphone sensor to measure it. The researchers, from the Division of Endodontology and Department of Biomedical Engineering at the UConn School of Dental Medicine, recently received a grant to fund this.

SARS-CoV-2: Dentistry tops list of most dangerous jobs

June 23, 2020 | Americas | News

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada/NEW YORK, U.S.: As more and more countries ease their lockdown restrictions, an increasing number of workers are returning to their jobs. A significant proportion of COVID-19 cases are related to occupational exposure. While the risk of infection is fairly high for most workers, it is particularly high for people working in certain occupations. Various analyses have shown that health care workers in general and dental professionals in particular are exposed to a high risk of contracting the virus.

Fundamental principles in designing reprocessing areas

June 23, 2020 | News

It is recognized all too often that very little consideration is given to sterilization or reprocessing areas in either existing or newly designed dental practices. And yet reprocessing instruments between patients is crucial to meet today's hygiene rules in dental offices. Dental practitioners also have a moral and legal ‘duty of care’ calling for effective, well-defined and implemented infection control measures to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases to patients and staff

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DIY dentistry during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

June 22, 2020 | Americas | News

LONDON, UK: As a result of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, dental practices across the world have been partially or completely shut down and routine dental check-ups largely postponed. For a few unlucky people, however, widespread lockdowns have left them unable to access dental services during oral emergencies, leaving them with a single viable option: do-it-yourself (DIY) dentistry.

Michael Rynerson appointed CEO of ACTEON

June 22, 2020 | Europe | Business

BORDEAUX, France: Michael Rynerson is the new CEO of the dental and medical technology and device manufacturer ACTEON, which is headquartered in France. The supervisory board of Finapolline, the holding company of ACTEON, appointed him to the position effective on 1 June. The chairman of the supervisory board commented that Rynerson has over 25 years of experience, most notably in the dental industry, and possesses the skills to lead the company out of the current health and economic crisis and through its next phase of development.

Interview: Engaging with local community through dental social media marketing

June 19, 2020 | Americas | Interviews | News

LEHI, Utah, U.S.: In today’s digital world, businesses need to have a strong online presence in order to facilitate communication with customers and boost practice growth. In the case of dental professionals, being active on social media contributes to marketing success and helps dentists cultivate relationships with the local community. To find out how dental practices can attract potential patients through social media, Dental Tribune International spoke with Natalie Marinos, a marketing specialist at My Social Practice, a company that provides social media marketing content, strategy and support to dental professionals worldwide.

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IDEM 2020 online edition starts today

June 19, 2020 | Asia Pacific | Events

SINGAPORE: For the first time, and only for this edition of the event, the International Dental Exhibition and Meeting (IDEM) will be conducted fully online. The event, which is organised by Koelnmesse and the Singapore Dental Association, will take place as a continuing education programme for the dentistry community from 19 June to 19 August 2020. Through this digital platform, participants will be able to discover new products and solutions, as well as learn from the industry’s leading practitioners, and connect with new and familiar colleagues.

How CAD/CAM affects immediate loading in implant dentistry

June 19, 2020 | Europe | News

A graduate of Paris Descartes University (now the University of Paris), Dr Léon Pariente currently runs a private practice in the French capital that specialises in implantology and periodontics. In an upcoming free webinar, he and Dr Karim Dada will discuss how various digital technologies, such as CBCT imaging and CAD/CAM, have replaced traditional modalities and enhanced the aesthetic aspects of restorations. Pariente spoke with Dental Tribune International about this topic ahead of the presentation on Thursday, 25 June.

With new safety measures in place, Dentsply Sirona World 2020 is a go for Las Vegas in October

June 18, 2020 | Americas | Events

CHARLOTTE, N.C., USA: Dentsply Sirona World 2020 will take place Oct. 1–3 at the all-new Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, Dentsply Sirona announced in a press release issued today. According to the company, this educational symposium exemplifies Dentsply Sirona’s commitment to healthy smiles through health practices by offering dental professionals the chance to discover innovative techniques defining dentistry today.

Antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2: “We need to talk more about it”

June 18, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Despite dental settings presenting a significantly elevated risk of infection for those in and beside the chair, testing patients for the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains optional. Those advocating for testing say that it would help to keep dental practices safer, to reduce the amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) that clinics use, and to streamline appointment scheduling and treatment. A number of options are available, and one UK doctor is advocating for antibody tests for dental practices.

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How to achieve aesthetic results with a completely digital workflow

June 18, 2020 | Education

In addition to many other specialties, the field of prosthodontics will be addressed in 3Shape’s upcoming 24-hour webinar marathon. Dr Jonathan Ng, who runs a private prosthodontic office situated in Vancouver in Canada and lectures internationally, will be providing a complete overview of the use of dental software in the prosthodontic workflow from treatment planning to final delivery. Prior to his webinar, Ng shared some insights about his presentation in an interview with Dental Tribune International.

3Shape appoints Jakob Just-Bomholt as CEO

June 17, 2020 | Europe | Business

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: 3Shape has announced that its board of directors has appointed Jakob Just-Bomholt as CEO, effective from 1 August 2020. The company’s current co-CEOs and co-founders, Tais Clausen and Nikolaj Deichmann, will remain active at 3Shape in new roles as co-vice chairmen of the board.

Chinese pickles could help prevent dental caries

June 17, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

CHENGDU, China: An increasing number of probiotic solutions are being found to be effective in the treatment of dental caries. In a recent study, researchers at Sichuan University in Chengdu and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba in Israel isolated probiotic Lactobacillus strains from traditional Sichuan pickles and found that one strain in particular reduced Streptococcus mutans, which supports the diffusion of oral biofilm structure, by 98.4%.

Webinar to discuss new hygiene protocols in dentistry

June 16, 2020 | Europe | Education | News

Many are calling it the post-pandemic era—the time in which we will simply have to live with the SARS-CoV-2 virus as part of our daily personal and professional lives. For dentists and their teams, a key aspect of this will be the adoption of a set of new hygiene protocols that will help to reduce infections and make dental settings safer. On Tuesday, 23 June, Prof. Lorenzo Breschi of the University of Bologna in Italy will host a free webinar that will focus on the incorporation of these new hygiene protocols into clinical practice and guiding patients on the importance of their home dental care regimes.

Interview: “Minimally invasive dentistry is the better dentistry”

June 16, 2020 | Europe | Education | Interviews

On 20 June, GC Europe will be holding its first international congress on minimum intervention (MI) dentistry. As an introduction, German-based dentist Dr Elmar Reich, who has run his own dental practice since 2004, will give a presentation about the congress topic. Prior to the event, Reich spoke with Dental Tribune International about the philosophy behind the concept and how this approach can be better implemented in dental education.

Oral hygiene survey: Breaking down consumer perceptions and behaviours in the UAE and KSA markets

June 16, 2020 | Interviews

Interview with Markus Sebastian, SVP and MD of Align Technology EMEA

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