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Choosing the right mouthwash in times of pandemic

October 9, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

KRIENS, Switzerland: SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in the saliva of 91.7% of people infected with the virus. This means that dental professionals are particularly vulnerable to infection, and it is recommended that patients rinse with an antiviral mouthwash for 30 seconds before any form of treatment takes place. Researchers from the Université de Lyon have issued a position paper indicating which ingredients a mouthwash should contain in order to effectively reduce the SARS-CoV-2 viral load in the mouth.

3DISC acquired, becomes 3DISC Dental Connect

October 9, 2020 | Americas | Advertorial

HERNDON, Va., U.S.: 3DISC, a provider of digital radiographic and 3D imaging and scanning technology for dental clinics, yesterday announced the acquisition of the company. With the support of private equity firm Galiena Capital, 3DISC will become part of the newly formed 3DISC Dental Connect. 3DISC is the developer of fully digital intraoral scanning technology.

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Dentsply Sirona launches DAC Universal S

October 9, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

SALZBURG, Austria: Dentsply Sirona, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of dental products and technologies, has announced the release of the DAC Universal S dental autoclave. The new addition to the DAC Universal family allows dental professionals to process instruments automatically in just one cycle and comes with a complete sterilisation function.

Periodontal status may play role in COVID-19 severity

October 8, 2020 | Americas | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S.: The link between periodontal disease and systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease is, by now, well established in the scientific literature. A new review study has now suggested that untreated periodontal disease may be indirectly related to the intensity of COVID-19-related complications, highlighting the need for good oral health during these difficult times.

NSW dentist banned for opioid misconduct

October 8, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

SYDNEY, Australia: A New South Wales (NSW) dentist found guilty of professional misconduct has been banned from practising dentistry for a period of 12 months. Dr Peter Joseph Brian Buys was censured and found guilty of a number of breaches of conduct relating to the prescription of opioids, including that of prescribing excessive quantities of oxycodone to patients without appropriate documentation.

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Digital orthodontics company raises funds for 3D-printed brackets

October 7, 2020 | Americas | Business | News

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., U.S.: LightForce Orthodontics is a digital dentistry platform that provides orthodontists with fully customized 3D-printed tooth-moving tools. Its customizable 3D brackets are the first of their kind on the market, and they are designed to reduce patient visits and treatment duration. The company launched LightForce this year, after five years of research and development, and has now raised $14 million (€12 million) in funding for the further development and commercialization of the system.

Interview: “If you can dream it, you can do it with exocad”

October 7, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

As an industry innovator and enthusiast in the field of dental implants, dentures and digital technology, Dr Michael Scherer is an expert in his field and knows how to handle the hybrid environment of dental clinic and laboratory. When he is not working as a prosthodontist at his practice in Sonora in California in the US, or enjoying his great love of nature when going scuba diving, hiking or skiing, Scherer enjoys speaking at educational conferences of all sizes. At the exocad Insights 2020 event in Darmstadt in Germany, Dental Tribune International met with Scherer to talk about his lecture at the event in which he discussed what dentists can do with exocad, described his experience with the software and explained why digital dentistry is the future.

Interview: 3Shape Total Tech Week will “push the boundaries of what digital dentistry can achieve”

October 7, 2020 | Europe | Events

From 19 to 23 October, 3Shape will present Total Tech Week, an online showcase of the latest digital solutions of the company and its leading global partners. Lars Christian Lund, senior vice president of corporate business development and marketing at 3Shape, spoke with Dental Tribune International about the benefits that attendees will gain from taking part in the free online event.

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The dental hygienist in times of COVID-19

October 6, 2020 | Europe | News

In 2001, the concept of the human microbiome was first introduced by Joshua Lederberg. The microbiome consists of the entire genomic heritage of microorganisms and biochemical interactions with the host.1 Knowledge of the microbiome has profoundly changed oral hygienists’ and dentists’ clinical approach to controlling oral infections. Furthermore, the modern modus operandi has increasingly forced us to reduce treatment time and biological and economic costs and therefore carry out minimally invasive interventions with excellent results through periodontal support therapy. In this scenario, the patient becomes the protagonist and is no longer only the object of our therapy.

Survey shows UK periodontists feel let down by government and regulators during pandemic

October 6, 2020 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: Though it is quite evident that dentistry, as a whole, has been greatly affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the specific ways in which this impact has been felt are yet to be fully understood. A recent study from the UK has shown that many of the nation’s periodontists believe that they received insufficient support from the government and the General Dental Council (GDC) while lockdown restrictions were in place from March to mid-June.

AEEDC Dubai postponed to summer 2021

October 6, 2020 | Middle East & Africa | News

DUBAI, UAE: The staging company for AEEDC Dubai, INDEX Conferences & Exhibitions, has been closely monitoring the evolving global situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. After an in-depth discussion with the relevant authorities, organisers of country pavilions, long-term industry partners, associations and other key stakeholders, it has been collectively decided that the AEEDC Dubai 2021 event will be rescheduled to 29 June to 1 July 2021.

Palliative care successful for endodontic emergencies during lockdown

October 5, 2020 | Americas | News

SAN ANTONIO, U.S.: During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, aerosol-generating procedures in dentistry have been restricted in order to comply with a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since dental professionals are at high risk of infection. But how can endodontic emergencies be managed without drilling? A study has investigated the topic and found that palliative care seems to be the answer.

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New research may expedite regenerative dentistry

October 5, 2020 | Europe | News

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Understanding of cell types and the mechanisms of dental growth is essential for the reconstruction and engineering of teeth. Therefore, researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm have investigated the cellular composition of growing and non-growing mouse and human teeth. They believe that the new data on the cellular make-up and growth of teeth could accelerate developments in regenerative dentistry and in the treatment of tooth sensitivity.

Oral health and ageing—a free webinar series

October 2, 2020 | Education

October is geriatric dentistry month at Curaden Academy. Although the number of elderly patients in dental practices is on the rise, many dental professionals lack in-depth training in caring for these patients in the best way possible. In a series of free webinars, Curaden Academy is giving three experts the opportunity to speak about issues specifically related to the treatment of geriatric patients: periodontal problems, prosthodontic treatment planning and pharmacology.

Interview: “Dental hygiene is a practice’s calling card”

October 2, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

The Prevention One BOB-App motivates patients to brush interdentally daily while boosting your number of recalls. BOB stands for bleeding on brushing, which is also the app’s main parameter: a mouth map shows patients exactly which interdental spaces bleed on interdental brushing, as well as the necessary interdental brush for each space. As such, patients are motivated to reduce their inflammation scores, and track the process with each recall. Dental hygienist Sabina Floridia explains how the BOB-App has improved her patients’ oral health in the long term.

Interview: Victoria Wilson discusses her Smile Revolution podcast

October 2, 2020 | Europe | News

As a dental therapist and trained yoga teacher, Victoria Wilson certainly understands the holistic nature of oral health and overall well-being. In 2019, she launched the Smile Revolution podcast, where she has talked to a range of dental professionals about their career ups and downs. Wilson spoke to Dental Tribune International (DTI) about how Smile Revolution is fulfilling its mission of promoting oral health and how the podcast has been received so far.

Millions of missed appointments: UK dentistry feels heat from COVID-19

October 1, 2020 | Europe | News

NORTHAMPTON, UK: Since mid-June, dental clinics across the UK have faced a staggered resumption of elective dental care after the easing of a government-imposed lockdown. According to the Association of Dental Groups (ADG), UK dentists and other medical professionals now have an uphill battle to manage the negative impact that the lockdown has had on oral health.

Ten guiding principles as we recover from lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic

October 1, 2020 | Europe | News

One of the lessons we have all observed in recent months is that the effects of COVID-19 and the responses of populations and their governments have varied from one country to another. This has had a knock-on effect in dentistry, with variations in the instructions and guidance given by academia and those who regulate the profession.

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