SINGAPORE: The idea of writing an article series on sustainable dentistry originated from an article titled “A guide to eco-friendly dentistry” that provided many aspects and opinions regarding sustainable dentistry, but from which it was clear that there is no real consensus or extensive framework for sustainable dentistry. This first article will briefly introduce FDI World Dental Federation’s new initiative regarding sustainable dentistry.
HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: Since there are so many different dental adhesives, cements and restorative materials available, it can be difficult to decide which products are best suited to fulfilling individual requirements. A direct comparison obtained by testing all products is impossible owing to the great number of available solutions. Laboratory investigations provide information about specific product properties, but usually cannot give the overall picture.
BRISTOL, UK: The largest study to date specifically measuring aerosol generation in dental settings found that many common procedures produced negligible volumes of aerosol. The study is yet to be peer reviewed; however, according to the authors, the findings support current guidance that deems many dental procedures as posing a low risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission and suggests that the level of risk associated with the use of ultrasonic instruments could be downgraded.
As the principal at the Sydney-based dental practice Care Dentistry, specialist prosthodontist Dr Christopher Ho leads by example. The procedures and techniques he employs to create aesthetic rehabilitations are guided by digital solutions that deliver greater efficiency, accuracy and patient acceptance. Here, he discusses how 3Shape’s product portfolio powers his digital workflows.
BERGEN OP ZOOM, Netherlands: Blij Gebit (Dutch for “happy teeth”) is a dental hygiene practice aimed specifically at children. It was started in the town of Bergen Op Zoom earlier this year by dental hygienist Stefanie Verdaasdonk, who runs the practice with her assistant, Daniëlle van de Water. The unique mix of child psychology, prevention and coaching—but also the inexhaustible patience and enthusiasm of Verdaasdonk and Van de Water—make Blij Gebit a place where children go with pleasure, even those with a fear of the dentist. “Living to be 100 with healthy teeth, that’s the goal,” said Verdaasdonk, “and also having fun. We turn every appointment into a party.”
VENICE, Italy: In June, Tokuyama Dental hosted the inaugural event on its new online learning platform, the Tokuyama Academy. The company was eager to hear how its innovative mix of webinars and live onsite broadcasts would be received by dental professionals. Attendance figures and feedback from participants confirmed that the virtual event successfully addressed the broad topic of restorative dentistry and served to lessen accessibility barriers for dental professionals around the world.
Over the past months, I have been running a course, titled “How to launch an oral health promotion project/business”, which is part of my Smile Revolution platform. The course is open to all dental professionals—dentists, therapists, hygienists and nurses—who want to explore opportunities of expanding their horizon beyond the purely clinical work of the practice.
Although he has a growing art collection and is busy with many other activities, general dentist Dr. Kenneth Montague says that his patients still come first. Montague began exhibiting art in his home in the 1990s and has since built up the Wedge Collection—one of Canada’s largest private art collections exploring African diasporic culture and contemporary Black life. Dental Tribune International spoke with Montague about how music and the arts have shaped his dental practice, about his collection and the photographs currently on display at his clinic, and about expressing oneself as a dentist.
KOBLACH, Austria: Amann Girrbach is all about supporting laboratories in the organisation of digital dental workflows. With the AG.Live digital platform, this project reaches a new dimension. AG.Live helps dental technicians to manage all digital activities locally and to connect with an ever-expanding global network of digital dental professionals.
June 29, 2021 | Interviews
At the Straumann Group, Charbel Saad is the area sales manager for the central and eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region. In an interview in light of AEEDC 2021, he gave insight into the current state of the Middle Eastern market, how it is affected by the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and what is to come after it. Also, he discussed Straumann’s exhibition highlights at this year’s event.
DUBAI, UAE: In a study that is the first of its kind, researchers from Claude Bernard Lyon University in Lyon in France have shown that Perio plus regenerate mouthwash reduces the risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2. The mouthwash reduces the viral load in the mouth by 71% after a single rinse, aiding the immune system in controlling the start of infection.
DUBAI, UAE: The UAE International Dental Conference and Arab Dental Exhibition (AEEDC) in Dubai is the gateway to the emerging and far-reaching dental market in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region. Despite the global SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, the event organisers have decided that the event, now in its 25th edition, will again showcase a wide range of dental products, equipment and suppliers. As one of the largest dental events in the MENASA region, AEEDC Dubai will host a number of practical and interactive activities that will run alongside the exhibition halls from 29 June to 1 July.
LONDON, UK/CHENNAI, India: UK Research and Innovation and India’s Department of Biotechnology in the Ministry of Science and Technology have recently granted funding to two research projects that aim to examine the impact of COVID-19 in South Asian communities in India and the UK. One of the studies hypothesises that mucosal immunity and the oral microbiome play a critical role in susceptibility to and severity of COVID-19. If confirmed, the findings of the study could help mitigate the severity of the disease in both countries.
There is no way around it: digitalisation is inevitable in all aspects of life, including, of course, in dentistry. Dr Dalia el-Bokle, an orthodontics specialist from Egypt, is well aware of this fact. At AEEDC 2021, she will present a lecture on how to introduce digital tools into the orthodontic practice and why it is important to do so.
HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: From 1 July onwards, Kuraray Noritake Dental’s KATANA Zirconia YML, the latest evolution in multilayered zirconia, will be commercially available. To celebrate the launch of this superlative material, the company is inviting dental professionals to a virtual symposium to be held on 3 July.
SINGAPORE: For the first time, the Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) Congress (AOSC) will be converted to a fully digital event. The digital event will take place between 2 July and 11 July. This edition of AOSC aims to bring together orthodontists from all over the globe and enable them to connect with world-renowned experts, researchers and thought leaders.
GOTHENBURG, Sweden: Even though high survival rates have been reported for dental implants, biological or technical complications affecting the implant, the tissue surrounding the implant, or the implant-supported reconstruction may occur, resulting in additional treatment costs. A recent study, conducted at the University of Gothenburg for a doctoral thesis, has evaluated the frequency and consequential cost of such complications.
BRUSSELS, Belgium: Given the prevalence and preventable nature of periodontitis, new ways of thinking about gingival health are needed to increase awareness and action at national level, according to the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP). The EFP recently commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit, a provider of forecasting and advisory services, to perform an analysis on the financial and human cost of periodontal disease in six western European countries. The report is directed at policymakers, and the findings emphasise the economic and societal benefits of action in the early treatment of gum disease.
In a recent webinar focused on dental impressions in modern dentistry, Dr Pawel Szuba-Paszkiewicz, a dentist with a deep interest in digital prosthodontics, discussed the benefits and shortcomings of both traditional and digital impression taking. Prior to his online presentation, he discussed some of the most common mistakes in dental impression taking and gave dental professionals advice on how to get around some of the limitations of dental scanners.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden: The European Dental Hygienists Federation (EDHF) held a webinar on 9 June that focused on two topics: understanding and supporting oral cancer patients post diagnosis, and the role of dental hygienists in a modern approach to the non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease. The webinar was open only to EDHF members, and Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke with EDHF Vice President Ellen Bol-van den Hil about what was discussed.
EDINBURGH, UK: Currently, NHS dental care is free at the point of use for those under 18 throughout the UK. Part of the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) platform ahead of this past May’s Scottish parliamentary election was a promise to abolish all NHS dentistry charges and increase NHS funding by 20%. After its successful re-election, the SNP has now introduced legislature to make dental services free for individuals up to 25 years of age, a move that will benefit 600,000 young people, according to the government.
BASEL, Switzerland: More than 1,000 monthly Instagram posts containing the hashtag #EstheticDentistry provide evidence that dental professionals take great pride in their treatment having a lasting impact on their patients with dental caries and tooth loss. Through the global SmileAward, Straumann aims to highlight the best work of dentists who work tirelessly and with great professionalism to change people’s lives—one smile at a time.
CHICAGO, U.S.: How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting dental practice? The American Dental Association (ADA) has been engaging with thousands of U.S. dentists every month in order to answer this question. The latest Health Policy Institute (HPI) survey results found that around 61% of all clinics were open and operating normally, but that dental support organizations (DSOs) and larger group practices were more likely to be experiencing pre-pandemic patient volumes.
NEW YORK, U.S.: BioHorizons Implant System, a leading global provider of dental implant and tissue regeneration products, has donated funding and in-kind support to the New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) to facilitate access to dental implants for patients in need and to enhance the college’s continuing education programs.
BERLIN, Germany: A four-country randomised controlled clinical trial recently proved the clinical performance and superior cost-effectiveness of glass hybrids compared with composites in Class II restorations. Researchers from Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany, led by Prof. Falk Schwendicke, have now proved in another randomised controlled clinical trial that glass hybrids show similar performance to composites in non-carious cervical lesions.
LONDON, UK: Align Technology has announced that it is hosting its annual Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Invisalign Scientific Symposium on 2 and 3 July digitally, providing an opportunity for orthodontists to delve into the science behind the company’s Invisalign system, as well as glean the latest advanced clinical knowledge from luminaries of orthodontic pedagogy.