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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.

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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.

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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.

Biodentine and ART: Minimising droplets and aerosol generation

September 30, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

SAINT-MAUR-DES-FOSSÉS, France: In the current difficult times, healthcare professionals are on the front line and doing their best to continue to provide dental care to patients. At Septodont, we are committed to doing everything we can to support dental practitioners worldwide. To protect the health of dental practitioners around the globe, procedures that avoid the spread of viral particles, via aerosol generation, should be preferred.

What to consider when caring for partially dentate patients

September 30, 2020 | Europe | Education

Rates of natural tooth retention are rising globally; rather than losing all their teeth as they age, people are increasingly reaching old age with at least a few of their natural teeth still intact. During this first webinar of a two-webinar series, experts Prof. Finbarr Allen, Prof. Angus Walls and Dr William Cheung will present the literature and scientific evidence supporting the pretreatment, treatment and maintenance options specific to partially dentate patients.

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Showcasing what is currently possible in dentistry

September 29, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

COLOGNE, Germany: With more than 50 employees, Zahngesundheit Frechen is one of the largest dental clinics in the greater Cologne area and specialises in orthodontics, implantology, aesthetic dentistry and dental prophylaxis. To offer their patients the best possible dental care, the clinic owners and their team have high requirements for the dental technology used. Maximilian von Kleinsorgen, one of the three owners, explained why they decided to invest in Planmeca when expanding their clinic.

Dental researcher is developing more aesthetic crowns for children

September 29, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: In New Zealand, one of most common methods for treating dental caries in primary teeth is the Hall technique. The non-invasive method involves placing metal crowns over teeth that are only moderately decayed, and is relatively quick and inexpensive to perform. Numerous issues have been reported with the type of crown used in Kiwi dental practices, however, leading a local dental researcher to begin developing her own restorative technology.

Interview: “Correct biofilm management needs to be learnt by doing”

September 28, 2020 | Asia Pacific | Advertorial | Interviews

Although dental students are well aware that a proper oral care routine is key to a healthy mouth, hands-on instruction is usually absent from the curricula. The iTOP—short for individually trained oral prophylaxis—prevention programme fills this gap, teaching students perfect oral hygiene skills and how to instruct patients and motivate them to sustain lifelong oral health. Dental Tribune International spoke to Dr Tihana Divnic-Resnik, a senior lecturer and co-ordinator at the University of Sydney. She has introduced iTOP at the university's Dental School to benefit her students, as well as their future patients.

IDEM 2020 succeeds as online event

September 28, 2020 | Asia Pacific | Events

SINGAPORE: For the first time, the International Dental Exhibition and Meeting (IDEM) was conducted online. The event, which was organised for the dental community by Koelnmesse and the Singapore Dental Association, was held from 19 June to 19 August 2020.

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Interview: “Dental laboratories will be left in an extremely vulnerable position”

September 28, 2020 | Interviews

Close cooperation between dentists and dental technicians generates synergy and helps to ensure high-quality prosthetic dentistry. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has diminished the confidence of many professionals working in the dental field and has created much uncertainty about the future of dental technology. In this interview, Dental Tribune International discussed the topic with Barry Tivey, an accomplished dental technician and owner of Ceramic Techniques, a dental laboratory that produces crowns, bridges, implants and aesthetic restorations.

FDI webinar to discuss oral health in comprehensive cleft care

September 25, 2020 | Europe | Education

Clefts of the lip and palate are the most common birth defect of the face and mouth. Even children who undergo cleft surgery are often at an increased risk of caries, periodontal disease, and other oral health and well-being issues as they grow. These children require regular dental care to ensure adequate monitoring, education, support and treatment in order to prevent oral disease and achieve the highest possible quality of life. FDI World Dental Federation has joined forces with Smile Train, with funding and crucial support from GSK Consumer Healthcare, to provide essential resources on the standard of oral health and dental care for children with clefts. The first deliverable for the two-year project is the Oral Health in Comprehensive Cleft Care guidelines, which will be presented in a free webinar on Tuesday, 29 September. In an interview beforehand, the project collaborators together spoke with Dental Tribune International about the initiative.

Let dentists keep working—lessons from the second Israeli lockdown

September 24, 2020 | Middle East & Africa | News

TEL AVIV, Israel: Dental clinics in Israel are operating as usual this week, despite a government-imposed lockdown that has been implemented to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke with an Israeli dentist, who commented that the strict health protocols that are in place within dentistry justify the continued provision of elective care.

COVID-19 update: Nordic dentists continue to be affected by pandemic

September 24, 2020 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Though the Nordic countries share many similar cultural and social traits, their respective governments’ responses to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have diverged sharply at times. These differences have had a knock-on effect on the provision of dental services, leading to frustration among some in the industry.

Low-risk dentistry vs. high-risk dentistry

September 23, 2020 | Europe | News

Patients usually do not think of dentistry as being of low risk or high risk from a medical perspective. When visiting the dentist, a patient would expect that the dentist knows exactly what he or she is doing and that it is relatively safe to undergo the treatment proposed. Most dentists graduate with an understanding of the basic concepts of general dentistry and are fully capable of performing a wide array of treatments. In my humble opinion, the problem of risk lies in the nature of dentistry itself, and I have spent a great deal of time thinking about this.

Insights 2020: exocad celebrates a decade of digital innovation

September 23, 2020 | Europe | Events

DARMSTADT, Germany: CAD/CAM software provider exocad has celebrated its tenth anniversary and its newest releases at Insights 2020, which was held on 21 and 22 September at the darmstadtium congress centre in the “City of Science”. An extensive and high-quality programme—consisting of lectures, an exhibition, a live surgery and laboratory sessions—was delivered to participants on-site and online during the first hybrid event of its kind under the theme “A decade of innovation”.

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