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Interview: Orthodontics and restorative dentistry are far more interlinked than we think

March 19, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

Dr Tif Qureshi was the first dentist in the UK to pioneer the concept of progressive smile design through alignment, bleaching and bonding, which changed the face of cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry in the UK. He is also the founder of the IAS Academy, which offers support for dental professionals on a journey of orthodontics and restorative dentistry. In this interview, Qureshi provides some insights into the academy’s goals and work.

AAE provides considerations for dental and endodontic care during COVID-19 crisis

March 19, 2020 | Americas | News

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) announced several recommended considerations to its 8,000-plus endodontist and dentist members amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The announcement came at a time when other dental organizations revealed similar recommendations regarding dental care and emergency vs. non-emergency treatment.

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COVID-19 prompts cancellation of 2020 AACD meeting

March 18, 2020 | Americas | News

MADISON, Wis., USA: The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has cancelled its 36th AACD Annual Scientific Session due to the ongoing threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. The event had been scheduled for April 22–25 in Orlando.

Global shortage of surgical masks hits dental practices worldwide

March 18, 2020 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), it could be a year before a successful vaccine to treat the coronavirus becomes widely available to the public. In the meantime, dental professionals are advised to control the spread of the virus by using face masks. However, as the outbreak reaches the tipping point, personal protective equipment supplies, especially of surgical masks, are at critically low levels. In a call to action, dental and health organisations have recently urged the federal government to boost mask supplies in order to prevent possible dental practice closures and protect healthcare workers from being infected and infecting others.

Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium New York postponed to 2021

March 18, 2020 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, and travel from Europe to the US has been suspended for the next 30 days. Consequently, a decision has been taken to postpone the Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium to 2021.

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Introducing the KATANA Cleaner

March 18, 2020 | Americas | Advertorial

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: When cementing a restoration during the trial fitting stage, it’s quite common to have reduced bond strength due to surface contamination caused by saliva, blood or even plaque in the dental cavity. To remove this contamination, you need a dental cleaning agent. Kuraray Noritake Dental is thus proud to introduce the KATANA Cleaner, a non-abrasive universal cleaner that delivers the bond strength your patients deserve.

Henry Schein launches COVID-19 Resource Center

March 18, 2020 | Americas | News

MELVILLE, N.Y., USA: Henry Schein Inc. has launched the COVID-19 Resource Center, a web-based hub that provides industry-specific information to help office-based dental and medical practitioners navigate the COVID-19 outbreak.

CDC guidelines for COVID-19 control in dental settings

March 17, 2020 | Americas | News

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The American Dental Association is urging dental professionals across the U.S. to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 situation summary web page for current insight.

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ADA calls upon dentists to postpone elective procedures

March 17, 2020 | Americas | News

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: On March 17, the American Dental Association issued a recommendation to member dentists that dental practices across the U.S. postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

American Association of Orthodontists cancels its 2020 meeting

March 17, 2020 | Americas | News

The American Association of Orthodontists has announced the cancellation of its Annual Session, scheduled to take place later this spring in Atlanta. “Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we have made the difficult but important decision to cancel the AAO Annual Session, originally scheduled for May 1-4, 2020,” the AAO announced today on its website.

Spread of COVID-19 pushes EU to monitor export of protective equipment

March 17, 2020 | Europe | News

BRUSSELS, Belgium: As concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic reaches new levels around the world, the European Union has taken measures to safeguard personal protective equipment. In a press release, the EU stated that exports of equipment such as face masks and protective spectacles and visors outside of the EU would be subject to export authorisation by member states.

FMC mourns coronavirus death of co-founder

March 17, 2020 | Europe | News

SHENLEY, UK: Last week, the public learned that a British national had died of COVID-19 on 11 March 2020 in Bali in Indonesia. Shortly afterwards, it became known that the deceased person was Kimberly Finlayson, co-founder of Finlayson Media Communications (FMC), the UK’s biggest independent dental publisher.

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Exocad presents latest company news at press conference

March 16, 2020 | Europe | News

DARMSTADT, Germany: CAD/CAM dentistry is an exciting field that is increasingly shaping the future of the dental profession. Exocad has made it its goal to expand the possibilities of digital dentistry and to provide its distribution partners with flexible, reliable and easy-to-use software. During a press conference on 12 March at Darmstadt’s science and congress centre darmstadtium, the German company gave an update on the background of its acquisition by Align Technology, its future orientation and current developments.

Teledentistry is here to stay—dental associations change gear to regulate

March 16, 2020 | Americas | News

CHICAGO, U.S./LONDON, U.K.: A growing number of consumers are opting for remote orthodontic treatment, and it is likely that such services will continue to be available to them. While dental associations on both sides of the Atlantic may not fully support the practice, they are now seeking to clarify how it can be provided to patients safely. In the U.S., examples of generic regulations for teledentistry have been issued by the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB). The General Dental Council in the U.K. has asked service providers to confirm what procedures they are following and how its registrants may be involved.

PD celebrates 80 years of endo-expertise

March 16, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

VEVEY, Switzerland: Produits Dentaires (PD) was founded in 1940 by William Gehrig, who had the vision of testing the boundaries of innovation. Today, this path is continued by the third-generation owners, Nicolas and Yann Gehrig, whose mission is to deliver smart yet simple solutions to help leading specialists succeed.

Frequent toothbrushing found to lower risk of diabetes

March 13, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

SEOUL, South Korea: A recent study has highlighted the importance of good dental hygiene. Since periodontal disease and poor oral hygiene can provoke transient infection and systemic inflammation, researchers have examined the effect that periodontal disease and poor oral hygiene have on the occurrence of new-onset diabetes. They found that frequent toothbrushing may reduce the chances of developing diabetes, while the presence of periodontal disease and more missing teeth increase the chances of developing new-onset diabetes.

Dentists need to take more action to combat the opioid epidemic, says expert

March 12, 2020 | Americas | News

PITTSBURGH, U.S.: In a recent study on opioids reported by Dental Tribune International (DTI), researchers found that the overprescribing by dentists in the U.S. was common, particularly for patients at high risk of substance abuse. In the study, the team used Truven Health MarketScan Research Databases to assess close to 550,000 dental visits by adult patients between 2011 and 2015. From that, they were able to attain their results.

ITI World Symposium deferred to next year

March 12, 2020 | Asia Pacific | Events

SINGAPORE: After three years of planning and preparation, the organiser of the ITI World Symposium 2020, which was scheduled to take place on 14–16 May, has postponed the event to 1–3 September 2021. The decision was made in light of the rapid global escalation of COVID-19 cases with the subsequent travel and other restrictions being imposed, which would probably have rendered it impossible to hold a large-scale meeting with international attendance this year, the International Team for Implantology (ITI) stated.

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