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Who has the healthiest teeth in Europe?

June 16, 2020 | Europe | News

BERLIN, Germany: A study of European countries has found that people in Italy, Germany and Spain have the best dental health in Europe. The three countries topped an index compiled by the digital medical platform Qunomedical, which scored European populations’ dental health, as well as the environmental and lifestyle factors that influence it.

Four questions on current trends in direct posterior and anterior restorations

June 15, 2020 | Education

Dr Alexandra Papanikolaou owns a private dental clinic in Athens in Greece, focused mainly on restorative and aesthetic dentistry. In an upcoming webinar, she will present the latest composite materials on the market and discuss simplified approaches for posterior restorations and polychromatic approaches for the anterior region. Ahead of her free online presentation on 25 June, she shared some insights with Dental Tribune International on the topic.

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Pioneers at heart: 3Shape aims to become go-to resource for digital dental learning

June 15, 2020 | Americas | Interviews

Digitalisation is one of the most important trends that have reshaped dentistry in recent years. Copenhagen-based dental company 3Shape has been one of the major players in the field and is advancing continuing education about digital dentistry to a new level with its 24H Global Symposium, which will take place as an exclusively online event on 19 and 20 June. Prior to the symposium, Dental Tribune International spoke with Lars Christian Lund and Dr Rune Fisker, senior vice presidents at 3Shape.

Dental community mourns death of George Floyd

June 15, 2020 | Americas | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The recent news about the death of George Floyd has sent shock waves throughout the world and has touched people of different ages, races and ethnicities. It has also appalled the dental community, which published statements on the incident, offered its condolences and invited everyone to take a stance on the racial injustice and police brutality that has been endemic in the country for centuries.

Research discovery could help create stronger, more durable dental fillings

June 15, 2020 | Americas | News

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada/LONDON, U.K.: Given that more than 2.3 billion people are estimated to suffer from dental caries, any potential advances in dental filling material could benefit a large proportion of the world’s population. By investigating the structure of certain composite materials, an international team of researchers has discovered a method that may well improve these materials and subsequently lead to stronger dental fillings.

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FDI to provide continuing education with own Oral Health Campus

June 12, 2020 | Europe | Education

GENEVA, Switzerland: For FDI World Dental Federation (FDI), knowledge transfer is central to its array of activities aimed at promoting the oral health and well-being of all at all ages. In celebration of its 120-year anniversary, the organisation is launching a webinar platform called FDI Oral Health Campus that will provide dental professionals from around the world with continuing education (CE) opportunities in the comfort of their own homes.

Interview: “Owing to SARS-CoV-2 concerns, an in-house workflow has become the centre of interest”

June 12, 2020 | Education | Interviews

Dr Andreas Kurbad, who runs a private practice in Viersen in Germany, has lectured widely on the topic of computerised dentistry. For 3Shape’s upcoming 24-hour global online symposium, Kurbad will be giving a presentation on an in-house workflow for CAD/CAM-based single-tooth restorations. Prior to the event, the expert talked to Dental Tribune International about his own in-house workflow and why such procedures offer advantages, especially in light of the restrictions imposed by SARS-CoV-2.

SARS-CoV-2: Aerosols in dentistry

June 12, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

NYON, Switzerland: In a recent blog post, Swiss company EMS Electro Medical Systems spoke about the great challenges the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has posed for dental practices. Dental aerosols can present a health risk, as the virus can be detected in the area of the mouth, nose and throat. Therefore, EMS is providing useful information on the subject of aerosols.

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Importance of vitamin D in dentistry: Could it play a role in resistance to infectious diseases?

June 11, 2020 | Europe | News

Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that is obtained through diet or synthesised in the skin from cholesterol when the skin receives adequate sun exposure (the main means of obtaining the vitamin). Unfortunately, exposure to direct sunlight has declined dramatically in today’s society with the increase in the number of office jobs. Furthermore, as we grow older, our ability to absorb vitamin D decreases. Vitamin D deficiency is a global public health problem, affecting all age groups. Recent studies have shown that about 70% of society is deficient in vitamin D.1

Straumann Campus broadcasts three online webinars on current implant treatments

June 11, 2020 | Education

In the weeks to come, dental implant manufacturer Straumann will continue to provide dental professionals with free online education opportunities to enhance their implantology skills and learn about exciting concepts. Speakers from the US, Poland and Brazil will present webinars on digital site-specific implant planning, on the Real Arch Sobczak Concept with Straumann Pro Arch, and on new digital trends and technologies which influence the way full-arch treatments are performed today.

FDI offers COVID-19 guidance to dental professionals

June 11, 2020 | Europe | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: The SARS-CoV-2 outbreak is causing significant disruption to dental practice worldwide. Oral health professionals, dental associations and regulatory bodies are facing diverse challenges to providing dental care and promoting the oral health of the population while protecting patients and practitioners from the health threat posed by SARS-CoV-2. The council of FDI World Dental Federation has now released a statement on dentistry and oral health during the pandemic.

KATANA Zirconia: The complete restorative solution

June 11, 2020 | Americas | Advertorial

When it was first introduced to restorative dentistry in the early 2000s, zirconia was an opaque, unnatural-looking substance with a chalk-like whiteness. Two decades later, technological and material advances have meant that zirconia is now a highly aesthetic and durable ceramic solution for a variety of procedures. Leading the way is Kuraray Noritake Dental’s KATANA Zirconia series, which can now be integrated at every step of the restorative workflow.

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Henry Schein Dental launches air sterilisers

June 11, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

GILLINGHAM, UK: Henry Schein Dental UK has recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with Radic8 to distribute an air sterilisation system that neutralises certain viruses and bacteria in a single air pass. It also neutralises gases and mercury vapours. Radic8 technology uses a two-stage process of filtration followed by sterilisation. The sterilisation process employs photocatalytic oxidation technology that is far more effective at killing microbial contamination with forced airflow than ultraviolet light alone.

Dentists from Scotland share experience of emergency lockdown treatment

June 10, 2020 | News

FORT WILLIAM, UK: Owing to strict government restrictions for controlling the spread of SARS-CoV-2, dental practices in Scotland were instructed to limit aerosol-generating dental treatments, and some were transformed into emergency hubs. M&S Dental Care in Fort William is one of these practices. For the duration of the lockdown, the practice has been turned into one of Scotland’s emergency NHS treatment centres, providing advice, relief and treatment to patients with chronic conditions.

Survey highlights inadequate supply of PPE to front-line workers by hospitals

June 10, 2020 | Europe | News

DAVOS, Switzerland: An international cross-sectional survey has found that most surgeons believed that the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to front-line healthcare workers by hospitals in the first month of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak was inadequate.

Welcome to Europe’s most important event on MI dentistry in 2020

June 10, 2020 | Europe | Education

LEUVEN, Belgium: In preparation for GC’s 100th anniversary in 2021, GC Europe will be holding its first International MI Congress, a continuing education event dedicated to minimum intervention (MI) dentistry. The acceptance of and need for online training are increasing in light of travel restrictions and the requirements of physical distancing owing to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Consequently, though originally planned to take place in Barcelona in Spain, the congress will be hosted online on 20 June.

Digital Dental Show: Amann Girrbach virtual exhibition stand offers added value

June 9, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

KOBLACH, Austria: As the SARS-CoV-2 crisis is bringing all trade fairs and congresses worldwide to a standstill, Amann Girrbach has set up the Digital Dental Show (DDS), a virtual exhibition stand with many extras for its visitors. All the latest and most important products of the company are on display at this virtual dental show.

Interview: “Glass hybrids […] are quite forgiving and tolerant regarding clinical challenges”

June 9, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

Prof. Ivana Miletić from the Department of Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry at the University of Zagreb School of Dental Medicine in Croatia is one of nine speakers of the upcoming GC international congress on minimum intervention (MI) dentistry. In her online presentation, she will demonstrate the clinical use and advantages of glass hybrid material in everyday practice.

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