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“We’ve had minor issues lead to missed time”—Dr Andrew Sarowitz on treating professional athletes

August 26, 2020 | Americas | Advertorial

Periodontal disease, acute trauma, ill-fitting mouth guards—these are just a few examples of problems that could compromise athletic performance. As a result, sports teams in most countries have realized the need for specialized dental care, and dentists are increasingly being regarded as essential members of the sports medical team. New York-based dentist Dr Andrew Sarowitz is in charge of the dental health of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA’s) Brooklyn Nets basketball team and works with mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters.

Poor oral hygiene could affect accuracy of SARS-CoV-2 tests

August 26, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

TOKYO, Japan: A study conducted at a hospital in Tokyo has found that poor oral hygiene could lead to prolonged viral shedding in patients with COVID-19. In the study, it was observed that patients with inadequate oral health regimes returned positive results in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for the virus long after their clinical recovery, leading the researchers to believe that oral hygiene could affect the accuracy of testing for the virus.

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Straumann Group sales pick up again after tough first half

August 25, 2020 | Europe | Business

BASEL, Switzerland: Now that the first half of 2020 is over, the Straumann Group has reported that the SARS-CoV-2 crisis has reduced its revenue by 22% to CHF 605 million (€562 million), compared with the first half of 2019. Dental practices closed in many parts of the world, and business declined drastically in mid-March, reaching a trough in April. When lockdown measures began to ease and dental practices reopened, sales began to climb in May, and this trend continued through June. Whereas the pandemic hit all markets, the extent of the impact varied in different regions.

Interview: “Orthodontists should see their patients through the eyes of a periodontist”

August 24, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

According to Dr Jean-Marc Dersot, plaque control is an often neglected but crucial factor in successful orthodontic treatment. Dersot being a past president of the Société Française de Parodontologie et d’Implantologie Orale (French society of periodontology and oral implantology), his favourite topic is the relationship between orthodontics and periodontics, and his output on the topic as an editor and researcher is prolific. “In order to avoid orthodontic side effects, orthodontists need to safeguard the periodontal tissue,” Dersot stressed.

UK government recognises dentists’ contribution during COVID-19 pandemic

August 24, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: The dental industry has gone through many sudden and extreme changes since the start of the pandemic, and it is now evident that access to oral care will remain restricted in the months to come, which may result in new challenges and bring uncertainty to the dental profession. To help healthcare workers navigate the healthcare crisis, the UK government has recently awarded National Health Service (NHS) doctors and dentists a pay rise for their vital contribution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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IDEM 2020 marks first digital edition of Asia Pacific’s leading dental event

August 21, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

SINGAPORE: The digital 11th International Dental Exhibition and Meeting (IDEM), held from 19 June to 19 August, has ended. The event, which was organised by Koelnmesse and the Singapore Dental Association, attracted 3,615 attendees from 54 countries and sparked critical dialogue about the trends shaping the future of dentistry amid a new normality.

Clear aligner treatment models jostle for acceptance in the pandemic

August 21, 2020 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: The benefits of aligner therapy for patients are clear, but the different treatment models that manufacturers offer have already shown various advantages and disadvantages during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Orthodontists around the world have embraced digital workflows since March, but one of the largest manufacturers has experienced significant growth in new case starts that begin with at-home impression kits and not with digital scans undertaken in dental clinics.

Dentsply Sirona World 2020 goes local and global

August 20, 2020 | Americas | Events

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Dentsply Sirona has recently announced that its event Dentsply Sirona World 2020 will be transformed into localized in-person and globally available virtual events this fall. The new formats will offer expanded opportunities for earning continuing education credits and feature speakers in dentistry presenting engaging educational sessions across 12 unique tracks. The in-person program, originally scheduled for Oct. 1–3 in Las Vegas, will be postponed to a later date.

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COVID-19 and domestic violence: How dentists can help those in need

August 20, 2020 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: Social distancing and isolation measures introduced in countless countries during the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic have undeniably helped to curb the virus’s spread. One unintended and negative side effect, however, has been a rise in the incidence of domestic violence. A paper recently published in the British Dental Journal (BDJ) sought to clarify what role dental professionals, particularly oral and maxillofacial surgeons, play in such situations and how they can better help patients who have been affected by this form of abuse.

Interview: “Our purpose is to provide emotional first aid for dentists in distress”

August 19, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

Dentistry can be a stressful profession in which the importance of mental health is often overlooked, and the uncertainty about where to seek help can be overwhelming. Over time, this has led to high rates of depression and suicide among dental professionals in the UK. In order to improve the situation and work towards prevention, the helpline Confidental was founded, which offers emotional support for dentists provided by their peers. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Dr John Lewis, who works as a dentist at Ghyllmount Dental in Penrith in the UK and who is part of the Confidental network, shared some insights into the important work the helpline is doing.

WHO calls for delay of all non-urgent dental care

August 19, 2020 | Americas | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that dental settings may pose an even greater risk for the spread of SARS-CoV-2 than was previously thought, owing to the spread of the virus through airborne microparticles. It said that routine dental check-ups should be delayed in order to protect dental patients and staff; however, dental associations disagree.

FDI celebrates 120th anniversary

August 18, 2020 | Europe | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: This past Saturday, 15 August, marked the 120th anniversary of the founding of FDI World Dental Federation (FDI). In celebration of the occasion, FDI President Dr Gerhard K. Seeberger shared an anniversary statement in which he called this milestone a monumental day for FDI and revealed a short preview of an upcoming video that will detail the history and achievements of the organisation.

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Lego inspires researchers to build individually adaptable bricks for tissue repair

August 18, 2020 | Americas | News

PORTLAND, Ore., U.S.: Biomaterial scaffolds have served as the foundation of tissue engineering; however, they are often difficult to scale in size or shape in order to fit defect‐specific dimensions. Researchers from the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland have now developed small 3D-printed bricks that serve as scaffolding for hard and soft tissue. They believe that this technology could be used for bone augmentation before dental implantation.

Osstem Implant opens global hub for research and development in Seoul

August 17, 2020 | Asia Pacific | Advertorial

SEOUL, South Korea: Osstem Implant, one of the world’s major dental implant manufacturers, has recently established a new state-of-the-art digital technology research and development (R & D) centre. Located in the Magok Industrial Complex in south-western Seoul in South Korea, the centre will serve as a hub for providing next-generation fully digital solutions, thereby strengthening the company’s position in the global dental implant market.

COVID-19 update: Australian and New Zealand dentists experience tighter restrictions

August 17, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

SYDNEY, Australia: After months of relative success in controlling the spread of SARS-CoV-2 across both Australia and New Zealand, recent developments have resulted in lockdowns of differing extents being reintroduced in both countries. Though these lockdowns have been implemented for the benefit of public health, restrictions on dental services have left many in the profession with a sense of anxiety regarding their future.

SignIn Online: App assists with contactless patient registration

August 14, 2020 | Americas | News

THE COLONY, Texas, U.S.: The reopening of dental offices around the world under the conditions of the new normal poses many questions for practice owners, such as how to ensure that only healthy patients come in for appointments. The answer may be an app called SignIn Online, which allows the remote screening of patients for COVID-19-related symptoms.

More prevention, more follow-up visits—“the BOB App engages patients in their own health”

August 14, 2020 | Asia Pacific | Advertorial

Curaden’s BOB App is an easy-to-use app that allows you to keep track of your patients’ interdental bleeding and provide them with a mouth map indicating which interdental brush to use for each interdental space. The app motivates patients to reduce and eliminate their BOB (bleeding on brushing) scores at home through daily interdental cleaning and come back for regular prevention-based check-ups. South Korean dentist Dr Yohan Shin has successfully introduced the app as a motivational tool to engage patients in their own oral health.

Periodontitis may double chances of cognitive decline, study says

August 14, 2020 | Americas | News

MINNEAPOLIS, U.S.: Scientists have frequently linked some forms of periodontal disease with other inflammatory diseases, and now a new study has suggested that poor oral health may also have an impact on brain function. The findings showed that periodontal disease, especially in its more advanced stage, could increase the chance of developing mild cognitive impairment and dementia later in life.

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