GOTHENBURG, Sweden: Though its causes can be unclear and multiform, the effects of dental anxiety in patients are well understood. As it increases, patients may avoid appointments and dental care, neglecting their oral health in the process. In Sweden, a study conducted at the University of Gothenburg for a doctoral thesis has found that the nation’s levels of dental anxiety have dropped significantly in recent decades, highlighting the benefits brought about by a preventive approach to oral health.
March 23, 2021 | Education
Clinical professionals can look forward to three upcoming implantology webinars in March, April and May. Presented by dental implant manufacturer Neodent, the lectures will offer knowledge about peri-implant tissue maintenance, the evolution of conical connections and benefits of surface treatments and will provide the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.
NEW YORK, U.S.: The New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is the third U.S. dental school to acquire, install and use devices for robot-assisted dental implant surgeries. The Yomi devices are expected to enhance clinical practice.
LEIPZIG, Germany: Exactly six months from today, the 2021 International Dental Show (IDS) is slated to open. The 39th edition of the world’s leading dental trade fair was originally scheduled to take place from 10 to 13 March before the event organisers decided last December to postpone it to 22–25 September 2021. With clinically tested SARS-CoV-2 vaccines being rolled out across many countries, the prospects for IDS 2021 have now become a good deal rosier, leading the event organisers to declare that preparations are “going very well”.
GENEVA, Switzerland: In light of World Oral Health Day (WOHD), which is being celebrated today on 20 March, FDI World Dental Federation has released a statement that sums up how oral health behaviours have deteriorated during this time. One year into the pandemic, FDI councillors and members say that they are seeing first-hand the catastrophic aftermath of the virus on the health of people’s teeth and gingivae in dental practices around the globe.
NEW YORK, U.S.: Clear aligner therapy continues to grow in popularity. Before it was introduced, malocclusion in teenagers was typically treated using fixed appliances. The adolescents and teenagers of today are opting for a more discreet option, but there is little discretion being shown by the pop icons and social media influencers that are helping to turn clear aligners into the latest self-care trend. This article offers a glance at some of the most famous smiles fitted with transparent trays.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Dentsply Sirona and the Pittsburgh-headquartered dental support organization (DSO) North American Dental Group (NADG) have agreed to extend a partnership related to digital imaging solutions. In a press release, Dr. Andrew Matta of NADG said that the new agreement will help the DSO to keep up to speed with the continuing evolution of dental care.
HALLE (SAALE)/LEIPZIG, Germany: A new approach to the treatment of periodontitis could make the use of antibiotics obsolete, as it targets only the bacteria that cause the disease while sparing those that are harmless. It has been developed as a result of a collaboration between the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI in Leipzig and PerioTrap Pharmaceuticals in Halle. The researchers expect the new method of treatment to cause few side effects.
EDINBURGH, UK: The havoc wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic across the world has meant that patient attendance levels at dental practices have dropped quite substantially since March 2020. Although government-mandated lockdowns have played a role in this outcome, new data released by Public Health Scotland has indicated that access to NHS dentistry services remains a point of concern in the country.
GENEVA, Switzerland: Like other oral health professionals, dentists are front-line workers who provide an essential healthcare service. Accordingly, many countries have included dentists in priority vaccination groups. But what about allowing dentists to administer SARS-CoV-2 vaccines? A recent survey conducted by FDI World Dental Federation revealed that only one-third of the responding countries permitted vaccine administration by dentists. In light of the results, FDI has urged more countries to enable dentists to administer the vaccines.
MELVILLE, N.Y., U.S.: This is truly the golden age of endodontics. Advancements in technology, metallurgy and manufacturing techniques have enabled the creation of revolutionary instruments that allow endodontists to have improved control and more precision than ever before when performing root canal therapy.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark: On 17–18 March, dental teams will have the opportunity to experience the future of dental care—a future that is already here. Organised by the company behind award-winning digital solutions such as the 3Shape TRIOS intra-oral scanner, the 3Shape Navigate virtual event will offer an ideal peer-to-peer learning opportunity for dentists who are considering an intra-oral scanner. According to 3Shape CEO Jakob Just-Bomholt, the two-day event will help dentists to make informed choices about the adoption and integration of intra-oral scanners and digital workflows in the dental clinic.
BRISBANE, Australia: In Australia, considerable oral health disparities exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations. Health reports indicate that Indigenous Australians, particularly those in remote communities, are much more likely to have multiple caries and untreated dental disease owing to factors such as poor access to dental clinics, cost and lack of awareness. However, a new study out of Queensland has suggested that simple interventions in treating dental caries could have significant benefits for Indigenous children.
WASHINGTON, U.S.: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is amending an emergency declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act to authorize additional providers, including dentists and dental students, to vaccinate patients for COVID-19 nationwide, according to a March 11 announcement in the Federal Register.
CHICAGO, U.S.: As no studies have reported on the SARS-CoV-2-associated experiences of dental hygienists in the U.S., the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) together conducted a survey to investigate infection prevalence, infection prevention and control procedures, and associated trends in mental health. They found that the infection rate among dental hygienists was lower than in nondental health care workers, but higher than in the general U.S. population. A significant number of respondents reported elevated anxiety and depression.
March 11, 2021 | News
If you ask a dental patient to which member of the dental team we should give our thanks, many of them would say to dentists and dental nurses. What do you think is the correct answer? I assume we all agree that dentists cannot provide an appropriate healthcare service without their team. Members of the dental team who are registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) are clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental nurses, dental technicians, dental therapists, dentists and orthodontic therapists. Unfortunately, it seems to me that some members of this team have not been treated equally during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, I want to talk about dental technicians as an integral part of the dental team.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: Orthodontics disruptor SmileDirectClub (SDC) reported small declines in revenue and clear aligner case numbers for the fourth quarter of last year. The company’s chairman and CEO, David Katzman, outlined SDC’s continued global expansion, however, and said that consumers and dentists had shown increased acceptance of its direct-to-consumer tooth straightening business model during the pandemic.
SYDNEY, Australia: The Australian Dental Association and FDI have announced that they will present a completely virtual special edition of the World Dental Congress (WDC) from 26 to 29 September. Owing to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the congress has been moved fully online for the first time.
MELBOURNE, Australia: In Australia, a lack of locally transmitted COVID-19 cases has meant that many elements of life have regained some semblance of normality. A case in point is the upcoming ADX Melbourne, the 2021 iteration of Australia’s largest dental exhibition, which will feature both a virtual component and a physical symposium for dental professionals who can make it to Melbourne in person.
BERLIN/POTSDAM, Germany: Even though dentistry has come a long way, the majority of dental restorations do not last owing to the demineralisation of the fillings by the oral biofilm and other reasons. Researchers and dental professionals from institutions in Potsdam and Berlin are involved in a research project that aims at making dental fillings and tooth restorations more durable in the future.
BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) has announced that the tenth edition of its triennial congress, EuroPerio, will be held from 15 to 18 June 2022 at the Bella Center Copenhagen in Denmark. In light of the progression of the global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and in order to facilitate a successful meeting, the EFP had decided to postpone the event by one year in autumn last year already.
Although most oral diseases originate interdentally, the majority of patients stick to cleaning the tooth surfaces only. Jagoda Weihönig, a dental hygienist and iTOP lecturer based in Cracow in Poland, has been using the BOB-App to motivate patients to brush interdentally daily and to come back for regular recalls. With a mouth map and a simple inflammation score for each patient, the BOB-App helps practices to document the oral health of their patients easily and motivates patients to improve their scores with each visit.
LEIPZIG, Germany: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has already proved to be the greatest challenge that dental manufacturers have faced. The oral health giants Dentsply Sirona, Henry Schein and Envista Holdings all showed strong signs of recovery in their fourth-quarter results for 2020. It seems that the Straumann Group is not the only major market competitor to have seen growth in dental sales return late last year.
MELVILLE, N.Y., U.S.: During the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, which took place online for the first time this year, Henry Schein virtually hosted a global media event on Feb. 25. At its Managing Through Crisis for a Stronger Tomorrow press conference, the company’s leadership presented key lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and provided a look into the future as dentistry emerges from this world crisis.
LEIPZIG, Germany: In-person dental events have not taken place during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and the industry is eager to resume this kind of interaction between manufacturers, dealers and dental teams. Located in the heart of the German city of Leipzig, one venue has raised its hand to host dental events of the future.
HELSINGBORG, Sweden: The Swedish manufacturer of dental consumables Directa has announced the acquisition of the US-based manufacturer ContacEZ and the Scandinavian endodontic business Sendoline.