Live WebinarDiode lasers: Your first step into the world of Laser Dentistry
02 Dec 2020, 10:00 AM EST (New York)
Marina Polonsky DDS, MSc.,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Prof. Ian Needleman, who is a member of FDI World Dental Federation’s Sports in Dentistry Task Team, is moderating a discussion on 24 September about the impact of athletes’ oral health on their general health. It will feature eminent dental experts and elite athletes and will be the first time that the topic will be addressed in such a format. The event is part of the programme for the Virtual Dental Exhibition, which is being hosted by the organisers of the Central European Dental Exhibition from 24 to 26 September. Ahead of the debate, Needleman shared some insights with Dental Tribune International.
BRUSSELS, Belgium: There is scientific evidence that periodontal and cardiovascular diseases are related. With a new campaign called Perio and Cardio, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and the World Heart Federation (WHF) aim to create more awareness of this important topic. The initiative includes a website and educational material for dentists, cardiologists, medical professionals and the general public.
OSLO, Norway: Periodontal disease is a global health issue, and many countries consistently report high levels of the disease among the population. The Norwegian government has attempted to address the issue by introducing certain measures, including major financial support, over the last four decades. In order to assess how successful these measures have been in reducing the level of periodontitis in Norway, a recent study examined the national treatment prevalence of periodontal disease in the country and reported that the frequency of treatment carried out was sufficient to prevent major tooth loss in the Norwegian population.