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What dental professionals can do to tackle antibiotic resistance

November 10, 2020 | Europe | Education

According to Dr Wendy Thompson, who is a dentist and clinical lecturer in primary dental care at the University of Manchester in the UK, the dental profession globally is responsible for around one in ten antibiotic prescriptions across human healthcare. In an upcoming free webinar, she will share guidance on how the whole dental team, including general dental practitioners, specialists and practice managers, can develop local solutions to tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance. Before her online seminar, Thompson gave some insight into the issue in an interview with Dental Tribune International.

Decellularised matrix hydrogel may promote dental pulp regeneration

November 9, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

GUANGZHOU, China: Dental pulp regeneration has been a great challenge to researchers in the field of endodontics for decades. It has been widely regocnised that tissue-engineered biomaterials might be beneficial for endodontic regeneration; however, single-component materials or shape-fixed scaffolds are not able to meet the requirements for multifunctional dental pulp regrowth. Inspired by the clinical use of multiple acellular tissue grafts, researchers in China have become interested in decellularised dental pulp matrix.

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Study shows concerning levels of dental patient aggression

November 9, 2020 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: When it comes to dealing with behavioral issues among dental patients, the most common obstacle that practitioners seek to overcome is patient anxiety. A new study out of the U.S., however, has suggested that levels of patient aggression toward dentists may be a greater problem than previously thought, signaling an addition to the myriad problems that dental professionals face when providing treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New survey highlights dentists’ pessimism about the future

November 9, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: There is a growing body of evidence indicating declining well-being among dentists worldwide. This was confirmed by a recent survey conducted by Dental Protection which found that half of the UK dentists who participated in the study were experiencing difficulty in coping with the uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and that they had adopted negative mental attitudes towards the future.

ADA supports point-of-care COVID-19 testing by dentists

November 6, 2020 | Americas | News

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: According to a new policy from the American Dental Association, point-of-care testing to screen patients for chronic diseases and other medical conditions, including COVID-19, that could complicate dental care or put the patient and dental staff at risk is within a dentist’s scope of practice. “Yet currently, rapid and reliable COVID-19 tests are not available to dentists for in-office use, which makes no sense,” states ADA President Dr. Daniel Klemmedson.

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“Diabetes shouldn’t be an issue for the child, but it requires discipline from the parents”

November 6, 2020 | Europe | Education | News

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: November is diabetes awareness month at Curaden Academy. Diabetes mellitus is the third most common chronic disease in children and adolescents and requires constant monitoring and treatment in the form of insulin injections. Curaden’s Tom Huigen knows all about it. At 9 months old, his son Roef was one of the youngest patients in the Netherlands to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. According to Tom, consistent follow-up is crucial, not only to ensure good systemic and oral health, but also to provide a structure in which a child can be a child. He spoke to Dental Tribune International about how the condition influences daily life for the whole family.

EAPD addresses need for online education in paediatric dentistry with own campus

November 6, 2020 | Europe | Education

ATHENS, Greece: To increase the educational opportunities for paediatric dentists, the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD) has launched its own online campus in cooperation with Dental Tribune International (DTI) and sponsored by Procter & Gamble. In the coming year, the academy will present six webinars which offer continuing education credits for attendees and feature international speakers.

Pent-up demand helps Align Technology top pre-COVID-19 sales

November 6, 2020 | Americas | Business | News

SAN JOSE, Calif., U.S.: Half a million cases of clear aligners sounds like a considerable number—and indeed it is. It appeared that Align Technology had shrugged off the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic when the company revealed that Invisalign sales for the third quarter had nearly eclipsed the half-million mark. This was a substantial increase on the comparable pre-COVID-19 quarter last year. According to President and CEO Joseph M. Hogan, the increase was driven by pent-up demand for orthodontic care and by the availability of unused disposable income.

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Nobel Biocare and DOCERAM Medical Ceramics expand partnership

November 6, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

ZURICH, Switzerland: Nobel Biocare and DOCERAM Medical Ceramics are combining their strengths in order to offer high-quality restorative solutions which will provide ease and flexibility of use for their customers. The first achievement in this strengthened partnership is the release of the NobelProcera Zirconia Implant Bridge, which enables restorative flexibility through a simplified workflow and is produced in the high-end Nacera Pearl zirconia material.

Dental students worried about lacking clinical skills

November 5, 2020 | Americas | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Many dental students returning for the winter semester in the northern hemisphere have had little or no clinical practice since the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak began in earnest in March. Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke with dental students and young key opinion leaders from around the world and found that students are concerned about their professional development and possible changes in the dental industry.

VIA-MEDIA 2021―overview of current dental media published

November 5, 2020 | Europe | Business

BERLIN, Germany: At the end of October, WHITE & WHITE, a Berlin-based communications agency, published the fourth edition of VIA-MEDIA. The compendium offers marketing experts and media decision makers a comprehensive overview of 345 market-relevant dental online and print titles and serves as an important tool for decision-making in future media planning.

Oral health and diabetes—a free webinar series

November 4, 2020 | Europe | Education

The dentist plays a major role, with other members of the health team, in helping a patient with diabetes maintain glycemic control by achieving optimal oral health. The inflammation associated with poor oral hygiene can generate systemic inflammatory response and in turn exacerbate diabetes, worsen cardiovascular outcomes, and increase mortality. In a series of free webinars organised by Curaden Academy, three experts will discuss exactly how dental professionals can set up their diabetic patients for optimal health.

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Dentists for Africa invites dental professionals to online information session

November 4, 2020 | Europe | News

NAIROBI, Kenya/WEIMAR, Germany: Dental aid organisation Dentists for Africa (DfA) has already arranged more than 800 aid missions by German dentists, doctors, dental assistants and dental technicians, and around 30,000 patients are treated every year in its projects. The association is inviting anyone interested in becoming involved or learning more to participate in an online information session as part of this year’s annual general meeting on Saturday, 14 November.

Online conferences and live streaming: CAPP supports dental professionals during pandemic

November 4, 2020 | Middle East & Africa | Education | Events

DUBAI, UAE: Despite the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic on its event business, the Centre for Advanced Professional Practices (CAPP) is committed to continuing to offer its two annual world-class scientific conferences, supporting dental professionals globally. When initial plans to host this year’s in-person events were disrupted, CAPP swiftly redirected its efforts towards the organisation of two of the largest-ever virtual, scientifically accredited dental conferences instead―eight days, 56 continuing education (CE) credits, over 90 speakers from six continents―from 12 to 15 November and 19 to 22 November. The two conferences are part of the CAPP November Dental Livestream, which is being broadcast from 5 to 28 November.

New coating method allows stronger adhesion of dental implant

November 3, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

SEOUL, South Korea: The history of dental implantology dates back to ancient times, yet researchers are still trying solve a number of issues, such as failed osseointegration and inflammation. Researchers from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) Center for Biomaterials have now developed a novel method of producing a ceramic artificial bone coating for implants. This method is distinguished by a shorter production process and increased adhesion of the coating.

FDA changes stance on dental amalgam

November 3, 2020 | Americas | News

WHITE OAK, Md., U.S.: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its guidance for the use of dental amalgam in tooth restorations. The agency said in September that the use of dental amalgam should be avoided whenever possible in certain groups, such as in pregnant women, women who are planning to become pregnant, in children and in people with certain preexisting neurological diseases.

Intelligent simplification with the new CLEARFIL MAJESTY ES-2 Universal

November 2, 2020 | Americas | Advertorial

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: Time has always been limited in dental offices, and COVID-19 sanitisation requirements have led to even greater constraints in this regard. The streamlining of procedures is a logical strategy for reducing chair time; however, this workflow optimisation must still be able to ensure a high treatment standard and aesthetic outcomes.

Piezotome extractions favour bone preservation with immediate implant placement

November 2, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

BORDEAUX, France: Tooth extraction is the most common procedure performed in oral surgery.1 For example, ten million third molars are removed each year in the US alone, according to the American Public Health Association.2 Dentists are ethically committed to using the least traumatic surgical options and least invasive techniques in order to ensure patients’ well-being, thus less traumatic extraction and implant placement are becoming the norm in today’s implant surgery.

Interview: Building rapport between dental technicians and dentists

November 2, 2020 | Europe | Interviews

Romeo Giuseppe is a dental technician and owner of a prosthetic dentistry laboratory in Turin in Italy. In this interview, he speaks to Dental Tribune International about how COVID-19 has affected his work in the laboratory and about the impact that the pandemic has had on his personal and professional life.

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Teachers crucial to development of healthy eating habits, study finds

October 30, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

SYDNEY, Australia: When it comes to the development of children’s habits, the influence their teachers hold in this regard is clear. In a new review study out of Australia, researchers have confirmed that correct nutritional guidance provided by qualified teachers can positively impact their students’ eating habits.

Koelnmesse presents awaited concept for safe IDS 2021

October 30, 2020 | Europe | Events

COLOGNE, Germany: Over the past months, concerns have arisen about the likelihood of the International Dental Show (IDS) taking place in March 2021 owing to the ongoing global pandemic. On a prototype exhibition floor, Koelnmesse, who stages the show, has now officially demonstrated its detailed concept for making IDS attendance safe for exhibitors and visitors.

BIOLASE reports revenue rebound

October 29, 2020 | Americas | Business | News

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., U.S.: Medical device company BIOLASE expects that its U.S. sales revenue for the third quarter of 2020 will be in line with that of the corresponding pre-COVID-19 period last year. The company’s sales fell sharply in the first half of this year, but its preliminary earnings announcement will bring a degree of optimism as a host of major dental companies prepare to release their third quarter earnings reports in the coming weeks.

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Interview: “SugarByHalf’s mission is for people to live better and healthier lives”

October 29, 2020 | Asia Pacific | News

In recent years, numerous studies have established conclusively that there is a link between oral health and systemic disease. More than 50% of Australian children have experienced dental caries by 6 years of age, and at least 1.2 million Australians have diabetes; therefore, the benefit of education in this area is clear. That is where SugarByHalf comes in, according to the charity’s CEO, Tania Sincock. She recently spoke with Dental Tribune International about SugarByHalf’s goals and discussed her own experiences with reducing her sugar intake.

“Mere theory does not benefit patients”—Putting prevention into practice with iTOP

October 28, 2020 | Asia Pacific | Interviews

ITOP, short for individually trained oral prophylaxis, is a training programme for achieving and maintaining perfect oral health. Aimed at dental students and practising professionals, the programme teaches atraumatic and efficient practical oral hygiene skills to pass on to patients. Indian periodontist Dr Aditi Chopra has introduced iTOP as part of her curriculum in the Department of Periodontology of the Manipal College of Dental Sciences in India, where she is a researcher and reader.

Leading dental schools unite

October 28, 2020 | Europe | News

LONDON, UK: Four of the world’s top dental colleges have entered into an alliance that aims to advance dental education and pursue new research initiatives. The new partnership—named DentAlliance—connects leading dental faculties on four continents, and its launch has been hailed as a transformative step for dental education.

What we know about a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine so far

October 27, 2020 | Europe | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: As the race to develop a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine continues, certain questions may arise that need clarification. While some still doubt the importance of vaccination in general, others are concerned about the safety of candidate vaccines and the associated costs. It has already been announced that dentists and dental hygienists will be included in the first phase of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine roll-out, but what do we know about the vaccine so far, and how essential is it for dental professionals to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2?

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