Dental Tribune International (DTI) recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr Sushil Koirala, the founder and chairman of National Dental Hospital and Koirala Dental Academy, a global dental education centre based in Kathmandu in Nepal. Koirala spoke about how the pandemic had affected the dental industry in the Asia Pacific region. In the second part of the interview, he shared his thoughts on the second wave of COVID-19 and discussed the possible long-term post-pandemic changes to the provision of dental care in the region. He also discussed the best course of action for dental professionals who want to overcome the current health crisis and even benefit from it.
LEIPZIG, Germany: It is hard to overstate the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on dental trade fairs in 2020. From March onwards, essentially all dental events were shifted online, postponed or outright cancelled, effectively devastating an important and profitable sector of the industry. Though the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to climb by hundreds of thousands with each passing day, there are a number of bright spots on the horizon, leading us to ask what dental events will look like in 2021 and beyond.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Owing to considerable variation regarding the definition, practice, regulation and training of dental hygienists across the European Dental Hygienists Federation (EDHF) member states, the organisation has developed a standardised curriculum for dental hygiene. It is intended to assist dental hygiene educators in authorising or updating curricula, while taking into account their own local regulations.
BIETIGHEIM-BISSINGEN, Germany: Every year, a jury of renowned experts bestows the German Design Award on innovative projects and products. The process of selecting innovative products focuses not only on great design but also on effective function, safety and sustainability. This year, the Tyscor VS 4 suction unit from Dürr Dental convinced the international jury of its excellence and won the German Design Award 2021.
ALGONQUIN, Ill., U.S.: Young Innovations, a global portfolio company that supplies a wide range of dental products, has recently announced the acquisition of Preat Corp., a leading provider of dental implant components, attachments and tools. Since the early 2000s, Young has grown through a series of acquisitions in a variety of dental segments. It has acquired seven organizations to date.
NEW YORK, U.S.: Recent laboratory studies have shown that toothpastes containing zinc or stannous fluoride and mouthwash formulas with cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) can effectively neutralize SARS-CoV-2. The studies are part of a Colgate-Palmolive research program in which scientists are assessing the efficacy of oral care products in reducing the amount of SARS-CoV-2 in the mouths of people who have COVID-19 and potentially slowing down the spread of the virus.
December 2, 2020 | News
LONDON, UK: The UK has become the first country in the world to approve a clinically tested COVID-19 vaccine after the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) authorised the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use. The vaccine is set to be rolled out from next week onwards, and elderly people and NHS staff are to be prioritised—although details on how dental professionals, for example, fit into this plan are yet to be finalised.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand: Cannabis poses a threat to oral health, but most patients are reluctant to ask their dentists for advice about what largely remains an illegal drug. New Zealanders were asked to vote for or against the legalisation of recreational cannabis use in a historic referendum that was held concurrently with the country’s October general election. Most voted against legalisation in a closely fought contest that ultimately brought renewed focus to the public health risks associated with legalising, or not legalising, the widely used substance.
December 2, 2020 | Education
Team communication, treatment planning and execution represent the three pillars of interdisciplinary implant therapy. In a free webinar on 9 December, Dr Ricardo Mitrani will describe how utilising digital technology enhances and facilitates this process, allowing the team to deliver results with a higher level of precision. Prior to his presentation, Mitrani, who maintains a private practice with a focus on prosthodontics, implants and aesthetic dentistry in Mexico City in Mexico, gave a short preview of his topic.
NEW YORK, U.S.: We, as dentists, have developed outstanding new technology in order to fashion beautiful smiles. The option to retain the natural dentition or replace it with implants opens limitless possibilities. As an endodontist, however, my mission is to preserve functioning teeth when possible. In the process, I focus on integrating the patient’s needs with technology. Today, advances in dentistry provide us with new choices when confronting the challenges of the past. Calcified canals are considered by many to be one of those challenges.
EDINBURGH, UK: The chief executive of the UK’s Oral Health Foundation (OHF) told the media in November that HIV could be transmitted through the sharing of toothbrushes. His comment was later corrected, but not before it had been published on the OHF’s website and on Dentistry.co.uk. As the international community prepared to mark World Aids Day 2020, Chief Executive of HIV Scotland Nathan Sparling said that misinformation about HIV remains deep-rooted.
NEW YORK, U.S.: The New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) has received funding and in-kind support from Straumann Group North America, a global leader in tooth replacement and orthodontic solutions, in order to make dental implants more accessible for patients in need and to foster and enhance student education at NYU Dentistry.
LONDON, UK: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Align Technology worked with a number of key opinion leaders with a view to exploring best practice strategies for returning to dental practice, helping dental professionals thrive in a new environment and turning unprecedented challenges into potential opportunities. A key enabler was found to be the adoption of a digital dental solution.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Erosive tooth wear (ETW) is of growing concern to dental professionals and therefore the subject of extensive research. A survey has now investigated how knowledgeable Danish dental professionals are about the problem and how they would potentially treat such cases.
LONDON, UK: Practices in the UK remain open during the current lockdown, but dentists in the country have reported increased concerns related to other aspects of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Two in five dentists (40%) say that they fear future investigations relating to the disruption of dental care during the lockdown, and more than a third (35%) say that problems with the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) is affecting their ability to see more patients.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: DS World typically takes place in Las Vegas, but was held virtually this year owing to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. More than 4,500 dental professionals from over 25 countries attended the event, and the company said that its success showed that the dental business and continuing dental education are thriving even amid the greatest health crisis of the modern era.
WASHINGTON, U.S.: Another court case in the drawn-out patent battle between Align Technology and 3Shape has come to a close. A notice of final determination issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) found that there was no Section 337 violation and that, while 3Shape had infringed upon certain Align patent claims, those claims were found to be invalid. Furthermore, of the two Align patents that were found to be valid, the ITC determined that neither had been infringed by 3Shape.
Many dental professionals equate business success to practice profitability. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to rushed dental appointments and poor-quality treatments. In his webinar on 4 December, Dr Miguel Stanley, the clinical director of the White Clinic based in Lisbon in Portugal and a passionate advocate for high-quality dental care, will talk about how Slow Dentistry should be a fundamental human right. He will also explain why it is now more important than ever to follow the best disinfection practices in a dental clinic.
Everyone has done it—searching for symptoms on the Internet. Recent statistics show that searches for dental and mouth-related problems are very common in Europe. On average, Europeans generate over 200,000 searches per month for toothache alone. This benefits patients by assisting them in taking responsibility for their own health, but unfortunately self-diagnosing on the Internet can sometimes do more harm than good. Self-diagnosis can fuel anxiety and hypochondria, and some websites provide unreliable information. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Dr Chun Tang, of Pall Mall Medical in Manchester in the UK, shared some tips for dental professionals on how to educate patients about this matter.
TEHRAN, Iran: In order to reduce the medical radiographic imaging dosage for patients with dental implants, engineers from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran have designed a novel sensor. The device can be integrated within dental implants in order to monitor bone growth, thus replacing multiple radiographic imaging sessions.
LONDON, UK: According to a new study, dentists in England wrote 25% more prescriptions for antibiotics between April and July 2020 than they did during the same period in 2019. In London, the increase was 60%. FDI World Dental Federation has published a new white paper on how dental teams can contribute to reducing antibiotic resistance (ABR), and one of its authors has said that the profession has a clear responsibility to contribute to the fight against ABR at local, national and global levels.
COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on dental business, but its effects have varied among countries around the world. In this interview, Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke with Dr Sushil Koirala, the founder and chairman of National Dental Hospital and Koirala Dental Academy, a global dental education centre based in Kathmandu in Nepal, on how the pandemic has affected the dental industry in the Asia Pacific region, where he is based.
WASHINGTON, U.S.: On Nov. 3, the 59th U.S. presidential election was held. Owing to a record number of mail-in ballots and extremely tight contests in swing states such as Georgia and Pennsylvania, it was several days before The Associated Press declared Joe Biden to be victorious in succeeding the incumbent Republican president, Donald Trump. Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris are set to be inaugurated on Jan. 20 next year, and it is time to ask what effect a Biden presidency could have on American dentistry.
TAIPEI, Taiwan: SARS-CoV-2 has required dental schools to be innovative. Three online symposia were held earlier this year in order to analyse strategies that had been adopted for keeping classes going during the first wave of the pandemic. A qualitative study of the symposia found that better online tools were needed, but that digital teaching platforms had created new opportunities for regional collaboration.
Infection control and prevention measures commonly observed in the dental practice are safe and effective, but hygiene routines need to be known, understood and strictly observed by the whole dental office team—especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a free webinar, speakers Drs Mikael Zimmerman and Petteri Sjögren will summarise and explain the main aspects of these precautions with the purpose of shedding some light on key issues and explaining some crucial reasons for choosing them and methods of implementing them. Prior to their online presentation, Zimmerman, who is a leading expert in quality assurance, hygiene and infection control in dentistry, gave a brief preview of the topic.
NAGOYA, Japan: With the aim of clarifying the relationship between panoramic radiographic appearance and longitudinal CBCT classification of root configurations of the mandibular second molar, researchers from Japan have investigated hundreds of panoramic radiographs and are now planning to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) system to help simplify diagnosis of mandibular second molar root canal configurations on panoramic radiographs in the future.