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UK medical organisations team up to raise awareness of antibiotic overprescription

November 25, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Antibiotic resistance is one of the key challenges that dental and medical professionals will face over the coming decades, yet its causes and significance remain relatively unknown. To raise public interest in this issue, a number of UK-based medical organisations, spearheaded by the British Dental Association (BDA), joined forces to highlight the message that “Antibiotics do not cure toothache”. The campaign was launched to coincide with the World Health Organization’s World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, which takes place from 18 to 24 November each year.

Latest survey on European dental trade now available

November 22, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: The latest edition of a comprehensive report on the European dental industry is now available for purchase through Dental Tribune International (DTI). Compiled by the Association of Dental Dealers in Europe (ADDE), the report is a must-have for those whose businesses depend on an intimate knowledge of dentistry in Europe.

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ADF resumes in-person format for 2021 event

November 22, 2021 | Events | News

PARIS, France: From tomorrow until Saturday, the Palais des Congrès de Paris is hosting the French Dental Association’s (ADF’s) annual conference and exhibition. Under the theme “Souriez, on va se retrouver” (smile, we’ll meet again), the organisers are welcoming attendees in person again this year, after last year’s event had to be cancelled owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dentsply Sirona honours innovative women in dentistry with Smart Integration Award 2021

November 19, 2021 | News

STUTTGART, Germany: On 12 November, Dentsply Sirona held the second Smart Integration Award ceremony. This year, female dental professionals from nearly 40 countries submitted their visionary ideas and information about the advanced implementation of the ideas in practice, and an international jury of experts selected 90 nominees in five categories.

COVAX fails to deliver—what went wrong, and can the scheme get back on track?

November 17, 2021 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: The COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) initiative provided a glimmer of hope during the first months of the pandemic. For many health workers in low-income countries, that hope has been eclipsed by logistical, material and bureaucratic problems. COVAX missed its target of providing two billion vaccine doses in 2021 but hopes that the milestone can be reached in the first quarter of 2022.

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COVID-19: Vaccines to be mandatory for frontline dental staff

November 17, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Last week, UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid announced that frontline healthcare workers in England—including dentists working either for the NHS or in a private setting—will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 from April 2022 to continue working in their current capacity. The news has drawn a mixed response thus far from medical unions and organisations including the British Dental Association (BDA), whose chief executive stated it “risks undermining already fragile access at practices across the country”.

Interview: “EAP abutments are the new gold standard”

November 16, 2021 | News

COLOGNE, Germany: At the 2021 International Dental Show in Cologne, Dental Tribune met with Prof. Mario Kern, who is the founder and CEO of EAP Abutments—an Austrian company dedicated to helping dentists and dental technicians achieve the best possible prosthetic implant restorations for their patients in a quick, predictable and sustainable way. In the interview, Prof. Kern described how the company was started.

Europe’s clear aligner market heats up as Impress opens new production facility

November 16, 2021 | Business | News

BARCELONA, Spain: Orthodontics company Impress has opened an automated clear aligner production facility that uses HP industrial 3D-printing technology. The company raised more than €40 million in funding earlier this year and has made no secret of the fact that it aims to disrupt the orthodontic market.

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Formnext prepared for successful return as in-person event

November 15, 2021 | News

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany: Formnext is a leading international exhibition for additive manufacturing and industrial 3D printing. This year, the event will take place on 16–19 November in Frankfurt and return to its in-person format. According to the organisers, Formnext 2021 will feature more than 600 exhibitors, 55% of which are from abroad, and offer an extensive and diverse supporting programme, including talks by industry experts.

GC symposium addresses the challenges of an ageing population

November 12, 2021 | News

LEUVEN, Belgium: Earlier this autumn, the Continental European division of the International Association for Dental Research (CED-IADR), together with the association’s Scandinavian division (NOF), welcomed more than 500 participants from 47 countries all over the world at the 2021 hybrid CED-IADR/NOF oral health research congress in Brussels in Belgium. The event, held over two and a half days in September, offered a broad scientific programme consisting of state-of-the-art symposia, keynote lectures and presentations by researchers from Europe and beyond.

NHS dentists feel left behind in budget plan

November 5, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: In a recent press release, the British Dental Association (BDA) lamented the budget’s failure to recognise the challenges facing dental services across England. Over 40 cross-party MPs have backed calls from both the BDA and Healthwatch England for the government to provide vital funding for the recovery and rebuilding of services.

Study highlights how artificial intelligence can be used for detection of caries

November 3, 2021 | News

BERLIN, Germany: Though artificial intelligence (AI) is being increasingly integrated into a variety of dental products and services, the body of literature evaluating its perceived benefits is scarce. To help rectify this, researchers from Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin have recently published the results of a randomised controlled trial they conducted. These results demonstrate that AI can increase the diagnostic accuracy of dentists.

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King’s launches student society for sustainable dentistry

November 2, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: All industries are implicated in the need to reduce carbon emissions, and dentistry is no exception. A new student society at King’s College London’s Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences is dedicated to sustainable dentistry, and its founder says that incorporating the practice into dental curricula could increase environmental awareness in the profession.

Tobacco harm reduction core element of periodontal therapy, says head doctor

October 29, 2021 | News

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany: Experts are calling for the integration of tobacco harm reduction (THR) strategies into dental care. Prof. Dirk Ziebolz, head doctor at University of Leipzig Medical Center in Germany, says that dental professionals in the EU are in a position to inform their patients about THR, but are currently lacking knowledge on the subject. When it comes to regulatory support, health authorities in the US are pushing ahead with the cautious adoption of THR products, but those in the EU have been accused of showing a failure of innovation and courage by omitting them from policy-making.

Systematic review examines status quo of robot technology in dentistry

October 29, 2021 | News

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: Robotic technologies have long since ceased to be the stuff of sci-fi and have become a real and reliable part of many areas of everyday life. A study has now examined the developments in this regard in the dental industry in order to provide dental practitioners and researchers with a comprehensive and transparent evidence-based overview of physical robot initiatives in all fields of dentistry.

3Shape Unite―the platform connecting the digital dots in dental clinics

October 26, 2021 | News

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: On 20 October, 3Shape launched 3Shape Unite. The new open platform brings world-leading dental companies, solutions and laboratories together and will allow dental professionals to manage all their cases seamlessly and efficiently.

Occupational risk of dentists in Norway examined in new study

October 25, 2021 | News

OSLO, Norway: The widespread availability of vaccines in developed nations has significantly changed the risk of dentists contracting SARS-CoV-2 in a workplace setting. Prior to this, however, dentists and other workers in other occupations that typically involve close contact were widely believed to be at a relatively high risk of developing COVID-19. A new study out of Norway has sought to examine this idea further by comparing how this risk differed across occupations between the country’s two COVID-19 waves in 2020.

Third EAS congress: It finally happened!

October 21, 2021 | News

ST JULIAN’S, Malta: The third European Aligner Society (EAS) congress was postponed three times owing to coronavirus restrictions, but finally the EAS organisers were able to welcome the congress lecturers and delegates to Hilton Malta in St Julian’s. The event was held on 7–9 October and attracted 221 attendees from 27 countries. Six hundred people had originally registered for the congress, but many cancelled as late as a week before the congress started because of the many restrictions still in place.

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