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Periodontitis may double chances of cognitive decline, study says

August 14, 2020 | News

MINNEAPOLIS, U.S.: Scientists have frequently linked some forms of periodontal disease with other inflammatory diseases, and now a new study has suggested that poor oral health may also have an impact on brain function. The findings showed that periodontal disease, especially in its more advanced stage, could increase the chance of developing mild cognitive impairment and dementia later in life.

Scientists say SARS-CoV-2 is spreading through airborne transmission

August 13, 2020 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: When it comes to airborne pathogens, size matters. Scientists have written an open letter urging the World Health Organization (WHO) to recognise that SARS-CoV-2 could be spread through microdroplets that are small enough to remain airborne for extended periods. WHO responded by acknowledging that evidence of airborne transmission is emerging, but stopped short of changing its guidance or recognising the potential for airborne transmission outside of hospitals and dental settings.

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Interview: “IDS 2021 will be different”

August 13, 2020 | Interviews

Like most industries, the dental industry has been severely affected by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The entire European and international economy are facing an enormous recession. Despite the difficult current circumstances, the Association of the German Dental Industry (VDDI) has a positive outlook eight months before the International Dental Show (IDS). Dental Tribune International spoke with Chairman of the Board Mark Stephen Pace about the current situation in the industry and the ongoing preparations for IDS, which is scheduled to take place as planned from 9 to 13 March 2021 in Cologne in Germany.

New report spotlights plight of healthcare workers during COVID-19 pandemic

August 13, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: A report from Amnesty International, released last month, has revealed that more than 3,000 healthcare workers worldwide have died as a result of COVID-19. The organisation further stated that this figure is likely to be a considerable under-estimate as a result of under-reporting, prompting the American Dental Association to reassert its support for front-line healthcare workers throughout the world.

Study compares dentine penetration ability of root canal sealers and obturation methods

August 12, 2020 | News

KIRIKKALE, Turkey: It is known that some microorganisms can penetrate dentinal tubules and sometimes even survive effective irrigation solutions. At this stage, using a penetrable root canal sealer is critically important for entombing microorganisms inside tubules to achieve antimicrobial activity. A research team at Kirikkale University has investigated the penetration depth of four sealers using different obturation methods to determine which is the most effective.

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For young people too, interdental brushing should be a daily habit

August 11, 2020 | Advertorial

According to Prof. Denis Bourgeois, dental professionals should instruct patients from a young age to make interdental brushes an integral part of their daily brushing routine. This is important in order to avoid future periodontal and systemic disease. Recently, he was part of a team of researchers who evaluated the efficacy of calibrated interdental brushing for the prevention of periodontal pathogen infection in young adults. The results of the study showed that participants were able to decrease interdental inflammation and re-establish symbiotic microbiota.

British Dental Association website hit by cyber-attack

August 11, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: The British Dental Association (BDA) has temporarily taken its website offline as a consequence of what the trade union has described as “a sophisticated cyber-attack”. The website attack occurred on 30 July, and the BDA is still investigating the motive, along with what information the hackers were able to obtain.

SCHEU GROUP: Markus Bappert succeeds Christian Scheu

August 10, 2020 | Business

ISERLOHN, Germany: On 1 August, Markus Bappert took over as managing director of the SCHEU GROUP, a group consisting of the companies SCHEU-DENTAL, CA DIGITAL and SMILE DENTAL. After 40 years in the lead, the current managing partner Christian Scheu handed over responsibility to Bappert and will remain with the group as chairman of the advisory board and a shareholder.

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Osstem Implant and 3Shape conclude global partnership

August 7, 2020 | Advertorial

SEOUL, South Korea/COPENHAGEN, Denmark: On 31 July, Osstem Implant entered into a global partnership agreement with 3Shape, a market-leading company in digital dentistry solutions. With the agreement, Osstem acquired the rights for global distribution of 3Shape’s TRIOS intra-oral scanner and CAD software. The South Korean company announced that it will launch TRIOS sequentially through its subsidiaries in China, India and the US.

Enzymatic whitening: Safe and healthy home whitening for patients

August 6, 2020 | Advertorial

KRIENS, Switzerland: Do-it-yourself (DIY) whitening kits may be popular, but in a worst-case scenario, they will do more harm than good. However, there is a safe and healthy method to whiten teeth at home that can be recommended to patients: enzymatic whitening. Enzymatic whitening is a perfect solution for patients who want whiter teeth, but without professional whitening or potentially harmful DIY bleaching kits.

How is the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic affecting retirement in dentistry?

August 5, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: When widespread lockdowns began to be implemented in order to curb the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the number of unemployed people in many countries increased rapidly. Dentistry was no exception, and most dental practices either shut down entirely or only provided care in an emergency context. Though a good number of practices have since reopened after the relaxing of certain restrictions, it remains unclear just how many dental professionals have ended their careers early as a result.

BDIA helps dentists return to practice with new product website

August 4, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: As part of the dental industry’s ongoing support for the resumption of widespread dental treatment, the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) has launched a new online directory of members’ products and services that will allow dental practices to provide the best possible oral care safely to patients under challenging circumstances.

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EFP publishes first international consensus guidelines for periodontitis treatment

August 3, 2020 | News

BRUSSELS, Belgium: In 2018, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) released a new global classification system for periodontal health, diseases and conditions—the outcome of a joint workshop held by the EFP and the American Academy of Periodontology the previous year. Following up on this, the EFP has now released an evidence-based treatment guide for periodontitis, with the aim of improving periodontal treatment throughout Europe and beyond.

Dentists need to prepare now for second wave of COVID-19

July 31, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Researchers and health bodies around the world are advising health practitioners in the northern hemisphere to actively prepare for an expected second wave of SARS-CoV-2 infections. According to the UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS), the summer months must be a period of intense preparation for a worst-case public health scenario this winter. So what can dental practices do?

Could the UK have fared better managing COVID-19 outbreak?

July 30, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Though the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, it has been going on long enough for certain lessons to have been gleaned from the way in which different countries have responded to it. This proposition forms the thrust of a recent British Dental Journal opinion article, which compares and contrasts measures implemented in the UK with those instituted in South Korea—two countries that have been affected by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 on vastly different scales.

Dentistry braces for COVID-19 losses

July 29, 2020 | Business | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to the provision of dental care around the world. Patient volumes decreased by as much as 80% in April, and the financial repercussions for dentists have been significant. As the second quarter draws to a close, the world’s largest dental companies are beginning to reveal the state of their books.

IDS 2021: Dentsply Sirona announces its nonparticipation

July 29, 2020 | Business

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S./BENSHEIM, Germany: Dentsply Sirona has decided that the company will not attend the International Dental Show (IDS), scheduled to be held from March 9 to 13, 2021, in Cologne, Germany. This also applies to Dentsply Sirona brands VDW, MIS Implants Technologies and Zhermack.

Interview: “It’s simple: all dentistry should be cosmetic”

July 28, 2020 | News

Dr Simon Chard has fast become one of the UK’s most influential dentists. He is a proponent of minimally invasive techniques and sits on the board of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD). In this interview, he discusses his patient-centred, sustainable approach and how his embrace of all things digital has helped steer Rothley Lodge Dental, the dental practice he co-owns with his wife, Dr Meghan Chard, through this tumultuous COVID-19 period.

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