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3Shape Navigate: Improving communication with digital dentistry

March 2, 2021 | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Among the myriad benefits offered by digital dentistry is an improved ability to communicate, share files and collaborate with partnering dental laboratories. Dr Zuber Bagasi, the founder and CEO of Synergy Dental Group, will showcase these advantages and more at the upcoming 3Shape Navigate. This free online event will feature a wealth of stimulating talks designed to put dental professionals on the path towards workflow digitalisation, and Dental Tribune International caught up with Bagasi ahead of his presentation.

Business interruption insurance: Will dentists be covered for lockdown-related losses?

March 2, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: At this point, it has become clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly reduced dental patient numbers. It follows naturally from this, then, that the financial performance of many dental practices has likewise taken a hit. A common method of protecting one’s business against certain disruptions—business interruption (BI) insurance—has now become a point of focus in courts across the world, as its validity is being assessed in the context of these difficult times.

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Moving away from animal testing in dentistry

March 1, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Using animal models in dental research, especially in periodontal and peri-implant research for testing the performance of dental implants, yields numerous benefits and helps push advances in the field. However, dental professionals are becoming increasingly aware of the disadvantages of animal testing, including questions regarding their ethicality and the applicability of the results to humans. Consequently, the dental scientific community has put a great deal of effort into improving the quality of animal research in dentistry and into developing alternative methods that do not involve animal cruelty—a subject that has been a matter of substantial controversy in dental research.

Study recommends aspirating system with HEPA filter for dental practices

February 26, 2021 | News

YEKATERINBURG, Russia: Aside from personal protective equipment (PPE), high-volume aspirators are recommended in dental clinics during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. In a recent study, researchers from the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (UB of RAS) in Yekaterinburg compared different types of aspirating systems and found that factors such as filters and operating mode affected the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 among dental teams.

Growth in dental sales returned to all regions in late 2020—Straumann Group

February 25, 2021 | News

BASEL, Switzerland: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic caused the global dental market to contract in 2020, squeezing the margins of dental practices and manufacturers. According to the Straumann Group, the global dental market was worth some CHF 23 billion (€21 billion) last year—down from an estimated CHF 27–29 billion in 2019. The company said in its annual report, however, that all regions had returned to growth in the fourth quarter of 2020, led by the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

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“Behavioural change is the main pillar of the future dental practice”

February 24, 2021 | Advertorial

Ensuring patients maintain good treatment results and practise good oral hygiene at home is easier said than done. Changing such habits for the better is a long-term process, and on top of that, no two patients are the same. According to Dr Mário Rui Araújo—a dental hygienist, doctor of health psychology and director of the dental hygiene programme at the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre in Portugal—dental hygienists will play an ever more important role in the dental practice of the future. Their position is key to instilling positive behavioural change in patients, and setting them up for a lifetime of oral health as a result.

Twitter vs science: How users access scientific information in tweets

February 24, 2021 | News

LEIDEN, Netherlands/DALIAN, China: When it comes to social media platforms, Twitter has certainly established itself as a well-known brand since its launch in 2006. The micro-blog website is popular among political and cultural figures, for example, as well as scientists and researchers, who use the platform to share their work. A new study suggests that an understanding of how Twitter users click science can lead to improved engagement with science in social media contexts.

Saliva testing for SARS-CoV-2 takes off

February 22, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Researchers in India have found that scientific literature supports salivary diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2 infection as an alternative to sampling techniques that involve throat and nasopharyngeal swabs (NPSs). Salivary diagnostic testing has been trialled in numerous initiatives around the world—including recently at Auckland Airport in New Zealand—and healthcare workers at government hospitals in Malaysia will soon begin testing for SARS-CoV-2 using saliva samples.

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Amann Girrbach presents attractive gateways to the future at virtual congress

February 22, 2021 | Advertorial

KOBLACH, Austria: Digitisation holds lucrative opportunities for the future of the dental industry. During its innovative AG.Live CON virtual congress that will take place from 20 to 24 April, Amann Girrbach will be showcasing how these opportunities can be easily exploited. Renowned dental technicians and clinicians will meet with the leading minds in research to explore avenues to advanced digitisation.

Planmeca revolutionises dental education with simulation units

February 18, 2021 | Advertorial

HELSINKI, Finland/TÂRGU MUREŞ, Romania: The first fully digital Planmeca dental treatment simulation units were installed at the George Emil Palade University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science and Technology of Târgu Mureş in September 2020. In order to offer its students the possibility of combining case studies with real clinical data, the university decided to invest in Planmeca state-of-the-art equipment. Today, the faculty staff is proud of having the most modern simulation centre in the country for the university’s 900 currently enrolled dental students.

SARS-CoV-2 variant identified in South Africa complicates inoculation plans

February 17, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: The lead scientist behind a “disappointing” study into the efficacy of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against a variant of SARS-CoV-2 first found in South Africa says that the results serve as a reality check for those aiming to achieve herd immunity through inoculation. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was found to offer little protection against the more virulent strain. Regulators in South Africa have since shelved plans to use one million doses of the vaccine, despite assurances from scientists that it still protects against serious disease.

NHS dental activity targets continue to attract controversy

February 17, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Since being implemented on 1 January, the UK government’s new system of NHS targets has drawn its fair share of detractors from both inside and outside the dental profession. Now, a member of parliament (MP) has accused mydentist, the UK’s largest dental chain, of advising its members to “prioritise routine check-ups over treatments in order to meet the new targets”.

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Interview: “Advances and developments in dental materials are rapidly accelerating”

February 16, 2021 | Advertorial

In this interview, Dr Adham Elsayed, certified specialist in dental prosthodontics and implants and clinical and scientific manager at Kuraray Noritake Dental, details the benefits of the company’s new CLEARFIL MAJESTY ES-2 Universal composite and explains its application in the daily dental workflow.

A guide to eco-friendly dentistry

February 15, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Sustainability in dentistry is more than a trend. It is a reality that businesses of all sizes have to face and find ways to adapt if we are to sustain a liveable planet for generations to come. At first glance, this may seem like an impossible task, because there is so much to consider. What should one do? Where should one start? How much time and money will it cost? There is much to do. But there are many positive changes towards a greener future that can be put in place almost immediately which are inexpensive and sometimes even free. Besides an initial discussion on the topic, this article provides some easy-to-implement hands-on tips and a focus on practice owners who are already successfully practising environmentally friendly dentistry.

Celebrating World Oral Health Day in 2021

February 12, 2021 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: With less than two months to go until World Oral Health Day (WOHD) on 20 March, FDI World Dental Federation has some tips and tricks for you to be #MouthProud, have fun and celebrate safely.

Researchers stress importance of appropriate PPE selection during COVID-19 pandemic

February 10, 2021 | News

OPORTO, Portugal: A recently published paper, which is the second of a three-part series on the management of COVID-19 in clinical dental care settings, aims to describe the selection and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by dental care professionals, based on the level of risk associated with the planned procedures. The researchers emphasise the importance of properly putting on and removing PPE, as well as choosing the appropriate equipment because it can be associated with a risk of infection.

GC unveils dedicated brand to mark its centenary

February 9, 2021 | Advertorial

LUCERNE, Switzerland: On 11 February, GC is celebrating its 100th anniversary since it was founded in Japan in 1921. To commemorate this significant milestone, GC has planned a number of both internal and external initiatives throughout the year.

“COVID tongue”—dentists urged to remain alert to symptoms in the oral cavity

February 3, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: New discoveries about COVID-19 are outpacing the nomenclature. Research is emerging that suggests that a large number of COVID-19 patients experience symptoms in the oral cavity that are not yet recognised as typical signs of the disease. Geographic tongue—which is being referred to as “COVID tongue”—has been observed in those with COVID-19, as have herpetic lesions and oral aphthous ulceration.

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