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Dentist taps potential of cannabinoids in oral health with new products, research

January 21, 2021 | Advertorial

MORTSEL, Belgium: After two decades of practising dentistry, Dr Veronica Stahl became frustrated about the lack of consumer products that combat dental plaque effectively. After being introduced to hemp-derived cannabinoids through a course on medical cannabis, Stahl undertook her own research which proved that cannabinoids fight plaque as effectively as chlorhexidine in mouthwash. She has now launched the STOP range of oral care products for dentists and consumers, and says that the naturally occurring compounds have huge untapped potential in dentistry.

Une nouvelle étude sur la prise en charge du risque carieux par les dentistes en pratique clinique

January 21, 2021 | Advertorial

Le projet Caries Risk Management (CARMEN) est une étude épidémiologique observationnelle longitudinale, menée auprès de dentistes cliniciens de quatre pays européens : la Bulgarie, la Grèce, la Pologne et le Portugal. Peu de données, relatives aux pratiques des professionnels de santé dentaire, existent à l’échelle européenne en matière de recommandations de prise en charge du risque carieux. Le projet vise ainsi à décrire l’adhésion des professionnels à ces recommandations et d’évaluer l’effet de leurs stratégies sur l’évolution des lésions carieuses de leurs patients.

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FDI shares vision of oral healthcare delivery until 2030

January 21, 2021 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: For 120 years, FDI World Dental Federation has focused its mission on the goal of improving oral health worldwide. In a recently published report, titled Vision 2030: Delivering Optimal Oral Health for All, the organisation shared how it plans to continue to go forward with that goal in the foreseeable future.

Patric Frank is Ivoclar Vivadent’s new chief marketing officer

January 20, 2021 | Advertorial

SCHAAN, Liechtenstein: Ivoclar Vivadent has announced that it has appointed Patric Frank as its new chief of marketing. Frank, who has been with the company since early 2019 and has had extensive experience in marketing and brand management, will help strategically drive Ivoclar Vivadent’s global expansion forward and strengthen its position in the growing dental market worldwide.

Dentist facing charge for putting pressure on employees to get COVID-19 vaccine

January 18, 2021 | News

PFAFFENHOFEN AN DER ILM, Germany: Healthcare providers worldwide have started administering the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine. In many countries, dental teams are included in the first group eligible to receive it. Recently, a Bavarian dentist arranged vaccination appointments for his entire practice staff. However, he also threatened negative consequences for anyone who refused to be vaccinated. As no legal basis for such a requirement has yet been established in Germany, the dentist was reported to the authorities.

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Researchers scramble to understand new SARS-CoV-2 strains

January 14, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: New variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that emerged in the UK and South Africa in 2020 show higher transmissibility. And whereas they are thought not to result in more serious disease or increased morbidity, a leading US expert on public health policy has emphasised that the higher rates of infection resulting from the new strains will mean more deaths. Scientists are scrambling to understand the new variants, and they are concerned that the mutations present in the South African strain may pose complications for the efficacy of vaccines and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.

New study to explore caries risk management in dental clinical practice

January 8, 2021 | Advertorial

The Caries Risk Management (CARMEN) project is an ongoing observational longitudinal study that is being carried out among dentists in four European countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Poland and Portugal. As there is only limited data available on the implementation of caries risk management guidelines in dental practices in Europe, the project aims to describe dental professionals’ adherence to these guidelines and assess the impact of their strategies on caries experience in patients. Here, the researchers present the cohort formation of their study.

What is the future of telehealth in dentistry?

January 6, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: As a result of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the vast majority of dental practices around the world have been partially or completely shut down at times, and routine dental check-ups have been postponed as a result. Whereas some practices have reopened to offer in-person treatment—albeit with enhanced personal protective equipment measures—others have modified their services to offer teledentistry.

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New exoplan 3.0 Galway now available

January 5, 2021 | Advertorial

DARMSTADT, Germany: In December 2020, exocad, an Align Technology company, announced the availability of exoplan 3.0 Galway, the latest version of its implant planning software. The new release supports the planning of edentulous cases, including the design of surgical guides.

UK dentists expect drop in earnings, patient numbers in 2021

January 5, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: A new report commissioned by the General Dental Council (GDC) has found that UK dental professionals are pessimistic about being able to meet expected demand for dental treatment in 2021. The majority of respondents to an online survey expected that the pandemic would continue to limit treatment capacities and that drops in income experienced in 2020 would continue throughout the new year.

Researchers suggest slower drill rotation to make dental practices safer in pandemic

January 1, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Dental procedures were flagged early on in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic as posing a high risk for the spread of the virus. The strict infection control measures in place at dental clinics have helped to prevent the spread of the virus in dental settings; however, researchers from Imperial College London and King’s College London have found that careful selection and operation of dental drills could lower the risk of transmission even further.

COVID-19 in 2020: Reflecting on the most difficult year in dentistry

December 31, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: A team of World Health Organization (WHO) researchers will head to the Chinese megalopolis of Wuhan in January to further research the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. More than 12 months after it was first reported to WHO, there is still much that we do not know about it. The virus made 2020 the most challenging year on record for dentistry. It brought equal measures of chaos and occupational and financial hardships, but dentists and the associations and companies that serve them responded with solidarity, with determination to serve patients and with resolution to stand up for dental care as an essential service.

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CareCapital acquires Neoss, appoints Dr Robert Gottlander President and CEO of Neoss

December 30, 2020 | Business

HONG KONG/HARROGATE, UK: CareCapital, an equity investor focused on the dental and oral care industry, has announced an agreement to acquire global dental implant company Neoss. In conjunction with the transaction, Dr Robert Gottlander has been appointed President and CEO of Neoss.

Dentists embraced online education in 2020

December 30, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Not all of the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic have been negative. Social distancing measures and travel restrictions effectively pushed dental education online in 2020, and more dentists earned continuing education (CE) credits through webinars and online events than in any previous year. As 2020 comes to a close, it seems likely that dental teams and dental education providers will continue to favour online education—owing to the convenience and ease of access that it offers—even in a post-pandemic environment.

Scientists examine halitosis in COVID‐19 patients

December 29, 2020 | News

BRNO, Czech Republic: A recent study carried out by scientists from Masaryk University in Brno has suggested that there may be a link between new‐onset halitosis and the course of a SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Orsing switches to exclusive use of fossil-free Hygoformic Bio

December 28, 2020 | Advertorial

HELSINGBORG, Sweden: Swedish manufacturer of dental consumables Orsing is actively looking into ways to reduce its share of greenhouse gas emissions and has recently introduced a product line entirely manufactured from renewable resources. Orsing’s eco-line includes the coil design saliva ejector Hygoformic Bio with its Hygoformic Bio Adaptor, the Hygovac Bio and Hygovac Vent Bio aspirator tubes, and the Bio Cup dental cup made of bamboo fibre.

Interview: Ten years of exocad with Tillmann Steinbrecher and Maik Gerth

December 25, 2020 | Interviews

With over 37,000 installations in more than 150 countries, exocad is the world’s leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for dental CAD software. Every day, dental technicians, and increasingly also dentists, design high-quality CAD/CAM-manufactured restorations for their patients with exocad’s robust software solutions. More and more people around the world have access to aesthetic and affordable prosthetics. More than ten years ago, that was exactly the vision of the two young software developers Tillmann Steinbrecher and Maik Gerth. In 2006, they met during a joint research and development project at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD (Fraunhofer IGD) in Darmstadt. The topic was CAD/CAM in dental technology. This year, exocad celebrates its tenth anniversary. On this occasion, CEO Tillmann Steinbrecher and CTO Maik Gerth explain how they developed DentalCAD and founded exocad.

First fluoride-containing bioglass toothpaste cleared for sale in the U.S.

December 24, 2020 | News

SILVER SPRING, Md., U.S./LONDON, U.K.: BioMin Technologies has announced that its BioMin Restore Plus toothpaste has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for relief of dentine hypersensitivity. The toothpaste is available only on prescription from registered U.S. dental clinicians and is based on BioMin F, a patented bioactive glass complex developed in the laboratories of Queen Mary University of London in the U.K. Dr.Collins, the U.S. license holder, anticipates that the product will become available in the country in spring 2021.

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