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Interview: Consulting the Internet should in no way replace visiting the dentist

November 24, 2020 | News

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.

Jump in prescriptions by dentists during lockdown stokes fear of antibiotic resistance

November 23, 2020 | News

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.

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How to protect patients and personnel from COVID-19

November 18, 2020 | Education

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.

Mitigation methods currently in place are effective, study shows

November 17, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: The latest results of a promising feasibility study which demonstrated the effectiveness of mitigation methods used in dental practices during aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) have given an insight into the current situation in the UK.

Bioceramic implant induces cranial regrowth and restores bone defects in oral cavity

November 16, 2020 | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: Large cranial reconstructions are being increasingly performed worldwide, but remain a substantial clinical challenge. Researchers from Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, in cooperation with Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and Uppsala University, have now developed a novel bioceramic implant. Study results show that it has been proved to stimulate regeneration of natural skull bone so that even large cranial defects can be repaired in a way which was previously not possible.

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World Diabetes Day—A dental perspective

November 13, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Although most of the world’s population continues to focus its attention on the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever to raise awareness of other diseases that may significantly affect health. This Saturday, 14 November, marks World Diabetes Day—the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting. Almost a century ago, Banting and Charles Best co-discovered insulin, a peptide hormone that helps control blood glucose in people with diabetes. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) chose the date in order to shed light on issues that are relevant to diabetes prevention and to bring public and political attention to the disease.

Exocad Insights 2020: Annual event for manufacturers and users of dental CAD/CAM technologies

November 12, 2020 | Advertorial | Events

DARMSTADT, Germany: On 21 and 22 September, the second exocad Insights took place—this time in a hybrid format, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 300 dental technicians and dentists visited the darmstadtium international congress centre in Darmstadt to participate in lectures and an exhibition by 41 partner companies. The in-person component of the event was possible thanks to strict compliance with the federal and state rules for social distancing and hygiene. Around 1,600 further users of digital technologies in laboratories and practices from 55 countries joined exocad Insights 2020 via a live video stream.

Georgio Haddad: How 3D printing has transformed dental care

November 12, 2020 | Education | News

Dentistry has come a long way since the first introduction of digital technology. In an upcoming webinar on Nov. 18, Georgio Haddad, an intrapreneur who is in charge of the development of dental strategic partnerships and initiatives at Formlabs, will talk about the adoption of 3D printing in the dental practice. Prior to his online presentation, Haddad discussed the various applications of 3D printing in dentistry, reflected on how 3D printing has reshaped the dental industry and weighed the risks associated with embracing the technology.

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Dental sales return, with caveat

November 11, 2020 | Business | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Dentists typically follow the performance of the world’s largest dental companies in order to inform themselves about new products and investment opportunities. This year, all eyes have been on quarterly results in the hope of gauging the peak of the largest crisis ever to have affected the dental industry. Results from the third quarter show cause for optimism, but also lingering uncertainties.

TePe aims for carbon-neutral products and packaging by 2022

November 11, 2020 | Business

MALMÖ, Sweden: Sustainability at TePe means ensuring environmental, economic and social well-being for today and tomorrow, according to the company. This is why the internationally renowned manufacturer of interdental brushes, toothbrushes and dental picks has now committed to climate action by setting a carbon dioxide neutrality goal.

Planmeca Digital Dentistry World Tour 2020 goes virtual

November 11, 2020 | Advertorial | Events

HELSINKI, Finland: The popular Planmeca Digital Dentistry World Tour will bring Planmeca’s trailblazing digital dentistry solutions directly to dental professionals again in 2020. Starting at the end of November, the world tour will feature captivating and informative virtual shows in several languages and across multiple regions.

Interview: “The digital revolution in dentistry will accelerate, and we aim to be front runners”

November 10, 2020 | Business | Interviews

Amann Girrbach is a pioneer of CAD/CAM technology and is now recognised as one of the leading innovators in digital dental prosthetics worldwide. The Austrian full-service provider initiated a strategic paradigm shift some time before the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, and it now finds itself in the midst of the digital revolution. Dental Tribune International spoke with CEO Dr Wolfgang Reim and Head of Marketing Patrick Amann about the effects of the pandemic, the ongoing digitisation of dental practice and the 2021 International Dental Show (IDS).

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What dental professionals can do to tackle antibiotic resistance

November 10, 2020 | Education

According to Dr Wendy Thompson, who is a dentist and clinical lecturer in primary dental care at the University of Manchester in the UK, the dental profession globally is responsible for around one in ten antibiotic prescriptions across human healthcare. In an upcoming free webinar, she will share guidance on how the whole dental team, including general dental practitioners, specialists and practice managers, can develop local solutions to tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance. Before her online seminar, Thompson gave some insight into the issue in an interview with Dental Tribune International.

“Diabetes shouldn’t be an issue for the child, but it requires discipline from the parents”

November 6, 2020 | Education | News

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: November is diabetes awareness month at Curaden Academy. Diabetes mellitus is the third most common chronic disease in children and adolescents and requires constant monitoring and treatment in the form of insulin injections. Curaden’s Tom Huigen knows all about it. At 9 months old, his son Roef was one of the youngest patients in the Netherlands to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. According to Tom, consistent follow-up is crucial, not only to ensure good systemic and oral health, but also to provide a structure in which a child can be a child. He spoke to Dental Tribune International about how the condition influences daily life for the whole family.

EAPD addresses need for online education in paediatric dentistry with own campus

November 6, 2020 | Education

ATHENS, Greece: To increase the educational opportunities for paediatric dentists, the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD) has launched its own online campus in cooperation with Dental Tribune International (DTI) and sponsored by Procter & Gamble. In the coming year, the academy will present six webinars which offer continuing education credits for attendees and feature international speakers.

Nobel Biocare and DOCERAM Medical Ceramics expand partnership

November 6, 2020 | Advertorial

ZURICH, Switzerland: Nobel Biocare and DOCERAM Medical Ceramics are combining their strengths in order to offer high-quality restorative solutions which will provide ease and flexibility of use for their customers. The first achievement in this strengthened partnership is the release of the NobelProcera Zirconia Implant Bridge, which enables restorative flexibility through a simplified workflow and is produced in the high-end Nacera Pearl zirconia material.

VIA-MEDIA 2021―overview of current dental media published

November 5, 2020 | Business

BERLIN, Germany: At the end of October, WHITE & WHITE, a Berlin-based communications agency, published the fourth edition of VIA-MEDIA. The compendium offers marketing experts and media decision makers a comprehensive overview of 345 market-relevant dental online and print titles and serves as an important tool for decision-making in future media planning.

Oral health and diabetes—a free webinar series

November 4, 2020 | Education

The dentist plays a major role, with other members of the health team, in helping a patient with diabetes maintain glycemic control by achieving optimal oral health. The inflammation associated with poor oral hygiene can generate systemic inflammatory response and in turn exacerbate diabetes, worsen cardiovascular outcomes, and increase mortality. In a series of free webinars organised by Curaden Academy, three experts will discuss exactly how dental professionals can set up their diabetic patients for optimal health.

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