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Turkish dentists found to overprescribe antibiotics for endodontic infections

September 7, 2020 | News

ANKARA, Turkey: It is well known that antibiotic resistance is a growing problem and that some bacteria have become resistant to even the most powerful medication. However, it is frequently found that dentists prescribe antibiotics unnecessarily. A recent study has confirmed this to be the case with dentists in Turkey and has also examined the clinical situations that lead to this type of decision.

When health and luxury meet—turning daily oral care into wellness with Swiss Smile

September 4, 2020 | Advertorial | Business | Education | News

ZÜRICH, Switzerland: If it were up to Swiss oral health brand Swiss Smile, oral care would not be ordinary. Swiss Smile combines clinical expertise with timeless design, using nothing but the finest of ingredients and materials. Its gift sets are popular with luxury hotels, and its brushes and toothpastes with those who see oral hygiene as a ritual of wellness and enjoyable self-care. Last week at the Swiss Deluxe Hotels Partners Day, Swiss Smile distinguished itself as the go-to partner for luxury oral care products.

Dr Seppo Lindroos: “The sky’s the limit in dental technology”

September 4, 2020 | Advertorial

HELSINKI, Finland: Dr Seppo Lindroos is an experienced dentist and the founder of the MEDIDENT dental clinic, located in Helsinki. The clinic is fully equipped with Planmeca devices, including a Planmeca Sovereign Classic dental unit, a Planmeca Emerald intra-oral scanner, a Planmeca ProMax 2D imaging unit and a Planmeca ProScanner imaging plate scanner.

Registration for virtual edition of CEDE now open

September 1, 2020 | Events

ŁÓDŹ, Poland: The organisers of the Central European Dental Exhibition (CEDE) have announced that they will be hosting the Virtual Dental Exhibition (VDE) from 24 to 26 September. The free-of-charge event will offer an interactive, creative and safe experience that will include webinars, round-table discussions and a trade show.

EuroPerio10 to take place in 2022

September 1, 2020 | Events

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: After closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) has decided to reschedule the EuroPerio10 congress, which was planned to take place in June 2021. The event will now be held in the first half of 2022 at the Bella Center, Scandinavia’s largest multifunctional event venue, in Copenhagen. The final dates will be communicated as soon as they are confirmed.

Interview: Prof. David Denning discusses DenScreen and antibody testing

August 31, 2020 | News

Prof. David Denning is professor of infectious diseases in global health at the University of Manchester and the chief medical adviser at DenScreen, a company providing a new screening system for dental patients developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, he discusses the principles underpinning DenScreen and explains how its antibody testing can provide benefits to dental practices and patients alike.

Teaching perfect brushing with iTOP—”Individual instruction and practical training are key”

August 27, 2020 | Advertorial

The iTOP—which stands for individually trained oral prophylaxis—training programme is for dental professionals who want to set up patients for a lifetime of oral health. In an iTOP session, dental professionals learn about the correct tools and techniques for perfect brushing and oral care through hands-on practice so that they can teach patients in turn. Dentist and iTOP trainer Dr Franka Baranović Huber explained how practical brushing skills are still lacking among dentists and how exactly patients can benefit from iTOP.

First digital Invisalign Scientific Symposium: Shared experiences, peer recognition and more

August 27, 2020 | Advertorial

LONDON, UK: Align Technology recently reported on the highlights of its first digital Invisalign Scientific Symposium, held on 15 and 16 May. The 2020 symposium was conducted from a television studio and featured a roster of global clinical and orthodontic speakers, who shared scientific data and their best practices for treating Class II, deep bite and pre-surgical cases, in both adult and growing patient groups, including Phase 1 treatments for younger patients and the Invisalign system with mandibular advancement for teenagers. The virtual format reflected Align Technology’s ongoing commitment to sharing forward-thinking knowledge and providing orthodontists and general dental practitioners with clinical sessions to help them learn from their peers, exchange best practices and advance their own clinics. Ahead of the event, Align Technology pledged to donate €50 for each registered participant to the World Health Organization in the fight against COVID-19, and the company made a total donation of €75,000.

Straumann Group sales pick up again after tough first half

August 25, 2020 | Business

BASEL, Switzerland: Now that the first half of 2020 is over, the Straumann Group has reported that the SARS-CoV-2 crisis has reduced its revenue by 22% to CHF 605 million (€562 million), compared with the first half of 2019. Dental practices closed in many parts of the world, and business declined drastically in mid-March, reaching a trough in April. When lockdown measures began to ease and dental practices reopened, sales began to climb in May, and this trend continued through June. Whereas the pandemic hit all markets, the extent of the impact varied in different regions.

Interview: “Orthodontists should see their patients through the eyes of a periodontist”

August 24, 2020 | Advertorial

According to Dr Jean-Marc Dersot, plaque control is an often neglected but crucial factor in successful orthodontic treatment. Dersot being a past president of the Société Française de Parodontologie et d’Implantologie Orale (French society of periodontology and oral implantology), his favourite topic is the relationship between orthodontics and periodontics, and his output on the topic as an editor and researcher is prolific. “In order to avoid orthodontic side effects, orthodontists need to safeguard the periodontal tissue,” Dersot stressed.

COVID-19 and domestic violence: How dentists can help those in need

August 20, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Social distancing and isolation measures introduced in countless countries during the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic have undeniably helped to curb the virus’s spread. One unintended and negative side effect, however, has been a rise in the incidence of domestic violence. A paper recently published in the British Dental Journal (BDJ) sought to clarify what role dental professionals, particularly oral and maxillofacial surgeons, play in such situations and how they can better help patients who have been affected by this form of abuse.

Interview: “Our purpose is to provide emotional first aid for dentists in distress”

August 19, 2020 | Interviews

Dentistry can be a stressful profession in which the importance of mental health is often overlooked, and the uncertainty about where to seek help can be overwhelming. Over time, this has led to high rates of depression and suicide among dental professionals in the UK. In order to improve the situation and work towards prevention, the helpline Confidental was founded, which offers emotional support for dentists provided by their peers. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Dr John Lewis, who works as a dentist at Ghyllmount Dental in Penrith in the UK and who is part of the Confidental network, shared some insights into the important work the helpline is doing.

FDI celebrates 120th anniversary

August 18, 2020 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: This past Saturday, 15 August, marked the 120th anniversary of the founding of FDI World Dental Federation (FDI). In celebration of the occasion, FDI President Dr Gerhard K. Seeberger shared an anniversary statement in which he called this milestone a monumental day for FDI and revealed a short preview of an upcoming video that will detail the history and achievements of the organisation.

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.

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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