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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.

Change in masticatory habit found to be reason for deterioration of dental implants

December 23, 2020 | News

MOSCOW, Russia: The effect of a changed chewing habit in the context of dental implantology has not yet been sufficiently studied. Now, researchers from Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University and RUDN University have found that a change in the dominant masticatory side following implant surgery may be a cause of implant failure. The study results could support dentists in planning their patients’ prophylaxis strategy.

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Study reveals obstructive sleep apnoea as risk factor for COVID-19

December 22, 2020 | News

TURKU, Finland: During the first wave of the pandemic, the number of hospitalisations for SARS-CoV-2 infections in Finland was relatively low compared with the rest of the world, and since hospitals were not overburdened with patients who required intensive care, researchers had the time to examine COVID-19 and its relation to other diseases more closely. For example, researchers from Turku University Hospital and the University of Turku used this time to study the link between COVID-19 and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). According to their findings, OSA may be a risk factor for SARS-CoV-2 infection, and patients with OSA may anticipate more severe COVID-19 outcomes if they become infected.

Interview: High-quality dental treatments with CAD/CAM technology

December 18, 2020 | Interviews

Janne Ruokola, Planmeca’s sales manager for CAD/CAM products, has been working with CAD/CAM technology for more than ten years. In his career, he has seen first-hand how dental professionals can benefit from going digital. He believes digital workflows will become the new standard all over the world and recommends making the digital transition step by step with Planmeca’s complete solution.

Amann Girrbach—quality, made in Austria

December 16, 2020 | Business

KOBLACH, Austria: Headquartered in the Vorarlberg state of Austria—in the far west of the country, between the Alps and Lake Constance—the dental equipment manufacturer Amann Girrbach has been leading a quiet revolution for decades. As an early pioneer of dental CAD/CAM technologies, the company knows that the future of dentistry is digital, but it also understands that it will continue to rest on precision and quality. Dental Tribune International (DTI) visited the company’s home base and toured its newest manufacturing facility to find out more.

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Interview: “Digital connectivity is changing how we work and learn”

December 15, 2020 | News

Having had more than three decades of experience in the international healthcare industry, Donald M. Casey is better qualified than anyone to guide Dentsply Sirona through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s CEO recently spoke with Dental Tribune International about the success of this year’s virtual DS World and how the nature of product demonstrations has changed in 2020.

“It was my intention to break this taboo”—researchers develop ergonomic bra for female dentists

December 14, 2020 | News

DÜSSELDORF, Germany/HONG KONG: Since the number of female dentists has steadily increased over the past decades, their needs in the field of dental ergonomics have come into focus. The female breast and varying bra cup sizes play an important role, as they often prevent the dentist from adopting a symmetrical upright working posture during patient treatment. A joint project by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ergonomie in der Zahnheilkunde (German academy of dental ergonomics) (AGEZ) and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is being undertaken to establish criteria for the production of a bra which will ensure a healthy working posture and an unobstructed view of the patient’s oral cavity. In order to develop a product that meets the needs of female dentists and dental nurses, the researchers have created a survey and would like to encourage as many participants as possible to provide feedback.

IDS postponed to September 2021

December 11, 2020 | Events

COLOGNE, Germany: For some weeks or even months, the global dental community has been speculating about whether the International Dental Show (IDS) will actually take place among the global dental community. Today, the organisers made a difficult decision and announced that the world’s leading dental trade fair will not take place from 10 to 13 March 2021 as planned but will be postponed to 22 to 25 September instead.

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Dentists join queue for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines

December 11, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: UK health authorities have administered the first doses of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, and public health bodies around the world are now authoring policy documents that will determine which groups will be prioritised in national vaccination strategies. Currently, dental staff in Australia and the US state of California are set to be included in the first phase of local vaccination plans.

Dental patient charges increase by 5% in UK, causing uproar

December 11, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Though practices in the UK remain open as the country goes through its second lockdown of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, dentists appear to be facing increasing barriers to the delivery of oral healthcare. An October survey conducted by the British Dental Association (BDA) found that 35% of UK clinics cited limited access to personal protective equipment (PPE) as having a significant impact on their ability to see patients. Now, a 5% increase in NHS dental charges will come into effect next Monday, rankling some of the industry’s leading professional bodies.

WHO and dentistry: moving on from misinformation

December 9, 2020 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: The World Health Organization’s (WHO) handling of the global pandemic has brought it more criticism than praise, and dentists are among those who have denounced public health guidance from the UN agency. According to dental associations contacted by Dental Tribune International (DTI), WHO has been the subject of unbalanced media coverage relating to its guidance on dental practice.

What will dental events look like in 2021?

December 7, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: It is hard to overstate the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on dental trade fairs in 2020. From March onwards, essentially all dental events were shifted online, postponed or outright cancelled, effectively devastating an important and profitable sector of the industry. Though the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to climb by hundreds of thousands with each passing day, there are a number of bright spots on the horizon, leading us to ask what dental events will look like in 2021 and beyond.

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EDHF unifies dental hygiene in common European curriculum

December 7, 2020 | News

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Owing to considerable variation regarding the definition, practice, regulation and training of dental hygienists across the European Dental Hygienists Federation (EDHF) member states, the organisation has developed a standardised curriculum for dental hygiene. It is intended to assist dental hygiene educators in authorising or updating curricula, while taking into account their own local regulations.

Dürr Dental suction unit wins German Design Award

December 4, 2020 | Advertorial

BIETIGHEIM-BISSINGEN, Germany: Every year, a jury of renowned experts bestows the German Design Award on innovative projects and products. The process of selecting innovative products focuses not only on great design but also on effective function, safety and sustainability. This year, the Tyscor VS 4 suction unit from Dürr Dental convinced the international jury of its excellence and won the German Design Award 2021.

Shocking misinformation persists in fight against HIV

December 1, 2020 | News

EDINBURGH, UK: The chief executive of the UK’s Oral Health Foundation (OHF) told the media in November that HIV could be transmitted through the sharing of toothbrushes. His comment was later corrected, but not before it had been published on the OHF’s website and on Dentistry.co.uk. As the international community prepared to mark World Aids Day 2020, Chief Executive of HIV Scotland Nathan Sparling said that misinformation about HIV remains deep-rooted.

Why digitalisation in dentistry is now even more important than ever

November 27, 2020 | Advertorial

LONDON, UK: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Align Technology worked with a number of key opinion leaders with a view to exploring best practice strategies for returning to dental practice, helping dental professionals thrive in a new environment and turning unprecedented challenges into potential opportunities. A key enabler was found to be the adoption of a digital dental solution.

Study examines knowledge and experience of erosive tooth wear among Danish dentists

November 27, 2020 | News

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Erosive tooth wear (ETW) is of growing concern to dental professionals and therefore the subject of extensive research. A survey has now investigated how knowledgeable Danish dental professionals are about the problem and how they would potentially treat such cases.

UK dentists need peace of mind on PPE and COVID-19 complaints

November 26, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Practices in the UK remain open during the current lockdown, but dentists in the country have reported increased concerns related to other aspects of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Two in five dentists (40%) say that they fear future investigations relating to the disruption of dental care during the lockdown, and more than a third (35%) say that problems with the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) is affecting their ability to see more patients.

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