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.
COLOGNE, Germany: About six months prior to the event, the organisers of the International Dental Show (IDS) have announced that they will be implementing several digital elements for the 39th edition of IDS, which will be held next year. In light of the travel restrictions in place, they aim to facilitate access to the global trade fair for visitors from abroad who will not be able to attend. The digital IDS platform will provide information on new products, live streaming of webinars, press conferences and events, as well as one-to-one communications.
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.