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.
LEIPZIG, Germany: No international tourism means no dental tourism, but what does that mean for the patients and dentist who rely on it? When borders began to close around the world in March owing to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, tens of thousands of dental patients had their treatment abroad either cancelled or postponed. As borders begin to reopen, those travelling for medical treatments are being welcomed with open arms.
TÜBINGEN, Germany: Given that teeth are often the best-preserved part of human skeletons, researchers across many disciplines frequently rely on them to reconstruct genetic affinities among ancient populations. A pair of researchers have now discovered which dental features are most likely to indicate genetic relationships and which features are more likely to reflect environmental adaptations or natural selection.