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Dentists providing cosmetic injectable procedures urged to protect themselves

July 27, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: After a year-long inquiry, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing (APPG) has released a report on the regulatory environment surrounding non-surgical aesthetic procedures such as dermal fillers and botulinum toxin injections—the latter most commonly known as Botox. Given that these treatments are increasingly being offered by UK dental practices, the British Dental Association (BDA) has cautioned dentists to confirm that they are appropriately insured to provide these services.

Face coverings must still be worn in dental settings in England

July 20, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Effective on 19 July, England eased many of its COVID-19 restrictions, including rules on social distancing and the requirement to wear face coverings in public places. However, although people in England are no longer obliged to wear face masks when entering establishments such as shops, healthcare organisations in the UK have recently urged the government to keep face masks mandatory in healthcare settings.

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Pandemic leads UK dentists to seek advice in record numbers

July 16, 2021 | News

GLASGOW, UK: Changing restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have regularly affected the scope of work that dental professionals have been allowed to conduct. Understanding exactly which procedures are permitted—and which ones are not—has been a continued challenge. The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS), one of the leading medical defence organisations in the UK, has announced that it received a record number of inquiries from dentists looking for advice and support during 2020.

Males account for more than 60% of speakers at UK dental conferences

July 14, 2021 | News

LEEDS, UK: Researchers from the University of Leeds and the University of Liverpool examined the gender balance of invited speakers at dental conferences that were held in the UK over a two-year period. The June study found that gender was acceptably balanced at only 21.4% of conferences and concluded that conference organisers should proactively work towards making their programmes more representative of the dental workforce.

Survey highlights impact of video calls on smile self-consciousness

July 8, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Though video calls have become a part of everyday work for many professionals during the pandemic, their increased integration has had some unintended consequences. A new survey jointly conducted by the Oral Health Foundation (OHF) and Align Technology has found that more than half (58%) of British adults have changed how they see their own smile as a result of these videoconferencing technologies.

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Dental procedures present low risk of aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2—study

July 5, 2021 | News

BRISTOL, UK: The largest study to date specifically measuring aerosol generation in dental settings found that many common procedures produced negligible volumes of aerosol. The study is yet to be peer reviewed; however, according to the authors, the findings support current guidance that deems many dental procedures as posing a low risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission and suggests that the level of risk associated with the use of ultrasonic instruments could be downgraded.

Report sheds light on dental service in Northern Ireland since onset of pandemic

July 1, 2021 | News

BELFAST, UK: Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, dental services worldwide have been disrupted for over a year. A recent report by the Health and Social Care Business Services Organisation (Northern Ireland) and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency collected information on dental services in Northern Ireland between April 2020 and March 2021 and found that treatment activity had declined significantly. As a result, the British Dental Association Northern Ireland (BDA NI) is calling on policymakers to make oral health a higher priority.

Oral health promotion for the dental professional in 2021

July 1, 2021 | Education | News

Over the past months, I have been running a course, titled “How to launch an oral health promotion project/business”, which is part of my Smile Revolution platform. The course is open to all dental professionals—dentists, therapists, hygienists and nurses—who want to explore opportunities of expanding their horizon beyond the purely clinical work of the practice.

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COVID-19: Examining role of oral microbiome and mucosal immunity in South Asian populations

June 28, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK/CHENNAI, India: UK Research and Innovation and India’s Department of Biotechnology in the Ministry of Science and Technology have recently granted funding to two research projects that aim to examine the impact of COVID-19 in South Asian communities in India and the UK. One of the studies hypothesises that mucosal immunity and the oral microbiome play a critical role in susceptibility to and severity of COVID-19. If confirmed, the findings of the study could help mitigate the severity of the disease in both countries.

Scottish government moves to expand free dental care

June 23, 2021 | News

EDINBURGH, UK: Currently, NHS dental care is free at the point of use for those under 18 throughout the UK. Part of the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) platform ahead of this past May’s Scottish parliamentary election was a promise to abolish all NHS dentistry charges and increase NHS funding by 20%. After its successful re-election, the SNP has now introduced legislature to make dental services free for individuals up to 25 years of age, a move that will benefit 600,000 young people, according to the government.

Battery-powered air respirator may protect staff and patients against SARS-CoV-2

June 17, 2021 | News

CHESTERFIELD, UK: The pandemic has been ongoing for over a year now, and there is still a strong need to protect healthcare and scientific staff from SARS-CoV-2 infection. To stay safe, many professionals have been adhering to strict infection protection and control guidelines and using various protective gear. However, some safety equipment, which is often cumbersome, has sometimes led to facial bruising or skin damage and caused considerable discomfort or even pain. To offer dental professionals increased protection and comfort, UK dental industry supplier Denka is now distributing a new solution for respiratory protection: the CleanSpace HALO respirator.

New study examines extent of occupational risk of COVID-19 in UK

June 9, 2021 | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: To fill a research gap, researchers have recently examined whether dental professionals are, in fact, at an increased risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the workplace, as has often been hypothesised. They found that close contact with patients put dental professionals at a higher risk of developing COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic and that a large number of dental professionals had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in their blood.

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New report addresses equality, diversity and inclusion in dentistry

June 1, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Seeking to show the commitment of the dental profession to fight discrimination and bias in dentistry, the Diversity in Dentistry Action Group (DDAG) has recently published a report on equality, diversity and inclusion in dentistry. The report urges those in the profession to listen to those whose voices have been under-represented and to take collaborative action to make dentistry more inclusive.

Back pain—a clinician’s nightmare

May 25, 2021 | News

Back pain is one of the most common complications of an incorrect sitting or standing posture. It may appear gradually or suddenly. Many dental practitioners only realise how much of an impact back pain can have on their practice once they experience it. Luckily, although some people suffer from long-term shoulder or back pain, this pain can be reduced within a few weeks or months of treatment.

Tokuyama Dental Academy kicks off with Excellence in Dentistry 4.0 webinar series

May 24, 2021 | Events | News

VENICE, Italy: The future of continuing education in dentistry will unfold online—a fact that has not been lost on Tokuyama Dental. The Tokyo-based manufacturer of restoratives and other specialty dental products is celebrating the launch of its Tokuyama Dental Academy in June with an inaugural webinar series that will offer dental professionals high-quality content, including solutions to the questions and problems that crop up in their daily practice.

Direct-to-consumer orthodontics—GDC says innovation must not compromise patient safety

May 20, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: The General Dental Council (GDC) has welcomed innovation in dentistry, including where treatment and consultations occur remotely, but has emphasised the responsibility of dental teams to provide safe patient-centred care. All dental professionals in all treatment settings must be registered with the GDC and abide by its standards of care, the regulator stressed.

Mental health initiative for dentists launched

May 18, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Last week, the Mental Health Foundation celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week, encouraging UK residents to take stock of their psychological well-being. To mark the occasion, the Dental Professionals Alliance (DPA) has launched its Mental Health Wellness in Dentistry framework, an initiative that calls on dental practices to make mental health a priority.

Zoom meetings cause growing demand for orthodontics during pandemic

May 14, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Attending myriad Zoom meetings is now a reality for many professionals who had to shift to the home office culture during the pandemic. Needless to say, having a virtual platform that allowed people to communicate with their colleagues safely from a distance did have its benefits. However, according to a survey conducted by the British Orthodontic Society (BOS), people have become increasingly conscious of their teeth during close-up video conferencing, which is manifested in a surge in adults seeking orthodontic treatment in the past year.

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