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August 14, 2019 | Interviews
Though routine mentoring has been widely used in other professions as a form of stress management, it remains relatively under-utilised in dentistry for a multitude of reasons. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Robert Seath, Clinical Director of the University of Portsmouth’s Dental Academy and the recent author of an article on this topic, about the most frequent stressors for dentists and the resistance to routine mentorship that exists in dentistry.
August 13, 2019 | News
LONDON, UK: The Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) , the only professional membership body in the UK specifically for general dental practice, has announced its support for a campaign promoting routine screening for erosive tooth wear. The ailment is now the third most commonly observed oral condition after caries and periodontal disease and is estimated to affect up to 30% of European adults.
Whether or not to provide dental treatment for patients with drug dependencies can be a difficult decision for dentists to make. Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Charlotte Bowes, Clinical Fellow in Restorative Dentistry at Newcastle University’s School of Dental Sciences and co-author of a recent article in the British Dental Journal on this topic, about the current guidance in the UK regarding this issue, the existing barriers to treatment and what she thinks could be improved.
August 6, 2019 | News
“Before contacting you, I read all of your lovely reviews.” My clients are hearing that from patients every week nowadays. I’m not sure who actually taught us all to read and write reviews, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the source is Jeff Bezos at Amazon. We have fundamentally changed our buying habits as a result. Now, even the provider (if it’s Uber or Airbnb) can review us.
August 5, 2019 | News
LONDON, UK: The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee has launched an inquiry into NHS England dentistry services, stating that the focus of NHS dentistry on treatment rather than prevention is a cause for concern. The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed the news, since it has frequently worked to expose the deficiencies in dental access, funding and strategy, and has sought to raise the profile of dentistry in Parliament.
August 5, 2019 | News
LONDON, UK: Though the exact number of people who suffer from xerostomia is unclear, some studies estimate that as many as one in five of the population could suffer from some form of the condition. A new qualitative study has investigated the physical, emotional and social impacts of dry mouth, finding that it can lead to social anxiety, a reduced ability to eat and speak, and even a higher risk of mental illness.
LONDON, UK: The US-headquartered clear aligner provider SmileDirectClub has launched nine stand-alone stores across London, Manchester and Birmingham, its first entry into the European market. The company announced that its expansion would continue in partnership with the Well Pharmacy chain, which will oversee the opening of four additional SmileShops within Well Pharmacy stores in Cambridge, Newcastle, Cardiff and Leeds.
August 1, 2019 | News
LONDON, UK: According to Assistance Dogs UK, over 7,000 disabled people in the UK rely on assistance dogs to help with practical tasks, yet many dental practices still maintain strict policies prohibiting the presence of dogs on their premises. To address this situation, the Dental Defence Union (DDU) has proposed that dental practices ensure that their policies are updated so that patients can attend appointments together with their assistance dogs.
July 30, 2019 | News
LONDON, UK: Align Technology, a worldwide market leader in clear aligner treatment, recently launched its first Invisalign Connect pop-up store at the Westfield London shopping centre. The interactive pop-up is located in one of the city’s busiest areas, with thousands of daily visitors, according to the company, including prospective patients who may be interested in tooth straightening.
July 29, 2019 | News
LONDON, UK: A green paper published by the UK government has outlined an ambitious plan for the UK to be “smoke-free” by 2030. The goal is part of a larger effort to help address health inequalities and tackle major challenges like obesity and mental health.
July 26, 2019 | News
LONDON, UK: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has confirmed that NHS England dentists will receive a 2.5% pay increase backdated to April. The increase represents the first above-inflation wage uplift for NHS dentists since 2005/6 and meets in full the recommendations of the 47th report of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB).
Though one is a master dental technician and the other a dentist, Daniele Rondoni and Dr Nicola Scotti share a passion for discovering new materials and technologies to better provide aesthetic, durable restorations for patients. Here, they discuss their dental journeys and how they have integrated Kuraray Noritake Dental’s KATANA Zirconia range into their workflows.
July 24, 2019 | News
CANCUN, Mexico/DUNDEE, UK: Prof. Mark Hector has been awarded a prestigious honorary membership of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) at the organisation’s recent 27th congress in Cancun. It is only the 20th time in the 50-year history of the IAPD that it has awarded honorary membership, the highest honour that can be bestowed on a member.
July 23, 2019 | News
LONDON, UK: The annual renewal deadline for dental care professionals (DCPs) is just over a week away, prompting the General Dental Council (GDC) to urge DCPs who wish to stay on the register for the following 12-month period to take action by no later than 31 July.
July 23, 2019 | News
LONDON, UK: The average value of dental practices that offer care to NHS patients increased in the three-month period ended 30 April, bucking a downward trend that saw the average goodwill value of NHS practices fall consecutively for three quarters last year.
July 19, 2019 | News
LONDON, UK: The General Dental Council (GDC) has opened a public consultation that invites UK-based dental professionals to share their ideas, comments and views on the short- and long-term future of professional learning and development in dentistry.
July 18, 2019 | News
RUGBY, UK: The Oral Health Foundation, a UK charity that aims at improving well-being by reducing the harm caused by oral disease, has announced clear, simple and scientifically backed guidelines on using denture adhesive. In this way, the foundation is providing uniform advice that dental professionals can give to completely edentulous patients who use denture adhesive. The guidelines were developed by a global task force and are part of a research project sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.
The recent Nobel Biocare Global Symposium saw many of the world’s leading voices on implantology and digital dentistry gather in the Spanish capital of Madrid. At the event, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr. Pascal Kunz, Vice President of Digital Solutions at Nobel Biocare, about DTX Studio suite and the benefits it provides for both dental clinicians and patients.
July 11, 2019 | News
Today, Swiss oral health company CURADEN is commemorating collaborator and friend Dr Jiří Sedelmayer, who passed away last week aged 73, having lived a life richly filled with research, teaching and family. A champion of prophylaxis, Sedelmayer founded the individually trained oral prophylaxis (iTOP) programme, teaching students and dental professionals correct oral care for disease prevention. His influence in dentistry cannot be overstated: together with his beloved wife, Lucie, Sedelmayer contributed to a world where dentists are teachers and patients stay healthy.
MADRID, Spain: Throughout our 60+ years of history, we have consistently stood for genuine innovation, based on science, that was created to help improve the lives of patients around the world. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive training worldwide, and to work together with dental practices and laboratories to help maximise what services and products they offer to their patients. This was on full display at the Nobel Biocare Global Symposium 2019 in Madrid, Spain. We are delighted to announce that the event was a big success. If you were not one of the 1200 participants, take a look at some of the highlights provided in this newsletter.
July 10, 2019 | News
EDINBURGH, UK: Scotland’s Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe Fitzpatrick, has admitted that some dental patients are experiencing completely unacceptable waiting times for hospital treatment. New figures show that the number of patients waiting for longer than 12 weeks for treatment has risen dramatically over the past four years.
July 9, 2019 | News
LONDON, UK/SHANGHAI, China: In a new global survey, King’s College London has been ranked fourth in the world in terms of dentistry and oral sciences research. The survey, conducted by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, ranked King’s as the only European institution in the top ten and the only one located outside the US to have made it into the top eight.
July 5, 2019 | News
LONDON, UK: An ageing population is a topic of concern in many countries around the world. It is estimated that the number of those over 60 will have doubled by 2050, and the need for the establishment of quality services is imperative. As oral health is an important key to quality of life, a recent review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has called for the implementation of comprehensive oral health training for all retirement home staff.
July 4, 2019 | News
DUNDEE, UK/VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada: In recognition of his prominence in the world of dental academia, Prof. Graham Ogden of the University of Dundee has been awarded the 2019 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Award in Oral Medicine and Pathology Research. Ogden was presented with this accolade at the recent 97th General Session and Exhibition of the IADR held in Vancouver in Canada.
July 3, 2019 | Advertorial
Earlier this year, Kuraray Noritake Dental invited dental professionals from all over Europe to a symposium in Berlin in Germany that highlighted the newest research and clinical findings on the KATANA Zirconia Block, the latest addition to the KATANA family. One of the presenters was Dr Nicola Scotti, an assistant professor at the Department of Cariology and Operative Dentistry at the University of Turin’s Dental School and operator of his own private practice.
June 27, 2019 | News
RUGBY, UK/VANCOUVER, Canada: The Oral Health Foundation (OHF) has recently published a new set of global science-based guidelines for denture adhesives. The new recommendations will combat the current lack of guidance for complete denture wearers regarding the correct use of denture adhesives.
June 26, 2019 | News
LONDON, UK: Dr Dave Cottam has been elected Chair of the British Dental Association (BDA) General Dental Practice Committee (GDPC) in a special meeting held in Wimpole Street. Cottam’s election comes after Dr Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, the previous chair, stood down last month after his election to the European Parliament.
June 24, 2019 | News
LONDON, UK: Studies by scientists at British American Tobacco (BAT) have shown that aerosol from potentially reduced-risk products (PRRPs), such as vapour and tobacco-heating products, causes significantly less staining on tooth enamel and skin than does the smoke from conventional cigarettes.
June 21, 2019 | News
LONDON, UK: The chief executives of nine of the UK’s healthcare statutory regulators have released a joint statement stressing the benefits and importance of becoming a reflective healthcare professional. Among those to sign off on the statement was Ian Brack, Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Dental Council (GDC).
June 20, 2019 | Advertorial
VEVEY, Switzerland: Introduced by Swiss endodontic company Produits Dentaires (PD) at the 2019 International Dental Show, EssenSeal is an innovative sealer designed for advanced root canal therapy. Engineered and manufactured by the company, it enables more effective root canal sealing to limit the growth of residual bacteria and prevent any resumption of infection. This is possible because of its unique formula featuring melaleuca, or tea-tree oil.