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What we know about a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine so far

October 27, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: As the race to develop a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine continues, certain questions may arise that need clarification. While some still doubt the importance of vaccination in general, others are concerned about the safety of candidate vaccines and the associated costs. It has already been announced that dentists and dental hygienists will be included in the first phase of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine roll-out, but what do we know about the vaccine so far, and how essential is it for dental professionals to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2?

Study indicates 16% of UK dental professionals may have had COVID-19

October 22, 2020 | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: Across the UK, local lockdowns are proliferating as SARS-CoV-2 case numbers continue to increase. Though the initial nationwide lockdown ended back in June, data continues to to be gathered that shows just how widely SARS-CoV-2 spread during this time. A study conducted by University of Birmingham researchers has now found that a staggering 15% of dental professionals possessed SARS-CoV-2 antibodies by the time the lockdown had ended.

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Interview: “Thanks to this app, patients take ownership of their bodies”

October 20, 2020 | Interviews | News

Getting patients to brush interdentally can be an arduous task, but the BOB-App does exactly that. BOB stands for “bleeding on brushing”, which is the motivation app’s crucial parameter. The BOB-Score tells patients their overall inflammation level, and a mouth map shows them exactly which size of interdental brush to use at home for each interdental space. As a result, patients are motivated to reduce their inflammation scores before the next follow-up. Argentine dentist and periodontist Dr Matias Fontanetto uses the BOB-App in order to motivate his patients to turn interdental brushing into a daily habit.

KATANA Zirconia: The science behind superior product properties

October 20, 2020 | Advertorial

Users of dental zirconia are really spoilt for choice these days. Countless manufacturers offer zirconia materials that differ in their mechanical and optical properties and indication range. What is not apparent at first sight is that the available products also differ with respect to the quality of the CAD/CAM blanks offered. Blank quality is highly dependent on the quality of the raw materials and is affected by different aspects during raw material processing, pressing and pre-sintering. This has a huge impact on the surface quality, edge stability, fit and processing requirements of milled restorations.

Sunshine vitamin D and COVID-19: Is there a correlation?

October 19, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Vitamin D, also referred to as the sunshine vitamin, is increasingly more difficult to obtain from sun exposure. The increase in the number of people working in offices today has drastically reduced access to direct sunlight. The strict confinement measures worldwide to slow down the spread of SARS-CoV-2 can only have worsened this situation. Vitamin D deficiency has been found to be associated with dental implant failure and complications, and mounting evidence is suggesting that inadequate vitamin D levels in the blood could play a major role in SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility and outcomes.

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Fallow time calculator launched after AGP review

October 14, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: A review of the evidence relating to the use of aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) and the risk that they pose for the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in dental settings has resulted in a further reduction to the fallow time that is recommended by UK dental authorities. Dental professionals can now calculate the time necessary between dental procedures using a free online tool.

Survey shows UK periodontists feel let down by government and regulators during pandemic

October 6, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Though it is quite evident that dentistry, as a whole, has been greatly affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the specific ways in which this impact has been felt are yet to be fully understood. A recent study from the UK has shown that many of the nation’s periodontists believe that they received insufficient support from the government and the General Dental Council (GDC) while lockdown restrictions were in place from March to mid-June.

Interview: Victoria Wilson discusses her Smile Revolution podcast

October 2, 2020 | News

As a dental therapist and trained yoga teacher, Victoria Wilson certainly understands the holistic nature of oral health and overall well-being. In 2019, she launched the Smile Revolution podcast, where she has talked to a range of dental professionals about their career ups and downs. Wilson spoke to Dental Tribune International (DTI) about how Smile Revolution is fulfilling its mission of promoting oral health and how the podcast has been received so far.

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Millions of missed appointments: UK dentistry feels heat from COVID-19

October 1, 2020 | News

NORTHAMPTON, UK: Since mid-June, dental clinics across the UK have faced a staggered resumption of elective dental care after the easing of a government-imposed lockdown. According to the Association of Dental Groups (ADG), UK dentists and other medical professionals now have an uphill battle to manage the negative impact that the lockdown has had on oral health.

Ten guiding principles as we recover from lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic

October 1, 2020 | News

One of the lessons we have all observed in recent months is that the effects of COVID-19 and the responses of populations and their governments have varied from one country to another. This has had a knock-on effect in dentistry, with variations in the instructions and guidance given by academia and those who regulate the profession.

Interview: “Dental laboratories will be left in an extremely vulnerable position”

September 28, 2020 | Interviews

Close cooperation between dentists and dental technicians generates synergy and helps to ensure high-quality prosthetic dentistry. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has diminished the confidence of many professionals working in the dental field and has created much uncertainty about the future of dental technology. In this interview, Dental Tribune International discussed the topic with Barry Tivey, an accomplished dental technician and owner of Ceramic Techniques, a dental laboratory that produces crowns, bridges, implants and aesthetic restorations.

English dentists given updated guidance on treatment during pandemic

September 14, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Though it has been more than three months since dental practices in England began to reopen after lockdown restrictions were relaxed, guidance on how to safely treat dental patients continues to be updated. On 28 August, Chief Dental Officer (CDO) for England Dr Sarah Hurley wrote to dental practices across the nation, detailing the revisions made in the latest versions of Standard Operating Procedure: Transition to Recovery and COVID-19 Guidance and Standard Operating Procedure, which now include more validated evidence and expert consensus.

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Interview: Prof. Richard Watt on COVID-19 and the potential for dental reform

September 11, 2020 | News

Though the spread of SARS-CoV-2 has had an undeniably deleterious effect on many elements of the dental world, it has also opened up new possibilities for imagining how dentistry should be delivered. That is the contention of Dr Richard Watt, professor of dental public health in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, in a recent letter to The Lancet. Watt spoke with Dental Tribune International about how points of emphasis in dentistry may change in a post-pandemic world.

Dentists in Scotland voice concerns over expired personal protective equipment

September 10, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Dentists in Scotland have recently voiced their concerns over receiving stocks of free expired personal protective equipment (PPE). Since the Scottish government has failed to provide robust evidence to prove the safety of the out-of-date face masks provided by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS), the British Dental Association (BDA) has urged NHS NSS to make alternative arrangements for supplying PPE to dentists. In the meantime, it has advised dentists against using such masks, since doing so may pose significant risks to their health as well as to the health of their teams and patients.

When health and luxury meet—turning daily oral care into wellness with Swiss Smile

September 4, 2020 | Advertorial | Business | Education | News

ZÜRICH, Switzerland: If it were up to Swiss oral health brand Swiss Smile, oral care would not be ordinary. Swiss Smile combines clinical expertise with timeless design, using nothing but the finest of ingredients and materials. Its gift sets are popular with luxury hotels, and its brushes and toothpastes with those who see oral hygiene as a ritual of wellness and enjoyable self-care. Last week at the Swiss Deluxe Hotels Partners Day, Swiss Smile distinguished itself as the go-to partner for luxury oral care products.

Interview: Project Stealth takes identity authentication inside the mouth

September 2, 2020 | News

What if we could replace the cumbersome process of validation for our devices, banking and other secure entry points with a flick of the tongue? According to the designers behind UK-based Project Stealth Tech, the inside of our mouths is not only a rich source of unique biometrics, but also offers concealment by default. Dental Tribune International spoke with Paul Mendieta, one of the four graduates of the Royal College of Art in London who developed the Stealth mouth wearable, which is worn on the palatal rugae. Mendieta says that the prototype device aims to take authentication inside the mouth and that further uses for the technology are under development.

Interview: Prof. David Denning discusses DenScreen and antibody testing

August 31, 2020 | News

Prof. David Denning is professor of infectious diseases in global health at the University of Manchester and the chief medical adviser at DenScreen, a company providing a new screening system for dental patients developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, he discusses the principles underpinning DenScreen and explains how its antibody testing can provide benefits to dental practices and patients alike.

UK government recognises dentists’ contribution during COVID-19 pandemic

August 24, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: The dental industry has gone through many sudden and extreme changes since the start of the pandemic, and it is now evident that access to oral care will remain restricted in the months to come, which may result in new challenges and bring uncertainty to the dental profession. To help healthcare workers navigate the healthcare crisis, the UK government has recently awarded National Health Service (NHS) doctors and dentists a pay rise for their vital contribution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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