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Join the digital revolution at the 3Shape Academy

September 2, 2021 | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: As a market leader in 3D scanner and CAD/CAM software, 3Shape is committed to providing ongoing training, education and support for its customers. At two upcoming events facilitated by the 3Shape Academy, dental professionals will be able to learn first-hand from experts how comprehensive digital workflows can be generated purely through 3Shape’s range of solutions.

Interview with Dr David Warning on UK orthodontics: “Overall, we are in a positive place”

September 2, 2021 | Interviews | News

As the dental market is slowly getting back on its feet, industry professionals once again have the opportunity to attend leading dental events that had to be cancelled or postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the run-up to the 2021 British Orthodontic Conference (BOC), which is less than a month away, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr David Waring, chair of the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) conference committee. In this interview, he talks about the current state of orthodontics in the country and discusses some of the highlights of the upcoming event.

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Study finds teledentistry a valid substitute for in-person initial consultations

September 1, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the widespread adoption of videoconferencing tools in many industries, and dentistry is no exception. A new study has found that, for triage purposes and initial consultations, teledentistry has a relatively high acceptance rate among dentists and patients alike and is largely perceived to be a viable alternative to in-person dental check-ups.

Oversubscribed dentistry degrees in England: Students offered payment to switch university

August 30, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: The UK government has adjusted the cap for medical and dentistry courses for 2021 in order to support the National Health Service workforce of the future. To meet the needs of the increased number of students, medical and dentistry schools across England will receive additional funding to expand courses for the coming year. However, as a result of this change, some classes in universities are oversubscribed and dental students have been offered a financial incentive to switch to a different university.

Quest for tooth whitening: Study reports extensive damage to dental cells by carbamide peroxide

August 27, 2021 | News

TORONTO, Canada/LONDON, UK: As the quest for having whiter teeth continues, it is crucial to fully understand the extent of damage that tooth-whitening agents could have on oral health. In the first study of its kind, researchers sought to dig a little deeper into the issue and investigated the possibly deleterious effect of hydrogen peroxide-derived free radicals on dental cells. They found that exposing teeth to certain concentrations of carbamide peroxide gel harms the dental pulp cells and that this damage is irreversible.

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2021 Invisalign Scientific Symposium presents efficacy and applicability of clear aligners

August 20, 2021 | Advertorial

LONDON, UK: From 2 to 3 July, Align Technology presented its third Invisalign Scientific Symposium, which was held in a digital format for the second time and was broadcast from the Align Studios in the UK. The event provided an excellent blend of advanced scientific content, inspiring lectures delivered by enthusiastic renowned speakers and the opportunity to socialise with like-minded peers. Key topics included the efficacy of the Invisalign system and clear aligners as a treatment option in young patients. Over 1,200 orthodontists from 60 countries attended the symposium, which was concluded by a high-quality poster presentation.

BDA blasts potential migrant dental checks as “unethical”

August 13, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: In 2016, the Member of Parliament for Monmouth, David Davies, courted controversy when he suggested that dental checks could be used to verify the age of teenage Syrian and Afghani refugees whom he believed looked “older than 18”. Five years later, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has come under fire from the British Dental Association (BDA) after it was reported in The Times that the Home Office’s Nationality and Borders Bill would allow dental radiographs to be used to ascertain asylum seekers’ ages.

BioMin F in Smile Revolution podcast

August 9, 2021 | News

I recently recorded a podcast with Prof. Robert Hill and Richard Whatley (CEO at BioMin Technologies) on BioMin F toothpaste—an in-depth conversation on a very interesting toothpaste. During the preparation for this recording and after it, I developed an interest in the area as my understanding evolved. In this article, I wish to share my insight into some other considerations I have become aware of that we could include in building our understanding around toothpastes in general.

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Novel glass ionomer cement may enhance dentine formation

August 5, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK/JENA, Germany/DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia: A recent publication reports a new approach to stimulating Wnt signalling to enhance the formation of dentine. Scientists achieved this through a glass ionomer cement (GIC) that releases lithium ions to stimulate Wnt signalling in odontoblasts.

CQC mandates registration for direct-to-consumer orthodontics providers

August 4, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: As the independent regulator of health and social care in England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recognised the benefits that new technologies can deliver for healthcare patients. As a result of the rise in direct-to-consumer orthodontics, the regulator has released updated guidance on what the registration requirements for this method of dental care are.

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.

3Shape Dental System 2021: Revolutionising the technician’s work through AI

July 15, 2021 | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Ever since it was launched in 2005, 3Shape Dental System has been the software of choice for dental laboratory technicians who want to stay at the forefront of technological advancement. With the release of Dental System 2021, 3Shape is now allowing technicians to harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and enhance their productivity through its new and improved integrated workflows.

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.

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.

Interview: “Digital dentistry will set you apart”

July 5, 2021 | Advertorial

As the principal at the Sydney-based dental practice Care Dentistry, specialist prosthodontist Dr Christopher Ho leads by example. The procedures and techniques he employs to create aesthetic rehabilitations are guided by digital solutions that deliver greater efficiency, accuracy and patient acceptance. Here, he discusses how 3Shape’s product portfolio powers his digital workflows.

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