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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.

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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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.

AG.Live—digitisation pays off

June 29, 2021 | Advertorial

KOBLACH, Austria: Amann Girrbach is all about supporting laboratories in the organisation of digital dental workflows. With the AG.Live digital platform, this project reaches a new dimension. AG.Live helps dental technicians to manage all digital activities locally and to connect with an ever-expanding global network of digital dental professionals.

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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.

Align Technology announces digital edition of Invisalign Scientific Symposium for orthodontists

June 17, 2021 | Advertorial | Events

LONDON, UK: Align Technology has announced that it is hosting its annual Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Invisalign Scientific Symposium on 2 and 3 July digitally, providing an opportunity for orthodontists to delve into the science behind the company’s Invisalign system, as well as glean the latest advanced clinical knowledge from luminaries of orthodontic pedagogy.

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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.

Interview: “It all starts with the right dentine bonding agent”

June 11, 2021 | Advertorial

Dr Max Andrup, a 2010 graduate of Umeå University, currently runs a private practice in the city of Hudiksvall in Sweden, where he maintains a passion for restorative dentistry with a biomimetic approach. In this interview, he discusses the future of restorative dentistry and explains why he relies on Kuraray Noritake Dental’s products for his daily workflow.

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.

Align Technology reaches ten millionth Invisalign patient milestone

June 8, 2021 | Business

LONDON, UK: Clear aligner provider Align Technology has recently announced that the Invisalign system has cracked the ten million mark. The clear aligners are used to treat adults, adolescents and children from the age of six. According to the company, out of the ten million patients, 2.6 million are teenage patients.

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TePe recognised as one of UK’s best workplaces

June 4, 2021 | Business

WELLS, UK: Despite an incredibly challenging year for businesses all over the world, the UK-based subsidiary of the Swedish oral hygiene brand TePe was able to achieve tenth place in the small business category on the 2021 UK’s Best Workplaces list, recently published by Great Place to Work UK. This makes TePe one of 183 UK-based organisations recognised by its employees as having fostered a healthy workplace culture through trust, pride and camaraderie during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

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.

Dentaqua releases eco-friendly complete dental disinfection system

May 28, 2021 | Advertorial

LONDON, UK: Dentaqua (UK) has recently announced the release of its advanced DW-8 system. The counter-top device produces superoxidated hypochlorous acid, an all-natural non-toxic disinfectant that destroys all known microbes, including stubborn biofilm. This system offers a higher disinfectant standard, while saving dental practices in excess of £500 (€578) per dental surgery annually.

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.

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