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Effect of COVID-19 on dental professionals in the UK

January 14, 2021 | News

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our professional life, yet the aftermath of the pandemic and its consequences for our future are still unclear. Since dental practitioners and their teams are directly exposed to the virus, there have been numerous challenges to providing dental care during the pandemic. Up to now, we have only been able to base our practice management decisions on recently gathered statistics and on the early stages of research. This has led to various mistakes being committed in clinical practice and to unexpected discoveries as well as to increasing uncertainty about the future of dentistry.

UK dentists expect drop in earnings, patient numbers in 2021

January 5, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: A new report commissioned by the General Dental Council (GDC) has found that UK dental professionals are pessimistic about being able to meet expected demand for dental treatment in 2021. The majority of respondents to an online survey expected that the pandemic would continue to limit treatment capacities and that drops in income experienced in 2020 would continue throughout the new year.

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Researchers suggest slower drill rotation to make dental practices safer in pandemic

January 1, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Dental procedures were flagged early on in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic as posing a high risk for the spread of the virus. The strict infection control measures in place at dental clinics have helped to prevent the spread of the virus in dental settings; however, researchers from Imperial College London and King’s College London have found that careful selection and operation of dental drills could lower the risk of transmission even further.

CareCapital acquires Neoss, appoints Dr Robert Gottlander President and CEO of Neoss

December 30, 2020 | Business

HONG KONG/HARROGATE, UK: CareCapital, an equity investor focused on the dental and oral care industry, has announced an agreement to acquire global dental implant company Neoss. In conjunction with the transaction, Dr Robert Gottlander has been appointed President and CEO of Neoss.

First fluoride-containing bioglass toothpaste cleared for sale in the U.S.

December 24, 2020 | News

SILVER SPRING, Md., U.S./LONDON, U.K.: BioMin Technologies has announced that its BioMin Restore Plus toothpaste has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for relief of dentine hypersensitivity. The toothpaste is available only on prescription from registered U.S. dental clinicians and is based on BioMin F, a patented bioactive glass complex developed in the laboratories of Queen Mary University of London in the U.K. Dr.Collins, the U.S. license holder, anticipates that the product will become available in the country in spring 2021.

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“Science, stability, success”: Dr Graham Carmichael discusses Xeal and TiUltra surfaces

December 17, 2020 | Advertorial

An award-winning clinician, researcher and director at the Brånemark Centre in Perth in Australia, Dr Graham Carmichael is a consultant prosthodontist and an adjunct clinical senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia. He has trained dentists and specialists in implant dentistry since 2006. In this interview, he discusses what he most appreciates about the Xeal abutment surface and the TiUltra implant surface and offers his opinion about their long-term potential.

Dental patient charges increase by 5% in UK, causing uproar

December 11, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Though practices in the UK remain open as the country goes through its second lockdown of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, dentists appear to be facing increasing barriers to the delivery of oral healthcare. An October survey conducted by the British Dental Association (BDA) found that 35% of UK clinics cited limited access to personal protective equipment (PPE) as having a significant impact on their ability to see patients. Now, a 5% increase in NHS dental charges will come into effect next Monday, rankling some of the industry’s leading professional bodies.

What will dental events look like in 2021?

December 7, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: It is hard to overstate the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on dental trade fairs in 2020. From March onwards, essentially all dental events were shifted online, postponed or outright cancelled, effectively devastating an important and profitable sector of the industry. Though the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to climb by hundreds of thousands with each passing day, there are a number of bright spots on the horizon, leading us to ask what dental events will look like in 2021 and beyond.

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UK dental world reacts to COVID-19 vaccine approval

December 2, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: The UK has become the first country in the world to approve a clinically tested COVID-19 vaccine after the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) authorised the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use. The vaccine is set to be rolled out from next week onwards, and elderly people and NHS staff are to be prioritised—although details on how dental professionals, for example, fit into this plan are yet to be finalised.

Shocking misinformation persists in fight against HIV

December 1, 2020 | News

EDINBURGH, UK: The chief executive of the UK’s Oral Health Foundation (OHF) told the media in November that HIV could be transmitted through the sharing of toothbrushes. His comment was later corrected, but not before it had been published on the OHF’s website and on Dentistry.co.uk. As the international community prepared to mark World Aids Day 2020, Chief Executive of HIV Scotland Nathan Sparling said that misinformation about HIV remains deep-rooted.

Why digitalisation in dentistry is now even more important than ever

November 27, 2020 | Advertorial

LONDON, UK: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Align Technology worked with a number of key opinion leaders with a view to exploring best practice strategies for returning to dental practice, helping dental professionals thrive in a new environment and turning unprecedented challenges into potential opportunities. A key enabler was found to be the adoption of a digital dental solution.

UK dentists need peace of mind on PPE and COVID-19 complaints

November 26, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Practices in the UK remain open during the current lockdown, but dentists in the country have reported increased concerns related to other aspects of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Two in five dentists (40%) say that they fear future investigations relating to the disruption of dental care during the lockdown, and more than a third (35%) say that problems with the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) is affecting their ability to see more patients.

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Interview: Consulting the Internet should in no way replace visiting the dentist

November 24, 2020 | Interviews

Everyone has done it—searching for symptoms on the Internet. Recent statistics show that searches for dental and mouth-related problems are very common in Europe. On average, Europeans generate over 200,000 searches per month for toothache alone. This benefits patients by assisting them in taking responsibility for their own health, but unfortunately self-diagnosing on the Internet can sometimes do more harm than good. Self-diagnosis can fuel anxiety and hypochondria, and some websites provide unreliable information. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Dr Chun Tang, of Pall Mall Medical in Manchester in the UK, shared some tips for dental professionals on how to educate patients about this matter.

Jump in prescriptions by dentists during lockdown stokes fear of antibiotic resistance

November 23, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: According to a new study, dentists in England wrote 25% more prescriptions for antibiotics between April and July 2020 than they did during the same period in 2019. In London, the increase was 60%. FDI World Dental Federation has published a new white paper on how dental teams can contribute to reducing antibiotic resistance (ABR), and one of its authors has said that the profession has a clear responsibility to contribute to the fight against ABR at local, national and global levels.

Mitigation methods currently in place are effective, study shows

November 17, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: The latest results of a promising feasibility study which demonstrated the effectiveness of mitigation methods used in dental practices during aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) have given an insight into the current situation in the UK.

World Diabetes Day—A dental perspective

November 13, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Although most of the world’s population continues to focus its attention on the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever to raise awareness of other diseases that may significantly affect health. This Saturday, 14 November, marks World Diabetes Day—the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting. Almost a century ago, Banting and Charles Best co-discovered insulin, a peptide hormone that helps control blood glucose in people with diabetes. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) chose the date in order to shed light on issues that are relevant to diabetes prevention and to bring public and political attention to the disease.

New survey highlights dentists’ pessimism about the future

November 9, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: There is a growing body of evidence indicating declining well-being among dentists worldwide. This was confirmed by a recent survey conducted by Dental Protection which found that half of the UK dentists who participated in the study were experiencing difficulty in coping with the uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and that they had adopted negative mental attitudes towards the future.

“Diabetes shouldn’t be an issue for the child, but it requires discipline from the parents”

November 6, 2020 | Education | News

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: November is diabetes awareness month at Curaden Academy. Diabetes mellitus is the third most common chronic disease in children and adolescents and requires constant monitoring and treatment in the form of insulin injections. Curaden’s Tom Huigen knows all about it. At 9 months old, his son Roef was one of the youngest patients in the Netherlands to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. According to Tom, consistent follow-up is crucial, not only to ensure good systemic and oral health, but also to provide a structure in which a child can be a child. He spoke to Dental Tribune International about how the condition influences daily life for the whole family.

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