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UK dentists need urgent financial support—BDA asks for help

July 23, 2020 | News

BELFAST, UK: Dentists in Northern Ireland and Scotland are struggling. Several pleas to ministers for financial support for private and mixed dental practices have gone unanswered, and BDA Northern Ireland is now calling on dentists to share their personal stories of hardship with the government. Dentists in Scotland are also struggling with increased costs, decreased revenue and patient back-logs, and the BDA has called for better communication from ministers to address patient expectations.

COVID-19: Major stress factor among dental staff after reopening

July 21, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Dentists have resumed the provision of patient care, but are experiencing great anxiety arising from extensive changes to the workflow and fear of contracting SARS-CoV-2 in the practice. Besides work-related stress, some dental professionals are burdened with personal stress related to family, finances and the current state of affairs. To help dental staff cope with the anxiety brought about by continually updated safety and cleaning protocols and changes in workplace policies, a number of dental organisations and health authorities have recently offered their guidance on lightening the load of COVID-19 and associated stress factors in the dental office.

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Oral cancers may go undetected during COVID-19 crisis

July 13, 2020 | News

DUBLIN, Ireland: According to the Irish Cancer Society, about 550 people are affected by mouth, head and neck cancers in Ireland each year. As patients are less likely to visit their dental practice owing to SARS-CoV-2 and the associated risk of infection, dentists have warned that a high number of oral cancers could be missed or diagnosed at a very late stage.

Experiences of racism in dentistry to be foregrounded in upcoming FGDP(UK) event

July 10, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Like others grappling with the extent of systemic racism in the wake of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests held around the world, the dental community is speaking up on such social justice movements. In line with this topic, the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK)—FGDP(UK)—will be holding an event during which a number of dentists will discuss their lived experiences of racism in dentistry for the purpose of engaging on how to address this issue.

COVID-19: Call for research to address impact of AGPs in dentistry

July 2, 2020 | News

GERRARDS CROSS, UK: The British Endodontic Society (BES) intends to fund new research in response to the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Proposals are invited for short-term research projects aimed at addressing and/or mitigating the impact of aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) during the pandemic.

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Dental practice reopening plans revealed in Northern Ireland and Scotland

June 25, 2020 | News

BELFAST, UK: The SARS-CoV-2 virus has not only brought with it the fear of infection, but has also caused great pain to dental patients who have had limited access to dental care during the lockdown. In addition, it has brought distress to dentists who have been concerned about the sustainability of their dental practices and have sympathised with those patients who have been left in agony. Fortunately, as the number of infections is slowly decreasing, dental professionals are resuming their practices in order to address the oral health needs of patients; however, many remain fearful of the business challenges that lie ahead of them.

DIY dentistry during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

June 22, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: As a result of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, dental practices across the world have been partially or completely shut down and routine dental check-ups largely postponed. For a few unlucky people, however, widespread lockdowns have left them unable to access dental services during oral emergencies, leaving them with a single viable option: do-it-yourself (DIY) dentistry.

Antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2: “We need to talk more about it”

June 18, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Despite dental settings presenting a significantly elevated risk of infection for those in and beside the chair, testing patients for the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains optional. Those advocating for testing say that it would help to keep dental practices safer, to reduce the amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) that clinics use, and to streamline appointment scheduling and treatment. A number of options are available, and one UK doctor is advocating for antibody tests for dental practices.

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Henry Schein Dental launches air sterilisers

June 11, 2020 | Advertorial

GILLINGHAM, UK: Henry Schein Dental UK has recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with Radic8 to distribute an air sterilisation system that neutralises certain viruses and bacteria in a single air pass. It also neutralises gases and mercury vapours. Radic8 technology uses a two-stage process of filtration followed by sterilisation. The sterilisation process employs photocatalytic oxidation technology that is far more effective at killing microbial contamination with forced airflow than ultraviolet light alone.

Dentists from Scotland share experience of emergency lockdown treatment

June 10, 2020 | News

FORT WILLIAM, UK: Owing to strict government restrictions for controlling the spread of SARS-CoV-2, dental practices in Scotland were instructed to limit aerosol-generating dental treatments, and some were transformed into emergency hubs. M&S Dental Care in Fort William is one of these practices. For the duration of the lockdown, the practice has been turned into one of Scotland’s emergency NHS treatment centres, providing advice, relief and treatment to patients with chronic conditions.

Why mouthwashes are important for general health and infection prevention

June 8, 2020 | Advertorial

KRIENS, Switzerland: Dental professionals play an important role not only in oral health but in well-being in general. This gives dental care extra importance, especially during epidemics when cross-infection poses additional challenges. The good news is that the dentist can do something about it.

CloserStill Media postpones two major UK dental shows to 2021

June 8, 2020 | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: The organiser of the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show (BDCDS) as well as the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) has decided to move both events to 2021. The decision was made in light of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic which is still heavily affecting the UK.

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Align Technology to host its 2020 Growth Summit in all-virtual format

June 4, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Global medical device company Align Technology has recently announced that it has moved its 2020 Growth Summit to an all-digital format. The event, originally planned for Dubrovnik in Croatia, will now be hosted on 19 and 20 June from a television studio and will feature expert speakers from the areas of dentistry and business.

Dentist reported to police for using drone to take care of patient

May 21, 2020 | News

WOMBOURNE, UK: In times of SARS-CoV-2, dentists are taking unusual measures to ensure that their patients receive medical care despite contact restrictions and lockdowns. In attempting to adhere to these, a dentist from the Willows Dental and Implant Centre in Wombourne delivered essential medicine to one of his patients using a drone. However, he was reported to the police, and in response, the dental practice apologised for “thinking too far outside of the box”.

Experts review recommendations for returning to dental practice

May 20, 2020 | News

MANCHESTER, UK: Restrictions related to SARS-CoV-2 transmission are easing, and dental professionals need to start planning the eventual reopening and restructuring of dental clinics. To offer best practices for reopening and assist policymakers and decision makers with producing comprehensive national guidance, experts from across the UK have recently reviewed various reports on national recommendations for returning to normal clinical working practices after the lockdown.

Reopening of dental practices in the UK and Ireland

May 14, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: While dental professionals across the world are hoping for the relaxation of lockdown restrictions and are anxious to reopen their dental practices, the UK government has not yet provided clear guidance on when dentists in the country can return to general practice and resume normal service. Similarly, the Irish Dental Association (IDA) is eagerly awaiting a response from its government and is deeply concerned over the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the dental profession in the country.

Continuing professional development in dentistry: Interview with Dr Ali Nankali

May 8, 2020 | Interviews | News

Dr Ali Nankali has spent most of his adult life teaching and conducting research. His hard work and dedication have earned him an excellent reputation among clinicians, and his ambition to unite dental professionals prompted him to launch UKDentalCourses (UKDC), an online education platform that offers continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities to dentists worldwide. In this interview, he talks about the rationale behind establishing UKDC and shares his thoughts on having organised UKDC’s first international event, the Digital Dentistry Conference.

How cyclodextrins work: Five things we learned from Roquette

May 5, 2020 | News

KRIENS, Switzerland: As the SARS-CoV-2 virus sweeps across the globe, companies are investigating potential agents that could help fight viruses. Cyclodextrins, broad-spectrum antivirals used to deliver active ingredients to the mucous membranes, seem to be among the top candidates. Roquette, a global company that specialises in providing plant-based ingredients for the food, nutrition and health markets, recently published a paper describing how cyclodextrins can contribute to fighting the current pandemic.

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