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BIOLASE reports revenue rebound

October 29, 2020 | Business | News

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., U.S.: Medical device company BIOLASE expects that its U.S. sales revenue for the third quarter of 2020 will be in line with that of the corresponding pre-COVID-19 period last year. The company’s sales fell sharply in the first half of this year, but its preliminary earnings announcement will bring a degree of optimism as a host of major dental companies prepare to release their third quarter earnings reports in the coming weeks.

Leading dental schools unite

October 28, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Four of the world’s top dental colleges have entered into an alliance that aims to advance dental education and pursue new research initiatives. The new partnership—named DentAlliance—connects leading dental faculties on four continents, and its launch has been hailed as a transformative step for dental education.

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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.

Less than 1% of dentists in the U.S. affected by COVID-19, study finds

October 21, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: Since SARS-CoV-2 is an airborne virus and very easily spreads through aerosols, dentists were believed to be at a high infection risk at the beginning of the pandemic. However, according to an American Dental Association Science & Research Institute (ADASRI) and Health Policy Institute (HPI) study, fewer than 1% of dentists nationwide were estimated to be COVID-19 positive as of June.

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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.

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.

Organisers of IDS determine new guidelines for 2021 event

October 13, 2020 | News

COLOGNE, Germany: Over the past few weeks, the organisers of the International Dental Show (IDS) have announced several changes to the upcoming 39th edition of IDS, which will take place in Cologne in March 2021. Now, it has also been announced that the duration of the event will be shortened.

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Periodontal status may play role in COVID-19 severity

October 8, 2020 | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S.: The link between periodontal disease and systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease is, by now, well established in the scientific literature. A new review study has now suggested that untreated periodontal disease may be indirectly related to the intensity of COVID-19-related complications, highlighting the need for good oral health during these difficult times.

The dental hygienist in times of COVID-19

October 6, 2020 | News

In 2001, the concept of the human microbiome was first introduced by Joshua Lederberg. The microbiome consists of the entire genomic heritage of microorganisms and biochemical interactions with the host.1 Knowledge of the microbiome has profoundly changed oral hygienists’ and dentists’ clinical approach to controlling oral infections. Furthermore, the modern modus operandi has increasingly forced us to reduce treatment time and biological and economic costs and therefore carry out minimally invasive interventions with excellent results through periodontal support therapy. In this scenario, the patient becomes the protagonist and is no longer only the object of our therapy.

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.

AEEDC Dubai postponed to summer 2021

October 6, 2020 | News

DUBAI, UAE: The staging company for AEEDC Dubai, INDEX Conferences & Exhibitions, has been closely monitoring the evolving global situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. After an in-depth discussion with the relevant authorities, organisers of country pavilions, long-term industry partners, associations and other key stakeholders, it has been collectively decided that the AEEDC Dubai 2021 event will be rescheduled to 29 June to 1 July 2021.

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Palliative care successful for endodontic emergencies during lockdown

October 5, 2020 | News

SAN ANTONIO, U.S.: During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, aerosol-generating procedures in dentistry have been restricted in order to comply with a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since dental professionals are at high risk of infection. But how can endodontic emergencies be managed without drilling? A study has investigated the topic and found that palliative care seems to be the answer.

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.

COVID-19 update: Nordic dentists continue to be affected by pandemic

September 24, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Though the Nordic countries share many similar cultural and social traits, their respective governments’ responses to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have diverged sharply at times. These differences have had a knock-on effect on the provision of dental services, leading to frustration among some in the industry.

Optimism prevails at Baird Global Healthcare Conference

September 17, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: On Sept. 9 and 10, Baird Equity Research held its annual Global Healthcare Conference. Traditionally hosted in New York, the invite-only congress was conducted virtually this year owing to the ongoing pandemic. Attendees were able to engage with presentations by representatives of more than 90 of the world’s leading health care and dental companies, who were on hand to showcase their respective plans for navigating a path to profit in a post-COVID-19 landscape.

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