MELVILLE, N.Y., U.S.: In May, Henry Schein Executive Chairman and CEO Stanley M. Bergman described the SARS-CoV-2 crisis as “one of the most trying moments in modern history.” As the company announced its earnings for the second quarter, the monetary cost to Henry Schein was revealed as significant. Dental sales fell by 41.2% despite a 30.0% increase in sales of personal protective equipment (PPE) to dentists.
BREA, Calif., U.S.: Dental practices are struggling during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and so too are the companies that supply them with equipment and consumables. Envista Holdings cut its operating costs by more than $100 million (€84 million) between April and June and still posted an operating loss of close to $108 million. Staggering drops in earnings are the current reality for Envista and its competitors, but the dental giant said that recovery in dental markets is picking up pace.
August 4, 2020 | News
LONDON, UK: As part of the dental industry’s ongoing support for the resumption of widespread dental treatment, the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) has launched a new online directory of members’ products and services that will allow dental practices to provide the best possible oral care safely to patients under challenging circumstances.
July 31, 2020 | News
LEIPZIG, Germany: Researchers and health bodies around the world are advising health practitioners in the northern hemisphere to actively prepare for an expected second wave of SARS-CoV-2 infections. According to the UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS), the summer months must be a period of intense preparation for a worst-case public health scenario this winter. So what can dental practices do?
July 30, 2020 | News
LONDON, UK: Though the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, it has been going on long enough for certain lessons to have been gleaned from the way in which different countries have responded to it. This proposition forms the thrust of a recent British Dental Journal opinion article, which compares and contrasts measures implemented in the UK with those instituted in South Korea—two countries that have been affected by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 on vastly different scales.
July 30, 2020 | News
BEIJING, China: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose major challenges for the dental industry, especially regarding events. In light of the current restrictions, the organisers of Sino-Dental have decided to cancel this year’s edition, which was supposed to take place at the China National Convention Center in August. For now, the event, the 26th China International Dental Exhibition and Scientific Conference, has been rescheduled to 9–12 June 2021.
LEIPZIG, Germany: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to the provision of dental care around the world. Patient volumes decreased by as much as 80% in April, and the financial repercussions for dentists have been significant. As the second quarter draws to a close, the world’s largest dental companies are beginning to reveal the state of their books.
July 28, 2020 | News
Dr Simon Chard has fast become one of the UK’s most influential dentists. He is a proponent of minimally invasive techniques and sits on the board of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD). In this interview, he discusses his patient-centred, sustainable approach and how his embrace of all things digital has helped steer Rothley Lodge Dental, the dental practice he co-owns with his wife, Dr Meghan Chard, through this tumultuous COVID-19 period.
July 27, 2020 | News
LEIPZIG, Germany: Even though millions of people suffer from anxiety and depression, according to the World Health Organization, psychiatric disorders often remain under-recognised and underdiagnosed. The persisting stigma around mental health issues exacerbates the problem, since those suffering feel shame and guilt on top of their existing condition and may therefore fail to seek the appropriate help. Because of the chronic stress associated with their profession, dentists are especially prone to occupational burn-out and depression, as studies have shown. Now, with the spread of SARS-CoV-2, there is an even greater physical and psychological burden among dental professionals.
July 24, 2020 | Interviews
According to FDI World Dental Federation, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading disease burden worldwide. The multifaceted relationships between chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardio-vascular problems and cancers, and oral diseases has been investigated in multiple studies. However, scientists from Masaryk University in Brno in the Czech Republic are now concerned that the prevention of NCDs is being neglected during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Therefore, Dr Abanoub Riad from the Department of Public Health at Masaryk University and his colleagues have addressed their concerns in a letter to the editor-in-chief of the journal Oral Diseases, Dr Giovanni Lodi. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Riad explains the reasoning behind their concerns.
July 23, 2020 | News
LEIPZIG, Germany: At this point, it almost goes without saying: the future of dentistry is digital. Though modern dental practices still frequently rely on the manual skills of dental practitioners, digital tools such as diagnostic imaging and electronic patient records have been integrated into existing workflows with haste owing to their ability to improve quality of care and simplify routine procedures. However, there are certain issues that arise from this increased digitisation, none more pertinent than cybersecurity.
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.
July 22, 2020 | News
CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The Chicago Dental Society (CDS) has launched a new public awareness campaign called #SAFESMILES to reinforce public confidence in the safety of dental practices and emphasize the importance of maintaining good oral health.
July 22, 2020 | News
CHAMPIONSGATE, Fla., U.S.: In the interest of public health, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) has published a new research article that examines trends in scientific literature related to the impact of COVID-19 on dentistry. It was found that the literature focused, in particular, on infection control and its implications for future dental practice.
July 21, 2020 | News
COLOGNE, Germany: Trade fairs are all about face-to-face contact. The organisers of the International Dental Show (IDS) are confident that next year’s event will be able to take place, and they have revealed the basic principles behind a host of measures that they say will make networking and personal interaction at the event as safe and successful as possible.
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.
July 20, 2020 | News
LEIPZIG, Germany: In recent years, the dental industry’s approach to continuing education (CE) has often been focused on in-person learning opportunities at congresses, symposia and the like. This didactic avenue is, unfortunately, one of many areas of the dental profession to have been drastically affected by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Typical of dentistry’s innovative spirit, many dental companies and institutions have quickly shifted to alternative methods of teaching, and dental professionals have responded with enthusiasm.
July 20, 2020 | Advertorial
BIETIGHEIM-BISSINGEN, Germany: Owing to the large number of patients seen in dental practices, there is always a danger of coming into contact with an infectious disease. However, the use of reliable intra-oral spray mist suction systems can help prevent the transmission of disease to patients or staff members, according to Dürr Dental.