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Dental education during COVID-19: Stress, anxiety and isolation

October 13, 2021 | News

Dental students, especially those at the undergraduate level, face various challenges during their studies, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made it an exceptionally difficult time. In addition to practising hand skills and acquiring theoretical knowledge, dental students are required to see patients in person at a relatively early stage of their studies, which sets dentistry apart from other courses of study. Even though students are often nervous to see their first patients, we hope that after completing their portfolio they will be confident enough to work on their own in the future.

Dentists’ earnings slumped in 2020

October 7, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: New research from the American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Institute (HPI) shows that the average net earnings of general practitioner (GP) dentists in the U.S. fell by 17.9% in 2020 compared with 2019. In a recent webinar, Dr. Marko Vujicic, chief economist and vice president at HPI, explained that the fall in net income had been significantly higher for women and older dentists.

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COVID-19 jab for oral health care workers: Protection against virus or condition of employment?

September 13, 2021 | News

ALEXANDRIA, Va., U.S.: Months into the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, it is clear that, although millions of vaccines doses have been administered and significant progress has been made in the fight against the virus, it will be impossible to get the whole world vaccinated, both because of limited access to vaccines in some countries and because not everyone accepts COVID-19 jabs, despite their availability. In light of vaccine hesitancy, some oral health care organizations are urging the government to make COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory in order to ensure the highest protection level for all workers and suggesting that the mandate should serve as a condition of employment.

COVID-19 surges among vaccinated health care workers

September 10, 2021 | News

SAN DIEGO, U.S.: Administrative data from University of California San Diego Health (UCSDH) shows that, between June and July, a rapid increase occurred in symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections in fully vaccinated health care workers. In a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, UCSDH doctors said that the surge appeared to show the effects of waning immunity compounded by relaxed health measures and the spread of the more transmissible delta (B.1.617.2) variant in California.

Clinics struggling to find dental hygienists, assistants

September 3, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: As they recover from the initial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many U.S. dental offices are being prevented from seeing more patients by a lack of staff. This was one of the findings of a recent American Dental Association (ADA) poll, which also showed that owner-dentists were facing considerable challenges in recruiting dental hygienists and dental assistants.

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Study finds teledentistry a valid substitute for in-person initial consultations

September 1, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the widespread adoption of videoconferencing tools in many industries, and dentistry is no exception. A new study has found that, for triage purposes and initial consultations, teledentistry has a relatively high acceptance rate among dentists and patients alike and is largely perceived to be a viable alternative to in-person dental check-ups.

Fighting SARS-CoV-2 with mouthwashes—study adds to evidence of efficacy

August 23, 2021 | News

BADALONA, Spain: Mouthwashes that contain cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) have been found to reduce by at least one thousand times the infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 in vitro. Researchers in Spain tested CPC-containing mouthwashes against variants of SARS-CoV-2, including the Alpha variant, and said that such mouth rinses could constitute a cost-effective measure to aid in the reduction of viral transmission.

Worrisome level of vaccine hesitancy found among dental students

August 19, 2021 | News

BRNO, Czech Republic: A study of the attitudes of dental students around the world towards COVID-19 vaccines found that 22.5% were hesitant and 13.9% rejected the vaccines outright. The researchers found that acceptancy of vaccines among dental students was suboptimal owing to a range of factors, such as socio-economic contexts, and they called for a greater focus on infectious disease epidemiology education within undergraduate dental curricula.

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COVID-19 and the dental market: The pandemic continues to bite

August 13, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Sales at major dental companies climbed in the second quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2020, during which the pandemic brought dentistry to a grinding halt. In the latest series of earnings reports, some dental company chiefs praised the recovery of the market, whereas others outlined falling discretionary spending, concerns about SARS-CoV-2 variants and sluggish vaccine rollouts in some geographic areas.

Literature favours air purifiers as COVID-19 transmission risk mitigant

August 12, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: The pandemic has been a trying time for dentists, particularly for owner-dentists who must make decisions that may influence the safety of their treatment team. Recent studies have found that the rate of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in dental settings has been lower than what was expected when the pandemic was declared, and the literature has shown that air purifiers could play a role in keeping transmission rates down.

Evidence suggests triad of symptoms most common in COVID-19 patients

August 12, 2021 | News

BRASILIA, Brazil: From the start of the pandemic, the oral cavity has been highlighted as a potentially relevant infection axis with further inflammatory response in surrounding tissues. This has resulted in heightened international interest in investigating the issue. A current study confirms the previous findings, namely that xerostomia, taste dysfunction and oral mucosal lesions currently manifest most commonly in patients with COVID-19.

ADA not backing compulsory COVID-19 jabs

August 5, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The American Dental Association (ADA) says that dentists should be vaccinated against COVID-19 but has stopped short of backing compulsory inoculation within the oral care workforce. As the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 continued to spread in the U.S., the association broke ranks with other health and medical groups by advocating for voluntary vaccination in order to show leadership and help to build nationwide vaccine confidence.

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Kampala Declaration decries vaccine injustice

July 20, 2021 | News

KAMPALA, Uganda: Clear demands have been made of the international community concerning equity in the production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The Kampala Declaration on COVID-19 Vaccine Equity, which was signed during the recent World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Uganda in June, calls for an end to “vaccine egoism and nationalism” and for the sharing of vaccine doses with low- and middle-income countries.

Face coverings must still be worn in dental settings in England

July 20, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Effective on 19 July, England eased many of its COVID-19 restrictions, including rules on social distancing and the requirement to wear face coverings in public places. However, although people in England are no longer obliged to wear face masks when entering establishments such as shops, healthcare organisations in the UK have recently urged the government to keep face masks mandatory in healthcare settings.

Lockdowns cause difficulties for Australian dentists

July 19, 2021 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: In many parts of the developed world, high rates of vaccination have enabled an easing of COVID-19 restrictions regarding the wearing of masks, travel and more. In Australia, meanwhile, an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant, combined with a slow vaccine rollout, has caused the country’s two largest cities to be locked down, creating major barriers to accessing dental services for many Australians.

Pandemic leads UK dentists to seek advice in record numbers

July 16, 2021 | News

GLASGOW, UK: Changing restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have regularly affected the scope of work that dental professionals have been allowed to conduct. Understanding exactly which procedures are permitted—and which ones are not—has been a continued challenge. The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS), one of the leading medical defence organisations in the UK, has announced that it received a record number of inquiries from dentists looking for advice and support during 2020.

Survey highlights impact of video calls on smile self-consciousness

July 8, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Though video calls have become a part of everyday work for many professionals during the pandemic, their increased integration has had some unintended consequences. A new survey jointly conducted by the Oral Health Foundation (OHF) and Align Technology has found that more than half (58%) of British adults have changed how they see their own smile as a result of these videoconferencing technologies.

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.

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