May 6, 2020 | News
LANSING, Mich., U.S.: Allowing dental professionals to test their patients for SARS-CoV-2 would decrease the high risk of transmission of the virus in dental clinics. Furthermore, dentists in some jurisdictions are now being prevented from performing elective treatment if their patients have not tested negative for the virus. Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke with a Michigan State University (MSU) researcher who has developed a point-of-care testing kit that would be suited to dental settings.
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.
May 5, 2020 | News
COLOGNE, Germany: The 39th International Dental Show (IDS) will take place next year from 9 to 13 March in Cologne. The organisers said that the event will mark the beginning of doing business in a new world in which a greater awareness of personal health will reign and where the value of dentistry and oral health will be re-evaluated by the world’s economies.
May 4, 2020 | News
MELVILLE, N.Y., U.S.: Henry Schein has launched the Henry Schein Thrive Practice Recovery Program, which it describes as a single, cost-effective suite of solutions to help dentists prepare for the re-opening of their practices, reconnect with patients and access a wide range of financial services.
April 29, 2020 | News
SYDNEY, Australia: Thanks to Australia’s success in limiting the number of new SARS-CoV-2 cases each day, the national government announced last week that restrictions would be decreased from Level 3 to Level 2. The change came into effect on 27 April and will allow Australian dental professionals to recommence providing a number of common treatments.
April 28, 2020 | News
WASHINGTON, U.S.: A consortium of U.S. dental organizations has asked for federal authorization for licensed dentists to conduct SARS-CoV-2 testing in their clinics using kits approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As dentists in Utah return to work, the organizations argued that dentists have the skills to administer rapid point of care testing and that allowing them to do so will reduce infections and take pressure off the health system.
April 27, 2020 | News
LEIPZIG, Germany: Since 14 March, France has been under COVID-19 Level 3 restrictions, including the halting of all non-essential services. To flatten the SARS-CoV-2 infection curve and ensure the safety of dental professionals, staff and patients, dental surgeries in France remain closed, and dental surgeons are only available to answer any possible questions that patients may have by phone or email, other than emergency treatment.
April 24, 2020 | News
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has resulted in more than 2.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide and over 160,000 related deaths to this point. Curiously, there are still 15 countries yet to report a single case to WHO. Among these is Turkmenistan, a nation ruled by a former dentist who has taken particular pains to hide the disease’s existence from his compatriots.
April 23, 2020 | News
LEIPZIG, Germany: Owing to mask supplies fast becoming exhausted, many healthcare professionals around the world are increasingly unable to comply with the recommended infection control practices. The shortage has prompted extended use and reuse of face masks in healthcare settings, thus increasing the professionals’ risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2. To help ease the depleted supplies, many federal agencies have relaxed regulations on mask use and some institutions have taken the initiative to help those fighting on the front line against COVID-19 by producing 3D-printed face masks and shields.
April 23, 2020 | News
COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Dental clinics in Denmark were permitted to reopen on 20 April, and Norwegian dentists have started to provide non-emergency treatment after the countries’ governments began easing some of their COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Strict infection control measures remain in place, and dentists are concerned that supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) may not be sufficient to meet patient demand.
April 22, 2020 | News
SYDNEY, Australia: Though Australia and New Zealand have, thus far, been able to avoid the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, both nations’ economies have nevertheless taken significant hits with the partial or complete shutdown of many industries. The impact of this downturn has been directly felt by the countries’ dental workforces, many of whom have had their workloads curtailed by government restrictions.
April 21, 2020 | News
MUMBAI, India: Dentists and their patients are increasingly concerned about the elevated risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 in dental clinics, owing to the generation of virus-containing aerosols through dental procedures. Mumbai-based periodontist and educator Dr Rajeev Chitguppi has proposed that adding povidone-iodine (PVP-I) to the water bottle that is attached to the dental unit for use as an irrigant with high-speed handpieces could minimise the spread of the virus in dental clinics.
April 17, 2020 | Interviews
According to the World Health Organization, Italy is now second to Spain in the European region in terms of reported COVID-19 cases and first when it comes to the number of associated deaths. As of 17 April, there were 165,155 cases and 21,647 deaths confirmed in Italy. Dr Gianluca Plotino from Rome, gives his perspective on the crisis.
April 16, 2020 | News
JAKARTA, Indonesia: The Indonesian Medical Association has confirmed that 24 medical professionals have died in the country from COVID-19, six of whom were dentists. Not all of those who died were working on the front line in the battle against the illness. The government’s COVID-19 response team has called on the health ministry to protect doctors and dentists by advising them to close their practices.
April 16, 2020 | News
Innovation at the University of Louisville involving multiple departments has led to a promising solution for the shortage of swabs in COVID-19 test kits. In response to a request from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, UofL’s Additive Manufacturing Institute of Science & Technology (AMIST), along with faculty and students in the Schools of Dentistry, Engineering and Medicine, have created a 3-D printed swab made of a pliable resin material.
April 14, 2020 | News
LONDON, UK: The effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have been felt at every level in the UK. Many were shocked to hear that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was recently admitted to an intensive care unit for COVID-19-related health complications. Though countless British dental professionals have temporarily ceased treating patients as a result of the global crisis, a number of them have since redirected their efforts towards helping those in the community who need it the most.
April 13, 2020 | News
TEL AVIV, Israel: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the closure of most dental clinics in Israel, and a nationwide lockdown is in effect for the seven-day Passover religious holiday. Stephen Pohlmann, a Tel Aviv-based veteran dental salesman, spoke to Dental Tribune International about the current situation and some of the challenges that the country is facing.
April 9, 2020 | Interviews
Since the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic, almost 25,000 cases of the infection have been detected in Belgium, according the latest numbers available from the Johns Hopkins University. Jerko Bozikovic from Antwerp has been a keynote speaker, trainer and coach since 2001, providing advice about communication, time and stress management as well as leadership to dental professionals worldwide. Dental Tribune International asked Bozikovic a few questions about the current situation in Belgium.