April 6, 2020 | News
NEW YORK, U.S.: Two in every three dental offices in the U.S. have closed their doors temporarily owing to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to the third weekly survey of U.S. dentists that Baird Equity Research has conducted since the drastic escalation of the outbreak in the country. Office closures have increased and patient volumes have declined, but there are positive signs that at least some of the cascading figures in dental demand are showing signs of bottoming out.
April 3, 2020 | Interviews
In the light of the global COVID-19 outbreak, Portugal declared the national state of emergency on 18 March. So far, over 9,000 cases and more than 200 deaths have been confirmed in the country. Dr Miguel Stanley from Lisbon is a well-known key opinion leader in dentistry. In this interview, he talks about how the current crisis is affecting dentists in Portugal and worldwide.
April 3, 2020 | News
NEW YORK, U.S.: Dentists in the U.S. now find themselves at the epicenter of a pandemic, as they are being called upon to provide urgent assistance to slow the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and to help treat those critically ill with COVID-19. A plea has been made for dentists to donate masks, gloves and other personal protection equipment (PPE) items, and dentists in California may now volunteer as emergency health care workers in order to provide general medical assistance that extends beyond oral care.
April 2, 2020 | News
BRUSSELS, Belgium: Dentists all over Europe are doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19 while staying up to date with national and local regulations. However, as an increasing number of member states have restricted the provision of dental care to medical emergencies only, some dentists are finding it difficult to fulfil their professional obligations and are struggling to comply with the existing and new infection control protocols. Since dentists are postponing elective procedures and reducing office hours, the number of dental patients being treated is low and dentists are starting to feel the tremendous long-term impact of the pandemic on their businesses.
April 1, 2020 | News
BERNE, Switzerland: The virus SARS-CoV-2 has a firm grip on the world and is affecting how people live their daily lives. In Switzerland, as in many other countries, the government is making a clear demand on its citizens to stay at home, and gatherings in public places of more than five people are banned. Healthcare facilities are not included in this ban; however, the Federal Council has prohibited dental surgeries from carrying out non-urgent examinations and therapy until the Federal Council directive is repealed.
April 1, 2020 | News
NEW YORK, U.S.: COVID-19 is causing historically significant contractions in patient volumes and demand for dental equipment. Baird Equity Research is tracking the situation by surveying U.S. dentists and says that it is too early to predict when demand might bottom out and what might happen afterward. Trends witnessed in the dental market after the global financial crisis of 2007–2008 suggest that patients will defer appointments for restorative and orthodontic procedures but not for general dental care.
March 31, 2020 | News
LONDON, UK: Owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, dental professionals in the UK are currently advised to carry out only the most essential dental procedures in order to limit the transmission of the virus to the wider population. The decision has prompted a significant drop in both workload and income. To help ease the financial burden for members, some dental organisations and health services in the UK are offering financial support for practices, including subscription relief and continued funding.
March 30, 2020 | Advertorial
KRIENS, Switzerland: During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the dental profession forms one of the most threatened groups. Close contact with patients, exposure to bodily fluids and the handling of sharp instruments all increase the risk of infection. So what can you do to keep yourself, your dental practice and your patients safe? We have compiled a list of procedures that you can implement in order to contribute to fighting any epidemic, not only the COVID-19 one, in your dental office.
March 30, 2020 | News
With the escalation of the COVID-19 crisis and new cases rising on a daily basis, it is the dental industry which is suffering the most within the healthcare industry.
March 30, 2020 | News
BRUSSELS, Belgium: At this point, cases of COVID-19 have been found in every European country and territory. Against this backdrop, the European and International Federation of Dental Laboratory Owners and Dental Technicians (FEPPD) has issued guidance for Europe-based dental practitioners, cautioning them to make infection control an absolute priority in their day-to-day work.
March 27, 2020 | News
MILAN, Italy: Italy has become the European country worst affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, its confirmed cases of infection currently reaching 74,386, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As the country is facing a nationwide lockdown, the pandemic has completely reshaped people’s daily lives, weakened the economy and boosted unemployment rates. To minimise the risks associated with contagion and slow down the spread, the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has recently ordered the shutdown of all non-essential factories and businesses. In the meantime, some dental offices continue to operate, offering patients emergency care only.
March 27, 2020 | News
ORANGE, Calif./CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Western Dental & Orthodontics has announced that it will temporarily close the majority of its 250 affiliated offices throughout California and keep only selected clinics open in key locations in order to meet demand for urgent dental care. As COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise in the U.S., the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners has been forced to respond to requests for a blanket closure of dental clinics in the state.
March 27, 2020 | News
The recent escalation of the COVID-19 situation has definitely affected every domain of human life. The sudden surge has raised fears that the outbreak could pose a major challenge to an already strained national health care system. According to recent statistics reported by the New York Times, dentists are at the greatest risk, as they can encounter diseases and infections daily and typically work in close proximity to one another and their patients.
March 26, 2020 | Advertorial
During viral epidemics, dental offices face significant challenges. There are requirements for meticulous hygiene and virus spread prevention, and cyclodextrins in oral care products could help dentists do their jobs while keeping everyone healthy and safe. While cyclodextrins are not primarily meant for the prevention or cure of viral infections, in the same way as soap does, they destroy the membranes of viruses and make them weaker.
March 26, 2020 | News
SHANGHAI, China: Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and was first reported in December 2019, most dental events for the first half of 2020 have been either cancelled or postponed. Now, FDI World Dental Federation has decided to call off its flagship event, the World Dental Congress (WDC), which was scheduled to take place in Shanghai from 1 to 4 September.
March 26, 2020 | Events
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented ongoing global health crisis, which has already led to loss of too many lives. Global businesses have been affected and the crisis is beyond any imagination, leaving people on the brink of survival. Our hearts go out to all individuals, businesses and communities affected by the impact of this pandemic.
March 26, 2020 | Education
In the coming week, the Curaden Academy will present dental professionals with one live webinar each day. Owing to the outbreak of the virus SARS-CoV-2, most educational events for the first half of 2020 have been cancelled or postponed by now. In this situation, online webinars offer dentists the opportunity to concentrate on their further education and continue to obtain continuing education (CE) credits. Also, in times of social distancing, online courses offer a safe way to learn from home.
March 25, 2020 | News
MUMBAI, India: Dental colleges in India are currently closed, and dental clinics across the country have been advised to suspend all non-essential treatment. Both of these measures are in effect until at least 31 March. The latest advice from the Indian Dental Association (IDA) to dental practitioners is to exercise caution and make well-informed decisions about patient care and in the operation of their dental practices.