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EFP survey reveals effect of COVID-19 on periodontal practice

March 30, 2021 | News

BRUSSELS, Belgium: More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, its seismic impact on different elements of the dental profession is becoming clearer. In order to find out how it affected the workflows of periodontists and dental hygienists, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) launched a survey back in May 2020 that invited these specialists to share their experiences. The EFP has now unveiled the preliminary findings of its investigation, and more detailed analysis will be published in the coming months.

Vaccine nationalism poses threat to global health

March 25, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Many understood the news of the first SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in late 2020 to represent a panacea in the global fight against the pandemic. In reality, a short list of rich countries had already purchased the lion’s share of doses that the makers of these vaccines will be able to produce in 2021—often before clinical trials were even concluded. Many countries are dependent on COVAX, the COVID-19 vaccines global access initiative that aims to distribute doses to healthcare workers and at-risk populations in the developing world. Scientists have pointed out that a lack of equitable distribution could harm global public health.

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IDS 2021: The countdown is on

March 22, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Exactly six months from today, the 2021 International Dental Show (IDS) is slated to open. The 39th edition of the world’s leading dental trade fair was originally scheduled to take place from 10 to 13 March before the event organisers decided last December to postpone it to 22–25 September 2021. With clinically tested SARS-CoV-2 vaccines being rolled out across many countries, the prospects for IDS 2021 have now become a good deal rosier, leading the event organisers to declare that preparations are “going very well”.

BDA: “Scotland’s huge oral health inequalities cannot be allowed to widen”

March 17, 2021 | News

EDINBURGH, UK: The havoc wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic across the world has meant that patient attendance levels at dental practices have dropped quite substantially since March 2020. Although government-mandated lockdowns have played a role in this outcome, new data released by Public Health Scotland has indicated that access to NHS dentistry services remains a point of concern in the country.

FDI survey: Only a few countries enable dentists to administer SARS-CoV-2 vaccines

March 17, 2021 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: Like other oral health professionals, dentists are front-line workers who provide an essential healthcare service. Accordingly, many countries have included dentists in priority vaccination groups. But what about allowing dentists to administer SARS-CoV-2 vaccines? A recent survey conducted by FDI World Dental Federation revealed that only one-third of the responding countries permitted vaccine administration by dentists. In light of the results, FDI has urged more countries to enable dentists to administer the vaccines.

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HHS authorizes dentists and dental students to give COVID-19 vaccines

March 12, 2021 | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is amending an emergency declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act to authorize additional providers, including dentists and dental students, to vaccinate patients for COVID-19 nationwide, according to a March 11 announcement in the Federal Register.

Study reports low SARS-CoV-2 infection rate among dental hygienists in the US

March 12, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: As no studies have reported on the SARS-CoV-2-associated experiences of dental hygienists in the U.S., the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) together conducted a survey to investigate infection prevalence, infection prevention and control procedures, and associated trends in mental health. They found that the infection rate among dental hygienists was lower than in nondental health care workers, but higher than in the general U.S. population. A significant number of respondents reported elevated anxiety and depression.

Dental technicians: The missing link

March 11, 2021 | News

If you ask a dental patient to which member of the dental team we should give our thanks, many of them would say to dentists and dental nurses. What do you think is the correct answer? I assume we all agree that dentists cannot provide an appropriate healthcare service without their team. Members of the dental team who are registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) are clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental nurses, dental technicians, dental therapists, dentists and orthodontic therapists. Unfortunately, it seems to me that some members of this team have not been treated equally during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, I want to talk about dental technicians as an integral part of the dental team.

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ADX Melbourne to be held as in-person event

March 9, 2021 | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: In Australia, a lack of locally transmitted COVID-19 cases has meant that many elements of life have regained some semblance of normality. A case in point is the upcoming ADX Melbourne, the 2021 iteration of Australia’s largest dental exhibition, which will feature both a virtual component and a physical symposium for dental professionals who can make it to Melbourne in person.

Dental giants inch towards recovery

March 4, 2021 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has already proved to be the greatest challenge that dental manufacturers have faced. The oral health giants Dentsply Sirona, Henry Schein and Envista Holdings all showed strong signs of recovery in their fourth-quarter results for 2020. It seems that the Straumann Group is not the only major market competitor to have seen growth in dental sales return late last year.

Leipzig venue ready to host dental events

March 4, 2021 | Business

LEIPZIG, Germany: In-person dental events have not taken place during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and the industry is eager to resume this kind of interaction between manufacturers, dealers and dental teams. Located in the heart of the German city of Leipzig, one venue has raised its hand to host dental events of the future.

COVID-19 and dental education: Will dental schools admit new students in 2021?

March 3, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Since the COVID-19 pandemic has severely restricted access to clinical practice, students around the world have been adversely affected by the far-reaching consequences the pandemic has had on dental education. To make the most of the current situation, numerous schools have instituted video and virtual platforms in order to familiarise students with standard clinical procedures. However, the knowledge gained through online learning is limited, and some students are now being asked to repeat the 2020–2021 academic year in order to complete the necessary clinical training. To this end, some dental schools have announced that they will not be admitting new students in 2021.

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Business interruption insurance: Will dentists be covered for lockdown-related losses?

March 2, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: At this point, it has become clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly reduced dental patient numbers. It follows naturally from this, then, that the financial performance of many dental practices has likewise taken a hit. A common method of protecting one’s business against certain disruptions—business interruption (BI) insurance—has now become a point of focus in courts across the world, as its validity is being assessed in the context of these difficult times.

Study recommends aspirating system with HEPA filter for dental practices

February 26, 2021 | News

YEKATERINBURG, Russia: Aside from personal protective equipment (PPE), high-volume aspirators are recommended in dental clinics during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. In a recent study, researchers from the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (UB of RAS) in Yekaterinburg compared different types of aspirating systems and found that factors such as filters and operating mode affected the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 among dental teams.

Interview on the impact of
SARS-CoV-2 on dental implantology

February 23, 2021 | Interviews

The ongoing pandemic has had a great impact on many fields in dentistry, including routine procedures and the way in which dental education is delivered. In order to find out more about the extent to which the field of implant dentistry has been affected, Dental Tribune International contacted Prof. Maher Almasri, dean of the College of Medicine and Dentistry at Ulster University in Birmingham in the UK, and Prof. Curd Bollen, head of implant dentistry at the same institution. In this interview, they discuss how implant dentistry can best be adapted to the current situation.

Saliva testing for SARS-CoV-2 takes off

February 22, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Researchers in India have found that scientific literature supports salivary diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2 infection as an alternative to sampling techniques that involve throat and nasopharyngeal swabs (NPSs). Salivary diagnostic testing has been trialled in numerous initiatives around the world—including recently at Auckland Airport in New Zealand—and healthcare workers at government hospitals in Malaysia will soon begin testing for SARS-CoV-2 using saliva samples.

SARS-CoV-2 variant identified in South Africa complicates inoculation plans

February 17, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: The lead scientist behind a “disappointing” study into the efficacy of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against a variant of SARS-CoV-2 first found in South Africa says that the results serve as a reality check for those aiming to achieve herd immunity through inoculation. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was found to offer little protection against the more virulent strain. Regulators in South Africa have since shelved plans to use one million doses of the vaccine, despite assurances from scientists that it still protects against serious disease.

NHS dental activity targets continue to attract controversy

February 17, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Since being implemented on 1 January, the UK government’s new system of NHS targets has drawn its fair share of detractors from both inside and outside the dental profession. Now, a member of parliament (MP) has accused mydentist, the UK’s largest dental chain, of advising its members to “prioritise routine check-ups over treatments in order to meet the new targets”.

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