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Oral care during pandemic: Report shows surge in sales of DIY dental kits

February 5, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: The UK government has recently imposed a new system of targets that is planned to increase dental activity in the country and to help address the backlog of COVID-19 patients. However, many dental professionals fear that the targets are unattainable and that the only way to comply with the new conditions is by prioritising non-urgent care over urgent cases. Now, a new report has shown that sales of at-home dental care kits in the UK are increasing, and the British Dental Association (BDA) believes that this surge in sales is a consequence of the recent policies adopted by the government.

New insight into control of dental treatment spray emission during SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

February 4, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: One of the greatest challenges for the dental profession in returning to normal business is the inherent risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission via emitted sprays, associated with commonly performed dental procedures. A recent study by researchers at Imperial College London, King’s College London, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust found that controlling certain parameters could help during the current crisis to alter the key properties of sprays.

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“COVID tongue”—dentists urged to remain alert to symptoms in the oral cavity

February 3, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: New discoveries about COVID-19 are outpacing the nomenclature. Research is emerging that suggests that a large number of COVID-19 patients experience symptoms in the oral cavity that are not yet recognised as typical signs of the disease. Geographic tongue—which is being referred to as “COVID tongue”—has been observed in those with COVID-19, as have herpetic lesions and oral aphthous ulceration.

SARS-CoV-2: An obstacle for the next generation of dentists and dental hygienists?

February 2, 2021 | News

RICHMOND, Va., U.S.: The ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to create insecurity around the world. A survey of dental and dental hygiene students enrolled at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, U.S., has investigated whether their post-graduation career plans have been affected by the pandemic. A considerable number stated that the current situation caused anxiety and concern about the security of the dental profession.

SARS-CoV-2 infection, reinfection and immunity: What researchers say

January 28, 2021 | News

HARLOW, UK: Now that many questions regarding COVID-19, including its symptoms, risks and recovery time, have been answered, researchers are faced with a new dilemma: SARS-CoV-2 reinfection and immunity. Although unusual, it is evident that reinfections do occur, and in a recent study, researchers explored whether individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 are protected from future infection. The findings suggested that past infection may provide natural immunity and that the said immunity is effective for approximately half a year after the initial infection.

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New system of targets in the UK: a step backwards for dentistry?

January 22, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: Dentists in England currently receive their former National Health Service (NHS) contract value provided they spend the same amount of time working on providing NHS care as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, slowing down or completely halting all business operations. However, the new system of targets imposed by the UK government states that dentists who are unable to deliver 45% of their pre-pandemic dental activity will face financial penalties plus potential breach of contract consequences. Naturally, dental professionals have opposed the new contractual arrangement, claiming that it threatens the viability of many practices and undermines patient care.

Interview: Fears and worries of dental students during COVID-19 pandemic

January 20, 2021 | Interviews

Dr Elham Kateeb’s professional career has been devoted to dentistry: She is an associate professor of dental public health and the dean of scientific research at Al-Quds University in Palestine, an elected member of FDI World Dental Federation’s Public Health Committee and a health service researcher, to name but a few of her responsibilities. She is also involved in the education of a future generation of dentists, an undertaking which is not without its challenges. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, has had a great impact on the way she and her students work and learn together. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Kateeb spoke about these difficulties and of how there could be a positive outcome for the whole of dentistry.

Dwindling patient numbers leave UK clinics short of lockdown targets

January 19, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: The British Dental Association (BDA) warned in early January that hundreds of dental practices would be put out of business if the government did not abandon NHS targets for patient volumes during the national lockdown. New polling has since revealed the extent to which UK residents are cancelling or avoiding dental treatment altogether, and Dr Dave Cottam, the BDA’s chair of the General Dental Practice Committee, says that when the facts change, so must the policies.

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Dentist facing charge for putting pressure on employees to get COVID-19 vaccine

January 18, 2021 | News

PFAFFENHOFEN AN DER ILM, Germany: Healthcare providers worldwide have started administering the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine. In many countries, dental teams are included in the first group eligible to receive it. Recently, a Bavarian dentist arranged vaccination appointments for his entire practice staff. However, he also threatened negative consequences for anyone who refused to be vaccinated. As no legal basis for such a requirement has yet been established in Germany, the dentist was reported to the authorities.

Effect of COVID-19 on dental professionals in the UK

January 14, 2021 | News

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our professional life, yet the aftermath of the pandemic and its consequences for our future are still unclear. Since dental practitioners and their teams are directly exposed to the virus, there have been numerous challenges to providing dental care during the pandemic. Up to now, we have only been able to base our practice management decisions on recently gathered statistics and on the early stages of research. This has led to various mistakes being committed in clinical practice and to unexpected discoveries as well as to increasing uncertainty about the future of dentistry.

Researchers scramble to understand new SARS-CoV-2 strains

January 14, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: New variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that emerged in the UK and South Africa in 2020 show higher transmissibility. And whereas they are thought not to result in more serious disease or increased morbidity, a leading US expert on public health policy has emphasised that the higher rates of infection resulting from the new strains will mean more deaths. Scientists are scrambling to understand the new variants, and they are concerned that the mutations present in the South African strain may pose complications for the efficacy of vaccines and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.

COVID-19 vaccination: Where does the dental profession stand?

January 13, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: After months of hoping and waiting, the news finally broke at the end of 2020 that a number of vaccines for SARS-CoV-2 had been developed and would be rolled out worldwide as soon as possible. However, although every effort is being made to ensure that as many people as possible are vaccinated against the virus, resources are scarce, and various logistical problems are slowing down the process considerably. This also raises the question of priority and who should receive the coveted shot first. This article outlines where the dental profession stands in this scenario.

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Californian dentists allowed to join COVID-19 vaccination effort

January 12, 2021 | News

SACRAMENTO, Calif., U.S.: As a result of the Californian Dental Association’s (CDA) endeavors, dentists have been authorized to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in order to accelerate its dissemination. Dentists will be able to vaccinate people aged 16 and older after completion of a special training course.

Researchers develop tent to prevent spread of SARS-CoV-2 in dental settings

January 11, 2021 | News

SINGAPORE: With the aim of preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2, researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a portable tent-like shield for use during dental procedures. Named the Dental Droplet and Aerosol Reducing Tent—the Dental DART—the foldable transparent structure is placed around the patient’s head in order to create a barrier that reduces direct and indirect exposure to viruses such as SARS-CoV-2.

COVID-19 causes major delays in paediatric dental care in Australia

January 8, 2021 | News

MELBOURNE, Australia: Owing to potential exposure to COVID-19, the Australian government has introduced tough restrictions on healthcare personnel during the pandemic. This has created a major barrier to accessing dental services, and many Australians have had to postpone their dental appointments indefinitely. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Melbourne explored the issue of the disruption of dental services and investigated how COVID‐19 has had an impact on paediatric dental care in Australia. They believe that the data gained through measuring this impact could help inform future restrictions on dental practice.

“Particularly unsafe” for COVID-19 patients—Sunstar Americas recalls mouthwash

January 7, 2021 | News

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., U.S.: At the end of December, Sunstar Americas voluntarily recalled one of its mouthwashes. The company is a member of the Sunstar Group, a global company headquartered in Switzerland and a leader in the oral care industry. It gave bacterial contamination as the reason for the withdrawal.

What is the future of telehealth in dentistry?

January 6, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: As a result of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the vast majority of dental practices around the world have been partially or completely shut down at times, and routine dental check-ups have been postponed as a result. Whereas some practices have reopened to offer in-person treatment—albeit with enhanced personal protective equipment measures—others have modified their services to offer teledentistry.

UK dentists expect drop in earnings, patient numbers in 2021

January 5, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: A new report commissioned by the General Dental Council (GDC) has found that UK dental professionals are pessimistic about being able to meet expected demand for dental treatment in 2021. The majority of respondents to an online survey expected that the pandemic would continue to limit treatment capacities and that drops in income experienced in 2020 would continue throughout the new year.

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