June 23, 2020 | News
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada/NEW YORK, U.S.: As more and more countries ease their lockdown restrictions, an increasing number of workers are returning to their jobs. A significant proportion of COVID-19 cases are related to occupational exposure. While the risk of infection is fairly high for most workers, it is particularly high for people working in certain occupations. Various analyses have shown that health care workers in general and dental professionals in particular are exposed to a high risk of contracting the virus.
June 23, 2020 | News
It is recognized all too often that very little consideration is given to sterilization or reprocessing areas in either existing or newly designed dental practices. And yet reprocessing instruments between patients is crucial to meet today's hygiene rules in dental offices. Dental practitioners also have a moral and legal ‘duty of care’ calling for effective, well-defined and implemented infection control measures to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases to patients and staff
June 22, 2020 | News
LONDON, UK: As a result of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, dental practices across the world have been partially or completely shut down and routine dental check-ups largely postponed. For a few unlucky people, however, widespread lockdowns have left them unable to access dental services during oral emergencies, leaving them with a single viable option: do-it-yourself (DIY) dentistry.
June 18, 2020 | News
LONDON, UK: Despite dental settings presenting a significantly elevated risk of infection for those in and beside the chair, testing patients for the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains optional. Those advocating for testing say that it would help to keep dental practices safer, to reduce the amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) that clinics use, and to streamline appointment scheduling and treatment. A number of options are available, and one UK doctor is advocating for antibody tests for dental practices.
Many are calling it the post-pandemic era—the time in which we will simply have to live with the SARS-CoV-2 virus as part of our daily personal and professional lives. For dentists and their teams, a key aspect of this will be the adoption of a set of new hygiene protocols that will help to reduce infections and make dental settings safer. On Tuesday, 23 June, Prof. Lorenzo Breschi of the University of Bologna in Italy will host a free webinar that will focus on the incorporation of these new hygiene protocols into clinical practice and guiding patients on the importance of their home dental care regimes.
Dr Andreas Kurbad, who runs a private practice in Viersen in Germany, has lectured widely on the topic of computerised dentistry. For 3Shape’s upcoming 24-hour global online symposium, Kurbad will be giving a presentation on an in-house workflow for CAD/CAM-based single-tooth restorations. Prior to the event, the expert talked to Dental Tribune International about his own in-house workflow and why such procedures offer advantages, especially in light of the restrictions imposed by SARS-CoV-2.
June 11, 2020 | News
GENEVA, Switzerland: The SARS-CoV-2 outbreak is causing significant disruption to dental practice worldwide. Oral health professionals, dental associations and regulatory bodies are facing diverse challenges to providing dental care and promoting the oral health of the population while protecting patients and practitioners from the health threat posed by SARS-CoV-2. The council of FDI World Dental Federation has now released a statement on dentistry and oral health during the pandemic.
June 11, 2020 | Advertorial
GILLINGHAM, UK: Henry Schein Dental UK has recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with Radic8 to distribute an air sterilisation system that neutralises certain viruses and bacteria in a single air pass. It also neutralises gases and mercury vapours. Radic8 technology uses a two-stage process of filtration followed by sterilisation. The sterilisation process employs photocatalytic oxidation technology that is far more effective at killing microbial contamination with forced airflow than ultraviolet light alone.
June 10, 2020 | News
FORT WILLIAM, UK: Owing to strict government restrictions for controlling the spread of SARS-CoV-2, dental practices in Scotland were instructed to limit aerosol-generating dental treatments, and some were transformed into emergency hubs. M&S Dental Care in Fort William is one of these practices. For the duration of the lockdown, the practice has been turned into one of Scotland’s emergency NHS treatment centres, providing advice, relief and treatment to patients with chronic conditions.
June 10, 2020 | News
DAVOS, Switzerland: An international cross-sectional survey has found that most surgeons believed that the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to front-line healthcare workers by hospitals in the first month of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak was inadequate.
June 8, 2020 | News
BIRMINGHAM, UK: The organiser of the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show (BDCDS) as well as the Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) has decided to move both events to 2021. The decision was made in light of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic which is still heavily affecting the UK.
June 4, 2020 | Advertorial
NEWBERG, Ore., U.S.: Dental equipment manufacturer A-dec has announced that it has begun manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The company has developed a variety of such products that are critically needed by health care workers.
Dentists are currently facing uncertain times owing to the ensuing financial impacts of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. But some industry commentators have predicted an even greater emphasis on oral health as a consequence of COVID-19, and some dentists may be in a position to leverage the current uncertainties in the market in order to expand their dental practices or acquire new ones. Dental Tribune International spoke with Jacob Puhl, partner and CEO of the Dentist Entrepreneur Organization (DEO), about the skills and strategies required to build a dental group from the ground up.
June 2, 2020 | News
MELBOURNE, Australia: One of the most important functions of the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) is the development of standards, codes and guidelines for dental practitioners. To help make information on registration standards more accessible for dental practitioners, the board has now launched an information hub titled “Know your scope”, ahead of the implementation of the revised scope of practice registration standard on 1 July 2020.
June 2, 2020 | News
LEIPZIG, Germany: Given that little time has passed since the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, it comes as no surprise that only sparse data on COVID-19 is available and many factors remain uncertain. Now, the German Society of Dentistry and Oral Medicine (DGZMK) has stressed the importance of dental prevention and the systemic relevance of dentistry, especially in times of the pandemic. Recent studies have indicated that maintaining good oral health may prevent a severe course of the disease.
June 1, 2020 | News
WASHINGTON, U.S.: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is still ongoing, and countless stakeholders in the dental industry are feeling its effects. In an attempt to return to some sort of normality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated guidance regarding dental services in the U.S. The advice is intended to expand the provision of nonemergency treatment while minimizing infection risks for patients and health care personnel alike.
May 29, 2020 | News
LEIPZIG, Germany: Many governments have now eased public health restrictions, saying that their countries have overcome the first wave of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Dental practices have begun to reopen across Canada, the US, India and parts of Europe, and staff and patients are having to adjust to a new sense of normality in the provision of oral care. Health precautions vary in different dental markets, but it can safely be stated that a trip to the dentist is not what it was in February.
May 29, 2020 | News
LEIPZIG, Germany: Patient volumes at orthodontic practices are expected to rebound quickly when practices reopen. Digital tools have helped orthodontists to continue providing care while their clinics are closed, but although these tools will serve to ease the transition into the resumption of dental practice, orthodontists admit that chairside consultations cannot be replaced. The leading clear aligner manufacturer says that its new digital tools that have been developed in response to the crisis will continue to be used well after restrictions are lifted.