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Could the UK have fared better managing COVID-19 outbreak?

July 30, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Though the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, it has been going on long enough for certain lessons to have been gleaned from the way in which different countries have responded to it. This proposition forms the thrust of a recent British Dental Journal opinion article, which compares and contrasts measures implemented in the UK with those instituted in South Korea—two countries that have been affected by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 on vastly different scales.

Sino-Dental cancels 2020 event

July 30, 2020 | News

BEIJING, China: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose major challenges for the dental industry, especially regarding events. In light of the current restrictions, the organisers of Sino-Dental have decided to cancel this year’s edition, which was supposed to take place at the China National Convention Center in August. For now, the event, the 26th China International Dental Exhibition and Scientific Conference, has been rescheduled to 9–12 June 2021.

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Dentistry braces for COVID-19 losses

July 29, 2020 | Business | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to the provision of dental care around the world. Patient volumes decreased by as much as 80% in April, and the financial repercussions for dentists have been significant. As the second quarter draws to a close, the world’s largest dental companies are beginning to reveal the state of their books.

Interview: “It’s simple: all dentistry should be cosmetic”

July 28, 2020 | News

Dr Simon Chard has fast become one of the UK’s most influential dentists. He is a proponent of minimally invasive techniques and sits on the board of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD). In this interview, he discusses his patient-centred, sustainable approach and how his embrace of all things digital has helped steer Rothley Lodge Dental, the dental practice he co-owns with his wife, Dr Meghan Chard, through this tumultuous COVID-19 period.

Mental health in the dental profession during the COVID-19 pandemic

July 27, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Even though millions of people suffer from anxiety and depression, according to the World Health Organization, psychiatric disorders often remain under-recognised and underdiagnosed. The persisting stigma around mental health issues exacerbates the problem, since those suffering feel shame and guilt on top of their existing condition and may therefore fail to seek the appropriate help. Because of the chronic stress associated with their profession, dentists are especially prone to occupational burn-out and depression, as studies have shown. Now, with the spread of SARS-CoV-2, there is an even greater physical and psychological burden among dental professionals.

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Interview: Alarming burden of non-communicable diseases in COVID-19 new normal

July 24, 2020 | Interviews

According to FDI World Dental Federation, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading disease burden worldwide. The multifaceted relationships between chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardio-vascular problems and cancers, and oral diseases has been investigated in multiple studies. However, scientists from Masaryk University in Brno in the Czech Republic are now concerned that the prevention of NCDs is being neglected during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Therefore, Dr Abanoub Riad from the Department of Public Health at Masaryk University and his colleagues have addressed their concerns in a letter to the editor-in-chief of the journal Oral Diseases, Dr Giovanni Lodi. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Riad explains the reasoning behind their concerns.

Cybersecurity and the advancement of digital dentistry

July 23, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: At this point, it almost goes without saying: the future of dentistry is digital. Though modern dental practices still frequently rely on the manual skills of dental practitioners, digital tools such as diagnostic imaging and electronic patient records have been integrated into existing workflows with haste owing to their ability to improve quality of care and simplify routine procedures. However, there are certain issues that arise from this increased digitisation, none more pertinent than cybersecurity.

UK dentists need urgent financial support—BDA asks for help

July 23, 2020 | News

BELFAST, UK: Dentists in Northern Ireland and Scotland are struggling. Several pleas to ministers for financial support for private and mixed dental practices have gone unanswered, and BDA Northern Ireland is now calling on dentists to share their personal stories of hardship with the government. Dentists in Scotland are also struggling with increased costs, decreased revenue and patient back-logs, and the BDA has called for better communication from ministers to address patient expectations.

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Chicago Dental Society launches campaign to promote the safety of dental offices

July 22, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The Chicago Dental Society (CDS) has launched a new public awareness campaign called #SAFESMILES to reinforce public confidence in the safety of dental practices and emphasize the importance of maintaining good oral health.

New research provides insight into COVID-19’s impact on dentistry

July 22, 2020 | News

CHAMPIONSGATE, Fla., U.S.: In the interest of public health, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) has published a new research article that examines trends in scientific literature related to the impact of COVID-19 on dentistry. It was found that the literature focused, in particular, on infection control and its implications for future dental practice.

IDS 2021: Organisers reveal COVID-19 safety measures

July 21, 2020 | News

COLOGNE, Germany: Trade fairs are all about face-to-face contact. The organisers of the International Dental Show (IDS) are confident that next year’s event will be able to take place, and they have revealed the basic principles behind a host of measures that they say will make networking and personal interaction at the event as safe and successful as possible.

COVID-19: Major stress factor among dental staff after reopening

July 21, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Dentists have resumed the provision of patient care, but are experiencing great anxiety arising from extensive changes to the workflow and fear of contracting SARS-CoV-2 in the practice. Besides work-related stress, some dental professionals are burdened with personal stress related to family, finances and the current state of affairs. To help dental staff cope with the anxiety brought about by continually updated safety and cleaning protocols and changes in workplace policies, a number of dental organisations and health authorities have recently offered their guidance on lightening the load of COVID-19 and associated stress factors in the dental office.

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How COVID-19 has affected online continuing dental education

July 20, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: In recent years, the dental industry’s approach to continuing education (CE) has often been focused on in-person learning opportunities at congresses, symposia and the like. This didactic avenue is, unfortunately, one of many areas of the dental profession to have been drastically affected by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Typical of dentistry’s innovative spirit, many dental companies and institutions have quickly shifted to alternative methods of teaching, and dental professionals have responded with enthusiasm.

Dental suction systems help to keep staff and patients safe during SARS-CoV-2 crisis

July 20, 2020 | Advertorial

BIETIGHEIM-BISSINGEN, Germany: Owing to the large number of patients seen in dental practices, there is always a danger of coming into contact with an infectious disease. However, the use of reliable intra-oral spray mist suction systems can help prevent the transmission of disease to patients or staff members, according to Dürr Dental.

Interview: “We will see AI being increasingly used in the future”

July 17, 2020 | News

As the deputy head of the department of operative and preventive dentistry at Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany, Prof. Falk Schwendicke has his finger firmly on the pulse of current advancements in the dental world. In a recent article for the Journal of Dental Research, he and his co-authors explored the current and potential applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in the dental clinic. Schwendicke recently spoke with Dental Tribune International to explain more about the topic.

Patients pack bags as dental tourism resumes

July 16, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: No international tourism means no dental tourism, but what does that mean for the patients and dentist who rely on it? When borders began to close around the world in March owing to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, tens of thousands of dental patients had their treatment abroad either cancelled or postponed. As borders begin to reopen, those travelling for medical treatments are being welcomed with open arms.

Increasing dental patient volume after SARS-CoV-2 lockdown

July 15, 2020 | News

SACRAMENTO, Calif., U.S.: Dentistry has recently topped the list of the most dangerous jobs for risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, and although dentists are slowly returning to normal practice, many patients feel anxious about returning to the dental office. The California Dental Association (CDA) has published a set of recommendations that will help dental staff offer reassurance to returning patients whose appointments were canceled or postponed as a result of the pandemic.

Is PPE the new gold and who is paying for it?

July 14, 2020 | News

HOLLY RIDGE, N.C., U.S.: Recent comparisons between the value of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the value of gold have raised some interesting questions, such as whether the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has caused consumers to value their health more than they value rare minerals or status symbols. The monetary value of PPE is still nowhere near that of gold, but the provision of essential services, such as oral care, now hinges on its supply. Many dentists are absorbing added PPE costs in order to keep patient numbers up, but at whose expense?

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