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.
May 25, 2020 | News
AL-HOFUF, Saudi Arabia: COVID-19 has not only impeded access to healthcare, but also caused fear and anxiety among healthcare workers. After conducting a study to understand how dentists in different parts of the world are coping with the fear of acquiring the disease and what strategies and modifications dental practices are implementing in order to combat SARS-CoV-2, researchers have highlighted the devastating psychological effects that the disease has had on dental professionals.
May 21, 2020 | News
WOMBOURNE, UK: In times of SARS-CoV-2, dentists are taking unusual measures to ensure that their patients receive medical care despite contact restrictions and lockdowns. In attempting to adhere to these, a dentist from the Willows Dental and Implant Centre in Wombourne delivered essential medicine to one of his patients using a drone. However, he was reported to the police, and in response, the dental practice apologised for “thinking too far outside of the box”.
May 20, 2020 | News
MANCHESTER, UK: Restrictions related to SARS-CoV-2 transmission are easing, and dental professionals need to start planning the eventual reopening and restructuring of dental clinics. To offer best practices for reopening and assist policymakers and decision makers with producing comprehensive national guidance, experts from across the UK have recently reviewed various reports on national recommendations for returning to normal clinical working practices after the lockdown.
May 20, 2020 | News
CARY, N.C., U.S.: A recently released survey has investigated how dentists are managing their practices during the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in the U.S. The results provide an inside look at the current state of the dental industry, which is facing unprecedented challenges.
May 19, 2020 | News
PISA, Italy: According to the World Health Organization, Italy has 225,435 confirmed SARS-CoV-2 cases and 31,908 associated deaths as of 19 May 2020. This makes Italy the country with the second highest number of cases in Europe and one of the most severely affected in the world. A team of Italian researchers has now reviewed studies concerning preventive measures to limit the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in dental practices.
May 19, 2020 | Advertorial
DARMSTADT, Germany: The worldwide spread of SARS-CoV-2 is presenting the dental industry with unprecedented economic and financial challenges. As an investment in its customers, the renowned Darmstadt-based software company exocad has announced its Corona Relief Program in order to support dental laboratories and dental practices.
May 18, 2020 | Business
NEW YORK, U.S.: Dentistry faces an earnest struggle to adapt to what some have called the new reality. A series of investor updates from major dental companies shows us that digital tools are now more important than ever for education and in customer service environments. Some dental companies have taken extraordinary measures to sure up manufacturing and supply, and significant adverse financial impacts have been shouldered.
May 14, 2020 | News
LONDON, UK: While dental professionals across the world are hoping for the relaxation of lockdown restrictions and are anxious to reopen their dental practices, the UK government has not yet provided clear guidance on when dentists in the country can return to general practice and resume normal service. Similarly, the Irish Dental Association (IDA) is eagerly awaiting a response from its government and is deeply concerned over the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the dental profession in the country.
May 12, 2020 | Advertorial
IRVINE, Calif., U.S.: As dental offices are beginning to reopen, the American Dental Association has issued guidance recommending the reduction of aerosol production as much as possible in order to help prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. A key factor in aerosol production is water usage. BIOLASE, a global leader in dental lasers, is pleased to announce that dentists can rely on Waterlase dental lasers during this critical time because they use 80% less water than traditional dental handpieces do.
May 11, 2020 | News
BRUSSELS, Belgium: The provision of oral healthcare services has been severely affected all over the world by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic because of the risk of infection for both dental professionals and patients. In order to provide the dental industry with a protocol to navigate the crisis effectively, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) has published a set of infographics that provide suggestions on how dental practices can operate safely and manage patient workflow before, during and after treatment.
May 8, 2020 | Interviews
COVID-19 has brought about radical economic and organisational changes in dental practice. For years, we have believed, and I think rightly so, that by optimising chair time, that is by making the most of the time with the patient, we would achieve maximum profitability within the boundaries set by the business model of the dental practice. Thus, we thought that using each dental unit for approximately 85% of the available time (while still leaving some space for peak time management) would result in the optimal use of the dental practice.
May 8, 2020 | News
VIENNA, Austria: It is a matter of urgency that dental practices resume providing the full spectrum of oral care, according to the president of the European Society of Cosmetic Dentistry (ESCD), Dr Florin Lazarescu. The organisation has been documenting the impact that the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has had on dentistry, and Lazarescu says that dentists have an ethical obligation to resume treating their patients, as well as a personal obligation to keep their dental practices afloat.
May 7, 2020 | News
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: With nearly 8,000 infected people on 7 May, South Africa has the most SARS-CoV-2 cases of all African countries, closely followed by Egypt, according to Johns Hopkins University. While the virus was slow to reach the continent compared with other parts of the world, the number of infections has grown rapidly. South Africa has been under strict lockdown for 35 days and measures were only eased a few days ago. Dental professionals have had to follow stringent regulations.