LEIPZIG, Germany: Not all of the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic have been negative. Social distancing measures and travel restrictions effectively pushed dental education online in 2020, and more dentists earned continuing education (CE) credits through webinars and online events than in any previous year. As 2020 comes to a close, it seems likely that dental teams and dental education providers will continue to favour online education—owing to the convenience and ease of access that it offers—even in a post-pandemic environment.
NEW YORK, U.S.: Recent laboratory studies have shown that toothpastes containing zinc or stannous fluoride and mouthwash formulas with cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) can effectively neutralize SARS-CoV-2. The studies are part of a Colgate-Palmolive research program in which scientists are assessing the efficacy of oral care products in reducing the amount of SARS-CoV-2 in the mouths of people who have COVID-19 and potentially slowing down the spread of the virus.
LONDON, UK: Practices in the UK remain open during the current lockdown, but dentists in the country have reported increased concerns related to other aspects of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Two in five dentists (40%) say that they fear future investigations relating to the disruption of dental care during the lockdown, and more than a third (35%) say that problems with the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) is affecting their ability to see more patients.