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Planmeca: Adapting to the new normal

September 16, 2020 | Advertorial

SHANGHAI, China: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the dental industry has been forced to adapt to the “new normal” and invent new platforms for communication and collaboration. However, traditional trade fairs and exhibitions are still important platforms for dental professionals to try out the latest dental technology. In China, the local Planmeca team participated last week in the first major dental event to take place since the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2.

Interview: How dentists and pharmacists can collaborate and improve their patients’ health

September 7, 2020 | News

A lecturer at the University of Queensland’s School of Pharmacy, Dr Meng-Wong Taing is passionate about expanding the role pharmacists play in improving their patients’ health through a collaborative approach. Naturally, this approach includes giving advice regarding appropriate oral healthcare. In this interview, Taing discusses why oral health promotion means so much to him and shows how dentists and pharmacists can work together in order to optimise patient health outcomes.

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Paradigm shift in dentistry: Dr Pallavi Patil on practicing during the pandemic

August 28, 2020 | Interviews

At this point during the COVID-19 pandemic, many dental offices have begun to adapt to the current situation and resumed their day-to-day work. However, there are many open questions in terms of this paradigm shift that relate to such topics as infection control, sterilisation monitoring and provision of emergency care. At IDEM 2020, Dr Pallavi Patil from India presented an online lecture on the importance of choosing the right protection and on overall transitions in dentistry during the pandemic. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Dr Patil shared her expert opinion on the topic.

Poor oral hygiene could affect accuracy of SARS-CoV-2 tests

August 26, 2020 | News

TOKYO, Japan: A study conducted at a hospital in Tokyo has found that poor oral hygiene could lead to prolonged viral shedding in patients with COVID-19. In the study, it was observed that patients with inadequate oral health regimes returned positive results in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for the virus long after their clinical recovery, leading the researchers to believe that oral hygiene could affect the accuracy of testing for the virus.

IDEM 2020 marks first digital edition of Asia Pacific’s leading dental event

August 21, 2020 | News

SINGAPORE: The digital 11th International Dental Exhibition and Meeting (IDEM), held from 19 June to 19 August, has ended. The event, which was organised by Koelnmesse and the Singapore Dental Association, attracted 3,615 attendees from 54 countries and sparked critical dialogue about the trends shaping the future of dentistry amid a new normality.

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Osstem Implant opens global hub for research and development in Seoul

August 17, 2020 | Advertorial

SEOUL, South Korea: Osstem Implant, one of the world’s major dental implant manufacturers, has recently established a new state-of-the-art digital technology research and development (R & D) centre. Located in the Magok Industrial Complex in south-western Seoul in South Korea, the centre will serve as a hub for providing next-generation fully digital solutions, thereby strengthening the company’s position in the global dental implant market.

COVID-19 update: Australian and New Zealand dentists experience tighter restrictions

August 17, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: After months of relative success in controlling the spread of SARS-CoV-2 across both Australia and New Zealand, recent developments have resulted in lockdowns of differing extents being reintroduced in both countries. Though these lockdowns have been implemented for the benefit of public health, restrictions on dental services have left many in the profession with a sense of anxiety regarding their future.

More prevention, more follow-up visits—“the BOB App engages patients in their own health”

August 14, 2020 | Advertorial

Curaden’s BOB App is an easy-to-use app that allows you to keep track of your patients’ interdental bleeding and provide them with a mouth map indicating which interdental brush to use for each interdental space. The app motivates patients to reduce and eliminate their BOB (bleeding on brushing) scores at home through daily interdental cleaning and come back for regular prevention-based check-ups. South Korean dentist Dr Yohan Shin has successfully introduced the app as a motivational tool to engage patients in their own oral health.

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Osstem Implant and 3Shape conclude global partnership

August 7, 2020 | Advertorial

SEOUL, South Korea/COPENHAGEN, Denmark: On 31 July, Osstem Implant entered into a global partnership agreement with 3Shape, a market-leading company in digital dentistry solutions. With the agreement, Osstem acquired the rights for global distribution of 3Shape’s TRIOS intra-oral scanner and CAD software. The South Korean company announced that it will launch TRIOS sequentially through its subsidiaries in China, India and the US.

Report shows Australians are avoiding dentists owing to associated costs

August 7, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Though the importance of good oral health is clear to most, if not all, Australians, access to dental services remains a considerable obstacle to achieving this goal for many in the country. A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has highlighted the prohibitive costs of many dental procedures, leading the Australian Dental Association (ADA) to predict “an oral health crisis post-COVID-19”.

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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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.

How to maximise the potential of multilayered zirconia

July 15, 2020 | Advertorial

The use of pre-shaded zirconia with a highly translucent gradient brings more efficiency into the dental laboratory. Owing to the advanced properties of materials like KATANA Zirconia multilayered discs, true-to-life restorations can be created without any, or with only a thin vestibular layer of, veneering porcelain. This saves considerable time in the laboratory.

Zinc oxide and propolis mixture shows promising results

July 13, 2020 | News

ANDHRA PRADESH, India: The success of a pulpectomy depends on the elimination of bacteria from the root canal. Researchers have now experimented with a new mixture consisting of propolis, which is a natural product with proven antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and zinc oxide powder as a filling material in primary teeth.

Plaque control measures and thrust for preventive dentistry—dentists’ attitude

July 10, 2020 | News

Periodontitis is pandemic in nature and distributed all over the world. The disease’s prevalence and burden on oral health in India is no different, and periodontitis shows no discrimination between race, sex, caste or creed. Many studies quote an incidence rate of greater than 30% among the global adult population. The numbers are staggering: more than 300 million people in India have periodontitis. If we consider gingivitis, the numbers are even more mind-boggling. Periodontitis remains the single largest reason for loss of teeth currently. Although many risk factors and predisposing factors are attributed to the aetiology of periodontitis, dental plaque is the predominant reason and the most easily modifiable risk factor to prevent periodontal disease.

Researchers from Wuhan use oropharyngeal secretions to improve SARS-CoV-2 detection

July 9, 2020 | News

WUHAN, China: As researchers continue their quest to better understand the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a new study has aimed at improving the detection of SARS-CoV-2 ribonucleic acid. By using oropharyngeal secretions instead of nasopharyngeal swabs (NPSs) for nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) for SARS-CoV-2, the researchers managed to reduce the number of false-negative results from testing of patients who had apparently recovered from the disease.

Tongue microbes may indicate cardiac health status

July 7, 2020 | News

GUANGZHOU, China/SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France: The connection between oral health and general health is an ongoing focus of investigation in various areas of medicine. New research presented on HFA Discoveries, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology, has found that microorganisms on the tongue could aid the screening, diagnosis and monitoring of heart failure and recommended that the underlying mechanisms regarding this association be studied further.

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