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Interview: Dr Jalal Khan, operator of the Dental Truck

May 27, 2020 | Interviews

In Australia, the provision of oral health services for rural and remote communities can be extremely difficult, not least of all because of the country’s immense size. To help combat the inequalities which result, Sydney-based dentist Dr Jalal Khan regularly travels in his mobile dental surgery truck to provide much-needed treatment across Queensland and New South Wales. Khan recently spoke with Dental Tribune International about his vision for the truck and what the response from the dental community has been.

Researchers develop mouth guard for illuminating early signs of cavities

May 20, 2020 | News

GUANGZHOU, China: One of the keys to controlling dental caries and periodontal disease is early detection of dental lesions and cavities. A novel mouth guard recently developed in China now promises to help make this easier for dentists by visually highlighting certain compounds released by bacteria that are harmful to oral health.

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Elective dental procedures to restart in Australia as restrictions ease

April 29, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Thanks to Australia’s success in limiting the number of new SARS-CoV-2 cases each day, the national government announced last week that restrictions would be decreased from Level 3 to Level 2. The change came into effect on 27 April and will allow Australian dental professionals to recommence providing a number of common treatments.

Virtual live conference of solidarity—Osstem Meeting Online drives digital transition

April 29, 2020 | Advertorial

SEOUL, South Korea: On 21 April, Osstem Implant held the first session of its virtual conference, the Osstem Meeting Online, which achieved over 95,000 total live cumulative views from more than 60 countries within 2.5 hours. This series of live-streamed symposia, which create a virtual conference experience for dental professionals around the globe, will culminate in a session on 27 June that will feature a socially sustainable fundraising campaign.

COVID-19 oddities: Why does Turkmenistan have zero cases?

April 24, 2020 | News

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has resulted in more than 2.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide and over 160,000 related deaths to this point. Curiously, there are still 15 countries yet to report a single case to WHO. Among these is Turkmenistan, a nation ruled by a former dentist who has taken particular pains to hide the disease’s existence from his compatriots.

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COVID-19: How are Australian and New Zealand dentists faring?

April 22, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Though Australia and New Zealand have, thus far, been able to avoid the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, both nations’ economies have nevertheless taken significant hits with the partial or complete shutdown of many industries. The impact of this downturn has been directly felt by the countries’ dental workforces, many of whom have had their workloads curtailed by government restrictions.

Dentists in Indonesia are dying from COVID-19

April 16, 2020 | News

JAKARTA, Indonesia: The Indonesian Medical Association has confirmed that 24 medical professionals have died in the country from COVID-19, six of whom were dentists. Not all of those who died were working on the front line in the battle against the illness. The government’s COVID-19 response team has called on the health ministry to protect doctors and dentists by advising them to close their practices.

Piezoelectric ultrasonic scaling: How do you conduct it correctly?

April 15, 2020 | Education

With 22 years of experience as a dental therapist and hygienist, Andrew Terry is a lecturer at the University of Sydney’s School of Dentistry in Australia. In a free webinar on Thursday, 23 April, he will demonstrate how dentists can utilise PIEZON ultrasonic scaling tools to enhance their treatment techniques and protocols. In the lead-up to the presentation, Terry shared some details of the upcoming webinar with Dental Tribune International.

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Expert reports on COVID-19 situation in dental clinic in Wuhan

April 7, 2020 | News

WUHAN, China: As dean of the School and Hospital of Stomatology of Wuhan University, Prof. Zhuan Bian has had first-hand experience of the working situation of dentists and dental staff in the city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, where SARS-CoV-2 reportedly first broke out. In an online webinar, organised by the German Association of Oral Implantology, he described how the COVID-19 pandemic had changed the daily workflow of his team, and he shared insights about the infection control procedures which he regarded as most important for dental professionals.

COVID-19 forces FDI to cancel World Dental Congress 2020

March 26, 2020 | News

SHANGHAI, China: Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and was first reported in December 2019, most dental events for the first half of 2020 have been either cancelled or postponed. Now, FDI World Dental Federation has decided to call off its flagship event, the World Dental Congress (WDC), which was scheduled to take place in Shanghai from 1 to 4 September.

Be prepared for COVID-19, but don’t panic, says Indian Dental Association

March 25, 2020 | News

MUMBAI, India: Dental colleges in India are currently closed, and dental clinics across the country have been advised to suspend all non-essential treatment. Both of these measures are in effect until at least 31 March. The latest advice from the Indian Dental Association (IDA) to dental practitioners is to exercise caution and make well-informed decisions about patient care and in the operation of their dental practices.

IDEM 2020 to be a digital experience

March 25, 2020 | News

SINGAPORE: Originally, the 11th International Dental Exhibition and Meeting (IDEM) was scheduled to take place in April 2020 and was then moved to 19–21 June to ensure attendees’ health and safety during the COVID-19 crisis. However, now that the outbreak has become a pandemic and the situation is not expected to stabilise in time for the show, the event organisers have decided to move IDEM 2020 online.

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Coronavirus guidelines for dental practitioners and students

March 19, 2020 | News

WUHAN, China: The COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in Wuhan, has become a serious public health challenge of international concern. Researchers from Wuhan University School and Hospital of Stomatology have now released a paper which includes a number of recommendations for dental practitioners and dental students on how to deal with the virus SARS-CoV-2 that poses emerging and future challenges for dentistry.

Australian and New Zealand dental associations provide guidance on minimising COVID-19

March 19, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: Though their geographic distance from Europe and Asia has proved to be somewhat of an advantage in controlling SARS-CoV-2, both Australia and New Zealand have experienced a substantial rise in COVID-19 cases in recent days. The pandemic’s growing presence has caused health and dental bodies from each nation to issue guidance for dental professionals so that the virus’s transmission can be minimised.

Introducing the KATANA Cleaner

March 18, 2020 | Advertorial

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: When cementing a restoration during the trial fitting stage, it’s quite common to have reduced bond strength due to surface contamination caused by saliva, blood or even plaque in the dental cavity. To remove this contamination, you need a dental cleaning agent. Kuraray Noritake Dental is thus proud to introduce the KATANA Cleaner, a non-abrasive universal cleaner that delivers the bond strength your patients deserve.

Frequent toothbrushing found to lower risk of diabetes

March 13, 2020 | News

SEOUL, South Korea: A recent study has highlighted the importance of good dental hygiene. Since periodontal disease and poor oral hygiene can provoke transient infection and systemic inflammation, researchers have examined the effect that periodontal disease and poor oral hygiene have on the occurrence of new-onset diabetes. They found that frequent toothbrushing may reduce the chances of developing diabetes, while the presence of periodontal disease and more missing teeth increase the chances of developing new-onset diabetes.

ITI World Symposium deferred to next year

March 12, 2020 | Events

SINGAPORE: After three years of planning and preparation, the organiser of the ITI World Symposium 2020, which was scheduled to take place on 14–16 May, has postponed the event to 1–3 September 2021. The decision was made in light of the rapid global escalation of COVID-19 cases with the subsequent travel and other restrictions being imposed, which would probably have rendered it impossible to hold a large-scale meeting with international attendance this year, the International Team for Implantology (ITI) stated.

ADX20 Sydney set to impress attendees

March 11, 2020 | News

SYDNEY, Australia: ADX20 Sydney, Australia’s largest dental exhibition, is just around the corner. Set to take place from 13 to 15 March at the International Convention Centre in Sydney’s picturesque Darling Harbour, the biennial event is convened by the Australian Dental Industry Association and is expected to bring together more than 500 exhibitors and over 10,000 stakeholders from across the dental industry.

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