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US dental offices are closing their doors as pressure mounts

March 27, 2020 | News

ORANGE, Calif./CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Western Dental & Orthodontics has announced that it will temporarily close the majority of its 250 affiliated offices throughout California and keep only selected clinics open in key locations in order to meet demand for urgent dental care. As COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise in the U.S., the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners has been forced to respond to requests for a blanket closure of dental clinics in the state.

International College of Dentists celebrates 100 years

March 26, 2020 | News

FLINT, Mich., U.S.:When Drs. Louis Ottofy and Tsurukichi Okumura first came up with the idea of creating the International College of Dentists (ICD) in 1920, likely they never imagined that the inaugural number of 250 fellows would swell to more than 12,000 fellows in 122 countries.

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COVID-19 measures: US dentists urged to treat only emergency cases

March 23, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The American Dental Association (ADA) has recommended that dentists in all U.S. states postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks, effective from March 16, in order to combat the spread of the virus SARS-CoV-2. Similar calls have been made by state-level dental associations, and the California Dental Association (CDA) has given advice to its members on what “shelter-in-place” self-isolation orders mean for them and their practices.

COVID-19: Canadian Dental Association says situation is changing rapidly

March 20, 2020 | News

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in dental practices across Canada being told to delay elective and preventive treatments, and the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) has told Dental Tribune International that the situation remains fluid. While some dental practices remain open, the CDA says that this could change at any moment, based on, but not limited to, the directives and recommendations that are being issued by provincial dental regulatory authorities.

California Dental Association cancels its annual Anaheim meeting

March 19, 2020 | News

SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA: Referring to the latest public health guidance designed to curtail the spread of COVID-19, the California Dental Association has cancelled CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry. The annual meeting had been scheduled for May 14–16 in Anaheim, Calif.

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AAE provides considerations for dental and endodontic care during COVID-19 crisis

March 19, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) announced several recommended considerations to its 8,000-plus endodontist and dentist members amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The announcement came at a time when other dental organizations revealed similar recommendations regarding dental care and emergency vs. non-emergency treatment.

COVID-19 prompts cancellation of 2020 AACD meeting

March 18, 2020 | News

MADISON, Wis., USA: The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry has cancelled its 36th AACD Annual Scientific Session due to the ongoing threat posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. The event had been scheduled for April 22–25 in Orlando.

Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium New York postponed to 2021

March 18, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, and travel from Europe to the US has been suspended for the next 30 days. Consequently, a decision has been taken to postpone the Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium to 2021.

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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.

Henry Schein launches COVID-19 Resource Center

March 18, 2020 | News

MELVILLE, N.Y., USA: Henry Schein Inc. has launched the COVID-19 Resource Center, a web-based hub that provides industry-specific information to help office-based dental and medical practitioners navigate the COVID-19 outbreak.

CDC guidelines for COVID-19 control in dental settings

March 17, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The American Dental Association is urging dental professionals across the U.S. to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 situation summary web page for current insight.

ADA calls upon dentists to postpone elective procedures

March 17, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: On March 17, the American Dental Association issued a recommendation to member dentists that dental practices across the U.S. postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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American Association of Orthodontists cancels its 2020 meeting

March 17, 2020 | News

The American Association of Orthodontists has announced the cancellation of its Annual Session, scheduled to take place later this spring in Atlanta. “Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we have made the difficult but important decision to cancel the AAO Annual Session, originally scheduled for May 1-4, 2020,” the AAO announced today on its website.

Teledentistry is here to stay—dental associations change gear to regulate

March 16, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, U.S./LONDON, U.K.: A growing number of consumers are opting for remote orthodontic treatment, and it is likely that such services will continue to be available to them. While dental associations on both sides of the Atlantic may not fully support the practice, they are now seeking to clarify how it can be provided to patients safely. In the U.S., examples of generic regulations for teledentistry have been issued by the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB). The General Dental Council in the U.K. has asked service providers to confirm what procedures they are following and how its registrants may be involved.

Dentists need to take more action to combat the opioid epidemic, says expert

March 12, 2020 | News

PITTSBURGH, U.S.: In a recent study on opioids reported by Dental Tribune International (DTI), researchers found that the overprescribing by dentists in the U.S. was common, particularly for patients at high risk of substance abuse. In the study, the team used Truven Health MarketScan Research Databases to assess close to 550,000 dental visits by adult patients between 2011 and 2015. From that, they were able to attain their results.

How is COVID-19 affecting the dental industry?

March 10, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Months after it was first detected in Wuhan, one of China’s largest cities, the effects of the ongoing coronavirus (since named SARS-CoV-2) outbreak are increasingly being felt across the globe. By 10 March 2020, 114,567 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease this coronavirus causes, have occurred across all continents outside of Antarctica, and 4,027 deaths have resulted from it. With the outbreak set to intensify over the coming weeks and months, it is time for an update on what the carry-over effects have been for the dental industry.

New study offers mechanistic view of dental fluorosis occurrence

March 9, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Fluoride can prevent dental caries by promoting mineralization and making tooth enamel more resistant to acid. However, a new study has found that exposing teeth to excessive fluoride alters calcium signaling, mitochondrial function and gene expression in the cells forming tooth enamel, which ultimately leads to dental fluorosis.

Plaque-identifying toothpaste may reduce risk of inflammatory diseases

March 9, 2020 | News

MADISON, Wis., U.S.: Various studies have previously suggested that there is a link between poor oral health and the occurrence of inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and strokes. Since inflammation plays an important role in atherosclerosis and can accurately be measured by high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), researchers have recently investigated the effectiveness of Plaque HD toothpaste and reported that it significantly reduces hs-CRP levels in subjects with baseline elevations.

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