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ADA not backing compulsory COVID-19 jabs

August 5, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The American Dental Association (ADA) says that dentists should be vaccinated against COVID-19 but has stopped short of backing compulsory inoculation within the oral care workforce. As the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 continued to spread in the U.S., the association broke ranks with other health and medical groups by advocating for voluntary vaccination in order to show leadership and help to build nationwide vaccine confidence.

Thinking of joining a DSO? Owning practice building can complicate sale

July 29, 2021 | News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., U.S.: For dentists who own the property on which their dental practice is located, the property is typically their second-most valuable asset after the dental clinic itself. When selling a clinic to a dental support organization (DSO), however, owning the wider premises can result in challenges for dentists. Dental Tribune International spoke with an experienced medical practice broker who said that selling the property to a cooperative group can solve the problem and allow dentists to retain partial ownership.

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Third molar extraction may have positive effect on sense of taste

July 28, 2021 | News

PHILADELPHIA, U.S.: Taste disorders and other neurosensory defects have been reported postoperatively in a number of patients who have undergone extraction of the mandibular third molars. Although taste deficits are generally expected to resolve within one year, the long-term effects of the surgical procedure remain unknown. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has challenged the notion that third molar extraction only has negative effects on taste, as it found that patients who underwent the dental procedure had improved taste abilities decades after the surgery.

Study offers new insights into periodontal disease and body’s protective response

July 22, 2021 | News

SEATTLE, U.S.: Biofilm buildup can lead to many oral health issues, including gingivitis, periodontitis and tooth loss, as well as other serious health consequences, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis and bowel disease. To better understand individual variation in gingival inflammation, researchers have recently identified and classified human host and microbial responses to the accumulation of dental plaque. The study may help explain why some people are more susceptible to inflammation-associated health problems.

Oral health management in times of climate change crisis

July 21, 2021 | News

BOSTON, U.S./ KIGALI, Rwanda: Experts have been warning about the consequences of climate change for years, and with every year that the situation worsens, these consequences become increasingly difficult to reverse. The current rate of global warming is associated with higher risks for adverse health outcomes as well, and these are measurable today, according to a recent commentary.

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Machine-learning algorithms may help in predicting tooth loss

July 19, 2021 | News

BOSTON, U.S.: Little is known about socioeconomic factors in relation to tooth loss. In a new study, researchers at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) have developed machine-learning algorithms for predicting tooth loss in adults that—in addition to the obvious parameters such as age and dental care—included patients’ socioeconomic factors. The findings suggest that these tools may help identify teeth at risk in order to ensure early intervention.

What would a decade-old investment of $1,000 in Align Technology be worth today?

July 13, 2021 | Business | News

SAN JOSE, Calif., U.S.: The Invisalign clear aligner system entered the market with a string of patents and no competitors in the late 1990s. According to Zacks Equity Research, a June 2011 investment of $1,000 (€700) in its manufacturer, Align Technology, would have gained 2,668% in value by June this year.

Dentists who collect: Dr. Kenneth Montague of Toronto

June 30, 2021 | Interviews | News

Although he has a growing art collection and is busy with many other activities, general dentist Dr. Kenneth Montague says that his patients still come first. Montague began exhibiting art in his home in the 1990s and has since built up the Wedge Collection—one of Canada’s largest private art collections exploring African diasporic culture and contemporary Black life. Dental Tribune International spoke with Montague about how music and the arts have shaped his dental practice, about his collection and the photographs currently on display at his clinic, and about expressing oneself as a dentist.

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Business as usual? Solo dentists lag behind group practices and DSOs in pandemic recovery

June 22, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting dental practice? The American Dental Association (ADA) has been engaging with thousands of U.S. dentists every month in order to answer this question. The latest Health Policy Institute (HPI) survey results found that around 61% of all clinics were open and operating normally, but that dental support organizations (DSOs) and larger group practices were more likely to be experiencing pre-pandemic patient volumes.

Scientists conducting novel oral health research in space

June 15, 2021 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: As the saying goes, the sky is the limit. This is true for the scientists conducting the first oral health experiment in space to investigate the growth and response of oral bacteria to treatment agents in zero gravity. The project, which is being sponsored by the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory and conducted in collaboration with NASA and Colgate-Palmolive, will last two months and is partly aimed at improving oral health treatment on the ground.

Consolidation ramps up as Dentsply Sirona acquires assets of Propel Orthodontics

June 9, 2021 | Business | News

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Dental giant Dentsply Sirona has acquired the assets of U.S.-based Propel Orthodontics. Propel develops and manufactures orthodontic devices and sells them around the world, and Dentsply Sirona says that the acquired assets will strengthen its position in the fast-growing clear aligner market.

Combine evacuation systems to better reduce aerosols in dental clinics—study

June 8, 2021 | News

LOMA LINDA, Calif., U.S.: Airborne respiratory droplets are one of the main modes of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, and the common use of aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) in dental clinics has necessitated the study of preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the associated risk. To this end, researchers from Loma Linda University compared the effectiveness of dental evacuation systems and found that a combination of devices resulted in the greatest reduction in microbial aerosols.

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COVID-19 misconceptions: Disease prevalence among US dentists remains low

June 3, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: Since the beginning of the pandemic, dentistry has been deemed unsafe as dental professionals run a high risk of SARS-CoV-2 spread through aerosol contamination during dental procedures. Nevertheless, no confirmed COVID-19 cases among patients receiving dental care have been reported to date. Adding to a growing body of evidence that challenges the initial perception, a recent study highlighted that dental professionals in the U.S. have successfully adopted the recommended infection control practices and continue to show an extremely low prevalence of the disease.

Cyberattack could cost SmileDirectClub $15 million

June 2, 2021 | Business | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: In May, direct-to-consumer orthodontics company SmileDirectClub (SDC) was the victim of a substantial cyberattack. Numerous parts of SDC’s business were affected, including treatment planning, manufacturing and product delivery, and the company has since downsized its revenue forecast for the second quarter of this year by $10 million to $15 million (€8 million to €12 million).

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in dental offices very unlikely, study says

May 28, 2021 | News

COLUMBUS, Ohio, U.S.: Researchers worldwide investigate COVID-19, and every week, new information about the illness is discovered or confirmed. A recent study from the Ohio State University has shown yet again that a SARS-CoV-2 infection risk at the dentist’s office is low, despite the tenacious misconception that patients and treatment providers are at high risk of catching COVID-19 at the dentist’s office.

Dental biofilm of symptomatic COVID‐19 patients harbours SARS‐CoV‐2

May 27, 2021 | News

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil: Since SARS-CoV-2 has been found in different sites in the human body, researchers have recently sought to examine the presence of the virus in the dental biofilm of symptomatic patients who had tested positive for COVID-19. They reported that some patients who had tested positive in nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal samples also presented SARS-CoV-2 in the supragingival biofilm sample. The findings suggest that dental biofilm may play an important role in COVID-19 transmission as it may harbour SARS-CoV-2 in symptomatic patients.

Study: Artificial intelligence may help predict implant treatment outcomes

May 25, 2021 | News

ANN ARBOR, Mich., U.S.: As dental implants become an increasingly common treatment modality for edentulous patients, understanding their potential side effects grows ever more important. An American research team has thus developed a novel machine learning algorithm that could help dental practitioners better predict the risk of their implant patients developing periimplantitis.

Asymptomatic pediatric dental patients as potential SARS-CoV-2 carriers

May 6, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: In a recent study, researchers have examined the prevalence of COVID-19 in pediatric dentistry by testing children during their visit at the pediatric dentist’s office. The study reported that, although all the children who took part in the study were asymptomatic, some of them tested positive after undergoing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. This suggests that testing pediatric dental patients could help better identify potential SARS-CoV-2 carriers and subsequently reduce transmission rates.

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