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Half of adults over 65 lack dental insurance, poll finds

August 3, 2020 | News

ANN ARBOR, Mich., U.S.: Oral health is integral to good health at every age. Yet older adults can have unique oral health needs and barriers to accessing dental care, including higher rates of health conditions that could contribute to oral health problems and lower rates of dental coverage. A survey has found that nearly all older Americans support the addition of a dental benefit to the Medicare program that covers most people over age 65.

BIOLASE REPAIR Perio protocol shows superior results in study

July 31, 2020 | Advertorial

IRVINE, Calif., U.S.: BIOLASE, a global leader in dental lasers, has reported the results of a clinical trial conducted at the McGuire Institute. Designed to meet the stringent American Academy of Periodontology best-evidence consensus standards, this first-of-its-kind study compared the BIOLASE REPAIR Perio protocol with conventional minimally invasive surgical treatment for moderate to severe generalized periodontitis.

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IDS 2021: Dentsply Sirona announces its nonparticipation

July 29, 2020 | Business

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S./BENSHEIM, Germany: Dentsply Sirona has decided that the company will not attend the International Dental Show (IDS), scheduled to be held from March 9 to 13, 2021, in Cologne, Germany. This also applies to Dentsply Sirona brands VDW, MIS Implants Technologies and Zhermack.

Cybersecurity and the advancement of digital dentistry

July 23, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: At this point, it almost goes without saying: the future of dentistry is digital. Though modern dental practices still frequently rely on the manual skills of dental practitioners, digital tools such as diagnostic imaging and electronic patient records have been integrated into existing workflows with haste owing to their ability to improve quality of care and simplify routine procedures. However, there are certain issues that arise from this increased digitisation, none more pertinent than cybersecurity.

New research provides insight into COVID-19’s impact on dentistry

July 22, 2020 | News

CHAMPIONSGATE, Fla., U.S.: In the interest of public health, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) has published a new research article that examines trends in scientific literature related to the impact of COVID-19 on dentistry. It was found that the literature focused, in particular, on infection control and its implications for future dental practice.

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COVID-19: Major stress factor among dental staff after reopening

July 21, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Dentists have resumed the provision of patient care, but are experiencing great anxiety arising from extensive changes to the workflow and fear of contracting SARS-CoV-2 in the practice. Besides work-related stress, some dental professionals are burdened with personal stress related to family, finances and the current state of affairs. To help dental staff cope with the anxiety brought about by continually updated safety and cleaning protocols and changes in workplace policies, a number of dental organisations and health authorities have recently offered their guidance on lightening the load of COVID-19 and associated stress factors in the dental office.

Increasing dental patient volume after SARS-CoV-2 lockdown

July 15, 2020 | News

SACRAMENTO, Calif., U.S.: Dentistry has recently topped the list of the most dangerous jobs for risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, and although dentists are slowly returning to normal practice, many patients feel anxious about returning to the dental office. The California Dental Association (CDA) has published a set of recommendations that will help dental staff offer reassurance to returning patients whose appointments were canceled or postponed as a result of the pandemic.

Is PPE the new gold and who is paying for it?

July 14, 2020 | News

HOLLY RIDGE, N.C., U.S.: Recent comparisons between the value of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the value of gold have raised some interesting questions, such as whether the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has caused consumers to value their health more than they value rare minerals or status symbols. The monetary value of PPE is still nowhere near that of gold, but the provision of essential services, such as oral care, now hinges on its supply. Many dentists are absorbing added PPE costs in order to keep patient numbers up, but at whose expense?

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Interview: Young entrepreneur creates healthy sugar-free substitute to satisfy sweet tooth

July 10, 2020 | Interviews

It is a well-known fact that diets high in sugar contribute to childhood obesity and the formation of dental caries. Fortunately, it is now possible to indulge in candy that is healthy, tooth-friendly and sugar-free. In this interview, Dental Tribune International spoke with Alina Morse, the brains behind Zolli Candy. Morse came up with the idea of Zolli Candy when only 7 years old and soon became one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the world. She also runs a nonprofit foundation that helps to promote good oral hygiene in children by supporting oral health education in schools and qualified organizations.

Dental classes of 2020 graduate virtually

July 9, 2020 | News

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: The next generation of dentists is entering a profession that suddenly has considerable risk associated with it—a fact already evident to the many dental students who recently graduated in virtual commencement ceremonies held using online platforms such as YouTube, Zoom and Facebook Live.

US dentistry teeters toward recovery

July 7, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Dentists in the U.S. are seeing more patients despite the continued and alarming spread of SARS-CoV-2 within the country. In the same week that the daily number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 steadily topped 40,000, analysts at Baird Equity Research found that patient volumes had increased by an encouraging rate. The analysts said that this suggested that the rising number of infections in the U.S. was not currently impacting the recovery of its dental market.

Interview: Biosecurity in the dental office

July 6, 2020 | Interviews

As a pioneer and market leader in sterilization, Austria-based company W&H is renowned for developing high-quality sterilization devices for the dental practice. Dental Tribune Latin America talked to W&H president and CEO, Peter Malata, to find out what are the appropriate sterilization levels now needed in the dental office.

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Interview: Choosing social media content to engage with patients

July 3, 2020 | Interviews | News

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: Mark Schaefer is considered to be one of the most influential social media marketing experts. He is an educator, a business consultant and the author of many bestselling marketing books. In this interview, Schaefer shared his opinion about current marketing trends, the importance of establishing a strong social media presence, and optimizing a dental practice’s website for search engines in order to acquire more patients and generate revenue.

Researchers develop saliva-based SARS-CoV-2 test and examine COVID-19 prevalence among dentists

July 2, 2020 | News

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Canada: Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) in Saskatoon are currently working on two large projects that have recently received substantial federal funding. The first project is aimed at developing a novel saliva-based test for SARS-CoV-2 detection, whereas the second one aims to examine COVID-19 incidence rates among Canadian dentists.

Dentsply Sirona wins summary judgment

June 29, 2020 | Business

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Dentsply Sirona, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of professional dental products and technologies, has announced a success in its ongoing infringement case.

Yale and NBA team up to test saliva sampling for SARS-CoV-2

June 24, 2020 | News

NEW HAVEN, Conn., U.S.: We are learning more about SARS-CoV-2 every day, including more about how to effectively test for it. Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have found that employing saliva samples to test for the virus could lower the risk of infection for health workers. The researchers have partnered with the National Basketball Association (NBA) to test the efficacy of a saliva sampling method that they say presents as a faster, less invasive and more accurate alternative to the recommended nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal sampling methods.

Researchers plan to develop smartphone sensor to detect tooth pain

June 23, 2020 | News

MANSFIELD, Conn., U.S.: In the hope of finding a better way to detect dental pain, a team of scientists at the University of Connecticut (UConn) is currently looking into a novel way to quantify tooth pain and to develop a patient-friendly smartphone sensor to measure it. The researchers, from the Division of Endodontology and Department of Biomedical Engineering at the UConn School of Dental Medicine, recently received a grant to fund this.

SARS-CoV-2: Dentistry tops list of most dangerous jobs

June 23, 2020 | News

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada/NEW YORK, U.S.: As more and more countries ease their lockdown restrictions, an increasing number of workers are returning to their jobs. A significant proportion of COVID-19 cases are related to occupational exposure. While the risk of infection is fairly high for most workers, it is particularly high for people working in certain occupations. Various analyses have shown that health care workers in general and dental professionals in particular are exposed to a high risk of contracting the virus.

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