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BIOLASE Academy brings dental laser education online

May 22, 2020 | Education

The BIOLASE Academy went live at the end of March. Hosted by leading dental laser manufacturer, BIOLASE, this new online educational platform is dedicated to providing accessible and certified continuing education opportunities to dental professionals working with laser treatments. With periodontal disease possibly the most widespread chronic disease in the world, an upcoming webinar on the platform will present a new therapeutic approach to using lasers in order to improve periodontal treatment outcomes.

SmileDirectClub files lawsuit against NBCUniversal Media

May 21, 2020 | Business

NASHVILLE, Tenn., U.S.: Oral care company and provider of a direct-to-consumer medical technology platform for tooth straightening SmileDirectClub (SDC) has announced that it has filed a lawsuit seeking approximately $2.8 billion from NBCUniversal Media (NBC) and reporter Vicky Nguyen for knowingly and intentionally making factually inaccurate, misleading and defamatory claims about the company on NBC Nightly News.

Survey reveals how dentists are coping amid SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

May 20, 2020 | News

CARY, N.C., U.S.: A recently released survey has investigated how dentists are managing their practices during the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in the U.S. The results provide an inside look at the current state of the dental industry, which is facing unprecedented challenges.

Weighing up the new reality: Dental companies count cost of COVID-19

May 18, 2020 | Business

NEW YORK, U.S.: Dentistry faces an earnest struggle to adapt to what some have called the new reality. A series of investor updates from major dental companies shows us that digital tools are now more important than ever for education and in customer service environments. Some dental companies have taken extraordinary measures to sure up manufacturing and supply, and significant adverse financial impacts have been shouldered.

US dentists are using nearly half of country’s total mercury in products

May 15, 2020 | News

CHAMPIONSGATE, Fla., U.S.: Dental amalgam accounted for 46.8% of the total elemental mercury that was used to make products in the U.S. in 2018, a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has shown. In that year, 9,287 pounds (4,212 kg) of mercury was used for dental amalgam in the U.S.—enough for millions of mercury-containing tooth restorations, the EPA report found.

Colgate Oral Health Network launches at-home education series for CE credits

May 15, 2020 | Education

NEW YORK, U.S.: As dental continuing education (CE) requirements remain in place despite the current pandemic and cancellation of in-person CE courses, many dental professionals are finding it difficult to meet the minimum mandatory hours. In order to address this issue, the Colgate Oral Health Network has been offering a free-of-charge live education series that allows dental professionals to obtain CE credits online.

Waterlase dental laser minimizes risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission

May 12, 2020 | Advertorial

IRVINE, Calif., U.S.: As dental offices are beginning to reopen, the American Dental Association has issued guidance recommending the reduction of aerosol production as much as possible in order to help prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. A key factor in aerosol production is water usage. BIOLASE, a global leader in dental lasers, is pleased to announce that dentists can rely on Waterlase dental lasers during this critical time because they use 80% less water than traditional dental handpieces do.

Safer dental clinics are just a swab away: Testing patients for SARS-CoV-2

May 6, 2020 | News

LANSING, Mich., U.S.: Allowing dental professionals to test their patients for SARS-CoV-2 would decrease the high risk of transmission of the virus in dental clinics. Furthermore, dentists in some jurisdictions are now being prevented from performing elective treatment if their patients have not tested negative for the virus. Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke with a Michigan State University (MSU) researcher who has developed a point-of-care testing kit that would be suited to dental settings.

Why I use the Profin Reciprocating System

May 4, 2020 | Advertorial

In order to practice minimally invasive dentistry, it is necessary to have tools like Dentatus’s Profin on hand. This is a system that offers a choice of contra-angle handpieces and flat diamond Lamineer Tips that move in a reciprocating axial direction. Here, Dr. Matthew A. Nejad shares what makes this shaping, contouring and polishing system his go-to solution for procedures such as the refining of existing restorations and the correction of disproportionate tooth sizes, among others.

Henry Schein launches program to help dentists safely return to providing care

May 4, 2020 | News

MELVILLE, N.Y., U.S.: Henry Schein has launched the Henry Schein Thrive Practice Recovery Program, which it describes as a single, cost-effective suite of solutions to help dentists prepare for the re-opening of their practices, reconnect with patients and access a wide range of financial services.

Canadian denturist kills 22 people

April 30, 2020 | News

PORTAPIQUE, Nova Scotia, Canada: The person believed to be responsible for Canada’s worst-ever mass shooting was a denturist who ran two denture clinics in the eastern maritime province of Nova Scotia. According to media reports, Gabriel Wortman’s deadly rampage began on April 18 and spanned 12 hours before he was shot by police.

Oral Reconstruction Global Symposium in New York cancelled

April 30, 2020 | Events

NEW YORK, U.S.: The Oral Reconstruction Foundation has announced the cancellation of its global symposium, which was originally scheduled to take place in New York City this week and later postponed to 2021 owing to the COVID-19 outbreak. As the coronavirus pandemic progresses, the foundation said that it did not see any possibility of hosting the event this or next year in New York. It will only take place in 2022.

Sterile and yet dirty?
Quality deficiencies of sterile-packaged ceramic and titanium implants

April 29, 2020 | News

In 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two decades of previously unpublished data, including 2.1 million reports of failed dental implants, more than 100,000 of which referred to 2018 alone. Most of these failures related to a lack of osseointegration, raising major concerns among dentists in the U.S. and abroad, as the number of additional unreported losses is likely to be much higher. Comments made by manufacturers regarding these figures focus on patients with unfavorable clinical preconditions and even blame dentists for their lack of experience and training. Is this the whole truth?

Organizations plead for SARS-CoV-2 testing kits in US dental clinics

April 28, 2020 | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: A consortium of U.S. dental organizations has asked for federal authorization for licensed dentists to conduct SARS-CoV-2 testing in their clinics using kits approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As dentists in Utah return to work, the organizations argued that dentists have the skills to administer rapid point of care testing and that allowing them to do so will reduce infections and take pressure off the health system.

Rest in peace, Bernie Weissman

April 23, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: At the age of 93, Bernard Weissman, president of Dentatus, passed away on April 9. He was renowned as an inventor of dental products, instruments and techniques whose focus was always the development of affordable solutions that would benefit both dentists and patients.

COVID-19: Protecting healthcare personnel with 3D-printed masks and face shields

April 23, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Owing to mask supplies fast becoming exhausted, many healthcare professionals around the world are increasingly unable to comply with the recommended infection control practices. The shortage has prompted extended use and reuse of face masks in healthcare settings, thus increasing the professionals’ risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2. To help ease the depleted supplies, many federal agencies have relaxed regulations on mask use and some institutions have taken the initiative to help those fighting on the front line against COVID-19 by producing 3D-printed face masks and shields.

3-D printed swabs help fill gap in COVID-19 test kits

April 16, 2020 | News

Innovation at the University of Louisville involving multiple departments has led to a promising solution for the shortage of swabs in COVID-19 test kits. In response to a request from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, UofL’s Additive Manufacturing Institute of Science & Technology (AMIST), along with faculty and students in the Schools of Dentistry, Engineering and Medicine, have created a 3-D printed swab made of a pliable resin material.

What Brazilian dentists are doing during the coronavirus pandemic

April 9, 2020 | News

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: By April 9, there had been more than 13,000 reported cases of COVID-19 in Brazil and 667 associated deaths, according to the World Health Organization. As a result, dental professionals across the country have had to react rapidly and implement appropriate safety measures to help contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes this disease.

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