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US dentists called on for urgent assistance

April 3, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Dentists in the U.S. now find themselves at the epicenter of a pandemic, as they are being called upon to provide urgent assistance to slow the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and to help treat those critically ill with COVID-19. A plea has been made for dentists to donate masks, gloves and other personal protection equipment (PPE) items, and dentists in California may now volunteer as emergency health care workers in order to provide general medical assistance that extends beyond oral care.

BIOLASE begins shipping essential materials amid coronavirus shutdown

April 1, 2020 | Business | News

IRVINE, Calif., U.S.: Limited shipping activities have restarted at the California facility of medical device company BIOLASE, as its technology and consumables are deemed essential supplies for medical professionals.

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Baird tracks historic fall in dental demand

April 1, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: COVID-19 is causing historically significant contractions in patient volumes and demand for dental equipment. Baird Equity Research is tracking the situation by surveying U.S. dentists and says that it is too early to predict when demand might bottom out and what might happen afterward. Trends witnessed in the dental market after the global financial crisis of 2007–2008 suggest that patients will defer appointments for restorative and orthodontic procedures but not for general dental care.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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