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2021 Midwinter Meeting is going virtual

August 27, 2020 | Events

CHICAGO, U.S.: The Chicago Dental Society announced in an email today (Aug. 27, 2020) that the 2021 edition of its annual meeting will be conducted entirely online. “In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and after thoughtful deliberations, the Chicago Dental Society Board of Directors has decided that the 2021 Midwinter Meeting ‘Heart of Dentistry’ will be a virtual event,” meeting organizers announced.

Robotic surgery improves health outcomes in oropharyngeal cancer patients

August 27, 2020 | News

LOS ANGELES, U.S.: Owing to its considerable benefits, including being minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgery is gaining increasing recognition in many medical fields, including dentistry. In 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the first robotic device for dental surgery, and the device is commercially available in the country. Now, new research has shown that robotic surgery may improve survival rates in early-stage oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma patients.

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“We’ve had minor issues lead to missed time”—Dr Andrew Sarowitz on treating professional athletes

August 26, 2020 | Advertorial

Periodontal disease, acute trauma, ill-fitting mouth guards—these are just a few examples of problems that could compromise athletic performance. As a result, sports teams in most countries have realized the need for specialized dental care, and dentists are increasingly being regarded as essential members of the sports medical team. New York-based dentist Dr Andrew Sarowitz is in charge of the dental health of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA’s) Brooklyn Nets basketball team and works with mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters.

Clear aligner treatment models jostle for acceptance in the pandemic

August 21, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: The benefits of aligner therapy for patients are clear, but the different treatment models that manufacturers offer have already shown various advantages and disadvantages during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Orthodontists around the world have embraced digital workflows since March, but one of the largest manufacturers has experienced significant growth in new case starts that begin with at-home impression kits and not with digital scans undertaken in dental clinics.

Dentsply Sirona World 2020 goes local and global

August 20, 2020 | Events

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: Dentsply Sirona has recently announced that its event Dentsply Sirona World 2020 will be transformed into localized in-person and globally available virtual events this fall. The new formats will offer expanded opportunities for earning continuing education credits and feature speakers in dentistry presenting engaging educational sessions across 12 unique tracks. The in-person program, originally scheduled for Oct. 1–3 in Las Vegas, will be postponed to a later date.

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WHO calls for delay of all non-urgent dental care

August 19, 2020 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that dental settings may pose an even greater risk for the spread of SARS-CoV-2 than was previously thought, owing to the spread of the virus through airborne microparticles. It said that routine dental check-ups should be delayed in order to protect dental patients and staff; however, dental associations disagree.

Lego inspires researchers to build individually adaptable bricks for tissue repair

August 18, 2020 | News

PORTLAND, Ore., U.S.: Biomaterial scaffolds have served as the foundation of tissue engineering; however, they are often difficult to scale in size or shape in order to fit defect‐specific dimensions. Researchers from the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland have now developed small 3D-printed bricks that serve as scaffolding for hard and soft tissue. They believe that this technology could be used for bone augmentation before dental implantation.

SignIn Online: App assists with contactless patient registration

August 14, 2020 | News

THE COLONY, Texas, U.S.: The reopening of dental offices around the world under the conditions of the new normal poses many questions for practice owners, such as how to ensure that only healthy patients come in for appointments. The answer may be an app called SignIn Online, which allows the remote screening of patients for COVID-19-related symptoms.

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Periodontitis may double chances of cognitive decline, study says

August 14, 2020 | News

MINNEAPOLIS, U.S.: Scientists have frequently linked some forms of periodontal disease with other inflammatory diseases, and now a new study has suggested that poor oral health may also have an impact on brain function. The findings showed that periodontal disease, especially in its more advanced stage, could increase the chance of developing mild cognitive impairment and dementia later in life.

ADA responds to World Health Organization: Dentistry is essential healthcare

August 12, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: In a news release issued today (Aug. 12, 2020) the American Dental Association (ADA) said that it “respectfully yet strongly disagrees with the World Health Organization’s recommendation to delay ‘routine’ dental care in certain situations due to COVID-19.”

Dentsply Sirona reshuffles as pandemic cuts sales in half

August 12, 2020 | News

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S.: The multinational dental company Dentsply Sirona will exit the traditional orthodontics business and reduce its activities in analog laboratory services in order to streamline its business in the midst of the
SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. This was the message from the company’s directors when they reported a drop of over 50% in net sales for the second quarter of this year.

Interview: “To me, dentistry is a consolidation of science, art and medicine all in one field”

August 11, 2020 | Interviews

Dr. Rhonda Kalasho has recently been acclaimed as the most detail-oriented dentist in Hollywood. She works at one of the most innovative dental practices in the U.S., where she offers cosmetic, pediatric, emergency and general dental care and treats dental conditions such as bruxism and sleep apnea. In this interview, Kalasho talks about some of the state-of-the-art tools she uses in her practice and discusses the dangers of do-it-yourself (DIY) dentistry and the influence of social media on smile restoration. She also reveals how COVID-19 has affected her day-to-day work and presents some of the challenges facing cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

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Dental sales at Henry Schein drop by over 40%

August 6, 2020 | Business | News

MELVILLE, N.Y., U.S.: In May, Henry Schein Executive Chairman and CEO Stanley M. Bergman described the SARS-CoV-2 crisis as “one of the most trying moments in modern history.” As the company announced its earnings for the second quarter, the monetary cost to Henry Schein was revealed as significant. Dental sales fell by 41.2% despite a 30.0% increase in sales of personal protective equipment (PPE) to dentists.

Envista says dental markets are recovering

August 6, 2020 | Business

BREA, Calif., U.S.: Dental practices are struggling during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and so too are the companies that supply them with equipment and consumables. Envista Holdings cut its operating costs by more than $100 million (€84 million) between April and June and still posted an operating loss of close to $108 million. Staggering drops in earnings are the current reality for Envista and its competitors, but the dental giant said that recovery in dental markets is picking up pace.

How is the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic affecting retirement in dentistry?

August 5, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: When widespread lockdowns began to be implemented in order to curb the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the number of unemployed people in many countries increased rapidly. Dentistry was no exception, and most dental practices either shut down entirely or only provided care in an emergency context. Though a good number of practices have since reopened after the relaxing of certain restrictions, it remains unclear just how many dental professionals have ended their careers early as a result.

Celebrity dentist restores smile of Black Lives Matter protester

August 4, 2020 | News

ATLANTA, U.S.: Although most social media feeds have returned to other topics, protests in light of the Black Lives Matter movement are still very much a reality for many Americans—and so is police brutality. An activist who was attacked by a police officer during a demonstration in Chicago has now received a dental makeover by celebrity dentist Dr. Heavenly Kimes.

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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