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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).

Top three trends influencing U.S. dental bone grafting industry in 2021

June 2, 2021 | Business

NEW YORK, U.S.: Dental bone grafting has become an important and common step in the dental implant procedure. Advancements in allograft, xenograft and synthetic bone graft materials have positioned them as suitable alternatives to traditional autologous bone grafts, and this has created a thriving market for dental biomaterials. Although demand declined significantly in 2020 owing to the rippling economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is expected to recover quickly alongside the overall demand for dental implants.

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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.

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Interview: “Attempting to make my own shield seemed like a productive use of time”

May 12, 2021 | Interviews

The pandemic has caused professional and private challenges. However, some people managed to use this downtime to stimulate their creativity and to test their entrepreneurial skills. One of these people is Dr. Scott Yamaoka, who devoted his time and energy to creating a face shield that would protect his dental team and patients from SARS-CoV-2 infection in the workplace. In this interview, he and his son, Zach Yamaoka, tell Dental Tribune International how they turned their idea into a product—the next generation optical face shield that allows dentists to comfortably fit magnification loupes with fiber optic lighting.

Dentsply Sirona partners with FDI World Dental Federation on sustainability

May 10, 2021 | Business

CHARLOTTE, N.C., U.S./GENEVA, Switzerland: As a global industry leader, Dentsply Sirona recognizes its responsibility to the environment and is focused on ways to become a more sustainable business through investment and innovation. In this spirit, the company is pleased to announce its participation as a founding partner in FDI World Dental Federation’s Sustainability in Dentistry initiative.

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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Interview: The world’s first eco-friendly electric flosser

April 29, 2021 | Interviews

Flaüs is the name that the Los Angeles-based company GoFlaus came up with for its revolutionary product: the world’s first eco-friendly electric flosser. The device makes flossing as quick and easy as brushing teeth. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Samantha Coxe, CEO and co-founder of GoFlaus, explained where the idea for Flaüs came from, what sustainability means to the dental industry in this day and age, and why marketing oral health care products does not have to be all so somber.

The ICD receives its largest donation in history from Henry Schein Cares

April 28, 2021 | News

FLINT, Mich., U.S.: The International College of Dentists (ICD) Global Visionary Fund (GVF) has received $3.6 million worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) from Henry Schein Cares, the global corporate social responsibility program of Henry Schein. The college is facilitating the disbursement of PPE to charitable projects and humanitarian missions around the world. The gloves, face shields, hand sanitizers, isolation gowns, thermometers and coveralls are essential materials that will allow oral health care to be safely delivered to underserved and struggling individuals and communities.

3Shape Automate: Redefine your approach to digital design

April 27, 2021 | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Given its emphasis on research and development, 3Shape has always been focused on delivering innovative market-leading technological solutions to dental professionals. In keeping with this aim, the company has now launched 3Shape Automate, the world’s first digital dental design platform to be exclusively powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

U.S. dentistry suffering from racial disparities

April 23, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: The U.S. dental workforce is diversifying but is still not representative of the racial and ethnic demographics of the wider population. According to new research by the Health Policy Institute (HPI), Hispanic and Black Americans are significantly underrepresented in the dental profession, and Asian and white Americans hold a disproportionate share of dental jobs. These disparities are also evident in dental education and in reported cost barriers to oral care.

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Interview: “You cannot push people into digital dentistry”

April 21, 2021 | Interviews

It is safe to say that Prof. Markus Blatz has dedicated his life to the furthering of clinical and theoretical knowledge in order to advance dentistry. His passion for the dental profession is unmistakable and can be seen in his numerous degrees, professional awards and academic publications, among other achievements. In his current role, Blatz serves as chair of the Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences and assistant dean for digital innovation and professional development at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, U.S., where he founded the Penn Dental Medicine CAD/CAM Ceramic Center and is leading the Digital Innovation Initiative. In this interview, he discusses all things digital dentistry, including the CAD/CAM workflow, 3D printing and the use of artificial intelligence (AI).

Interview: The Smart Integration Award honors the innovative spirit of women in dentistry

April 20, 2021 | Interviews

Dentsply Sirona is committed to empowering women in dentistry. Its Smart Integration Award, being presented for the second time, celebrates visionary treatment concepts and ideas for the future submitted by female dental experts. The application phase for this year’s competition has already started. In this interview, Susanne Schmidinger, director of global brand marketing enabling devices at Dentsply Sirona Digital Solutions Marketing, speaks about the significance of the award, what is new this year and how dental professionals can enter.

Three ways dental clinics can manage pandemic fatigue and prevent staff burnout

April 20, 2021 | Advertorial

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., U.S.: The past year has been an exhausting one for medical professionals, including dental practice owners, those working in urgent care facilities and specialists. The entire medical community has greatly suffered. As a result, many owners and workers have experienced pandemic fatigue, which encompasses the exhaustion people have collectively felt owing to COVID-19 restrictions and the frustrations resulting from obstructions in social activities, school, work and everyday life.

Pandemic causing increase in stress-related oral health conditions

April 19, 2021 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: A survey by the American Dental Association (ADA) has found that more patients have developed bruxism as a result of stress during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and that there is a general increase in stress-related oral health conditions. According to the association’s chief science officer, the trend means that routine dental check-ups have never been more important.

3DISC releases HeronClinic 3.2 digital dentistry software

April 16, 2021 | Advertorial

HERNDON, Va., U.S.: This week, 3DISC announced the release of the newest version of HeronClinic, the case management and scanning software for the company’s flagship intraoral scanning solution, the Heron IOS. HeronClinic 3.2 introduces new features and major enhancements to the intuitive software, providing reliable and accurate results and improving the overall scanning experience for both dental professionals and patients.

HHS launches portal for potential vaccinators

April 14, 2021 | News

WASHINGTON, U.S.: As vaccine supply continues to increase in the coming weeks and all adults across the United States become eligible for vaccination, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched an online portal to help dental providers navigate the training and registration they will need to complete in order to become a part of the expanded COVID-19 vaccine workforce.

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