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Generating “virus-free aerosols” to minimize the virus spread (eg. SARS-CoV-2) in dental clinics

April 4, 2020 | News

Dentists and dental patients are showing an ever-increasing concern about the generation of virus-containing aerosols through various dental procedures, and the resultant risk of infection spread. Povidone Iodine has shown to be effective against most of the viruses including coronavirus. Adding Povidone Iodine to the water bottle attached to the chair could be thought of as a possible solution. This is a hypothesis that can be developed further.

IDEM 2020 to be a digital experience

April 1, 2020 | News

SINGAPORE: Originally, the 11th International Dental Exhibition and Meeting (IDEM) was scheduled to take place in April 2020 and was then moved to 19–21 June to ensure attendees’ health and safety during the COVID-19 crisis. However, now that the outbreak has become a pandemic and the situation is not expected to stabilise in time for the show, the event organisers have decided to move IDEM 2020 online.

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Johns Hopkins University distances itself from a report going viral on the COVID-19 scene in India

March 30, 2020 | News

The Johns Hopkins University has clarified that it is aware of the report bearing its logo and going viral on social media regarding the current COVID-19 situation in India. The university has distanced itself from the report saying that the use of their logo was not authorized and that the report does not reflect the views of CDDEP, Johns Hopkins, or Princeton.

US dental offices are closing their doors as pressure mounts

March 29, 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.

Very few dental clinics continue to operate in Italy, work restricted to emergency dental care.

March 28, 2020 | News

MILAN, Italy: Italy has become the European country worst affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, its confirmed cases of infection currently reaching 74,386, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As the country is facing a nationwide lockdown, the pandemic has completely reshaped people’s daily lives, weakened the economy and boosted unemployment rates. To minimise the risks associated with contagion and slow down the spread, the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has recently ordered the shutdown of all non-essential factories and businesses. In the meantime, some dental offices continue to operate, offering patients emergency care only.

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Dental Tribune South Asia: Daily updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

March 27, 2020 | News

Dental Tribune South Asia brings you daily updates on the current crisis of COVID-19 pandemic and its impact globally.

Be prepared for COVID-19, but don’t panic, says Indian Dental Association

March 25, 2020 | News

MUMBAI, India: Dental colleges in India are currently closed, and dental clinics across the country have been advised to suspend all non-essential treatment. Both of these measures are in effect until at least 31 March. The latest advice from the Indian Dental Association (IDA) to dental practitioners is to exercise caution and make well-informed decisions about patient care and in the operation of their dental practices.

WOHD 2020: Is it time for parents to get serious about sugar?

March 25, 2020 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: In light of World Oral Health Day (WOHD), which is being celebrated around the world today on 20 March 2020, FDI World Dental Federation released new statistics on the willingness of parents to limit their children’s sugar intake to ensure good oral health. The global survey, which was carried out by YouGov and commissioned by FDI, showed that less than half of parents proactively limit their children’s intake of sweets, carbonated soft drinks and juice as a means of protecting their teeth.

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Coronavirus guidelines for dental practitioners and students

March 23, 2020 | News

WUHAN, China: The COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in Wuhan, has become a serious public health challenge of international concern. Researchers from Wuhan University School and Hospital of Stomatology have now released a paper which includes a number of recommendations for dental practitioners and dental students on how to deal with the virus SARS-CoV-2 that poses emerging and future challenges for dentistry.

CDC guidelines for COVID-19 control in dental settings

March 22, 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.

COVID-19: Canadian Dental Association says situation is changing rapidly

March 21, 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.

Global shortage of surgical masks hits dental practices worldwide

March 20, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), it could be a year before a successful vaccine to treat the coronavirus becomes widely available to the public. In the meantime, dental professionals are advised to control the spread of the virus by using face masks. However, as the outbreak reaches the tipping point, personal protective equipment supplies, especially of surgical masks, are at critically low levels. In a call to action, dental and health organisations have recently urged the federal government to boost mask supplies in order to prevent possible dental practice closures and protect healthcare workers from being infected and infecting others.

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ITI World Symposium deferred to next year

March 16, 2020 | News

SINGAPORE: After three years of planning and preparation, the organiser of the ITI World Symposium 2020, which was scheduled to take place on 14–16 May, has postponed the event to 1–3 September 2021. The decision was made in light of the rapid global escalation of COVID-19 cases with the subsequent travel and other restrictions being imposed, which would probably have rendered it impossible to hold a large-scale meeting with international attendance this year, the International Team for Implantology (ITI) stated.

QS university rankings are out—which dental schools top the list?

March 15, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK.: The higher education think tank Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has published the tenth edition of its World University Rankings by Subject, which pits more than 1,300 universities against each other for the performance of their programmes across 48 subjects. King’s College London topped this year’s list for the subject of dentistry, followed by the Academisch Centrum Tandheelkunde Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in the US. So how did other dental schools perform, and what does the list tell us about developing trends in higher education?

How is COVID-19 affecting the dental industry?

March 12, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Months after it was first detected in Wuhan, one of China’s largest cities, the effects of the ongoing coronavirus (since named SARS-CoV-2) outbreak are increasingly being felt across the globe. By 10 March 2020, 114,567 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease this coronavirus causes, have occurred across all continents outside of Antarctica, and 4,027 deaths have resulted from it. With the outbreak set to intensify over the coming weeks and months, it is time for an update on what the carry-over effects have been for the dental industry.

Plaque-identifying toothpaste may reduce risk of inflammatory diseases

March 12, 2020 | News

MADISON, Wis., U.S.: Various studies have previously suggested that there is a link between poor oral health and the occurrence of inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and strokes. Since inflammation plays an important role in atherosclerosis and can accurately be measured by high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), researchers have recently investigated the effectiveness of Plaque HD toothpaste and reported that it significantly reduces hs-CRP levels in subjects with baseline elevations.

Koelnmesse postpones IDEM 2020 until June

March 10, 2020 | Events | News

SINGAPORE: In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, event organisers Koelnmesse and the Singapore Dental Association have decided to postpone IDEM Singapore 2020 to 19–21 June. The decision follows guidance from Singapore’s Ministry of Health.

Why we need to know ‘Farr Law’ to understand the pattern of epidemics including that of Coronavirus

March 10, 2020 | News

'Farr Law' - an often ignored law in ­every epidemic hysteria - may throw some light on the pattern of epidemics including that of coronavirus (COVID-19) that is turning into a pandemic. A group of researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, China and Rutgers School of Public Health, NJ, USA have developed a model based on Farr law using the data available on Feb. 8, 2020. They have analysed the data to predict the daily-incidence of 2019-nCoV infection in China, Hubei Province and Wuhan City afterwards. Will this model be accurate in predicting the rise and fall of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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