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Intra-oral device for weight loss ignites discussion about effectiveness and ethics

July 21, 2021 | News

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: In both developed and developing countries, obesity has become so common that it is being described as a global epidemic. Researchers from the University of Otago in Dunedin and institutions in the UK have proposed a weight loss aid for certain patients in the form of an intra-oral device fitted to the posterior teeth. DentalSlim Diet Control uses magnets to restrict mouth opening, permitting a liquid diet only. While the device has been called a “world-first weight loss device to help fight the global obesity epidemic”, many have expressed their disapproval and concern about it.

Oral health management in times of climate change crisis

July 21, 2021 | News

BOSTON, U.S./ KIGALI, Rwanda: Experts have been warning about the consequences of climate change for years, and with every year that the situation worsens, these consequences become increasingly difficult to reverse. The current rate of global warming is associated with higher risks for adverse health outcomes as well, and these are measurable today, according to a recent commentary.

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World Health Assembly resolution on reducing oral disease burden

July 20, 2021 | News

The increasing burden of untreated dental conditions and lack of oral health initiatives in global health agendas has been a cause of concern for ages recently brought to the limelight in the past few years. The World Health Assembly (WHA) passed a historic resolution on oral health in May 2021, initiating efforts in alleviating this burden. This article summarizes these challenges and the resolution passed by WHA.

Human genome editing for public health – WHO recommendations

July 13, 2021 | News

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released two new reports that provide the first global recommendations for establishing human genome editing as a tool for public health, with an emphasis on safety, effectiveness, and ethics. This article summarizes what human genome editing does and WHO’s new recommendations for its application worldwide.

Indian dentists: Did vaccination reduce positivity rate during second wave?

July 11, 2021 | News

India’s first study to assess the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in preventing infection among dental practitioners during the second wave of the pandemic in India got published by 4 senior academics- 3 senior specialist dentists (oral and maxillofacial surgeons, oral pathologist, public health dentist) and Community Medicine specialist from ESIC Dental College, New Delhi and SGT University, Gurugram, Haryana respectively.

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Prevention of periodontal disease could save billions

July 9, 2021 | News

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) recently commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a provider of forecasting and advisory services, to perform an analysis on the financial and human cost of periodontal disease in six western European countries. Overall, the results show that preventing new cases of periodontitis by eliminating gingivitis would save up to €101 billion over a ten-year period.

Correlating rotated mandibles with back & knee pain

July 6, 2021 | News

A study was carried out to evaluate the co-relation between mandibular rotations in patients with a history of mid back pain, lower back pain, and knee pain.

The ever increasing cost of oral cancer treatment in India

July 6, 2021 | News

India spent approximately INR 2,386 crore on oral cancer treatment in 2020, which will increase to more than INR 23,000 crore in the next ten years.

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Dental procedures present low risk of aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2—study

July 5, 2021 | News

BRISTOL, UK: The largest study to date specifically measuring aerosol generation in dental settings found that many common procedures produced negligible volumes of aerosol. The study is yet to be peer reviewed; however, according to the authors, the findings support current guidance that deems many dental procedures as posing a low risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission and suggests that the level of risk associated with the use of ultrasonic instruments could be downgraded.

COVID-19: Examining role of oral microbiome and mucosal immunity in South Asian populations

June 28, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK/CHENNAI, India: UK Research and Innovation and India’s Department of Biotechnology in the Ministry of Science and Technology have recently granted funding to two research projects that aim to examine the impact of COVID-19 in South Asian communities in India and the UK. One of the studies hypothesises that mucosal immunity and the oral microbiome play a critical role in susceptibility to and severity of COVID-19. If confirmed, the findings of the study could help mitigate the severity of the disease in both countries.

COVID-19 antibody tests not recommended for measuring immunity after vaccination

June 27, 2021 | News

Antibody testing among vaccine beneficiaries has increased manifold recently due to the anxiety over post-vaccination immunity, but are these antibody tests efficient enough to determine immunity against infection? Let us look at what these tests do and to what extent they can predict protection against infection post-vaccination.

Povidone iodine in dental practice

June 26, 2021 | News

Frequent hygiene practices and proper antiseptic use by medical personnel are vital for the protection of patients from infections. Povidone-iodine (PVP-I) limits the spread of infections due to its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal effects. PVP-I used as a mouthwash and gargle drastically decreases viral load in the oropharyngeal area. PVP-I is included in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of vital medicines due to its virucidal activity against viruses of global concern like Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronaviruses (SARS-CoV- 1/ 2), and Influenza. Due to its extensive accessibility, wide antimicrobial spectrum, safety, potency, and tolerance, PVP-I is a widely used antiseptic solution.

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Peri-implantitis second most common complication following dental implant therapy

June 25, 2021 | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: Even though high survival rates have been reported for dental implants, biological or technical complications affecting the implant, the tissue surrounding the implant, or the implant-supported reconstruction may occur, resulting in additional treatment costs. A recent study, conducted at the University of Gothenburg for a doctoral thesis, has evaluated the frequency and consequential cost of such complications.

Digital impression taking in modern dentistry

June 24, 2021 | Education | News

In a recent webinar focused on dental impressions in modern dentistry, Dr Pawel Szuba-Paszkiewicz, a dentist with a deep interest in digital prosthodontics, discussed the benefits and shortcomings of both traditional and digital impression taking. Prior to his online presentation, he discussed some of the most common mistakes in dental impression taking and gave dental professionals advice on how to get around some of the limitations of dental scanners.

Long-COVID: current status and role of vaccines

June 20, 2021 | News

Although most individuals recover completely from COVID-19 within a few weeks, some continue to experience symptoms after their initial recovery — even those who had mild COVID-19. These people (also known as "long haulers") suffer from what is called the "long COVID" - a term assigned for COVID-19 symptoms that persist for more than four weeks in people diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 infection. This article by Dr. Amisha Parekh describes the possible causes, current concepts in its pathophysiology, and the role of vaccination in alleviating these symptoms.

COVID-19 can lead to diabetes mellitus

June 13, 2021 | News

So far, the COVID-19 management has mainly focused on pneumonia and blood clots. Now evidence is building up on how COVID-19 recovered individuals can develop diabetes mellitus.

New study examines extent of occupational risk of COVID-19 in UK

June 9, 2021 | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: To fill a research gap, researchers have recently examined whether dental professionals are, in fact, at an increased risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the workplace, as has often been hypothesised. They found that close contact with patients put dental professionals at a higher risk of developing COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic and that a large number of dental professionals had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in their blood.

COVID-19 and mental health

June 5, 2021 | News

Mind your mind because a dilapidated one is worse than having none. Dr. Bhavdeep Singh Ahuja emphasizes the importance of mental health in these challenging times.

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