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Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine receives FDA approval

February 27, 2021 | News

A key advisory group of the Food and Drug Administration experts, known as the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, has recommended the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine's approval on Friday, the 26th of Feb. This will pave the way for the authorization of this vaccine and its availability at the earliest.

Twitter vs science: How users access scientific information in tweets

February 24, 2021 | News

LEIDEN, Netherlands/DALIAN, China: When it comes to social media platforms, Twitter has certainly established itself as a well-known brand since its launch in 2006. The micro-blog website is popular among political and cultural figures, for example, as well as scientists and researchers, who use the platform to share their work. A new study suggests that an understanding of how Twitter users click science can lead to improved engagement with science in social media contexts.

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A single dose of vaccine is enough to give robust immune response in people with prior infection

February 23, 2021 | News

We present five studies published till now, which show that a single dose of vaccine may be enough to elicit a robust immune response in people previously infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Saliva testing for SARS-CoV-2 takes off

February 22, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Researchers in India have found that scientific literature supports salivary diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2 infection as an alternative to sampling techniques that involve throat and nasopharyngeal swabs (NPSs). Salivary diagnostic testing has been trialled in numerous initiatives around the world—including recently at Auckland Airport in New Zealand—and healthcare workers at government hospitals in Malaysia will soon begin testing for SARS-CoV-2 using saliva samples.

Study finds differences in accuracy of intra-oral scanners

February 16, 2021 | News

SEOUL, South Korea: Even though intra-oral scanners have been around for more than three decades and their use in dental practice is increasing, few investigations have evaluated the 3D accuracy of digital implant scans. As discrepancies between implant components must be minimal, researchers from Seoul National University School of Dentistry have evaluated the trueness of ten intra-oral scanners in determining the positions of simulated implant scan bodies.

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Researchers in Australia seek to improve dental implant outcomes

February 11, 2021 | News

BRISBANE, Australia: Dental professionals and researchers continue to look for the best solutions to help prevent and manage peri-implant disease. For example, researchers at the University of Queensland School of Dentistry in Brisbane are developing a treatment that will improve dental implant outcomes by preventing bacterial growth and biofilm formation on implant surfaces. The researchers believe that the treatment may also be effective in treating periodontitis.

Pandemic-proof? Align Technology sold a record number of clear aligners in 2020

February 10, 2021 | News

TEMPE, Ariz., U.S.: Align Technology sold a record 1.6 million cases of clear aligners in 2020—the same year in which most governments and businesses around the world hemorrhaged money while being starved of income. The clear aligner maker did a lot for dentists and orthodontists last year and is now reaping the rewards. Moreover, the digital workflows behind clear aligner therapy are helping dentists and orthodontists to keep patient numbers high.

Two proteins can explain why East Asian countries suffered significantly less compared to EU & US

February 9, 2021 | News

While several European and western countries are still struggling with Covid-19 cases, enforcing restrictions on social gatherings, life seems to have returned almost to normal in much of Asia, including India. There has been a surge in the reports trying to explain the low numbers in Asia, but almost all of them lack a biological mechanism behind the fall in numbers. Now, a team of Indian scientists has described a plausible mechanism responsible for the contrast in the numbers seen worldwide.

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Israeli hospital claims new drug ‘cured’ 29 of 30 moderate to severe Covid patients in days

February 6, 2021 | News

A medicine that was being developed for cancer has shown potential in modulating the immune response to prevent the deadly cytokine storm. Researchers call it a breakthrough as 29 of 30 phase 1 trial patients left hospital within 3-5 days.

New insight into control of dental treatment spray emission during SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

February 4, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK: One of the greatest challenges for the dental profession in returning to normal business is the inherent risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission via emitted sprays, associated with commonly performed dental procedures. A recent study by researchers at Imperial College London, King’s College London, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust found that controlling certain parameters could help during the current crisis to alter the key properties of sprays.

Benzydamine mouthwash, curcumin and honey prevent/ reduce oral mucositis severity

January 31, 2021 | News

Oral Mucositis (OM) is a severely debilitating condition that occurs secondary to radiotherapy and chemotherapy in cancer patients. It is important to maintain oral cleansing, reduce the risk of oral infections, and promote oral comfort. Oral care has been suggested to play a role in oral mucositis progression. The evidence on which agents can help was scarce so far. For the first time, we have two network meta-analyses (published in 2020) that have compared various oral care solutions and ranked them based on their beneficial role in preventing or reducing the severity of oral mucositis. Benzydamine mouthwash along with traditional curcumin & honey can prevent or reduce the severity of oral mucositis. This evidence can be utilized for a wider range of applications in dentistry - even in non-cancer patients.

FDI shares vision of oral healthcare delivery until 2030

January 21, 2021 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: For 120 years, FDI World Dental Federation has focused its mission on the goal of improving oral health worldwide. In a recently published report, titled Vision 2030: Delivering Optimal Oral Health for All, the organisation shared how it plans to continue to go forward with that goal in the foreseeable future.

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Interview: Fears and worries of dental students during COVID-19 pandemic

January 20, 2021 | Interviews

Dr Elham Kateeb’s professional career has been devoted to dentistry: She is an associate professor of dental public health and the dean of scientific research at Al-Quds University in Palestine, an elected member of FDI World Dental Federation’s Public Health Committee and a health service researcher, to name but a few of her responsibilities. She is also involved in the education of a future generation of dentists, an undertaking which is not without its challenges. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, has had a great impact on the way she and her students work and learn together. In an interview with Dental Tribune International, Kateeb spoke about these difficulties and of how there could be a positive outcome for the whole of dentistry.

Researchers scramble to understand new SARS-CoV-2 strains

January 14, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: New variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that emerged in the UK and South Africa in 2020 show higher transmissibility. And whereas they are thought not to result in more serious disease or increased morbidity, a leading US expert on public health policy has emphasised that the higher rates of infection resulting from the new strains will mean more deaths. Scientists are scrambling to understand the new variants, and they are concerned that the mutations present in the South African strain may pose complications for the efficacy of vaccines and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.

COVID-19 vaccination: Where does the dental profession stand?

January 13, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: After months of hoping and waiting, the news finally broke at the end of 2020 that a number of vaccines for SARS-CoV-2 had been developed and would be rolled out worldwide as soon as possible. However, although every effort is being made to ensure that as many people as possible are vaccinated against the virus, resources are scarce, and various logistical problems are slowing down the process considerably. This also raises the question of priority and who should receive the coveted shot first. This article outlines where the dental profession stands in this scenario.

“GMAT scores govern 30% of the process, smart form filling is the key to success” Dr Pooja Chouhan

January 10, 2021 | Interviews | News

Dr Pooja Chouhan (BDS) successfully transitioned from being a full-time clinician to getting accepted for the MBAEx Program at IIM Calcutta, which is currently ranked the 42nd best college in the world for MBA by Financial Times. She did it with a less than average GMAT Score and on her very first attempt. This is a must-read interview for all aspiring to join a prestigious IIM after their BDS.

DSD has evolved from a technique into a philosophy of modern esthetic rehab clinics – Dr Coachman

January 5, 2021 | Interviews | News

Christian Coachman, the founder, and CEO of the Digital Smile Design (DSD) company, is well-known for combining his advanced skills, experience, and technology solutions. He pioneered the Digital Smile Design methodology and founded the DSD company. Since its inception, thousands of dentists worldwide have attended DSD courses, workshops, and the renowned DSD Residency program. In this article, Dr Christian Coachman is interviewed by Dr Rajiv Verma, a popular name in Indian dentistry known for decades of dental education and his long association with DSD.

IDS postponed to September 2021

December 11, 2020 | Events

COLOGNE, Germany: For some weeks or even months, the global dental community has been speculating about whether the International Dental Show (IDS) will actually take place among the global dental community. Today, the organisers made a difficult decision and announced that the world’s leading dental trade fair will not take place from 10 to 13 March 2021 as planned but will be postponed to 22 to 25 September instead.

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