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Editorial on Dexamethasone: Why Nano−Dexa formulations are the need of the hour in Covid times

August 4, 2020 | News

Nano-formulations of dexamethasone administered either IV or via inhalation may help to improve COVID-19 treatment outcomes. This editorial summarizes how we can improve our Covid-19 treatment options further by potentiating the already established anti-edema activity and anti-fibrotic effects of free dexamethasone via nanomedicine.

EFP publishes first international consensus guidelines for periodontitis treatment

August 4, 2020 | News

BRUSSELS, Belgium: In 2018, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) released a new global classification system for periodontal health, diseases and conditions—the outcome of a joint workshop held by the EFP and the American Academy of Periodontology the previous year. Following up on this, the EFP has now released an evidence-based treatment guide for periodontitis, with the aim of improving periodontal treatment throughout Europe and beyond.

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COVID-19 is a disease of human progress- Guest editorial by Dr Sanjiv Hyoju

July 20, 2020 | News

This guest editorial by Dr Sanjiv Hyoju talks about a possible connection between a diet-induced disturbance in the gut microbiome equilibrium and its impact on our immune response to viral infections like SARS-CoV-2. Dr Hyoju is a surgeon and researcher from University of Chicago, with his research focused on Microbiome, Sepsis, Obesity, Bowel leak, Infections, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Dr Hyoju's article on the same topic has been published in Medical Hypotheses (Nov, 2020).

Interview: “We will see AI being increasingly used in the future”

July 17, 2020 | News

As the deputy head of the department of operative and preventive dentistry at Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany, Prof. Falk Schwendicke has his finger firmly on the pulse of current advancements in the dental world. In a recent article for the Journal of Dental Research, he and his co-authors explored the current and potential applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in the dental clinic. Schwendicke recently spoke with Dental Tribune International to explain more about the topic.

Patients pack bags as dental tourism resumes

July 16, 2020 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: No international tourism means no dental tourism, but what does that mean for the patients and dentist who rely on it? When borders began to close around the world in March owing to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, tens of thousands of dental patients had their treatment abroad either cancelled or postponed. As borders begin to reopen, those travelling for medical treatments are being welcomed with open arms.

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US dentistry teeters toward recovery

July 7, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: Dentists in the U.S. are seeing more patients despite the continued and alarming spread of SARS-CoV-2 within the country. In the same week that the daily number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 steadily topped 40,000, analysts at Baird Equity Research found that patient volumes had increased by an encouraging rate. The analysts said that this suggested that the rising number of infections in the U.S. was not currently impacting the recovery of its dental market.

An Epidemiological Perspective of COVID-19 in India – Dr. Riddhi Babel (PhDc, MPH, BDS)

July 5, 2020 | News

It is essential to observe a downward trajectory of cases along with low positivity rate for the successful reopening of the different parts of the country. Investment in the public health system by the government and trust in public health experts is fundamental in India’s fight against this virus, writes Dr Riddhi A. Babel (PhDc, MPH, BDS), Epidemiology PhD candidate at Rutgers School of Public Health.

Nanotechnology may improve soft-tissue integration of dental implants

July 3, 2020 | News

BRISBANE, Australia: Ensuring the formation of a solid soft-tissue seal at the dental abutment surface is crucial for protecting the underlying tissue from the microbial-rich oral environment. In recent years, nanotechnology has been increasingly applied in dentistry. Now, researchers from the University of Queensland have applied titania nanopores (TNPs) to the surface of titanium. The aim of the research is to modify dental implants with nanopores in order to enhance soft-tissue integration and wound healing.

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Casting a green future: Recycling the gypsum dental products – Sakshi Sharma

July 3, 2020 | News

The prospects of green, eco-friendly, sustainable dental practices are the need of the hour which necessitates the reuse and recycling of dental waste e.g. gypsum products. Gypsum waste produced in dental settings includes the dental stone, plaster of Paris, gypsum investment material and dental plaster. This article describes various methods used for the recycling of gypsum products.

Researchers develop saliva-based SARS-CoV-2 test and examine COVID-19 prevalence among dentists

July 2, 2020 | News

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Canada: Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) in Saskatoon are currently working on two large projects that have recently received substantial federal funding. The first project is aimed at developing a novel saliva-based test for SARS-CoV-2 detection, whereas the second one aims to examine COVID-19 incidence rates among Canadian dentists.

A tribute to Dr B S Bagi: A pioneer in forensic odontology & medicolegal research in India 

June 30, 2020 | News

Dr Baburao S Bagi (B.D.S, L.L.M) - a pioneer in Forensic Odontology and Medicolegal Research in India, left for his heavenly abode last week. Here is a heartfelt tribute to Dr Bagi from Dr Sameer Patil, Principal, Sinhgad Dental College and Hospital, Pune who had, in the early years of his career, had a close association with Dr Bagi.

Oral Health Matters! The Lancet FIRST ever commission on Oral Health

June 26, 2020 | News

Last year, The Lancet Series aimed to get global oral health on global health agendas. On 25 June 2020, The Lancet announced that 27 experts across research, policy, advocacy & clinical dentistry from 16 countries will continue this work via a Lancet Commission on Oral Health. Dr Divyesh Mundra gives more details on the Lancet Health Commission and its plans.

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Protocols for maintaining asepsis during surgical documentation in dentistry : Dr Mayur Davda

June 24, 2020 | News

In dentistry, preventing working site infection can prove to be a challenge along with chances of cross-contamination and potential disease transmission despite our best attempts to use standard aseptic protocols. Even documentation can lead to cross-contamination if proper precautions are not taken. This article by Dr Mayur Davda provides standard protocols that can be followed in the clinic for successful documentation while minimizing cross-contamination.

Corona- The Crown Jewel that can bring positive changes in the future of dentistry: Dr Biju Abraham

June 19, 2020 | News

If one gives it a thought, COVID-19 is arm-twisting us into accepting a new normal. COVID-19 has indeed made us aware of the lacunae in the functioning of private dental setups, which need to be filled. Coronavirus, while being the reason behind almost all things bad in recent times, can also be the harbinger of a positive change in the field of dentistry.

Antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2: “We need to talk more about it”

June 18, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Despite dental settings presenting a significantly elevated risk of infection for those in and beside the chair, testing patients for the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains optional. Those advocating for testing say that it would help to keep dental practices safer, to reduce the amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) that clinics use, and to streamline appointment scheduling and treatment. A number of options are available, and one UK doctor is advocating for antibody tests for dental practices.

COVID-19 spread from asymptomatic individuals : The chaos & complexity explained by Dr Rohan Bandi

June 13, 2020 | News

The World Health Organization (WHO)​ has been in the limelight for many wrong reasons too, since the beginning of SARS-CoV 2. The latest controversy has been about a statement that said 'infection spread from asymptomatic individuals is very rare,' which drew criticism from epidemiologists across the world. Read the full story.

Importance of vitamin D in dentistry: Could it play a role in resistance to infectious diseases?

June 11, 2020 | News

Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that is obtained through diet or synthesised in the skin from cholesterol when the skin receives adequate sun exposure (the main means of obtaining the vitamin). Unfortunately, exposure to direct sunlight has declined dramatically in today’s society with the increase in the number of office jobs. Furthermore, as we grow older, our ability to absorb vitamin D decreases. Vitamin D deficiency is a global public health problem, affecting all age groups. Recent studies have shown that about 70% of society is deficient in vitamin D.1

For the Young Dentist: 5 steps to stand out in the post-Covid world through strong online branding

June 9, 2020 | News

Dr Kumar Anshul (BDS, MBA), who has leveraged social media & personal branding to his advantage at multiple times during his professional journey, gives tips for the young dentists on how they should establish their brand using some of the best tools available online.

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