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“Z-plate for mandibular fractures”- Design patent for Dr Kende & team (OMFS), GDCH Mumbai

October 11, 2020 | Interviews | News

Dr Prajwalit Kende and his team, Dept of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Govt Dental College & Hospital, Mumbai has innovated "Z-plate" for the management of mandibular fractures. Government of India has granted a design patent for the same and published the work in their journal. Dr Prajwalit Kende describes his innovation in this conversation.

Pediatric dentistry in 2020 and beyond: A perspective of two young pediatric dentists

October 7, 2020 | News

Two young pediatric dentists describe the emerging philosophies and concepts in Pediatric dentistry. What pediatric dentistry looks like, now & beyond 2020.

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New research may expedite regenerative dentistry

October 5, 2020 | News

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Understanding of cell types and the mechanisms of dental growth is essential for the reconstruction and engineering of teeth. Therefore, researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm have investigated the cellular composition of growing and non-growing mouse and human teeth. They believe that the new data on the cellular make-up and growth of teeth could accelerate developments in regenerative dentistry and in the treatment of tooth sensitivity.

Elaskary’s Vestibular Extraction Socket Therapy: Immediate implants in compromised infected sockets

September 26, 2020 | Interviews | News

Dr Abdelsalam Elaskary, a seasoned innovator, author and educator in implant dentistry describes his new technique "Vestibular Extraction Socket Therapy" that will help clinicians to effectively manage compromised and infected fresh extraction sockets with immediate implant placement.

Elaskary’s Vestibular Extraction Socket Therapy: Immediate implants in compromised infected sockets

September 26, 2020 | Interviews | News

Dr Abdelsalam Elaskary, a seasoned innovator, author and educator in implant dentistry describes his new technique "Vestibular Extraction Socket Therapy" that will help clinicians to effectively manage compromised and infected fresh extraction sockets with immediate implant placement.

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Let dentists keep working—lessons from the second Israeli lockdown

September 24, 2020 | News

TEL AVIV, Israel: Dental clinics in Israel are operating as usual this week, despite a government-imposed lockdown that has been implemented to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Dental Tribune International (DTI) spoke with an Israeli dentist, who commented that the strict health protocols that are in place within dentistry justify the continued provision of elective care.

Low genetic diversity of SARS-CoV-2 is its weakness. A single vaccine may cover all its variants

September 23, 2020 | News

In this article, we analyze four recent articles published in Aug-Sept 2020 on the genetic diversity of SARS-CoV-2 and the potential therapeutic targets against it.

CDC updates (Sept 18 & 21, 2020) on Covid-19 spread & SARS-CoV-2 testing: Relevant to dentists

September 22, 2020 | News

Two updates (Sept 18 & 21, 2020) by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on Covid-19 guidelines, which are relevant to dental practice.

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“Feluda”- CRISPR based high accuracy, low cost Covid-19 test gets DCGI approval for commercial use

September 20, 2020 | News

CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) test - FELUDA, received regulatory approvals on 19 September 2020 from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for commercial launch, as per ICMR guidelines, meeting high-quality benchmarks with 96% sensitivity and 98% specificity for detecting the novel coronavirus.

14 lines of evidence to support the critical role of Vitamin D in COVID 19 – Subhasree Ray

September 16, 2020 | News

Do you know that there are 14 already established pieces of scientific evidence to show a direct association between VitaminD deficiency & COVID19 severity-mortality? Yet, no standard guidelines available at the national or international level for common people.

COVID-19 herd immunity: Current status

September 14, 2020 | News

Herd immunity is a key concept for epidemic control, which states that only a proportion of a population needs to be immune to an infectious agent for it to stop generating large outbreaks. We can achieve herd immunity through two strategies: by overcoming natural infection or through vaccination.

Little risk from dental aerosol procedures: 10 minutes gap is enough between two procedures

September 12, 2020 | News

We summarize all the latest pieces of evidence on dental aerosol procedures. We also trace the evidence back to 2003 SARS times when the aerosols were studied first. Despite weak evidence, dental aerosol-generating procedures have been termed risky.

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First clinical trial: Vitamin D prevents Covid-19 complications in hospitalized patients

September 7, 2020 | News

A lot has been written on the role of vitamin D in the prevention & management of SARS-CoV-2 infection & COVID-19 disease. Interest in Vitamin D therapy has increased multifold after the recent bradykinin hypothesis successfully answered the questions that had been left unanswered by the cytokine storm hypothesis. The bradykinin hypothesis also proposed that Vitamin D therapy may control the bradykinin storm. However, the literature lacked a clinical trial in this regard. This article covers the results of a preliminary trial that has shown promising results with Vitamin D therapy in preventing complications in hospitalized Covid-19 patients.

Infrared thermometers used for temperature check are very safe. Ignore illogical WhatsApp videos.

September 6, 2020 | News

Many patients are refusing to co-operate and not allowing the doctors to record temperatures using infrared thermometers - all thanks to a fake Facebook post and an illogical Whatsapp video. The aim of this article is to bring the facts to you and assure you that infrared guns are absolutely safe.

Making a case for Vitamin D during COVID 19 – Subhasree Ray (Clinical & Public Health Nutritionist)

September 4, 2020 | News

A growing body of evidence now links COVID-19 outcomes with vitamin D status. Subhasree Ray, a clinical and public health nutritionist, analyses the literature and makes her evidence-based recommendations.

How to make use of Antigen Tests for Covid-19? How do antigen tests differ from RT PCR?

August 27, 2020 | News

This article aims to remove all the existing confusions on Covid-19 antigen tests. Also, explains the difference between the results obtained from antigen tests vs RT PCR tests.

‘Mask Mouth’- a novel threat to oral health in the COVID era – Dr Pooja Muley

August 26, 2020 | News

Today the use of face masks has become necessary and ubiquitous due to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. Even though a face mask protects the user from SARS-CoV-2 infection, it has certain adverse effects. One of the new and recently noticed side effect is on the oral health of the wearer known as ‘Mask Mouth’. This includes symptoms like caries, gingivitis, halitosis, candidiasis and angular cheilitis. But a positive aspect of the mask-mouth is that it can be easily prevented and treated. In this article, we will see this new phenomenon, its aetiology, symptoms and prevention.

Cycle Threshold (Ct) value of RT-PCR can tell us if a SARS-CoV-2 infected person can spread disease

August 24, 2020 | News

Currently, all SARS-CoV-2 detection measures make use of RT-PCR test, and its results are generally reported as either positive or negative, which tells us if a person is infected. However, to contain the pandemic, what we need to know is whether that person is infectious or in other words, 'can he spread the disease?' It's important to know that the RT-PCR test does provide an additional measure of the viral load in the sample. This reading is called the cycle threshold (Ct) value. Evidence suggests that reporting this Ct value (calculated viral load) can assist in a better interpretation of the condition, and also in taking clinical decisions.

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