My first editorial : Being a trend watcher.
Dr. Rajeev Chitguppi (MDS) has taken over as the Executive Editor of Dental Tribune (South Asia) from May, 2019.
We are living in interesting times as far as innovations and technological advances in dentistry are concerned. Embracing the culture of innovation is critical, as it will help us progress further on the path of professional and economic growth, while ensuring the well-being of our patients.
We have all been witnessing how rapidly the trends are changing and how fast things are getting outdated, making way for newer things. However, the promise of a better tomorrow is never without its own challenges.
One needs to be careful while evaluating the new trends because the problem is that every innovation - be it a technique or a product – is being projected as a game changer. Nowadays every product is path-breaking, every trend is revolutionary, without incorporating which your practice is supposed to be incomplete. Hence, it has become more critical than ever to identify and publish the trends, techniques, and products that can make a significant difference in the long run. Therefore, in such times, becoming the executive editor of a prestigious publication such as Dental Tribune (South Asia) is not just an honor, but also an enormous responsibility.
I will try my best to present well researched content that will cater to dental practitioners across all levels of practice. It will serve as a comprehensive update for the experienced clinicians and academicians to keep abreast with global trends.
At the same time, for the students and young graduates, who are finding their feet in dentistry, it will serve as a reliable source of topics and trends for their higher studies, research, and entrepreneurial ventures. Essentially, I will make sure that every issue of Dental Tribune will mirror my optimism and hope, apart from carrying quality information and knowledge. Feel free to write to me, for any suggestion or contribution that you have on your mind.
This issue has many important research developments highlighted. Use of antibacterial nanoparticles that may prevent the development of secondary caries, which is one of the leading causes of restoration failures, is a great advancement that may prevent or minimize the recurring costs of repeat restorations. Another article shows a simplified oral exercise, which holds a great promise in improving the oral function for the elderly population. This issue covers another interesting study, which is on exfoliated teeth that are turning out to be a promising biomarker in modern medicine by recording the history of environmental insults. Also, please read the clinically relevant article on a study that evaluated whether we really need routine antibiotic prophylaxis for the prevention of post-operative infections following dental implant placement in overall healthy patients.
Dr. Rajeev Chitguppi
Executive Editor, Dental Tribune (South Asia)