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Capitalising on digitisation with the right strategy

March 30, 2021 | Advertorial

KOBLACH, Austria: Digitisation can bring dental technicians and dentists closer together. How new opportunities arising from this interdisciplinary approach can be used best is the topic of Amann Girrbach’s AG.Live CON virtual congress, which will be held from 20 to 24 April.

3D-printed modified activator for correction of skeletal Class II malocclusion

March 29, 2021 | News

Innovators of 3D-printed activator appliance, Dr. Akshay Parmar and Dr. Krishnakumar Jaju, say that it can be efficient and effective in improving the sagittal molar relationship for the treatment of Class II skeletal malocclusion.

Living in digital age: Can smartphones be detrimental to oral health?

March 26, 2021 | News

TEL AVIV, Israel: Since digital technology is so deeply rooted in our society, it would be hard to imagine a world without the internet. Whereas smartphones used to be a commodity, they have now become a necessity for most people, offering limitless opportunities and opening the door to the rest of the world. Ironically, when overused, smartphones can also socially isolate people. A new study has also found that excessive use of smartphones and social media may cause certain health problems, including bruxism and facial muscle pain.

Yomi provides educational opportunity for dental students

March 22, 2021 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: The New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is the third U.S. dental school to acquire, install and use devices for robot-assisted dental implant surgeries. The Yomi devices are expected to enhance clinical practice.

FDI survey: Only a few countries enable dentists to administer SARS-CoV-2 vaccines

March 17, 2021 | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: Like other oral health professionals, dentists are front-line workers who provide an essential healthcare service. Accordingly, many countries have included dentists in priority vaccination groups. But what about allowing dentists to administer SARS-CoV-2 vaccines? A recent survey conducted by FDI World Dental Federation revealed that only one-third of the responding countries permitted vaccine administration by dentists. In light of the results, FDI has urged more countries to enable dentists to administer the vaccines.

FDI World Dental Congress 2021 will be held online

March 10, 2021 | Events

SYDNEY, Australia: The Australian Dental Association and FDI have announced that they will present a completely virtual special edition of the World Dental Congress (WDC) from 26 to 29 September. Owing to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the congress has been moved fully online for the first time.

COVID-19 and dental education: Will dental schools admit new students in 2021?

March 3, 2021 | News

LEIPZIG, Germany: Since the COVID-19 pandemic has severely restricted access to clinical practice, students around the world have been adversely affected by the far-reaching consequences the pandemic has had on dental education. To make the most of the current situation, numerous schools have instituted video and virtual platforms in order to familiarise students with standard clinical procedures. However, the knowledge gained through online learning is limited, and some students are now being asked to repeat the 2020–2021 academic year in order to complete the necessary clinical training. To this end, some dental schools have announced that they will not be admitting new students in 2021.

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, 26 February. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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