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Dental procedures present low risk of aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2—study

July 5, 2021 | News

BRISTOL, UK: The largest study to date specifically measuring aerosol generation in dental settings found that many common procedures produced negligible volumes of aerosol. The study is yet to be peer reviewed; however, according to the authors, the findings support current guidance that deems many dental procedures as posing a low risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission and suggests that the level of risk associated with the use of ultrasonic instruments could be downgraded.

COVID-19: Examining role of oral microbiome and mucosal immunity in South Asian populations

June 28, 2021 | News

LONDON, UK/CHENNAI, India: UK Research and Innovation and India’s Department of Biotechnology in the Ministry of Science and Technology have recently granted funding to two research projects that aim to examine the impact of COVID-19 in South Asian communities in India and the UK. One of the studies hypothesises that mucosal immunity and the oral microbiome play a critical role in susceptibility to and severity of COVID-19. If confirmed, the findings of the study could help mitigate the severity of the disease in both countries.

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COVID-19 antibody tests not recommended for measuring immunity after vaccination

June 27, 2021 | News

Antibody testing among vaccine beneficiaries has increased manifold recently due to the anxiety over post-vaccination immunity, but are these antibody tests efficient enough to determine immunity against infection? Let us look at what these tests do and to what extent they can predict protection against infection post-vaccination.

Povidone iodine in dental practice

June 26, 2021 | News

Frequent hygiene practices and proper antiseptic use by medical personnel are vital for the protection of patients from infections. Povidone-iodine (PVP-I) limits the spread of infections due to its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal effects. PVP-I used as a mouthwash and gargle drastically decreases viral load in the oropharyngeal area. PVP-I is included in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of vital medicines due to its virucidal activity against viruses of global concern like Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronaviruses (SARS-CoV- 1/ 2), and Influenza. Due to its extensive accessibility, wide antimicrobial spectrum, safety, potency, and tolerance, PVP-I is a widely used antiseptic solution.

Peri-implantitis second most common complication following dental implant therapy

June 25, 2021 | News

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: Even though high survival rates have been reported for dental implants, biological or technical complications affecting the implant, the tissue surrounding the implant, or the implant-supported reconstruction may occur, resulting in additional treatment costs. A recent study, conducted at the University of Gothenburg for a doctoral thesis, has evaluated the frequency and consequential cost of such complications.

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Digital impression taking in modern dentistry

June 24, 2021 | Education | News

In a recent webinar focused on dental impressions in modern dentistry, Dr Pawel Szuba-Paszkiewicz, a dentist with a deep interest in digital prosthodontics, discussed the benefits and shortcomings of both traditional and digital impression taking. Prior to his online presentation, he discussed some of the most common mistakes in dental impression taking and gave dental professionals advice on how to get around some of the limitations of dental scanners.

Long-COVID: current status and role of vaccines

June 20, 2021 | News

Although most individuals recover completely from COVID-19 within a few weeks, some continue to experience symptoms after their initial recovery — even those who had mild COVID-19. These people (also known as "long haulers") suffer from what is called the "long COVID" - a term assigned for COVID-19 symptoms that persist for more than four weeks in people diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 infection. This article by Dr. Amisha Parekh describes the possible causes, current concepts in its pathophysiology, and the role of vaccination in alleviating these symptoms.

COVID-19 can lead to diabetes mellitus

June 13, 2021 | News

So far, the COVID-19 management has mainly focused on pneumonia and blood clots. Now evidence is building up on how COVID-19 recovered individuals can develop diabetes mellitus.

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New study examines extent of occupational risk of COVID-19 in UK

June 9, 2021 | News

BIRMINGHAM, UK: To fill a research gap, researchers have recently examined whether dental professionals are, in fact, at an increased risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the workplace, as has often been hypothesised. They found that close contact with patients put dental professionals at a higher risk of developing COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic and that a large number of dental professionals had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in their blood.

COVID-19 and mental health

June 5, 2021 | News

Mind your mind because a dilapidated one is worse than having none. Dr. Bhavdeep Singh Ahuja emphasizes the importance of mental health in these challenging times.

Understand ventilation to curb COVID-19 risk

May 29, 2021 | News

Information on the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has constantly been evolving right from droplet spread to the virus being declared airborne. The acknowledgment of airborne transmission prioritizes ventilation along with masks, hand hygiene, and social distancing. This article focuses on ventilation, the most critical measure to curb the spread by intentionally introducing outdoor air into closed spaces.

Landmark resolution: Oral health back on global agenda

May 28, 2021 | News

The 74th World Health Assembly (WHA74) has approved the landmark resolution on putting oral health back on the global agenda.

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Mucormycosis dedicated center at ACPM, Dhule

May 27, 2021 | News

Jawahar Medical Foundation ACPM Medical College and the OMFS department of ACPM Dental College, Dhule, have set up a center dedicated to treat and manage post-COVID mucormycosis cases.

Acetic acid to prevent mucormycosis – Dr. Puneet Wadhwani (OMFS)

May 25, 2021 | News

The Covid-19 pandemic has unleashed a flood of Mucormycosis cases in India. All specialists - the ENT/ ophthalmic/ maxillofacial surgeons, physicians, and radiologists are working on its early diagnosis, early radical surgical debridement, and medical management with Liposomal Amphotericin B. However, it is equally critical to explore the other end of the spectrum, i.e., the site of initial fungal spore invasion-the nostrils. Dr. Puneet Wadhwani (OMFS) suggests the use of acetic acid as a simple, readily available, and inexpensive measure - worth exploring further for the prevention of mucormycosis.

Mucor due to hyperglycemia from new strain?

May 23, 2021 | News

As the medical fraternity gets busy identifying the risk factors and causative factors behind mucormycosis, a clinical observation of six months suggests it could be due to severe hyperglycemia caused by the new variant of SARS-CoV-2.

Indian SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617.2: Part 3

May 21, 2021 | News

This is a series of updates by Dr. Rohan Bandi (MDS) Prosthodontist, Mumbai on the emerging lines of evidence on B.1.617.2, the Indian variant of SARS-CoV-2. Part 3 of the series describes the current status of B.1.617 and the impact of its mutations on the vaccines .

Now a T-cell-based clinical test for COVID-19

May 18, 2021 | News

Our interest in the significance of T-cell immunity in fighting SARS-CoV-2 infection and in providing resistance to re-infection is only growing more. Now, we have the first clinical T-cell-based test for patients to confirm recent or prior COVID-19 infection.

Indian SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.617.2: Part 2

May 15, 2021 | News

This is a series of updates by Dr. Rohan Bandi (MDS) Prosthodontist, Mumbai on the emerging lines of evidence on B.1.617.2, the Indian variant of SARS-CoV-2. Part 2 of the series describes the basics of B.1.617 and clarifies the different terms used in the description of variants, especially the Indian variants.

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