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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 28, 2021 | News
The 74th World Health Assembly (WHA74) has approved the landmark resolution on putting oral health back on the global agenda.
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.
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 .
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.
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.