Measures adopted by dental profession aided recovery from pandemic, report finds

The dental profession rose to the challenge of treating patients as it pushed for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is according to a new report put together by Align Technology, drawn from a number of independent sources.

The research shows the extent to which the profession had to adapt to the virus. This includes increased safety measures and a spike in virtual consultations.

For example, it reveals that patients who have been able to connect with a dentist virtually during the lockdown period had a positive experience.

Those who used a virtual clinic or telephone consultation had 97% and 94% satisfaction with their experience, respectively.

Boost in teledentistry

All dentists questioned agreed or strongly agreed that a teledentistry system would be very useful in saving time. Dr. Ben Atkins, president of the Oral Health Foundation, suggests teledentistry has boosted the patient experience.

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Out of office – Jana Denzel on martial arts and his clothing line

Jana Denzel talks about why martial arts is more than just physical fitness and self-defence. 

Please introduce yourself

Hey everyone! I’m Jana Denzel and I’m a dentist from London, with a psychology background!

What do you get up to in your spare time away from dentistry?

In my spare time away from dentistry, I run a clothing line that focuses on urban street-wear and events. Being a dentist, it’s been great to put to use my artistic skills and create innovative designer pieces. It’s also great fun!

Furthermore we donate all our profits to The Climate Reality Project. This helps to clean the earth and make it a better place for our youth (which is what our brand, ‘Adolescent Junkies’, is all about – celebrating being a youth).

I am also the co-founder of a digital marketing agency called DENSTUDIO. Well to be honest, it is actually around dentistry, because … Read the rest

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A novel method for 3D printing of milk-based products

Researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) developed a method to perform direct ink writing (DIW) 3D printing of milk-based products at room temperature, while maintaining its temperature sensitive nutrients.

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Dental news you’ve missed this week

Missed out on this week’s dental news? No problem, here’s what happened over the past seven days…

What do local lockdowns mean for dentistry in Wales?

As COVID-19 cases increase, it’s perhaps unsurprising that we are seeing more and more local lockdowns put in place. Wales, in particular, saw new restrictions enforced first in Caerphilly, quickly followed by Rhondda Cynon Taf. CDO Colette Bridgman spoke out about what this means for dentistry. Fingers crossed these local measures help to curb the spike in cases.

‘Level of uncertainty’: fears of further lockdowns as practices in Wales fight impact of pandemic

But some dental professionals in Wales fear further lockdowns will harm dentistry. We heard from Owain Dimmick, of the Independent Dental Association Wales (IDAW), who discusses the key obstacles faced by mixed and private practices right now. 

Bruxism: the impact of COVID-19 on the nation’s oral health

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Research provides deeper understanding of how neurons in the nose react to odors

Take a sniff of a freshly poured glass of wine, and the prevailing scientific thinking would suggest that the harmony of fragrances you perceive starts with sensory receptors in your nose simply adding up the individual odors they encounter.

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A new sole owner’s journey through COVID-19

Tina Wixon talks to Tania Ross about her experience as a new sole owner during COVID-19 and her plans for the future.

Tania Ross became the sole owner of the practice she has co-owned for many years just one month before the outbreak of COVID-19 and shutdown of routine dentistry.

Here, Tina Wixon talks to Tania about that baptism of fire and how she managed the lockdown as a new sole owner, and the direction she now wants to take her practice.

What were your highs and lows during this period?

Tania: The high was that it enabled me to really step back and take a good look at the practice and the team. It’s made me realise how good a practice I have and the members of my team who are really behind me and supportive.

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What do local lockdowns mean for dentistry in Wales?

As counties across Wales are thrown into local lockdowns, the chief dental officer has spoken out about the implications for dental practices.

Today, it was announced that Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) will be subject to new restrictions following an increase in cases. Over the last week, the county has a rate of 82.1 infections per 100,000 people.

This follows the first local lockdown imposed on Caerphilly last week.

The CDO for Wales, Colette Bridgman, has said the latest standard operating procedures (SOP) remain in place for practices in restricted counties.

Prioritise routine care

According to the BDA, she emphasised that there is no need for dentistry to return to a red or heightened amber alert – unless practices fall under a higher risk category.

The Welsh government has confirmed that travel in areas that are on lockdown is permitted for healthcare appointments.

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