IDS 2021 attracted 23,000 visitors from 114 countries

A total of 830 companies from 59 countries participated in the International Dental Show (IDS) 2021 in a gross exhibition space of 115,000 m² in Cologne, Germany.

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Smart dental implants

Researchers are developing a smart dental implant that resists bacterial growth and generates its own electricity through chewing and brushing to power a tissue-rejuvenating light.

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Links between oral microbiome, genetic variations and periodontitis examined in new study

Since periodontitis (gum disease) has been linked to systemic health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, research is continually being conducted to better understand its causes.

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Fighting Covid-19 with mouthwashes—study adds to evidence of efficacy

Mouthwashes that contain
cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) have been found to reduce by at least one
thousand times the infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in vitro.
Researchers in Spain tested CPC-containing mouthwashes against variants of
SARS-CoV-2, including the Alpha variant, and said that such mouth rinses could
constitute a cost-effective measure to aid in the reduction of viral
transmission.

In the study, the researchers
pointed out that cases with a higher SARS-CoV-2 viral load in the saliva are
associated with higher transmission rates of the virus. They said that, if
proved effective in reducing the SARS-CoV-2 viral load, the use of easily
obtainable at-home oral care products could represent a globally accessible and
cost-effective measure to disrupt the viral transmission chain.

The study focused on the effect of
CPC, which has previously been shown to exhibit antiviral activity against
viruses such as the influenza viruses. The researchers tested three Dentaid
CPC-containing mouthwashes with different intended uses. The CPC-containing
mouthwashes were compared with vehicles containing the same respective
formulation without CPC, and it was found that the CPC-containing mouthwashes disrupted
the integrity of the viral membrane and inhibited the entry of SARS-CoV-2 into
target cells.

The researchers wrote: “CPC has
antiviral activity against different variants of SARS-CoV-2, and this compound
exerts its activity by blocking viral entry by inhibiting viral fusion on
target cells. CPC acts by disrupting the integrity of the viral envelope, as
previously shown for influenza virus and it equally affects distinct
SARS-CoV-2 variants”.

From: https://eu.dental-tribune.com/news/fighting-sars-cov-2-with-mouthwashes-study-adds-to-evidence-of-efficacy/

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Study finds teledentistry a valid substitute for in-person initial consultations

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted
in the widespread adoption of videoconferencing tools in many industries, and
dentistry is no exception. A new study has found that, for triage purposes and
initial consultations, teledentistry has a relatively high acceptance rate
among dentists and patients alike.

The study was led by an
interdisciplinary team of periodontists and psychologists from King’s College
London, who set out to measure dental professionals’ and patients’ attitudes
towards teledentistry and how these services could be improved. Before and
after video consultations between July 1 and December 14, 2020, a series of
questionnaires were answered by the 228 individuals who participated.

Overall, 75.7% of the patients
surveyed strongly agreed that they were comfortable accessing a dental
consultation via video rather than attending an in-person dental check-up.
Almost 80% of patients stated that they would recommend the video consultation.
Whereas 77.4% of all respondents stated that they perceived video consultations
to be either extremely or somewhat helpful prior to their appointments, this
figure jumped to 87.1% after their appointments had been conducted.

There were some marked differences
between the perceptions of different dental specialists regarding the
helpfulness of teledentistry—perceptions that shifted once an appointment had
taken place. Whereas 23.5% of periodontists believed a video appointment would
not be helpful prior to it having taken place, 35.2% deemed it unhelpful post appointment.
In contrast, 76.9% of restorative specialists thought, pre-appointment, that a
virtual check-up would prove to be unhelpful. Post-appointment, this number
dropped down to 30.8%.

From: https://www.dental-tribune.com/news/study-finds-teledentistry-a-valid-substitute-for-in-person-initial-consultations/

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Study reveals new aspects of gingivitis and body’s response

A team led by University of
Washington researchers has identified and classified how different people
respond to the accumulation of dental plaque. Their work, recently published in
the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS),
sheds new light on why some people may be more prone to serious conditions that
lead to tooth loss and other problems.

Left unchecked, plaque build-up
can induce gingivitis (gum disease). Gingivitis, in turn, can lead to
periodontitis, a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and can
destroy the bone that supports teeth. Not only can this result in tooth loss,
but chronic inflammation can also spur other serious health consequences.

The researchers also found a
previously unidentified range of inflammatory responses to bacterial
accumulation in the mouth. When bacteria build-up on tooth surfaces, they
generate inflammation. Previously, there were two known major oral inflammation
phenotypes, or individual traits: a high clinical response; and, a low clinical
response. The team identified a third phenotype, which they called ‘slow’: a
delayed strong inflammatory response in the wake of the bacterial build-up.

The study revealed for the first
time that subjects with low clinical response also demonstrated a low
inflammatory response for a wide variety of inflammation signals. The study
authors wrote that understanding the variations in gum inflammation could help
better identify people at elevated risk of periodontitis. It is possible that
this variation in the inflammatory response among the human population may be
related to susceptibility to other chronic bacterial-associated inflammatory
conditions.

From: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210714110501.htm

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New report aims to improve VR use in healthcare education

A new report that could help improve how immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are used in healthcare education and training has been published.

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Tooth loss associated with increased cognitive impairment, dementia

Tooth loss is a risk factor for cognitive impairment and dementia – and with each tooth lost, the risk of cognitive decline grows, according to a new analysis led by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

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Pulling wisdom teeth can improve long-term taste function, research finds

Patients who had their wisdom teeth extracted had improved tasting abilities decades after having the surgery, a new Penn Medicine, USA study published in the journal Chemical Senses found.

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The tooth on how the pandemic has affected our smiles

New survey data collected by the Oral Health Foundation and Align Technology has found the profound impact of the pandemic on the way UK adults view their smiles.

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