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Welsh Dental Patients ‘Might Never’ Get 6-Month Check-ups Again

December 2, 2021 by BBC

Dentists may never catch up with the backlog of patients waiting for check-ups, a leading dentist has warned. Dr Russell Gidney said around 6,000 of his patients had not been given a routine check-up in the past year because of…

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Impact of SARS-CoV-2 on Oral Health

December 2, 2021 by Nidhi Saha, BDS

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak in Wuhan, China, was first reported on December 31st, 2019. These initial coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases caused by SARS-CoV-2 were linked to an animal wet market. Similarities between SARS-CoV-2 and…

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Nunavut Implementing COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Many Health Workers

December 1, 2021 by CBC

Many health-care workers in Nunavut will be required to provide proof they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 10, 2022. John Main, Nunavut’s health minister, announced the move in a Nov. 30 media release. The new rule affects nurses, dental therapists,…

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Dentists Say They Need More Staff to See Same Number of Patients Compared to Pre-Pandemic

November 30, 2021 by ADA News

One in three owner dentists indicated they need more staff to see the same number of patients compared to before the pandemic, according to new data from November’s COVID-19 Economic Impact on Dental Practice poll conducted by the ADA Health Policy Institute.…

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Researchers Investigate Ways to Reduce COVID-19 Risks in Dental Offices

November 24, 2021 by University of Illinois Chicago

According to a study from the University of Illinois Chicago, adding a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the water in ultrasonic scalers used to clean teeth can help mitigate the risk of spreading airborne diseases, including COVID-19, in clinical…

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Dentists at Lower Risk of Getting COVID-19: Study

November 23, 2021 by U of T

Does close contact with patients put dentists at greater risk of catching COVID-19? According to a new study by researchers at the University of Toronto and three other Canadian universities, dentists appear – perhaps counterintuitively – less likely than the general…

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Mandatory COVID Vaccines for Private Practitioners are Coming, Says B.C. Health Officials

November 22, 2021 by Tyler Harper, Westerly News

The B.C. Ministry of Health says it is working on a plan that will require doctors and dentists who operate out of private practices to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Health care workers who don’t work at public facilities such…

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FDI World Dental Federation: Prescribing of Dental Antibiotics Up 22% in England During First Year of COVID-19

November 18, 2021 by FDI World Dental Federation

After years of consecutive decline, the rate of dental antibiotic prescribing increased by over a fifth in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Dentistry was the only part of England’s publicly-funded National Health Service to experience an increase. The steepest rise occurred when…

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Calm the Raging “Cs”

November 15, 2021 by Jo-Anne Jones, President, RDH Connection Inc.

The “Cs” (or cytokines) are making headline news frequently. The most unfavourable outcomes in COVID-19 patients’ risk profile repeatedly directs our attention to an over-expression of immune response termed a “cytokine storm.” Today’s global research focuses on further understanding the…

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JDE Study Highlights Initial Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on U.S. Dental School Clinics

November 11, 2021 by The American Dental Education Association

A majority of U.S. dental schools took a hit to their budgets during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and even more suspended community-based patient care experiences—two of several shocks to the system that are still playing out as…

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Filtration Devices Could Make Dentist Appointments Safer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

November 10, 2021 by University of Minnesota

In a new study using 3D holographic imaging, University of Minnesota Twin Cities researchers tested the effectiveness of three filtration devices that can mitigate the spread of aerosols during ultrasonic scaling, a common dental cleaning procedure. The findings could increase…

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Knowledge in Life

November 8, 2021 by Mark H.E. Lin, BSc, DDS, MSc (Prostho), FRCD(C)

Knowledge is defined as facts, information and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. According to Krathwohl (2002), knowledge can be categorized into four subtypes: factual, conceptual, procedural and metacognitive. It’s important to…

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Your Mental Health Matters

November 8, 2021 by Oral Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has given the dental industry an opportunity to discuss many topics, including the importance of mental health. During the Data Driven Dentistry survey last year, 21 percent of dentists responded that the one positive thing they could…

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Dental Practice Threatened After Advising Extra Charge for Unvaxxed

November 8, 2021 by NZ Herald

A Palmerston North dentist has been bombarded with threats – including to burn the practice down – after advising it wants all patients to be vaccinated, and will charge those that aren’t a fee for use of PPE. Vivian St…

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The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the North American Dental Community

October 29, 2021 by Naren Arulrajah, Ekwa Marketing

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected an unbelievable percentage of the population since it caught fire in the first quarter of 2020. Being an essential service, you may believe the field of dentistry to be untouched by the pandemic, but that…

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Can Salivary Glands Infected with COVID-19 Increase Risk for Relapse or Reinfection?

October 27, 2021 by University of Utah Health Sciences

University of Utah Health scientists are leading an effort to determine if salivary glands infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 could diminish a person’s long-term immunity to the disease after being immunized or after recovering from the illness. The…

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B.C. Launches First Accredited PPE Testing Lab in Western Canada

October 22, 2021 by Vancouver Coastal Health

The province is further protecting health-care workers, patients, families and frontline workers during COVID-19 with Western Canada’s first accredited personal protective equipment (PPE) lab, specializing in testing and validating PPE. The lab is a pandemic-driven innovation by Vancouver Coastal Health…

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Bringing Patients Back to Your Dental Office During the COVID-Era

October 18, 2021 by Naren Arulrajah, Ekwa Marketing

We live in very uncertain times. With the spread of COVID-19 in late 2019 and throughout 2020, we are now all living in a world of variants. Just as society was really beginning to feel like we could start getting…

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Under Pressure: Dealing with Stress and Anxiety

October 15, 2021 by Akhil Chawla, BSc; Lesia Waschuk, DDS. MEd

Dental school, like any professional educational program, is challenging. Students are expected to develop their manual dexterity skills and maintain a heavy course load, which makes it difficult to maintain the balanced and healthy lifestyle that they know is important.…

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A Note From the FCDSA President: A Lifetime of Lessons in Two Years

October 15, 2021 by Saif Matti, FCDSA President

Each year, Oral Health invites us to contribute a piece to their student issue, and the article tends to be focused on our organization, the Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Associations (FCDSA). However, in light of the pandemic, I have…