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3 JUNE:

OPEN (YOUR WALLET) WIDE: DENTISTS CHARGE EXTRA FOR INFECTION CONTROL

US: Patients are cancelling appointments due to COVID-19 price hikes. Read more >

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3 JUNE:

ORGANISED DENTISTRY COALITION SUPPORTS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM LOAN FORGIVENESS FOR PPE, SUPPLY COSTS

US: PPE cost increases, to protect dental staff against COVID-19, have led to increased costs. Read more >

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28 MAY: 
 

WHAT DOES BECOMING A CLINICAL CONTACT TRACER INVOLVE? 

UK: A Dentist reflects on volunteering on COVID-19 tracing during practice closures. Read more >
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27 MAY: 


DENTISTS AND HAIR SALONS ARE ADOPTING COVID-19 SURCHARGES EVEN AFTER BACKLASH IN THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY

US: Dentists are adding surcharges to patient dentistry bills specifying COVID-19 PPE costs. Read more >
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25 MAY:

BRITISH MUM’S SHOCK AS EARACHE TURNS OUT TO BE RARE AMELOBLASTOMA TUMOUR THAT ATE AWAY HER JAW

UK: Oral health issue highlights the importance of regular check-ups. Read more >

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24 MAY: 

STRAIGHTEN YOUR TEETH WITHOUT OFFICE VISITS? STARTUP SAYS YES, AND SALES SURGE

US: Orthodontics altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more >

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20 MAY: 
 

SALIVA, FRIEND OR FOE IN COVID-19 OUTBREAK?

Saliva could be our best friend in the fight against COVID-19, a new study has shown. Saliva tests could offer a better alternative to nasal COVID-19 swabs. Read more > 

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19 MAY: 

HEALTHCARE WORKERS SHARE OUR TRAUMA DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – ON TOP OF THEIR OWN

Griffith University academics reflect on the personal impact of COVID-19 on health professionals. Read more >

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19 MAY: 
 

CORONAVIRUS: 'I TRIED TO REMOVE MY TOOTH WITH PLIERS'

UK: A woman suffering with "immense" toothache tried to pull her tooth out with pliers having failed to get a dental appointment during lockdown. Read more >

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19 MAY: 

‘FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL’: CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION TO SAVE PRIVATE DENTISTRY IN THE UK
 

UK: Showing how dentistry has been hit in the UK by COVID-19, with practice owners fearing they will go bankrupt in a few weeks’ time without emergency support. Read more >

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18 MAY:     

 

RECOGNISING THE CONTRBUTION OF DENTISTRY ACROSS THE GLOBE 

UK: Dentists across the globe are being encouraged to participate in a campaign helping highlight the contribution of dentistry to overall well-being. Read more > 

 

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18 MAY: 

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN CONNECTS DENTISTS WITH THEIR PATIENTS

US: A social media campaign in the United States is aiming to reconnect dentists with their patients while services get back up and running in the country. Read more >
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16 MAY:
 
COVID-19 HAS LEFT DENTISTRY IN CRISIS, AND THE FALLOUT COULD PROVE DISASTROUS FOR THE NHS

UK: Dentists given less government support than gambling which spells trouble for the NHS. Read more >

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13 MAY: 
 

STUDY ON AIRBORNE VIRUS TRANSMISSION IN BUILDINGS LAUNCHED

US: Computer models are being used to study the fate of aerosols. Read more >

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12 MAY:

85% OF ENDODONTIC PRACTICES ARE STILL OPEN

US: According to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), 85% of endodontic practices have been open for emergencies during the pandemic, based on an April survey of 468 of its more than 8,000 members. Read more > 

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12 MAY:

BAPD LAUNCHES RECOMMENDATIONS ON RETURNING TO CLINICAL PRACTICE

UK: The British Association of Private Dentistry has launched a return to clinical practice paper for UK dentists. It says there is ‘no evidence’ dental aerosols can transmit COVID-19. Read more >

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11 MAY:
 

METRO VANCOUVER DENTIST CREATES VIRTUAL DENTAL CARE PLATFORM

Canada: A Metro Vancouver dentist has created a new TeleDentistry platform during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow patients to see their dentists virtually. Read more >

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11 MAY:


AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION UPDATE 

US: Employment in offices of dentists declined by over 500,000 jobs in April in the US. About a third of the country’s dental practices are now back open. Read more >

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10 MAY:
 
DENTIST SHORTAGE SPARKS A RISE IN DIY TREATMENTS


UK: Patients are resorting to ‘DIY dentistry’ in Britain as only a fraction of their urgent care centres are currently open due to COVID-19. Read more >

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10 MAY:


THE HYGIENIST BLOG - MINDFULNESS AND TOOTHBRUSHING

UK: This article explores mindfulness in tooth brushing and interdental cleaning to help patients adopt better oral hygiene techniques. Read more >

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7 MAY:


REDEPLOYMENT: DENTISTS IN INTENSIVE CARE

This is an illuminating story of the experiences of dentists working on the UK’s ICU wards during the ongoing pandemic, assisting health professionals. Read more > 

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5 MAY:
 

AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION ASKS CONGRESS TO HELP DENTAL COMMUNITY IN NEXT COVID-19 LEGISLATION

US: The American Dental Association has asked Congress to pass laws to assist the dental profession there as well as asking dentists to lobby legislators. Read more >

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5 MAY:

LIVE UPDATES AND COVID-19

UK: MPs in the UK have discussed the impending ‘crisis’ in the country’s dental system due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Dentists there are fearing bankruptcy and also questioning the lack of PPE. Read more >
 

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4 MAY:

VOLUNTEERING IN AN ICU – ONE FOUNDATION DENTIST’S EXPERIENCE 

UK: Read this first-hand account from London foundation dentist who is working in a London hospital ICU. Read more >

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4 MAY:


PREPARE FOR 'NEW ERA OF DENTAL CARE'

UK: NHS England will expand the urgent dental care system as part of the next phase of the NHS’s response to COVID-19. Read more >

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4 MAY:

AMERICAN DENTAL HYGIENISTS’ ASSOCIATION RELEASES GUIDANCE

US: The American Dental Hygienists’ Association has given safety guidance for returning to work as more dentists in the US prepare to re-open their doors during the pandemic. Read more >

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4 MAY:


NZ DENTIST QUERIES LACK OF PPE

NZ: A dentist has questioned the allocation of PPE during COVID-19, claiming that there are inconsistent messages from government. Read more >

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1 MAY:

DENTAL HYGIENE SHOULD BE TOP PRIORITY FOR KIDS WHILE QUARANTINED IN THE US

US: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is developing new precautions and protocols to ensure children receive adequate care when parents can bring their kids back to the dentist. Read more >

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29 APRIL:

GOWNS, HAIRNETS AND NO SMALL TALK: SASK. DENTIST SAYS PATIENTS CAN EXPECT BIG CHANGES 
 
Canada: Dr. Parviz Yazdani says your next trip to the dentist in Saskatchewan will be completely different. Yazdani, a dentist in Saskatoon, said once his office reopens May 4, safeguards will be in place to guarantee everyone's safety. Read more >
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28 APRIL:

BRITAIN ISSUES ALERT AS POSSIBLE NEW COVID-19 SYNDROME EMERGES IN CHILDREN 
 

UK: Health officials warn a potential new coronavirus-related syndrome is emerging in children, prompting an urgent alert to doctors. Read more >

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23 APRIL:

THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION ASKS HHS TO AUTHORISE COVID-19 POINT OF SERVICE TESTS AT DENTAL OFFICES 
As experts agree that widespread testing is necessary to identify who has and doesn’t have the COVID-19 coronavirus, the ADA is asking the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to allow licensed dentists to administer point of service tests for the virus authorised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under their existing scope of practice. Read more > 

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23 APRIL:

RECOVERY FUND SET UP IN THE US FOR STRUGGLING DENTISTS
The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) Foundation is establishing a recovery fund to assist dentists across the Commonwealth who are facing severe financial impacts associated with closures related to COVID-19. Read more >

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22 APRIL:
PAY DISPUTE RESOLUTION SERVICE AT WORK IN THE UK ON FIRST BATCH OF CASES
The British Dental Association has begun the process of resolving the first pay disputes between practices and associates over pay during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more >
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22 APRIL:

COVID-19: HOW ARE AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND DENTISTS FARING? 

Though Australia and New Zealand have, thus far, been able to avoid the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, both nations’ economies have nevertheless taken significant hits with the partial or complete shutdown of many industries. Read more >

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22 APRIL:

HUMAN COVID-19 VACCINE TRIALS TO START THIS WEEK IN THE UK

The UK Health Ministry has announced plans to start human trials of a coronavirus vaccine on Thursday. Read more >

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21 APRIL:

PPE DELAYS FORCING DENTISTS TO PAY FOR PRIVATE FIT-TESTING IN THE UK

Two-third of dental practices in the UK currently lack PPE, reflecting the lack of PPE among the general healthcare profession in the UK which has been the subject of much criticism. Read more > 

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20 APRIL: 

AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION (ADA) UPDATES PPE GUIDELINES AS STATES PREPARE TO REOPEN
As state and federal agencies begin planning to reopen non-essential businesses, the American Dental Association (ADA) is advising practices that government decisions regarding closures including restrictions on elective healthcare supersede ADA recommendations. Read more >

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20 APRIL:
CHIEF DENTAL OFFICER IN THE UK GIVES AN OVERVIEW OF THE SITUATION 
The Chief Dental Officer in the UK has given an overview of the situation facing dentists there. Routine dentistry remains suspended as part of COVID-19 restrictions. Read more >

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17 APRIL: 

IN THE TEETH OF A CRISIS: PANDEMIC LEAVES DENTISTS STRUGGLING TO DELIVER A SERVICE

Measures taken to tackle COVID-19 have dramatically changed how dental care is provided in Ireland. Read more >  

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16 APRIL:

HOW MIGHT THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC SHAPE THE FUTURE OF DENTISTRY?
This article looks at how the current COVID-19 pandemic might impact the practice of dentistry when the lockdown finishes. Read more >

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14 APRIL:
DENTIST WARNS OF COVID-19 CRISIS AS PARENTS ASK 'HOW TO REMOVE KIDS' TEETH' 

UK dentists are worried that the COVID-19 crisis will lead to ‘DIY Dentistry’. They are calling on government to open hubs where people can access dental care. Read more >

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7 APRIL:

HOW IS THE DENTAL INDUSTRY LIKELY TO BE REDEPLOYED?
The NHS has revealed how dental teams are likely to be redeployed as professionals are urged to step forward to help battle COVID-19. Patient hygiene, mouth care and result chasing are just some of the jobs that dentists could be asked to carry out as part of redeployment. Read more > 
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31 MARCH: 
SYDNEY DENTIST RAISES MONEY FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS

Mark Bennett, a Sydney dentist has managed to run a full marathon from the confines of his balcony to raise money for healthcare workers battling Australia's coronavirus pandemic. The marathon lasted five hours and 32 minutes, and involved running back and forth on his brother's balcony in Manly. Mark ran 5,200 laps which is a mammoth effort. If you would like to continue to support Mark in his quest of raising money for healthcare workers during this time, click on the below link. https://au.gofundme.com/f/buy-them-a-coffee
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29 MARCH:
WHAT FLATTENING THE CURVE REALLY MEANS

And why going hard against Coronavirus may not work in Australia. Read more >
 

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