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DS World 2021: Latest innovations, product launches and partnership announcements


LAS VEGAS, U.S.: From Sept. 23 to 25, dental professionals had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of dental technology and innovation, all thanks to this year’s Dentsply Sirona (DS) World, which took place in Las Vegas. As expected, the event attracted thousands of participants, both in person and online, and featured major announcements, product releases, informative continuing education sessions and innovative technologies.
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GC readies itself for fifth International Dental Symposium


TOKYO, Japan: On 11 February, GC Corp. celebrated its 100th anniversary. As part of the continued celebrations surrounding this milestone, the company is now preparing for the fifth iteration of its International Dental Symposium, where it will deliver the latest information on state-of-the-art dentistry to participants worldwide.
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In case you missed it: Most popular New Dentist Now articles of 2021


From top: Drs. Joe Vaughn and Sampada Deshpande; Drs. Alex Barrera and Katie Champion

Editor’s note: Thank you to our readers and contributors for allowing the New Dentist Now become a platform for new dentists to share and learn about their experiences and insights. If you would like to contribute, please contact [email protected] We look forward to 2022!

What you should learn in dental school, but don’t

As I start my endo residency … luckily, I haven’t forgotten everything that I learned in dental school. There’s a few lessons I’m bringing with me this time that I’ve picked up along the way.

Here’s four important lessons that I learned in dental school and in my years practicing as a general dentist.

My COVID-19 vaccination experience

As a health care professional, it is my duty to trust in the scientific method and to do what is right for my community by getting vaccinated. It’s important for us as dentists to be role models for our community to help end this pandemic by getting vaccinated if we are healthy and able to do so.

Happiness and Habits: Changing our behavior

Many concepts on changing behavior are easy to understand but hard to put into practice. If happiness comes from changing behavior, how can we put these concepts into daily practice?

What becoming a yoga teacher taught me about dentistry

As my training progressed, I began to notice small changes in how I practice dentistry and also in how I view my profession. My days began to feel less stressful as I started to become more mindful with each patient I treated. The mindfulness allowed me to notice patterns when diagnosing and treating patients and challenged me to do things like think of alternative treatment options or have deeper conversations with each patient.

Let’s talk transitions: From clinical work to academia

For me, this past year meant taking a hard look at my values and goals and attempting to align those with my professional interests. I was an associate at a thriving practice pre-COVID-19, and then suddenly I found myself out of patients, out of integral necessity to the practice, and out of enthusiasm to keep my head up. I knew I had to make a change or I was going to be facing some serious mental struggles.

The medicine and dentistry divide in cancer care

We have a problem. There is a troubling gap between the medical and dental communities when it comes to cancer care. As a result, health care providers and their patients alike experience a great deal of frustration regarding the lack of dental care available to patients with cancer.

Business side of dentistry: Becoming the leader you need to be

Contrary to what most people think, leaders aren’t born, they are made. Some of it comes with experience, other times it is learned. My personal goal is to one day become the most compassionate leader possible, to both my work family and my home family. Fulfilling this big hairy audacious goal means committing every day to reflecting, pivoting and learning.

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“Implantology beyond your expectations”: EAO congress returns for second online edition


PARIS, France: This year’s Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO congress), which was scheduled to take place in Milan in Italy, has been transformed into a digital event, owing to the ongoing global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. After the success of its first online event in 2020, the EAO has announced the second edition of its Digital Days event, which will be streamed live from 12 to 14 October and will feature over 30 innovative and interactive shows.
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50 Years: Former student leaders offer insight, lessons learned in retrospective series

In February 1970, a group of dental students met in Chicago to form an independent national dental student organization and named themselves the Student American Dental Association (SADA).

The following year the ADA embraced this idea and organized a meeting of student representatives from each dental school in the country to help form a new organization called the American Student Dental Association (ASDA).

Although scattered all over the world, several of the founders and leaders of those two organizations planned on having a reunion this year in celebration of their 50th anniversary, but it was scuttled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, they decided to mark this auspicious occasion by writing and publishing a series of seven articles regarding the state of dentistry, dental education, and health care in general from a retrospective perspective in the New Dentist News.

The essays in the series are:

A look back at ‘70s-style student advocacy by Dr. Jonathan Nash, ASDA’s first chair of dental licensure reform from 1971-72, and Dr. Harry Martin, who was elected ASDA’s first president in February 1971.The Perpetual Student: Why I believe that CE is one of your most important investments by Dr. Fred Troxel, editor of the ASDA News from 1972-74.Lessons learned about life, profession as an expat dentist in Australia by Dr. Martin, who continues to practice dentistry in Armidale, Australia.The challenges and rewards of volunteering abroad by Dr. Nash, who retired in 2005 and moved to Chiangmai, Thailand.21st century leadership—A challenge to those who thought that dentistry was just about teeth by Dr. Jack Dillenberg, a founding father of the SADA and served as inaugural dean of the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in 2002.Dental licensure reform: The case for expanding interstate portability by Dr. Nash.Dental licensure reform: The case for eliminating the clinical exam by Dr. Nash.

Second Opinion, please: AI-assisted dental radiology tool approved for Australia and New Zealand


LOS ANGELES, US: Health regulators in New Zealand and Australia have provided market authorisation for Second Opinion, an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that assists in dental radiology. Second Opinion is the flagship product of dental technology company Pearl, which says that the tool will ensure that patients in the two countries receive a higher standard of dental care.
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Interview: Amann Girrbach goes “shareside”


Going digital in dentistry is now more important than ever. CAD/CAM pioneer Amann Girrbach has a long history of developing workflow solutions for dental clinics and laboratories. “We’re experts on both sides,” said CEO Dr Wolfgang Reim, who spoke in this interview about the company’s new modular Ceramill Direct Restoration Solution (DRS) and the communication and case management platform AG.Live.
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Systematic review examines status quo of robot technology in dentistry


AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: Robotic technologies have long since ceased to be the stuff of sci-fi and have become a real and reliable part of many areas of everyday life. A study has now examined the developments in this regard in the dental industry in order to provide dental practitioners and researchers with a comprehensive and transparent evidence-based overview of physical robot initiatives in all fields of dentistry.
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