Innovative hygiene concepts in the dental practice: This is precisely why IDS 2021 is so important
Dental surgeries are considered to be one of the most Corona-secure places in the country. After all, "hygiene and infection control" is a core competence of the dental and dentist technician teams as well as of their dental industry partners. The International Dental Show (IDS) from 9 to 13 March 2021 in Cologne will also be conducted under a safe hygiene concept of Koelnmesse. Under the title #B-SAFE4business, numerous measures can be found on the website www.english.ids-cologne.de which demonstrate the highest level of professional safety to the visitors and exhibitors of IDS 2021.
The leading trade fair of the dental industry will, as usual, offer a comprehensive insight into the established and innovative processes and technologies for the practice and laboratory and will set a high standard in terms of hygiene. Only recently the German Dental Association (BZÄK) and the Association of Medical Professions ascertained: All dental treatments are currently possible thanks to the high hygiene standards. According to current cognitions, they have not contributed towards a higher number of COVID-19 infections among the patients or the dental treatment teams, nor have they in the past either. It is therefore recommended not to postpone treatments and to particularly not miss prophylaxis appointments.
This assessment wasn't surprising since dental surgeries are extremely well-prepared when it comes to dealing with highly contagiously diseases. In this way, thanks to the well-rehearsed teams, the high German hygiene standards are guaranteed and have been further extended to preventatively rule out COVID-19 infections. For example, patients visit dental surgeries with extended spatial and temporal separation so that no time has to be spent in waiting rooms. The manufacturers in the dental industry section are also production sites of disinfectants, a tour around the exhibition halls will present the entire spectrum of substances that are in global demand.
Those measures that were already suggested as an COVID-19 enhancement include among others the following: As part of the standard procedure, every patient rinses his mouth at the beginning of treatment for one minute with a disinfecting mouth rinse. Especially in the case of endodontic treatment, it is advisable to disinfect the tooth to be treated with a sodium hypochlorite pellet, because the rising aerosol is not to become contaminated – also not in the case of COVID-19 positive patients. Of course, IDS will present 3-5 percent NaOCl solutions and pellets. Beyond this it is also recommended to have intraoral Xrays taken extraorally as far as possible during the Corona pandemic. IDS offers an overview of OPG and DVT devices with the option of fading in the treatment region in a well-visible manner. Furthermore, the visitor will see options of how the dentist can reduce his own risk of infection by using an OP microscope through a pre-fabricated Plexiglas shield.
"Due to the Corona pandemic, hygiene themes are of utmost importance to us all," stressed Dr. Markus Heibach, Executive Director of the Association of the German Dental Manufacturers e.V. (VDDI). "As the leading global trade fair of the dental industry, IDS 2021 offers the opportunity during these turbulent and complicated times to engage in an exchange, bundle one's forces, strengthen long-term partnerships and establish new ones. Mutual trust ensues as a result, which in the aftermath of IDS will make everyday professional life more manageable and easier for everyone – and will as a financial consequence – reduce the transaction costs."
IDS takes place in Cologne every two years and is organised by the GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH, the commercial enterprise of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI). It is staged by the Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne.
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