Mental Health Impact on Students

Mental Health Impact on Students

The continuing spread of Covid-19 has presented many challenges for students and Universities worldwide.

Starting college or returning to classes can be stressful at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic.

While the world continues to battle Covid-19, professionals are monitoring a growing crisis among young adults struggling with mental health problems, including suicidal ideation, anxiety and depression related to the pandemic.

The most common ways that COVID-19 has impacted a student’s life:

Resource: Active Minds.

 

According to students that participated in the Active Minds Survey, the most important things for their college committee to be thinking about in the short, and long term, for student mental health during and after the pandemic include:

  • Increased academic support
  • Increased investment in counselling
  • Having empathy, compassion, and communicating an understanding of what the world is experiencing
  • Applying safety measures to help to keep students and employees healthy and safe

Facing a BIG CHANGE

Students life and college experience might be different in 2021 to previous years due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

However, staff are working hard to ensure that all students can begin and continue their studies without too much further disruption.

Students wearing masks while attending class at university.

Tips for students returning.

  • Ensure that you know where and how to access the academic supports provided at your college.
  • Find out what the institution is doing to make things as safe as possible.
  • Remind yourself that the current situation will not last forever and that any negative feelings should pass. 
  • Re-establish a routine.

No one knows exactly what the future will be like, but it is important to remember that these changes will not be forever.

Mind Your Mind.

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What impact is dentistry having on the environment?

What impact is dentistry having on the environment?

Everything that we do has an environmental impact which can affect future generations.

When it comes to health services, it is essential to see how our everyday tools and emissions can affect us and the environment.

While we are still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and its associated pressing needs, long-term sustainability and health promotion will need to be increased and a continued focus.

Dentistry X sustainability – Are you doing your part?

Going green is more than a trend nowadays it’s a reality for all of us.

If you are a dental professional, you should do your part in recognizing the forward-thinking actions that you can take on an everyday basis to improve the environment around you.

ADA has created a list of 80 ways to make your organization green. Most of the ideas listed are for dental organizations, also there are some good general green tips, that are easy to put into practice.

Going green makes good business sense and that’s why many leading corporate entities are adopting environmentally friendly processes at a fast pace.

To access ADA list, click here: ADA

How can digital technologies assist the environment?

Reducing paper usage can have a significant impact on waste, financial costs, and pollution.

Digital technologies are a gamer changer in dentistry. Digital health record systems like Salud remove the need for physical paper records, conserving data and reducing waste.

Going paperless means that all charting, imaging, billing, consents, referrals, and all general patient management is done digitally.

Digitizing the process from start to finish can make things smoother for both dentist and patient.

The benefits of a paperless organization are numerous. It increases the organization’s efficiency and profitability and reduces opportunities for possible pitfalls.

As the dental industry’s technology gets more and more prevalent around us, our social responsibility should also hold importance.

Looking after the planet

It only takes small changes to start reducing your carbon footprint. By making just one change at a time, we can make a real difference to the planet.

The planet is one thing we all have in common, and it’s the only one we have. Have you started to practice small changes?

Our planet is counting on you.

Bamboo toothbrushes. Zero waste concept for self-care. Plastic-free.

If your clinic is still operating through a hybrid of paper and software, or entirely paper – get in touch to see how Salud can help to achieve a totally paperless environment and in turn maximised output.

References:


World Dental Federation

Dictionary Sustainability.

ADA

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Salud – Celebrating the past, embracing the future

Salud – Celebrating the past, embracing the future

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Salud. It is also the year where the world continues to navigate a global health crisis.

While it’s not a time for physical celebration, it is still essential for us to reflect on the past, and more importantly, to focus on the future.


Two-Ten health, the company behind Salud, was founded in 1995 when Carl Moynihan, CEO and Founder, worked on the development of an electronic data-recording system as part of Dublin Dental University Hospital’s modernization scheme.



Reflecting on the rich history of this company, over the last 25 years Salud has evolved from a basic business management tool to a connected health solution which connects technology, disciplines, people, and facilitates a global community for research and sharing best practice.

Salud is a leading dental management solution for world-renowned Dental Hospitals and Universities.

Key to its worldwide success is an incredibly talented team with decades of experience, industry knowledge and a passion for a common goal.

Today, we have installations dotted across 5 continents, supporting clients in multiple languages as Salud helps manage millions of patient appointments each year.

Salud is continuously evolving to meet and exceed the ever-changing industry needs and ensure a future proof solution for all customers.

2019 saw the release of Salud Dental, the latest web-based application in the Salud product offering. The market reaction has been very positive, and this year will see more clients move across.

The secret to success is never stopping learning and innovating.” Carl Moynihan, CEO.

Significant trends in dentistry

The last 25 years has seen many improvements in dentistry, from the advancements in technology to the warm and inviting atmosphere of the dental rooms. Dentistry has changed to become more and more patient-focused in terms of both comfort and convenience.

These developments also mean dentists can provide more accurate diagnoses and focus on preventative care rather than reacting to issues, thus saving the business time and money down the line. And of course, the new technology means quicker and more efficient treatment, resulting in improved oral healthcare worldwide.

The future

The past twenty years have demonstrated rapid growth in dental technology and even more rapid development of dental technologies.

We’re always looking to improve our current service, introduce new features and integrate with new technologies.

By simple extrapolation, the future is bright for dental professionals. It is an exciting time for Salud to be part of it.

We will continue dedicating ourselves to our mission of providing world class solutions, training, implementation and support.

Our team’s common goal is to provide solutions that help dental professionals to reach their full potential, and in doing so helps patients worldwide to achieve good oral health – if so, we’ve accomplished our mission.

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New Era New Technology: Student life during Covid-19

New Era New Technology: Student life during Covid-19

March 2020 saw the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with this, we all inherited a new way of life. This new life had a profound effect on the dental field.

In this blog post, I want to share my personal experiences of the technological changes I have witnessed as a final year dental student at King’s College London as a result.

Initially, when we went into a nationwide lockdown, the dental curriculum adapted and moved online within a week to Microsoft Teams where clinical sessions turned into case-based discussions centred around diagnoses, literature discussion and treatment planning.

This platform provided a group visual learning environment, with features such as sharing screens, webcam and online whiteboards making it relatively interactive.

As the lockdown eased, students could return to campus for phantom head simulation clinics to keep up our manual dexterity skills. 

The clinics I met when I returned were not limited to practicing on plastic teeth but newly purchased enhanced 3D printed carious teeth.

The induction of this technology made caries removal on the simulation clinic incredibly more realistic.

Phantom Head Simulation – performer Kiri Paul

You may also have heard about King’s brand-new haptic suite, a robotic project focusing on students learning practical procedures in virtual reality.

I can confirm the tactile feedback is very realistic, and I think this will be a great introduction to clinics for fresh dental students eager to perfect their manual dexterity, especially in this day and age where due to social distancing and guidelines, clinical time can sometimes be reduced across the board.

I have also seen the recent installation of micromotors that we are operating below 60,000 rpm onto our clinical floors to allow King’s dental students to carry out SGP procedures on open clinics.

This technology operating below 60,000 rpm increases droplet size and eliminates aerosol. I look forward to using this new handpiece whilst continuing to advance my clinical knowledge base this year.

Alongside all these technological changes in clinics, it has become evident how important it is to have online computer systems like Salud that allows you to adapt to the changing environment.

For example, being able to go paperless in a short amount of time or efficiently adding additional information regarding the type of procedure performed like AGP or SGP.

Technology has been fast-changing this year at King’s to keep up with the rapidly changing environment we have all been thrown into.

These advances, in my opinion, have complimented my learning perfectly during this time, and I am looking forward to seeing what will come next.

By Kiri Paul 5th year Dental Student at King’s College London

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The unexpected passing of our Chairman David Phillips

The unexpected passing of our Chairman David Phillips

It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our Chairman David Phillips following a short illness.

David joined Two-Ten Health in the early 2000s and became deeply involved in the development of Salud. As Chairman, he led the Board in embarking on an exciting vision for healthcare software.

Bringing a wealth of knowledge, a true passion for dentistry, and a wonderful sense of humour, he was an invaluable member of the team.

We are incredibly grateful for his tremendous dedication and contribution to the company’s development.

Over his lifetime he was truly generous with both his support and time to many people and an excellent and loyal friend.

About David:

David Phillips worked in general dental practice for 16 years, heading an extensive group practice in Cardiff, Wales. He joined the Medical Protection Society in 1981, becoming head of its Dental Division, and then-Secretary and Dental Director of its new dental division Dental Protection, from which he retired in 1999.

David lectured internationally on healthcare risk management. He was a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Health Select Committee and a medico-legal adviser to the World Health Organisation. He was also a lay member of the General Osteopathic Council.

He was Chairman of Denplan, the UK’s largest provider of dental payment plans, and Chairman of Howden Medical and Dental Insurance providing indemnity insurance for medical and dental practitioners.

David was an elected member of the General Dental Council (GDC) in the UK and Chairman of the ‘Fitness to Practice Policy’ within the GDC.

He was a former Chairman of the Wellhouse NHS Trust (1995-2000), and former non-executive director (1997-2000) and Chairman (2000-2002) of Dencare Ltd. After Dencare was taken over by Oasis PLC in 2003 David became Chairman of Oasis Dental Care Ltd.

In 1994 he was awarded an OBE for his services to dentistry.


The contributions he made to Salud cannot be measured, and his impact will be felt forever.


On behalf of our management team and employees, we extend our deepest condolences to his family.