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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2015/07/31


news glossy iconHere is a sampling of news items that came across our desks at CDA in the past week.

Top 5 Must Read

1. The Spirit of Ramadan initiative in Halifax

2. Appeals court upholds teeth-whitening rule

3. Oral piercings can cause serious dental problems, warns dentist

4. Barrier aids bone regrowth after socket grafting

5. Food companies outgun health advocates in debate on diets

Canadian dentistry news

The Spirit of Ramadan initiative in Halifax. dal.ca: Dr. Asraa El-Darahali, event coordinator, talks about the initiative which saw more than 500 attendees and 100 volunteers take part in raising food, toiletry and cash donations to help provide care packages for more than 1,000 people in Halifax. Read more

International dentistry news

Doctors: Baby teeth matter for dental, overall health. uticaod.com: Pediatricians in Oneonta and Cooperstown now will assess babies and toddlers with a tool built into electronic medical records to determine a child’s risk of cavities. Read more

Adding added sugar to food labels: of calculus, caveats and hope. usnews.com: The FDA’s proposal to call out added sugars on food labels is right on. Read more

Many new mothers don’t receive advice on infant care from doctors, survey finds. washingtonpost.com: The survey collected responses from new mothers on where they get information about caring for their children and covered practices such as sleep positions, pacifier use, breastfeeding and immunization. Read more

FDI 2015 Bangkok: top notch speakers for a world class congress. fdiworldental.org: FDI once again affirms its commitment to excellence with a top notch program of world-renowned speakers at the 2015 Annual World Dental Congress in Bangkok (22 to 25 September). Read more

Appeals court upholds teeth-whitening rule. ada.org: A federal appeals court upheld a Connecticut State Dental Commission regulation that only licensed dentists were permitted to provide certain teeth-whitening services. Read more

U.S. medical groups join to fight prescription painkiller abuse. healthday.com: Special task force aims to curb ‘epidemic’ of addiction to narcotic meds such as Oxycontin, Vicodin. Read more

Baylor dental school receives $5.4M grant. ada.org: Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry announced it received a five-year, $5.4 million grant to expand its pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training to help bridge the gap currently existing between medicine and dentistry. Read more

California’s new state dental director to tackle oral health challenges. cda.org Read more

14 Shocking things you need to know about dental health. dentalhealth.org: The British Dental Health Foundation shares a few of the interesting, and sometimes shocking things, we should know about dental health which we may not. Read more

Your American dentist is less and less likely to be a white man. qz.com: It’s time to re-think the stereotype of your average American dentist. Read more

Food companies outgun health advocates in debate on diets. bloomberg.com: The battle to define what Americans should eat is pitting nutritionists against deep-pocketed groups that are spending almost 14 times more cash on lobbying in Washington. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Scientists’ silk structure is secret to process of regenerating salivary cells. sciencedaily.com: Tissue engineering could help millions in the US with dry mouth due to Sjögren’s syndrome, and radiation for head and neck cancer. Read more

Study: Poor oral hygiene habits may increase hypertension risk. perio.org: Data from nearly 20,000 demonstrates association between lack of oral hygiene and high blood pressure. Read more

Barrier aids bone regrowth after socket grafting. nature.com: A study in the Journal of Oral Implantology has identified that a barrier membrane, such as porcine collagen, can keep the gingivae from growing into the space following a socket graft. Read more

Metagenome-wide association study on oral microbiome uncovered markers for rheumatoid arthritis. sciencedaily.com: results show that the gut and oral microbiome are involved in the pathophysiology and management of RA and provide indication for developing microbiome-assisted personalized treatments. Read more

Lifesaving antibiotics increase risk of lifelong hearing loss in patients with deadly bacterial infections. ohsu.edu: Approximately 80 percent of infants in neonatal intensive care units receive antibiotics known to be toxic to the ear. Read more

Mind your business

Tips to motivate your employees. transitionsonline.com: What are the top 10 tips? Read more

So you want to be a practice owner someday. ada.org: Working with professional advisors. ada.org: This is the third article in a summer series of New Dentist Now blog posts on practice ownership. Read more

Patient information

Oral piercings can cause serious dental problems, warns dentist. ualberta.ca: Having the piercing may be cool, but research shows it can cause serious oral health problems. Read more

Anxiety, stress could cause teeth grinding. thecalifornian.com: Shelly Griffin has grinded her teeth in her sleep for eight years. Read more

Toothbrush care: Cleaning, storing and replacement. ada.org: The American Dental Association and the Council on Scientific Affairs provide the following toothbrush care recommendations. Read more

Thumb sucking: Help your child break the habit. mayoclinic.org: Thumb sucking can be a difficult habit for a child to break. Understand what you can do to help your child stop sucking his or her thumb. Read more

8 things your mouth reveals about your health. huffingtonpost.com: What your dentist is seeing. Read more

Diabetes and your smile. mouthhealthy.org: 1 in 5 cases of total tooth loss is linked to diabetes. Read more

How Coca Cola Affects Your Body In 60 Minutes. huffingtonpost.co.uk: Read more

Your health & medical news

Why am I feeling stressed? nature.com: The authors explain why you feel stressed, and talk to a member of the dental team who can testify how bad things can get if left to fester. Read more

Government of Canada launches Run To Quit smoking cessation program. news.gc.ca: Run to Quit is an innovative program in which participants learn to run 5 kilometres over 10 weeks while receiving support to quit smoking. Read more

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Spring 2015 Continuing Dental Education Schedule

Université Laval – Formation continue

Université de Montréal – Formation dentaire continue

University of Alberta – Program and courses

University of British Columbia – Calendar of courses

University of SaskatchewanUpcoming courses

University of Toronto – Continuing dental education

Western University Continuing professional development


August 26–29 – 2015 Canadian Dental Association National Conference in St. John’s, NL. Continuing Education

September 10-12, 2015 – Saskatchewan Oral Health Professions Conference in Regina, SK. Read more

September 18-20, 2015 – AAOSH 5th Annual Scientific Session in Dallas, TX. Read more

September 22-25 – FDI 2015 Bangkok – Early registration avoids the crowds and costs less! Read more

November 5-10 – ADA 2015 – Americas’s Dental Meeting in Washington, D.C. Registration opens May 20. Read more

November 14-17 – 101st Annual Meeting – American Academy of Periodontology in Orlando, Florida. Read more


Dentistry in long-term care course. ada.org: This online CE course is designed to help dental professionals understand how long-term care (LTC) facilities work and how you can work successfully in LTC facilities. You will learn how to deliver care in an environment outside your traditional practice location and care for your patients through their entire life span. Read more

Please let us know about upcoming continuing education meetings that could be of interest to Canadian dentists by emailing us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca

Dental industry news

AVINENT™ Canada Launches Guided Surgery System. Read more

Brush Buddies continues to reinvigorate the toothbrush aisle, 30,000 vibrations at a time. brushbuddies: Read more

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We invite you to send us leads to news stories worth sharing (oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca) or 1-855-716-2747.

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