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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2015/09/18


NewsBites_logo_2015-08-14Top 5 Must Read


  1. University of the Fraser Valley Top 40 alumni: Dr. Evan Wiens
  2. Dentsply buying Sirona in $5.5B deal
  3. Collegium’s painkiller gets green light from FDA panel
  4. Sequencing of periodontal procedures and orthodontic treatment for long-term esthetic outcome: a 5-year case report
  5. Smoking, smoking cessation, and risk of tooth loss

Canadian dentistry news

University of the Fraser Valley Top 40 alumni: Evan Wiens. ufv.ca: Exhibiting altruism through dentistry. Read more

International dentistry news

No evidence linking dental treatment to Alzheimer’s disease. aae.org: Despite provocative reporting and sensational headlines, the American Association of Endodontists says there is no evidence that Alzheimer’s disease can be spread through dental procedures or dental instruments. Read more

Dental caries prevention breakthrough. otago.ac.nz: A new way to preserve caries-infected teeth and prolong the life of dental fillings has been developed at the University of Otago. Read more

Don’t risk ending up toothless in the tackle. dentalhealth.org: The British Dental Health Foundation looked at kids’ on-field habits – finding that only a third of children are wearing mouthguards while playing rugby. Read more

ADA hosts celebration of 70 years of water fluoridation. ada.org: 2015 marks 70 years since Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first city in the world to fluoridate its drinking water. Read more

$1M in dental care provided at South Carolina event. ada.org: Dental teams and other volunteers provided an estimated $1 million in dental services to more than 1,500 patients during the seventh annual Dental Access Days event. Read more

$500 million in ACA funds to increase access. ada.org: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced plans to award nearly $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding to increase access to primary care services — including dental. Read more

Oral cancer – Dentists Saving Lives report published. eudental.eu. The report summarises the discussions and conclusions of the event co-organised by the Council of European Dentists with MEPs Against Cancer (MAC) Group and the Association of European Cancer Leagues in the European Parliament. Read more

Australian children in the country have twice as many fillings as those in cities. smh.com.au: The Royal Flying Doctor Service has released a new report showing the stark disparities between the oral health of city and country dwellers. Read more

‘Youngest’ toddler with type 2 diabetes raises concern. bbc.com: The case of a three-year-old girl in the US who developed type 2 diabetes has driven doctors to raise fresh concerns about diet in childhood. Read more

Sugary drinks often part of overall poor diet. healthday.com: Unhealthy eating, sweetened beverages may combine to raise diabetes risk, researchers say. Read more

PICH to kick off Oral-Systemic Health Awareness Week October 18. prweb.com: Read more

Collegium’s painkiller gets green light from FDA panel. reuters.com: Collegium Pharmaceutical Inc’s experimental opioid painkiller moved one step closer to approval after a panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unanimously voted in favor of the drug. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Sequencing of periodontal procedures and orthodontic treatment for long-term esthetic outcome: a 5-year case report. aacd.com: This article describes a case that utilized the “regeneration-then-early orthodontics” approach, which was applied to restore function and esthetics in a maxillary anterior dentition severely compromised by periodontal disease. Read more

Tiny silica particles could be used to repair damaged teeth, research shows. birmingham.ac.uk: Published in the Journal of Dentistry, the study shows how sub-micron silica particles can be prepared to deliver important compounds into damaged teeth through tubules in the dentine. Read more

Smoking, smoking cessation, and risk of tooth loss. sagepub.com: The study found that smoking cessation was consistently associated with a reduction in tooth loss risk, with the risk of tooth loss approaching that of never smokers after approximately 10 to 20 y of cessation. Read more

Odontogenic epithelial stem cells: hidden sources. nature.com: The possible uses of these stem cells in regenerative medicine, not just for enamel formation, are discussed. Read more

New research could lead to caries test strips. cell.com: Microbial Indicators of Caries, when de-trended for age, can predict ECC onset. Read more

Patient Information

Pregnancy. mouthhealthy.org: The advice you need for the next nine months. Read more

Healthy smile, healthy body. ajc.com: You should really give your pearly whites more attention. Read more

Your health & medical news

CHEO leads with paperless outpatient clinics. Canhealth.com: The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario has become the first hospital in Canada to receive a Stage 6 electronic health records designation for its outpatient clinics, making CHEO one of very first to implement electronic patient records. Read more

Southwestern Ontario to adopt ClinicalConnect. canhealth.com: ClinicalConnect was devised in the Hamilton and Niagara region of Ontario, where it has now been used for several years. It enables healthcare providers at one site to access the patient histories and test results at other facilities. Read more

CMA takes on electronic medical records. cmaj.ca: The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has pledged to help rationalize and expedite efforts to promote the organization, centralization and management of cradle-to-grave patient health records. Read more

Canada’s pharmacists drive national pharmacare conversation. pharmacists.ca: Canada’s pharmacists believe it’s time for a national discussion on pan-Canadian pharmacare that reflects the views and values of Canadians. Read more

Pharmacist develops pictograms to aid those with low health literacy. pressreader.com: An Ottawa pharmacist is using pictures to help the medicine go down, an innovation that has the potential to improve health care for everyone. Read more

Omega-3 and dyslexia — Uncertain connection. cfp.ca: In light of the increase in the number of school-aged children diagnosed with dyslexia, what is the role of omega-3 supplements in the management of this condition? Read more

Study suggests getting blood pressure even lower saves lives. ap.org: Patients who got their blood pressure well below today’s-usually-recommended level significantly cut their risk of heart disease and death. Read more

Coffee has secret trick to stop sleep. bbc.com: A cup of coffee in the evening may be keeping you awake for more reasons than you realise, scientists say. Read more

Probe of superbug-tainted medical scopes grows to include cleaning machines. usatoday.com: Amid rising concerns about superbug outbreaks linked to contaminated medical scopes, Federal regulators are demanding more rigorous testing of the machines used to clean the devices. Read more

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Fall 2015 and spring 2016 continuing education schedules

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 Saskatchewan – Upcoming courses

University of Toronto – Continuing dental education

Western University – Continuing professional development


October 1-3 – Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting, in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

November 5-10 – ADA 2015 – America’s Dental Meeting in Washington, D.C. Read more

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

January 280-30, 2016 – Manitoba Dental Association’s 2016 Annual Convention. Read more

March 17-19, 2016 –2016 Pacific Dental Conference in conjunction with CDA, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

May 26-28, 2016 – British Dental Conference & Exhibition 2016, in Manchester, England. Read more

May 26-29, 2016 – Jasper Dental Congress 2016 in Jasper, Alberta. Read more

July 14-17, 2016 – Mark your calendar for AGD 2016 Boston, in Boston, Massachusetts. 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

DENTSPLY and Sirona enter into definitive merger agreement. dentsply.com: The Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement which will result in the world’s leading manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies. Read more

Breakingviews: Dental deal lacks sparkle. reuters.com: What dentist suppliers Dentsply and Sirona call their $13 billion merger of equals and why shareholders aren’t smiling so far. Watch now

Dentsply buying Sirona in $5.5B deal. cnbc.com: Read more

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