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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2015/11/11



Top 4 Must Read


  1. Dental and public health leaders from Canada and the United States target a cavity-free future for children born in 2026 and beyond
  2. Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays takes office as ADA president
  3. New toolkit from BDA to assist dental professionals with diagnosis and referral of oral cancer
  4. $4M in funding to Canadian sleep network—UBC Dentistry researcher plays a key role

Canadian dentistry news

Congratulations to Dr. Aviv Ouanounou, faculty of dentistry, University of Toronto, who received the Dental Student Society Honorary member Award “for your outstanding contributions to the undergraduate teaching in the faculty of dentistry”.

Dental and public health leaders from Canada and the United States target a cavity-free future for children born in 2026 and beyond. prnewswire.com: At the American Public Health Association meeting, leaders in dentistry and public health joined together to launch the Canada-United States Chapter of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (the Alliance). Read more

$4M in funding to Canadian sleep network—UBC Dentistry researcher plays a key role. ubc.ca: The network’s research plan will involve multidisciplinary teams from 19 universities. Read more

Dr. John O’Keefe, CDA, receives the Pierre Fauchard Academy’s Elmer S. Best award for 2015. oasisdiscussions.ca: the award is the Academy’s pinnacle honour for dentists who reside outside the United States of America. Dr. O’Keefe is the 9th Canadian to receive this award since its introduction in 1962. Read more

UBC graduate prosthodontics student wins ACP award. ubc.ca: Dr. Nesrine Mostafa’s poster garnered a second place win from the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). Read more

Rayman’s Runners raise the bar. utoronto.ca: Dentistry team charity event raises $8.7K for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s Dental Clinic. Read more

Dental hygiene services delivered directly to seniors’ door. ualberta.ca: The University of Alberta’s School of Dentistry and its department of Dental Hygiene are bringing dental hygiene care directly to seniors’ residences. Read more

Improving access to dental care in Canada. cbc.ca: The Dental Bus team treats about 20 low-income kids a day, providing an option for financially stressed families. Read more

Election results for president of the ordre des Dentistes du Québec. odq.qc.ca: Dr. Barry Dolman re-elected President of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec. Read more

A sea change for U.S. dentistry: Zarb lecturer Clark M. Stanford advocates for patient-centred outcomes in a healthcare revolution. utoronto.ca: Dr. Clark, Dean of College of Dentistry (University of Illinois at Chicago) is this year’s George Zarb Clinical Research Lecture keynote. Read more 

New Wabano dental clinic to serve aboriginal community. cbc.ca: Clinic aims to reduce alarming uptick in poor oral health. Read more

Uninsured dental patients end up in Ottawa emergency rooms, report says. cbc.ca: There was a 52-per-cent increase in emergency room visits for dental care between 2004 and 2014. Read more

Liberals to restore health benefits for new arrivals: McCallum. ottawacitizen.com: Read more

International dentistry news

Footballers have ‘worryingly poor’ teeth. bbc.com: A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine show nearly four out of 10 players had cavities. Read more

Sugar and tooth decay: the science. Bda.org: The science is irrefutable: sugar feeds bacteria, which produce acid that attacks teeth. More ‘shockingly’, this is not ‘new’ news to anyone: sadly, we’ve known it for over 50 years. Read more

Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays takes office as ADA president. ada.org: Dr. Summerhays, of San Diego, is the 152nd president of the American Dental Association. Read more

Dr. Roberts is ADA president-elect; Dr. Irene Marron-Tarrazzi elected second vice president. ada.org: Read more

ADA honors Dr. Francis G. Serio, 2015 Humanitarian. ada.org: ‘We aren’t offering dental care. We are offering hope’. Read more

Three honored with Evidence-Based Dentistry Faculty & Practice Awards. ada.org: Drs. Greg Huang, Jane Gillette and Donald Chi recognized for their significant contributions to implement and advance evidence-based dentistry. Read more

Periodontist/researcher’s work recognized with Gold Medal award. ada.org: Dr. Steven Offenbacher calls clinical research a “team sport.” Read more

VRC scientists working on new class of dental resin composites. ada.org: Dr. Jirun Sun’s primary focus is the development of dental restorative materials. Read more

In search of a safe painkiller for kids. Theatlantic.com: FDA recently approved OxyContin for pediatric patients. Read more

BDA museum celebrates 80th birthday. bda.org: BDA celebrated with a fundraising evening to launch a new conservation fund. Read more

Switch to water and stop the decay. healthysmiles.org.nz: Kiwi families are being urged to “Switch to Water” as the New Zealand Dental Association attempts to halt the march of tooth decay. Read more

New toolkit to assist dental professionals with diagnosis and referral of oral cancer. bda.org: The online toolkit covers the signs to look out for, how to respond, as well as possible risk factors for oral cancer. Read more

How fad diets and faulty nutrition can spell dental doom. dallasnews.com: Followers of fad diets may lose unwanted pounds, but they might also lose some tooth enamel in the bargain. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

New research opens the door to understanding human tonsil cancer. bccancer.bc.ca: Researchers at Simon Fraser University and the BC Cancer Agency have developed a ground-breaking method to identify and separate stem cells that reside in the tonsils. Read more

Spotlight on human dental pulp. ubc.ca: With a snapshot of more than 4,300 proteins for the Human Proteome Project, the Overall Lab increases the number of proteins known to exist in teeth. Read more

Watching cement dry could help dental fillings last longer. sciencedaily.com: Scientists have revealed ‘sweet points’ for dental fillings, where cement used to fill cracks regain elasticity before hardening indefinitely. Read more

NYU College of Dentistry-led team publishes first paper to describe and demonstrate the cellular mechanism for transporting calcium in the formation of dental enamel. nyu.edu: Dr. Lacruz and team advance understanding of the causes of potential solutions to genetic illness affecting enamel development. Read more

Waterpipes: Why using a hookah is like smoking 100 cigarettes. mouthhealthy.org: Research finds that waterpipe smoking is associated with gum disease, oral cancer, esophageal cancer and dry sockets, among other serious health conditions like lung cancer and heart disease. Read more

A randomized trial of cardiovascular responses to energy drink consumption in healthy adults. jamanetwork.com: In this pilot study, a commercially available energy drink significantly increased levels of blood pressure and catecholamines in young healthy adults. Read more

Micro-invasive treatments for managing dental decay on adjacent tooth surfaces in children’s and adults’ teeth. cochraneohg.wordpress.com: A systematic review of the evidence to evaluate the effects of micro-invasive treatments in the management of tooth. Read more

Treating gum disease: can it help diabetics control their blood sugar levels? cochraneohg.wordpress.com: A systematic review of the evidence to find out the effectiveness of gum disease treatment for controlling blood sugar levels in diabetics, compared to no active treatment or usual care. Read more

Patient information

Waterpipes: Why using a hookah is like smoking 100 cigarettes. mouthhealthy.org: Research finds that waterpipe smoking is associated with gum disease, oral cancer, esophageal cancer and dry sockets, among other serious health conditions like lung cancer and heart disease. Read more

Diabetes and dentistry. mouthhealthy.org: 5 ways diabetes can affect your mouth. Read more

Your health & medical news

Dear Health Minister – please reinstate funding for Cochrane Canada. irpp.org: If the new government wants to stay true to its commitment of improving the health of Canadians, having a robust medical research sector is imperative. Read more

World first use of gene-edited immune cells to treat ‘incurable’ leukaemia. gosh.nhs.uk: The treatment, previously only tested in the laboratory, was used in one-year-old, who had relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). She is now cancer free and doing well. Read more

The return of scarlet fever: Is it too tough to treat? washingtonpost.com: New research suggests that the easily treatable infection might not always be so benign: It shows signs of antibiotic resistance. Read more

Needle-free vaccine might protect babies from deadly RSV Virus. nbcnews.com: Researchers think they may have developed a vaccine that could protect babies from a virus that kills 200 U.S. children a year and puts 75,000 into the hospital. 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

January 28-30, 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

September 7-10, 2016 – FDI Annual World Dental Congress 2016, in Poznan, Poland. 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

Henry Schein And The Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity Honor Seattle Dentists Who Provide Free Oral Care To Holocaust Survivors In Need. corporate-ir.net: The Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program was launched in response to the White House’s call to action to help Holocaust survivors age with dignity and respect. Read more


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