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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2016/02/03


NewsBites_logo_2015-08-14Top 5 Must Read

  1. Nunavut program offers free dental checkups for kids
  2. Blue light shines brightly as a highly useful oral cancer surgery tool
  3. February JADA looks at fluoride varnish treatment for carious lesions
  4. How dentists can help manage oral effects of cancer therapies
  5. Zika-linked condition: WHO declares global emergency

Canadian dentistry news

Dr. Debora Matthews chosen as new assistant dean, academic. dal.ca: Dr. Matthews will take up a new role as the Faculty of Dentistry’s new assistant dean of academic, at Dalhousie University, on July 1, 2016. Read more

Nunavut program offers free dental checkups for kids. cbc.ca: The oral health program started in 2013 in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada and the Government of Nunavut. It offers free exams and fluoride treatment for any children in the territory up to eight years old. Read more

Faster treatment for patients with eating disorder is the aim of conference. cbc.ca: Dental hygienists, dentists, can see signs of bulimia in victims’ mouths. Read more

CDHA responds to ABC’s The Bachelor’s misrepresentation of the dental hygiene profession. cdha.ca: The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association echoes the concerns expressed by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association over the highly offensive and inaccurate representation of the dental hygiene profession. Read more

Alberta father wants ban on sale of e-cigarettes to minors after horrific accident. Ottawacitizen.com: Sixteen-year-old was using the e-cigarette in a car when it blew up in his face. He suffered burns to his face, throat and tongue, and also broke 2 teeth. Read more

Les cliniques dentaires universitaires recommandées par Protégez-Vous! ulaval.ca: Le réputé magazine de l’Office de protection du consommateur du Québec, Protégez-vous, a récemment publié un article fort élogieux à l’égard des cliniques-écoles qui traitent des patients, comme celles de la Faculté de médecine dentaire. Lire plus

International dentistry news

Zika-linked condition: WHO declares global emergency. bbc.com: Experts are worried that the virus is spreading far and fast, with devastating consequences. Read more

Dentists save lives: raising awareness of mouth cancers for World Cancer Day. bda.org: The BDA is lending its support to World Cancer Day on Thursday 4 February, and highlighting the important role dentists play in detecting mouth cancers and helping to save lives. Read more

In Cleveland, dental students spark senior smiles. ada.org: More senior citizens are receiving dental care thanks to a new Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine initiative and a renovated 38-foot van. Completing the geriatric program is mandatory for all dental students. Read more

Study will determine whether electronic dental records can be used for clinical research. ada.org: Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Dentistry will conduct an analysis of electronic dental records of patients treated by community dentists across the United States. Read more

Dental patients given increased protection from Europe-wide alert system. dentalhealth.org: The newly implemented European Alert Mechanism covers the whole European Economic Area and gives regulators the power to identify dental professionals who have been banned from practising to their European counterparts. Read more

BDA Northern Ireland support for refugee dentists. bda.org: Following the news that refugees will be arriving in Northern Ireland as part of the UK’s Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme, the BDA Northern Ireland is highlighting its year’s free membership for refugee dentists who have successfully had their asylum claim processed. Read more

American Dental Hygienists’ Association responds to ABC’s The Bachelor’s unprofessional misrepresentation of the dental hygiene profession. adha.org: Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Blue light shines brightly as a highly useful oral cancer surgery tool. vchri.ca: New findings suggest that use of fluorescence visualization (FV) during oral cancer surgery drastically improves the accuracy of the removal of cancerous tissue, significantly reducing local recurrence rates of oral cancer. Read more

Dr Catherine Poh – Treating oral cancer using blue-light guided surgery. youtube.com: Dr. Catherine Poh talks about the TFRI Translational Research Project: “Canadian Optically guided approach for Oral Lesions Surgical (COOLS) trial”. Short video

New study to investigate how good antibodies go bad. buffalo.edu: University at Buffalo researcher examines role of little-studied IgM in Sjögren’s syndrome. Read more

Scientists map mouth microbes. sciencedaily.com: A new study from the Forsyth Institute and the Marine Biological Laboratory provides a detailed look at how the microbes in the mouth coexist. Read more

Protein combination improves bone regeneration, UCLA study shows. eurekalert.org: The findings may be a big step toward developing effective therapeutic treatments for bone skeletal defects, bone loss and osteoporosis. Read more

Learn more with the Cochrane Journal Club. cochrane.org: Every Cochrane Journal Club article is specially selected from the hundreds of new and updated reviews published in the Cochrane Library. The reviews selected represent diverse clinical topics, including dentistry. Read more

Canadian kids can ward off cavities with added vitamin D, study suggests. ctvnews.ca: The study found school-age children with optimal levels of vitamin D have a nearly 40 per cent lower risk of getting cavities. Read more and watch short video

PAROKRANK: A study of periodontitis and its relation to coronary artery disease. ada.org: Read more

Study examines effect of periodontal treatment on health care costs. ada.org: A new ADA Health Policy Institute study finds a “statistically significant association” between periodontal intervention and lower health care costs among people newly diagnosed with diabetes. Read more

February JADA looks at fluoride varnish treatment for carious lesions. ada.org: Fluoride varnish may be an effective treatment for the reversal of incipient carious lesions in primary and permanent dentition, according to research in the February 2016 Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more

Negative messages about sugar make unhealthy food ‘enticing’, study finds. independent.co.uk: Participants ate more cookies when they were told sugary food is bad. Read more

How dentists can help manage oral effects of cancer therapies. cda.org: The February 2016 issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association includes insightful articles related to oral cancer emerging technologies in early intervention, potential therapies and dental management of cancer survivors. Read more

Simple techniques for dental dam applications. dentistrytoday.com: Tips and tricks. Watch short video

Mind your business

Digital photography in dentistry: Tools and techniques to help your patients and improve your practice. dentistryiq.com: Read more

10 top tips for a child-friendly environment. nature.com: In England, Wales and Northern Ireland only one in four 12 year-olds have no fear of the dentist. This highlights the need to improve the child’s experience when visiting a dental practice. Read more

Patient information

The sad truth about seltzer. theatlantic.com: Even when it’s unflavored, fizzy water contains an acid—carbonic acid—that gives it its bubbles. That acidity can gradually wear away tooth enamel. Read more

Your health & medical news

Family doctors see improvements for patients, but Canada still lags peer countries on most measures. cihi.ca: An international survey of primary care physicians suggests that access to regular and after-hours primary care is improving for Canadian patients, and that uptake of electronic medical records is increasing among Canadian doctors. Read more

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Fall 2015 and spring 2016 continuing education schedules

Université Laval – Formation continue

University of Manitoba – Continuing professional development

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

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry University – Continuing professional development


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

April 6-9 – American Association of Endodontists, San Francisco, California. Read more

April 14-17 – 23rd International Association for Disability & Oral Health Congress in conjunction with the Special Care Dentistry Association 28th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Read more

April 27-30 – 32nd Annual American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Scientific Session in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

May 5-7 – Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting 2016, in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

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

May 26-29 – American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. Read more

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

May 27-31 – Journées dentaires internationales du Québec. Preliminary program now available online. Read more

July 14-17 –Academy of General Dentistry 2016 Boston, Massachusetts. Read more

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

September 10-13 –102nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology in Collaboration with the Japanese Society of Periodontology and Japanese Academy of Clinical Periodontology in San Diego, California. Read more

September 16-17 – 6th Annual AAOSH Scientific Session in Orlando, Florida. Read more




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