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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2017/06/14


Top 3 Must Read

  1. WHO ranks antibiotics in a bid to counter drug resistance
  2. Use of prefabricated blood vessels may revolutionize root canals
  3. At least 2,458 Canadians died from opioid-related overdoses in 2016

Canadian dentistry news

DIAC Twenty-First Annual Future of Dentistry Survey results. diac.ca: Canadian dentists turn to financial practice management CE, patient financing and promotion on social media as dental practice consolidation continues. Read more

Smile For A Lifetime Canada Announces New National President. smileforalifetime: Dr. Allan Davis, an orthodontist from Toronto, is named president. Read more

Health experts advocate for tax on sugary drinks. cbc.ca: A 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks could save nearly 8,000 Canadian lives a year, according to experts. Read more

Comment: Will sugary drinks be the new tobacco? timescolonist.com: By Dr. Patti-Jean Naylor, co-founder of the B.C. Rethink Sugary Drinks Coalition, and Dr. Tom Warshawski, pediatrician and co-chair of the B.C. Rethink Sugary Drinks Coalition. Read more

Dentistry professors recognized with Ontario Professional Engineers Awards. dentistry.utoronto.ca: Drs. Craig Simmons and Paul Santerre, from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, have been honoured by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and Professional Engineers Ontario with the 2017 Ontario Professional Engineers Awards. Read more

Dr. Bruce Ward awarded Outstanding Alumni Award. publications.mcgill.ca: Dr. Ward was a commendable candidate for this year’s award nominated by many of his peers for his contribution to his community and to the dental profession. Read more

At least 2,458 Canadians died from opioid-related overdoses in 2016. cbc.ca: That amounts to seven people a day dying from opioid use, said the Public Health Agency of Canada on behalf of the federal, provincial, territorial Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses. Read more

NDEB / FCDSA town hall. ndeb-bned.ca: The National Dental Examining Board senior staff held a virtual town hall with representatives from the Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Association Federation. The goal was to generate dialogue between the two organizations and share information about the NDEB Certification Process. Watch now

University of Alberta’s School of Dentistry’s centennial commemorated with special degree. ualberta.ca: Honorary degree recipient Dr. Saida Rasul has dedicated her life and career as a dentist to improving the lives of the less fortunate. Read more

Alberta Premier’s Silver Medal awarded to dentistry graduate Lindsay Orser. ualberta.ca: The award goes to the student with the highest overall performance within medicine, dentistry, law and pharmacy. Read more

Dental classes of 2017 graduate with smiles all around. news.umanitoba.ca: Read more

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief June 14, 2017. cdaa.ca: Read more

International dentistry news

OSAP Announces Christina Thomas as Executive Director and Therese Long as Emeritus. osap.org: The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has announced Christina Thomas as the new executive director effective July 1, 2017. Therese Long, current executive director, will move into the role of emeritus director. Read more

80% of under-twos in England failed to visit the dentist last year. theguardian.com: Most toddlers do not visit the dentist because parents do not realise they need to have their children’s teeth checked. Read more

WHO ranks antibiotics in a bid to counter drug resistance. cbc.ca: New ‘essential medicines list’ categorizes drugs into three groups. Read more

OSAP announces Late Breaker Program on “Pathogens, Policies and Politics”. osap.org: The session, Late Breaker! Pathogens, Policies and Politics, will take place on Friday, June 23 at 1:45 pm and spotlights the national and international updates on critical disease threats. Read more

ADA, others ask Senate to prioritize oral health. ada.org: The ADA and 44 health organizations are urging U.S. Senate members to protect access to oral health coverage for all Americans as the legislators examine ways to reform the nation’s health care delivery and financing systems. Read more

Glasgow Dental School creates world’s biggest smile. glasgowlive.co.uk: The University of Glasgow’s Dental School is awaiting final verification that it has set a Guinness World Record. Read more

Community water fluoridation: A preventive strategy. ada.org: MyView: by Dr. Mark Bronson, chair of the ADA Council on Government Affairs. Read more

Waterpik Water Flosser among gifts recommended for grads, dads. kare11.com: Gadget guy Steve Greenberg’s gift ideas for dad’s and grads. Read more

What are the benefits of giving up sugar? telegraph.co.uk: One of the benefit: less risk of tooth decay. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Highlighted review: Treating periodontal disease for preventing adverse birth outcomes in pregnant women. oralhealth.cochrane.org: The aim of this Cochrane Review was to find out if treating gum disease can prevent adverse birth outcomes in pregnant women. Read more

E-cigarettes ‘potentially as harmful as tobacco cigarettes’. today.uconn.edu: Using a new low-cost, 3-D printed testing device, researchers found that e-cigarettes loaded with a nicotine-based liquid are potentially as harmful as unfiltered cigarettes when it comes to causing DNA damage. Read more

The secrets of tooth calcium revealed. sciencedaily.com: Two studies on calcium isotopes in teeth have provided new insights into both the extinction of the marine reptiles and weaning age in humans. Read more

Use of prefabricated blood vessels may revolutionize root canals. sciencedaily.com: Researchers have developed a process by which they can engineer new blood vessels in teeth, creating better long-term outcomes for root canal patients and clinicians. Read more

Common periodontal pathogen may interfere with conception in women. medicalxpress.com: Women who had P. gingivalis in the saliva and higher saliva or serum antibody concentrations against this bacterium had a 3-fold hazard for not becoming pregnant compared to their counterparts. Read more

Visiting virtual beach improves patient experiences during dental procedures. plymouth.ac.uk: A virtual visit to a beach is better for dental patients than a virtual visit to an urban landscape or no virtual interaction at all. Read more

No evidence that treatment of gum disease reduces the number of babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. cochraneohg.wordpress.com: The quality of the evidence was low, so further well-designed randomized controlled trials are needed. Read more

Teeth may reveal a multi-day biological clock. quantamagazine.org: Tiny lines laid down by tooth enamel appear to reveal a previously unknown biological rhythm. If confirmed, the finding could help researchers understand why big animals grow slower — and live longer — than small ones. Read more

Serving older adults in the dental chair focus of collaboration. ada.org: The Gerontological Society of America launched last year its first oral health initiative titled Oral Health: An Essential Element of Healthy Aging. The essential goal of the initiative is to foster “oral health champions across all disciplines.” Read more

Mind your business

Six mistakes dentists make when hiring (and how to avoid them!). dentistrytoday.com: When you set out to build your dream dental team, take time to consider how you will set up an interview experience to deliver the best possible outcome. Read more

Patient information

Limiting the effects of dry mouth. jada.ada.org: Dry mouth is more than just a nuisance; it can lead to oral health problems. Work with your dentist to manage dry mouth. Read more

Braces have changed, from metal to tooth-colored to clear. fda.gov: Here are answers to some of the most common questions about braces, provided by dental experts at FDA. Read more

How to take care of your teeth during pregnancy. mouthhealthy.org: Keeping your mouth healthy now can help set up you and your child to be MouthHealthy for life. Read more

3 tips for healthy summer smiles. mouthhealthy.org: While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine. Here are three ways to prevent summertime tooth decay. Read more

If you hear a click in your jaw, this is what you need to know. washingtonpost.com: Estimates suggest that more than 10 million Americans have experienced TMD. Read more

TMJ. mouthhealthy.org: Possible causes of TMJ disorders and treatment. Read more

Jaw exercises for TMJ pain. medicalnewstoday.com: No matter the cause of the pain, exercise can help relieve tension and offer relief. Read more

How to clean your retainer: Eight helpful tips. medicalnewstoday.com: Most people would never consider going days without brushing their teeth. However, many retainer wearers go for long stretches of time without cleaning these devices. Read more

Crucial not to overlook oral health in seniors. thestar.com: A dental visit is important to evaluate the gums, teeth and soft tissues and to ensure other health issues are detected. Read more

Coconut oil in toothpaste is trending, but does it actually work? allure.com: Brushing with a coconut oil-infused product isn’t necessarily frowned upon, but they shouldn’t be used as a replacement to your everyday toothpaste and mouth wash. Read more

How safe is activated charcoal? abc10.com: ABC 10 talk to experts to verify the safety and effectiveness of activated charcoal. Read more

Your health & medical news

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmajnews.com: Read more

Yoga breathing benefits include reducing depression. huffingtonpost.ca: Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found Sudarshan Kriya yoga (SKY) breathing techniques helped alleviate severe depression in participants who failed to respond to antidepressant treatments. Read more

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Winter 2017 continuing education – upcoming courses

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 – Continuing professional dental education

University of Toronto – Continuing dental education

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry University – Continuing professional development


June 22-24 –FDA (Florida Dental Association) Convention, in Orlando, FL. Read more

June 22-24 –Academy for Sports Dentistry 35th Annual Symposium, in San Francisco, CA. Read more

June 22-25 – OSAP 2017 Annual Conference, in Atlanta, GA. Read more

July 13-15 – AGD 2017, the premier meeting for general dentistry, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read more

August 24-26 – CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, in San Francisco, CA. Read more

August 29- September 1 – FDI World Dental Congress in Madrid, Spain. Read more

September 8-10 – CDA (California Dental Association) Presents – The Art and Science of Dentistry, in San Francisco. Read more

September 1 – BDA Scottish Dental Conference and Exhibition 2017, in Glasgow, Scotland. Read more

September 9-12 – American Academy of Periodontology 103rd annual meeting, in Boston, Mass. Save the date

September 7-9 –Saskatchewan Oral Health Profession Annual Conference, in Regina, SK. Save the date

September 14-16 – Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics Scientific Meeting, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

September 14-16 – Dentsply Sirona World, in Las Vegas, NV. Read more

September 15-17 – American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) 2017 Scientific Session, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Integrative dental medicine: Reuniting the mouth with the body. Save the date

October 19-23 – ADA 2017 – America’s Dental Meeting, in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more

October 21-22 – ODA New Dentist Symposium, in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

October 26-28 – International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics (IAPA) Conference, in Las Vegas, NV. Read more

November 10-12 – Carestream Dental’s 2017 Global Oral Health Summit, in Orlando, FL. Read more

November 24-29 – Greater New York Dental Meeting 2017, in New York, NY. Read more

May 10-12, 2017 – British Dental Conference & Exhibition, in Manchester, England. Save the date

August 22-25, 2018 – CDA Convention, hosted by the Dental Association of PEI. Save the date


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

Dental 3D Printer Market Is Expected to Witness Highest Growth During 2017-2025. sbwire.com: The growing adoption of technology for making implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, and surgical guides will increase the popularity of dental 3D printing in the coming years. Read more

Henry Schein climbs to #243 on the Fortune 500. phx-corporate-ir.net: Company celebrates 14 years as one of America’s largest corporations. Read more


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