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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2017/06/21


Top 3 Must Read

  1. Blocking yeast-bacteria interaction may prevent severe biofilms that cause childhood tooth decay
  2. Airborne bacteria remain live for 45 minutes
  3. FDA approves new, cheaper rival to EpiPen allergy shot

Canadian dentistry news

Dr. Gerry Uswak – A candid conversation with the departing dean. dentistry.usask.ca: Dr. Uswak on 10 years as Dean, and what lies ahead. Read more

Higher minimum wage leads to better public health in Peterborough. thepeterboroughexaminer.com: Opinion: “…raising the minimum wage so that it is closer to a “living” wage is probably one of the more powerful ways to improve the health and wellbeing” says Dr. Salvaterra, Peterborough Public Health’s medical officer of health. Read more

OPINION: Canadians can be smug about our health care system when public coverage extends to dental care. cbc.ca: We scoff at unequal access in the U.S., but ignore the fact that some Canadians can’t afford dental care. Read more

Three additional CIHR grants for dentistry profs. dentistry.utoronto.ca: Distinguished Professor Boris Hinz and Professor Chris McCulloch have been awarded three CIHR grants for their research. Read more

University of Toronto: DDS 4 winners announced. dentistry.utoronto.ca: The top students in each discipline were announced at the Licensing & Awards Ceremony. Read more

De la grande visite au pavillon de médecine dentaire the l’Université Laval. fmd.ulaval.ca: Plus de 70 délégués des 10 universités canadiennes qui offrent une formation en santé buccodentaire étaient à Québec pour le congrès bisannuel de l’Association canadienne des facultés dentaires (ACFD). Lire plus

Dentists open doors to families in need. winnipegsun.com: Approximately 6 million Canadians avoid going to the dentist because of cost. But in reality, the average person should be going to the dentist twice a year. Read more

Canadian Dental Assistants Association Weekly E-Newsbrief for June 21, 2017. cdaa.ca: Read more

International dentistry news

Many dental offices lack plans for controlling bloodborne exposures, survey finds. safetyandhealthmagazine.com: Twenty-eight percent of private dental practices in the US have not fulfilled OSHA’s requirement for a written, site-specific bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by NIOSH and OSAP. Read more

A 10% fruit & vegetable subsidy would save more lives than a soda tax, study finds. foodandwine.com: Making produce cheaper could be more effective than making sugary drinks more expensive. Read more

Sugary cereals named and shamed by Liverpool health bosses. bbc.com: Health officials have named and shamed what they say are the sugariest breakfast cereals. Read more

The tragedy of ‘Mountain Dew Mouth’ and the U.S.’s insane approach to dental care. alternet.org: Lack of dental care is causing a mouthful of trouble—and it will get worse. Read more

As dentists, we step into the public spotlight (whether we want to or not). newdentistblog.ada.org: More is expected of you from the public and your peers to be a leader and to be a professional. Read more

Report shows that 8.7 million Americans used smokeless tobacco in May. samhsa.gov: According to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 3.3 percent of all Americans aged 12 or older (8.7 million people) used some form of smokeless tobacco in the past month. Read more

The long read: How can a child die of toothache in the US? theguardian.com: When a 12-year-old boy lost his life as a result of an untreated tooth abscess in Maryland in 2007, his story revealed how hard it can be for people on low income to get the dental care they are entitled to. Read more

Goal for dentist: Run marathon in all 50 states. ada.org: Dr. Panagakos, who is global director for scientific affairs and research for Colgate-Palmolive in Piscataway, New Jersey, as well as a board member of the ADA Foundation has run in 17 states so far. Read more

11 once popular toothpastes you probably forgot about. metv.com: These toothpastes date from the 1950s to 1980s. Read more

Dental Association urges men to look after their teeth. ctpost.com: During National Men’s Health Month, the Connecticut State Dental Association is encouraging men to pay close attention to their oral health. Read more

Toothbrushes distributed in honor of World Oral Health Day. ada.org: In honor of World Oral Health Day on March 20, the ADA and ADA Foundation donated 9,600 Arm & Hammer Tooth Tunes toothbrushes to 28 U.S.-based volunteer organizations who provide oral health care services in 73 countries worldwide. Read more

Creative ways to connect with your patients online. asdablog.com: To ease the “awkward” phase of getting to know patients, several dentists have chosen creative marketing techniques that combine their hobbies with social media. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Blocking yeast-bacteria interaction may prevent severe biofilms that cause childhood tooth decay. medicalxpress.com: Though most tooth decay can be blamed on bacteria, such as Streptococcus mutans, the fungus Candida albicans may be a joint culprit in early childhood caries. Read more

Airborne bacteria remain live for 45 minutes. medicalxpress.com: Scientists have developed a new technique to study how some common disease-causing bacteria can spread up to 4m and remain alive in the air for up to 45 minutes. Read more

Do wisdom teeth have to be removed? medicalxpress.com: Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Hossein Ghaeminia researched the risk of complications when removing these teeth. He summarized his conclusions in a pamphlet to better evaluate the risks for each patient. Read more

JADA+ Clinical Scan: Submucosal dexamethasone reduces pain, swelling, and trismus after impacted third-molar extraction. ada.org: Oral health care professionals performing extractions look for strategies to decrease these complications. Read More

JADA+ Clinical Scan: A new mouthwash with low concentrations of chlorhexidine seems to reduce intraoral halitosis and volatile sulfur compounds in patients after 12 hours of use. ada.org: Intraoral halitosis (IOH) responds to treatment with mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine, cetyl pyridinium, and zinc. Read More

JADA+ Clinical Scan: Probiotics as adjuvant to scaling and root planing seem to improve periodontal parameters after 3 months of treatment. ada.org: The high prevalence and adverse consequences of chronic periodontitis make it a condition that dentists need to address every day. Read More

Kristy Duncan: Science is still sexist. I know from my own experience. theglobeandmail.com: Views that support the status quo fail to recognize the potential of women and the contributions they make to science. Read more

Fear of the dentist. nature.com: The oral health of individuals with dental phobia: a multivariate analysis of the Adult Dental Health Survey, 2009. Read more

Youth tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes, drops during 2015-2016. cdc.gov: The number of middle and high school students who say they are current tobacco users dropped from 4.7 million in 2015 to 3.9 million in 2016, according to new data. Read more

FDA approves new, cheaper rival to EpiPen allergy shot. ap.org: The Food and Drug Administration approved Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp.’s product, which should go on sale later this year. Read more

Recherche: Des bactéries comme alternative aux antibiotiques pour le porc. fmd.ulaval.ca: L’équipe du professeur Daniel Grenier, au GREB, amorce un nouveau mandat de recherche qui vise à tester l’utilisation de certaines bactéries comme alternative aux traitements antibiotiques en élevage porcin. Lire plus

Mind your business

Dos and Don’ts: Your practice’s Facebook page. newdentistblog.ada.org: Here are tips to help you take control of your Business Page and use Facebook as a tool to enhance your customer service and marketing efforts. Read more

Patient information

Your patients’ top fluoride questions — explained. newdentistblog.ada.org: Dr. Kevin Donly, a member of the expert panel convened in 2013 to create the ADA’s most recent topical fluoride guideline, answers several questions on fluoride. Read more and watch interview

9 Things That Might Be Staining Your Teeth. bustle.com: Read more

Mouth ulcers: Causes and symptoms. medicalnewstoday.com: While mostly harmless, mouth ulcers, also known as canker sores, can be extremely uncomfortable and make it difficult for some people to eat, drink, and brush their teeth. Read more

Health Tip: Children and Thumbsucking. health.usnews.com: Thumbsucking is more than an unsightly habit that most toddlers easily outgrow. The practice can permanently damage their teeth. Read more

The best mouthwash you can buy. askmen.com: How to pick the right mouthwash for your antibacterial needs. Read more

TMJ Disorders. nidcr.nih.gov: This booklet provides information you should know if you have been told by a dentist or physician that you have a TMJ disorder. Read more

Can your teeth really fall out due to stress? dailymail.co.uk: Dentist reveals the truth. Read more

Your health & medical news

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

Yoga soothes back pain in study. medlineplus.gov: If you suffer from chronic low back pain, yoga might bring you as much relief as physical therapy, a new trial shows. Read more

Extra-virgin olive oil preserves memory and protects brain against Alzheimer’s: study. medicalxpress.com: Researchers show that the consumption of extra-virgin olive oil protects memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain—classic markers of Alzheimer’s disease. Read more

Dalhousie rolling out program to teach doctors more about opioids. thechronicleherald.ca: Dalhousie is making this revamped education available to physicians in three phases. Read more

Home blood pressure monitors wrong 7 of 10 times: study. medlineplus.gov: Checking your device against ones used at your doctor’s office may be advised. Read more

Apple reportedly working to make your medical history mobile. cnet.com: The tech titan is in talks with developers, hospitals and other industry groups about bringing data such as detailed lab results and allergy lists to the iPhone. Read more

If we don’t fix medicare, we may lose it: Editorial. thestar.com: The future of medicare may depend on governments’ ability to address the systemic public failings that have created a rising demand for private care. Read more

Abuse of older people on the rise – 1 in 6 affected. who.int: A new study has found that almost 16% of people aged 60 years and older were subjected to either psychological abuse (11.6%), financial abuse, neglect, physical abuse or sexual abuse. Read more

Is blue light bad for your health? webmd.com: A growing number of physicians, researchers, and health policy makers are sounding the alarm that dark nights are a key, endangered ingredient for long-term health. 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


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 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

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

‘Glamorous’ teeth whitening product earns ADA Seal. ada.org: The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs accepted Crest 3D White Whitestrips Glamorous White based on the finding that the product is safe and has shown efficacy in whitening natural teeth when used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Read more

Henry Schein donates products to youth athletic, education event. ada.org: The PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) campaign is put on by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society in conjunction with the Henry Schein Cares Foundation and the Taylor Hooton Foundation. Read more

Global periodontal dental services market expected to experience Growth. businesswire.com: Global periodontal dental services market 2017-2021 with Coast Dental, Pacific Dental Services & Q & M Dental Group Dominating – Research and Markets. Read more


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