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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2017/08/02


Top News

Ottawa’s new tax measures unfairly target many doctors

JADA: Caries experience in permanent teeth in older kids unchanged in last decade

A march toward scientific literacy

Medical cannabis FAQ

Children who have sealants applied to their back teeth are less likely to have tooth decay

Canadian dentistry news

Ottawa’s new tax measures unfairly target many doctors. theglobeandmail.com: In the March, 2017, federal budget, Finance Minister Bill Morneau vowed to close loopholes that were allowing the wealthy to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. Now, the government has unveiled measures that target private corporations, a category that includes the majority of Canada’s physicians. Read more

The economic case for a higher minimum wage: Editorial. thestar.com: The arguments against the $15 minimum wage don’t hold up — and the choice between social and economic ends is a false one. The debate over wages has forever pitted employers against workers and those worried primarily about economic health against those worried primarily about economic justice. Read more

Grin and bear it: Kamloops grizzly undergoes root canal. cbc.ca: Knute’s dentistry team included two veterinarians, a dental specialist from Kelowna a local large animal specialist and a number of others to facilitate the bear’s root canal. Read more

International dentistry news

GSA Publication Advocates Oral Health Promotion Across Professions. geron.org: Recognizing oral health as an essential element of healthy aging, The Gerontological Society of America has released a new white paper — “Interprofessional Solutions for Improving Oral Health in Older Adults: Addressing Access Barriers, Creating Oral Health Champions” — that makes six specific recommendations aimed at raising people’s quality of life as they age. Read more

August California Dental Association Journal addresses barriers to dental care access. cda.org: Included are articles on barriers affecting children’s use of Medi-Cal dental services and a project that focuses on improving access to and utilization of preventive oral health care services. Read more

Creating an inclusive culture highlights 2017 President-Elect’s Conference. ada.org: With the theme “Create the Culture,” this year’s annual conference emphasized the need to search and try new ways to positively impact members, specifically in cultivating an environment that encourages new dentists to take on leadership roles in the local, state and national levels of organized dentistry. Read more

Colorado dentist becomes state association president 22 years after her father served in the same role. ada.org: Dr. Carol Morrow was installed as CDA’s 131st, and youngest ever, president in the same banquet hall. Read more

JADA: Caries experience in permanent teeth in older kids unchanged in last decade. ada.org: While the oral health status of young children has improved in the previous decade, older children and adolescents’ oral health has changed little, according to research published in the August issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more

In Navajo Nation visit, ADA leaders listen, offer support. ada.org: A delegation of organized dentistry leaders had one clear goal when they met with those working to improve health care outcomes in the Navajo Nation: to foster and maintain a working relationship. Read more

FDA announces new tobacco plan, postpones deeming rule. ada.org: The agency said it needed “time to explore clear and meaningful measures to make tobacco products less toxic, appealing and addictive.” Read more

FDA announces comprehensive regulatory plan to shift trajectory of tobacco-related disease, death. fda.gov: Agency to pursue lowering nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels and create more predictability in tobacco regulation. Read more

‘Walk in the shoes of some of the patients’. ada.org: Poverty simulation hits some UNC dental students ‘in the heart’. The hardships were part of a poverty simulation required by the university’s school of dentistry as a prerequisite to the students’ eight-week summer rotations serving patients primarily in communities throughout North Carolina. Read more

ADA giving away new brochure about acetaminophen safety to members. ada.org: The ADA is giving away 25-copy packs of the new patient education brochure “Get Dental Pain Relief Safely: Tell Your Dentist About the Medications You are Taking.” Read more

New prediabetes awareness campaign. cdc.gov: American Diabetes Association, American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ad Council launch new creative awareness effort aimed at reducing the incidence of type 2 diabetes. Read more

Statistics report reveals oral health crisis in Ireland due to cuts in state funding. fdiworlddental.org: New data from the Central Statistics Office in Ireland showed that the number of treatments funded by the Health Service Executive under the Dental Treatment Service Scheme have fallen by over 16% between 2013–2016. Read more

Session during World Dental Congress draws attention to ‘No health without oral health’. fdiworlddental.org: FDI stresses the urgent need to jointly respond to oral diseases and other noncommunicable diseases at special session during its World Dental Congress in Madrid. Read more

OSAP Announces Record Breaking Attendance and Impactful, Interactive Sessions at Annual Infection Conference. osap.org: The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention Annual Infection Control Conference brought together over 300 policy‐makers, government agency representatives, educators, consultants, scientific authorities and key opinion leaders involved in infection control. Read more

Millennials are changing face of dentistry: The generational trifecta of tech, priorities, and finance. dentistryiq.com: While the industry is still dominated by boomers, it’s the millennials who are shaping the future and setting new trends. Read more

Dental Schools Vacant Budgeted Faculty Positions, Academic Year 2015–16. jdentaled.org: To assess the availability of dental school faculty, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) conducts an annual survey on dental school faculty. Read more

Lure of the all-American white smile. raconteur.net: A staggering 45 million Americans – 14% of the population – have had professional teeth whitening, according to data guru Mintel. This is compared to just 3% in the UK. Read more

How do students reach dental school? dent.umich.edu: The stories of three members of the University of Michigan Class of 2021 illustrate the sometimes direct and sometimes meandering routes that the 109 class members took on their way to the School of Dentistry. Read more

Is shock dental care advertising a good thing? raconteur.net: Are shock tactics in advertising dental care products having a positive effect or do they scare more people off from visiting a dentist? Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Children who have sealants applied to their back teeth are less likely to have tooth decay. cochraneohg.wordpress.com: A systematic review of the evidence to find out whether sealants can prevent tooth decay in permanent teeth, and to look at the effects of different types of sealants. Read more

When oral injuries lead to suspicion of abuse or neglect. aappublications.org: A clinical report aims to help pediatric and dental providers review the signs and symptoms of the kinds of maltreatment that manifest in the mouth. Read more

Sticky when wet: strong adhesive for wound healing. wyss.harvard.edu: Medical-grade bio-glue inspired by slugs sticks to biological surfaces without toxicity. Read more

A march toward scientific literacy. jada.ada.org: Editorial by Michael Glick and Barbara L. Greenberg. “Unless we can understand and effectively translate the language of biomedical science, we are, for all practical purposes, scientifically illiterate.” Read more

Reduction in dental care and inferior oral health subsequent to dementia diagnosis. medicalxpress.com: Subsequent to a diagnosis of dementia, the patient’s contact with the dental care services diminishes and oral health is impaired. Read more

Gum disease linked to cancer risk in older women? webmd.com: Esophageal, breast and lung cancer, among others, seen in postmenopausal women in large study. Read more

Bone Turnover Markers After Sleep Restriction and Circadian Disruption: A Mechanism for Sleep-Related Bone Loss in Humans. academic.oup.com: In healthy men, 3 weeks of sleep restriction and circadian disruption may decrease bone formation without increasing bone resorption, according to findings published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Read more

Medical cannabis FAQ. pharmacists.ca: As part of its ongoing efforts to provide Canadian pharmacists with practice tools and resources, CPhA has created a short FAQ document to answer commonly-asked questions about medical cannabis. Read more

Patient information

Hypersalivation: Causes and treatment. medicalnewstoday.com: Read more

5 Tooth Truths. mouthhealthy.org: How much do you really know about your teeth? Here are some of the “tooth truths” that prove your teeth really are remarkable. Read more

8 surprising foods your dentist doesn’t want you to eat. health.com: Four dentists share the surprising teeth-harming culprits they try to avoid. Read more

How to get through a teeth cleaning when you’re terrified of the dentist. refnery29.com: Read more

Here’s why breathing through your mouth is really bad for you. rd.com: Xerostomia may occur with mouth breathing. Read more

Your health & medical news

The dark days of dentistry. newdentistblog.ada.org: “Sometimes I don’t want to go to work…. Sometimes I don’t want to pull that tooth or make that denture or place that composite. Sometimes…. I don’t want to do dentistry at all.” Read more

‘OK doc, I’m rolling’: Physicians told to expect patients recording them. cbc.ca. Physicians are being advised by their insurer that patients could record them using smartphones — with or without permission. Read more

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

Ergonomics for the dental professional: backing your investment – Live Webinar with Suzie Walters. colgateoralhealthnetwork.com: Preventive posture, position, stretching and strengthening exercise for the dental professional. Read more

Are artificial sweeteners counterproductive when dieting? medicalxpress.com: A new study published in Cell Metabolism has found that artificial sweeteners combined with a low carbohydrate diet significantly increases the quantity of calories consumed. Read more

Eliminate hepatitis: World Health Organization. who.int: New WHO data from 28 countries – representing approximately 70% of the global hepatitis burden – indicate that efforts to eliminate hepatitis are gaining momentum. Read more

Babies and mothers worldwide failed by lack of investment in breastfeeding. who.int: No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and WHO. Read more

How to limit the effect of sugar on children’s teeth. us.hellomgazine.com: With their children enjoying the freedom of the summer break, mums and dads are struggling to monitor the sugar intake of their little ones, the study found. 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


August 24-26 – CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, in San Francisco, CA. Save more than 10% on some ticketed courses, if you register online by July 25. 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

March 21-24, 2018 – 47th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Association of Dental Research, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Save the date

April 18-21, 2018 – American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Read more

June 20-23, 2018 – Annual Meeting of the American Dental Society of Europe, in Biarritz, France. Read more

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

August 31-September 2, 2018. 24th International Association for Disability and Oral Health Congress, in Dubai, UAE. 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

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