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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2017/08/16


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Doctors and other professionals push back against proposed tax reforms aimed at high earners

Cases of HPV-related oral cancers have risen significantly in Canada

Medical board orders Georgia doctors to get training on opioids

Session during World Dental Congress draws attention to ‘No health without oral health’

Canadian dentistry news

Cases of HPV-related oral cancers have risen significantly in Canada. cbc.ca: In a cross-Canada study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers found the incidence of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers increased by about 50% between 2000 and 2012. The proportion of oral cancers caused by HPV has risen significantly in Canada, say researchers, who suggest the infection is now behind an estimated three-quarters of all such malignancies. Read more

Doctors and other professionals push back against proposed tax reforms aimed at high earners. nationalpost.com: Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposal to restrict the use of private corporations as a tax-saving vehicle will hit many professionals hard, but especially doctors who are mounting a publicity campaign against it and gathering allies from other affected groups. Read more

Planning and Dissemination Grants – Institute/Initiative Community. ncohr-rcrsb.ca: CIHR has funding to support planning and/or dissemination activities consistent with the mandate of CIHR and relevant to CIHR institutes, or Initiatives. The grant opportunity includes funding that supports activities that are relevant to musculoskeletal health, oral health or skin disorders. Applications are due August 22, 2017 Read more

Poverty: A Clinical Tool for Primary Care Providers. cfpd.ca: This clinical tool offers specific resources to help health care providers screen for and respond to poverty concerns in patient encounters, particularly when caring for underserved, vulnerable, and marginalized populations. Read more

How to spot meth use in teens. UAlberta dentist urges parents to look for these oral signs. ualberta.ca: Subtle but unhealthy signs, such as dry mouth and a rapid increase in cavities can be spotted as early as a few months after hard drug use of even just a few times a week. Teeth don’t have to be visibly rotten and falling out before signs of adverse drug use start showing up,” says Dr. Liran Levin, Head, Division of Periodontology at UAlberta. Read more

Global News Health Matters looks at how oral health issues can be linked to drug use [following heart failure segment]. globalnews.ca: Interview with Dr. Liran Levin. Watch short video at starting at 2:30

UBC Dentistry Impressions | spring 2017 available online. issuu.com: News, feature articles, alumni class notes and events, and CDE calendar from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. Read more

Delayed start date of the new dean of UBC Dentistry. dentistry.ubc.ca: The start date of Dr. Mary MacDougall, the new Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, has been delayed from the original start date of August 1, 2017. Until she commences in the role as Dean, Dr. Leandra Best has agreed to continue serving as Acting Dean. Read more

GOJHL included in new mandatory full-face shield requirement. ourperth.ca: All junior hockey skaters will be required to wear full-face protection starting this season, following a new Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) requirement. Player safety is the primary reason behind the directive change. Read more

Un financement de 5,4 M$ pour des infrastructures de recherche à l’UdeM. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: Onze chercheurs de l’UdeM obtiennent un financement d’infrastructure du Fonds des leaders John-R.-Evans. Elham Emami, de la Faculté de médecine dentaire, travaillera à la mise en place d’une infrastructure consacrée à la recherche clinique interdisciplinaire en santé buccodentaire. Lire plus

Arrivée de 2 nouveaux professeurs! fmd.ulaval.ca: Fraîchement arrivés à Québec après trois années de spécialisation aux États-Unis, les professeurs Mathilde Clairet et Adrien Pollini multiplient les rencontres ces jours-ci afin d’être fin prêts à amorcer leur nouveau mandat dès la rentrée de septembre prochain! La Dre Clairet joindra l’équipe d’endodontie, alors que le Dr Pollini concentrera son enseignement et ses recherches dans la discipline de la prosthodontie. Lire plus

International dentistry news

FDA to expand public education campaign to focus on prevention of youth e-cigarette use. fda.gov: The agency plans to expand its “The Real Cost” public education campaign to include messaging to teens about the dangers of using these products this fall while developing a full-scale campaign to launch in 2018. Read more

New resource to encourage optimal prescribing for antibiotics in dentistry. bda.org: The dental prescribing dashboard is designed to help consultants in dental public health and local dental networks with insights into prescribing in England, so they can compare local dentists’ prescribing patterns with others across the UK. Read more

ADA approves of President Trump declaring opioids national emergency. ada.org: Continuing the ADA’s commitment to ending the opioid epidemic, Dr. Gary L. Roberts, ADA President, applauded President Donald Trump’s statement, identifying opioid abuse as a national emergency Aug. 10. Read more

Medical board orders Georgia doctors to get training on opioids. myajc.com: The new training required for Georgia doctors will cover instruction on the guidelines for proper prescribing, as well as on recognizing signs of abuse of the highly-addictive drugs. Read more

New state law on dental hygienists could be a ‘game changer’ in improving access to basic care. jsonline.com: Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s in Milwaukee provides preventive dental care at its Family Health Center for patients who have diabetes or who are pregnant. It used to be that before a dental hygienist at the clinic could do cleanings or provide other preventive care, patients first had to been seen by a dentist. That system changed this summer. Read more

The Wikipedia collaboration of dental schools. asdablog.com: Over a year ago, the Wikipedia Editing Project was launched by Dundee Dental School, situated in Scotland, United Kingdom (UK). This student-led project is aimed at improving dental content on Wikipedia. Students were first made aware of the deficiency and inaccuracy of dental articles on the website by the Cochrane Collaboration. Read more

University of Illinois dental school receives $1M federal grant to care for children. ada.org: The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry announced it received a five-year, $1 million grant to help provide dental students with education and training to care for children up to 5 years old. Read more

CDC invests more than $200 million to help states respond to infectious disease threats. cdc.gov: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded more than $200 million through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases cooperative agreement to help states, cities, counties, and territories prevent, detect, respond to, and control the growing threats posed by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. Read more

Dentists make urgent call to get seniors help with oral care. unionleader.com: Today, dentists and doctors know poor oral health is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some cancers and can increase the risk of hospitalization. […] A 2014 state study of New Hampshire seniors showed almost 19% reported they needed early or urgent dental care that they couldn’t get because of the cost or the inability to get a ride to the dentist. Read more

The American Working Conditions Survey Finds That More Than Half of Retirees Would Return to Work. rand.org: Older job seekers are less likely than younger job seekers to rate formal benefits, such as dental insurance, life insurance, or paid time off, as essential or very important. What did matter was having some control over how they do their work, the ability to set their own pace, and the physical demands of the job. Read more

Dr. Kathryn Kell to assume FDI presidency. ada.org: Dr. Kell, Iowa dentist and former ADA trustee, will assume the presidency of FDI when it convenes in Madrid at the end of August. The presidency is the culmination of more than two decades of purposeful advocacy for, and in, the FDI. 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 (NCDs) at special session during its World Dental Congress in Madrid. Organized in collaboration with the NCD Alliance, the session is titled ‘No health without oral health: How the dental community can leverage the NCD agenda to deliver on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals’. 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 (CSO) in Ireland showed that the number of treatments funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE) under the Dental Treatment Service Scheme have fallen by over 16% between 2013–2016. Read more

One in seven toddlers has tooth decay – because parents are unaware they need to brush their children’s teeth. dailymail.co.uk: ‘Brushing teeth might not be the highest priority in the day’. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Nitrous oxide shortage continues after 2016 explosion. ada.org: The nitrous oxide shortage that was expected to end in March is ongoing, and it’s unclear when production will return to normal. Access to nitrous oxide has become a concern for some dentists as a result of the supply disruption. Read more

Small molecule inhibitor prevents or impedes tooth cavities in a preclinical model. uab.edu: This selective inhibition appears to act specifically against Streptococcus mutans, and the inhibitor drastically reduced dental caries in rats which were fed a caries-promoting diet. Read more

How the Tongue Keeps Its Tastes Straight. newsroom.cumc.columbia.edu: New research at Columbia University Medical Center has revealed how special molecules help the tongue communicate with the brain to identify the correct taste. […] The discovery provides new insights into how the tongue keeps its sense of taste organized despite the rapid turnover of the cells in its taste buds. Read more

E-cigarettes: How safe are they for cardiovascular health? medicalnewstoday.com: Researchers from West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown set out to examine the impact of acute and long-term exposure to e-cigarettes (e-cigs) on the cardiovascular health of mice. The study found that within an hour of being exposed to 5 minutes of e-cig vapor, the arteries narrowed by 31%. Chronic, long-term exposure to e-cigs also resulted in aortic stiffness, which was two and a half times higher in that group compared with the control group, which was exposed to filtered air only. Read more

Diagnosing peri-implant disease using the tongue as a 24/7 detector. nature.com: Researchers in Germany, are working on a chewing gum that is capable of detecting oral inflammation. In the presence of inflammatory conditions, specific protein-degrading enzymes are activated in the mouth. In just five minutes, these enzymes also break down a special ingredient of the chewing gum, thereby releasing a bittering agent that could not be tasted before. Read more

Molecule in human saliva has potential for wound healing. sciencedaily.com: A study published online in The FASEB Journal delves into the mystifying fact that wounds in your mouth heal faster and more efficiently than wounds elsewhere. Researchers found that histatin-1 promotes angiogenesis, as well as cell adhesion and migration. Read more

How regular dental check-ups prevent disease and save consumers money. consumeraffairs.com: The survey results indicated many misconceptions that consumers have surrounding oral health and general dentists. Read more

Translated Cochrane evidence. cochrane.org: Bringing you Cochrane evidence in 14 different languages. Due to the length of Cochrane Reviews, teams focus on the abstract and or the Plain Language Summary. Cochrane podcasts offer a short summary of a recent Cochrane review and have been recorded in 33 languages. Read more

A review of popular dental podcasts. asdablog.com: Currently, there are nearly 40 different dental podcast shows available online for free. Taylor Squires, a third-year dental student at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine provides a brief description of the five shows that he has found engaging and helpful. Read more

Mind your business

Managing change and growth – Impacts on patient care and staff. ada.org: The key to successfully managing the ongoing growth and change of your practice is to be proactive in responding to new developments. Planning for change can help ensure that you keep your practice on track while minimizing the impact on patients and staff. Read more

Patient information

Teeth: An Owner’s Manual. redbookmag.com: Teeth may not wrinkle, but that doesn’t mean they don’t age. Read more

5 Questions to Ask at Your Child’s Back-to-School Dental Visit. mouthhealthy.org: Read more

The Importance of Oral Health in Parkinson’s Disease. parkinsonnewstoday.com: Oral health is essential for everyone, but people living with Parkinson’s disease need to pay particular attention to their mouth, teeth and gums to limit any problems. Read more

Shots Health News from NPR: Navigating The ‘Aisle of Confusion’ To Whiten Your Teeth. npr.org: Tooth discoloration may occur for several reasons. Read more

Taking care of your teeth and mouth. canada.gc.ca: Information on proper teeth cleaning for infants and children, adults, seniors and pregnant women. Read more

You’re probably forgetting to brush this part of your teeth. huffingtonpost.ca: It’s always important to go back to basics and make sure that you’re brushing your teeth with proper technique. Read more

Your health & medical news

Webinar –August 16, 08:00 PM EST (New York) – Ergonomics for the Dental Professional: Backing Your Investment. colgateoralhealthnetwork.com: Speaker(s): Suzie Walters, Director of The Fitness Specialist program at Trident Technical College (TTC). Register now

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

Artificial Sweeteners Trick the Brain: Study. webmd.com: New research may help explain the reported link between the use of artificial sweeteners and diabetes. Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine say that in nature the intensity of sweetness reflects the amount of energy present. But in modern-day life, the body’s metabolism is fooled when a beverage is either too sweet or not sweet enough for the number of calories it contains. That means that a sweet-tasting, lower-calorie drink can trigger a greater metabolic response than a drink with higher calories. Read more

Dementia is not a runaway train. We can delay its onset. [Comment] globeandmail.com: There are few things that aging baby boomers fear more than dementia. The numbers are frightful: An estimated 564,000 Canadians are currently living with dementia, and that figure is expected to rise to 937,000 within 15 years. 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


Register now

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

Dental industry news

Henry Schein Launches 2017 Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Communities Program. prnewswire.com: Now in its 11th year, company initiative recognizes the vital role of community health centers and expands access to care for thousands of people. Read more

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