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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2017/08/23

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Call for feedback: Dental amalgams compared with resin composites

‘I’m back in the 1950s’: Saint John dentist says proposed tax changes punish women. Change proposed by federal government closes a loophole involving ‘passive investment income

Albertans could see dental costs drop thanks to new fee guide

The anti-sugar fad is now a trend

A tougher tooth – A new dental restoration composite developed by UCSB scientists proves more durable than the conventional material

Canadian dentistry news

Differing perspectives on water fluoridation. watertoday.ca: People have the right, not only to know what is being added to the water that enters their homes and businesses they have the right to understand in very clear terms what the additive is doing to and for their bodies. It is with this in mind, that we are looking into water fluoridation. We spoke with Dr. Benoit Soucy, Director of Clinical and Scientific Affairs for the Canadian Dental Association (CDA). The CDA endorses the use of fluoridated water in Canada “because it is a demonstrated vehicle to expose teeth to fluoride,” Soucy said. He added that “exposure to fluoride at [a] low dosage, many times a day, is a good way to reduce the risk of dental decay.” Read more

Call for Feedback: Dental Amalgams Compared with Resin Composites. cadth.ca: A draft report on Dental Amalgams Compared with Resin Composites is now available for feedback from all interested stakeholders. Feedback due by September 3, 2017. Read more

‘I’m back in the 1950s’: Saint John dentist says proposed tax changes punish women. Change proposed by federal government closes a loophole involving ‘passive investment income’. cbc.ca: A Saint John dentist and small business owner says she feels tax changes, Finance Minister Bill Morneau proposed earlier this month, unfairly target her for being a female entrepreneur. The Canadian Dental Association says it’s studying what was proposed and will submit a formal response. Read more

CMA head criticizes federal corporate tax plan, says it will harm patient care. theglobeandmail.com: Ottawa’s plan to change tax rules for professional corporations is ill-conceived, sexist and will ultimately harm patient care, the president of the Canadian Medical Association says. “I don’t think the Department of Finance understands the ramifications of these changes on physicians and other small businesses,” Granger Avery, president of the CMA, said in an interview. Read more

Should doctors demand salaries, benefits? [Guest column: Dr. Charles Shaver] torontosun.com: Liberal Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposed tax changes to 300,000 corporations across Canada will impact the financial well-being of fishermen, farmers, small businesses, physicians, dentists, lawyers, engineers, architects and accountants. They would create a 73% effective tax rate on the earnings from investments held inside professional corporations. Read more

Major health study ‘by Inuit, for Inuit’ set to get underway in Nunavik. cbc.ca: A major health study for Inuit in Nunavik is about to get underway, nearly 15 years after the last study highlighted a number of health and food security issues for the people living there. Read more

The Alberta Dental Association and College has released a Dental Fee Guide for Alberta [Media Release]. dentalhealthalberta.ca: The ADA&C has felt privileged for the unique situation to be able to collaborate closely with the Ministry of Health to improve transparency and enhance communications. We recognize that the current economic environment is challenging; in response to this, the ADA&C has developed a dental fee guide that will allow dentists to create downward pressure on their costs of services. Read more

Albertans could see dental costs drop thanks to new fee guide. globalnews.ca: The Alberta Dental Association and College has released a new dental fee guide. The goal of the guide is to create transparency and put downward pressure on dentists to reduce service fees closer to the national average. Read more

New periodontology graduate program – a first for Alberta. ualberta.ca: Patients coming to the School of Dentistry’s dental clinic will now be able to receive treatment from periodontology residents thanks to the newly created Periodontology Graduate program. Read more

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

AADSM recognizes innovative obstructive sleep apnea research at UBC. dentistry. ubc.ca: Dr. Mona Hamoda, a year-three doctoral candidate in Craniofacial Science, is the recipient of two awards from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). Her study represents the longest observational period to date examining oral appliance side effects, with up to 21 years of follow up for some patients. Read more

Tobacco firm says new product will reduce smoking rate, critics skeptical of motives. nationalpost.com: Philip Morris International, along with its Canadian subsidiary Rothmans Benson & Hedges, says it is committed to a smoke-free future — one that eliminates the burning of cigarettes and helps Canada reach its goal of reducing the smoking rate to less than five per cent by 2035. Read more

Health Canada facing pressure to overhaul existing Food Guide. theglobeandmail.com: Health Canada is facing pressure from medical advocates to ensure there are major changes to its existing Food Guide as it works on highly anticipated dietary guidelines to be released early next year. Read more

Advertisers decry Canada’s proposed restrictions on marketing food to kids. theglobeandmail.com: A group representing Canadian advertisers is criticizing proposed restrictions on marketing food and beverages to children, saying that suggested changes to policy go too far. Read more

Vancouver junior hockey team makes full-face protection mandatory for players. cbc.ca: Peninsula Panthers become first junior team in Western Canada to adopt the cage over the half visor, following the lead of 117 Ontario-based Junior A and B teams that made cages mandatory. Read more

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmajnews.com: Health news recap (oral cancers caused by HPV, Canada Food Guide, and more). Read more

Les travaux du Dr Rouabhia font l’objet d’un livre. fmd.laval.ca : Le professeur à la Faculté de médecine dentaire et chercheur au GREB, Mahmoud Rouabhia, et ses collègues Zhang de l’UL et Moulton de l’Australie ont récemment fait paraître un livre qui traite des applications de polymères conducteurs électriques dans le domaine de la biologie cellulaire et de la médecine. Lire plus

International dentistry news

Pros and cons: Free dental care in exchange for community service. ns.umich.edu: The majority of low-income Michigan residents and dentists who participated in a program that provided free dental care in exchange for volunteer work said they liked it, and most patients felt their oral health had improved. Read more

University of Alabama at Birmingham Wellness Clinic – What your mouth says about your overall health. uab.edu: “The mouth is a mirror of the body,” says Dr. Nico Geurs. That unique view into patient health prompted the creation of the UAB Dentistry Wellness Clinic. Read more

Major recruitment drive and tax reliefs needed to address oral health crisis. dentist.ie: The Irish Dental Association has called on the government to initiate a major recruitment drive for dentists to enable the Public Dental Service to deliver on its programme of care for children and other vulnerable groups. Read more

The Anti-Sugar Fad Is Now a Trend. bloomberg.com: Cutting back on sugar? So is much of the world. The change can be attributed to several factors, according to a new report from Rabobank, including warnings about rising obesity rates, government initiatives like soda taxes, and manufacturers’ commitments to reformulating processed foods to lower their sugar content. Read more

ID’ing human remains with dental records subject of technical report. Report, developed in part by ADA, defines best practices for the field of forensic odontology. ada.org: If accepted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Forensic Scientific Area Subcommittee later this year, the report would be included in the National Institute of Justice’s nationally approved registry of guidelines related to forensics. Read more

Refocusing, reenergizing efforts – Give Kids A Smile leaders meet to better their programs. ada.org: The group discussed and proposed best practices, brainstormed ideas to resolve challenges facing GKAS volunteers and explored ways to enhance and expand the program. Read more

Here’s the average number of oral and maxillofacial surgeries per dental practice per month. dentistryiq.com: According to Sikka Software data, the number of oral and maxillofacial surgeries per dental practice per month has risen sharply since 2010. Why is this? A common theory postulated after the 2008 recession was that dental practices would keep more procedures in house to compensate for lost revenue. Read more

The ‘doctor’s bag of the future’ could be a 3-D printer. cnn.com: Dr. Julielynn Wong was the first to 3-D print a medical supply in space. […] she created a customized finger splint. Read more

Study finds that rural Alaska dental aides, once challenged by dentists, make a difference in oral health. adn.com: In villages served the most by dental health aides, children and adults had more preventive care and fewer extractions, cutting down on one of the worst outcomes in dentistry, the study found. Read more

FDA sends warning letter to Homeolab USA Inc. fda.gov: The warning letter summarizes significant violations of current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) regulations for finished pharmaceuticals. Read more

Express Scripts to limit opioids; doctors concerned. Nationalpost.com: America’s largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans. Read more

Research & Commentary: New study demonstrates effectiveness of dental therapists. heartland.org: A new study issued by the University of Washington examines one of the most promising solutions to the dental health shortage: the expansion of dental scope of practice to allow dental therapists to provide much-needed services. Read more

Study identifies link between e-cigarette and tobacco use in school children. news-medical.net: A new study, published in the journal Tobacco Control has found a link showing that school children who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try tobacco within a year. Using e-cigarettes or vaping is generally accepted as a safer alternative for people who already have the habit of smoking. Read more

Big tobacco fuels nicotine replacement addiction, UCSF study shows. sfgate.com: Nicotine patches, lozenges, inhalers and gum have long been marketed as ways of helping addicts break the habit. But such products by themselves won’t do the job — something tobacco companies themselves have taken advantage of to boost their profits, new research from UCSF says. Read more

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief August 23, 2017. cdaa.ca: Read more

Clinical & scientific news

A Tougher Tooth – A new dental restoration composite developed by UCSB scientists proves more durable than the conventional material. news.ucsb.edu: Inspired by the mechanisms mussels use to adhere to inhospitable surfaces, researchers have developed a new type of dental composite that provides an extra layer of durability to treated teeth. […] The new study shows that using a catecholic coupling agent instead of the conventional silane coupling agent provides 10 times higher adhesion and a 50% increase in toughness compared to current dental restorative resin composites. Read more

Human papillomavirus in oropharyngeal cancer in Canada: analysis of 5 comprehensive cancer centres using multiple imputation. cmaj.ca: Across multiple centres in Canada, there was a steady rise in the proportion of oropharyngeal cancers attributable to HPV from 2000 to 2012. Read more

AADR Perspective on Phase 1 of “Advancing Dental Education: Gies in the 21st Century”. iadr.org: The project aims to critically assess the current state of oral health education and practice, identify trends that will shape future dental education, develop strategies for restructuring dental education to address long-range challenges and prepare a long-term strategic plan to implement the changes needed. Read more

Researchers Use Saliva to Diagnose and Find Clues About Zika Virus. iadr.org: For the first time, researchers are using proteomics to examine proteins and peptides in saliva in order to accurately detect exposure to Zika virus. Read more

Association between chronic periodontitis and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease: a retrospective, population-based, matched-cohort study. alzres.biomedcentral.com: Findings demonstrate that 10-year CP exposure was associated with a 1.707-fold increase in the risk of developing AD. These findings highlight the need to prevent progression of periodontal disease and promote healthcare services at the national level. Read more

Combination of traditional chemotherapy, new drug kills rare cancer cells in mice. eurekalert.org: An experimental drug combined with the traditional chemotherapy drug cisplatin, when used in mice, destroyed a rare form of salivary gland tumor and prevented a recurrence within 300 days, a University of Michigan study found. Read more

Mind your business

How a solo dental practitioner can compete with the big dogs. dentistryiq.com: Dental service organizations (DSOs) have one major advantage over solo practitioners—extensive marketing departments with advertising dollars to support their practice’s growth. Ignoring the DSOs and focusing on what you do best can work, but consider this: every new patient for the DSOs is a loss for your practice. However, there are easy ways for solo practitioners to compete without digging deep into their pockets for marketing. Read more

Patient information

Bad Breath: 6 Causes (and 7 Solutions). mouthhealthy.org: Bad breath happens. Studies show that 50% of adults have had bad breath, or halitosis, at some point in their lives. While many causes are harmless, bad breath can sometimes be a sign of something more serious. Read more

Obstructive Sleep Apnea – A common disorder to treat seriously…and seriously treat. huffingtonpost.com: What is sleep apnea and how could it affect your health? Read more

Sleep Apnea and Snoring. mouthhealthy.org: Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleeping disorder that happens when your regular breathing is interrupted during sleep. Snoring is common among patients with sleep apnea but not all snorers have sleep apnea. Read more

Dental Erosion. ada.org: Prepared by: Center for Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute Topic last updated: June 14, 2017. Read more

6 Ways to Reduce Your Child’s Sugary Snacking. mouthhealthy.org: Know the limits. Read more

5 Fun Ways to Welcome the Tooth Fairy. mouthhealthy.org: For generations, the Tooth Fairy has left a small gift for children who tuck fallen baby teeth under their pillows. Here are 5 delightful and inexpensive ways for families to welcome this magical sprite. Read more

The original Tooth Fairy Poll® – Tracking the rates since ’98. theoriginaltoothfairypoll.com: Since 1998, Delta Dental has annually conducted the Original Tooth Fairy Poll® as a fun way to gauge how generous the tiny fairy had been in the previous year. Read more

Your health & medical news

Peanut Allergy Pill Works Four Years Later. webmd.com: Australian researchers report that a pill to treat peanut allergy still worked four years after it was given. Read moreArticle Abstract

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. – FDA is carefully evaluating prescription opioid medications approved to treat cough in children. fda.gov: FDA announced an upcoming meeting of the Pediatric Advisory Committee that will focus on the use of prescription opioid products containing hydrocodone or codeine for the treatment of cough in pediatric patients, including current treatment practices and benefit-risk considerations. Read more

Manitoba final province to sign health-care pact with feds. cbc.ca: Manitoba will receive an extra $10.9 million — $399.6 million over 10 years — earmarked for home care and mental health services. Read more

The Key To Fighting The Opioid Epidemic Could Be A Vaccine [Opinion]. forbes.com: The opioid epidemic is spreading like a disease, so it’s fitting that the next major development in fighting it could be a vaccine. 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 dentaires 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 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

Dental Wings Joins the Straumann Group. dentalwings.com: The shareholders of Dental Wings Inc. (Montreal, Canada) have signed an agreement to sell their remaining shares in the company to Straumann Holding AG (Basel, Switzerland). As a result, Dental Wings will become a fully-owned Straumann Group company. Dental Wings products and services will be sold under the Dental Wings, Straumann, and other brands – as they are today – by Straumann and the Dental Wings network of distribution partners around the world. Read more

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