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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2017/08/30


Top News

What Canada’s new tax-planning proposals mean for private businesses

Toxic chemical BPA still common in blood samples: survey

Should kids be sedated for dental work?

FDI releases chairside guide for dentists with a focus on caries prevention

Fluoride exposure and indicators of thyroid functioning in the Canadian population: implications for community water fluoridation

Canadian dentistry news

Proposed Tax Changes and Impacts to Private Corporations and Professionals. mnp.ca: How proposed tax changes could impact dentists. MNP LLP provides a Q&A. Read more

What Canada’s new tax-planning proposals mean for private businesses. theglobeandmail.com: The newly proposed tax-planning measures will fundamentally change the way corporate after-tax income reinvested in passive investments will be managed. Here’s an overview of the proposed changes. Read more

OPINION: Federal tax changes would hurt small business. thechronicleherald.ca: Recent musings about the tax changes envisaged by federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau are causing significant anxiety for small-business owners. Read more

Wynne pledges help for opioid crisis; ‘More needs to be done,’ premier says after meeting doctors, front-line workers. thestar.com: Drug users and front-line workers in the opioid crisis can expect “significant” new life-saving help soon from the province, Premier Kathleen Wynne said after meeting with doctors. Read more

Toxic chemical BPA still common in blood samples: survey. nationalpost.com: Seven years after Canada declared bisphenol A, or BPA, to be toxic to human health, a national survey of chemicals in Canadians’ bodies shows more than 90 per cent of Canadians have it in their blood and the exposure may actually be getting worse, not better. Read more

‘A lot I can bring to the table’: 2nd New Brunswick MP joins Trudeau cabinet. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, MP for Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe, named health minister in cabinet shuffle. cbc.ca: A social worker for 24 years, Petitpas Taylor told the CBC that she had worked on the front lines with victims of violence and people with mental health and addiction issues in the past. She now looked forward to bringing this experience to her work with the federal government, particularly with regard to the opioid crisis in Canada. Read more

No more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day for kids, experts say. cbc.ca: Children from the age of two to 18 should eat or drink no more than six teaspoons of added sugars daily, according to recommendations published in an American Health Association journal. Read more

Catalyst Grant: Indigenous Approaches to Wellness Research. ncohr-rcrsb.ca: CIHR has funding to support research activities related to Indigenous approaches to wellness which represent the first steps towards the pursuit of more comprehensive funding opportunities. Research areas include ethical and impactful research to enhance active living, mobility and oral health, and to address the wide range of conditions related to bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue, skin and teeth. 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 5, 2017. Read more

Protocols – Emergency Situations. odq.qc.ca: Read more

Basic Emergency Kit. odq.qc.ca: Read more

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief. cdaa.ca: Read more

International dentistry news

Checking for Child Abuse Can Save Lives. dentistrytoday.com: […] Every year, more than 3.6 million children are abused. As a dentist, you can identify many victims because craniofacial, face, head, and neck injuries are found in more than half of all child abuse cases. Here’s why it’s your duty to spot the signs of child abuse. Read more

Fewer antibiotic prescriptions are being filled, a new analysis finds. washingtonpost.com: The use of antibiotics among Americans with commercial health insurance has decreased during the past several years, according to a new analysis that nevertheless shows lingering variations for different ages and in different parts of the country. Read more

Should Kids Be Sedated for Dental Work? nytimes.com: In dental offices nationwide, children who need cavities filled or teeth pulled are sometimes sedated. Ideally, it makes them less anxious and more cooperative. […] In recent years, a few reports of sedated children dying at dental offices have come to light, alarming lawmakers, parents and the dental profession. Read more

MyView: They should know better, by Dr. Matthew J. Messina. ada.org: Dr. Matthew has become increasingly annoyed at the way the profession of dentistry is portrayed in the series of advertisements currently being aired by Aspen Dental. Read more

NYC Boosts Cigarette Prices to $13, Bans Sales by Pharmacies. bloomberg.com: New York boosted the minimum price of a pack of cigarettes by 24 per cent to US$13 and placed a cap on the number of tobacco sellers, part of the city’s biggest crackdown on smoking in more than a decade. […] Pharmacies will be prohibited from selling tobacco as their licenses begin to expire in 2018. Read more

FDA commissioner: Safer tobacco products can provide ‘satisfying levels of nicotine’ to people who want it. cnbc.com: Late last month, the FDA announced a plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation, to the surprise of some tobacco companies, with the goal of encouraging the development of new products that are less dangerous than cigarettes. Read more

Editorial: Fluoride’s benefits settled; grin and bear it. sun-sentinel.com:  It’s been called “one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So why isn’t every public water system in America adding fluoride to its drinking water? Read more

Indian Health Services looks at new ways of addressing oral health disparities. ada.org: […] American Indian and Alaska Native children continue to “suffer disproportionately from dental disease” across all age groups, according to the Indian Health Service Division of Oral Health. Read more

How technology is changing the face of dentistry. huffingtonpost.com: In an industry that has traditionally been dominated by slow moving technological advances; recent years have seen an explosion in new tech applications for dentistry. Read more

Intent on reversing its opioid epidemic, a state limits prescriptions. npr.org: A year ago, Maine was one of the first states to set limits on opioid prescriptions. […] Maine’s law, considered the toughest in the U.S., is largely viewed as a success. But it has also been controversial. Read more

‘I would have been dead in months’: Man diagnosed with deadly cancer – by his dentist. mirror.co.uk: David Mist says he owes his life to his dentist, who diagnosed his mouth cancer despite multiple trips to the doctors. Read more

Geisinger cuts its name, sugary beverages. dailyitem.com: […] Geisinger will no longer provide beverages that contain sugar, beginning on Jan. 1. […] It is part of the movement to provide healthier food throughout the health care system. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

FDI releases chairside guide for dentists with a focus on caries prevention. fdiworlddental.org: FDI issued a chairside guide to advise clinicians on restorative interventions with their patients. It was released on the opening day of the FDI World Dental Congress in Madrid under the umbrella of the Caries Prevention Partnership. Read more

Reports show declines in antibiotic prescribing, spending. cidrap.umn.edu: Two new reports on antibiotics prescribing and spending are adding to the evidence that campaigns to improve antimicrobial stewardship in the United States are beginning to pay off. Read more

Fewer Than Half of Teens Up To Date On HPV Vaccine. webmd.com: Six out of 10 U.S. parents are choosing to get their children vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV), which is spread by sexual contact. Read more and Read CDC Report

Highlighted review: Open versus closed surgical exposure of eye teeth that are displaced in the roof of the mouth. onlinelibrary.wiley.com: It does not seem that one surgical technique is better than the other for moving displaced eye teeth into the correct position, or for other outcomes, but this finding is uncertain because the quality of the evidence is low. Read more

New osteoporosis treatment uses traditional Chinese herb to prevent bone loss. news.ubc.ca: An herb widely used in traditional Chinese medicine might hold the key to a new osteoporosis therapy that could prevent bone loss without causing side effects. Read more

Fluoride exposure and indicators of thyroid functioning in the Canadian population: implications for community water fluoridation. jech.bmj.com: These analyses suggest that, at the population level, fluoride exposure is not associated with impaired thyroid functioning in a time and place where multiple sources of fluoride exposure, including community water fluoridation, exist. Read more

Suitability of Different Natural and Synthetic Biomaterials for Dental Pulp Tissue Engineering. medicalxpress.com: To regenerate dental pulp tissue after emptying of a tooth’s root canals researchers compared the effectiveness of 3D scaffolds made of natural or customized synthetic materials containing pulpal stem cells and dentin-derived growth factors. Read more and Read full article

Engaging the Oral Health Community in Childhood Obesity Prevention National Conference— Executive Summary. mchoralhealth.org: There is growing recognition among oral health professionals of their dual role in preventing childhood obesity and dental caries by targeting sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) consumption. Read more

Effectiveness of oral health education on oral hygiene and dental caries in schoolchildren: Systematic review and meta-analysis. onlinelibrary.wiley.com: Traditional oral health educational actions were effective in reducing plaque, but not gingivitis. Read more

Review: Claims of Safety, Oral Benefit of Charcoal Dentifrice Usage Remain Unproven. newswise.com: University of Maryland School of Dentistry researchers respond to an emerging practice of brushing teeth with products containing charcoal by conducting a literature review and urging dental practitioners to educate patients to be cautious. Read more

Four Common Mistakes in Dental Photography. aacd.com: Photos that are poorly shot can negatively impact a case submission. Here are four common dental photography mistakes along with tips to help you capture better images for your clinical case submissions. Read more

Living in the Material World. dentistrytoday.com: Larger, more robust [3-D printers] …open up more possibilities… [and] can print multiple units (such as models) at the same time with increased speed. Read more

Mind your business

5 everyday scenarios autistic children might find challenging (and how to solve them). netdoctor.co.uk: A trip to the dentist can be really stressful for an autistic child. What to do. Read more

3 strategies to attract millennials through dental patient relationship management. dentistryiq.com: Everyone’s scratching their heads over how to reach this new generation—millennials—including dentists. Here are some actionable tips for attracting them to your dental practice. Read more

4 Ways Dentists Are Using Social Content to Educate Patients. adweek.com: Opinion: Many dentists have realized the importance of online patient education and adjusted accordingly. Read more

Patient information

National Tooth Fairy Day recalls old beliefs and traditions. dental-tribune.com: How did the myth of the tooth fairy actually come into being? Read more

Mouthguards. mouthhealthy.org: Knowing how to prevent injuries to your mouth and face is especially important if you participate in organized sports or other recreational activities. Read more

How to get a picture-perfect wedding smile. mouthhealthy.org: It’s a nice day for a white wedding – and a healthy smile. A married dentist couple shares their “been there, done that” advice. Read more

The 5 best whitening toothpastes, according to a cosmetic dentist. businessinsider.com: Dr. Neil Hadaegh, a dentist in Beverly Hills, ranks the five toothpastes, plus his explanation of why. Read more

Your health & medical news

Let Go and Live with Less Control. editiondigital.net: Do you feel overloaded with too many expectations and rules about how to live your life? “As dental professionals, we are particularly prone to suffering because we think we are supposed to be the ones fixing others,” Dr. Lisa Knowles writes in her Dental Practice Success article, Let Go and Live with Less Control. She notes that about half of dentists under age 40 say it would be difficult for them to seek professional help. Read more

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

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


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

Why These Holocaust Survivors Say Their Life Was Saved Twice. rd.com: Because of their horrific early experiences that created nutritional deficiencies, many Holocaust survivors are in need of extreme dental repair that they can’t afford—but thanks to a partnership between Henry Schein, the world’s largest provider of health care products and services, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, they’re receiving life-changing dental care. Read more

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