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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2017/09/13


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CTV Question Period: Evan Solomon interviews Finance Minister Morneau on proposed tax changes

Small businesses unfairly targeted by proposed tax changes, says Fredericton chamber

On small business taxes, the Liberals are mostly right – in theory

How Morneau can really help Canada’s small businesses

Aspirin could reverse the effects of tooth decay by helping teeth to ‘self-repair’

Canadian dentistry news

CTV Question Period: Evan Solomon interviews Finance Minister Morneau on proposed tax changes. ctvnews.ca/qp: “Farmers, doctors, small business owners say that you make them feel like tax cheats, were you expecting this kind of vocal backlash?” Watch the interview 9:32”.

War on taxes. news.vice.com: Canada has the lowest small-business tax rates in the G7, without much competition. You wouldn’t know it, from the fire and fury that has been aimed at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Finance Minister Bill Morneau. […] The government, and a phalanx of economists, have contended that the changes are merely about “tax fairness” and that the changes only target specific practises from the top 10 percent of earners in the country. Read more

Small businesses unfairly targeted by proposed tax changes, says Fredericton chamber. cbc.ca: The federal government’s recent small business tax proposal is punitive and will have damaging effects on business communities in New Brunswick and across the country, Fredericton’s Chamber of Commerce CEO says. […] Ross said the mechanisms government has provided for businesses to manage their finances are not loopholes but laws that have been in place since the 1970s. Read more

On small business taxes, the Liberals are mostly right – in theory. beta.globeandmail.com: In a perfect world, there would be no tax accountants, no tax lawyers and no tax minimization strategies. That’s because the theoretically perfect tax code – not something we’ll ever see, but bear with us – would be simple, clear compact and without contradictions. Read more

Closing tax loopholes a sure vote winner: Mallick. Toronto Star: You may have been reading about the alleged backlash to the proposed reforms. But the backlash comes from the people using the loopholes. They include doctors, small business owners and, it must be said, freelance journalists who incorporate themselves and hire family members to do no work beyond accepting “sprinklings” of money from Ma and Pa Inc. Read more

Ottawa’s new tax proposals: Slow down and get them right. beta.globeandmail.com: I implore Mr. Morneau to acknowledge the reality. The proposals overshoot the mark, and are horribly complicated. In fact, the government’s stated policy objectives could be achieved with simpler, more efficient proposals, but those of us who deal with tax rules day in and day out are being ignored when, in fact, we can help. Read more

How Morneau can really help Canada’s small businesses. beta.theglobeandmail.com: Over the past few weeks, there has been opposition conveyed through social and print media from certain quarters over Ottawa’s proposal to eliminate tax loopholes for individuals purportedly using small-business corporate tax structures to avoid paying their fair share. Let’s be clear – not all small-business groups are opposed to these proposals, nor the need to ensure that all small business tax benefits are indeed going to genuine “bricks and mortar” small businesses. Read more

Why are we educating teachers so cheaply? (And dentists so expensively?). business.financialpost.com: To mark the start of the university term, Statistics Canada came out last week with its annual summary of tuition fees. If the past is any guide, the fact that fees are up 3.1% this year will be the hook for stories about how expensive university education has become and what an unfair burden we’re placing on young Canadians by asking them to pay for their self-improvement. […] And what is it about dentists? Read more

Changes coming to e-cigarette regulation in Manitoba. cbc.ca: The legislative changes, which go into effect Oct. 1, outlaw the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and set out new rules around how vape shops can advertise and market their products. Read more

Saskatchewan latest province to help protect boys from cancer with HPV vaccine. nationalpost.com: The province says that starting this school year about 7,500 Grade 6 boys will be eligible to receive the HPV vaccine. Read more

Zika virus: Mosquito linked to disease is found in Windsor, marking its first appearance in Canada. lfpress.com: A new Western University test for the Zika virus isn’t coming a moment too soon for Southwestern Ontario, after the mosquito breed known to carry the disease turned up in Windsor. Read more

Duncan elementary school goes ‘water-only’ to fight sugar consumption. vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca, Sept. 11: An elementary school in Duncan has taken bold steps to shut down sugar by discouraging all liquids except for water on the premises. Read more

Professor Tabrizian named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. publications.mcgill.ca: Professor Maryam Tabrizian has been inducted as a Fellow with the Royal Society of Canada. […] Election to the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honour a scholar can achieve. Read more

White coats mean the world to determined dental students. news.umanitoba.ca: Read more

Accueil des nouveaux étudiants au D.M.D. fmd.ulaval.ca : Read more

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief September 13, 2017. cdaa.ca: Read more

International dentistry news

WebMD Talks to NIH Director About Opioid Epidemic. webmd.com: Researchers are working on solutions to the epidemic, including scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health. Read more

Scientists create pioneering technology to give patients a ‘virtual view’ of their expected teeth. dailymail.co.uk: Pioneering new technology gives dental patients a ‘virtual view’ of their expected smile. Kapanu 3D allows adults seeking a Hollywood smile to choose their desired smile right in front of their eyes – based on current scans of their mouth and gives users the chance to edit how close together their teeth are, as well as their whiteness. Read more

Sugar content in food to be reduced further. swissinfo.ch: The interior ministry and the Swiss food industry have agreed on measures to further cut sugar in yogurts and breakfast cereals. Read more

Can’t Afford the Dentist? You’re Not Alone. health.usnews.com: For many middle-aged Americans, even basic dental care is now financially out of reach, a new poll finds. Read more

Tele-dentistry is high-quality way to expand access. azdailysun.com: An out-of-state foundation wants more children to receive dental care. However, the Pew Foundation’s proposal (“Dental therapist proposal remains controversial”) would create a new layer of health professionals, add regulations and require a new curriculum that’s yet to be written. A better way exists. Read more

A special dentist for special needs. ocregister.com: Getting kids to love going to the dentist often can be a challenge, but what if you have a child who requires special care because of a developmental disability? Pediatric dentists are trained with an additional two years of residency specializing in dental care for babies, kids, teens and kids with special needs. Read more

Dental Schools Add an Urgent Lesson: Think Twice About Prescribing Opioids. npr.org: Massachusetts has taken the lead in trying to reduce opioid prescription abuse. […] Dental schools in the state are also required to teach a set of core competencies that their students are required to meet before graduating. Students will have to demonstrate that they know how to consider nonopioid treatment options. Read more

Nursery children to take part in toothbrushing pilot project. isleofman.com: The initiative is being organised by the Department of Health and Social Care’s Public Health Directorate and is based on Scotland’s Childsmile programme. Read more

Social deprivation sits at the heart of children’s oral decay. medicalxpress.com: A study of 347 children in Plymouth aged between four and six years has shown that social deprivation is an indicator of increased risk of dental decay in children. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Patients with Special Needs Prefer Visors Over Masks. dentistrytoday.com: According to the survey, 68% of the patients preferred use of a visor alone, while 22% chose the mask alone. The remaining 10% selected a combination of a mask and visor. Read more

AAP statement on fruit juice consumption by infants, children, and adolescents – JADA+ Specialty Scan. ada.org: Fruit juice offers no nutritional benefits for infants younger than 1 year and no nutritional advantages over whole fruit for infants and children. Read more

Clinical Practice Guideline: Evaluation of the Neck Mass in Adults. entnet.org: The primary purpose of this guideline is to promote the efficient, effective, and accurate diagnostic workup of neck masses to ensure that adults with potentially malignant disease receive prompt diagnosis and intervention to optimize outcomes. Read more

What diabetic mice can teach us about keeping teeth healthy. philly.com: A new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers shows that unmanaged diabetes changes bacteria in the mouth so that microbes are more capable of causing disease. Read more

Should we blame our genes for the bacteria behind tooth decay? medicalnewstoday.com: The composition of our oral bacteria when we are very young is predominantly influenced by our genetic background. But as we age, this heritable factor wanes and non-heritable ones such as diet and oral hygiene play a stronger role in shaping the oral microbiome. Read more

Aspirin could reverse the effects of tooth decay by helping teeth to ‘self-repair’, scientists discover. dailymail.co.uk: The common pain relief medication can do this by triggering teeth to self-repair. The cheap drug is able to help form new dentine, the hard tooth structure that is usually damaged by decay, according to researchers at Queen’s University Belfast. Read more

Scientists: New Device Accurately Identifies Cancer in Seconds. utexas.edu: A team of scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin has invented a powerful tool that rapidly and accurately identifies cancerous tissue during surgery, delivering results in about 10 seconds—more than 150 times as fast as existing technology. Read more

New dental imaging method uses squid ink to fish for gum disease. Sciencedaily.com: By combining squid ink with light and ultrasound, a team led by engineers has developed a new dental imaging method to examine a patient’s gums that is noninvasive, more comprehensive and more accurate than the state of the art. Read more

Study finds low risk for jaw osteonecrosis with denosumab for postmenopausal osteoporosis. mdedge.com: Osteonecrosis of the jaw was a rare adverse event in women taking denosumab for postmenopausal osteoporosis, with a 0.7% rate for women who reported an invasive oral procedure or event while taking the drug and a 0.05% rate for women who did not have such procedures. Read more

Do E-Cigarettes Damage Blood Vessels? webmd.com: Nicotine in e-cigarettes may cause stiffened arteries, which can lead to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke, a small Swedish study suggests. Read more

Mind your business

Effective case presentation and acceptance in the dental practice. California Dental Association: In today’s dental market, patients have more choices than ever before. High expectations and an influx of information means competition is fierce, leading to a marked shift in how practice owners attract and retain patients. Read more

How to handle online negative reviews. ada.org: Patients can use websites such as Yelp or Angie’s List to search for dentists with good reviews. But what happens if a dentist finds that a patient has posted an unfavorable review? Read more

Ten Tips for Improving Your Leadership and Reducing Employee Turnover. dentistrytoday.com: On paper, the dental office can appear simple and straightforward. But when employees are added and a team is formed, the day-to-day working environment can get complicated—at times, very complicated. Top 10 Tips. Read more

Patient information

Four effective gingivitis home remedies (saltwater rinse, homemade mouthwash, turmeric gel, and oil pulling). medicalnewstoday.com: To avoid developing gum disease, people should treat the symptoms of gingivitis as soon as they notice them. Read more

Keep Your Smile Safe with a Mouthguard! Mouthhealthykids.org: Free downloadable posters and more. View and download now

Natural Teeth Whitening: Fact vs. Fiction. mouthhealthy.org: Healthy smiles come in many shades, though it’s tempting to think ingredients in our own kitchens could hold the key to a brighter smile. Still, just because a method is natural doesn’t mean it’s healthy. In fact, DIY whitening can do more harm than good to your teeth. Here’s how: Read more

Your health & medical news

Researchers reverse the negative effects of adolescent marijuana use. Mediarelations.uwo.ca: Researchers at Western University have found a way to use pharmaceuticals to reverse the negative psychiatric effects of THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. Read more

Health Canada moves to ban non-prescription codeine sales. cbc.ca: The department is proposing to make pain pills, cough syrups and other familiar medications that contain codeine available only with a doctor’s prescription. Read more

Apotex recalls one lot of its Apo-Nitroglycerin sublingual spray because of potential device malfunction. healthycanadians.gc.ca: Health Canada is advising Canadians that Apotex Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot (lot 6G07) of its Apo-Nitroglycerin sublingual spray (0.4 mg/metered dose) as the spray pump may malfunction and not deliver the drug. Read more

Flu clinics and resources from across Canada. healthycanadians.gc.ca: Find a clinic where you can get the flu vaccine or get information about the flu from your province or territory. Read more

Spiral drawing test detects signs of Parkinson’s. bbc.com: Australian researchers have trialled software that measures writing speed and pen pressure on the page. Both are useful for detecting the disease, which causes shaking and muscle rigidity. 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


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

Therapeutic Goods Administration’s New Penalties to Deal with Illegal Supply. adia.org.au: Proposals that will give the nation’s regulator of medical devices an enhanced ability to deal with instances of illegal supply have been welcomed by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA). […] ADIA says that it is pleased that long-overdue reforms in this area look to be considered by the parliament. Read more

The top dental industry trends of 2017 and predictions from the Apex360 Editorial Advisory Board. dentistryiq.com: 2017 isn’t over yet, but it’s already brought some big changes to the dental industry. Here’s what the Apex360 Editorial Advisory Board and other industry experts have to say about it, as well as what they see happening in the remaining months this year. Read more

Trian proposes shake-up to P&G’s structure and strategy. reuters.com: Read more

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