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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2017/09/20

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Trudeau’s tax plan betrays his party’s feminist principles

Conrad Black: The Liberals’ tax reforms will be a national disaster

How the Liberals are blowing it on small business tax reform

Research from U of A School of Dentistry team suggests infants are born with more developed immune systems than thought

Preventable dental problems land many in the emergency room

Canadian dentistry news

Trudeau’s tax plan betrays his party’s feminist principles. www.pressreader.com/canada/the-globe-and-mail-bc-edition: The current changes proposed by the federal government challenge the economic security of small business owners in Canada and, in particular, negatively affect women as child bearers and primary-care providers for their families. That’s why we’re marching to Parliament Hill today, to take our message to the Hill that female small-business owners have enough to worry about. Read more

Conrad Black: The Liberals’ tax reforms will be a national disaster. nationalpost.com: Like all Canadians, I’ve been waiting for this government to do something important. The proposed tax changes are important, but almost entirely bad. I have done my best for this federal government and have tried hard to find merit in the recently proposed changes to the tax system. Read more

How the Liberals are blowing it on small business tax reform. theglobeandmail.com: The basic thrust of what the Liberals are trying to do is supported by a lot of academic theory and research. But Team Trudeau didn’t lay the political groundwork for its new policy. A lot of voters were left confused, fearful and angry, and their numbers have only grown. Read more

A Tax Reform Showdown. tvo.org, Sept. 18: Last summer the federal government announced it would close tax loopholes for high-income earners they say are not paying “their fair share” and “exploiting” the rules. The Agenda looks at the proposed legislation as well as opposition to it. Listen 35:12

Moncton votes to keep fluoride out of water. cbc.ca: Eight months of lengthy discussions came to an end on Monday night when Moncton city council voted to stick to the status quo of not adding fluoride to the municipality’s water. Read more

The surprising reason kids’ grades drop. ualberta.ca: Tooth pain can contribute to children getting lower grades. Dentist Maryam Amin says it’s not uncommon for dentists to encounter young children with 15 or more decayed teeth. Read more

More clinics and more care for immigrants and refugees. dal.ca: The Faculty of Dentistry’s Immigrant Oral Health Outreach Clinic received $250,000 from Green Shield Canada (GSC) this week to expand its range of oral health care services and increase the number of clinics it holds. The immigrant and refugee population of Nova Scotia has much higher rates of oral disease than the Canadian average. Read more

UBC Retirement: full-time faculty member. The Faculty of Dentistry is saying farewell to Prof. Lance Rucker, who is retiring after many years of commendable performance and service. Read more

Montreal dentist gifts handmade stone statue to Dawson College for Peace Week. cbc.ca: Dr. Harry Rosen hopes The Climber will inspire students to ascend to new heights. Read more

L’Ordre des Dentistes du Québec dévoile les récipiendaires des prix Hommage et Honneur 2017. odq.qc.ca: Le président de l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec, le Dr Barry Dolman, a remis le prix Hommage 2017 de l’Ordre au Dr Denis Forest, spécialiste en médecine buccale et spécialiste en radiologie buccale et maxillo-faciale, ainsi que le prix Honneur au Dr André Martel, médecin anesthésiste. Lire plus

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief September 20, 2017. cdaa.ca: Read more

International dentistry news

Inside a Massive, Successful Effort to Stop Prescribing So Many Opioids. motherjones.com: One medical group has figured out a way to sidestep the dangerously addictive drugs. In 2013, leaders at Partnership HealthPlan discovered an alarming trend: Many counties where Partnership operated had among the highest rates of opioid prescribing and overdose in the state. Read more

ADA opposes legislation that could undermine state dental boards. ada.org: The ADA is opposing legislation that purports to restore antitrust immunity for professional boards because it would have an adverse effect on the ability of state professional boards to regulate in the public interest. Read more

ADA, AAPD urge Senate to prioritize oral health care in ACA reform. ada.org: In a Sept. 18 letter […] the two associations said they believe that believe that some of the provisions in proposed legislation by Senators Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., would be “detrimental to Medicaid programs and the vulnerable Americans who rely on them for health care and coverage.” Read more

ADA, AAPD urge Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program. ada.org: The ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry are urging Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program before the Sept. 30 deadline to ensure “continued and seamless access to oral health care for our nation’s children.” Read more

ADA asks House to modernize OTC drug process. ada.org: The letter was sent ahead of a subcommittee hearing on ways to modernize the FDA’s regulation of over-the-counter drugs. […] Drs. Roberts and O’Loughlin pointed out that despite updated science the OTC monograph for anticaries drug products has not been updated since 1995. Read more

Do your patients understand you? October spotlights oral health literacy. ada.org: ADA 2017 course will discuss effective communication between dentists, their patients. Read more

Oral-B powered toothbrushes earn ADA Seal. ada.org: Five models of the Oral-B Oscillating-Rotating-Pulsating Power Toothbrush in August earned the ADA Seal in the powered toothbrushes category, which was updated earlier this year with new requirements and guidelines. Read more

Dental Industry Welcomes Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill. adia.org.au: The peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), has welcomed the introduction of legislation into the parliament that will cut the red-tape associated with bringing new products to the Australian market. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Higher levels of fluoride in urine linked to lower IQ scores in children. ctvnews.ca: For years, many communities have added fluoride to drinking water to help reduce cavities. But a new study that has found a link between fluoride levels in pregnant women and lower intelligence in their children may provide further ammunition for those who are calling that practice into question. Read more

Young Canadians who vape are twice as likely to move on to cigarettes, researchers say. cbc.ca: Middle and high school students in Canada who tried an e-cigarette are twice as likely to be susceptible to smoking cigarettes, which researchers call concerning. In a study published in the journal Preventive Medicine, public health investigators analyzed data from the most recent Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey of students in grades seven to 12. Read more

Research from U of A School of Dentistry team suggests infants are born with more developed immune systems than thought. ualberta.ca: New research published by School of Dentistry immunologist and primary researcher Shokrallah Elahi suggests a newborn’s immune system is actually fully developed at birth, and identifying immature red blood cells (suppressor cells)―which are only present in infants―are responsible for keeping a baby’s immunity from functioning at full capacity. Read more

Preventable dental problems land many in the emergency room. news.ubc.ca: More than 12,300 visits to B.C. emergency rooms (ER) every year for non-traumatic dental problems could be prevented if people had better access to dental care, according to new UBC research. Read more

Avoidable emergency department visits: a starting point. academic.oup.com: The authors’ most striking finding is that a significant number of avoidable visits are for conditions the ED is not equipped to treat. Emergency physicians are trained to treat life- and limb-threatening emergencies, making it inefficient for patients with mental health, substance abuse, or dental disorders to be treated in this setting. Read more

Deakin Trial Shows Soft Drink Price Rise Reduces Consumption. publicnow.com: Sales of soft drinks within a Melbourne hospital dropped by more than a quarter during an Australian-first trial of a sugar tax. The results, recently published in The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, showed sales of the sugary drinks dropped by 27.6% by the final week of the trial, while sales of water increased by almost the same amount. Read more

Hand Hygiene Science Asking New Questions About Product Volume and Hand Coverage. infectioncontroltoday.com: As hand hygiene-related science advances, we gain a better understanding of how handwashing contributes to infection prevention. There are unresolved issues, some of which continue to spark debate and new research, and investigators are attempting to answer some of the lingering questions relating to technique, hand size, product volume, and how all these factors impact hand-cleansing efficacy. Read more

In-utero treatment reverses cleft palate in mice. medicalxpress.com: Researchers at University of Utah Health clarified a molecular pathway responsible for the formation of cleft palate and identified a new treatment to reverse this defect in mouse pups in-utero. These findings offer a new way to think about cleft development and could potentially yield treatments to prevent this common birth defect in people. Read more

Mind your business

The power of a ‘Thank You’ card. newdentistblog.ada.org: Gratitude in my practice: Each new patient receives a thank you card from every team member that they came in contact with during their visit. While this may sound like a pain in the neck and just another thing to keep track of, it’s actually super easy. Read more

6 best practices for dental websites. dentistryiq.com: So you have a website for your dental practice. Is it doing its job the best it can be for your practice? Here are six best practices from an expert so that your efforts are not in vain. Read more

Patient information

Connecting the dots between HPV and oral cancer. foxnews.com: According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, about 80 percent of Americans will contract the human papillomavirus at some point in their lives. Most people won’t even know that they have an infection because the signs are usually subtle or non-existent. In rare cases, HPV has the ability to turn into several types of cancer, including cervical or oral cancer. Read more

Your old dental fillings probably contain mercury — are they dangerous? rodalesorganiclife.com: Dating back at least to the 1980s, experts have debated the safety of metal “amalgam” cavity fillings, which contain a mixture of metals like silver, copper, nickel and—most alarmingly—mercury. What an expert says. Read more

A Mom’s Guide to Fluoride. mouthhealthy.org: Treating cavities is important, but preventing cavities is best. That’s where fluoride comes in. Questions? Let’s talk mom-to-mom. Read more

Could Gum Disease Be Killing You? newsmax.com: You may do all you can to protect against heart disease, cancer, and other deadly health conditions, but you may be overlooking one of the most important factors – your mouth, a top expert says. Read more

Your health & medical news

Expert: Tiny Pieces of Plastic Are in Everything, Including, Maybe, You. blogs.webmd.com: Plastic hasn’t been fantastic for the environment — and an eye-opening new report has raised concerns about what it may be doing to us. The report, produced by Orb Media in conjunction with researchers at the University of Minnesota and the State University of New York, found plastic in water almost everywhere. Read more

Health Canada announces ban on main source of artificial trans fats. theglobeandmail.com: The department says it is banning partially hydrogenated oils or PHOs. The ban will come into force on Sept. 15, 2018, in order to give the food industry enough time to find suitable alternatives. After that date, it will be illegal to sell any food containing PHOs. Read more

How Weight Loss Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes. time.com: An analysis published in The BMJ aims to let doctors and the public in on a little-known secret: Type 2 diabetes, in many cases, is curable. People can reverse their diabetes by losing about 33 pounds, say the authors of the new paper, despite popular belief that the diagnosis is always a permanent one. Read more

BMD and Physical Activity: Examining the Relationship in Class III Obesity. endocrinologyadvisor.com: Time spent participating in light physical activity can determine the variance in femoral neck bone mineral density (BMD) in people with class III obesity, according to research presented at the 2017 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Annual Meeting. Read more

American Academy of Pediatrics announces its first recommendations on tattoos, piercings. eurekalert.org: Tattoos and body piercings are an increasingly popular form of self-expression, but it is important for young people to carefully consider the consequences and potential risks associated with body modifications, according to the first clinical report on the topic published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. 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


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

How 3D Printing Has Changed Dentistry, A Billion Dollar Opportunity. 3dprintingindustry.com: Align Technology Inc., the company behind the Invisalign range of clear-aligner orthodontics, are on track for $1.5 billion in sales this year. The customised orthodontics are produced within Align’s vast factory of 3D printers, estimated by Forbes to number between 50 and 60. The machines produce 8 million orthodontics per year, a number which has grown steadily following the improvement of Invisalign technology, and the aesthetic and convenience advantages they offer over conventional braces. Read more

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