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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2017/10/11

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‘We did it the way we intended to’: Morneau weathers tax storm of his own making

Do dental implants have higher survival rates in patients older than 65 years?

Antibiotics for dental procedures linked to superbug infection

Canadian dentistry news

Liberals offer no timeline on closing controversial stock-option tax loophole. globalnews.ca: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Joël Lightbound, tells Vassy Kapelos his government’s proposed tax changes is one step in the process and they are looking at all sorts of options for tax fairness. Read more and Watch interview 7:19

‘We did it the way we intended to’: Morneau weathers tax storm of his own making. cbc.ca [On the Money with Peter Armstrong]: Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he wants to make sure the taxation system is fair. Many small business owners, including farmers, say his proposed changes do nothing of the sort. Read more and watch interview starting at 7:35

Breaking down the two sides of the tax reform debate. cbc.ca/radio: By limiting the measures available to some to reduce their tax bills, the federal government says it is taking steps towards economic equality. However, the proposal has received strong criticism from the Conservative Party, small business owners and others who may be affected by the changes. Read more

Bill Morneau ajustera sa réforme fiscale. ici.radio-canada.ca: Critiqué depuis des semaines, le gouvernement fédéral est maintenant ouvert à modifier sa réforme fiscale. Alors que le ministre des Finances maintient qu’il veut un système plus équitable, Daniel Thibeault l’a rencontré à Toronto. Écouter l’entrevue 12:11

GH Sperber School of Dentistry Museum officially unveiled. ualberta.ca: As a part of the school’s centennial celebrations, the G.H. Sperber School of Dentistry Museum was officially unveiled, Sept. 20. Read more

International Proteomics Organization Bestows Highly Regarded Award to Chris Overall. dentistry.ubc.ca: UBC’s Dr. Christopher Overall recently won one of the most prestigious annual awards of the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO). […] HUPO is an international scientific organization that represents and promotes proteomics, the large-scale study of proteins, particularly their structures and functions. Read more

‘A legal high’: Children under 16 should be banned from buying energy drinks, chef Jamie Oliver says. National Post: Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is urging a ban on selling energy drinks to children, and wants to see the products regulated like cigarettes. The British author and TV star says the caffeinated beverages carry a host of health risks for kids and teens, who he says use them to get “a legal high.” Read more

After family is tested for HIV following dentist visit, experts say Ontario clinics should be regularly inspected. globalnews.ca: What should have been a routine trip to the dentist office turned into a nightmare for Susie Stauffer and her two young boys last March after health officials said they should be tested for HIV and hepatitis. The Stauffer family, from Guelph, Ont., were among the 3,600 patients of Guelph Dental Associates advised by public health officials to get tested for hepatitis B, C and HIV due to sterilization concerns. Read more

Family tested for HIV after visit to the dentist. omny.fm: Dr. Jack Cottrell, past president of the Canadian Dental Association and Ontario Dental Association discussing a Global News story on the temporary closure of the Guelph Dental Associates clinic and if dental offices should undergo regular health inspections. Listen to the Interview

Group says most Calgary municipal candidates want fluoride back in water. globalnews.ca: Calgarians for Kids’ Health released new information which it said shows that the majority of city council candidates favor fluoridation of water. The grassroots group said that the result of extensive polling of candidates before and after the campaign show 64 per cent would like to see fluoride back in Calgary water. Read more

Nancy Greene Raine: Time to crack down on junk-food ads that target kids. Theprovince.com: People often talk about the academic standing of Canadian children. What’s often ignored, however, is the direct line running from healthy eating and keeping active to mental health and academic performance. Many of Canada’s children have never had poorer diets or been less active. Read more

Dragons’ Den secret hard to keep. Trurodaily.com: For five months Dr. Anil Makkar wanted to shout out the biggest secret of his life to the world. Or, at the very least, share with his family and close friends that he had secured a deal on Dragons’ Den for his New Age Performance Mouthware products. Read more

International dentistry news

Build a healthier Michigan by expanding access to dental care through the authorization of dental therapists. thenewsherald.com: Expand access to dental care by authorizing dental therapists. Each year, parents and children in metro Detroit and across the nation wait in line for hours to receive free oral healthcare services from dentists and hygienists like myself as part of the Give Kids a Smile program. Read more

Bill aims to increase dentistry availability. woodtv.com3: A Michigan Senate bill is aimed at alleviating a shortage of dentist taking care of the underserved. The bill would expand access to oral health care about allowing dental therapist to operate under the direction of dentist. Read more

ADA member dentist among authors of national report on opioids epidemic. ada.org: An estimated 2.5 million Americans struggle with opioid dependence, according to the National Academy of Medicine. How can clinicians help counter this epidemic? Read more

ADA asks Congress to include one-time surgical procedures in response to opioid crisis. ada.org: The ADA on Oct. 5 submitted a statement to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions recommending that the federal response to the opioid crisis “begin to address the nuances of managing acute pain following one-time surgical procedures, such as a wisdom tooth extraction.” Read more

Fluoride Warnings Issued by International Group of Dentists. prnewswire.com: October is Dental Hygiene Month, but not all dentists will be touting the alleged benefits of fluoride. In fact, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) is using this month to raise awareness of the health risks associated with fluoride. This is especially timely because of recent news about a study linking fluoride exposure in utero with lower IQs. Read more

Anger over Leeds children missing out on new dental health scheme. yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk: The British Dental Association has criticized the government for failing to roll out a new children’s dental health scheme across Yorkshire. The association said up to 28.5 per cent of five-year-olds in Yorkshire experience tooth decay. Read more

New scheme aims to cut tooth rot in UK youngsters. blackpoolgazette.co.uk: The resort is one of 13 areas selected by Public Health England to receive extra help to improve dental health. The aim is to persuade the parents of hundreds of under-fives who have never seen a dentist, to attend regular check-ups. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Do Dental Implants Have Higher Survival Rates In Patients Older Than 65 Years? jada.ada.org: As the population ages, more elderly patients are replacing their missing teeth. Dental implants have had good outcomes in younger patients, and clinicians and older patients may consider them to be an option. Knowing the prognosis of dental implants in patients older than 65 years is helpful when making treatment plans for older patients. Read the full article

No Evidence Charcoal Teeth Whitening Method Is Effective. jada.ada.org: The results of this literature review showed insufficient clinical and laboratory data to substantiate the safety and efficacy claims of charcoal and charcoal-based dentifrices. Larger-scale and well-designed studies are needed to establish conclusive evidence. Read the full-text article

Elderly Onset Type 2 Diabetes Distinct from Middle-Age-Onset Type 2 Diabetes, Research Suggests. endocrinenews.endocrine.org: Researchers have found that elderly onset type 2 diabetes (eT2DM) is distinct from middle-age-onset type 2 diabetes (mT2DM), according to a study published recently in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Read more

Antibiotics for dental procedures linked to superbug infection. sciencedaily.com: Antibiotics prescribed by dentists may contribute to the growing problem of Clostridium difficile (C. diff), a serious and potentially deadly infection that causes severe diarrhea, suggests research presented at IDWeek 2017. Read more

New Blood Pressure Guidelines for Children. nytimes.com: In August the American Academy of Pediatrics published a 74-page report updating its guidelines for screening and managing high blood pressure in youngsters. The report includes a much-simplified chart to help practicing physicians readily determine whether a child’s blood pressure is within normal parameters. Read more

Colorado Dentists and Other Docs Seek Opioid Alternatives as Crisis Worsens. cpr.org: With opioid abuse claiming lives in Colorado and across the country, oral surgeons and other health care providers are looking to alternatives. Lafayette oral surgeon Curt Hayes recently switched to FDA-approved local anesthetic Exparel, a non-opioid. When he injects it into his patient’s’ gums the area will stay numb and pain free for two to three days. Read more

Anesthesia Wand Makes Dentist Visits Less Stressful For Patients. pittsburgh.cbslocal.com: A big, scary needle is not a welcome sight at the dentist’s office, and it can cause a lot of stress at later visits. For that reason, some dentists are using the wand, especially for patients who have had a bad experience with dental anesthesia in the past. 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


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Dental industry news

Dental Consumables Market share will Increase US$ 36 Billion By 2022. Openpr.com: Report on Dental Consumables provides comprehensive overview of global market trends and for the related technologies. Growth analysis and CAGRs for market till 2022 and also provides projection on new growth opportunities. Read more

Researchers Studying Use of Microneedles to Increase Effectiveness of Topical Anesthesia. eurekalert.org: Researchers from Brazil and Texas have started testing on humans a new strategy to increase the effectiveness of topical anesthesia used in dentistry, used by dentists to reduce patient discomfort during the application of injected anesthesia – required for more invasive procedures such as fillings, tooth extraction or surgery. Read more


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