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Announced changes to passive investments scarce on detail

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Issues the First-Ever Evidence-Based Guideline for Using Silver Diamine Fluoride to Treat Cavities

Ins and outs of treating older patients focus of toolkit – American Dental Association

Canadian dentistry news

Announced changes to passive investments scarce on detail. beta.theglobeandmail.com: On Oct. 18, two months after introducing the government’s initial tax-reform proposals, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced updates to the proposals on passive investments that were designed to increase the tax rates on the perceived abuse of private companies accumulating funds and making passive investments. One thing was missing from Wednesday’s announcement – concrete details. Read more

Morneau sets threshold on passive investment income. bnn.ca: Finance Minister Bill Morneau is adjusting his tax proposals on passive income so only three per cent of the “most wealthy” privately owned corporations will have to pay higher taxes. Morneau confirmed the changes Wednesday at a cafe in Hampton, N.B., a small community east of Saint John in an area where the Liberals’ tax reforms have not been well-received. Read more  and watch interview

Investissements passifs : Morneau n’imposera pas les petits portefeuilles. ici.radio-canada.ca: Les propriétaires de petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) qui placent de l’argent dans des sociétés privées sous contrôle canadien (SPCC) pourront continuer de bénéficier d’un taux d’imposition avantageux pour les premiers 50 000 $ de revenus qu’ils en tirent chaque année, a annoncé mercredi le ministre fédéral des Finances. Lire plus

Baisse d’impôts pour les PME : accueil favorable mais prudent. ici.radio-canada.ca : L’annonce d’une réduction d’impôt aux PME est bien accueillie au Nouveau-Brunswick, mais les réactions sont tout de même prudentes à cause du manque de détails sur les changements apportés à la réforme fiscale. Lire plus

Shaver: Morneau’s tax plan poses risks for doctors and dentists ottawacitizen.com [Opinion]: In the interest of perceived “fairness,” the Liberals have proposed corporate tax changes. Sadly, these may adversely affect the availability of physician care, as well as certain dental and legal services, especially to low-income groups. Read more

The Liberals revise their tax return. beta.theglobeandmail.com: During Monday’s press conference on small business taxation, held at an Italian restaurant hundreds of kilometres from Parliament Hill, a related species of exasperation often flashed across Mr. Trudeau’s face and ran through his voice. The tax issue has been dogging the government since it put forward a confusing reform proposal in July, one which left large numbers of small business people wondering if they were about to be hit with a big, stealthy tax hike. Read more

Trudeau’s tax flip, flops; PM does the right thing, but for the wrong reason. torontosun.com: Even when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does the right thing, he has to be dragged kicking and screaming into doing it. Take his hasty resurrection Monday of his previously broken election promise to cut the small business tax rate from 11% to 9% by 2019. The fact Trudeau now intends, albeit belatedly, to keep this promise that he made to voters in 2015 is a good thing. What’s alarming is that Trudeau didn’t reverse course because it was the right thing to do. Read more

Fee guides won’t improve access to dental care in Alberta. beta.theglobeandmail.com: The high fees for dentistry in Alberta is a hot topic and the solution, as demanded by the current Alberta government, is to reintroduce a fee guide. What has been lost in this conversation: Why was the fee guide eliminated in Alberta? Is there evidence that fee guides improve access to care? Who benefits from having a fee guide in Alberta? What are the real solutions to improved access to care? Read more

Soft drinks, hard decisions: What Canada is doing amid the global sugar tax debate. beta.theglobeandmail.com: As childhood obesity rates rise, the country is being drawn into the mix on the issue. Proponents say a tax is necessary to curb consumption while opponents argue that it will hit low-income families the hardest and lead to job losses. Read more

Dentists urge Children’s Oral Health Program reform. thechronicleherald.ca: The Nova Scotia Dental Association (NSDA) is deeply concerned with the current state of the Children’s Oral Health Program (COHP) in the province. After five decades of a provincially-funded children’s dental program, dentists believe they should be seeing a much better status of pediatric oral health across Nova Scotia. Read more

Nearly 1,000 deaths per year in province due to smoking: study. thetelegram.com: According to a Conference Board of Canada study published Tuesday, smoking causes 985 deaths in Newfoundland and Labrador annually and one in five of all deaths (18.4 per cent) in the country. Read more

E-cigarettes not as safe as kids think. nsnews.com: There is a myth out there that smoking e-cigarettes is harmless. Teenagers who try e-cigarettes double their risk for smoking tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study. The study – from the University of Waterloo and the Wake Forest School of Medicine – found that students in grades 7 to 12 who had tried an e-cigarette are 2.16 times more likely to be susceptible to cigarette smoking. Read more

Roots: Extracted Tales from a century of Dentistry at the University of Alberta. ualberta.ca: Now available in trade paperback for purchase online, at the U of A Bookstore and Audrey’s Books. All proceeds go to Dentistry for Life Fund. Read more

Chatham-Kent health unit report shows average of 1,000 ER visits for oral-related diseases and injuries. chathamdailynews.ca: A gap in dental insurance coverage is resulting in more people seeking treatment at the local hospital. An average of about 750 visits to the ER for oral-related diseases and 250 visits for oral-related injuries each year, both stats are higher than the provincial average since 2006. Read more

Ontario should raise taxes on tobacco, increase age limit to 21. metronews.ca: Ontario has the second lowest price for cigarettes in Canada, and it should be at least doubled by regularly in-creasing taxes, the report recommends. Ontario should raise taxes on cigarettes, ban anyone under 21 from buying them and impose a levy on tobacco companies, a government-commissioned report is recommending. Read more

2017-2018 CADR-NCOHR Student Research Award Winners. ncohr-rcrsb.ca: Two of the winners will represent Canada at the Unilever/Hatton competition in London, England in July 2018.  In 2017-18, seventeen students received awards. Read more

Dental Hygienists in Canada’s Capital to Share Clinical & Research Expertise. files.cdha.ca: More than 500 dental hygienists from around the world will gather in Ottawa, Ontario, from October 19 to 21 to share leading-edge research and clinical and teaching experiences at Translating Knowledge to Action, a global conference co-hosted by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) and the US National Center for Dental Hygiene Research and Practice (NCDHRP). Read more

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief October 18, 2017. cdaa.ca: Read more

International dentistry news

Practice ownership is declining. jada.ada.org: Less than one-half of physicians are practice owners.1 Although practice ownership rates have been declining steadily among physicians, it was pretty big news when the rate went below the 50% threshold for the first time.2, 3 What do these trends look like in dentistry? Read more

Doctor-patient relationship key to success in dental care. ada.org: Dr. Joseph P. Crowley discusses dental benefits, Find-a-Dentist and more. This is the second part of a conversation about issues facing dentistry with Dr. Crowley, ADA president-elect, who will be installed as the 154th president of the ADA Oct. 23. Read more

Dr. Kathryn Kell among winners of 15th annual Shils Awards. ada.org: The awards recognize people, organizations and programs that safeguard the oral health of underserved communities and populations and positively influence the dental community, according to a news release. Read more

Champion for expanding access to care earns 2017 Norton M. Ross Award. ada.org: Dr. Paul Casamassimo named recipient of annual award recognizing excellence in research. Read more

FDA issues final guidance on prohibition on distributing free samples of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. fda.gov: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized a guidance intended to help tobacco product manufacturers, distributors and retailers understand the prohibition of distributing free samples of tobacco products and explain how to comply with the law. Read more

How to Win Against Big Soda. nytimes.com: The soda industry won big in Chicago this week when county commissioners voted to scrap the 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks that had been in place for just two months. This is a stark turn for the effort to tax these drinks, which has been making headway as voters and City Councils in at least a half-dozen other cities, including San Francisco and Philadelphia, in recent years approved measures in favor of soda levies. Read more

Chicago’s soda tax is repealed. economist.com: A big victory for makers of sweet drinks. It must have been one of the shortest-lived taxes in the history of Illinois. Read more

Oral health programme needed for children. irishhealth.com: An intensive oral health programme aimed at children in Ireland should be rolled out nationally as soon as possible, a dental expert has said. The introduction of a similar initiative in Scotland has reduced the prevalence of tooth decay there by almost one-third since it began in 2007. Read more

After losing a son to opioids, one dentist is fighting to change how his profession deals with addiction. statnews.com, Oct. `17: Dr. Omar Abubaker paced in front of a small lecture hall at Virginia Commonwealth University’s dental school. The 64-year-old oral surgeon, whose sharp gray suit matched his wavy hair, quipped about his caffeine habit as he gave his third-year students a crash course on the recent history of addiction in America. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Issues the First-Ever Evidence-Based Guideline for Using Silver Diamine Fluoride to Treat Cavities. aapd.org: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) issued the first-ever evidence-based guideline on the use of silver diamine fluoride to treat cavities in pediatric patients, based on a systematic review of research from 1969-2016. The AAPD guideline recommends silver diamine fluoride, or SDF, to treat active cavities in pediatric and special needs patients, likely leading to broader adoption of the treatment. Read more

Ins and outs of treating older patients focus of toolkit – American Dental Association. ada.org: The National Elder Care Advisory Committee, which previously reported to the Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention, has developed the Dentistry in Long-Term Care Toolkit, an online resource featuring articles, expert interviews and online CE that aim to help dental professionals expand their knowledge and comfort level in addressing the oral health needs of older adults. Read more

NYU Dentistry Receives $2.8 Million as Part of Multi-Center Study to Stop the Progression of Cavities in Children. nyu.edu: The National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a grant to a team of researchers – led by the University of Michigan and Margherita Fontana, DDS, PhD – that will provide funding to New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) and other collaborators to test the effectiveness of silver diamine fluoride in stopping the progression of cavities in young children. Read more

Dentists get cracking on the stem cell front. sciencedaily.com: Researchers have developed a new method for extracting tooth root pulp that quadruples the number of stem cells that can be harvested and replicated to treat a variety of medical conditions. Read more

Oral cancer surgery turns less complex now. decanchronicle.com: Reconstruction using the inner part of the cheek is emerging as a new technique for treating small to medium oral cancer. Oncologists say this marks a deviation from the present technique of treating defects of the tongue and the floor of the mouth by reconstruction using microvascular surgery. Read more

No benefits important to patients from the use of chlorhexidine rinse as an adjunct to scaling and root planing in patients with chronic periodontitis. jada.ada.org: This article is open to ADA members only. Read more

Highlighted review: Interventions for managing medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw. oralhealth.cochrane.org: What are the effects of different interventions to either prevent or treat medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw compared with each other or compared with no treatment or an inactive intervention (‘placebo’)? Read more

Highlighted review: Resorbable versus titanium plates for orthognathic surgery. oralhealth.cochrane.org: Are resorbable (biodegradable) plates better than titanium (metal) plates for the fixation of facial bones after corrective (orthognathic) jaw surgery? Read more

1 in 9 American Men Infected With Oral HPV. webmd.com: Vaccine provides protection, but number of boys getting shots remains low, researchers say. Read more

Michigan, others receive NIDCR grants to study caries risk, prevention. ada.org: The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is a recipient of two National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research grants totaling $18.3 million to expand research into predicting caries risk in young children and assessing the efficacy of silver diamine fluoride. Read more

New Osteoporosis guidelines, treatment offer options. chicagotribune.com: After reports about serious, although rare, side effects — such as cracking of the jawbone — began surfacing about a decade ago, the use of osteoporosis drugs fell by 50 percent. Some women who abandoned treatment stepped up their diet and exercise efforts to prevent porous bones. Others preferred not to not think about the disease at all. But recently, the American College of Physicians hoped to cut through some of the confusion by releasing new guidelines — the first since 2008. Read more

Mind your business

Grow your patient base in a competitive market. cda.org: If it seems to you that dentistry is more competitive than ever, you’re right. The rise in the number of dental school graduates equates to more dentists in both group and solo practices in your local area. And that means more choices for consumers, who are becoming even more discerning and have the digital tools to do so. Read more

Patient information

7 Tooth-Friendly Halloween Treats. mouthhealthy.org: Here are some frightfully fun treats that aren’t terrors for teeth. Read more

6 Things That Happened When I Tried Tongue Scraping For a Month. menshealth.com: Who knew that getting rid of the gunk could do so much? Read more

Teeth whitening: Why trendy toothpastes could damage teeth. express.co.uk: Dr. Nigel Carter asks whether natural ingredients such as charcoal and coconut oil can really protect against decay. Choosing a toothpaste used to be a simple task. But with more than 50 different products to be found on our supermarket or pharmacy shelves, it’s no wonder that consumers are confused about what is best for their teeth. Read more

Your health & medical news

Prolia Benefits Persist to a Decade in Postmenopausal Women – Further decreases in nonvertebral fractures with longer treatment. medpagetoday.com: The rate of nonvertebral fractures continued to decline through 10 years of treatment with denosumab (Prolia) among postmenopausal women, researchers reported. Read more

Can insulin pumps work better than injections for kids with diabetes? reuters.com: Children and teens with type 1 diabetes who use insulin pumps may have better-controlled blood sugar and fewer complications than youth who inject insulin, a new study suggests. Read more

New maps show big divide between the world’s overweight and underweight children. washingtonpost.com: The weight problems that preoccupy Americans typically are about how to lose weight, not gain it. But a study published in the Lancet on Tuesday night provides a sobering look at how much the relationship children globally have with food and weight depends on where they are growing up. Read more

Canada’s Letting A Fear Of Opioids Trap Patients In A World Of Pain. huffingtonpost.ca: Opiophobia has resulted in very severe prescribing guidelines. Our government spends money every year to help destigmatize mental illness for the one in five Canadians who are estimated to have one. But when it comes to chronic pain suffered by another estimated one in five Canadians, the government stigmatizes them rather than helps. 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

5 décembre – Journées annuelles de santé publique – Pour une approche concertée afin de réduire les inégalités sociales de santé buccodentaire. Lire plus

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

This Company Is Trying To Disrupt The Braces Industry And Dentists Are Fighting Back. buzzfeed.com: Dentists are waging a war against SmileDirectClub, a startup whose mail-order product promises to straighten teeth at a fraction of the cost of braces, without the hassle of a dentist’s office. Read more

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