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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2017/10/25


Top News

Catch up on the latest federal government tax changes

Provincial health ministers secure federal support to study universal pharmacare

New York State Bans Vaping Anywhere Cigarettes Are Prohibited

Evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the evaluation of potentially malignant disorders in the oral cavity

Nanodiamonds show promise for aiding recovery from root canal

Canadian dentistry news

Canada’s Indigenous population growing 4 times faster than rest of country. globalnews.ca: A high fertility rate and a growing sense of self are fuelling an explosion in the ranks of Indigenous Peoples, according to fresh census numbers that lay bare the demographic challenges facing one of the most vulnerable and poverty-stricken segments in Canada. Read more

Les Autochtones plus nombreux et plus urbains, mais aussi plus pauvres. ici.radio-canada.ca: Les peuples autochtones continuent de croître plus vite que le reste de la population canadienne, selon les données dévoilées mercredi par Statistique Canada. Les Autochtones sont également plus pauvres que les autres Canadiens et plus nombreux à s’installer en ville. Lire plus

21.9% of Canadians are immigrants, the highest share in 85 years: StatsCan. cbc.ca: The share of immigrants in Canada has reached its highest level in almost a century, according to 2016 census figures released Wednesday. The Statistics Canada data also shows the Indigenous population is growing at more than four times the rate of the non-Indigenous population, reaching nearly 1.7 million in 2016. Read more

Catch up on the latest federal government tax changes. beta.theglobeandmail.com: It’s been a week of near-daily policy announcements on small-business taxes. Here’s a summary with the latest. Read more

Examining Bill Morneau’s tax-reform tweaks. canadianmanufacturing.com: Ottawa announced several changes this week to the controversial suite of tax-reform proposals that has drawn the ire of small business owners and farmers across the country. Here’s a look at what’s changed. Read more

The good and the bad of Morneau’s tax tweaks. beta.globeandmail.com: Wednesday’s announcement from Finance Minister Bill Morneau addresses one of their most serious flaws: the threat to the retirement prospects of many small-business owners. The revised proposals strike a better balance between the government’s “fairness” objective and the need for business owners to use their corporations to save for both future business and personal purposes. Read more

Here’s How The Conflict Of Interest Act Could Be Amended To Avoid Bill Morneau-Like Loopholes (Analysis). huffingtonpost.ca: A Conservative MP joked last week that Finance Minister Bill Morneau would be a “shoo-in” for an award honouring the “most creative use of loopholes.” These loopholes — the ones that allowed Morneau to keep substantial shares in Morneau Shepell, his family’s pension and benefits firm, by using numbered companies instead of divesting himself of his assets, and which failed to prevent him from tabling legislation that furthered his own family’s interests — were first flagged four years ago. Read more

Toothaches pricey for province: NDP. chroniclejournal.com: The province’s refusal to implement free dental care sooner than later for adult patients on low incomes and with no dental plans cost taxpayers $37 million last year alone, says the NDP. Read more

Collins Barrow interview with CDSPI’s President & CEO. cdspi.com: In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Collins Barrow has been interviewing business leaders across Canada. In her interview, CDSPI President & Chief Executive Officer Sue Armstrong reveals that—beyond our financial expertise—CDSPI’s strength is our knowledge of, and deep relationships with, the Canadian dental community. Watch interview

With white coats comes great responsibility. dal.ca: Speaking on behalf of the CDSPI, vice-chairman of the board of directors Dr. Jeff Williams advised students to “wear your white coat with pride and responsibility. You are the future of our profession.” Words of wisdom came from other quarters as well. Read more

UBC students learn to care for Indigenous people by understanding racist legacy. ctvnews.ca: The University of British Columbia is on mission to train future doctors, dentists and other health-care providers to treat Indigenous patients by learning about the pain inflicted by past Canadian policies. Read more

Why aren’t eyes, teeth important in Ontario? Would you rather have acne, a tooth ache or poor eyesight? torontosun.com: If you’re an adult living in Ontario, without private health insurance, and not on any government assistance program, you would be better off with a skin problem than a tooth ache or near-sightedness. Read more

Wasserlauf and Kassam: Why a sugar tax would be sweet for Canadians and their health. ottawacitizen.com [Opinion]: A tax on sugary drinks would have been an easy political winner, with clear public health benefits and an opportunity to generate close to $1.7 billion in annual revenue; eclipsing the $250 million the Liberal government has claimed it will raise from its pending tax changes. This important math has significant potential benefit for the health of Canadians. Read more

Provincial health ministers secure federal support to study universal pharmacare. edmontonjournal.com: Canada’s provincial and territorial health ministers announced they have federal support to explore the feasibility of a national universal pharmacare program for prescription drugs. Read more

Far too many hospital beds occupied by patients who don’t need to be there: report. thestar.com: Health Quality Ontario found that one in 12 Ontarians reports having trouble paying for expenses that are not covered by public or private health insurance. This includes prescription drugs and dental care. Read more

Parents of girl who nearly died after severe dental abscesses could face months in prison. cbc.ca: The Crown is recommending a couple from southern Alberta’s Blood Tribe be jailed for 12 to 18 months for failing to provide the necessaries of life to their daughter, who nearly died from sepsis traced back to dental abscesses so severe that her jawbone was visible. Read more

International dentistry news

Dr. Crowley installed as ADA president. ada.org: Dr. Joseph P. Crowley, of Cincinnati, took office as the 154th president of the American Dental Association. As he addressed the House of Delegates, Dr. Crowley invited ADA members to unleash their idealism and elevate dentistry to new heights. Read more

Tough Questions for the Future of Dental Care. adeachartingprogress.wordpress.com: In this month’s letter, Dr. Rick Valachovic considers how the movements toward health care integration and paying for value might affect dentistry. Read more

2018 Gies Awards – ADEAGies Foundation Celebrates 10 Trailblazers in Academic Dentistry and Oral Health. adea.org: The 10 honorees were chosen by a distinguished panel of judges and industry experts, including the ADEAGies Foundation® Board of Trustees. Read more

Standardising the delivery of oral health care practice in hospitals. nursingtimes.net: Mouth Care Matters was launched by Health Education England to improve the oral health of adults in care homes and hospitals. Read more

Oral Health Advocates Press for Policies in Washington. dentistrytoday.com: As part of its annual Advocacy Week, Oral Health America (OHA) sent representatives to Washington, DC, earlier this month to meet with members of Congress and recognize leaders who have worked toward oral health equity in the public sphere. Read more

A Boom in Credit Cards: Great News for Banks, Less So Consumers. www.nytimes.com. Many consumers, their wages stagnant and their costs rising, are growing reliant on credit cards for essential goods and services, including medical and dental care. Read more

Obesity rates skyrocketing, and health experts say it’s time to change how we’re dealing with the problem. usatoday.com: Obesity rates in the U.S. have hit a new high, and public health experts are renewing calls for an aggressive shift in strategy — one that would change the food environment through initiatives such as soda taxes, rather than just focusing on behavior. Read more

Big foe of taxes that cut smoking: Big Tobacco. denverpost.com: For more than a decade, Kristin Page-Nei begged Montana lawmakers to raise cigarette prices. […] Finally, this spring, she helped convince state senators to raise cigarette taxes for the first time in 12 years. Then came the tobacco lobbyists. Read more

8 Million Tobacco Deaths Could Be Avoided by Slashing Nicotine. bloomberg.com: Reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes to nonaddictive levels could prevent as many as 8 million tobacco-related deaths and keep 30 million people from becoming regular smokers this century, according to new estimates from the Food and Drug Administration. Read more

New York State Bans Vaping Anywhere Cigarettes Are Prohibited. nytimes.com: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday signed a bill to ban vaping anywhere cigarettes are already prohibited, like workplaces, restaurants and bars. The ban goes into effect in 30 days. Read more

Child oral health improving as number of youngsters with tooth decay drops. eveningexpress.co.uk: More than three-quarters of Primary 7 children had no obvious decay in their permanent teeth in 2017 as child oral health continues to improve, new figures show. The National Dental Inspection Programme statistics showed that 77% of the youngsters had no obvious decay, a steady improvement from 53% in 2005. Read more

Swiss government sets deadline for mercury ban. swissinfo.co: The government has imposed a control system to oversee the trade in mercury – a neurotoxin which can cause serious health problems – but has stopped short of an immediate outright ban. Subject to approval by the Federal Environmental Office, exports of mercury dental amalgam will be permitted until the end of 2027, a government statement said. Read more

Dental expert calls for introduction of national oral health programme for children. dentist.ie: A dental expert has said the national roll out of an intensive oral health programme is needed to tackle the chronic levels of dental disease amongst Irish children. Read more

The Reason Your Dental Work Isn’t Covered by Medical Insurance. nbcnews.com: I should have gotten dental insurance, right? That’s what I kept telling myself, until I actually looked into the dental plans for which I qualify […]. But the real question here: Why is dental not covered under medical insurance? Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the evaluation of potentially malignant disorders in the oral cavity. jada.ada.org: An expert panel convened by the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs and the Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry conducted a systematic review and formulated clinical recommendations to inform primary care clinicians about the potential use of adjuncts as triage tools for the evaluation of lesions, including potentially malignant disorders (PMDs), in the oral cavity. Read more

Risk for Developing HPV-Related Throat Cancer Low – Screening for Oral HPV Unwarranted, Study Suggests. jhsph.edu: The prevalence of throat (oropharyngeal) cancers caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) has increased in recent decades, and some groups are much more likely than others to have the oral HPV infections that can cause these cancers. However, a new study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers shows that the risk of developing HPV-related throat cancer remains generally low. Read more

“Vape juice” strength and teen smoking. pressroom.usc.edu: Even if it tastes like Gummi Bears and is inhaled as smoke-free aerosol, vaping a higher concentration of nicotine may increase how often teenagers use electronic cigarettes or smoke traditional cigarettes, according to a Keck School of Medicine of USC study. Read more

Better food choices near schools for healthier teeth – Study on oral health prevention. sciencedaily.com: Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, this study concluded that prevention programs are important, but that school food environments play a leading role in the appearance of cavities in kids ages 8 to 10. Read more

Nanodiamonds show promise for aiding recovery from root canal. sciencedaily.com: Researchers at the UCLA School of Dentistry and the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science found in a clinical trial that nanodiamonds protected disinfected root canals after the nerve and pulp were removed, thereby improving the likelihood of a full recovery. Read more

Antimicrobial gel developed at IU School of Dentistry could improve root canal results. news.iu.edu: Injectable gel could disinfect longer, have fewer toxic effects than traditional medications. Read more

Evidence found of oral bacteria contributing to bowel disorders. medicalxpress.com: An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests certain types of oral bacteria may cause or exacerbate bowel disorders. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes testing the impact of introducing bacteria found in the mouths of humans to mice models. Read more

Study finds shortcomings in Canadian regulations governing use of sugar claims. medicalxpress.com: Researchers at the University of Toronto report that prepackaged food and beverages labelled with claims such as “no added sugar” or “reduced in sugar” can have lower sugar levels than products without sugar claims but may not have notable reductions in calories and some can contain amounts of sugar considered in “excess” by the World Health Organization. Read more

Highlighted review: Fluoride supplementation (with tablets, drops, lozenges or chewing gum) in pregnant women for preventing dental caries in the primary teeth of their children. oralhealth.cochrane.org: How effective and safe is the use of fluoride supplementation (with tablets, drops, lozenges or chewing gum) in pregnant women for preventing tooth decay in the baby teeth of their children compared with placebo (tablets or other forms of supplements without fluoride) or no treatment? Read more

New survey highlights ‘unusual’ flossing habits. Fingernails. Pieces of paper. Safety pins. Strands of hair. ada.org: When appropriate tools aren’t around, Americans resort to using some common, however unusual, items to remove that piece of food stuck between their teeth, according to a national survey conducted by Ipsos. Read more

More men than women infected with oral human papillomavirus. reuters.com: Roughly one in nine U.S. men have oral infections of the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV), more than triple the infection rate for women, a new study suggests. Read more

Divers with dental work may feel tooth pain under pressure. in.reuters.com: In a laboratory experiment, the study team showed that under high pressure, some dental restorations are more prone to leak than at sea level. That could cause pain during or after a dive, as well as other consequences like making the restored tooth vulnerable to infection, the researchers write in the British Dental Journal. Read more

Women need health and dental care to stay out of prison. theconversation.com: A new study from our research team at the Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education at the University of British Columbia reveals that basic health care, both in prison and on release, is essential — to ensure successful reintegration into society. Read more

Can you teach a cell new tricks? Diabetes research aims to do just that. chicagotribune.com: A professor of medicine at Columbia University is convinced he can coax endocrine cells in the gut to change jobs and, in the process, reverse Type 1 diabetes. If it works — and it’s too early to say that it will — that would be a game-changer for the chronic condition. Read more

Brit mum becomes first cancer patient in world to have 3D printed artificial jaw after huge tumour is cut out. mirror.co.uk: A pioneering NHS team combined traditional bone grafts with 3D printed titanium implants to give a natural shape. Read more

Now that’s a blinding smile! New 3D-printed braces will have two LED lights and one non-toxic lithium battery on each tooth to cut time and cost of straightening. dailymail.co.uk: Light therapy enhances bone regeneration, which may reduce time and costs. The batteries are proven to last with continued use and do not leak into mouths. Read more

Current oral health guidelines should be updated for modern-day ‘grazing’ culture. dentistry.co.uk: Public health guidelines for oral health aren’t aligned with our modern day lifestyles, a new report claims. The report, titled Eat, Drink, Think, found that 83% of respondents consume at least one snack between their meals, with 48% eating more than one snack a day. Read more

Patient information

Halloween Tricks for Your Teeth. oda.on.ca: The Ontario Dental Association is pointing out some timely facts so that you can still enjoy the Halloween season and all the sweets and treats that come along with it, just with less guilt and hopefully, minimal damage to your teeth. Read more

12 Tips for a Healthy Halloween. mouthhealthy.org: Here’s how you can help your family stay MouthHealthy on Halloween and year-round. Read more

Dental Emergencies. mouthhealthy.org: Here are some common dental emergencies and how to deal with them. Read more

Your health & medical news

Health on the Hill – Six Bills to Watch. cmajnews.com: A palliative care framework, new vaping rules and legal pot are up for debate in the House and Senate. Read more

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

Allergy to Latex Rubber – Overview. ada.org: Many dental professionals come into contact with latex products every day (i.e., examination gloves, dental dams, tubing, etc.). This repeated exposure increases the risk of developing a latex allergy. Read more

Balancing Act: Fatty Acids and Our Food Supply. endocrinenews.endocrine.org: A new study suggests that getting the right amounts of fatty acids – especially omega-6 and omega-3 – back into our diets is the first vital step. Read more

Diabetes Technology Moves Closer To Making Life Easier For Patients. npr.org: New technologies to ease the burden are emerging rapidly, but insurance reimbursement challenges, supply shortages, and shifting competition make it tough for patients to access them quickly. Read more

Predicting Adult MetS, T2D, CV Risks in Childhood. endocrinologyadvisor.com: Early childhood data can be used to identify adult risk for metabolic syndrome (MetS), type 2 diabetes (T2D), and subclinical atherosclerosis, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Read more

Why are these popular prescription opioids branded for a company that no longer exists? thestar.com: The TEC name is among the most desired brands of prescription drugs in Canada’s opioid epidemic. The letters are also the marking of a drug company that has not existed in nearly 20 years. Harm reduction advocates are concerned the outdated TEC branding is being used by the drug’s current manufacturer only because of the prescription pill’s popularity on the streets, a charge the company says it not true. 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


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

How This Unique Tooth Floss Turned A Dull Ritual Into A Luxury Treat. fastcompany.com: They love it at Goop and Sephora, but can Cocofloss, a newfangled take on a dental hygiene staple, sell wide at $8 a roll? Read more

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