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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2017/11/15

Top News

Ontario Dental Association special section in The Globe & Mail, in celebration of the ODA’s 150th anniversary

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

ADA discourages DIY orthodontics through resolution

Criteria for high blood pressure revised under new guidelines

FDA approves pill with sensor that digitally tracks if patients have ingested their medication

Canadian dentistry news

Ontario Dental Association special section, in celebration of the ODA’s 150th anniversary. beta.theglobeandmail.com: View the online version

CIHR Celebrates Canada 150. cihr-irsc.gc.ca: Access to quality dental care is far from universal. Giving voice to those for whom quality dental care is out of reach and inspiring compassion in future dental professionals – Dr. Mario A. Brondani. Read more

World Antibiotic Awareness Week. who.int: Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development today. For World Antibiotic Awareness week, 13–19 November 2017, WHO and partners will reach out to health professionals, governments, farmers, veterinarians, the food and feed industry, and the public via social media. Read more

Executive Director and Registrar to receive ADEA Gies Award. ndeb-bned.ca: On October 19, 2017 the ADEA Gies Foundation announced Dr. Jack Gerrow, Executive Director and Registrar of the NDEB, as a recipient of a 2018 Gies Award for Innovation – Dental Educator. Read more

Change causes concern; Province wants to move qualifications for positions from regulation to health standards. Cornwall Standard Freeholder: Public health professionals across Ontario were panicking earlier this month after the provincial government quietly announced plans to get rid of regulations governing what qualifications someone needs in order to be hired as health inspectors, public health dentists, dental hygienists or public health nutritionists. Read more

Vaping ‘less harmful than traditional tobacco,’ Liberal MP says. canadianunderwriter.ca: A federal bill proposing to regulate the manufacture and sale of electronic cigarettes has received some support from the opposition. Read more

Scugog physicians, dentists helping in Haiti a great example of our caring community. durhamregion.com: Last week a team of 35 physicians, dentists, paramedics, dental assistants, pharmacists and supportive staff returned to Canada from their annual visit to the Global South. This team, led by local physician Dr. Tony Brown and local dentist Dr. Jack Cottrell, has ministered in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Haiti. Read more

Sousa to unveil tax cuts for small businesses in budget update. thestar.com: Ontario’s finance minister is set to deliver an election-ready fiscal update that will give businesses with fewer than 100 employees tax breaks to offset a higher minimum wage, the Star has learned. Read more

Warren: It’s time for a royal commission on taxation. torontosun.com: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should appoint a royal commission on taxation and have the results and recommendations ready before the next federal election, so we can have a proper debate about how we tax all Canadians. Read more

N.L.’s antibiotics addiction highlights need to ‘start looking over the shoulders’ of doctors, specialist says. cbc.ca: Health professionals in Newfoundland and Labrador are leading the country in prescribing antibiotics, and an infectious disease specialist at Memorial University says this has to change. Inaction, says Dr. Peter Daley, could lead to deadly consequences. Read more

Canadians receiving more antibiotics than many other OECD residents. ctvnews.ca: The new finding comes from a study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) that compared health data among the 34 countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Read more

Surutilisation d’antibiotiques au Canada, selon une étude. ici.radio-canada.ca : Les professionnels de la santé au Canada prescrivent des antibiotiques à une fréquence plus élevée que dans d’autres pays qui ont un système de santé comparable, selon des données de l’Institut canadien d’information sur la santé (ICIS), publiées vendredi. Lire plus

Big Tobacco urges Canada to ensure legal nicotine competitive with black market. financialpost.com: If the price of legal marijuana must be competitive with the black market in order to discourage underground sales, then the same logic should apply to nicotine, the head of Imperial Tobacco Canada said Thursday. Read more

Fostering Change: Generous act of kindness gives victim of abuse new reason to smile. globalnews.ca: It took Michael Matthews years to have the courage to speak about the physical, sexual and emotional abuse he suffered in the Alberta foster system. His story struck a chord with one Airdrie dentist. Read more

Neil J. Gajjar, DDS, MAGD, Installed as President-Elect for Academy of General Dentistry. agd.org: The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) has installed Neil J. Gajjar, DDS, MAGD, of Mississauga, Ontario, as the organization’s new president-elect. Dr. Gajjar. Dr. Gajjar will serve in this role for one year and then ascend to president at the completion of his term. Read more

Alumni from dentistry, dental hygiene honoured at gala. news.umanitoba.ca: Nearly 200 alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the College of Dentistry and School of Dental Hygiene gathered to honour two distinguished professionals, Dr. Jean Bodnar and Carol Yakiwchuk. Read more

La doyenne Cathia Bergeron nommée au CA de la Fondation de l’UL. fmd.ulaval.ca: Dre Bergeron a été mandatée par l’Université Laval pour représenter les doyens au sein du Conseil d’administration de la Fondation de l’Université Laval. Elle y siégera pour un an et veillera ainsi à la bonne gouvernance de l’organisme dédié à la philanthropie pour l’Université. Read more

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief November 15, 2017. cdaa.ca:  Read more

International dentistry news

ADA continues to lobby tax reform bill for dentists. ada.org: As Congress endeavors to pass legislation to overhaul the U.S. tax code, the Association continues to advocate on Capitol Hill for tax issues affecting dentists. Read more

Veterans Day: From bomber pilot to dentist, Dr. Kasper says it’s a wonderful life. ada.org: It’s the time of year to recognize the sacrifices and lives of WWII veterans, including the men and women still living, while we can. One of them is Dr. Robert Kasper, 95, who ran a private dental practice in Detroit for more than 30 years and retired in the mid-1980s. Before that, he was a pilot in World War II. Read more

Dentists can play key role in helping patients quit smoking. ada.org: ADA offers resources to help clinicians start conversations about tobacco. Read more

Senators wrangle with sweeping health bill. The Boston Globe: The legislation would expand the role for several types of health care workers: nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, psychiatric clinical nurse specialists, optometrists, and podiatrists. It would also create a new type of dental care provider, called a dental therapist, who could do some of the work now left to dentists. Read more

Dentists are seeing more marijuana users in their clinics. krdo.com: Last Monday marked five years since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado and ever since, health care providers say they’re seeing more marijuana users in their clinics and dentists are no different. Read more

Rotten teeth extractions reveal growth in child poverty. dentists say. stuff.co.nz: New Zealand Dental Association spokesman Rob Beaglehole says tooth decay is a socio-economic issue. Read more

To chip away at $36 million deficit, UW dental school to close pediatric-center building. seattletimes.com: The University of Washington will close the building that houses its Center for Pediatric Dentistry as part of a major overhaul of how the School of Dentistry does business. Read more

New A&M dental school facility to be constructed in Dallas. thebatt.com: The Texas A&M College of Dentistry plans to construct a new education facility and clinic in Dallas to provide oral health care and facilitate dental education in the state of Texas. Read more

Trump administration moves ahead with Obama menu-label law. apnews.com: Despite years of opposition by some food sellers, the Food and Drug Administration is offering only minor compromises to industry complaints about the difficulties of displaying calories at takeout chains, self-service buffets and other non-restaurant food locations. Read more

Dental Therapists Could Help Solve Arizona’s Dental Shortage. heartland.org0: Matthew Glans examines a proposal that would improve access to dental care for all Arizonans by allowing dental therapists to provide needed care. Read more

Dentist ‘more popular than on his wedding day’ as he goes mobile to help outback residents. abc.net.au: The Royal Flying Doctor Service’s latest report into rural and remote oral health paints a bleak picture of limited dental services, limited access to services, high costs, a maldistribution of dentists, and a lack of government investment provision, right across Australia. Read more

By the Skin of the Teeth: National Health Service Dental Services in Crisis. the-platform.org.uk: A broken system and low morale threatens the NHS dental service in a crisis that few speak of. The last two years in England have seen just 58.2% of children and 51.4% of adults visiting an NHS dentist within the last 12 months. Read more

Pilot project tackling tooth decay in UK primary school children. ipswichstar.co.uk: A new dental health project aiming to cut tooth decay in children of primary school age has been launched in Ipswich. Cliff Lane and Highfield Nursery Primary School are taking part in the pilot, which will support pupils and parents with key tips and advice on keeping teeth healthy. Read more

State house approves dental tax exception bills. michiganpeninsulanews.com: The Michigan House recently voted to approve two bills that would except dental devices from the state’s use tax and 6 percent sales tax. Read more

Global Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry Targets Africa. ipsnews.net: A vibrant global campaign to ban the use of mercury in dentistry is shifting direction: moving from Europe to the developing world. Read more

Nepal yet to down phase dental amalgam. kathmandupost.ekantipur.com: While more countries in the region are moving towards mercury-free dentistry, the highly-toxic metal still remains a standard material for cavity fillings in Nepal. Read more

ADA discourages DIY orthodontics through resolution. ada.org: The ADA “strongly discourages” the practice of do-it-yourself orthodontics because of the potential for harm to patients, according to a new policy passed by the 2017 ADA House of Delegates. Read more

Woman committed insurance fraud to get $3K in dental work, Pa. court finds. pennlive.com9: Despite her claims to the contrary, a state appeals court panel has found that a woman committed insurance fraud when she lied so she could get her teeth fixed. Read more

America’s Love Affair With Sugary Sodas Is Fading. medlineplus.gov: Consumption of sodas and other sweet drinks — a big source of sugar in Americans’ diets — has dropped in the past decade among both kids and adults, researchers find. Read more

A Dental Response to the Opioid Epidemic. adeachartingprogress.wordpress.com: In this month’s letter, Dr. Rick Valachovic explores how one dental school and one state are framing a response to the opioid epidemic that keeps dental pain mitigation in sight. Read more

Average patient visits per week. ada.org: Just the facts. Read more

When Dentists Criticize This Online Braces Company, It Takes Them to Court. buzzfeed.com: SmileDirectClub is trying to silence its critics with legal threats after the American Association of Orthodontists lodged complaints against the Nashville startup in 36 states. Read more

Resources for dentists as opioid crisis declared public health emergency. cda.org: With the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Oct. 26 declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency, the California Dental Association reminds dentists, who prescribe approximately 11 percent of prescription opioids annually, of the resources available to them. Read more

AAPD Provides Insight into Sedation/General Anesthesia in Pediatric Dentistry. aapd.org: AAPD national spokesperson Dr. Sarat Thikkurissy contributed an article to SHIFT Magazine, by SPRIG formerly EZPEDO Magazine, addressing the issues surrounding sedation/general anesthesia in pediatric dentistry, current AAPD guidelines/recommendations, and as well as offering insight on how to discuss these issues with patient’s parents and their families. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

General Dentistry and American Family Physician Collaborate to Examine Oral Systemic Health. agd.org: The November/December 2017 issue features a special section that examines the oral systemic health connection and provides evidence that an interdisciplinary approach to patient care can lead to early detection of various health issues. Read more

Do the drugs work? Cochrane evidence on antibiotics in dentistry. cochraneohg.wordpress.com: Antibiotics are still commonly used in dentistry, Cope et al (2014) estimate that 8-10% of antibiotics used in primary care are prescribed by dentists in some parts of the world. Their effectiveness has been explored by several Cochrane Oral Health reviews over the years, looking at some of the scenarios where they might be prescribed. Read more

Criteria for high blood pressure revised under new guidelines. thestar.com: The new standard means nearly half of American adults qualify for a diagnosis of high blood pressure. Read more

End of fillings in sight as scientists find Alzheimer’s drug makes teeth grow back. telegraph.co.uk: Researchers at King’s College London found that the drug Tideglusib stimulates the stem cells contained in the pulp of teeth so that they generate new dentine – the mineralised material under the enamel. Read more

5 dental instrument processing myth busters: Sources for infection control protocol must be credible. dentaleconomics.com: This article will address several common instrument processing myths. In each myth, CDC Guidelines and key elements will be discussed. The myth will be either validated or dismissed. Read more

ADA Professional Product Review takes deep dive look at silver diamine fluoride and fluoride varnish. ada.org: Dentists who want to know more about using fluoride varnish or silver diamine fluoride as a way to treat or prevent caries can find clinical guidance and other insights in an issue of ADA Professional Product Review released in November. Read more

Type 2 diabetes linked to metabolic health in obesity. healio.com: The risk for type 2 diabetes is increased in adults with obesity, whether they were metabolically healthy or unhealthy, and in those with normal weight who were metabolically unhealthy, according to findings published in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. Read more

Pitt Study Provides Clues to Body’s Defense Against Common Oral Ailment. upmc.com: An international team, led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has identified the mechanism by which the immune system first learns that the fungus Candida albicans, which causes oral thrush, has invaded the body. Read more

3 Tips for Treating Children from an Award-Winning Pediatric Dentist. newdentistblog.ada.org: It’s no secret treating a child can be difficult. “Technically and strategically, practicing dentistry is difficult, and that’s before adding an additional variable in like a child who may or may not be willing and able to accept treatment,” he said. Read more

Dental anesthesia safety: Say something if you see something. cda.org: At the recent CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry convention in San Francisco, Steve Yun, MD, provided an enlightening and practical examination of dental anesthesia and patient safety in his course Myths and Errors in Dental Anesthesia: Avoiding Office Disasters. In this interview, Yun shares his top tips for enhancing patient safety during dental anesthesia. Read more

What every dentist needs to know about prescribing opioids. dentaleconomics.com: As members of the health-care community, we have the ability and the obligation to help reduce the potential of the drugs we prescribe from contributing to opioid abuse and tragic opiate-related deaths. Read more

Telling teeth: More accurate aging of teeth could hold the key to identifying health-compromised children in Africa. sciencedaily.com: Researchers have investigated dental development for better estimations of chronological age in African populations. Read more

Les antibiotiques font dérailler des traitements anticancéreux. lapresse.ca : L’immunothérapie est la nouvelle arme de prédilection des médecins contre certains cancers. Or, des chercheurs viennent de montrer que son efficacité pouvait être sapée par de simples… antibiotiques. Et dès janvier, un nouveau laboratoire sera créé au CHUM pour en savoir plus sur cette découverte qui risque de changer les pratiques médicales. Lire plus

Des dents de «rats» de 145 millions d’années découvertes en Angleterre. lapresse.ca: Des dents d’animaux ressemblant au rat et vivant il y a 145 millions d’années, qui ferait partie de la lignée de mammifères liés à l’Homme, ont été découvertes par un étudiant dans le sud-ouest de l’Angleterre, a annoncé mardi l’université de Portsmouth. Lire plus

A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Single-Dose Nonopioid versus Opioid Combination Analgesia for Moderate-to-Severe Acute Extremity Pain in Emergency Departments Showed No Difference Among the Agents in Terms of Pain Relief. ada.org: A recent randomized, controlled trial1 compared the analgesic efficacy of single doses of 4 oral drug combinations for acute pain relief in the setting of 2 urban emergency departments (ED) in New York. Read more

Bad Break: Osteoporosis-Related Bone Fractures Linked to Air Pollution. mailman.columbia.edu: Exposure to air pollution is associated with osteoporosis-related loss of bone mineral density and risk of bone fractures, according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Their findings are published in The Lancet Planetary Health. Read more

Simple water test could prevent crippling bone disease. sciencedaily.com: A simple colour-changing test to detect fluoride in drinking water, devised by researchers at the University of Bath, could in the future prevent the crippling bone disease, skeletal fluorosis, in developing countries such as India and Tanzania. Read more

Patient information

Bad Breath: 6 Causes (and 7 Solutions). mouthhealthy.org: What causes bad breath and how you can keep bad breath away. Read more

Oral Cancer. mouthhealthy.org: Oral cancer is divided into two categories – those occurring in the oral cavity (your lips, the inside of your lips and cheeks, teeth, gums, the front two-thirds of your tongue and the floor and roof of your mouth) and those occurring in the oropharynx (middle region of the throat, including the tonsils and base of the tongue). Together, these cancers account for 2.9% of all cancers in the United States. Read more

Chewing Gum to Prevent Cavities. mouthhealthy.org: Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay. Read more

Your health & medical news

Why Head And Face Pain Causes More Suffering. today.duke.edu: The team found that sensory neurons that serve the head and face are wired directly into one of the brain’s principal emotional signaling hubs. […] The results may pave the way toward more effective treatments for pain mediated by the craniofacial nerve, such as chronic headaches and neuropathic face pain. Read more

Identification of a new gene causing scoliosis and bone malformations. publications.mcgill.ca: A unique collaboration among Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada, CHU Sainte-Justine and McGill University has enabled researchers to identify genetic mutations involved in a rare disease that causes scoliosis and bone malformations. Read more

FDA approves pill with sensor that digitally tracks if patients have ingested their medication. fda.fov: FDA approves Abilify MyCite, a pill with a sensor that digitally tracks if patients have ingested their medication. Read more

CPhA launches medical cannabis resources to support pharmacists, enhance patient care. pharmacists.ca: The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) today launched its first medical cannabis continuing education program to help pharmacists across Canada respond to the evolving health care needs of their patients. Read more

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on FDA advisory about deadly risks associated with kratom. fda.gov: Over the past several years, a botanical substance known as kratom has raised significant concerns given its increasing prevalence and potential safety risks. Today, the agency issued a public health advisory related to the FDA’s mounting concerns regarding risks associated with the use of kratom. Read more

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Fall-Winter 2017-2018 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 24-29 – Greater New York Dental Meeting 2017, in New York, NY. Read more

January 18-19: Hawaii Dental Association Convention, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Read more

January 24-28: Yankee Dental Congress, in Boston, Massachusetts. Read more

January 26-27 – Manitoba Dental Association’s 134th Annual Meeting and Convention in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Read more

February 22-24: Chicago Dental Society’s 153th Midwinter Meeting – A Dental Triade: Pride • Passion • Professionalism, in Chicago, Illinois. Read more

March 8-20– Pacific Dental Conference, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

March 21-24 – 47th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Association of Dental Research, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Save the date

April 18-21 – American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Read more

April 26-28 – ASM18 Annual Spring Meeting, in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

May 24-27 – Jasper Dental Congress, in Jasper, Alberta. Read more

May 25-29 – Journées dentaires internationales du Québec, in Montréal, Québec. Save the date

May 31-June 2 – Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Association Oral Health Convention, in Gander, NL. Read more

June 20-23 – Annual Meeting of the American Dental Society of Europe, in Biarritz, France. Read more

August 22-25 – CDA Convention, hosted by the Dental Association of PEI. Save the date

August 31-September 2 – 24th International Association for Disability and Oral Health Congress, in Dubai, UAE. Read more

September 6-8 – 2018 Saskatchewan Oral Health Conference, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Save the dates

September 27-29: 26th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, in Montreal, Quebec. Save the date

October 18-22 – ADA 2018 America’s Dental Meeting, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Save the date


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

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