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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2017/11/22


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Wait-list for kids’ dental surgery strikes nerve

Medications that cause dry mouth as an adverse effect in older people

HPI, Oral Health America: Americans over 50 want dental coverage in Medicare

Canadian dentistry news

Wait-list for kids’ dental surgery strikes nerve. winnipegfreepress.com: A small cohort of pediatric dentists says not enough has been done over the last decade to curtail the wait-list for children’s dental surgery, and those professionals are tired of waiting for provincial health officials to take action. Read more

Health Canada doesn’t know if its dental programs benefiting Indigenous Canadians: report. CBC News: Inuit and First Nations people have nearly twice as much dental disease as other Canadians. Read more

Morneau’s tax reform plan needs further changes, say critics. macleans.ca: A coalition of industry associations says Bill Morneau must make more changes to the controversial tax proposals he first unveiled last summer to ensure he addresses deep, persistent concerns in the small-business community. Read more

Marin: Finance minister gets thumbs down from small businesses. torontosun.com [Opinion]: Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered a shameful, electioneering fall economic statement last week in which he threw half a billion dollars to buy the votes of small business owners by reducing their corporate tax rate one percentage point. Read more

Un régime de retraite pour les PME et les travailleurs autonomes. acadienouvelle.com. : Le Nouveau-Brunswick entend autoriser les travailleurs indépendants et les employés des petites et moyennes entreprises à souscrire aux régimes de pension agréés collectifs (RPAC). Lire plus

The new leader of the federal NDP, Jagmeet Singh, has been crossing the country to introduce himself to Canadians and share his vision for the country’s future. cbc.ca: “Why is it that we don’t include dental care and eye care in our overall healthcare package? There’s also a really good argument to make that by including these other elements we can actually bring down overall healthcare costs.” Read more

Processed food industry hasn’t met Health Canada targets to lower sodium in products. theglobeandmail.com: Health Canada’s chief of nutrition regulations and standards says the goal of reducing Canadian sodium intake to 2,300 mg ‘doesn’t appear to be achievable based on what we have seen so far’. Read more

Reality check: Are sugar taxes a cash grab or do they prompt healthier choices? globalnews.ca: Do consumers really change their habits when sugary options come with extra tax? The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages that are meant to encourage people to make healthier choices don’t actually work. Read more

Ontario urged to make ending child poverty an election issue. thestar.com: Annual child-poverty report being released in Ottawa today looks to all parties to address the issue in the 2018 Ontario election. Ontario’s proposed $15 minimum wage, legislation to address precarious work and a plan to double the number of licensed child-care spots for young children represent promising progress in the battle against child poverty, a new report says. Read more

‘Wonder’ star Tremblay, kids with facial differences meet for screening of film. nationalpost.com: Vancouver child actor Jacob Tremblay was in Toronto on Monday for a special screening of his new film “Wonder” about a child with facial deformities, sharing it with his muses – a group of young patients who live that reality every day and helped him prepare for his role. Read more

New program to assist abused women created in honour of Peterborough dentist. globalnews.ca: Now, a group of her colleagues is launching the “Beyond First Impressions” program in association with the YWCA where victims of domestic violence will get free medical attention to repair facial and dental damage. Read more

Canada on alert as U.S. ends temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians. theglobeandmail.com: A decision by the Trump administration to end a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States has the Canadian government on alert for a potential new surge of asylum seekers at the border. Read more

Moins de maladie et de pauvreté chez les 0 à 5 ans. lapresse.ca : Bien que les enfants aient droit à un examen dentaire gratuit tous les ans, seuls 30,5% des enfants de 0 à 5 ans l’ont eu en 2016. Par ailleurs, 10,3% des enfants de 3 à 5 ans ont reçu un traitement dentaire, que ce soit pour soigner une carie ou extraire une dent. Lire plus

Liberal government urged to be more aggressive in tackling poverty. theglobeandmail.com: A coalition of social policy advocates is urging the Liberal government to be more aggressive in tackling poverty, releasing a detailed report Tuesday with specific actions they hope to see in the 2018 budget and the promised national poverty reduction strategy that will follow. Read more

Health Canada report calls for big tax hike on cigarettes. cbc.ca: Ottawa needs to hike tobacco taxes significantly to meet its long-term target of reducing smoking to just five per cent of the Canadian population, says a report for Health Canada. Read more

Ottawa doit taxer davantage les cigarettes, selon un rapport. ici.radio-canada.ca : Un rapport commandé par Santé Canada recommande une hausse salée de plus de 17 % des taxes sur les cigarettes, pour permettre au gouvernement fédéral d’atteindre son objectif de réduire le tabagisme au pays. Lire plus

Enjoy a canine cuddle during your teeth treatment. cbc.ca: There’s nothing particularly pleasant about a teeth cleaning, but one dental hygienist just outside St. John’s is trying to make the experience a little more enjoyable? with the help of a four-legged friend. Read more

Contraband tobacco ‘out of control’ in Ontario, convenience store lobby says. cbc.ca: Study suggests that in Hamilton, 31% of cigarettes smoked were contraband, up from 25% a year earlier. More cigarettes smoked in Ontario this year are contraband than in the last four years, a study released Wednesday by a group of convenience store owners in the province suggests. Read more

Misleading Information About NDEB Training Courses. ndeb-bned.ca: The NDEB is aware that organizations in Canada and around the world offer NDEB training courses. Examinees and potential applicants should be aware that the NDEB does not endorse any training programs. Read more

Sharing their passion – Three Rady faculty honoured for community outreach. news.umanitobanews.ca: Dr. James Gilchrist, College of Dentistry, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Read more

Updated Advisory on Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Boundary Violations. rcdso.org: The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario has updated its practice advisory on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Boundary Violations. The revised advisory reflects changes made to the Regulated Health Professions Act as a result of the Protecting Patients Act. Read more

Mitacs Elevate: Postdoc Funding, All Disciplines. ncohr-rcrsb.ca: Mitacs Elevate is now accepting applications for two-year postdoctoral funding. Read more

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief November 22, 2017. cdaa.ca: Read more

International dentistry news

HPI, Oral Health America: Americans over 50 want dental coverage in Medicare. ada.org: The vast majority of Americans over 50 would like dental coverage included in Medicare, according to new research from Oral Health America and the ADA Health Policy Institute. Read more

Tobacco companies could be sued for billions in healthcare costs, experts warn. abc.net.au: Canadian provincial governments have launched several successful lawsuits against tobacco giants in recent years, and experts suggest Australia should follow Canada’s lead. Read more

FDA addresses IV fluids, saline bag shortage. ada.org: The Food and Drug Administration announced Nov. 17 that hospitals are reporting shortages of IV fluids, particularly small saline solution bags, stemming from destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in September. Read more

The most common need of Lebanon County’s poor isn’t what you think. ldnews.com: When the United Way of Lebanon County issued its 2017 community needs assessment in October, the most common service people lacked wasn’t healthcare, transportation, or housing – it was dental care. Read more

Helen Clark urges free dental care. odt.co.nz: Former prime minister Helen Clark is making a plea to the Government to consider universal free dental care. Read more

California Dental Association supports dental communities in natural disasters. cda.org, Nov. 16: In response to recent natural disasters in California, Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, CDA has provided financial donations to help dental professionals with relief efforts. Read more

The winds of change in dentistry. chescotimes.com: Each fall dentists from around our nation gather to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Dental Association. This year was a bit different. The face of dentistry is changing for us all, dentist, team member, and most importantly, the patient. Read more

Evidence lacking that gum disease treatment prevents heart disease. ada.org: Researchers found insufficient evidence to determine whether periodontal therapy in patients with chronic periodontitis prevents occurrence or recurrence of cardiovascular disease in a systematic review published online in November in the Cochrane Review Database. Read more

Trends in Beverage Consumption Among Children and Adults, 2003-2014. onlinelibrary.wiley.com: Overall, beverage and sugar-sweetened beverages consumption declined for children and adults from 2003 to 2014. The levels of consumption are highest among black, Mexican American, and non-Mexican Hispanic participants. Read more

As Syphilis Rate Increases, Providers Learn to Identify Oral Symptoms. sdm.blogs.rutgers.edu: A spike in syphilis cases, linked to the opioid epidemic, means dentists and other oral healthcare providers should be ready to spot signs of the disease, which often appear in the mouth. Read more

Controversial sugar industry study on cancer uncovered. cnn.com An old study is now shedding new light on the sugar industry’s controversial past, and its secrets are being revealed in a new paper. The 1960s study, which suggests a link between a high-sugar diet and high blood cholesterol levels and cancer in rats, was sponsored by the sugar industry. Read more

FDI continues to represent the profession at global event on antimicrobial resistance. fdiworlddental.org: FDI was once again the only organization present to represent the oral health profession at a global event to accelerate action on tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Read more

Clinical & scientific news

New discovery may lead to natural products for preventing dental caries. news-medical.net: A new discovery may one day lead to natural anti­cavity products, researchers report. The scientists from West China School of Stomatology and Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam have figured out the main active ingredient of Galla Chinens is, a natural herb, and further improved its anti-caries efficacy. Read more

All mouth cancer patients in Myanmar use smokeless tobacco, study finds. news-medical.net: Betel quid chewing often starts in adolescence and is associated with smoking and drinking alcohol, which are also risk factors for oral cancer. Read more

Painless Dental Lasers Can Render Teeth Cavity-Resistant. ucsf.edu: UCSF Researchers’ Decades of Studies Lead to Development of Lasers that Strengthen Enamel. Read more

Medications That Cause Dry Mouth As an Adverse Effect in Older People: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. onlinelibrary.wiley.net: Medication use was significantly associated with xerostomia and salivary gland hypofunction in older adults. Read more

Enterovirus vaccine prevents virus-induced diabetes in a T1D experimental model. sciencedaily.com: Scientists have demonstrated that an enterovirus vaccine can protect against virus-induced diabetes in a mouse model for Type 1 diabetes. Read more

Mind your business

The absolute beginner’s guide to branding your dental practice. dentistryiq.com: So, what exactly is branding? And why should you, as a dentist, be concerned about branding? This article will give you an overview on branding and how you can build a positive brand for your dental practice. Read more

Why you should look before you ‘go cheap’. dentistry.co.uk: If something seems too good to be true, it may just be too good to be true, Louise Beddow says. ‘Buy cheap, pay twice’ and ‘you get what you pay for’ are common phrases in the world of the consumer. Indeed, you may even have muttered it to yourself when confronted with some shoddy bridgework or an implant from a questionable source. Read more

Know whether to repair or replace dental equipment. dentistryiq.com: Does it make sense to replace or repair your dental equipment? Knowing the best choice takes some patience and learning. Here are some tips from an expert to help you determine which is best. Read more

Patient information

Dental Emergencies. mouthhealthy.org: Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Here are some common dental emergencies and how to deal with them. Read more

Top Ten Dental Symptoms. mouthhealthy.org: Read more

Jaw Pain. mouthhealthy.org: Many adults suffer from chronic jaw and facial pain. Some common symptoms include pain in or around the ear, tenderness of the jaw, pain when biting, or headaches. Many things can cause facial pain, which can make it difficult to diagnose and treat. Read more

Your health & medical news

FDA announces comprehensive regenerative medicine policy framework. fda.gov: Framework aims to spur innovation, efficient access to potentially transformative products, while ensuring safety and efficacy. Read more

Just 12% of Americans eat enough fruit and vegetables, CDC study finds. theguardian.com: Just 12% of Americans eat the minimum daily fruit recommendation of one and a half to two cups per day and only 9% consume the minimum daily vegetable recommendation of two to three cups per day. Read more

Antibiotics resistance: researchers succeed to block genes of resistance. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: Scientists at UdeM’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine design better molecules that make it harder for plasmids to move between bacteria. Read more

Résistance aux antibiotiques: des chercheurs arrivent à bloquer des gènes de la résistance. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: Des chercheurs du Département de biochimie et médecine moléculaire de l’UdeM mettent au point des molécules capables de bloquer le mouvement de plasmides entre bactéries. Lire plus

Low-salt and heart-healthy dash diet as effective as drugs for some adults with high blood pressure. medicalxpress.com: A study of more than 400 adults with prehypertension, or stage 1 high blood pressure, found that combining a low-salt diet with the heart-healthy DASH diet substantially lowers systolic blood pressure—the top number in a blood pressure test—especially in people with higher baseline systolic readings. 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


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 internationals du Québec, in Montreal, Quebec. Read more

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 – 2017 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

Dental industry news

Testing an oral plaque-killing product. thechronicleherald.ca: Halifax-based PhotoDynamic Inc. will put its plaque-killing oral health product through clinical trials in the next month, the outcome of which will shape its strategy for the next few years. Read more

Doctors “freeze pain” to avoid prescribing opioids post-surgery. wbay.com: There’s excitement in the medical community over a breakthrough treatment now being offered in Northeast Wisconsin in an effort to “kill the pill” and prevent drug addiction. Read more and watch

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