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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2017/11/29


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Filling the Gaps – Dental care in Canada. A special edition of The Current

December JADA looks at dental disease in patients with head and neck cancer

An evaluation of dental antibiotic prescribing practices in the United States

Canadian dentistry news

Filling the Gaps – Dental care in Canada. A special edition of The Current, with Anna Maria Tremonti. cbc.ca/radio: From people struggling to pay for dental care, to the debate on whether universal dental care is feasible, to the evolution of our teeth. Listen to the full interview (01:14:27, interview with Dr. Larry Levin and Dr. Paul Allison starts at 28:45’)

Taking a bite out of dental fees in Alberta. alberta.ctvnews.ca: Effective January 1, 2018 Albertan could see an eight point five percent decrease in fees for sixty common dental procedures. Read more

Government of Canada helps internationally trained dental technologists get their credentials recognized in Canada. markets.businessinsider.com: Helping internationally trained newcomers join the Canadian workforce faster will help grow the economy and strengthen the middle class. […] The Honourable John McKay […] announced a new project that will help internationally trained dental technologists get their international credentials recognized faster. Read more

University of Saskatchewan students pioneering dental experiment to Africa. 620ckrm.com: A University of Saskatchewan team will be in Ethiopia soon providing eggshells and chickens, after two separate student studies found eggshells contain calcium and that calcium can help reduce fluoride. Read more

Indigenous dental services called a ‘mess’. winnipegfreepress.com: The federal and provincial governments say they’re trying to boost dental care for First Nations kids after Manitoba dentists said children’s teeth are getting worse, and a federal watchdog revealed that Ottawa isn’t keeping track of the issue. Read more

Dental program helps Holocaust survivors get treatment. thestar.com: Smiling hasn’t always come easy for Yakov Shapiro. But sitting in a dental chair on a November afternoon, the 84-year-old Holocaust survivor is beaming. Read more

Federal marijuana legislation approved by House of Commons, moves on to Senate. theglobeandmail.com: The federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana by next summer is a step closer. Bill C-45 received final approval Monday, passing by a vote of 200-82. It now moves to the Senate, where Conservative senators are threatening to hold up passage of the bill. Read more

Cannabis: le projet de loi adopté aux Communes. ledevoir.com: Un pas supplémentaire est franchi vers la légalisation du cannabis au Canada. Les députés ont adopté lundi soir en Chambre le projet de loi C-45, renvoyant la balle dans le camp du Sénat, à environ sept mois de l’échéancier fixé par le gouvernement libéral pour légaliser la substance. Lire plus

Pharmaceutical firms can be eager to sell drugs and doctors keen to dispense them. lfpress.com: A poll of 5,190 CARP members in July revealed that, while 10 per cent use no prescription medications, CARP members are prescribed four medications each on average and five per cent take 10 or more. Read more and see pharmacare poll highlights

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief, November 28, 2017. cdaa.ca: Read more

International dentistry news

How to engage in advocacy after dental school. asdablog.com: The question every fourth-year student is asking themselves right now is this: “What am I going to do after graduation?” While some may spend hours weighing different residency programs, others may contemplate joining a corporate or private practice. But there is another option to consider: advocacy. Read more

Women in dentistry: Not done yet. newdentistblog.ada.org: How do you describe the average dentist in America? Read more

New Jersey Dentists to Play New Role Screening For Diabetes. njspotlight.com: Starting next year, dentists in the Garden State will be able to get paid for performing chairside diabetes screenings for at-risk patients. Read more

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on steps to promote development of generic versions of opioids formulated to deter abuse. fda.gov: FDA issues guidance on development of generic abuse-deterrent opioids. Read more

Children’s book by local dentist reaching kids around the world. jdnews.com: Since her creation in the office of a local dentist, Tabitha the Tooth has been featured on stage at area schools and traveled across the globe with a fun and healthy message to keep kids smiling bright. Read more

Why Tobacco Companies Are Paying to Tell You Smoking Kills. nytimes.com: The biggest tobacco companies in the United States will start running prime-time television commercials and full-page ads in national newspapers on Sunday — but the campaign is unlikely to spur enthusiasm for their products. Read more

1 in 10 medical products in developing countries is substandard or falsified. who.int: An estimated 1 in 10 medical products circulating in low- and middle-income countries is either substandard or falsified, according to new research from WHO. Read more

The Best Electric Toothbrush, According to Top Dentists. rd.com: We asked top dentists to reveal their favorite electric toothbrush—and turns out 4 out of 5 dentists surveyed don’t agree! Here are their chosen tools of the trade. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

December JADA looks at dental disease in patients with head and neck cancer. ada.org: Most patients with head and neck cancer have some level of dental disease when they begin radiation therapy, which highlights the importance of having a dental evaluation before starting treatment, according to research published in the December issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more

An evaluation of dental antibiotic prescribing practices in the United States. jada.ada.org: Antibiotic prescribing practices among general dentists and dental specialists in the United States remains poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to compare prescribing practices across dental specialties, evaluate the duration of antibiotics dentists prescribed, and determine variation in antibiotic selection among dentists. Read more

Primary Care Physician Roles in Health Centers with Oral Health Care Units. jabfm.org: Integrating oral health care and primary care is a priority for improving population health. Primary care physicians (PCP) are filling expanded roles within oral health care to secure strong overall health for their patients. Read more

E-Cigarette Usage May Complicate Oral Surgery. dentistrytoday.com: Electronic cigarettes often are marketed as a “safer” alternative to traditional tobacco products. Yet they are still packed with nicotine, which inhibits wound healing, increases the risks of anesthesia, and may lead to other complications during and after surgery, according to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Read more

Could mouthwash be putting you at risk of diabetes? medicalnewstoday.com: Researchers suggest that using mouthwash at least twice every day destroys “friendly” oral bacteria, which can, in turn, alter blood sugar metabolism and promote diabetes, particularly for people who are already at high risk for the condition. Read more

Increased Oral Pathogens and Decreased Bacterial Diversity Predict Precancerous Lesions of Stomach Cancer. nyu.edu: NYU Dentistry Study Points to Controlling Periodontal Disease for Possible Cancer Prevention. Read more

Keratinocyte growth factor is likely to reduce the risk of oral ulcers in adults undergoing some forms of cancer treatment. cochraneohg.wordpress.com: A systematic review to assess whether or not the use of cytokines and growth factors during cancer treatment, can help prevent mouth soreness and ulcers. Read more

Immune deficiency explains rampant caries in some children. medicalxpress.com: Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have made a novel discovery connecting genetic innate immunity deficiencies to rampant caries and increased risk of dental caries affecting about one in five children. The results could lead to a better way of identifying high-risk patients and treat their caries. Read more

Blood lead levels lower, but tooth decay higher in children who do not drink tap water. sciencedaily.com: American children and adolescents who do not drink tap water, which is typically fluoridated, are much more likely to have tooth decay, according to a new study. Read more

Should Hospitals Be Punished For Post-Surgical Patients’ Opioid Addiction? npr.org: Now, a handful of doctors and hospital administrators are asking, if an opioid addiction starts with a prescription after surgery or some other hospital-based care, should the hospital be penalized? As in: Is addiction a medical error along the lines of some hospital-acquired infections? Read more

Research hopes to make dental visits less stressful for children with autism. medicalxpress.com: Inspired by her own experience as a mum to a five-year-old son with autism, a dental hygienist has published new research hoping to make dental examinations less stressful for autistic children. Read more

Junk science publisher ordered to stop ‘deceptive practices’. thestar.com: U.S. court orders ‘predatory publisher’ to remove misinformation from website. Canadian scientists ask ‘who will protect us?’ Read more

Can cytokines and growth factors help prevent mouth soreness and ulcers (oral mucositis) in patients being treated for cancer? oraleahlth.cochrane.org: Read more

Researchers first to unlock key molecular mystery of premature aging syndromes. medicalxpress.com: In a pioneering study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, FSU researchers outlined the first discovery of a molecular commonality between two progeroid syndromes, Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome and Rothmund-Thomson syndrome, and introduce a method for disease recognition that could yield additional breakthroughs in the future. Read more

Oral health and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) – Free live webinar – December 5, 2017, 8 PM EST (New York). colgateoralhealthnetwork.com: This seminar will offer healthcare providers the knowledge and tools for individuals with ASD in oral health care at home and in a dentist office. One in 68 children have Autism Spectrum Disorders (CDC March 2014). Their characteristics of difficulties with communication, social interaction and sensory processing possess potential challenges in oral health maintenance. Read more

Patient information

What the Color, Size, Shape, and Feel of Your Gums Say About Your Health. self.com: When it gets severe enough, it can even lead to tooth loss. Read more

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

Diabetes and oral health. jada.ada.org: “For the patient” information from the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more

Your health & medical news

Severe Psoriasis May Make Diabetes Increasingly Likely. consumer.healthday.com: People with the skin disease psoriasis are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, and the more severe the psoriasis, the greater their risk, a new study finds. Read more

Demand for Long-Term Care Beds in Canada Could Nearly Double in Little More Than 15 Years. conferenceboard.ca: Canada could need to build 42,000 new long-term care beds in just the next five years to meet the needs of an aging population without changes to how health care for seniors is being delivered. By 2035, this number could increase to 199,000—nearly double the 255,000 beds available in 2016, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report. Read more

La demande en lits de soins de longue durée pourrait presque doubler en 15 ans. conferenceboard.ca : Le Canada devra peut-être créer 43 000 lits de soins de longue durée dans les cinq prochaines années afin de répondre aux besoins d’une population vieillissante, si rien ne change dans la manière dont les soins sont fournis aux personnes âgées. D’après un rapport du Conference Board du Canada. Lire plus

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmajnews.com: 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. Registration now open

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


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