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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2018/01/24


Top News

Broken teeth and bruises: dentists in unique position to spot domestic abuse

Superbugs: first independent comparison of pharma companies’ efforts to address drug-resistant infections

Dental students trained to recognise signs of abuse

Oral health may have an important role in cancer prevention

Re-treating patients when an associate leaves

Canadian dentistry news

Broken teeth and bruises: dentists in unique position to spot domestic abuse. cbc.ca: Dentists are likely to see domestic violence but poorly equipped to deal with it, says advocate. […] Right now, many dental schools do cover the subject of domestic violence in classes, but Canadian Dental Association president Dr. Larry Levin said lessons learned in the classroom should be reinforced in professional development. […] Levin agrees dentists need more training to deal with abuse victims. Read more

Albertans should check naloxone kits for naloxone after AHS discovers incomplete packages. globalnews.ca: AHS said people should be making sure the kits have two or three vials of naloxone in them, after learning some kits given out at clinics and pharmacies were missing vials. Read more

Call for Feedback: Public Dental Programs and Reimbursement for Dental Restorative Procedures. cadth.ca: A draft report on Public Dental Programs and Reimbursement for Dental Restorative Procedures is now available for feedback from all interested stakeholders. Read more

Manitoba NDP leader wants Churchill to be hub for northern health care. cbc.ca: NDP leader Wab Kinew is joining a chorus of voices calling on governments to invest in Churchill’s hospital, developing it into a regional centre for Northerners. […] The Health Centre has an ER, an OR and specialists who rotate through the town. It offers dental services to residents and people from Nunavut. Read more

Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Program Name Undergraduate: Summer Studentship Award (2018) (Summer Studentship Award – Institute Community Support): researchnet-recherchenet.ca: The CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (CIHR-IMHA) will provide funding for meritorious applications that are determined to be relevant to one or more areas of its mandate. Read more

Oral Health Research Day 2018. publications.mcgill.ca: The day provided DMD IV students an opportunity to present the findings from their Oral Health Research Projects; the culmination of their research work throughout their third and fourth years of study. Read more

Better Winnipeg: Dental Foundation fills gap for oral health needs. globalnews.ca: A foundation spearheaded by a group from Manitoba dental community is helping make a difference. […] So far, the Foundation has distributed $50,000 in grants to five different organizations. Each one addressing a particular need in the community. Read more

Fluoride-related question slated for Parry Sound voters’ ballot. parrysound.com: Upgrade to the plant needed for fluoride to come back. The fluoride topic is back in Parry Sound. This time it’s a question on the fall municipal election ballot. Read more

U.S. anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes but save Big Tobacco. ctvnews.ca: A proposal from the FDA is two-fold: cut nicotine levels in cigarettes and for those who can’t or won’t quit, allow lower-risk products that deliver nicotine without the deadly effects of traditional cigarettes. Read more

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief January 24, 2018. cdaa.ca: Read more

International dentistry news

A message from the ADA president – Preventing opioid abuse from the dental chair. ada.org: I’m asking dentists everywhere to reflect on how we manage dental pain and take several specific steps to help keep opioid pain relievers from harming our patients and their families. Read more

ADA, CVS announce three-year oral health initiative. ada.org: Alliance to drive customers to see their ADA dentist, promote better oral care at home. Read more

ADA book offers guidance for treating opioid users, safe prescribing. ada.org: The ADA Practical Guide to Substance Use Disorders and Safe Prescribing helps dental practitioners identify and treat patients with drug addiction, prevent drug diversion and properly manage and prescribe controlled substances. Read more

Guardian Study Finds Employers Save Money When Employees Use Preventive Dental Benefits. prnewswire.com: Better Oral Health Leads to Savings and Better Overall Health for Employees. Read more

The future of dentistry is digital. fdiworlddental.org: Dr. Paulo Kano, Coordinator, Professor and Head of the Department of Digital Dentistry at the São Leopoldo Mandic University, sets expectations for the two lectures he will be giving in Buenos Aires; one on ‘Aesthetic Rehabilitations with SKIN’ and the other on ‘Revolutionizing Aesthetics with High Technology Systems’. Read more

Speakers confirmed for FDI World Dental Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 5-8. world-dental-congress.org: Read more

Dental students trained to recognise signs of abuse. dentistry.co.uk: This is the first-of-its-kind program in Australia and was launched after students on placement in rural and remote locations commented they felt ‘out of their depth’ when patients presented with signs of domestic violence. Read more

Guest Op-ed: Do Dallas Residents Need Community Water Fluoridation? Yes, and Here’s Why. northdallasgazette.com: Community water fluoridation and brushing with fluoride toothpaste complement each other, like seat belts and air bags in automobiles. Both work individually, but together they provide even better protection and reduces tooth decay by about 29%. Read more

Office-based dental anaesthesia gaining ground over hospital-based. bitemagazine.com.au: The procedural differences between dentist and physician anaesthesiologists have recently been examined by US researchers, whose findings are published in the current issue of Anesthesia Progress. Read more

Nothing to smile about: Irish children’s dental health suffers due to under-resourced public systems. irishexaminer.com: Joanne’s nine-year-old has never been seen by the school dentist. The dental team is due in this year. “But I’m not holding my breath,” she says. “I’ve been taking her yearly to my own dentist since she was four, at €30 a visit.” Read more

The cost of dental care in New Zealand: Jim Anderton’s ‘unfinished project’. tvnz.co.nz: New Zealanders struggling to afford dental care is a reoccurring topic for health advocates and politicians, as the number of children hospitalised for preventable oral issues increases. At the end of 2017, calls for more accessible dental care arose when former Prime Minister Helen Clark voiced her worry over affordability. Read more

KHU Dental Hospital to start using blockchain in March 2018. finder.com.au: Kyung Hee University Dental Hospital (KHUDH), the third largest dental hospital in Korea, has reached a partnership with MediBloc, a cryptocurrency and blockchain solutions provider that’s focused on the medical industry. Read more

Big increase in dentist registration in Scotland. bbc.com: NHS figures showed that 92.5% of the population was registered for dental care by 30 September last year. That compared with just 51.1% in 2007. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Superbugs: first independent comparison of pharma companies’ efforts to address drug-resistant infections. amrbenchmark.org: The first independent analysis of pharmaceutical industry efforts to tackle drug resistance, published today, finds that companies are developing new drugs as well as dismantling the incentives that encourage sales staff to oversell antibiotics, setting limits on the concentration of antibiotics in factory wastewater released into the environment, and tracking the spread of superbugs. Read more and download report

Blasting dental plaque with microbubbles. sciencedaily.com: Researchers have found a way to remove plaque from dental implants to improve oral hygiene. Read more

Oral health may have an important role in cancer prevention. helsinki.fi: The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, has for the first time proven the existence of a mechanism on the molecular level through which the bacteria associated with periodontitis, Treponema denticola (Td), may also have an effect on the onset of cancer. Read more

Placing Dentists Where They Can Do the Most Good. adaechartingprogress.wordpress.com: Dr. Rick Valachovic talks with North Carolinians to find out how a new model of dental education is bringing dental care to rural parts of the state. Read more

Pioneering Gene Therapy for Dry Mouth. nidcr.nih.gov: Ongoing clinical trial explores saliva-restoring gene transfer. Read more

More evidence of link between severe gum disease and cancer risk. now.tufts.edu: In largest study to date using dental exams, severe periodontitis associated with 24 percent increased risk of cancer. Read more

Grind Your Teeth at Night? Botox Might Help. webmd.com: Researchers reported that shots of Botox into the chewing muscles in the cheek can block the signals that tell these muscles to contract, relieving the grinding and clenching. Onabotulinum toxin-A injections for sleep bruxism – A double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Read more

Adhesives developed to prevent bracket stains on teeth. medicalxpress.com: Researchers from Valencia, London and Sul, Brazil, have performed research to develop adhesive materials that will prevent white stains from appearing on the teeth of people who use brackets. Read more

Anti-plaque ingredient in toothpaste fights drug-resistant malaria. thelondoneconomic.com: A toothpaste ingredient that stops the build-up of plaque bacteria may help fight drug-resistant malaria, a British robot scientist named Eve has discovered. Read more

UCSF Study Shows CAMBRA Model Works in ‘Real World’ Dental Practices. ucsf.edu: A scientifically based approach that includes a tooth-decay risk assessment, aggressive preventive measures and conservative restorations can dramatically reduce decay in community dental practices, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco. Read more

Snus tobacco on the rise as Norway smoking halved in a decade. reuters.com: Among the adult population, 11 percent were daily smokers in 2017, a fall of one percentage point from the previous year and down from 22 percent in 2007 as authorities continue to campaign against the use of tobacco. The use of snus rose to 12 percent in 2017 from 10 percent in 2016. Read more

To reduce the risk of opioid addiction, study suggests higher doses but fewer refills. latimes.com: It may sound counterintuitive, but providing more pain relief to patients right away might allow them to stop taking the pills sooner. And reducing the total amount of time that patients are on opioids could ultimately reduce the risk of addiction and abuse, new research suggests. Read more

Caries Prevention and Treatment Highlight Proceedings Published in Advances In Dental Research. iadr.org: The International Conference on Novel AntiCaries and Remineralizing Agents 3 (ICNARA 3) sought to summarize the current status of caries management and highlight exciting new therapeutic possibilities and future research needs. The papers resulting from this conference are published in the latest issue of Advances in Dental Research, an e-Supplement to the Journal of Dental Research. Read more

Improved System Preserves and Transports Avulsed Teeth. dentistrytoday.com: The Save-A-Tooth System. Read more

Mind your business

Re-treating patients when an associate leaves. cda.org: As a practice owner, dealing with re-treatment can be one of the most difficult issues and may be especially challenging when the dentist who originally treated the patient is no longer with the practice. Read more

Patient information

Is Sparkling Water Bad for My Teeth? mouthhealthy.org: According to available research, sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth—and here’s why. Read more

Bad Breath: 6 Causes (and 7 Solutions). mouthhealthy.org: Bad breath happens. If you’ve ever gotten that not-so-fresh feeling on a date, at a job interview or just talking with friends, you’re not alone. What causes bad breath? Read more

Oral cancer screening should be mandated for dental profession. folio.ca: A quick head and neck exam by your dentist or dental hygienist can save your life by identifying oral cancers, UAlberta experts contend. Read more

Your health & medical news

Flu May Be Spread By Just Breathing. webmd.com: Until now, it was thought that people picked up a flu virus when they touched contaminated surfaces or inhaled droplets in the air ejected by an infected person’s coughs or sneezes. But the new study finds coughs and sneezes may not be necessary to saturate the air with flu virus. Read more

Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic. apnews.com: A century after one of history’s most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the globe. Read more

Cigarettes and pot linked to teen psychosis. cnn.com: For teens, using either marijuana or cigarettes is associated with higher odds of psychotic-like experiences, a new study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found. Researchers say individuals who use cannabis regularly have a 2- to 3-fold increased risk of a psychotic outcome. Read more

Fed up with drug companies, hospitals decide to start their own. nytimes.com: A group of large hospital systems plans to create a nonprofit generic drug company to battle shortages and high prices. For years, hospital execs have expressed frustration when essential drugs like heart medicines have become scarce, or when prices have skyrocketed because investors manipulated the market. Read more

Hip fractures on the rise in older U.S. women. reuters.com: The incidence of hip fractures in older women in the U.S. is rising after more than a decade of decline, according to a large new study of Medicare recipients. Read more

FDA to release more clinical trial information for newly approved drugs. washingtonpost.com: The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to make it easier for doctors, patients and researchers to get access to clinical trial data amassed during the process of approving new drugs, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said. Read more

Canucks face hurdles in access to newest medicines. Pressreader.com/canada/edmonton-sun.com: While it’s good news on the research and development front, it doesn’t guarantee these medicines will be readily accessible for patients in Canada, or that there will be adequate funding to cover costs that could reach into the tens of thousands of dollars. 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


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

March 8-10– 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. 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 5-8 – FDI World Dental Congress, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 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

Dentsply Sirona Acquires Cleverdent Ltd. oralhealthgroup.com: Dentsply Sirona announced the definitive agreement to acquire Cleverdent Limited. Cleverdent Ltd. developed the ClasenUNO® an innovative fusion of a dental mirror and high-volume evacuation (HVE) tip which perfectly complements Dentsply Sirona’s portfolio. Read more


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