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Ontario’s dentists urge provincial government to do more for low-income kids

Registration begins Feb. 14 for ADA 2018 annual meeting in Hawaii

High levels of antibiotic resistance found worldwide, new data shows

Flu vaccine provided dismal protection against this winter’s virus, early data suggest

Canadian dentistry news

Ontario’s Dentists Urge Provincial Government to Do More for Low-Income Kids. oda.on.ca: Close to 300,000 children in need of dental care aren’t getting it. The Ontario Dental Association has launched an awareness campaign to help Ontarians understand the dangerous funding gap in public dental care. Read more

Ontario dental program helps low-income families. northernontario.ctvnews.ca: An Ontario government program that provides dental care to children in low-income families is getting rave reviews from those who use it, but dentists in the province say the program isn’t doing nearly enough. Read more

Municipal governments acting responsibly by offering community water fluoridation, writes Peterborough’s medical officer of health. Peterborough mykawartha.com: Calling the community fluoridation of water “unethical” is not only incorrect, it is a distortion of the UNESCO Declaration, meant to protect citizens from any harmful effects of both research and technological advancements. Read more

Alberta Blue Cross reduces group plan rates in response to new dental fee guide. edmontonjournal.com: The emergence of the province’s new dental fee guide has prompted Alberta Blue Cross to reduce rates for some companies with group benefit plans, though it’s unclear how many workers will share in the savings. Read more

The winners of the 48th Table Clinics and dental hygiene presentations. dal.ca: As Dr. Mary McNally, assistant dean of research says in her introduction to the Table Clinic booklet, “The presentations demonstrate a broad spectrum of student interests, ranging from innovations and technologies in dental biomaterials, to etiological and epidemiological evidence reviews, oral disease treatment challenges, determinants of health, and health services, as many as many other novel topics.” Read more

21st Prosthodontic Olympics: Let the games begin! dal.ca: Dr. Bob Loney carried the torch aloft with pride and a huge smile on his face as he led the procession of judges and dignitaries into the simulation lab for the 21st Prosthodontic Olympics. Read more

Using Photovoice to enhance student understanding of person-centered care: Photovoice – pilot project for dental hygiene. ualberta.ca: They say pictures are worth a thousand words. The concept of using pictures to tell a story has spanned much of human history. That is why assistant professor Minn Yoon at the School of Dentistry was excited to pilot a project that utilized visual narrative-based reflections. Read more

Dental professionals urged to help educate people on link between cancer and oral sex. globalnews.ca: Rates of HPV-related mouth and throat cancers have skyrocketed since the 1980s and now, University of Alberta experts are urging dental professionals to play a larger role in prevention. Watch short video 2:48

Jouer un rôle dans la formation des dentistes de demain. fmd.ulaval.ca : L’article du Soleil donne la parole à la directrice du programme de doctorat en médecine dentaire, Dre Christine Nadeau. Celle-ci explique comment les besoins de formation pratique des étudiants s’arriment aux besoins de soins dentaires de plus de 10 000 patients chaque année, au bénéfice de tous. Lire plus

What would a million cigarettes cost? Health Canada wants to know. cbc.ca: Health Canada recently issued a tender notice asking suppliers what it would cost to purchase a million very low-nicotine cigarettes as part of its wider tobacco control strategy. Read more

Medical experts offered to debate Canada’s anti-vaping groups — but they all refused. nationalpost.com: Last week was National Non-Smoking Week, so why weren’t health groups doing all they could to help smokers quit? Why wouldn’t they even show up to debate the best ways to get people to stop smoking? Read more

International dentistry news

Creating Work-Life Balance for The Dental Professional – February 13, 08:00 PM EST (New York). colgateoralhealthnetwork.com: Speaker(s): Linda Meeuwenberg, RDH, MA, MA FADIA Read more

Give Kids A Smile events launch Feb. 2: ada.org: Each year, more than 300,000 underserved children benefit from Give Kids A Smile efforts. Read more

Association, PBHS launch ADA TV for waiting rooms. ada.org: Combining entertainment, oral health and marketing, the Association and PBHS, Inc. announced the creation of ADA TV, a broadcasting system that allows patients in waiting rooms to watch informative videos while educating patients about oral health specific services the dental practice provides. Read more

You can help close the gender gap in dentistry: Tips for new dentists. newdentistblog.ada.org: By Dr. Kathy O’Loughlin, executive director of the American Dental Association. Read more

Building momentum in 2018. fdiworlddental.org: Making new connections – Letter from the president, Dr. Kathryn Kell. Read more

Feds: No grounds for class-action suit over unsterilized dental equipment at Tomah VA. lacrossetribune.com: The U.S. Department of Justice is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of veterans who said they suffered emotional distress after learning their dentist at the Tomah VA Medical Center might have exposed them to HIV and hepatitis by using unsterilized instruments. Read more

As opioid overdoses rise, colleges supply reversal drug. politico.com: To save lives and teach students about drug risks, many education and advocacy groups have been pushing campuses to supply the emergency opioid overdose reversal medication. Read more

Registration begins Feb. 14 for annual meeting in Hawaii. ada.org: ADA 2018 – America’s Dental Meeting will be held Oct. 18-22 in the capital city of Honolulu, at the Hawaii Convention Center. Read more

2017 Global Oral Health Summit Wrap-up. mediaroom.carestreamdental.com: The official theme of the Global Oral Health Summit may have been “Take Your Practice to the Next Level,” but another important theme become very clear over the two-day event: Empathy. Read more

Bitcoin goes to the dentist. ada.org: Virtual currency may seem like a concept reserved for tech startups or Silicon Valley investors, but some dentists around the U.S. have started accepting it as payments from patients. Read more

What is Dentacoin (DCN)? A Beginner’s Guide. coincentral.com: Dentacoin (DCN) is the first blockchain concept designed to help make the global dental industry more affordable. Read more

Senate Support for Medical Device Reforms Welcomed. adia.org.au: A senate committee report recommending the passage of legislation that changes the way the Therapeutic Goods Administration regulates medicines and medical devices has been welcomed by the Australian Dental Industry Association, the dental industry’s peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers. Read more

World Health Professional Regulation Conference 2018. fdiworlddental.org: Join the conversation on health professional regulation, register now and save. Read more

Illegal teeth whitening caused ‘excruciating pain’. bbc.com: A number of beauticians in London are performing illegal teeth-whitening procedures, which can leave patients in crippling pain if they go wrong. Read more

In Wales, you’re mature enough to vote at 16 but not to get a tongue piercing. nationalpost.com: A British Medical Journal report from 2008 said that tongue piercings were the most troublesome, with 50 percent of people between 16 to 24 with the piercings reporting medical complications. Read more

Scotland launches Oral Health Improvement Plan. dentistry.co.uk: The Government will change payments to dentists for the Childsmile scheme and introduce a system of monitoring to ensure that all dental practices provide preventive treatment for children. Read more

FDA explores single-dose packaging to reduce opioids abuse. ada.org: In an effort to curb the prescription opioids abuse epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration announced it is looking to change how manufacturers package their products so that health care providers can have better options for prescribing opioids. Read more

Mike Curtis: ‘It’s criminal that we still have such high levels of childhood caries’. nature.com: Professor Mike Curtis is the new Executive Dean of King’s College London Dental Institute. Read more

Japan to restrict heated tobacco use but give up on indoor smoking ban ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics. japantimes.com: The government said Tuesday it plans to restrict use of heat-not-burn tobacco products but will give up efforts to impose a total ban on indoor smoking, backpedaling from its initial goals to prevent passive smoking amid industry resistance. Read more or read FDA Statement

NHS dentistry facing recruitment crisis. bda.org: A recruitment crisis for NHS dentists is imminent, and set to deepen access problems across England, according to new data from the British Dental Association. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

The fight against tooth decay gets help with a new smart material from U of T researchers. news.engineering.utoronto.ca: When patients go to the dentist to fill a cavity, they’re trying to solve a problem — not create a new one. But many dental patients get some bad news: bacteria can dig under their tooth-coloured fillings and cause new cavities, called recurrent caries. Read more

High levels of antibiotic resistance found worldwide, new data shows. who.int: WHO’s first release of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance reveals high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections in both high- and low-income countries. Read more

E-cigarette flavors are toxic to white blood cells, scientists warn. dailymail.co.uk: The University of Rochester team exposed immune cells to flavoring chemicals and found they were toxic and caused significant cell death. Read more

Vaping may raise cancer and heart disease risk, study suggests. theguardian.com: Vaping may raise the risk of certain cancers and heart disease, according to a team of scientists who studied the effects of e‑cigarette smoke on healthy mice and human cells. Read more

Study shows that control of type 2 diabetes improves with dental hygiene. news-medical.net: A clinical study conducted by researchers of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the Universitat de Barcelona shows that control of type 2 diabetes improves notably when the patient takes a special care of the dental hygiene. Read more

Smoking causes one in five cancers in people with HIV in North America. aidsmap.com: A fifth of all cancers in people receiving HIV care in North America between 2000 and 2015 was due to smoking, according to US research published this month in advance online by the journal AIDS. Read more

Dental care in early dementia might prevent problems later. reuters.com: Preventive dental care provided in the early stages of dementia could help limit major tooth problems later, researchers say. Read more

Developing new dental devices for the elderly. medicalxpress.com: Thirty years ago, Stephen Shuman, D.D.S., M.S., never would have imagined he’d be working with aerospace engineers on oral health issues. Now, the associate professor in the School of Dentistry works with them on a regular basis. He’s collaborating with a local aerospace research company, ASTER Labs, to create new dental devices to help the elderly maintain their oral health and function. Read more

Streamlined, cost-cutting post-treatment dental advice via iPad. medicalxpress.com: Researchers at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine are exploring whether using technology—rather than a self-care professional to give patients’ follow-up care instructions—might be an effective, cost cutting means to streamline patient self-care. Read more

$1 billion reward proposed for new antibiotics. cidrap.umn.edu: An international group tasked with researching and developing new economic models to promote antibiotic development is calling for a $1 billion market entry reward for new antibiotics, saying the reward could significantly boost the number of new antibiotics coming to market over the next 30 years. Read more

Patient exposure to X-rays depends on how dentists are paid. sciencedaily.com: A major study looking into how financial arrangements with dentists affect what goes on in the dentist’s chair has found a marked increase in the number of X-rays when dentists receive payment for them. Read more

Mind your business

Retain your great new team members. Commitment to development: an alternative to sink or swim onboarding. ada.org: Congratulations! You’ve selected your new hire and today is day one of what you hope will be a long, mutually rewarding relationship. What’s your onboarding plan? Read more

New year, new practice tips from Dental Practice Success. ada.org: The Winter 2018 issue of Dental Practice Success is live and filled with great tips and strategies for dentists of all ages and career stages. Read more

Evolve or Become Extinct: Smart Equipment Investments Can Improve Your Practice. dentistrytoday.com: On the heels of the Yankee Dental Congress and right around the corner from the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, there’s a lot of great equipment being exhibited on tradeshow floors to help dental professionals do their jobs better and faster. Read more

Patient information

How to avoid passing down cavities to your kids. ualberta.ca: Along with genetic traits, parents can also pass on cavities to their babies, says a University of Alberta pediatric dentist. Read more

CDHA – 2018 Colouring Contest/Concour de coloriage. cdha.ca: Attack the Plaque / Attaquez la plaque. 2018 colouring contest or Concour de coloriage 2018

A dentist shares her best fixes for bad breath. cbc.ca: These 5 facts could help you stop fearing those up-close convos. Read more

5 Reasons Your Smile Is Stronger Than You Think. mouthhealthy.org: Here are some of the “tooth truths” about how tough your teeth really are – and how to keep them that way. Read more

ADA – Join the Tooth Team! mouthhealthy.org: Become part of the Tooth Team, and use the posters and activity sheets to teach the little ones in your life about caring for their teeth. Read more

15 Foods Dentists Never Eat—and You Shouldn’t Either. rd.com: Some of the most normal foods could be absolutely awful for your pearly whites and gums. We caught up with top dentists to see which foods they steer clear of—and some are pretty surprising. Read more

Your health & medical news

FDA wants to curb abuse of Imodium, ‘the poor man’s methadone’. washingtonpost.com: The Food and Drug Administration (FD) is asking manufacturers of over-the-counter anti-diarrhea treatments to change the way they package their products to curb abuse by people with drug addictions. Read more

Flu vaccine provided dismal protection against this winter’s virus, early data suggest. statnews.com: Canadian influenza researchers reported in the online journal Eurosurveillance that the first reckoning of how well the flu vaccine is protecting against H3N2 viruses this year in North America has a dismal answer: not very. Read more

Influenza weekly reports 2017-18 season. canada.ca: Overall, influenza activity in Canada remains at peak levels but there are signs that activity is starting to slow down in parts of the country. FluWatch report: January 21, 2018 to January 27, 2018 (week 4) Read more

Gestational Diabetes May Increase Risk for Hypertension, Ischemic Heart Disease, T2D. endocrinologyadvisor.com: Women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy are at increased risk for hypertension and ischemic heart disease (IHD) as well as for type 2 diabetes, according to a population-based retrospective cohort study published in PLoS Medicine. Read more

Cracks in the code: Why mapping your DNA may be less reliable than you think. theglobeandmail.com: The Personal Genome Project was supposed to revolutionize medicine, but the results reveal how much we still have to learn. Read more

MPs mum about possibility of national drug plan. cbc.ca: On Monday, members of the Standing Committee on Health will privately review the wording of a draft report on pharmacare that is the result of two years of hearings from 99 witnesses. Committee members agreed that Canadians are concerned about being able to afford and access prescription drugs. Read more

Brain ‘Pacemaker’ Could Lessen Alzheimer’s Effects. webmc.com: Researchers have found that implanting an electrical device that sends signals to the brain’s frontal lobe appears to slow the advance of certain symptoms caused by Alzheimer’s. Read more

Would you take this new blood test that can screen for Alzheimer’s? cbc.ca: Now a team of researchers from Japan and Australia have developed a simple blood test for Alzheimer’s disease that they hope will transform how the condition is studied and tracked. The biomarker-based blood test is accurate, scalable, and cheaper than current tests for the disease. Read more

Almost half of seniors in care facilities on antidepressants, report says. timescolonist.com: The rate of seniors in care facilities prescribed antipsychotic medication is decreasing, but almost 50 per cent are on antidepressants, a concerning figure, according to B.C. seniors advocate. Read more

The feminization of medicine: does it matter? theglobeandmail.com: Quebec now has more women (10,179) than men (10,134) practising medicine – a first in the province, and in Canada. Read more

Incentivizing young doctors to practise in underserved areas. cmajnews.com: Offering incentives for young doctors to work in underserved areas appears to be paying off in the United States. 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 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. Registration opens February 14

November 9-11 – 2018 Global Oral Health Summit, in Dallas, Texas. 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 selects new CEO. ada.org: Dentsply Sirona announced Jan. 17 that Donald M. Casey is its new CEO effective Feb. 12. Mr. Casey will also join the company’s board of directors. Read more

Kulzer announces new president of North America division. ada.org: Kulzer announced Jan. 23 that it has named John Vitale as its president, North America. Mr. Vitale previously worked at such companies as Procter & Gamble, Keystone Dental and Nobel Biocare. Read more

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