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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2018/02/15


Top News

Instead of Filling Cavities, Dentists May Soon Regenerate Teeth

Kratom is hailed as a natural pain remedy, assailed as an addictive killer. The U.S. wants to treat it like heroin

U.S. files complaint against three biggest dental supply firms

Dental care in early dementia might prevent problems later

Canadian dentistry news

New Manitoba senator says federal dental program for First Nations, Inuit communities isn’t working. cbc.ca: ‘Manitoba’s newest senator says dental disease is a real issue on First Nations and a federal program isn’t helping. Sen. Mary Jane McCallum, who was appointed last December, spoke up at her first Senate committee meeting this week. Read more

Senator’s oral health comments scrutinized. winnipegfreepress.com: A senior Indigenous Services official says a new Manitoba senator’s scathing comments about second-class medical treatment for First Nations people unfairly overlook efforts aimed at rectifying the situation. Read more

Les soins dentaires trop onéreux pour un Québécois sur quatre. ledevoir.com: Au Québec, plus d’un adulte sur quatre se prive de soins dentaires en raison de leurs coûts élevés, qui ces dernières années ont augmenté nettement plus rapidement que l’inflation. Résultat? Près de 60 % des Québécois de 45 ans et plus portent des prothèses dentaires et plus de 20 % ne possèdent plus aucune dent naturelle. Lire plus

Doctors and patients all smiles because of changes to Alberta’s dental fee guide. calgary.ctvnews.ca: A month after the Alberta government brought in a plan to update its 20-year-old dental fee guide, dentists and patients say that it’s helped them polish their relationship to a sparkling shine. Read more

Five questions with Dr. Ben Davis. dal.ca: Oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Ben Davis was appointed dean of the Faculty of Dentistry after serving six months in an acting role. He took up his five-year contract on January 1, 2018. Here, he answers five questions about his plans and hopes for the Faculty for the five years that lie ahead. Read more

Collège Boréal to cut 12 programs across Ontario sites. cbc.ca: Dental assistant, pharmacy technician among ‘underperforming’ programs to face cuts. The cuts were made due to a declining enrolment, and in some cases, rising expenses over the last five years, Danielle Talbot-Lariviere, the college’s senior vice-president of corporate affairs said. Read more

Collège Boréal : 12 programmes abolis, 6 autres prochainement créés. ici.radio-canada.ca : Pour la deuxième fois en moins d’un an, l’établissement scolaire coupe dans son offre aux étudiants en raison de problèmes budgétaires. Cette fois, 12 programmes postsecondaires répartis sur sept campus à travers la province sont suspendus. La disparition prochaine du programme de soins dentaires au campus de Sudbury déçoit grandement le docteur Roch St-Aubin. Lire plus

La RAMQ refuse de payer les traitements d’une maladie génétique rare. journaldequebec.com : La députée péquiste Agnès Maltais déplore que la RAMQ ne couvre pas les traitements pour l’amélogenèse imparfaite. Lire plus

Dental care in early dementia might prevent problems later. cbc.ca: Dementia patients at high risk of dental problems that can be averted, researchers say. Read more

Radiographies dentaires – trop de rayons X? plus.lapresse.ca: À chaque visite chez le dentiste, on a un droit à un nettoyage, à un détartrage et à des… radiographies. Bien que les doses de radiation soient faibles, elles s’accumulent au fil des ans. Faut-il abandonner les radios de routine et exiger d’être d’abord examiné par son dentiste ? Lire plus

Business as usual for fluoridation of water at Pointe-Claire plant. montrealgazette.com: Both Dorval and Pointe-Claire mayors have been briefed by Montreal and told there are no plans to discontinue the fluoridation of water at the Pointe-Claire treatment plant once Montreal’s 10-year overhaul of water distribution in the Lachine and Dorval sectors is complete. Read more

Student research excellence displayed at dental convention. news.umanitoba.ca: Dr. Anthony Iacopino, dean of dentistry, said he is proud each year to see students and faculty present their findings at a convention attended by hundreds of oral health professionals. Read more

Calgary group heading to Haiti to help provide free dental services. calgary.ctvnews.ca: A group of volunteers from Calgary will be going down to Haiti next month to help put a smile on the faces of many of the underprivileged people who live on the Caribbean island. Read more

International dentistry news

New FDI white paper and advocacy toolkit address the global burden of periodontal disease. fdiworlddental.org: As part of the Global Periodontal Health Project (GPHP), FDI has launched a White Paper on Prevention and Management of Periodontal Diseases for Oral Health and General Health and an Advocacy Toolkit – A practical guide to reduce the global burden of periodontal disease to continue bringing attention to periodontal health as a priority area for policy worldwide. Read more

IDJ: FDI policy statements adopted at the 2017 World Dental Congress published in the International Dental Journal, along with editorial by IDJ Editor. onlinelibrary.wiley.com: Read the editorial and policy statements

FDI promotes oral health priorities at World Health Organization. fdiworlddental.org: FDI was present to address the WHO Executive Board on three key agenda items: the prevention and control of NCDs; maternal, infant and young child nutrition; and using digital applications (mHealth) to enhance public health outcomes. Read more

Webcast and proceedings from ‘No health without oral health’ session now available. fdiworlddental.org: FDI organized a joint session with the NCD Alliance at the FDI World Dental Congress 2017 Madrid on how the dental community can leverage the noncommunicable disease (NCD) agenda to deliver on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The full-length webcast of the session, along with detailed proceedings are now available. Read more

Prevention in everyday practice: The cornerstone of successful treatment. fdiworlddental.org: Dr Ece Eden […] will cover a range of topics during her three interventions in Buenos Aires – from managing dental emergencies to practicing preventive dentistry to prevention and management of Early Childhood Caries. Read more

JDR Clinical & Translational Research wins PROSE Award for “Best New Journal in Biological and Life Sciences”. iadr.org: Professor Jocelyne Feine, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada, serves as Editor of this quarterly, peer-reviewed journal that encompasses all areas of clinical and translational research in the dental, oral and craniofacial sciences. See attached

ADA outlines priorities for oral health to new HHS secretary. ada.org: To improve the oral health of all Americans, the ADA is asking the U.S. Department Health and Human Services to prioritize three key issues in 2018: eliminating regulatory burdens, improving Medicare and Medicaid and continuing to raise professional awareness about opioids. Read more

Statement by the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) on the President’s FY19 Budget. iadr.org: The American Association for Dental Research issued the following statement on President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget by the Association’s Executive Director Christopher Fox, DMD, DMSc. Read more

Congress extends CHIP for 10 years, earmarks $6 billion for opioids. ada.org: The House and Senate on Feb. 9 passed another stopgap spending bill that includes a 10-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and allocates $6 billion for the opioid epidemic. Read more

How does tax reform affect dentists, their practices? ada.org: The recent tax reform bill passed by the government is the first major rewrite of the U.S. tax code in over 30 years and is packed with changes that could affect dentists’ financial planning. ADA News asked the president of the Academy of Dental CPAs to see what the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act means specifically for dentists beyond the revised standard deductions. Read more

New state oral health plan provides roadmap for all Californians. cda.org: A 10-year plan for addressing the major oral health issues in California was released in late January by the California Department of Public Health. Read more

Tooth decay revealed as leading oral health issue. bitemagazine.com.au: Nearly six million Australians are living with tooth decay or other oral health issues. Findings from the Medibank Better Health Index—which surveys 1,000 Australians every week—show that 5,707,000 people are affected by at least one dental or oral health issue, with females making up 55 per cent of this total figure. Read more

Idaho House narrowly approves restoring non-emergency Medicaid dental benefits. spokesman.com: A divided Idaho House narrowly passed legislation Monday to restore non-emergency dental coverage to more than 30,000 Idaho Medicaid recipients who’ve only had coverage for emergency extractions since 2011 – resulting in a jump in serious complications that have been costing the state’s Medicaid program far more. Read more

‘Compassion for the living and reverence for the victims’ – Rutgers duo helps Puerto Rico with experience in forensic dentistry. ada.org: Drs. Harry Zohn and Lawrence Dobrin were among the first responders to the island territory as forensic dentists of the federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team. Read more

UAB School of Dentistry on front lines of combating opioid epidemic. uab.edu: Training dentists to write prescriptions only after thorough re-evaluation with the patient is a move that many hope will limit unneeded prescriptions from being filled. Read more

Evidence-Based Community Dental Programs Are Improving Health Access Now. modernhealthcare.com: Instead of debating how to increase access to healthcare, particularly for underserved people, we should focus on the evidence-based, community solutions connecting patients to the right care at the right time – right now. Read more

Arizona Considers Dental Therapy Bill. heartland.org: A bill that would authorize dental therapists in Arizona is under consideration in the state’s Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. Currently, Arizona law prohibits anyone except licensed dentists from performing dentistry, restricting the supply of oral health care in the state. Read more

Tooth wear a global dental threat: Studies. gulftoday.ae 7: A study in seven European countries in 2013 and presented on Tuesday before international delegates on the first day of the “22nd UAE International Dental Conference & Arab Dental Exhibition” in Dubai, has revealed that tooth wear has turned up to be the other bigger challenge, other than dental caries or tooth decay, in oral hygiene and dental care. Read more

Floridians don’t have a lot to smile about; state ranks 44th for dental care. naplesnews.com: Besides the cost of dental care, which makes access out of reach for many Americans, another hindrance is the scarcity of dentists in some regions, according to WalletHub. Read more

Ending Juneau’s water fluoride program was a mistake. juneauempire.com: In January 2007, the Juneau Assembly decided to ignore the testimony of local physicians, dentists, public health professionals and statements from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and choose instead to cease optimal CWF. Read more

Echappatoire à la cherté suisse, le tourisme dentaire prospère. letemps.ch : Soigner ses dents à l’étranger et diviser sa facture par quatre, voici le remède que testent de plus en plus de Suisses pour contourner le coût des soins dentaires locaux. Le tourisme médical est appelé à augmenter de 25% par an ces dix prochaines années. Lire plus

Failing health of the United States. bmj.com: Life expectancy in the US has fallen for the second year in a row. This is alarming because life expectancy has risen for much of the past century in developed countries, including the US. The decline in US health relative to other countries, however, is not new; it has been unfolding for decades. Read more

How Dr. George F. Grant went from African American dentist to golf tee inventor. pga.com: The next time you reach into your pocket or the zippered lining of your golf bag for a wooden tee, think of Dr. George F. Grant, an African American dentist from Boston. Yes, the ancient practice of preparing a pinched mound of damp sand to elevate a golf ball was trampled without fanfare thanks to Dr. Grant. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Instead of Filling Cavities, Dentists May Soon Regenerate Teeth. scientificamerican.com: Researchers recently discovered certain drugs, including one developed to treat Alzheimer’s, stimulate innate self-repair mechanisms. Read more

February Journal spotlights silver diamine fluoride. cda.org: In the second of a two-issue series, the February issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association continues the exploration of silver diamine fluoride. Read more

Carbocaine 2% – Health Canada Recall. healthycanadians.gc.ca: Vial may be cracked in affected lot. Read more

Mind your business

The importance of reputation management for your dental practice. dentistryiq.com: You’re about to book a family vacation so you check out some hotel review sites. You’ve heard good things about Hotel A, but when you look at the reviews, the first three reviews are not favorable. Do you take a chance? Probably not. You move on to Hotel B. This same scenario can happen when people research your dental practice. Read more

Patient information

7 Ways to Make Brushing Fun for Kids. mouthhealthy.org: Helping your child get in the habit of brushing twice a day for two minutes is no small feat, but a little creativity can go a long way when it comes to his or her long-term dental health. Read more

New guide offers healthy eating tips for toddlers. wrha.mb.ca: What you feed your child can have a dramatic impact on their health and well-being. […] But trying to figure out what and how much to feed your child is not easy. That’s why Healthy Child Manitoba has published a resource called Feeding Your Child from Age 1 to 5. Read more

What you should know about strawberry tongue. medicalnewstoday.com: Strawberry tongue is used to describe a tongue that is swollen, and bumpy. Having a strawberry tongue is a symptom of an underlying condition. Read more

Your health & medical news

Study suggests being a ‘super-taster’ of bitter flavours may put you at disease risk. medicalxpress.com: If such flavours strike you as horribly intense, you may be a “hyper-taster,” also known as a “super-taster.” It’s in your genes, says Vivianne Cruz, a U of M master’s student in oral biology whose research poster won an award at the College of Dentistry’s recent 2018 Research Day. Read more

Purdue Pharma to stop marketing opioids to U.S. physicians, but policy not extended to Canada. theglobeandmail.com: The pharmaceutical giant that misled physicians and patients about the addictive properties of its top-selling drug OxyContin, fuelling an overdose crisis that has devastated communities across North America, will stop marketing opioids to U.S. physicians. However, the new policy does not extend into Canada. Read more

Kratom is hailed as a natural pain remedy, assailed as an addictive killer. The U.S. wants to treat it like heroin. washingtonpost.com: the compound is at the center of an acrimonious battle on social media, in federal agencies and at all levels of government — a fight over whether kratom could help curb the nation’s opioid epidemic or make it dramatically worse. Read more

Researchers create device to analyze how breathing transmits flu virus. cbsnews.com: Researchers at the University of Maryland have created a one-of-a-kind device that collects virus samples from your breath and then tracks how the flu is transmitted from person to person, reports CBS News’ Dr. Tara Narula. Read more

Scientists inch closer to universal flu vaccine as virus wreaks havoc on North America. globalnews.ca: This year’s flu season has broken records in terms of hospitalizations and deaths across North America, which has scientists circling back to the possibility of a universal flu vaccine. Read more

Regulations must protect Canadians from misleading claims on health products containing cannabis, says CMA. cma.ca: The Canadian Medical Association is advocating for regulations that protect Canadians from misleading claims on health products containing cannabis, and is urging the government to adopt a public health approach. Read more

Even without nicotine, e-cigarettes can still damage lungs. reuter.com: E-cigarette liquids sweetened with flavorings like vanilla and cinnamon may harm the lungs even when they don’t contain nicotine, a U.S. study suggests. Read more

New Shingles Vaccine: What You Need To Know. webmd.com: In October 2017, the FDA approved a new shingles vaccine, called Shingrix. This January, the CDC officially recommended that adults 50 and over get the new vaccine to prevent this painful, blistering disease instead of the previous one, Zostavax. Read more

FDA authorizes marketing of first blood test to aid in the evaluation of concussion in adults. fda.org: New quick testing option to help reduce need for CT scans, radiation exposure for patients. Read more

FDA permits marketing of clinical decision support software for alerting providers of a potential stroke in patients. fda.gov: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration permits marketing of the Viz.AI Contact application, a type of clinical decision support software designed to analyze computed tomography (CT) results that may notify providers of a potential stroke in their patients. Read more

Palm oil in your Valentine’s chocolate? Beware. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: A new study suggests that a diet rich in saturated fat can lead to depressive, anxious and compulsive behaviour. 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. Registration now open

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


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

U.S. files complaint against three biggest dental supply firms. reuters.com: The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Monday it had filed a complaint against the three largest U.S. dental supply companies, saying they had broken antitrust law. The FTC said that Benco Dental Supply, Henry Schein Inc and Patterson Companies had conspired to refuse to serve or give discounts to dental buying groups. Read more

Henry Schein Denies FTC Anti-Trust Allegations. phx.corporate-ir.net: Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSIC) issued the following statement in response to allegations made about the Company by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in a press release dated Feb.12, 2018. Read more

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1 Comment

  1. Bill kivlichan February 16, 2018

    Not just HSO programme, any dentist who treats OW or ODSP patients , does so out of professional/ humanitarian courtesy . Dentistry is a business and a profession. Patients should not be refused treatment , but the reality is bills have to be paid .


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