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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2018/03/08

Canadian dentistry news

Dental Assistants Recognition Week 2018. cdaa.ca: Don’t forget to recognize Registered Dental Assistants during the first week of March, the 4th to 10th! Read more

Dental care access for Extendicare seniors. timminspress.com: A collaboration has ensured long-term care residents at Extendicare Timmins don’t have to make a challenging trip outside their home to access dental care. Read more

Formation en santé : le N.-B. à la remorque des autres provinces. acadienouvelle.com: Les francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick sont dépendants des universités des autres provinces pour recevoir un diplôme dans plusieurs secteurs de la santé et rien ne les oblige à revenir pratiquer dans la province. Alors qu’il y a pénurie de dentistes et des difficultés de recrutement de physiothérapeutes, la question se pose à savoir si le système devrait être revu. Lire plus

Quebec urges Health Canada to review rules around sugary alcoholic drinks. ctvnews.ca: Health Canada must review regulations around alcoholic beverages infused with high amounts of sugar following the reported death of a Quebec teenager who had drunk such a product, Quebec’s public health minister said Monday. Some alcoholic products contain so much sugar, young people don’t realize how quickly they are becoming intoxicated. Read more

Avant l’assurance dentaire pour tous. lesoleil.com: On peut se moquer et juger irréaliste la proposition de Québec solidaire d’instaurer une assurance dentaire publique et universelle qui coûterait près de 950 millions $ par an aux contribuables. La formation politique met néanmoins le doigt sur un réel bobo que les autres partis ne peuvent ignorer à moins qu’ils acceptent que les Québécois continuent d’afficher un des pires états de santé buccodentaire au pays. Lire plus

Cardiac art competition 2018 winners announced. dentistry.ubc.ca: Dental students in the cardiovascular block of DENT 410 partake in Artodontia, Dentistry’s annual cardiac art competition. These first-year students follow a long tradition* of showcasing their artistic conceptualization of the human heart and circulatory system. Read more

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief March 7, 2018. cdaa.ca: Read more

International dentistry news

10 Under 10 Awards: Introducing Dentistry’s Next Big Names. ada.org: The ADA’s 10 Under 10 award honors dentistry’s rising stars: dentists who are making an impact on the profession less than 10 years after graduating from dental school. These winners are making a difference and inspiring their colleagues through their work in science, research & education, practice excellence, philanthropy, leadership and advocacy. Read more

Functional Dentistry. oralhealthgroup.com: What is functional dentistry and why is it worth talking about? I am curious if this is a movement or new direction in dentistry. Read more

From ‘forgotten womanhood’ to female empowerment: One woman’s pioneering spirit paved the way for women in dentistry. newdentistblog.ada.org: Lucy Hobbs Taylor was the definition of a trailblazer. In 1859, the 26-year-old planned to enroll in medical school. However, after being denied admission on the basis of her gender, she pursued dental school. It took another few years before she was finally admitted to the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, and became the first woman in the world to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1866. […] New Dentist Now: What is it like to be a woman in dentistry today? Is it what you expected? Read more

Happy World Oral Health Day, celebrate on 20 March and be part of the global movement! fdiworlddental.org: It’s almost time to ‘Say Ahh’ and tell the world to ‘Think Mouth, Think Health’. Don’t miss a chance to celebrate World Oral Health Day (WOHD) this 20 March. Read more

KGMU Dental Wing feat: Record 163 root canal treatment in one sitting. hindustantimes.com: The dental wing of King George’s medical university has claimed to have set a unique world record by conducting root canal treatment of 163 patients in a day, at a single centre and in one sitting on Monday, that too painlessly. […] the aim of the attempt was to give the message that root canal treatment (RCT) – done to save the infected tooth– was painless and could be done in one sitting. Read more

Cotton candy was invented by a dentist. courant.com: William James Morrison, a dentist and inventor from Nashville, Tennessee, is widely credited with the invention of the first cotton candy machine – a device that cut out much of the manual labor previously associated with spun sugar. Read more

Removing barriers to dental care. knox.villagesoup.com: A Maine-based company, DenVantage, is seeking to serve these patients by helping dentists develop in-house membership plans. Membership plans are not dental insurance, they are an alternative to dental insurance or an option for people who do not have dental insurance. Read more

TGA’s New Legislation To Cut Dental Industry Red Tape. adia.org.au: The peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), has welcomed the introduction of amendments to the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth). The legislative reforms cut the red tape imposed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on local manufacturers looking to export as well as businesses importing innovative dental products from overseas. Read more

Cash rewards have a positive impact on low income families’ health in New York City. medicalxpress.com: A conditional cash transfer program in New York City reported meaningful effects on the use of some preventive health services, especially dental care, according to a study by King’s College London, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and MDRC, part of LIFEPATH, a project funded by the European Commission. Read more

Florida Dental Association expects to decrease ER overuse by bringing free dental care to area. northforthmyersneighbor.com: Over half of Americans don’t get dental care unless they have serious problems, and 1 out of 5 Americans can’t afford it. But this is the wrong approach, as preventative care actually wards off most oral health problems. That’s why the Florida Dental Association is bringing Florida’s Mission of Mercy to Southwest Florida. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Teens who use e-cigarettes exposed to toxic chemicals, study finds. cbsnews.com: More and more teenagers have been trying e-cigarettes in recent years. Now, a new study shows adolescents who use them are exposed to significant levels of chemicals that could potentially cause cancer. Read more

Potential impact of bacteria on tooth decay. medicalxpress.com: In a new study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, an interdisciplinary team of University of Minnesota researchers found some bacteria that absorb and accumulate phosphate from saliva may play a role in tooth decay – which causes cavities. The study suggests dental plaque contributes to dental decay by removing phosphate from the mouth and altering the chemistry of saliva. Read more

Teeth hold the key to early diagnosis of eating disorders. medicalxpress.com: Dentists can play a key role in the detection of health conditions including anorexia nervosa, bulimia and Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD), according to research from King’s College London. The data, published in the British Dental Journal, found that many of the medical conditions that result in the erosion of tooth enamel, known as erosive tooth wear, can have serious and even possibly fatal consequences if left undiagnosed or untreated. Read more

Human ancestors had the same dental problems as us – even without fizzy drinks and sweets. medicalxpress.com: Fizzy drinks, fruit juice, wine, and other acidic food and drink are usually to blame, although perhaps surprisingly the way we clean our teeth also plays a role. This all makes it sound like a rather modern issue. But research suggests actually humans have been suffering dental erosion for millions of years. Read more

Studies link gum disease with pancreatic cancer. bitemagazine.com.au: The bacteria that cause periodontitis may also play a part in the onset of pancreatic cancer, according to new research coming out of Scandinavia. Read more

Nanotechnology could redefine oral surgery. fdiworlddental.org: The American Chemical Society has reported on a pre-clinical study that shows potential reduction of pain and recovery time, following oral surgery, with the aid of specialized nanotechnology. […] The FDI Science Committee is currently working on the topic and will present a policy statement for adoption at the 2018 World Dental Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read more

Exploring the field of oral medicine. ebd.ada.org: This episode of the ADA Science Podcast features Dr. Thomas Sollecito, Professor and Chair of Oral Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Listen now as Dr. Sollecito shares his expertise in oral mucosal diseases, facial pain, and the dental treatment of the medically complex patient. Listen now 18:32

Does Dentistry Hold The Missing Link to Multiple Schlerosis, Alzheimers and Others? oralhealthgroup.com: This article will describe this phenomenon and show how it may be a major component in the etiology of MS and other neurological illnesses like Alzheimer’s Dementia (AD) and Parkinson’s Disease (PD). A future article will delineate the specifics of dental and cranial physiology that lead to it. A third will discuss treatment implications. Read more

Your health & medical news

Primary Care Doctors Loosen Type 2 Diabetes Goals. webmd.com: The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued new guidance on managing type 2 diabetes — including relaxing the long-term blood sugar target called hemoglobin A1C. Read more

Lack of racial diversity in medical textbooks could mean inequity in care, study suggests. cbc.ca: Imagery of six common cancers for people with dark skin tone hardly exist in textbooks. Most images in medical books are of legs, arms and chests, showing only skin tone, not race, so Patricia Louie broadened her research as a master’s student at the University of Toronto and focused on skin tone in over 4,000 images in later versions of the same textbooks. Read more

Girding for new battles in the war against Big Tobacco. digitaljournal.com: Some 3,000 anti-tobacco experts and policy makers convening this week in Cape Town, South Africa confront an industry flush with profits and determined to expand the market for its deadly product. The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health will review the latest on e-cigarettes, debate which policies best blunt tobacco sales, and take stock of worrying trends across the developing world. Read more

Opioid poisonings, overdoses send more US kids to hospitals. apnews.com: Opioid poisonings and overdoses are sending increasing numbers of U.S. children and teens to the hospital, according to a study showing a substantial rise in young patients needing critical care. Read more

New opioid guidelines may help more patients get treatment. cbc.ca: The need for new guides is apparent. Opioids are behind a huge increase not just in deaths but in visits to the emergency department as well as hospital admissions. Read more

Opioid addiction should be treated with prescribed medication when possible, new Canadian guideline says. theglobeandmail.com: Family doctors and emergency physicians should treat opioid addiction with prescribed medication whenever possible, instead of referring patients to short-term detox centres with no follow-up care, according to a new Canadian guideline released Monday that addiction specialists say will help curb deaths from the opioid epidemic. Read more

National pharmacare is possible – but it won’t come easy. theglobeandmail.com: In last week’s budget, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the creation of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare (ACINP) with a “mandate to study, evaluate and ultimately recommend options on a path forward on pharmacare.” Yet, for some, this was taken to mean that, in short order, Canada would have a national single-payer system that would pay for everyone’s prescription drugs. Read more

Scientists’ new approach raises hope for a universal flu vaccine. newsday.com: Dr. Anthony Fauci says the “structural-based vaccine design” could result in lifelong protection against flu from a one-time shot and a possible booster. 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


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 – Ontario Dental Association – ASM18 Annual Spring Meeting, in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

May 17-19 – CDA (California Dental Association) Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, in Anaheim, California. Read more

May 24-27 – Alberta Dental Association and College – 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 7-9 – Academy of General Dentistry – AGD2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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

November 25-28 – Greater NY Dental Meeting 2018, in New York, NY. Read more


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

The National Inventors Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Class of Inductees. prnewswire.com: Sumita Mitra: Nanocomposite Dental Materials. Sumita Mitra — a chemist at 3M Oral Care, the dental products division of 3M Company — invented the first dental filling material to include nanoparticles. Read more

3D printing advantages for dentistry. digitaljournal.com: 3D printing has the potential to give dentists and laboratory technicians the ability to make high-precision restorations cheaper, easier and faster. A new innovation from DWS Systems allows dentists to make prosthetics rapidly. Read more

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