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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2018/04/04


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April is National Oral Health Month

Ontario’s Dentists Will Continue to Push for Dental Care for Low-Income Kids

Experts Warn of Emerging ‘Stimulant Epidemic’

Nova Scotia boosts use of telehealth, EMRs

Canadian dentistry news

April is National Oral Health Month. cda-adc.ca: Oral health activities and resources. Read more

National Oral Health Month – April 2018. canada.ca: April is Oral Health Month, a chance for all Canadians to take extra care of our oral health and recognize its often understated impact on our overall well-being. As well, April 7 to 13 is National Dental Hygienists Week, a time to celebrate these dedicated professionals who help to keep our mouths healthy. Read more

Celebrate National Dental Hygienists Week – April 7–13, 2018. cdha.ca: Read more

Ontario’s Dentists Will Continue to Push for Dental Care for Low-Income Kids. oda.on.ca: Dr. LouAnn Visconti, ODA President, says, “For over a decade, Ontario’s dentists have been going to Queen’s Park to personally explain to MPPs how dental pain is the second-most common reason children miss school. The ODA strongly believes no child should go to bed in pain but we need the provincial government to be a reliable partner in making sure that doesn’t happen to kids from low-income families. Sadly, we’re still waiting and so are the children.”. Read more

Ottawa ‘turned a corner’ in First Nations child welfare: Philpott. ctvnews.ca: Canada’s Indigenous services minister says Ottawa has fully complied with the orders of a 2016 ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that said the federal government discriminates against Indigenous children. Read more

Dentists react to 2018 provincial budget. mytimminsnow.com: President of the Ontario Dental Association Dr. LouAnn Visconti says it’s great the province is talking about dental care, but there are already programs for low-income families. Read more

Un dentiste jugé dangereux est très difficile à radier. tvanouvelles.ca : Un dentiste jugé dangereux exerce toujours dans sa clinique de Terrebonne malgré les tentatives vaines et répétées de son ordre professionnel pour le radier. Lire plus

What should and shouldn’t be covered by medicare? The Globe and Mail, Apr 3: When you or a family member falls gravely ill or suffers a serious injury, the learning curve is steep. One of first and cruelest lessons is having your eyes opened to the limitations of medicare. Read more

Alberta teens guzzle more sugary drinks than Ontario high schoolers, study shows. Edmontonjournal.com: Alberta high school students are drinking 16 per cent more pop, sports drinks and other sugary beverages compared to teens in Ontario, a newly published study has found. Read more

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief April 4, 2018. cdaa.ca: Read more

International dentistry news

FDI joins WHO’s Working Group to address growing burden of noncommunicable diseases. fdiworlddental.org: Representing the oral health community. Read more

CDC director pledges to bring opioid epidemic ‘to its knees’. apnews.com: The new director of the top U.S. public health agency on Thursday pledged to work to bring the nation’s opioid epidemic “to its knees” and said he believes the AIDS epidemic could be ended in three to seven years. Read more

Dentists can help mitigate, prevent child abuse, neglect. ada.org: April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and offers an opportunity for dental professionals to reflect on their role in recognizing abuse or neglect. Dentists in every state are mandated reporters of child abuse. Read more

People with Diabetes Visit the Dentist Less Frequently, Despite Link Between Diabetes and Oral Health Complications. nyu.edu: New York University and East Carolina University Study Finds Concerning Decline in Dental Care. Read more

HPV vaccine coverage on the rise, but still far from 2020 goal. reuters.com: The proportion of boys and young men in the U.S. receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has more than tripled since 2011, new research shows. Read more

ADA offers opioids prescribing recommendations in FDA comments. ada.org: The American Dental Association filed comments with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration offering ways the agency can improve opioid prescribing for dentistry. Read more

Opioid overdose deaths are still rising in nearly every segment of the country, CDC says. latimes.com: A report issued Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presents some alarming new statistics about the opioid epidemic that claims the lives of 115 Americans each day. Read more

Diabetes Now Affects 23 Million U.S. Adults. consumer.healthday.com: Of those, the vast majority – 21 million cases — are caused by type 2 diabetes, which is often linked to overweight or obesity, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

2017 Hypertension guidelines – New opportunities and challenges. jada.ada.org: In an editorial appearing in The Journal of the American Dental Association, the authors discuss how new guidelines for defining and classifying hypertension mean “more than 50 million people” are now considered to have hypertension. Read more

Supreme Court asked to review controversial Healthy Kids Dental contract. upmatters.com: MCNA, a national provider of dental benefits, today filed an appeal with the Michigan Supreme Court seeking to reverse an appeals court decision dismissing a lawsuit against the state over the unlawful award of a $659 million Healthy Kids Dental contract to an unqualified bidder with political clout. Read more

Antacids, antibiotics for infants linked to later allergies. ctvnews.ca: Infants who are given antacids like Zantac or Pepcid are more likely to develop childhood allergies, perhaps because these drugs may alter their gut bacteria, a new large study suggests. Early use of antibiotics also raised the chances of allergies in the study of nearly 800,000 children. Read more

‘I Can’t Stop’: Schools Struggle With Vaping Explosion. nytimes.com: The student had been caught vaping in school three times before he sat in the vice principal’s office at Cape Elizabeth High School in Maine this winter and shamefacedly admitted what by then was obvious. Read more

ADA, NIH look for ways to collaborate on dentistry’s role in preventing opioid misuse. ada.org: When the ADA announced new policy on opioids in March, other organizations took notice. Read more

NYU to study periodontal disease, bone loss in diabetics. ada.org: New York University College of Dentistry researchers are exploring the biological mechanisms that contribute to poor oral health and related bone loss among people with diabetes thanks to a $2.2 million, five-year grant from The National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research. Read more

Penn dental school names new dean. ada.org: The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine announced March 29 it named Dr. Mark Wolff as its new dean, effective July 1. Read more

Hidden Epidemic: Older Adults Suffering from Untreated Tooth Decay. oralhealthgroup.com: A report released today by the Center for Oral Health (COH) found that a significant number of older adults in California are plagued by oral health problems despite the fact that dental disease is largely preventable. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Children’s Oral Health. onlinelibrary.wiley.com: These 6 articles published between May 2014 and September 2017 in the International Dental Journal highlight the challenge of dental caries, and provide data on prevalence, risk factors and treatment approaches for children. Read more

Opioid prescribing practices from 2010 through 2015 among dentists in the United States. What do claims data tell us? jada.ada.org: The purpose of this study was to examine opioid prescription rates, dosage of opioids prescribed, type of opioid drug prescribed, and type of dental visit at which dentists prescribe opioids. Read more

Limit opioids, dentists told. journalgazette.net: High doses of ibuprofen often work better, study finds. Dr. Franklin Awah knows most of his patients would rather be just about anywhere than in his dental chair. The oral surgeon, one of two providers practicing in Fort Wayne Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Implant Center’s two local offices, understands their anxiety. Read more

“Dental hygienist”, a new profession in Belgium. brusselstimes.com: The profession of dental hygienist is now officially recognized in Belgium. These professionals will be able to carry out tasks which, until now, had been reserved for dentists. Read more

Les “sous-dentistes” débarquent en Belgique. lalibre.be: La profession d’hygiéniste bucco-dentaire est officiellement reconnue en Belgique depuis la publication ce vendredi d’un arrêté au Moniteur, rapportent les journaux de Sudpresse. Ces professionnels pourront accomplir des actes jusqu’à présent réservés aux seuls dentistes. Lire plus

Legal marijuana linked to reduction in opioid prescriptions. cbc.ca: Two U.S. studies find fewer opioids prescribed to publicly insured patients in states with legal pot.  Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some research suggests marijuana may encourage opioid use, and might make the epidemic worse. Read more

Mind your business

Pixels and Pictures: Photography 2018. oralhealthgroup.com: So, where are we with dental photography in 2018? Has the iPhone replaced dental macro camera set-ups yet? Well, not exactly. However, technology has made everyday photography much simpler for most practices to implement. Read more

Patient information

FDI introduces Mouth Patrol to promote oral health among children. fdiworlddental.org: Mouth Patrol is the name of FDI’s latest initiative specifically designed to promote oral health among children. Read more

Oral Cancer Awareness Month (US). mouthhealthy.org: The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer. Read more

Oral cancer – What to do if something unusual shows up. jada.ada.org: You should be aware of the signs and work with your dentist to know the next steps if something unusual develops. Read more

Oral Cancer. mouthhealthy.org: Early detection may result in better treatment outcomes and may help keep you or someone you love from becoming one of the 10,030 people whose lives may be claimed this year by the disease. Read more

Your health & medical news

Experts Warn of Emerging ‘Stimulant Epidemic’. webmd.com: Abuse of stimulants like methamphetamine, cocaine, and even prescription drugs like Adderall and Ritalin is surging across the country, fed by cheap, potent, and plentiful supplies. Read more

Chronic patients experiencing med errors: Study. canhealth.com: The Orion Health Chronic Care Index, a Leger poll of 1,551 residents found that nearly one-in-five Canadians with chronic conditions (19%) have experienced medication errors or duplications and 16 percent often undergo unnecessary repeat procedures. Read more

Nova Scotia boosts use of telehealth, EMRs. canhealth.com: The Nova Scotia government is offering doctors a pay and incentive package worth $39.6 million. Part of the funding will be used to pay for telephone consults, as well to incentivize doctors to use electronic medical records. Read more

Chicago hospitals partner with Apple to put medical records on your phone. chicagotribune.com: Forget bulky paper medical records or large electronic files available only upon request. Patients at two Chicago hospital systems will soon be able to see, and carry, their health records on their iPhones. 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


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

GSK’s £9bn Novartis deal – what next for Emma Walmsley’s strategy? telegraph.co.uk: Once the deal completes GSK will have complete control of the Sensodyne toothpaste to Panadol painkiller unit, with sales of £7.8bn that have grown around 4pc over the past three years. Read more

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