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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2018/04/18

Top News

White Paper on Prevention and Management of Periodontal Diseases for Oral Health and General Health

Study: Ibuprofen, acetaminophen more effective than opioids in treating dental pain

Opioids after surgery can, paradoxically, prolong pain

Toxins produced by e-cigarettes vary by flavor

Straumann Group invests in Dental Monitoring, a pioneer in remote monitoring enabled by artificial intelligence

Canadian dentistry news

Video offers parents tips on young children’s oral health. winnipegfreepress.com: So where can parents turn to learn more about early childhood dental issues? […] Parents in rural communities can contact the Manitoba Dental Association to find offices willing to see infants and toddlers. Parents can also take advantage of a new video on the subject entitled Lift the Lip with Healthy Smile Happy Child: Preventing Early Childhood Caries. Produced by Healthy Smile Happy Child in partnership with Healthy Start for Mom & Me, the video is available in English, French, Cree, Ojibwe and Inuktitut. Read more

More oral care = better health. intelligencer.ca: The provincial expansion of publicly-funded dental programs could improve Ontarians’ general health, the area’s acting medical officer of health says. Read more

Quebec asks for federal help with border crossings; Province says projections have up to 400 refugees a day coming from U.S. thestar.com: Between Jan. 1 and April 14 of 2018, 6,074 asylum seekers have arrived in Quebec — three times more than the number of people that crossed the border in 2017. Read more

Une découverte mondiale pour le dentiste Jacques Véronneau. journalexpress.ca : Le dentiste Jacques Véronneau est sur le point de mettre en marché un dentifrice naturel prévenant la carie dentaire et ses lésions. […]  Au fil de ses essais cliniques qu’il a menés dans différents pays, le dentiste et cariologiste (le seul au pays) originaire de Sorel-Tracy, mais oeuvrant à Drummondville a pu démontrer que les fluorures appliqués en surface sur les dents ne donnent aucun résultat significatif. Lire plus

Une dentiste devra verser 23 000 $ à son ex-hygiéniste dentaire. quebec.huffingtonpost.ca: Le tribunal avait déjà jugé, en octobre dernier, que le départ de l’hygiéniste dentaire Marie-Josée Bédard était en fait un congédiement illégal. Et dans un jugement qu’il vient de rendre, il fixe à 23 154 $ l’indemnité que la Dre Josée Gaudet devra lui verser pour perte de salaire, perte de son emploi, congé annuel et intérêts. Read more

La Dre Silvia Rosas d’Amqui obtient sa résidence permanente. ici.radio-canada.ca : Ottawa accorde un statut de résidente permanente à la Dre Silvia Rosas pour des motifs humanitaires. […] M. Massé fait valoir que la région a besoin de gens avec des formations spécialisées comme la Dre Rosas. Lire plus

Avril, Mois de la santé buccodentaire. odq.qc.ca: À l’occasion du Mois de la santé buccodentaire 2018, l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec souhaite sensibiliser les Québécoises et les Québécois au fait que leur santé buccodentaire joue un rôle essentiel dans leur état de santé global. Lire plus

Recovering Cape Breton addict Danny MacKillop has a new smile. cbc.ca: Buoyed by MacKillop’s recent sobriety, his childhood friends raised money for his dental work. McKillop, who has been free of heroin and alcohol for more than 70 days at a treatment centre in Vancouver, says his friends raised money to help finance his dental work. Now he can’t walk by a mirror without smiling. Read more

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief April 18, 2018. cdaa.ca: Read more

Students raise smiles and money for oral hygiene. thesudburystar.com: At this year’s Walk For A Smile event, students raised $6,000 for oral health services and supplies for people in need, through the public dental clinics offered at Cambrian. Read more

Bitcoin accepted at Ladner dental clinic. delta-optimist.com: Dr. Raj Dhiman prides himself on being forward thinking. He offers what he describes as cutting edge dentistry at Ladner’s Riverside Dental so it seems only natural the dentist would start to accept Bitcoin as a payment method. Read more

International dentistry news

California Dental Association opposes bill that would allow state to set health care prices. cda.org: CDA last week became aware of a bill that seeks to regulate and cap provider rates to a percentage of Medicare. Assembly Bill 3087 raises significant concerns about fracturing the market and undermining the ability of providers to balance their patient mix. Read more

Fewer U.S. Kids Are Getting Cavities. consumer.healthday.com, Apr 13: Fewer U.S. kids are plagued by tooth cavities compared to just a few years ago, but income disparities persist, according to a new U.S. government study. Read more or PDF of study.

Oral Cancer Awareness Month: ‘We have a duty to discuss HPV with our patients’. newdentistblog.ada.org: I have been a practicing dentist for nearly four decades and received the surprise of my life four years ago when I was diagnosed with oral cancer that had metastasized to a cervical lymph node. My cancer was caused by HPV 16. While I am unsure how I came into contact with the virus, what matters most is that we have a duty to discuss HPV with our patients. Read more

Oral health worse among undocumented immigrants. journalistsresource.org: Immigrants to the United States who are not citizens are more likely to have worse oral health compared to natives and naturalized citizens, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more

Dental Therapists are making a difference in my practice and in my state. azcapitoltimes.com: As a dentist and owner of a multi-site practice in Minnesota, I’m writing to respond to the letter from the president of the Arizona Dental Association)“Don’t follow Minnesota’s failed dental therapist experiment”). A number of his comments about the Minnesota experience with dental therapy are, at best, misleading. Read more

Seventeen communities receive grants to support water fluoridation. ada.org: Seventeen U.S. communities are getting financial assistance to install or continue water fluoridation programs thanks to financial support from The National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the groups announced earlier this year. Read more

Senate Committee advances bill to reform tribal health care. ada.org: S.1250, formally titled “The Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2017,” seeks to “improve the recruitment and retention of employees” and “restore accountability” in the Indian Health Service as well as introducing a centralized system to credential licensed health care professionals interested in providing services at Indian Health Services facilities — a provision supported by the ADA. Read more

New Zealand dentists pick up the pieces when ‘dental tourism’ goes bad. medicalexpress.com: New Zealand dentists are increasingly having to provide remedial treatment where things have gone wrong for “dental tourists” who travel abroad for dental work. Read more

New AAP president outlines goals for 2018. us.dental-tribune.com: At the Chicago Midwinter Meeting in February, Dental Tribune had the opportunity to meet with newly elected Academy of Periodontology President Steven R. Daniel, DDS, a periodontist in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Here’s his update on the AAP and his perspective on the industry. Read more

Special Needs Patients Find Comfort With Detroit Dentists. hourdetroit.com: Adults with developmental disabilities often struggle to get dental care — but not at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. The dental program got its start in 2011 as a response to community demand for greater access to dental care, both for low-income and special-needs populations. It is the only private hospital in the state with a dental program that provides care for adults with special needs, and the only one with a dental residency program. Read more

Agencies announce April 25 forum on opioids, minority health. ada.org: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity will host “Forum on Opioids: Strategies and Solutions for Minority Communities” from 10 a.m. to noon ET April 25 to discuss the opioid crisis and how to better address behavioral health in minority populations. Read more

Prevalence of Total and Untreated Dental Caries Among Youth: United States, 2015–2016. cdc.gov: Key findings: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Read more

TGA Fee Proposal Formally Rejected By Dental Industry. adia.org.au: Proposals to levy a new fee on suppliers of medical devices have been formally rejected by the peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA). Read more

Dangers Don’t Deter Vaping’s Appeal to Teens. webmd.com: While cigarette smoking rates among teens have dropped over the last few decades, the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) — also called vaping — has risen in this age group. Surveys show that many teens don’t know about the dangers of these products, and a few popular vaping trends could increase the risks even more. Read more

Coalition Calls for an End to Dental Amalgam in the United States. dentistrytoday.com: A coalition of 50 environmental, public health, and children’s rights groups called for an end to the controversial filling material – dental amalgam – in American children, and for a two-year general phase-out in its use in the United States. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

White Paper on Prevention and Management of Periodontal Diseases for Oral Health and General Health. fdiworlddental.org. This white paper provides oral health professionals with a comprehensive yet succinct summary of the main issues related to the global prevalence and impacts, aetiology and pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases. It also identifies the key challenges in tackling the burden of periodontal diseases and provides an action plan for oral health professionals, policymakers, and other related actors. Read more

Periodontal Health and Disease – A practical guide to reduce the global burden of periodontal disease. fdiworlddental.org: This toolkit provides background information in a language which you can use with policymakers; a series of key messages; and practical guidance to assist you in designing and implementing successful advocacy campaigns which promote better periodontal health. It concludes with a series of case studies which could serve as examples for the implementation of innovative programmes. Read more

Study: Ibuprofen, acetaminophen more effective than opioids in treating dental pain. thedailycase.edu: Opioids are not among the most effective—or longest lasting—options available for relief from acute dental pain, a new examination of the results from more than 460 published studies has found. Ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) alone or in combination with acetaminophen are better at easing dental pain, according to new research conducted with the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Read more

Peptide-based biogenic dental product may cure cavities. washington.edu: Researchers at the University of Washington have designed a convenient and natural product that uses proteins to rebuild tooth enamel and treat dental cavities. Read more

NYU Dentistry Study Identifies Effective School-Based Cavity Prevention Program. nyu.edu: A new study by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry, published in the journal BMC Oral Health, suggests that cavity prevention programs with a combination of prevention strategies may be more effective than one alone for reducing tooth decay. Read more

Higher cigarette prices would save millions of people, especially poor smokers: U of T leads study. utoronto.ca: Research finds taxing cigarettes could keep people out of poverty and save lives. […] The study was published this [last] week in The BMJ. It adds to a growing body of knowledge that tobacco taxes, which are not implemented globally, have significant health benefits. Read more

Toxins produced by e-cigarettes vary by flavor. news.psu.edu: The flavor of an e-cigarette may affect more than a consumer’s taste buds, according to Penn State researchers who say the chemicals that make up different flavors also produce different levels of free radicals, toxins often associated with cancer and other diseases. Read more

Opioids after surgery can, paradoxically, prolong pain. colorado.edu: Giving opioids to animals to quell pain after surgery prolongs pain for more than three weeks and primes specialized immune cells in the spinal cord to be more reactive to pain, according to a new study by CU Boulder. The authors say the paradoxical findings, if replicated in humans, could have far-reaching implications for patient pain management and add a new wrinkle to the conversation about the national opioid epidemic. Read more

Collaboration is the key to cancer research. nature.com: To fight the disease effectively, researchers from across the scientific spectrum and beyond must join forces. Read more

Mind your business

The aftermath of fraud begins before it takes place. dentistryiq.com Certain occupations are inherently more dangerous than others. But whether you are a dentist, lawyer, or business executive, your business can become a target of employee fraud. When fraud does occur, what happens next? How will you feel? And as the business owner, what should you do? Read more

Patient information

This Is How Much Kids Are Getting From the Tooth Fairy These Days. goodhousekeeping.com: A quarter doesn’t cut it any more. Read more

Your health & medical news

Apps for Kids on the Autism Spectrum. commonsensemedia.org: Technology has the power to unlock learning for kids of all ages and stages. And sometimes exploring and learning on a device first is less intimidating than trying out new skills with real people. Check out these apps that help kids with communication, organization, and even social-awareness skills — and watch the video to learn more about how to choose media and tech products for kids with learning differences. Read more

Need a break? Try these 6 research-backed ways to de-stress in 5 minutes. today.com: You can use these tips wherever you are. Read more

Lifestyle Changes During Pregnancy Improve Postpartum Glucose Regulation. endocrinologyadvisor.com: Pregnant women at risk for gestational diabetes who made lifestyle changes during the pregnancy and up to 1 year postpartum showed improved glucose regulation when compared with control patients, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Read more

HIV-infected people are living for years, but age-related diseases set in early. washingtonpost.com: Many HIV-infected people, now in their 50s and 60s, who have lived for years with HIV under control, are developing aging-related conditions — heart, liver and kidney disease, certain cancers and frailty, for example — at a rate significantly higher than uninfected people of the same age. Read more

Drug executives to testify before Congress about their role in U.S. opioid crisis. washingtonpost.com: Current and former executives with the pharmaceutical distributors that are accused of flooding communities with powerful prescription painkillers have been summoned to testify before Congress about their role in the U.S. opioid epidemic. The hearing, scheduled for May 8 before a House Energy and Commerce Committee oversight panel, has the potential to be a defining moment for the pharmaceutical industry. Read more

Prescriptions de cannabis médical : le Collège des médecins invite ses membres à la prudence. ici.radio-canada.ca: Le Collège des médecins met en garde ses membres qui veulent prescrire du cannabis à certains patients, parce qu’il manque d’études scientifiques sur le sujet. La demande est forte et des cliniques de cannabis veulent étendre leurs activités. Mais les médecins sont souvent réticents à se lancer dans l’aventure, en raison du flou juridique et scientifique. Lire plus

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 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

Straumann Group invests in Dental Monitoring (DM), a pioneer in remote monitoring enabled by artificial intelligence. straumann.com: The Straumann Group and Dental Monitoring (DM), a highly innovative French company specialized in remote dental monitoring systems, have signed an agreement that provides Straumann with global distribution rights to DM’s technology as well as a minor stake in DM in return for an injection of capital. Straumann will integrate DM’s technology in its portfolio of orthodontic and digital solutions and the two companies will collaborate to develop further applications for artificial intelligence in the dental field. Read more

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