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ASM 2018: Oral Care for the Medically Compromised Patient

As the Ontario Dental Association‘s Annual Spring Meeting approaches, we at CDA Oasis are pleased to bring you highlights of some of the speakers and the sessions that will be offered this year. It is my hope that you learn from the various conversations; and if you happen to be in Toronto, you find it interesting enough to attend the event. 

Dr. Deborah Saunders is the Medical Director of the Department of Dental Oncology and Assistant Professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Sudbury, Ont. She is a global adviser on the subject of osteonecrosis of the jaw and holds positions for guideline development on the management of this side-effect with the International Society of Oral Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Her clinical and research interests include multilingual knowledge transfer for oral care in the oncology patient, systematic review and guideline development for the nine oral complications in cancer therapy and clinical research in clinical tobacco intervention, osteonecrosis of the jaw and oral mucositis.

ASM2018 is the single largest venue where the dental team members can earn continuing education credits all under one roof. The meeting offers a broad and diverse range of renowned speakers and topics for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and office staff. There will be lectures, workshops and various exhibitors, showcasing the latest products and services from more than 300 companies.

I hope you benefit from the information presented in this conversation. Be sure to share your thoughts, suggestions, and questions with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca

Until next Time!

Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager


With more that one million new cases of cancer diagnosed each year and the shift to outpatient management, it is likely that you will see some of these patients in your practice. Because cancer treatment can affect your oral tissues, dentists need to know about potential oral complications. Moreover, pre-existing or untreated oral disease can complicate cancer treatment. Research shows that oral disease puts the cancer patient at an increased risk for developing acute infections and bacteremias. Therefore, the dentist’s role in patient management can be benefi cial beyond the oral cavity.

The session will allow attendees to:

  • You will become more familiar with oral complications related to cancer treatment, cancer patients who are at highest risk for complications and the role of pretreatment oral care
  • Oral care during and after head and neck radiation
  • Be able to transfer this knowledge of oral care to your medically compromised patient base as a foundation for consistent, predictable oral care

The session will take place April 27 at 9:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Full Interview (8.20″)



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