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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2018/04/25

Canadian dentistry news

High cost of dental services prompting some patients to seek alternative options. cbc.ca: Treatment costs have some people turning to dental teaching clinics and other options. Read more

Money Monitor: Tips for finding affordable dental services. theglobeandmail.com: Dental services can come with steep price tags that are not always covered by private insurance. Dentist Dr. John Drummond says visiting a teaching clinic can be one way of offsetting some costs. Video interview with Dr. Drummond. Watch now 2:35

Brushing up on the facts. insideottawavalley.com: The Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry (OAPHD), along with Public Health Units across Ontario, has launched an awareness campaign for Oral Health Month. The “Brush Up on the Facts: Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy” campaign is geared to parents and focuses on the impact dental health has on children’s healthy growth and development and the free dental programs for eligible young people. Read more

Ontario Dental Association says vaping carries similar health risks to smoking. durhamradionews.com: If you use vapourizers or e-cigarettes, the Ontario Dental Association is asking you to “kick the stick” this oral health month. Dr. LouAnn Visconti, President of the ODA says vaping might not be any better for your health than smoking cigarettes. Read more

Pratique illégale de la médecine dentaire? De sérieux problèmes dentaires causés par un denturologiste délinquant? tvanouvelles.ca : Un patient qui souffre de troubles du sommeil voit sa vie chamboulée après qu’il ait porté durant plus de trois ans une orthèse qui a entrainé un important déplacement dentaire. Lire plus

Women in Dentistry Symposium. womendentistry.com: May 15 @ 5:30 pm – 9 pm. The goal of this symposium is to provide an update on current concepts in dentistry, network with other female dental professionals and exchange success stories! Read more

Schulich Students presented at AADR/CADR Annual Meeting. schulich.uwo.ca: Karla Crosara, Shawna Kim and Georgia Nikoloudaki presented their research posters at the Annual General Meeting of the CADR (Canadian Association for Dental Research), held in conjunction with the annual AADR meeting, in Fort Lauderdale in March. Read more

Health Unit wants to reintroduce fluoride into the drinking water. Iheartradio.ca: The Windsor Essex County Health Unit in Windsor and several other municipalities in Essex County. The Oral Health Report for 2018 indicates oral health has been on a steady decline in the region and, while there’s more than one factor, there is a correlation with the removal of fluoride from drinking water. Windsor removed fluoride from the water supply in 2013. Read more

La question de la fluoration refait surface à Windsor. ici.radio-canada.ca: La Santé publique du comté de Windsor-Essex presse la Ville de Windsor de reprendre la fluoration de l’eau du robinet. La municipalité avait cessé d’ajouter du fluor dans l’eau il y a cinq ans. Lire plus

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief April 25, 2018. cdaa.ca: Read more

33 % des aînés estriens sont édentés. latribune.ca: Dans le cadre du Mois de la santé buccodentaire, en avril, l’Ordre des hygiénistes dentaires du Québec (OHDQ) a dévoilé récemment un sondage Léger portant sur la perception des Québécois, et plus particulièrement des aînés, envers leur santé buccodentaire. Les données de ce sondage démontrent des lacunes en matière de soins buccodentaires et des inégalités face à la perception de la condition dentaire. Lire plus

Here’s what we know about who uses cannabis in Canada, and how. macleans.ca: New figures from Statistics Canada provide some of the clearest pictures of cannabis consumption in the country to date. Read more

International dentistry news

3-D printing of dentures developed at USC dental school. news.usc.edu: Ostrow School of Dentistry faculty member aims to change the way prosthodontics is taught at USC. Read more

BDIA signs historic MOU. bdia.org.uk: The BDIA recently signed a historic memorandum of understanding agreement with its sister organisation in Australia, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA). This agreement promotes the exchange of information an co-operation on issues of mutual interest in Australia and the UK, including international regulatory issues, market research, statistics and data, training and export activity. Read more

Study reports nearly 1 in 3 California kids have a sugary drink daily. medicalxpress.com: Nearly one-third of California children between the ages of 2 and 11 drink one or more sugary drinks per day, according to a UCLA study published today. That percentage represents an alarming increase since 2009, when just over one-quarter of the state’s children had one or more sugary drinks per day. Read more

CDC: Minorities still most at risk for caries. ada.org: Fewer young people in the U.S. reportedly have dental caries, but minority children continue to have higher rates when compared to their peers, according to a data brief the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released in April. Read more

Sugar to take center stage at the 2018 World Dental Congress in Buenos Aires. fdiworlddental.org: FDI, the NCD Alliance, and the World Health Organization (WHO) will lead a joint session at the 2018 World Dental Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of their ongoing engagement and commitment to confront oral diseases and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) through collaboration and exchange. Read more

Champions of fluoridation recognized. ada.org: Oral health groups recognize communities, dentist for their work to enhance fluoridation. An internationally recognized expert on fluorides, oral biology, cariology and periodontology and a long-time member of the ADA National Fluoridation Advisory Committee was recognized in April for his achievements at the 2018 National Oral Health Conference. Read more

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on new enforcement actions and a Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to stop youth use of, and access to, JUUL and other e-cigarettes. fda.gov: Protecting our nation’s youth from the dangers of tobacco products is among the most important responsibilities of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – and it’s an obligation I take personally. We recognize that if the FDA is to end the tragic cycle of successive generations of nicotine and tobacco addiction, we must take every opportunity to disrupt that process where it starts: youth access to and use of tobacco products. Read more

Access problems leaving dental patients at overdose risk. bda.org: The British Dental Association has warned that self-medication must not fill the NHS access gap as new research points to sizable numbers of patients unable to access care risking paracetamol overdose in accident and emergency departments. The study at Queen’s Medical Centre Nottingham’s A&E unit, published in the British Dental Journal, identified self-medication for dental pain with paracetamol as a significant cause of accidental overdose and potential liver failure. Read more

Compromise Would Use Dental Therapists To Expand Access To Oral Health Care In Mass. wbur.org: The compromise struck between dentists, hygienists, health care advocates and lawmakers could resolve a long-simmering policy fight over how to expand access to oral health care without jeopardizing the quality of care or threatening the dentistry profession. Read more

Dental therapy expands access to care, would aid most Arizonans. azcapitoltimes.com: In a recent guest commentary in the Arizona Capitol Times, “Don’t follow Minnesota’s failed dental therapist experiment,” Robert Roda, president of the Arizona Dental Association, dismissed allowing dentists to hire dental therapists to help expand access to care in the Grand Canyon state. Read more

Senate panel unveils bipartisan new bill to combat opioid epidemic. nbcnews.com: The ambitious new measure includes 40 different proposals intended to drastically expand the ability of government agencies to address the ongoing crisis. Read more

Revolutionary Drink Reduces Up to 52% of Dental Plaque With Each Serving. prnewswire.com,: DoseBiome has announced their new findings that qii, the world’s first functional drink for oral health, can reduce up to 52% of dental plaque with each serving. Read more

Good oral hygiene may help recovery after a heart attack. medicalxpress.com: Good oral hygiene may help recovery after acute cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and aortic dissection, according to research presented at […] a European Society of Cardiology congress. The study in mice found that the bacteria that cause gum disease (periodontitis) also impair the healing of blood vessels. Read more 

Clinical & scientific news

Alcoholic drinks affect oral bacteria tied to diseases. news-medical.net: When compared with non-drinkers, men and women who had one or more alcoholic drinks per day had an overabundance of oral bacteria linked to gum disease, some cancers, and heart disease. By contrast, drinkers had fewer bacteria known to check the growth of other, harmful germs. These are the main findings of a study published in the journal Microbiome online April 23 and led by NYU School of Medicine researchers. Read more

A bone fracture glue is successfully tested on live animals, with stronger fixation than dental fillers. medicalxpress.com: Acute bone fractures may soon be treated with an adhesive patch inspired by dental reconstruction techniques. Scientists in Sweden report a new method which they say offers unprecedented bonding strength and a solution to the incredibly difficult problem of setting an adhesive in the wet environment inside the body. Read more

Evidence on Dental and Oral Health. Dental Amalgams Compared With Composite Resin. cadth.ca: CADTH conducted a health technology assessment to compare the clinical efficacy, safety, and cost-consequence of dental amalgam and composite resin for the treatment of dental caries. A review of the evidence on patient experiences and perspectives, ethical issues, implementation considerations, and the potential environmental impact of these dental restoration materials was also included in the health technology assessment. Read more

New research reveals kids hit hard by junk food advertising. ada.org.au: Research led by the University of Adelaide’s Associate Professor Lisa Smithers and published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health reveals that Australian children are being exposed to twice as much unhealthy food advertising as healthy food advertising. Read more

Mayo Clinic study finds no evidence that anesthesia in young children lowers intelligence. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org: A Mayo Clinic study finds no evidence that children given anesthesia before their third birthdays have lower IQs than those who did not have it. A more complex picture emerges among people who had anesthesia several times as small children. Read more

A debate for oral cancer treatment: Radiate or not? ozy.com: Arjun Joshi knows what he’s up against. Innovation can be slow and methods entrenched when it comes to the fight against cancer. The 40-year-old threatens to disrupt a $5 billion industry by steering patients away from radiation, long considered an essential element in the anti-cancer arsenal, alongside chemotherapy. Read more

Domestic violence and the dental practice. dentistryiq.com: Vicki Vertin has worked at the same Ohio practice for over a decade. As a dental hygienist, she’s used to routine, which is why she thought it was odd when someone called the office and asked for her by her full name. Within minutes her ex-boyfriend, Danny Thornton, walked in with a gun and fired at Vicki. Read more

Vaping tied to higher risk that teens will try marijuana. reuters.com: Teens who use e-cigarettes may be twice as likely to smoke pot as their peers who never try vaping, a U.S. study suggests. Read more

Mind your business

Five Books to Help Boost your Dental Practice. cdspi.com: Looking for books to add to your business library? Here’s some essential reading that will help you take your dental practice to the next level – whether you’re a seasoned practice owner looking to build your social media presence or a new graduate that’s interested in building a great team and the fundamentals of a strong marketing plan. Read more

Patient information

Vaping Instead of Smoking: Neither Habits are Healthy. oda.on.ca: Whether you use sticks, pens, mini tanks or any other kind of vapourizer, the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) wants you to know now is the time to kick your vaping habit for good. Read more

Your health & medical news

Five Tips to Help Avoid Back Injuries. cdspi.com: Hours spent each day leaning over patients can take an excessive toll on a dentist’s back. You can reduce your risk of back injury substantially by following a few simple preventative measures. Read more

Can Marijuana Be The Answer For Pain? webmd.com: Donald Abrams, MD, a professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, helped review research on marijuana for a 2017 report from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. There is a lack of evidence about the health effects of marijuana, he says. Read more

Sugar is Not the “New Tobacco”. cmaj.ca [OPINION]: As an endocrinologist who is also an anti-smoking advocate, seeing the title “Are sugar-sweetened drinks the new tobacco?” on the cover of my April 2018 CMAJ immediately drew my ire. We, as medical professionals, should be more careful when publicly drawing equivalencies in matters of public health. The increasingly common comparison of obesity and sugar to smoking and tobacco is an important example of such. Read more

US regulators float ideas for boosting medical device safety. apnews.com: U.S. health officials on Tuesday proposed steps to improve the government’s system for overseeing medical devices, which has been criticized for years for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments. Read more

Treating pain without addiction: inside the lab fighting the opioid crisis. theguardian.com: N‑001 was designed by a startup to counter pain but avoid the detrimental side effects of opioid use, addiction among them. Read more

As Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Prescriptions for Drugs to Treat Addiction Rise. nytimes.com: The number of new monthly prescriptions for medications that treat opioid addiction nearly doubled over the past two years, according to new data, while prescriptions for opioid painkillers continued to decline. 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


May 15 – Women in Dentistry Symposium, 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 next leap in dental 3-D printing: DFAB from DWS Systems. dentistryiq.com: Watch a demonstration of DFAB, a one-touch dental 3-D printer from DWS Systems that debuted at Chicago Midwinter 2018. Watch video and read more 14:03

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