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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2018/05/09


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New surgical navigation system may help improve use of life-like facial prosthetics

Emergency Department Physicians Lack Confidence in Treating Dental Trauma

Primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

New mandatory opioid warning stickers not sufficient to address prescription opioid misuse

Why did the maker of OxyContin pay Canadian doctors nearly three-and-a-half times more money per capita than it doled out to U.S. prescribers?

Medical-device companies say new safety rules will boost costs, force some companies out of Canada

Canadian dentistry news

CADR/ACFD National Dental Research Award. cadr-acrd.ca: The Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR) along with the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD) are pleased to recognize exceptional contributions to dental research at Canadian Universities through the creation of the inaugural CADR/ACFD National Dental Research Award. The award is open to any faculty member currently performing research who is a member of CADR in the year nominated and who holds a primary faculty position within a Canadian Dental Institution. Read more

New surgical navigation system may help improve use of life-like facial prosthetics. health.sunnybrook.ca: As a prosthodontic resident and a master’s student at the University of Toronto, Dr. Eszter Somogyi-Ganss participated in the creation and evaluation of a new navigational system that allows surgeons to connect a previous CT image to the patient’s anatomy in real time and then easily navigate the implants to the bone on the patient’s face. Designed for use in dentistry, the system is currently being modified and tweaked for use in other facial surgeries. Read more

How facial prosthetics are made using 3-D printing. health.sunnybrook.ca: Here’s the step-by-step process that Sunnybrook has developed for building a craniofacial prosthetic with 3-D printing. Read more

Professionalism underpins symbolic ceremony. ualberta.ca: The colour white is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection. Add that to a coat in the dentistry and medical program and it means you’ve entered an exciting occasion that marks the beginning of patient care. Read more

Yellowknife dentist offers free service for patients without insurance. cbc.ca: When Adam Dental Clinic ran its first free dentistry day in Yellowknife last year, people lined up at the door half an hour before anyone else had even arrived at the building. Read more

Dépistage dentaire pour clientèle particulière. lappel.com: Récemment, la Faculté de médecine dentaire de l’Université Laval a accueilli 24 jeunes âgés entre 7 et 21 ans de l’école spécialisée de l’Envol et leurs accompagnateurs. Lire plus

Il invente un dentifrice qui réduit les caries de 60%. tvanouvelles.ca: Un dentiste de la Montérégie a inventé une pâte à dents qui réduit de 60 % le risque de carie chez les enfants, selon une étude réalisée en Europe. Jacques Véronneau, de Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu, a fait sa découverte après plusieurs années de recherches en collaboration avec l’Université de Pristina, au Kosovo. Lire plus

“Public Option” Could Fill Gaps in Dental Coverage. cdhowe.org: Lack of access to even urgent dental care for many people with low-income, seniors and others is a problem that could be solved with a “public option” for dental insurance, according to a new report published by the C.D. Howe Institute. Read the media release or the full report

Ontario Passes Budget Focused on Care and Opportunity. news.ontario.ca: Today the Ontario government passed the Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures), 2018, which supports the government’s plan to invest in health care, child care, home care and mental health, and focuses on initiatives that make life more affordable and provide more financial security during a time of rapid economic change. Read more

Wynne, Horwath demand specifics from Ford about cuts during first leaders’ debate. Monday’s event was the first of 3 scheduled debates ahead of June 7 vote. cbc.ca: “We can have a government that makes sure our hospitals are there for people when they need them, our schools are in a good state of repair, that people can get the dental care and prescription drugs that they need,” NDP leader Andrea Horwath said. Read more

Ontario elections: Status-quo politics cannot defeat Doug Ford. marxist.ca: Wynne’s Ontario Drug and Dental Program will reimburse up to 80 per cent of eligible expenses for those without coverage. This dental coverage falls short of basic check-ups like routine cleaning and fillings. Read more

Make dental care an election issue: Cobourg resident. northumberlandnews.com [OPINION/Letter]: Access to dental care is essential for overall health. It’s encouraging then to hear Ontario’s political parties promising to expand publicly funded dental care to cover more people. Read more

Council approves health benefits program. thewig.com: City council on Tuesday unanimously approved the implementation of an extended health benefits program that will provide extended health coverage for working low-income Kingston residents. This will include, for those 18 and older, dental care such as routine cleaning, denture services and emergency, restorative and preventative dental care. Read more

Prescription opioids highly addictive, especially for teens: Doctor. vancouversun.com: If even a small number of people prescribed opioids after minor injury, surgery or dental extractions become addicted, it’s too many – especially when non-opioid medications work as well, if not better, he said. For dental extractions, for example, non-opioids should be a first line of prescribing, whereas “right now 85 per cent of dentists in (the U.S.) use opioids first line and almost automatically give a patient 20 to 30 pills,” Franklin said. Read more

Plan to make marijuana legal by summer on track, Trudeau says, despite calls to delay it. nationalpost.com: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t backing down from his government’s much-maligned timeline for legalizing marijuana, despite a growing chorus of calls from senators, Indigenous leaders and others to delay the plan for up to a year. Read more

Award of Distinction 2018. dentistry.utoronto.ca: Dr. James Leake was the recipient of the 2018 Award of Distinction from University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry at a ceremony held on April 14. Read more

Thuy Hang Le: honorer la mémoire de son père. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: Thuy Hang Le, dentiste diplômée de l’Université de Montréal, a créé un fonds doté par un don de 60 000 $. Le Fonds Mong Tien Le vise à rendre hommage à son père. Lire plus

Christy Natsis loses appeal, ending seven-year legal battle over drunk driving death. ottawacitizen.com: Pembroke dentist Christy Natsis began serving her five-year prison term Monday, more than seven years after she killed a father of three while driving drunk. Read more

«Décès accidentel» après une chirurgie dentaire. ledroit.com : Le décès d’un jeune homme de la Petite-Nation à la suite d’une chirurgie dentaire amène une coroner à recommander que soit étudiée la possibilité d’élaborer un protocole postopératoire pour les patients vivant avec une déficience intellectuelle. Lire plus

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief May 9, 2018. cdaa.ca: Read more

International dentistry news

American Teledentistry Association (ATDA) Announces Launch. prnewswire.com: the American Teledentistry Association (ATDA) launched in an effort to shape the conversation around the practice of teledentistry as a tool to increase access to care for millions of Americans through the use of innovative technological advancements. Read more

Transformational Digital Dentistry Curriculum Released by the American College of Prosthodontists. prnewswire.com: The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) has taken a pioneering step for dental education with the release of new curriculum that prepares dental students and specialty residents to use advanced digital technology in patient care. Read more

Launch of new faculty marks historic moment for medicine and health. sydney.edu.au: The new Faculty of Medicine and Health brings together dentistry, medicine, medical sciences, nursing and midwifery, pharmacy and public health for an integrated approach to medicine and health. Read more

ADA 2018 to shine spotlight on antibiotics. ada.org: Three continuing education courses at ADA 2018 – America’s Dental Meeting will focus on treatment involving antibiotics. One of the presenters is pharmacologist Mark Donaldson, Pharm.D. Read more

ADA Foundation honors dental student-led programs helping the underserved. ada.org: Dental care for Hurricane Harvey victims and a student-run clinic for disadvantaged children: These are some of the examples of the recipients of the ADA Foundation’s E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Awards for the 2017-18 school year. Read more

Dentists contribute to Smithsonian exhibit, book on narwhal. ada.org: If you can’t make your way to its natural habitat in Arctic waters to witness the phenomenal vision that is the narwhal, then your second-best bet is a trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Read more

CDA Cares Anaheim clinic delivers dental care to 2,019 people. cda.org: The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1,537,951 in charitable dental services to 2,019 people during the April 27-28 event at the Anaheim Convention Center. Read more

CDA secures final court approval of $65M Delta Dental settlement for dentists. cda.org: A San Francisco Superior Court judge has granted final approval of the $65 million amended settlement agreement between Delta Dental of California and the plaintiff class of Premier dentists. Read more

HPI, Morgan Stanley to host May 21 dental trends webinar. ada.org: The ADA Health Policy Institute and Morgan Stanley are teaming up May 21 for a webinar on the latest trends in the dental market. The free webinar, “Taking the Pulse of the Dental Care Market,” will start at 12:30pm CT. Read more

American Association of Endodontists Names New President. aae.org: Patrick E. Taylor, D.D.S., M.S.D., is the 2018-2019 President of the American Association of Endodontists. Read more

AAE Adopts New Guidelines to Encourage High-Quality Patient Care. aae.org: Recognizing that general dentists perform the majority of root canal treatments but lack the advanced training of endodontic specialists, the AAE developed a white paper on treatment standards to describe the current standards of practice for endodontic treatment that apply to all practitioners. Read more

For some dentists, prescribing opioids reflexively is a bad habit. njspotlight.com, May 8 [OPINION]. In the end, providers have the power to stop the opioid epidemic; despite guidelines and new regulations, treatment is still a judgment call. Read more

New Effort Aims to Crack Down on Teen Vaping Without Punishing Students. nbcchicago.com: Instead of a $25 minimum fine, the Chicago area students would be enrolled in a diversion or education program to learn about the danger of such products. Health and education officials across the country are raising alarms over wide underage use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products. Read more

How schools are trying to get students to stop vaping on campus. dailyherald.com: It can be easy to light up in school these days — not with cigarettes, but with smoking alternatives that don’t leave a tobacco smell and look so innocuous they’re sometimes used right under parents’ and teachers’ noses. Read more

FDA lets vaping flourish as it eyes crackdown on cigarettes. thehill.com: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is giving wide leeway to electronic cigarettes as it attempts to push people away from traditional tobacco products. Read more

It’s Time for a New Discussion of Marijuana’s Risks. ntimes.com: Last year, the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine and Engineering released a comprehensive report on cannabis use. At almost 400 pages long, it reviewed both potential benefits and harms. Let’s focus on the harms. Read more

Idaho dentist working to prescribe fewer opioids. spokesman.com: One Treasure Valley doctor is joining the national fight against the opioid epidemic by using a different, stronger anesthetic during oral surgeries, which has allowed him to reduce opioid prescriptions to patients. Read more

Are teens consuming too many sports drinks? philly.com: The campaign by public health advocates against sugar-sweetened sodas may have had an unintended consequence: Teens are drinking more sugar-sweetened sports drinks. Read more

Energy drinks fuelling a kids’ tooth decay crisis, warns BDA. bda.org: The BDA is lending its support to a campaign to ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s. The Association has joined the Daily Mirror, MPs, teachers and celebrity campaigners including Jamie Oliver in pressing the Government to take action, urging it to ‘make sugar the new tobacco’. Read more

Sweet power: the politics of sugar, sugary drinks and poor nutrition in Australia. theconversation.com: Unhealthy diets and poor nutrition are leading contributors to Australia’s burden of disease and burgeoning health-care costs. In 1980, just 10% of Australian adults were obese, today that figure is 28% – among the highest in the world. Read more

Quit smoking referral card for dentists to help combat rise in oral cancer. bda.org: BDA Scotland is helping to pilot a new stop smoking referral card, designed to help fight the rising tide of oral cancers in Scotland. Read more

Message to Class of 2018: Unleash your greatness. dent.umich.edu. U-M Regent Andrew Richner urged graduates to “use your world-class Michigan education and can-do attitude to model the Michigan Difference and make your own transformative contributions to the field of dentistry.”. Read more

Three hundred years of false teeth – in pictures. theguardian.com: A new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection covers the past 300 years of dentistry: from blacksmiths removing rotten teeth with pliers, and dentures made with teeth stolen from corpses or – for the very wealthy – out of walrus ivory, to the pure white Hollywood smiles of Cary Grant and Shirley Temple. Read more

Spotlight on the FDI Smile Awards: One year on, where are they now? fdiworlddental.org: The 2017 FDI Smile Awards were given to Argentina for their oral health prevention programme in schools (in the ‘sustainability’ category) and Slovenia for their toothbrushing competition between schools (in the ‘innovation’ category). Fast forward almost a year since they were awarded at the last World Dental Congress, we feature the work from both National Dental Associations to inspire others to submit their projects. Read more

The Importance of Oral Health in Comprehensive Health Care. jamanetwork.com: The importance of oral health as a component of comprehensive health has received well-deserved national attention. […] A 5-minute oral examination could help physicians not only recognize poor oral health but also detect clues to seemingly unrelated health issues. Read more

Global pop superstar Katy Perry will perform a live concert at Dentsply Sirona World. news.dentsplysirona.com: Global pop superstar Katy Perry will perform a live concert for Dentsply Sirona World event-goers on Friday evening, Sept. 14, during the annual event in Orlando, Florida. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Emergency Department Physicians Lack Confidence in Treating Dental Trauma. americanteledentistry.org: A new study was published in the journal Pediatric Emergency Care that surveyed hundreds of pediatric ED physicians about their level of comfort in treating dental emergencies. Read more

Flexible, wearable oral sodium sensor could help improve hypertension control. sciencedaily.com: For people who have hypertension and certain other conditions, eating too much salt raises blood pressure and increases the likelihood of heart complications. To help monitor salt intake, researchers have developed a flexible and stretchable wireless sensing system designed to be comfortably worn in the mouth to measure the amount of sodium a person consumes. Read more

Researchers discover cellular messengers communicate with bacteria in the mouth. newsroom.ucla.edu: Results of the study could lead to new treatments for diseases such as periodontitis. Read more

Primary vs Secondary Endosseous Implantation After Fibular Free Tissue Reconstruction of the Mandible for Osteoradionecrosis. jamanetwork.com: Is it effective and cost efficient to perform primary dental implantation during fibula free tissue transfer for treatment of osteoradionecrosis and osteonecrosis? Read more

Pioneering paper shows infection control and prevention in clinics is in everyone’s hands. medicalxpress.com: […] infectious disease experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), who just published a practical guide for infectious disease control in clinics, reveal how we can all help make a difference in infection control. Read more

“Medutainment” — are doctors using patients to gain social media celebrity? cmajnews.com: As more doctors are showcasing their work on social media, others are questioning the ethics of posting about patients in such a public and informal space. Read more

Primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. cfp.ca: 2018 Canadian consensus guidelines. As primary care providers, family physicians play a vital role in promoting the health and well-being of adults with IDD. These guidelines can aid their decision making with patients and caregivers. Read more

Patient information

Baby on Board? mouthhealthy.org: Congratulations on this exciting and busy time of your life! You have so much to think about during pregnancy, but don’t overlook your dental health. Find out how pregnancy impacts your mouth in this video. Read more

Baby on Board? mouthhealthy.org: From pregnancy-related symptoms to old wives’ tales, the 9 things you need to know about what to expect when you’re expecting. Read more

7 Strategies for Getting Over Your Fear of Going to the Dentist. health.usnews.com: Blindfolds, headphones and hand signals can help make your dental appointment less stressful. Read more

Your health & medical news

Health Canada’s prescription opioid stickers will warn of addiction risk. cbc.ca: Bright yellow warning sticker says opioid medication can cause dependence, addiction and overdose. Read more

New mandatory opioid warning stickers not sufficient to address prescription opioid misuse. pharmacists.ca: While more information about the potential risks associated with prescription opioids may raise awareness amongst some patients, the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) believes that the use of warning stickers on all opioid prescriptions may not always be appropriate and that more effective measures could be implemented to enable pharmacists to prevent prescription opioid misuse. Read more

Do You Vape? See These Tips on How to Keep E-Liquids Away from Children. fda.org: If you’re an adult who vapes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants you to know that it’s important to keep these products away from kids, and to be prepared in case of emergencies. Read more

A political prescription from the Mayo Clinic. Toronto Star: The discreet sign reads, “If you have been here for more than 20 minutes, please inform check-in.” It takes a while for the penny to drop. You have never seen this sign in any Canadian hospital! Read more

PARKIN: We don’t have pharmacare for one reason — greed. Toronto Sun: Every year, up to 640 people die of curable diseases — and almost 100,000 are suffering and sick — because they can’t afford the medicines they need, says an upsetting new report. Read more

Why did the maker of OxyContin pay Canadian doctors nearly three-and-a-half times more money per capita than it doled out to U.S. prescribers? thestar.com: Experts warn that Purdue Pharma may be focusing its marketing efforts in Canada, where the drug company has not faced government sanctions like it has in the United States. Read more

Procedure aims to ease depression; Trial plans to help those with treatment-resistant depressive disorder. citynews.ca: So, in desperation, Zazlov agreed to take part in a six-patient clinical trial of a cutting-edge procedure that uses ultrasound beams directed into the brain to alter a pathway known to be at least in part responsible for such psychiatric conditions as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more

Drug testing technology may prevent overdose deaths, advocates hope. cbc.ca: A supervised injection site in Ottawa will be the first facility of its kind in Canada to use state-of-the-art technology to check street drugs for fentanyl, a safeguard, experts say could save lives. Read more

Cannabis use among veterans soars as Ottawa cuts paybacks; Prescriptions for medical marijuana rise while those for opioids, tranquilizers drop. theglobeandmail.com: The number of Canadian veterans prescribed opioids or tranquilizers has declined significantly in the past six years while those authorized to use medical cannabis has skyrocketed, even as Veterans Affairs capped reimbursement for it. Read more

P.E.I.’s wait list for a doctor could grow by thousands. cbc.ca: About 9,600 Islanders are on the patient registry waiting list for a family doctor, according to Health PEI. Read more

New Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of the Congo. who.int: The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Bikoro in Equateur Province today (8 May). Read more

Are You a Risky Drinker? webmd.com: Every morning, Josh starts his day by making the same pledge: Today is the day he’s not going to drink. By lunchtime, though, he’s already thinking about what bottle of wine to pick up at the liquor store on the way home from work. 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 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

Patterson Announces Dental Leadership Transition. businesswire.com: Patterson Companies announced that David G. Misiak, President of Patterson Dental North America, will transition from this current role effective May 11, to pursue a new opportunity. Read more

Medical-device companies say new safety rules will boost costs, force some companies out of Canada. theglobeandmail.com: Medical-device companies say new safety audit rules from Health Canada will send compliance costs skyrocketing, forcing some players to pull out of the country and creating a potential shortage of products for patients. Read more

Silicon Valley Wants To Fix Your Crooked Teeth. fastcompany.com: Direct-to-consumer start-up Candid wants to make teeth straightening faster, easier, and affordable. Can we fix our teeth from the comfort of our homes? Read more

Georgia-Pacific Introduces Dixie® Cup Designs with Kid-Friendly Interactive Tooth Brushing Games. multivu.com: New cup designs offer fun and educational augmented reality experiences through a mobile app so kids don’t “rush the brush”. Read more

Henry Schein Introduces Proprietary SLX™ Clear Aligner System. phx.corporate-ir.net: Enters Growing Market with Intuitive and Simplified Treatment Process Based on Innovative Sagittal First/Motion 3D Technology. Read more

New Software for Orthodontists Streamline Workflow, Increases Practice Efficiency. mediaroom.carestreamdental.com: [..] in order to help practices stay ahead in a competitive market, Carestream Dental has introduced CS OrthoTrac v14 practice management software and CS Model+ software to minimize clicks, automate processes and simplify everyday tasks. Read more

New virtual reality platform may aid in patient relaxation during dental procedures. dentistryiq.com: Northpass Immersive has introduced Bella VR, an intuitive virtual reality platform that helps patients reduce pain and anxiety by escaping with virtual experiences. Read more

Futudent has announced a miniature 4K dental camera and a lightweight high-definition POV camera. dentistryiq.com: Futudent introduced two new cameras on March 29: a lightweight loupe-mounted high-definition POV camera and the world’s first miniature 4K dental camera, the MicroCam and the ProCam. Read more

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