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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2018/06/20


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Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, passed in Senate

Waterline safety focus of FDA webpage

Water Fluoridation Confirmed to Prevent Dental Decay in US Children and Adolescents

Canadian dentistry news

Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, passed in Senate. canada.ca: Today, the Government of Canada welcomed the final vote on Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, in the Senate as an important step in the process of legalizing and strictly regulating cannabis in Canada. The Act is currently awaiting Royal Assent. Read more

Le projet de loi C-45, la Loi sur le cannabis, est adopté par le Sénat. canada.ca: Le gouvernement du Canada accueille avec plaisir le vote final sur le projet de loi C-45, la Loi sur le cannabis, au Sénat, qui représente une étape importante du processus de légalisation et de réglementation stricte du cannabis au Canada. La Loi attend désormais de recevoir la sanction royale. Lire plus

Cannabis Legalization Sparking Concerns for Canadian Organizations. conferenceboard.ca: More than half (52 per cent) of Canadian organizations are either concerned or very concerned about the implications this will have on the workplace according to a new report by The Conference Board of Canada. Read more

Government changes course on disputed dental bill. cbc.ca: ‘For people that are on assistance, I think they need to take a good hard look at what coverage is available’. Read more

Un nouveau doyen à la Faculté de médecine dentaire. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: Shahrokh Esfandiari devient le nouveau doyen de la Faculté de médecine dentaire de l’Université de Montréal. Son mandat de cinq ans débutera le 1er juillet prochain. Lire plus

Un prix reconnaissance pour le professeur Daniel Grenier. fmd.ulaval.ca: Le professeur spécialisé dans le domaine de la prévention et du contrôle des infections ainsi que du contrôle des bactéries associées au maladies parodontales a reçu le Prix Micheline-Blain du Réseau de recherche en santé buccodentaire et osseuse (RSBO) pour l’ensemble de sa carrière. Lire plus

Veille scientifique : santé dentaire et fluorures. inspq.qc.ca : À la demande du MSSS, l’équipe Santé buccodentaire de l’INSPQ réalise une veille scientifique sur les fluorures. Lire plus

Toronto Symposium on Fibroblast Progenitors in Health and Disease brings together World-Leading Experts. dentistry.utoronto.ca: The symposium featured a panel of world-leading experts, who are studying the mechanisms of fibrosis and tissue repair in different organ. Read more

Dentistry Wins a Record Eight Undergrad Summer Research Awards. dentistry.utoronto.ca: Researchers and students from the Faculty of Dentistry have won eight undergraduate summer research awards from CIHR/IMHA. Read more

Hamilton Community Foundation partners on national oral, mental health initiative. thespec.com: Green Shield Canada initiative will bring $6 million to six cities across the country, including Hamilton. Read more

Feature Article: Celebrating the Dentistry Class of 2018 with Kim Beaucage. schulich.uwo.ca: The unique program consists of a PhD in an area of research relevant to dentistry followed by a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Read more

Life in Canada Gives Tibetan Student More Than Dentistry Training. dal.ca. It has been a long journey from a refugee camp in Nepal to the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie for Kunsang Namgyal, in both physical distance and life lived. Read more

Raw meat study connects dental and veterinary worlds. dentistry.usask.ca: In early May, the three dentistry students presented a research poster titled, “Identification of bacterial zoonotic pathogens in the oral environment of dogs fed a raw-food diet,” at the 2018 Life and Health Sciences Research Expo on the U of S campus. They hope to eventually have their research published and will complete a final presentation later this fall. Read more

Dental patients urged to get checked after pair tests positive for hepatitis C. barrie.ctvnews.ca: The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says two people, including a child, have tested positive for hepatitis C. The patients were tested after an advisory was issued in February about Dr. Joe Philip’s practice. Read more

Fluoride plebiscite belongs on ballot. Owensoundtimes.com: The saddest thing is that for four more years the population of Owen Sound will be drinking this neurotoxic drug, and suffering from many health problems caused by it! Read more

International dentistry news

Vaping and Marijuana Complicate Kicking the Tobacco Habit. adeachartingprogress.wordpress.com: In this month’s letter, Dr. Rick Valachovic asks tobacco-cessation educators how their work has changed with the advent of vaping and some states’ legalization of recreational marijuana use. Read more

FDI lends the voice of oral health to 200 organizations calling for bold political commitments on NCDs. fdiworlddental.org: FDI joined over 200 civil society organizations (CSOs) to welcome the Report of the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), entitled Time To Deliver, launched on June 1st. Read more

Gabapentin: The most dangerous drug in America? dentistryiq.com: We dental professionals must be aware of gabapentin’s rise as a drug of abuse, both alone and in combination with other substances. Read more

Oral hygiene program reduces infections among young cancer patients at Johns Hopkins. modernhealthcare.com: The St. Petersburg, Fla., hospital implemented an oral care bundle in September 2016 to help patients maintain good oral hygiene during chemotherapy and prevent infection. Read more

This Exhibition Has Real Bite. nytimes.com: With letters to the tooth fairy, a set of gold grillz, and other weird and wonderful objects, an exhibition in London examines the feelings people harbor about their teeth. Read more

Doctor-Directed At Home Aligner Companies Respond to AAO Consumer Alert. americanteledentistry.org: The American Teledentistry Association received a Consumer Alert issued by the American Association of Orthodontists. Consumers were advised to ask 14 specific questions when considering treatment by what the AAO termed direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies. Read more

Waterline safety focus of FDA webpage. ada.org: The Food and Drug Administration in June launched a webpage focusing on dental unit waterlines, which includes information about infection control and tips for dental practitioners. Read more

‘Decision to finally offer boys HPV vaccine will save many lives’: Declares charity. dentalhealth.org: The decision to offer boys a vaccination against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) […] has been hailed by leading health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, as a decision which will save thousands of lives every year. Read more

Number of children waiting six months for dental operations soars. theguardian.com: The number of children in England waiting longer than six months for a dental operation under general anaesthesia has risen by 52% over the past three years. Read more

Registration Open for 2018 Global Oral Health Summit, User-Centered Educational Program Takes Center Stage. carestreamdental.com: Read more

ADA asks House to prioritize opioids bills. ada.org: ADA expressed support for several proposals that complement the Association’s ongoing efforts to keep prescription opioid pain medications from becoming a source of harm. Read more

ADA meets with HHS to discuss dentistry’s continuing efforts in ending opioid crisis. ada.org: ADA President-Elect Jeffrey Cole discussed ways for the ADA to collaborate with federal agencies on preventing first-time exposure to opioids from the dental chair. Read more

ACE Panel report focuses on bioactive materials. ada.org: Dentists can get insight on the use of bioactive materials from an ADA Clinical Evaluators Panel Report released in June. Read more

Increased fines prove that illegal tooth whitening does not pay. dentalhealth.org: Authorities are now clamping down on those carrying out tooth whitening illegally, and courts are increasing the severity of the fines and convictions being handed out. Read more

AAOSH Responds to JADA Editorial that Claims Promoting Oral-Systemic Connection is ‘Premature and Misleading’. aaosh.org: Read more

Illinois to fund Medicaid preventive dental services for adults. sj-r.com: Almost half a million low-income Illinoisans soon will be able to receive periodic exams and teeth cleanings while paying, at most, a few dollars out of pocket. Read more

Massachusetts Considers Licensing Dental Therapists. Heartland.org: A proposed law in Massachusetts would license dental therapists in the state who would provide oral health care services such as cleanings and some non-surgical care under the supervision of a licensed dentist, particularly to low-income residents. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Water Fluoridation Confirmed to Prevent Dental Decay in US Children and Adolescents. iadr.org: A recent study “Water fluoridation and dental caries in U.S. children and adolescents” evaluated associations between the availability of community water fluoridation and dental caries (decay) experience in U.S. child and adolescent populations. Read more

Gum disease may be a key initiator of rheumatoid arthritis related autoimmunity. sciencedaily.com: The results of a study presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2018) demonstrates increased levels of gum disease, and disease-causing bacteria, in individuals at risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Read more

Partnership tackles the root cause of dental problem. medicalxpress.com: A new chemical solution jointly developed by the University of Adelaide’s Dental School and Australian company Dentalife could radically reduce the chance of infection associated with root canal work. Read more

Periodontal cell sheet technique promotes bone and ligament formation on dental implant. medicalxpress.com: The study, which shows the feasibility of combining a regenerative cell sheet with a titanium dental implant, is published in Tissue Engineering, Part A. Read more

North American Universities Increasingly Cancel Publisher Packages. the-scientist.com: A growing number of libraries are unbundling their subscriptions to the full suite of publishers’ journals, opting for limited titles to save on costs. Read more

Warning: Scary Warning Labels Work! hbswk.hbs.edu: If you want to convince consumers to stay away from unhealthy diet choices, don’t be subtle about possible consequences, says Leslie John. These graphically graphic warning labels seem to do the trick. Read more

Mind your business

The Me Too Movement and the dental office: Steps dental hygienists can take. dentistryiq.com: “The number one line of defense is clear communication supported with good body language to emphasize your distaste with the offensive behavior and make clear it is unacceptable.” Read more

Bullying in dentistry: Long-term and short-term effects on victims. dentistryiq.com: Read more

Patient information

8 of the best electric toothbrushes, according to online reviews. mashable.com: Read more

La gomme à mâcher sans sucre prévient-elle la carie? quebechebdo.com: Selon le Dr Daniel Kandelman, professeur honoraire à la Faculté de médecine dentaire de l’Université de Montréal et consultant expert auprès de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, c’est l’action combinée de la salive et des agents actifs présents dans la gomme sans sucre qui prévient la carie. Lire plus

Your health & medical news

Building a culture of equity in Canadian public health: An environmental scan. National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health | 2018. nccdh.ca: The scan explores implications for the public health sector in undertaking effective action to address the social determinants of health and improve health equity in this context. Read more

Smoking hits new low in U.S. ctvnews.ca: About 14 per cent of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16 per cent the year before, government figures show. Read more

Sunnybrook creates its own advanced EHR. canhealth.com: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has created its own health information system – called SunnyCare. It has done this over the past few years, tying together best-of-breed components from the private sector and adding its own, home-grown software to create a solution like nothing else available in Canada. Read more

Is vaping really harmless? South Australian push for stronger regulations on e-cigarettes. abc.net.au: When it comes to the benefits of e-cigarettes, Australian opinion is divided. Read more

Health expert holds out hope for B.C. tax on sugary drinks. cbc.ca: A proposal to charge PST on almost all drinks in B.C. seems to be dead on arrival, but health advocates say they’ll keep pushing a more limited plan for taxing sugary drinks. Read more

Health Canada seeking social media influencers to warn teens about vaping. thestar.com: Health Canada is looking for a contractor to develop, implement and report on a national vaping awareness program, including finding social-media influencers who teens might be willing to listen to. Read more

How to modernize health care for the digital age. theglobeandmail.com: Answering health care’s challenges in the 21st century will not be achieved by having more 20th century doctor’s offices and hospitals. It will come from modernizing our system through the use of new digital tools and integrating them into the day-to-day work of caring for patients. Read more

Child poverty linked to discrimination and systemic inequality, study suggests. thestar.com: Federal ridings with the most child and family poverty in Canada are also home to the highest proportions of Indigenous, visible minority, immigrant and single-parent families, according to a new study. Read more

From EpiPens to antibiotics, report finds Canada’s drug shortages could be getting worse. cbc.ca: Researchers find 1 in 10 drugs sold in Canada are back-ordered or discontinued. Read more and see CDA Oasis feature on Drug Shortages and Dentistry

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


August 22-25 – CDA Convention, hosted by the Dental Association of PEI. Read more

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 6-8 – California Dental Association Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, in San Francisco, California. Read more

September 21 – Northwest Dental Exposition 2018, Edmonton, Alberta. Read more

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 9 – Toronto Academy of Dentistry – 81st Annual Winter Clinic, in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

November 25-28 – Greater NY Dental Meeting 2018, in New York, NY. Read more

January 31, February 2, 2019 – Yankee Dental Congress in Boston, Massachussets. Read more

January 25-26, 2019 – Manitoba Dental Association Annual Meeting & Convention, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Read more

March 7-9, 2019 – Pacific Dental Conference, in Vancouver, British Columbia. 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

An $80-a-month start-up that wants to help straighten your teeth- without you having to step foot in an orthodontist’s office – has been growing like crazy. businessinsider.in: The field of direct-to-consumer dentistry is taking off. In particular, a crop of new companies have taken on the clear aligners market, helping people straighten out their teeth without going into a orthodontists’ office. Read more and view Dr. Ackerman’s interview on Oasis Discussions

CE Mark and Health Canada Regulatory Approvals for Datum Dental’s OSSIX Bone. prnewswire.com: Datum Dental, Ltd, leading provider of OSSIX® brand innovative solutions for bone and tissue regeneration for dentistry, proudly announces major regulatory clearances for OSSIX™ Bone with CE Mark in Europe and Health Canada approval. Read more

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