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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2018/08/22


Top News

Biomaterial could keep tooth alive after root canal

Bioengineered tooth replacement opens doors to new therapies

Low levels of vitamin D3 and periodontitis may trigger the onset of Type 2 diabetes

Canadian dentistry news

Craniofacial Awareness Month. aboutface.ca: September is Craniofacial Awareness month! […] The goal of Craniofacial Awareness month is to heighten public awareness regarding the facial difference community and the stigma they face. Read more

CIHR Funding Success. schulich.uwo.ca: Congratulations to Schulich Dentistry Faculty Members on their success in the recent 2018 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Funding Competition. Read more

Delivering smiles — A Thunder Bay dentist offers free dental work in Wunnumin Lake First Nation. cbc.ca: A Thunder Bay dentist has just returned to the city after offering his services free of charge in Wunnimun Lake First Nation. Dr. Derval Clarke has a long history of making humanitarian dental missions to his home country of Jamaica. This year, he decided to stay closer to home. Listen 07:01:

Five Apps for Retired Dentists. cdspi.com: Here is a core list of five apps that can help make your life post-retirement simpler, enriching and more streamlined Read more

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief August 22, 2018. cdaa.ca: Read more

Edmonton dentist has to pay $330,000 after patient left with permanent brain damage. globalnews.ca: “This is certainly an exceptional case and it’s extremely rare. The magnitude of this is not approached by previous sort of historical events,” Randall Croutze, CEO of the Alberta Dental Association and College, said. Read more

Québec solidaire’s campaign slogan: “Populaire”. montrealgazette.com: The slogan also references the party’s “popular” proposals, notably the idea of instituting universal dental insurance. According to a Léger survey done in June, 76 per cent of Quebecers are in favour of the province reimbursing part or all of its citizens’ dental expenses. Read more

Les élections : un moment idéal pour débattre des soins buccodentaires. ledroit.com : Au cours des dernières semaines, dans le cadre des discussions sur le renouvellement de l’entente entre le gouvernement et les dentistes sur le régime public de soins dentaires, le ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux a invoqué le fait que les actions menées par les dentistes étaient dues au contexte électoral et, de ce seul fait, ne seraient donc pas légitimes. Lire plus

Santé : les usages variés de l’hypnose médicale. ici.radio-canada.ca, 21 août. Discussions sur l’hypnose médicale avec Pierre Rainville, professeur au Département de stomatologie de la Faculté de médecine dentaire de l’Université de Montréal et Michel Landry, président de la Société québécoise d’hypnose. Écouter 23 m 15 s

Dental options changing, one disappearing fast. heraldextra.com: Fewer U.S. and Canadian dental students are choosing private practice and are instead opting to join large dental chains, which are gobbling up dental practices like Walmart gobbled up mom and pop shops 50 years ago. Read more

Counting the Calories: Canadians Consumption of High-Calorie Beverages Continues to Decline. conferenceboard.ca: Canadians continue to reduce the number of calories they are consuming from liquid refreshment beverages (LRBs) and consumption has already declined by over 30% since 2004, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report. Read more

International dentistry news

HPI: Average dentist retires later. ada.org: According to the ADA Health Policy Institute, the average dentist currently retires just before they turn 69, although back in 2001 their average retirement age was about 65. Read more and View Infographic

America’s Invisible Pot Addicts. theatlantic.com: More and more Americans are reporting near-constant cannabis use, as legalization forges ahead. Read more

When Regulations Block Access to Oral Health Care, Children at Risk Suffer. The school dental sealant program dilemma. pewtrusts.org: A strong research base finds dental sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay. […] Yet most low-income children—who are least likely to receive routine dental care—lack sealants. According to the most recent data, 61 percent of low-income 6- to 11-year-olds (6.5 million) lacked sealants. Read more

The dental divide – and the decay of public dental services. abc.net.au: The noisy public debate about patients’ out-of-pocket costs and their consequences reaches a crescendo when it comes to oral health and dental care. Read more

Largest oral HPV study in England shows infection rates lower than expected. eurekalert.org: Experts support introduction of new HPV vaccine for boys but stress more protection is needed against other high-risk strains. Read more

Premier Dental & ADHA Announce Winners of the ‘What Inspires You?’ Video Contest. oralhealthgroup.com: The video contest began in a colorful video booth at Premier Dental’s exhibition space where about 200 ADHA Annual Conference attendees shared their personal stories and insights around what’s deeply inspired them over the course of their dental hygiene careers. Read more and watch the winners’ videos. Read more

California wants to curb kids’ soda habits. cbsnews.com: California is stepping up efforts to curb children’s consumption of sugary drinks with a bill that, if signed into law, would restrict what beverages restaurants may offer to kids. The measure requires restaurants to serve water or milk with kids’ meals instead of soda or juice. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Scientists discover a way to reduce sugar content in cakes by 40% without affecting the taste. dailymail.co.uk: Experts at Israeli food technology firm DouxMatok were behind the discovery. Confectioners have hinted they will alter recipes because of the breakthrough. If the new recipes are a success, it could spell the end of artificial sweeteners. Read more

Seven percent of children in orthodontic care at ‘high risk’ for sleep disorders, according to new research. medicalxpress.com: A child who is restless, hyperactive and can’t concentrate could have a problem rooted in a source parents might not suspect: a sleep disorder. That’s according to a new study by Case Western Reserve researchers at the School of Dental Medicine, who found that about 7 percent of children between ages 9 and 17 in orthodontic care were at high risk for sleep-disordered breathing. Read more

Biomaterial could keep tooth alive after root canal. sciencedaily.com: … scientists report development of a peptide hydrogel designed to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels and dental pulp within a tooth after the procedure. Read more

Bioengineered tooth replacement opens doors to new therapies. iadr.com: Tooth loss is a significant health issue currently affecting millions of people worldwide. While artificial dental implants are the existing standard tooth replacement therapy, they do not exhibit many properties of natural teeth and can be associated with complications leading to implant failure. Two articles published in the September 2018 issue of the Journal of Dental Research share recent advances in bioengineering teeth. Read more

Low levels of vitamin D3 and periodontitis may trigger the onset of Type 2 diabetes. medicalxpress.com: In a rare study of its kind, new University of Toronto research has identified how vitamin D3 and periodontitis influence Type 2 diabetes. Read more

Novel nanoparticle-based approach detects and treats oral plaque without drugs. sciencedaily.com: A team of researchers from the University of Illinois has recently devised a practical nanotechnology-based method for detecting and treating the harmful bacteria that cause plaque and lead to tooth decay and other detrimental conditions. Read more

Tongue microbiome research underscores importance of dental health. asm.org: Elderly individuals with fewer teeth, poor dental hygiene, and more cavities constantly ingest more dysbiotic microbiota, which could be harmful to their respiratory health, according to new research published in the journal mSphere. Read more

E-cigarettes can damage DNA. medicalxpress.com: The popularity of electronic cigarettes continues to grow worldwide, as many people view them as a safer alternative to smoking. But the long-term effects of e-cigarette usage, commonly called “vaping,” are unknown. Today, researchers report that vaping may modify the genetic material, or DNA, in the oral cells of users, which could increase their cancer risk. The researchers presented their results this week at the 256th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Read more and watch the news briefing with researchers Silvia Balbo, Ph.D. and Romel Dator, Ph.D., University of Minnesota (25:19).

3D-printed implants shown to help grow ‘real bone’. medicalxpress.com: Chemically coated, ceramic implants successfully guided the regrowth of missing bone in lab animals while “steadily dissolving,” researchers report. Surgeons and scientists at NYU School of Medicine and NYU College of Dentistry say their implanted scaffolds were naturally absorbed by the test animals’ bodies as new bone gradually replaced the devices. The research team describes its progress in a series of reports, the latest of which appears in the Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine online July 25. Read more

When should children have their first dental visit? exclusive.multibriefs.com: The research produced a predictive model that suggests, “the odds of a child having tooth decay at the first dental visit more than doubles for every year of increased age.” This is according to a news release about the study. Read more

Highlighted review: Treatment of communications between the oral cavity and the maxillary sinus due to dental procedures. oralhealth.cochrane.org: Review question: What evidence is available for the safe and effective treatment of openings between the mouth and main sinus caused by dental procedures? Read more

How EHR Use, Care Coordination Promote Safe Opioid Prescribing. ehrintelligence.com: Leveraging EHR use to improve provider communication and care coordination can reduce the likelihood of opioid over-prescribing. Read more

How Unpaywall is transforming open science. nature.com: Unpaywall has become indispensable to many academics, and tie-ins with established scientific search engines could broaden its reach. Read more

Article highlights importance of fluorides. ada.org: A systematic review published earlier this year in Gerodontology underscores the importance of fluorides in oral hygiene. Read more

Mind your business

Six Satisfying Possibilities for Life After Dentistry. cdspi.com: You’ve probably dreamed of retirement… but have you planned your retirement lifestyle? Your dentistry career has provided stimulation and fulfillment for many decades, and in retirement it is important to find new ways to fill those needs. There are many inspiring stories of dentists in retirement, and here are just a few ideas you might want to explore. Read more

Your health & medical news

Gut enzymes could hold key to producing universal blood. news.ubc.ca: For blood transfusions to be safe, the donor and patient blood types must match. Now researchers at the University of British Columbia have identified a new, more powerful group of enzymes that can turn any type of blood into the universally usable type O—expanding the pool of potential blood donors and making blood matching safer and easier. Read more

Helping surgical patients taper off opioids safely and successfully. uhn.ca: A study following 251 surgical patients at risk of developing chronic pain or persistent opioid use at Toronto General Hospital found almost half of patients who did not take opioids before surgery were able to wean off opioids, and one in four of those who did take opioids before surgery were able to wean completely. Read more

FDA takes additional action to mitigate shortages of EpiPen by extending expiration date for specific lots of medication. fda.org: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today took additional action to mitigate shortages of EpiPen (epinephrine) auto-injector by extending the expiration date of specific lots of 0.3 milligram products marketed by Mylan by four months beyond the labeled expiration date. This change beyond the approved 20-month shelf life is based on stability data provided by Mylan and reviewed by the FDA. Read more

FDA approves first generic version of EpiPen. fda.gov: Teva Pharmaceuticals USA gained approval to market its generic epinephrine auto-injector in 0.3 mg and 0.15 mg strengths. Read more

Roundup Chemical in Your Cereal: What to Know. webmd.com: Lab tests of cereals and snack bars made with oats found that many are tainted with the weedkiller glyphosate. Read more

New Triple-Combo Pill Aids Blood Pressure: Study. webmd.com: A low-dose three-in-one combination pill controls blood pressure more effectively than the regular medications people take, according to data from a new clinical trial. Read more

NHLPA Challenge to fuel concussion research. news.westernu.ca: Tens of thousands of Canadians, and millions more around the world, will benefit from Western’s groundbreaking work on concussions thanks to the completion of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Challenge fundraising campaign, university officials announced today. The Challenge was kicked off by the NHLPA with a $500,000 gift that served as the foundation for a $3.125-million fund to support researchers studying concussions at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Read more

Gigi Osler takes over as president of Canadian Medical Association – great-great-great niece of legendary physician and past CMA president. theglobeandmal.com: Sir William Osler is commonly known as the father of modern medicine. When the legendary physician was president of the Canadian Medical Association in 1884, the profession was almost exclusively male and white. Now, almost 135 years later, his great-great-great niece, Flordeliz (Gigi) Osler, is poised to become the president of the CMA on Wednesday, and she – and the profession – could not be more different. Read more

The ‘cereal’ killer on your breakfast table. nature.com: UK children’s breakfast cereals – an oral health perspective. Read more

CLHIA refutes data in study of rising drug claim costs. insurance-journal.ca: Stephen Frank, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) President and CEO, has accused Innovative Medicines Canada of using “misleading” data in its recently released study on drug claim costs. 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


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: 2018 Saskatchewan Oral Health Conference, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Read mores

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

September 13-15: Dentsply Sirona World 2018, in Orlando, Florida. Read more

September 20-22: Orthodontic World Congress Europe 2018, in Malta. 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, Massachusetts. Read more

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

February 21-23, 2019: Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, in Chicago, Il. Read more

March 7-9, 2019: Pacific Dental Conference, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

March 12-16, 2019: 38th International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany. Read more

March 13-19, 2019: Academy of Osseointegration 2019 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Read more

April 10-13, 2019: American Association of Endodontists Annual Meeting, in Montreal, Quebec. Read more

May 1-4, 2019: 38th Australian Dental Congress in Adelaide, Australia. Read more

May 9-11, 2019: Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting, Toronto, Ontario. Read more

September 6-9, 2019: American Dental Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. 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

Additive Manufacturing a Novel Dental Implant Abutment. oralhealthgroup.com: What role will additive manufacturing with metal have on the dental implant industry? Dr. Les Kalman at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is investigating that question. Read more

Henry Schein Named to FORTUNE’s ‘Change The World’ List. prnewswire.com: Company Recognized for Efforts to Expand Access to Oral Health Care for Underserved Populations Around the World. Read more

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