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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/01/09


Top News

Minnesota Dental Association Releases Opioid Support Materials for Dentists and Patients

No insurance? Dentists offering memberships for preventative care

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill authorizing dental therapists

New ADA guide prepares dental teams for medical emergencies

Sedation of children undergoing dental treatment

Canadian Dentistry News

Brace yourself: Arrival of ‘do-it-yourself’ orthodontics sparks dental turf war. nationalpost.com: To judge from the acrimonious American experience since the company launched four years ago, and from the early concerns of Canadian professional associations, the road ahead could be perilous, with possible civil, regulatory, and even legislative responses. Read more

Opioids after wisdom teeth removal should be a last resort, not a routine prescription. cbc.ca: Persistent opioid use after elective surgery poses a dependency risk, especially in young people. Read more

Dentist plans to open ‘affordable’ clinic in Regina. globalnews.ca: A Regina dentist is looking to use automation to reduce appointment costs at his soon to open practice, Simpli Dental. Read more or watch 1:36

It is time to implement a universal dental plan. thestar.com [OPINION]: Canada’s private dental care system leaves about 6 million Canadians without access each year due to financial constraints. […] The burden relating to limited dental care access does not end at those affecting personal well-being but also significantly extends into the economic realm. Read more

Globe editorial: Let’s make 2019 the year Canada finally gets pharmacare. theglobeandmail.com: … When it comes to getting medical treatment from a doctor or a hospital, Canada has universal health insurance. […] But when it comes to drugs, the Canadian system is the broken American system. Read more

Manitoba Dental Association wants to open dental emergency room in Winnipeg. globalnews.ca: Association president Dr. Cory Sul […] would like to see the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the province partner up to help patients and divert people from hospital emergency rooms. Read more

Fluoride debate continues in Tecumseh, LaSalle. cbc.ca: Windsor city council voted to resume fluoridation last month, but since the same water supply is shared with Tecumseh and LaSalle, at least one of those towns must also agree to the change. Read more

Dr. Ian Doyle – Your Dentists. Your Communities. nsdental.org: Volunteering and dentistry go hand-in-hand A Cape Breton dentist reflects on 40 years of service. Read more

dentalcorp and its dentist partners offering support to Core Dental Group Patients and Staff. newswire.ca: dentalcorp […] announced it would be opening its doors to patients and staff left stranded after a series of Core Dental Group clinics in Edmonton suddenly shut down. Read more

DentalX in North York brightens smiles of people in need. toronto.com: Clinic provided free dental services to young women and children facing poverty. Read more

Smoke alarm: Dental hygienist cautions patients about cannabis use. thechronicleherald.ca: Besides their considerable skills in keeping our teeth healthy, dental hygienists are usually pretty good conversationalists. After all, making sure their patients are relaxed and comfortable comes with the territory. The big topic around the dental chair this year? Cannabis, of course. Read more

Nouveau professeur au Groupe de recherche en écologie buccale. fmd.ulaval.ca: Le professeur Abdelhabib Semlali a été recruté comme professeur-chercheur à la Faculté de médecine dentaire. Lire plus

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief January 9, 2019. cdaa.ca: Read more

International Dentistry News

Cutting childhood sugar intake will provide long term benefits and prevent countless extractions. dentalhealth.org: The new initiative encourages parents to swap out sugary foods and drinks for healthier alternatives which are far less harmful to the health of children. Read more

‘They took her teeth without telling me’. bbc.com: The death of a disabled woman who had all her teeth removed has led to questions being raised about the dental treatment of vulnerable patients. Read more

Journal of Dental Research Celebrates 100 Years in 2019. iadr.org. To celebrate, the JDR will feature a yearlong commemorative article series and a podcast series that highlights topics that have transformed dental, oral and craniofacial research over the past 100 years. Read more

Checklists motivate people to Act on Mouth Health for World Oral Health Day. fdiworlddental.org: This year, the Say Ahh Act on Mouth Health World Oral Health Day (WOHD) campaign challenges individuals, communities and countries to take action to promote and prioritize oral health. Read more

FDI Smile Award: supporting efforts to improve oral health through awarding grants for member projects. fdiworlddental.org: The FDI Smile Award application period has been extended to January 18, 2019. Read more

New year, new editions: Interview with International Dental Journal Editor-in-Chief Prof. Ira Lamster. fdiworlddental.org: FDI sat down with Professor Ira Lamster, editor-in-chief of the International Dental Journal (IDJ), to discuss what’s important for FDI’s primary scientific publication in 2019. Read more

Dentists: Savage public health cuts perverse. bda.org: The BDA has slammed news that the government will proceed with £85 million of cuts to public health grants, which have disproportionately hit oral health services. Read more

Business school, improv training part of UIC’s pediatric dentistry program. ada.org: Medical improvising, or “medprov,” is just one part of the leadership training program that aims to help future pediatric dentists develop leadership skills such as team-building, communication strategies, conflict resolution and emotional intelligence. Read more

Minnesota Dental Association Releases Opioid Support Materials for Dentists and Patients. prnewswire.com: The Minnesota Dental Association (MDA) has published a new brochure on pain management and the dangers of opioid use. Read more

No insurance? Dentists offering memberships for preventative care. wfaa.com: More dentists in Texas are adding membership options that allow patients to receive care without insurance. Read more

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill authorizing dental therapists. mdjonline.com: SB 541 authorizes a midlevel dental provider called a “dental therapist” to perform a variety of routine procedures that previously were only performed by dentists. Read more

No More Brace Face? Teens Increasingly Use Clear Aligners. nytimes.com: As treatment with aligners moves from the adult to the younger market, orthodontists are treating more children without traditional wire braces. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Research Supports Claims That Teeth Worsen Without Fluoridated Water. npr.org 1: Using Medicaid payment data from towns in Alaska that have rejected fluoride in recent years, a new study supports dentists’ claims that teeth get worse when the water supply is not fluoridated. Read more

Study reaffirms efficacy of water fluoridation in preventing decay. ada.org: Kids with Medicaid in Juneau with no access to optimally fluoridated water had more dental caries-related procedures than youth who grew up before the Alaskan capital ceased its fluoridation program, according to research published in December in BMC Oral Health. Read more

Utilizing a Systems and Design Thinking Approach for Improving Well-Being within Health Professions’ Education and Health Care. nam.edu: This paper highlights two approaches—design thinking and systems thinking—that could be used for developing strategies to address stress and burnout and to improve the well-being of students, trainees, faculty, and health care professionals. Read more

Teledentistry can improve access to care for underserved children, researchers say. ada.org: Teledentistry can reduce the costs and barriers to accessing oral health care, improve oral health outcomes and lead to the establishment of a dental home for underserved children, according to research published in the December 2018 issue of health care journal Health Affairs. Read more

JADA: More older adults keeping their natural teeth longer. ada.org: Older Americans are keeping their teeth longer, according to the cover story of the January issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more

New ADA guide prepares dental teams for medical emergencies. ada.org: With American Heart Month coming in February, the ADA has published the new “Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office,” a 37-page guide coupled with a video training program. The product is currently available for sale via the ADA Catalog. Read more

FDA Warns Against Use of Teething Necklaces, Bracelets, and Other Jewelry Marketed for Relieving Teething Pain or Providing Sensory Stimulation: FDA Safety Communication. fda.gov: The FDA has received reports of death and serious injuries to infants and children, including strangulation and choking, caused by necklaces and bracelets often marketed for relieving teething pain. Read more

Dental flossing and other behaviors linked with higher levels of toxic chemicals in the body. medicalxpress.com: A new study suggests certain types of consumer behaviors, including flossing with Oral-B Glide dental floss, contribute to elevated levels in the body of toxic PFAS chemicals. Read more

Hemophilia Patients Show Worse Oral Hygiene than Healthy Controls, Study Reports. hemophilianewstoday.com: Oral hygiene among children and adults with severe hemophilia is poorer than in healthy controls, a single-center study suggests. The study, “Oral hygiene and dentition status in children and adults with hemophilia: A case–control study,” was published in the journal Special Care Dentistry. Read more

Sedation of children undergoing dental treatment. cochrane.org: The aim of this Cochrane Review was to find out which drugs used to sedate children during dental treatment were the most effective. Read more

Routine scale and polish has little or no effect on gingivitis. cochraneohg.wordpress.com: There is debate about whether scaling and polishing is effective and the best interval between treatments. Read more

Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Guidelines. cdho.org: The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario’s Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Guidelines have been posted online. Read more

A new ‘atlas’ of genetic influences on osteoporosis. mcgill.ca: Identifying more than 500 genetic determinants of bone mineral density, researchers expect to provide new opportunities for the development of novel drugs to prevent or treat osteoporosis. Read more

Suboptimal, inconsistent treatment for anaphylaxis due to unknown cause. mcgill.ca: A new Canadian study, led by a team at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), is shedding light on anaphylaxis due to an unknown trigger (AUT)—an unpredictable and potentially fatal allergic reaction, about which surprisingly little is known. Read more

Cranberries and blueberries – why certain fruit extracts could provide the key to fighting tooth decay. dentalhealth.org: Scientists have found that nutrients in cranberries and blueberries can be highly effective in protecting the teeth against a strand of bacteria responsible for accelerating tooth decay. Read more

Oral health status and its determinants among opiate dependents: a cross-sectional study. bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com: In addition to numerous general health problems, drug dependents manifest various oral health disorders. Our aim was to investigate the oral health status and its determinants among in-treatment opiate dependents. Read more

FDA In Brief: FDA warns that fluoroquinolone antibiotics can cause aortic aneurysm in certain patients. fda.gov: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Drug Safety Communication warning health care professionals to avoid prescribing fluoroquinolone antibiotics to patients who have an aortic aneurysm or are at risk for an aortic aneurysm, such as patients with a history of blood vessel blockages or aneurysms, high blood pressure, certain genetic conditions such as Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and elderly patients. Read more

Journal of the California Dental Association spotlights CAMBRA. cda.org: The January issue features caries management by risk assessment, or CAMBRA. Read more

Sepsis: the applicability to dental care professionals. nature.com: This discussion paper gives an overview of current understanding around sepsis with the aim of raising awareness. Read more

Opioïdes, Valium et Ativan, un dangereux cocktail. ici.radio-canada.ca : La crise des opioïdes qui frappe le Canada a fait plus de 9000 morts au cours des trois dernières années. On parle cependant peu du rôle souvent joué dans ces décès par l’interaction des opioïdes avec les benzodiazépines, des médicaments couramment utilisés, comme le Valium, l’Ativan et le Xanax. Lire plus

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. Read more

Patient Information

Charcoal and white teeth. medicalxpress.com: … before you start using a charcoal-based toothpaste, it’s best to realize that claims that it results in whiter and brighter teeth are unproven, and it may in fact be harmful. Read more

Your health & Medical News

6 Exercises All Dentists Should Regularly Do To Stay Healthy. oralhealthgroup.com: The dental profession is one that can wreak havoc on your back and cause postural issues if not addressed with appropriate exercises. Read more

Emergency physicians and public health experts call for tight regulations on cannabis edibles and concentrates. cmajnews.com: Public health experts want Canadian regulations on cannabis edibles to set limits on the range of products allowed for sale. Read more

Are medical editors responsible if articles they publish cause harm? cmajnews.com: The harms of some publications can be difficult to predict, as in the case of a controversy over an article that may have led patients to stop statins. Read more

Medicine slow to recognize social media as window into the patient experience. cmajnews.com: Doctors may not like it when patients complain about them on social media, but it could be viewed as valuable data on the patient experience. Read more

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmajnews.com: Health News Recap. Read more

Diet Soda Linked to Risk for Diabetic Blindness. webmd.com: The study, published in Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, is the first to evaluate the link between soft drinks and what’s called proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Read more

Flavored tobacco use rising in U.S. kids as vaping takes off. reuters.com: The growing popularity of e-cigarettes among U.S. youth may be associated with increased use of potentially dangerous flavored tobacco products, a new study suggests. Read more

Juul combats criticism with new TV and radio ad campaign featuring adult smokers who quit after switching to e-cigarettes. cnbc.com: Parents, teachers and regulators have criticized Juul because its e-cigarettes are popular among teenagers. Altria bought a 35 percent stake in Juul. As part of the deal, Altria will help promote Juul to its cigarette customers. 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


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

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

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

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

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

April 4-6: Irish Dental Association Annual Conference, in Galway, Ireland. Read more

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

April 10-15: Seminar: Everyday Esthetics with Direct and Indirect Approaches (Hands-On). The College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan is organizing a hand-on seminar that will coincide with the Coachella Music Festival from April 10–15, 2019. The seminar will discuss what matters most in dental esthetics, using a six-point checklist of things to consider with every smile. Read more and PDF Poster

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

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

May 21–25: Alberta Dental Association and College Annual Congress in Calgary, Alberta. Save the date

May 24–28: Journées dentaires internationales du Québec, in Montréal, Québec. Save the date

June 19–22: IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia. Save the date

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

September 12–14: College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan + Canadian Dental Association Joint Convention, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Read more


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1 Comment

  1. Andrey February 2, 2019

    Great list, guys. Found the article on dental flossing dangers, can’t believe it’s true. A little scary if you ask me… Shouldn’t flossing be good though? Thank you for leaving the snippets of each article to help the audience out, love it!


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