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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/01/23


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Canadians are consuming less sugar than 10 years ago: study

We should stop calling it DIY dentistry

Canada’s new food guide is served

Canadian Dentistry News

Quebec to provide dental coverage for children with cancer. globalnews.ca: Quebec families with children who have cancer will no longer have to foot the bill for certain dental work. Read more

La RAMQ couvrira les soins dentaires des enfants qui survivent au cancer. ici.radio-canada.ca: La création d’un programme pour la prévention et le traitement des séquelles buccodentaires sera annoncée vendredi, au Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine, à Montréal, par la ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux, Danielle McCann. Lire plus

Dr. Peter Cooney applies Irish charm to public health dentistry in Canada. dal.ca: At the Faculty of Dentistry’s annual White Coat ceremony In September 2018, as part of its 200th anniversary celebrations, Dalhousie University conferred on Dr. Cooney an honorary doctorate in recognition of the many important roles he has had during his career: clinician, mentor, public health practitioner and advocate, administrator, and public servant. It was an honour he has earned. Read more

Bonding with Brazil. dal.ca: Hosting an international conference on curing light technology proved to be the perfect launchpad for an international collaboration with Brazil that has led to publications, student and faculty exchanges, and joint research projects. This academic cornucopia would not have happened without the combined skills, materials, and equipment of both faculties. Read more

Canada’s growing gig workforce highlights need for portable benefits plan: report. benefitscanada.com: Canada should be considering the feasibility of a portable benefits plan for employees across the country, according to the Public Policy Forum. Read more

Opinion: It was a mistake to drop fluoridation in Calgary, so bring it back. calgaryherald.com [OPINION]: Calgary Coun. Jeromy Farkas was right to say fluoridation should be reinstated. But we don’t need another plebiscite to know what Calgarians want. Read more

Windsor’s new council should not have reversed the ban on fluoride. windsorstar.com [LETTER]: The one file that a previous city council made a decision on that completely floored me, because it was good, was regarding the abolishment of fluoride from our drinking water. If I had to bet whether they would have done that, a firm no would have been my reply. Read more

Tecumseh to hold public meeting on fluoride Jan. 29. cbc.ca: During the meeting, there will be a presentation from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit on its report about oral health in the region. Read more

Beverages are still the top source of sugar for Canadians, despite warnings. globalnews.ca: Canadians are consuming fewer sugary drinks than they used to — but the beverages are still the top source of sugar consumption in the country. Read more

Canadians are consuming less sugar than 10 years ago: study. globalnews.ca:  A new study looked at the sugar intake of Canadians from 2004 to 2015. And even though sugar intake for beverages among Canadians have decreased, something else has increased. Read more

Ontario Tories to let students opt-out of ancillary fees. theglobeandmail.com: Ontario postsecondary student leaders say a government proposal to allow students to opt-out of some fees is meant to undermine opposition to its policies and will have a negative impact on campus life. Read more

 ‘Magical’ Properties of Gingival Fibroblasts: Hope for Healing Skin Wounds and Reducing Scars. dentistry.ubc.ca [FEATURE]:Dr. Lari Häkkinen first became interested in fibroblasts as a dental student doing research at the University of Turku in Finland in the mid-1980s. Read more

NHL Dentists Keep Players in the Game. cdspi.com: They don’t wear pads or carry a stick, but they’re definitely part of the team—they’re NHL team dentists. Read more

International Dentistry News

We should stop calling it DIY dentistry. dentistryiq.com: At the 2018 ADA House of Delegates, the profession passed a resolution to officially warn the public about the harm they may be doing to their oral health. Read more

U.S. employers tightening up benefits offerings: survey. benefitscanada.com: Fewer U.S. employees are reporting their employers are offering benefits, according to a new survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute and Greenwald & Associates. Read more

News release: Dental Insurance Service Announces A Range Of Options To Help Patients Find The Right Package. digitaljournal.com: They also offer different coverage levels and patients can save plenty of money by taking advantage of discount plans. Read more

Roundtable highlights need for improving health literacy. ada.org: The more dentistry and medicine work together, the better it is for patients. This was the overarching theme of the Dec. 6 workshop, Integrating Oral and General Health Through Health Literacy Practices. Read more

ADA urges opioids task force to include dental care in upcoming report. ada.org: The ADA is asking the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to make sure to include dental care in the group’s upcoming research plan for preventing opioid use disorder. Read more

Dentistry past and future. ada.org: Looking back: Past innovations in dentistry. Read more

Volpe Research Center celebrates 90 years. ada.org: For 90 years, scientists have developed materials, tools and technologies for the dental community, resulting in over 200 products that have provided the foundation for how dentistry is practiced throughout the world. Read more

ADA weighs in on Healthy People 2030 oral health objectives. ada.org: The ADA is applauding the U.S. Health and Human Service’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 for highlighting oral health in Healthy People 2030. Read more

Save the date for ADA FDI World Dental Congress 2019. ada.org: It’s been more than 20 years since the ADA annual meeting has been held in conjunction with the annual congress of the FDI World Dental Federation. The last time was in 1996 in Orlando. That all changes in 2019. Read more

Statement on Possible Link Between Dental Floss and Chemical Exposure. perio.org: … Though the study found markers that may indicate the presence of these chemicals in certain brands of dental floss, the results do not confirm that flossing alone contributed to the higher level of PFAS found in the subjects. Future research is needed to determine why and how PFAS may enter the bloodstream. Until then, consumers are encouraged to understand the risk of PFAS and to explore possible alternatives to the products they use daily. Read more

Brexit: Ministers need to wake up in face of exodus of dentists from NHS. bda.org: The BDA has called on government to wake up to the workforce crisis in dentistry, as new survey evidence from the General Dental Council suggests up to a third of the UK’s 6,300 European qualified dental registrants intend to leave UK dentistry. Read more

Creating Congress: Behind the scenes of Australia’s leading dental event. ada.org.au: Events like the 38th Australian Dental Congress, to be held 1-4th May in beautiful Adelaide, South Australia, don’t just simply happen. Read more

Thirsty? Young Aussies are sipping themselves towards horror smiles. ada.org.au: A new hard-hitting campaign by the Rethink Sugary Drink initiative, of which the ADA is a part, will use graphic images to highlight the damage done to teeth by regular sugary drink consumption. Read more

3M becomes a World Oral Health Day supporter, affirms commitment to oral health for all. fdiworlddental.org: 3M and FDI are strengthening their partnership to include support for the 2019 World Oral Health Day (WOHD) campaign. Read more

The Oral Health Foundation’s response to the NHS Long Term Plan. dentalhealth.org: On Monday 7 January 2019, NHS England released its Long-Term Plan. Its goal is to make sure the NHS is fit for the future and meets the health needs of a changing society. We [Oral Health Foundation] have looked at what the plan includes for oral health and what impact it may have. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Study highlights link between gum disease and premature labour. dentalhealth.org: Pregnant women with gum disease are significantly more likely to go into early labour, according to the findings of a new study. Read more

Why integrated teaching is important for dental professionals. medicalxpress.com: A new paper published in the British Dental Journal highlights how dental hygiene therapists can be successfully trained alongside dentists, thanks to a pioneering model of teaching at the University of Plymouth. Read more

Orthodontics no guarantee of long-term oral health. sciencedaily.com: A commonly held belief among the general public is orthodontic treatment will prevent future tooth decay. Research undertaken at the University of Adelaide has found that this is not the case. Read more

Advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck: Pembrolizumab prolongs survival. iqwig.de: In an early benefit assessment, the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has now examined whether in these patients with PD-L1 expressing tumours, the monoclonal antibody pembrolizumab offers an added benefit over individual treatment of physician’s choice. According to the findings, there is a hint of an added benefit, which is non-quantifiable, however. Read more

Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. aegisdentalnetwork.com: January 2019, Volume 40, Issue. View the digital edition. Read more

Journal de l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec. lordredesdentisteskiosk.milibris.com: No 561 – Janvier 2019. Lire plus

Mind Your Business

11 Key Performance Indicators Every Dentist Should Know. aegisdentalnetwork.com: For most people, good health is important. As the saying goes, “If you’re healthy, you’re wealthy.” The same is true for a dental practice. A strong, healthy practice will have flourishing production and, subsequently, a robust bottom line. To help determine the health of their practice, dentists should consider its key performance indicators (KPIs). Read more

Your health & Medical News

Canada’s new food guide is served. cbc.ca: Instead of eating four food groups, Canadians are now encouraged to follow three guidelines on what to eat regularly, what to avoid and the importance of cooking and preparing meals at home. Read more

Got milk? Not so much. Health Canada’s new food guide drops ‘milk and alternatives’ and favours plant-based protein. nationalpost.com: At a technical briefing in advance of today’s release of Canada’s updated food guide food-guide.canada.ca, Dr. Hasan Hutchinson was asked why anything dairy appeared to be largely absent from the composite plate and snapshots of “healthy eating.” Read more

Nouveau Guide alimentaire canadien: adieu portions, place aux proportions. lapresse.ca, 22 janvier : Le groupe alimentaire des produits laitiers et le concept des portions quotidiennes ont été éliminés de la nouvelle mouture du Guide alimentaire canadien, officiellement dévoilé aujourd’hui. Lire plus

The challenge of implementing a patient-centric EMR. cmajnews.com: High-tech giant Apple wants to bring the EMR to the iPhone. Read more

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

CAMH survey shows increase in Ontarians who say they’re struggling with their mental health. theglobeandmail.com: One in 10 Ontario adults say they are struggling with their mental health, according to an annual survey released Tuesday that shows a growing proportion of respondents suffer from mental distress and thoughts of suicide. Read more

The Language of Suicide. schulich.uwo.ca: As mental health campaigns are seeking to break down stigma around the topic of suicide, health practitioners and journalists are crafting guidelines for media on how best to report this complex topic. Read more

U.S. doctors have a new opioid addiction treatment in their arsenal — it could be here next. cbc.ca: Injectable treatment Sublocade has been approved by Health Canada. Read more

Vaping has created teen nicotine addicts with few treatment options. cbsnews.com: The FDA is holding a hearing Friday morning to address the alarming spike in teen vaping and how to help those who want to kick the habit. Read more

New vaping products with techy allure exploding in popularity among youth. cmajnews.com: A high-dose nicotine vaping device is taking off in Canada, and public health experts are concerned it will lead to a rise in nicotine addiction among youth. 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 31, February 2: Yankee Dental Congress in Boston, Massachusetts. Read more

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. 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: 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. Read more

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


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

Crest formula creators to be inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame. invent.org: Joseph Muhler and William Nebergall will be posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame this year for their research and development of what would eventually become the formula for Crest toothpaste. Read more about Muhler and Nebergall

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