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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/01/30


Top News

The controversial fluoride debate may be taking a turn across Canada

Skip the dentist’s office: Walgreens and CVS are offering ways to fix your teeth in their stores

The Cause of Alzheimer’s Could Be Coming From Inside Your Mouth, Study Claims

February JADA: Efficacy of caries risk assessment tools compared

CMA: New Food Guide based on strong consultation and evidence-based process

Canadian Dentistry News

Sugary drink tax gets mostly negative reception in Inuvik. cbc.ca: At a public meeting in Inuvik on a proposed new tax on sugary drinks, no one raised their hand when asked if a tax would motivate them to change their behaviour. Read more

Retirement from U of M won’t stop dentist’s crusade for patient safety. news.umanitoba.ca: She has become a nationally respected expert on standards for sterilization of instruments, water lines and treatment areas, as well as hand hygiene, prevention of injuries and procedures for dealing with contamination. Read more

The Gathering Place dental clinic – St John’s Morning Show. cbc.ca, Jan 30: It’s been two months since the dental clinic at The Gathering Place opened its doors, bringing much-needed dental care to people on the margins. Linda Blakey and Stewart Gillies are both dentists who help run the free clinics. Listen 8:06

New Boyle McCauley dental clinic doubles patient capacity with support from U of A dentistry school. edmontonjournal.com: Students led a fundraising campaign to enable the expansion of the dental clinic to eight chairs from four, moving it out of the nearby Boyle McCauley Health Centre. Read more

London to open first dental clinic for low-income individuals. westerngazette.ca: Fundraising efforts by the newly-formed London Community Dental Alliance are underway to open London’s first dental clinic for low-income residents. Read more

Where Table Clinics can take you: 2018 winner Kellie Zelmer. dal.ca: When dentistry student Kellie Zelmer was preparing for the annual Table Clinics event last year, little did she know that her winning research poster on noise-induced hearing loss in dental education and dentistry would take her to Charlottetown, PEI, and Memphis, Tennessee, and lead to a country-spanning network of friends. Read more

Canadian cities rethink removal of fluoride from tap water. cbc.ca: As some city councils vote against fluoridation, one mayor asks for health ministries to take over. Read more

The controversial fluoride debate may be taking a turn across Canada. cbc.ca:  In recent years cities across this country have been removing the substance, but there are signs that trend is changing. Watch 2:48

Fluoride removal in Huntsville: Muskoka health unit to review cavity data. muskokaregion.com: Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit to investigate whether measurable change in cavity occurrence since Huntsville, Lake of Bays opted out of fluoridation in 2014. Read more

Tecumseh council to decide on fluoride Feb. 12. cbc.ca: The Town of Tecumseh heard from residents and experts on whether or not to put fluoride back into the water after a five-year moratorium Tuesday night. Read more

2018-2019 CADR-NCOHR Student Research Award Winners. ncohr-rcrsb.ca: In 2018-19, nineteen students received awards. Read more

Highlights: Research Day 2019. dentistry.ubc.ca: The aim this year was to provide more time for the audience to interact with researchers and to include a significant number of student presenters. Read more

International Dentistry News

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

Florida Lawmakers Drill Into Competing Dental Bills. news.wfsu.org: Lawmakers are being asked to consider two competing proposals surrounding access to dental care. One would allow mid-level practitioners to be licensed, while the other would provide incentives to would-be dentists. Read more

Proposal to fill dental hole draws debate. cbs12.com: There is a void of dentists in Florida. A coalition calling itself Floridians for Dental Access has a plan to fill the cavity: dental therapists. Read more

A new dental drug could help oral surgeons fight the opioid epidemic. hawainewsnow.com: the oral surgeons at Oral Surgery Hawaii are using Exparel injections after surgery which numb the lower jaw. Read more

Health Secretary backs private firm profiting from patients who can’t get an NHS dentist. mirror.co.uk: Access MyDentist targets areas with big shortages of Health Service practices and offers more expensive private work. Read more

Dental office among sites involved in measles cluster. ada.org: Since Jan. 1, Clark County Public Health in Vancouver, Washington, has identified 23 confirmed cases of measles and two suspected cases. Read more

Skip the dentist’s office: Walgreens and CVS are offering ways to fix your teeth in their stores. cnbc.com: You can now get your teeth cleaned and straightened at some. CVS Health is running a pilot with SmileDirectClub to fit people for the start-up’s invisible braces in CVS’ drugstores. Read more

From grin to grimace: The pain of paying for adult dental care. stuff.co.nz: The cost of visiting the dentist is enough to swipe the smile off many people’s faces, yet the implications of deferring treatment can be long-lasting. Read more

Gum disease and Alzheimer’s: link shows we can’t leave dentistry as an NHS optional extra. bda.org: The BDA has urged the Department of Health and patients not to treat oral health as an optional extra, after new research published in the latest edition of the journal Science Advances links gum disease to Alzheimer’s. Read more

Thirsty campaign attracts considerable attention and a predictable response. ada.org.au: The hard-hitting new initiative from the Rethink Sugary Drink coalition of healthcare bodies such as the ADA, which encourages young men especially to reconsider their sugary drink consumption, has met with the expected response from soft drink manufacturers. Read more

2019 Teledentistry Conference, June 7-9, 2019, Rochester, NY. urmc.rochester.edu: The goal of Teledentistry 2019 is to expose attendees to state- of-the-art advancements in teledentistry. Read more

Fluoride toothpaste developers gain ‘Hall of Fame’ status. ada.org: Two dentists among developers to receive honor in Washington, D.C. event. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Engrais à muguet? La fumée de vapotage favoriserait les infections à levure dans la bouche. lefil.ulaval.ca: … une étude menée par des chercheurs de l’Université Laval met en lumière un autre méfait du vapotage. Lire plus

The Cause of Alzheimer’s Could Be Coming From Inside Your Mouth, Study Claims. sciencealert.com: Now, scientists are saying they’ve got one of the most definitive leads yet for a bacterial culprit behind Alzheimer’s, and it comes from a somewhat unexpected quarter: gum disease. Read more

Periodontal Disease Bacteria Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease. perio.org: Periodontal experts stress the importance of gum health in older adults and other at-risk groups. Read more

February JADA: Efficacy of caries risk assessment tools compared. ada.org: Other highlights of the February issue include a look at silver and fluoride content and short-term stability of 38 percent silver diamine fluoride. Read more

Water with high iron content is one of the main risk factors for the appearance of black stains on dental plaque. medicalxpress.com: Researchers of the Oral Microbiology Group of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University (Valencia, Spain) have published the results of their study on the main risk factors for the appearance of black-coloured stains on gum-adjacent dental plaque in the journal Scientific Reports. Read more

Mind Your Business

Preparing for a medical emergency in the dental office. rcdso.org: The College expects that all Ontario dentists and their office staff are prepared to recognize and manage medical emergencies when they arise. Read more

Immunizations Essential Part of Infection Prevention and Control Program. rcdso.org: Immunizations substantially reduce the number of oral health care workers (OHCWs) susceptible to infectious diseases, as well as the potential for disease transmission to other staff and patients. Read more

Your health & Medical News

Vaping among teens, kids “threatens five decades of public health gains,” experts say. cbsnews.com: The American Academy of Pediatrics called Monday for a major new effort to discourage children and teenagers from using e-cigarettes. Read more

CMA: New Food Guide based on strong consultation and evidence-based process. cma.ca: Moving forward, the CMA encourages the federal government to enhance the effectiveness of the new Food Guide by implementing front-of-package labelling and prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children, two initiatives currently before Parliament. Read more

Pharma freebies for doctors linked to opioid-prescribing habits. cmajnews.com: But a recent study suggests that even small freebies may contribute to physicians’ opioid-prescribing habits. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, found a strong association between aggressive marketing of opioids to doctors in the United States and increases in opioid prescribing and overdose deaths. Read more

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmaj.com: Read more

Feeding babies allergens early will prevent reactions later, new guidance says. theglobeandmail.com: The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) released new guidance on Thursday that, for the first time, actively encourages the parents of high-risk babies to start feeding their children common allergy-causing foods as soon as they are ready to eat solids. Read more

Officials ponder easing mobility for doctors, nurses between provinces. ctvnews.ca: Efforts to create regional licensing for health care professionals in Atlantic Canada could be the vanguard for similar changes nationally. 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 7-9: 2019 Teledentistry Conference in Rochester, NY. 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

Colgate Kicks-Off Campaign for New Colgate Total(SF) with Brand’s First Commercial for the Big Game. prnewswire.com: Actor Luke Wilson Gets Up Close and Personal in Humorous Spot that Shows How New Colgate Total(SF) Toothpaste Does More for Your Mouth. Read more

Dentsply Sirona invites female dentists to apply for Smart Integration Award. news.dentsplysirona.com: Until March 15, 2019, female dentists can submit their applications sharing their ideas and experiences relating to the optimum workflow at their treatment centers. Read more

Carestream Dental Expands its Global Leadership Team. mediaroom.carestreamdental.com: Carestream Dental is pleased to welcome Greg Marko as its new global chief marketing officer as part of its ongoing commitment to transforming dentistry, simplifying technology and changing lives. Read more

Innovative new toothbrush breaks ground for better dental hygiene. ap.dental-tribune.com: Two researchers at the University of Hong Kong have jointly designed a new toothbrush that can brush every surface of the tooth simultaneously, reaching difficult-to-access niches while being gentle on gingivae. Read more

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