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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/02/13

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What does the new Canada’s Food Guide mean for oral health?

Sugars consumption and tooth decay linked in new Canadian food guide

‘We ran out’: Flu shot cupboards fall bare at some pediatricians’ offices

Canadian Dentistry News

MEDTEQ and NCOHR sign a strategic partnership for innovation in oral health. medteq.ca: The Consortium of innovation MEDTEQ and the Network for Canadian oral Health Research (NCOHR) join forces to accelerate and facilitate the development of innovative and performing solutions in oral health. Read more

Ontario urged to fix public dental care programs. toronto.com: Nearly 300,000 children received no dental care last year, writes Alan Katchky. Read more

Why health-care facilities need to brush up on seniors’ oral health. tvo.org: More elderly Ontarians are entering hospitals and long-term care-homes with their own teeth and need focused oral care — but facilities may not be equipped to provide it. Read more

CIHR Funds Chronic Periodontal Inflammation Research Project. dentistry.utoronto.ca: Could a protein, the fibroblast-specific CARMIL-1, be the culprit behind collagen degradation and, in turn, the breakdown of gingival connective tissue structure? That is the question behind a five-year, $670,000 research grant awarded to Professor Chris McCulloch from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Read more

Alberta Maintains Fluoridation Is Safe, Effective. calgaryherald.com [OPINION]: We welcome the opportunity for conversations about improving the oral health of Calgarians and Albertans, and use this opportunity to confirm that Alberta Health Service’s position remains that community water fluoridation is safe and effective. Read more

Fluoride debate continues in Tecumseh. windsor.ctvnews.ca: Council voted to defer the issue, after administration asked that a further report be provided on the legal interpretation of the fluoridation act. Read more

What does the new Canada’s Food Guide mean for oral health? dal.ca: Students not only need to know what impact different foods and nutrients have on oral health, but they need to be able to counsel their patients. Read more

The Faculty of Dentistry Highlights Women in STEM. mcgill.ca: In the Faculty of Dentistry, specifically, we are proud to highlight that nearly 50% of our full time Faculty are women. Read more

Retentissant succès pour la 36e Journée scientifique! fmd.ulaval.ca: Le Challenge FMD 2019, reprise du succès de l’année dernière, a permis cette année de combiner des disciplines toujours aussi stimulantes pour les dentistes généralistes qui s’y sont aventurés. Lire plus

International Dentistry News

New Jersey Dental Association lodges complaint against SmileDirect Club. ada.org: An orthodontist and the New Jersey Dental Association have filed a civil complaint in the Superior Court of New Jersey alleging that clear aligner company SmileDirect Club is “engaged in the unlawful practice of dentistry in this state,” according to the Jan. 28 complaint. Read more

Academy of General Dentistry Submits Public Comments on Commissioned U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health. agd.org: The AGD’s statement pledged support for efforts to revisit oral health in the U.S. and proposed areas of content for inclusion in the report. Read more

Sugars consumption and tooth decay linked in new Canadian food guide. ada.org.au: For the first time in its history, Health Canada’s Dietary Guidelines for Health Professionals and Policy Makers specifically cites the link between sugars, tooth decay and overall health. Read more

Junk food barons must not use Brexit to block action on sugar. bda.org: The BDA has slammed attempts by the food industry to delay policies to curb advertising of high sugar products in light of the prospect of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, with reports that Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove has received a message from 30 trade associations. Read more

Nobody likes going to the dentist. But imagine you couldn’t find one at all. floridaphoenix.com: Now, two major players involved in public policy in Florida – the Florida Dental Association and the conservative James Madison Institute think tank – are backing very different proposals in the state legislature to improve access to dental care. Read more

Dental therapy bill fails in the House. The Bismarck Tribune, N.D.: North Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday shot down a bill that would have allowed dental therapists to practice in the state. Read more

Dental Therapist Bill Could Expand Access To Dental Care. kunm.org: A bill that could expand access to dental services around the state made it through a legislative committee Wednesday. Read more

Evers to propose spending $43 million on rural dental care. channel3000.com: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says he plans to propose spending more than $43 million over the next two years to expand access to dental care, particularly in underserved rural areas. Read more

Dental care shortage warrants innovative strategy in Florida. tallahassee.com [OPINION]: Florida is in the midst of a dental access crisis. There are too few dentists to go around, especially in rural, hard-to-reach and low-income communities. Read more

Arizona Lawmakers Look to Expand Telemedicine Definition, Coverage. mhealthintelligence.com: Arizona’s House and Senate health committees recently held a special joint meeting today to talk about a new bill designed to redefine telemedicine, embrace asynchronous and remote patient monitoring platforms and improve insurance coverage. Read more

After mercury mishap, an expert weighs in on safety concerns with amalgam fillings. turnto10.com: A mercury exposure incident in Fall River where a man melted dental fillings in the hopes of making money has people wondering if amalgam fillings are safe. Read more 

Clinical & Scientific News

Chronodentistry: the role & potential of molecular clocks in oral medicine. bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com: In this review we aim to highlight the role of the circadian clock in oral tissues and its potential in the different fields of dentistry including oral and maxillofacial surgery, restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics and orthodontics to trigger the evolving field of chronodentistry. Read more

Scientists to test light therapy as relief from painful side effect of cancer treatment. buffalo.edu: University at Buffalo researchers have received part of a $1.5 million grant to investigate light therapy as a replacement for prescription opioids in treating oral mucositis, painful ulcers and swelling in the mouth that result from chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer. Read more

Bias against funding Canada’s female scientists revealed in study. cbc.ca: A new Canadian analysis in The Lancet validates complaints that the awarding of research grants is biased against female scientists. Read more

Your health & Medical News

Progress Erased: Youth Tobacco Use Increased During 2017-2018. cdc.gov: 4.9 million middle and high school students used tobacco products in 2018. Read more

U.S. PhRMA’s fight to prevent lower Canadian drug prices. cbc.ca: Drug industry turns up heat against Canada’s drug price reforms. Read more

Tax breaks could soften the blow of a national pharmacare plan. theconversation.com: Tax breaks or exemptions for those working in pharmacy, health insurance and pharmaceutical industries could help bolster support for a national pharmacare plan. Read more

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh outlines pharmacare plan, won’t say how he’d pay for it. globalnews.ca: Jagmeet Singh says an NDP government would provide universal, comprehensive health-care coverage for all Canadians. But he dodged questions about how much his plan would cost. Read more

Canada could see large amount of measles outbreaks, health experts warn. theglobeandmail.com: Canada could experience the same type of measles outbreaks that Washington and New York states are currently facing because of low vaccination rates and the highly contagious nature of the virus. Read more

EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks. business.financialpost.com: The chemical compounds are all around you. They’re on many fabrics, rugs and carpets, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, shaving cream, makeup and even dental floss. Increasing numbers of states have found them seeping into water supplies. Read more

Teen vaping: ‘We are creating a generation of nicotine addicts’. cbc.ca: Doctors and university students in Calgary are leading a new campaign seeking stiffer regulations for e-cigarettes, in hopes of cutting down on teen vaping and nicotine addiction. Read more

High school students’ vaping documentary brings puff of change. cbc.ca: Critics say the variety of candy, dessert and fruit flavours are attractive to children. One pod can contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. Read more

Philip Morris CEO on Vaping, Juul, and Staying Relevant. barrons.com: Big tobacco has been positioning itself for the future, but not everyone is convinced they can continue to dominate. Read more

Juiced-Up Juul Pods Caused ‘Nicotine Arms Race’ in E-Cig Industry, Study Says. fortune.com: When electronic cigarette maker Juul’s e-juice pods hit the market in 2015 with nicotine levels well above competitors, it caused many other e-cigarette companies to begin producing products with higher nicotine levels in order to stay competitive in a “nicotine arms race. Read more

Counterfeit medicines, from headache pills to cancer drugs, have become a multibillion-dollar problem. cbc.ca: The World Health Organization is warning cancer patients in North America and Europe about a batch of fake drugs that contain nothing but a common painkiller. Read more

FDA launches tougher oversight of supplements. washingtonpost.com: The Food and Drug Administration said Monday it planned to beef up oversight of the sprawling, $50-billion-a-year dietary supplements industry, warning that the sector’s explosive growth has resulted in risks to consumers. Read more

‘We ran out’: Flu shot cupboards fall bare at some pediatricians’ offices. cbc.ca: The disconnect, however, is that many of those doses are at pharmacies. Pharmacists in the province aren’t permitted to administer vaccines to those under the age of five. Read more

‘We’re holding up a floodgate’: B.C. fights off superbugs brought home by medical tourists. cbc.ca: Two patients at New Westminster hospital confirmed as carriers of drug-resistant yeast. Read more

Number of cannabis users relatively unchanged since legalization, StatsCan says.cbc.ca: Legalizing cannabis doesn’t seem to have much changed how many people use the drug, according to figures released by Statistics Canada. Read more and see National Cannabis Survey, 4th quarter 2018

B.C.’s top doctor calls for regulated opioid supply after almost 1,500 overdose deaths in 2018. cbc.ca: There were 1,489 suspected illicit drug overdose deaths across British Columbia in 2018, and health officials say the province needs new approaches to the problem before the numbers will start declining. Read more

Mental health and substance abuse issues on the rise: survey. benefitscanada.com: More than half (60 per cent) of North American workforces said their employees are facing more mental health and substance abuse issues than they were two years ago. Read more

Telemedicine’s challenge: Getting patients to click the app. nationalpost.com: … patients have been slow to embrace virtual care. Eighty per cent of mid-size and large U.S. companies offered telemedicine services to their workers last year. Only 8 per cent of eligible employees used telemedicine at least once in 2017, most recent figures show. Read more

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

Medical cannabis – New dosing practice tool. pharmacists.ca: This new practice tool is just part of the resources avaible to support pharmacists working with medical cannabis. 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


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 23–25: Alberta Wellness Summit, presented by the Alberta Dental Association and College. Read more

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. Read more

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 Elects Noel Wallace President and Chief Executive Officer and a Member of Its Board of Directors Effective April 2, 2019. businessnews.com: Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) announced that, effective April 2, 2019, Noel Wallace has been elected President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. Read more

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