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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/03/06


Top News

Dr. Chris Hacker Appointed Registrar/CEO of CDSBC

Research Points Toward Possible New Treatment for Periodontitis

JADA examines effectiveness of local anesthetics

Canadian Dentistry News

Dental Assistants Recognition Week 2019. cdaa.ca: Don’t forget to recognize Registered Dental Assistants during the first week of March, the 3rd to 9th! Read more

Meet the Leadership Team: Ben Davis, Dean of Dentistry. dal.ca: The decision to study dentistry was more a reflection of his interest in cycling and bike mechanics than a deep-seated passion or fascination for the profession. Read more

Province expands access to dental services with new agreement. leaderpost.com: Cleft lip, palate treatments and expanded coverage for cancer patients are among a few of the new insured dental services soon available in Saskatchewan thanks to a new agreement. Read more

Designing a piece of history: the USask College of Dentistry coat of arms. dentistry.usask.ca: In order for the coat of arms to continue serving the college for decades to come, the graphic was recently restored to a more detailed rendering based on the final drawings that Professor Atkinson prepared for Dean Paynter and the college. Read more

Seeking oral health funding for seniors. quintenews.com: A Northumberland County area group is encouraging the Ontario government to invest in programs that help fill the gap in oral health services for low-income seniors. Read more

Dr. Chris Hacker Appointed Registrar/CEO. cdsbc.org: The Board of the College of Dental Surgeons of BC has appointed Dr. Chris Hacker to the role of Registrar and Chief Executive Officer effective 1 March 2019.Read more

New Strategic Plan. cdsbc.org: Improved health outcomes for the public, strengthening stakeholder relationships, embracing leading regulatory practices and stronger governance are at the core of CDSBC’s 2019-22 Strategic Plan. Read more

International Dentistry News

The ROBOTS are COMING! The ROBOTS are COMING! dental.pitt.edu: As advances in technology march on, its impact on the dental world grows. Read more (see p. 8)

This World Oral Health Day, inspire your patients to Act On Mouth Health. fdiworlddental.org: The official theme of the 2019 World Oral Health Day (WOHD) campaign is Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health. WOHD is celebrated every year on 20 March. Read more

FDI offers funding for innovative oral health projects around the world: Apply by 15 June. fdiworlddental.org: FDI is now accepting applications for the World Dental Development Fund (WDDF), supporting innovative oral health initiatives in communities all around the world. Read more

Calling for safe access to fluoridated water on World Water Day. fdiworlddental.org: This World Water Day, FDI highlights the relationship between safe water and oral health. Read more

Postcode lottery of decay demands real investment in prevention. bda.org: The BDA has urged government to tackle deep-seated oral health inequalities which have left young children in deprived parts of England more than 5 times more likely to face hospital dental extractions under a general anaesthetic than the national average. Read more

Dentistry coalition, AAO ask Congress to reform flexible spending account rules. ada.org: The American Association of Orthodontists, ADA and members of the Organized Dentistry Coalition are asking Congress to support legislation calling for the repeal of the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule for flexible spending accounts, allowing consumers to build balances over several years. Read more

Netflix pulls controversial documentary that claims root canals cause cancer. theguardian.com: Netflix has quietly pulled the controversial documentary Root Cause from its streaming platform and scrubbed all trace of it from their website. Read more

New campaign warns opioid addiction can start at the dentist. kare11.com: In a new public service announcement, UnitedHealthcare and Shatterproof warn that teens and young adults are especially at risk of getting hooked on opioids because many are first exposed to them after getting their wisdom teeth removed. Read more

‘Extensive tooth decay’ reported in parts of Queensland that refuse to add fluoride to water. theguardian.com: One in four Queensland children admitted to hospital requires treatment for a dental condition. Indigenous children, many of whom live in communities without fluoride, have a staggering 70% rate of tooth decay. Read more

Medicaid dental care benefits legislation clears the Senate. stateofreform.com: Adult Medicaid enrollees in Hawaii may soon receive expanded dental care benefits thanks to legislation recently passed off the State Senate Floor. Read more

Groups support bill requiring private health plans to cover medically necessary services. ada.org: The ADA is one of 35 organizations supporting the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act — legislation that would require all private group and individual health plans to cover medically necessary services that repair or restore congenital anomalies. Read more

More foreign dentists are filling the gap as dentist shortage grows in the Netherlands. dutchnews.nl 4: Currently 17% of the country’s 8,670 registered dentists are foreign, mainly from Germany, Belgium, Spain and Portugal. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

How A Common Oral Bacteria Makes Colon Cancer More Deadly. dental.columbia.edu: Findings may help predict aggressive colon cancer and identify new treatment targets. Read more

Research Points Toward Possible New Treatment for Periodontitis. news.stonybrook.edu: The results of the research […] serve as a foundation for developing drugs that are specifically targeted to inhibit P gingivalis in the oral cavity, providing a new treatment method for periodontal disease and an alternative to the use of traditional antibiotics. Read more

UW-led research team discovers tooth loss predictor. dental.washington.edu: The researchers found important clues about stem cell metabolism that shed new light on the ability of teeth to repair themselves. Read more

Could genetic breakthrough finally help take the sting out of mouth ulcers? bristol.ac.uk: A large breakthrough has been made in the genetic understanding of mouth ulcers which could provide potential for a new drug to prevent or heal the painful lesions. Read more

Recipe for success: U of T Dentistry researchers cook up a promising new conjugate drug-and-graft system for jaw bone regeneration. dentistry.utoronto.ca: The U of T research team hope to get clinical trials underway in the next year. Read more

Does cognitive function affect oral health during aging? medicalxpress.com: In a Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology study, poor cognitive function in older adults was associated with poorer oral health and higher risk of tooth loss in later life. Read more

JADA examines effectiveness of local anesthetics. ada.org: Other highlights of the March issue include a study on the pharmacokinetics of 38 percent topical silver diamine fluoride in health adult volunteers and an article on the efficacy of a 3 percent potassium nitrate mouth-rinse for the relief of dentinal hypersensitivity. Read more

California Dental Association Journal spotlights opioid misuse. cda.org: The March issue discusses opioid misuse and provides important concepts of substance-use disorders, pain management and prescription-medication diversion that dentists should consider. Read more

Which strength of fluoride in toothpaste is most effective? cochraneohg.wordpress.com: A systematic review to assess the effects of toothpastes of different fluoride strengths on preventing tooth decay in children, adolescents and adults. Read more

UNE College of Dental Medicine researchers study causes of stress in dental students. une.edu: The first two years of dental school are known to be the most stressful in a student’s academic career. But there are very few studies out there that examine the pressures of dental school and their causes. Read more

Regrowing enamel? USC Dental Professor Janet Moradian-Oldak is on the case. dentistry.usc.edu: Ostrow Professor Janet Moradian-Oldak has been developing a special hydrogel that can promote the growth of an enamel-like surface on teeth and remineralize the dentin. Read more

Precision-, patient-, and person-centered care, oh my. jada.ada.org: [Editorial] Individualized care is not limited to person-centered care and may also be viewed through the lens of precision medicine. Read more

Discovery by Canadian researchers of how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics could lead to more effective drugs. nationalpost.com: Maikel Rheinstadter and Andree Khondker said they found bacteria fight off antibiotics by stiffening their cell membranes and changing the barrier’s electrical charge, becoming a less attractive target to the drugs. Read more

New material could mean fewer trips to the dentist’s office. medicalxpress.com: A team of researchers with the OHSU School of Dentistry have created a filling material that’s two times more resistant to breakage than standard fillings. Read more

Your Health & Medical News

Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare provides preliminary recommendations to the Government of Canada. newswire.ca: The existing patchwork of prescription drug coverage is leading to poorer health for some and higher costs for all Canadians. Read more

Ottawa should create a new national drug agency: pharmacare council. cbc.ca: Canada should create a new arm’s-length drug agency to oversee national pharmacare and create a list of approved, covered drugs. Read more

A united Québec front demands that Ottawa implement a public, universal pharmacare plan. newswire.ca: Several Québec labour and civil society organizations are urging the federal government to implement a real public, universal drug insurance plan. Read more

Un régime d’assurance médicaments public et universel au Canada. ledroit.com: Selon nous, le seul modèle qui pourrait répondre adéquatement aux besoins de santé de la population canadienne est un régime d’assurance médicaments entièrement public et universel. Lire plus

Electrifying wound care: Better bandages to destroy bacteria. news.osu.edu: A recent study is offering new clues about the science behind those bandages, and researchers say the findings could help lead to better wound treatment. Read more

American and Canadian pharmacist associations warn that drug importation policies could put patients at risk. pharmacists.ca: The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) have issued a joint statement opposing U.S. federal legislation authorizing personal and commercial importation of prescription drugs from Canada. Read more

A Historic Health Care Restructuring. tvo.org: This week’s announcement by the Ontario government about health care restructuring may be the most consequential development in half a century. But it’s complicated. Listen 22:25

Dementia law report recommends better oversight on health care consent; Report is intended to start a conversation about the rights of people with dementia. thecragandcanyon.ca: The goal of the project’s Conversations About Care report is to ensure that the legal framework in B.C. remains strong enough to protect people living with dementia as well as those named as their legal substitutes. Read more

Physicians to try six-month implant treatment to treat addiction to opioids. nationalpost.com: The procedure involves trained physicians inserting match-stick sized rods under the skin of the upper arm, each containing the medication buprenorphine. Read more

65% of Canadians would take cannabis if covered by insurance. benefitscanada.com: Two‑thirds (65 per cent) of Canadians would take a drug containing cannabis if it were prescribed by a doctor, approved by Health Canada and covered by insurance. Read more

Great-West Life partners with Shoppers Drug Mart for medical cannabis coaching program. benefitscanada.com: The Great-West Life Assurance Co. is expanding its coverage of medical cannabis, which includes a new agreement with Shoppers Drug Mart Inc., to deliver its medical cannabis coaching program. Read more

Using sleep disorder to predict Parkinson’s disease. mcgill.ca: A large multi-centre study of more than 1,200 patients provides important predictors of Parkinson’s disease progression. Read more

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmajnews.com: Health news recap. Read more

Measles resurgence comes to Canada. cmajnews.com: An outbreak of measles in Canada is what public health officials say they have been fearing. Read more

Continuing Education Matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Continuing dental education

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


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

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 4-8: ADA FDI World Dental Congress, 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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