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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/04/03

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National Oral Health Month – April 2019

Dentists Head to Queen’s Park to Find Dental Care Funding Solution

Managing stress may improve oral health, says Nova Scotia Dental Association

Alberta Liberals say they’d pressure Ottawa for universal dental care if elected

Canadian Dentistry News

National Oral Health Month – April 2019. canada.ca: April is Oral Health Month in Canada – an opportunity to emphasize the importance of maintaining good oral health as part of a healthy lifestyle. The theme this year is Oral Health for Total Health. Read more

Mois national de la santé buccodentaire – avril 2019. canada.ca : Avril est le Mois de la santé buccodentaire au Canada, qui est l’occasion de faire ressortir l’importance de veiller à notre santé buccodentaire, ce qui fait partie d’un mode de vie sain. Le thème de cette année est « La santé buccodentaire pour la santé générale ». Lire plus

Dentists Head to Queen’s Park to Find Dental Care Funding Solution. youroralhealth.ca: 65 dentists are meeting with MPPs to try fixing the funding gap in public dental programs. Read more

Removing the barriers: How to find and provide dental care for children with autism. globalnews.ca: A little over a decade ago, Dawn Morrison was looking for a dentist for her young son and quickly realized it wasn’t an easy feat. Read more

Managing stress may improve oral health, says Nova Scotia Dental Association. globalnews.ca: A new report from the Nova Scotia Dental Association is connecting the dots between stress and oral health — laying out an argument that managing stress could improve an individual’s oral health. Read more

Ontario dental fees to increase by 4.19% on average in 2019. benefitscanada.com: Employers in Ontario could see their dental coverage spending increase this year, due to an average 4.19 per cent hike in the Ontario Dental Association’s suggested dental fees for 2019. Read more

Entrevue avec Dr Jean-Marc Dumoulin, orthodontiste : L’auto-traitement en orthodontie. Ici.radio-canada.ca (Les éclaireurs) : Une pratique qui peut avoir des conséquences graves. Pour écouter l’entrevue cliquez sur le lien à 19 h 21 (16 minutes).

‘Things lined up for me that day’: Saint John-area woman saved using AED. globalnews.com: A Saint John area woman and her family expressed thanks to those who saved her life Jan. 30. … 40-year-old Melissa Dunlay suffered cardiac arrest as she was leaving a local dental clinic. Read more

Sharing Smiles Day highlights dental, oral health access issues. globalnews.ca: Sharing Smiles Day creates awareness of the personal and professional barriers to providing proper dental and oral health care for individuals with disabilities. Hannah, Patrick and Taylor from Oral Health Total Health Alberta explain. Watch 4:21

Alberta Liberals say they’d pressure Ottawa for universal dental care if elected. cbc.ca: Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan said if elected, his party would work to make dental care in the province more affordable. Read more

Opinion: It’s time for universal dental care in Canada. dailyhive.com (by Don Davies, the NDP’s Health Critic and Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Kingsway): … Although Canadians overwhelmingly agree that access to health care should be a right in this country, we have left oral health to a US-style, private patchwork system. As a result, dental care is one of the most unequal aspects of health care in Canada. Read more

Election 2019 [Alberta]: Week 2 – Healthcare. sherwoodparknews.com: If elected, how will you further improve local healthcare? The following is this week’s responses by the four candidates per constituency. Read more

NDP unveils universal pharmacare plan, aims program delivery by the end of 2020. nationalpost.com: The NDP is promising to bring in a universal and comprehensive national pharmacare program targeted to begin in 2020 if the party wins the next federal election. Read more

Here’s what Alberta’s major political parties say about a tax on e-cigarettes. cbc.ca: While political parties campaign Alberta-wide, anti-tobacco advocates are pushing for the next provincial government to tax e-cigarettes and introduce new legislation to curtail vaping among Alberta’s youth. Read more

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh targets rich with proposal to raise rate for capital gains tax. the star.com: Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is unveiling his latest election pitch aimed at taxing the rich, promising to broaden levies on capital gains to reap billions more each year for health care, housing and programs to fight climate change. Read more

Dean Daniel Haas awarded ADEA citation for leadership. dentistry.utoronto.ca: Leadership of U of T, McGill recognized for building bridges between Canadian and American dental faculties. Read more

Un second mandat comme doyenne pour Dre Cathia Bergeron. fmd.ulaval.ca: L’actuelle doyenne de la Faculté de médecine dentaire, Dre Cathia Bergeron, se voit confier un second mandat à la tête de l’organisation pour la période de juillet 2019 à juin 2023. Lire plus

Bite-mark analysis has been shown to be flawed science. So why is it allowed in Canadian courts? wellandtribune.ca: The controversial evidence, which lacks a scientific foundation and has been blamed for wrongful convictions in the U.S., is being rubber-stamped in courtrooms across in Canada. Read more

CDHA 2019 National Advertising Campaign. cdha.ca: CDHA is pleased to announce we will be repeating our national television advertising campaign during this year’s National Dental Hygienists Week™ (NDHW™), running two different ads, highlighting the dental hygiene profession. These 30-second ads in English and French will run 155 times between April 6 and 12. Read more and watch

International Dentistry News

Oral health must be integrated into universal health coverage #WorldHealthDay. fdiworlddental.org: World Health Day, established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948 and celebrated every year on 7 April, highlights contemporary global health issues. In 2019, this day is dedicated to universal health coverage (UHC)­ a term that is often misunderstood and misinterpreted ­and aims to raise awareness about what UHC means and why it is important. To mark the day, FDI is releasing a factsheet on UHC and oral health to help the oral health community support their conversations with policymakers and other important stakeholders in the global health community. Read more

Live-streaming deployed for first time at airway conference. ada.org: Working remotely has become more popular in recent years, and now it could become a viable option for “attending” ADA conferences or meetings. The ADA Children’s Airway Conference … became the first conference or meeting to be live-streamed by the ADA, with 92 attendees watching the conference from home or their practices, compared to 152 who attended the conference in person. Read more

How did you celebrate World Oral Health Day? Let us know, win a prize! fdiworlddental.org: How did you Act on Mouth Health? Read more

Dental groups ask Congress for increased funding for CDC, HRSA, NIDCR. ada.org: In letters sent March 27 to the House and Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Appropriations, the four organizations asked lawmakers to prioritize the nation’s oral health as they prepare the Labor-HHS-Education-Appropriations bill. Read more

Penn Dental Medicine Educating Dentists to Care for Persons with Disabilities. dental.upenn.edu: Penn Dental Medicine is helping to improve access to care for persons with disabilities through a commitment to provide continuing education and educational content to dentists on how to manage this special population. Read more

Mentoring the Next Generation of Dental Professionals. dentistrytoday.com: There is a growing dilemma in the United States. The face of dentistry is changing, and our profession is in jeopardy of losing the identity it has created over its history. Read more

An uneventful budget. ada.org.au: The government has delivered an uneventful budget that does little to support the improvement of Australia’s dental health. Read more

New National Oral Health Policy launched. irishhealth.com: A new National Oral Health Policy, which promises free dental care to all children up to the age of 16, has been published. Read more

Dentists warn that new oral health policy will be judged on what it delivers, not what it promises. dentist.ie: The Irish Dental Association has warned the Government that its new oral health policy, ‘Smile agus Sláinte’ will be judged by what it delivers, not what it promises. Read more

NHS dental budget needs reform to meet patients’ needs. eurekalert.org: A study, led by Newcastle University, UK, shows that the NHS dental budget is not being spent in the most efficient way and must be better allocated to avoid oral health inequality and meet patients’ needs. Read more

National Organizations Unite to Promote Facial Safety in April. aegisdentalnetwork.com: Six national organizations are teaming up in April for National Facial Protection Month to promote the use of protective gear – such as mouth guards and helmets – to prevent dental and facial injuries resulting from sports and recreational activities. Read more

FDA proposes new fluoride standard for bottled water, but some say it’s still too high. cnn.com: The US Food and Drug Administration is proposing a lower concentration level standard for fluoride in bottled water, yet some scientists and environmental groups believe that the proposed limit is still too high and poses a danger to human health. Read more and read the FDA Statement

Matching dentists during practice transitions. ada.org: … the ADA Business Innovation Group launched the profile functionality of ADA Practice Transitions, a new online service focused on helping dentists make the process of joining, expanding or leaving a practice easier and more predictable. Read more

JDR Clinical & Translational Research Accepted for Inclusion in Medline. iadr.org: Read more

New program aims to expand oral health care for those with disabilities. phillytrib.com: For its Inclusive Dental program, Amerihealth Caritas has partnered with more than 40 providers to offer dental care to its members with disabilities. Read more

Wimmera tooth decay rates: Australian Dental Association hopes for fluoridated water expansion in regional areas. stawelltimes.com.au: The Australian Dental Association hopes to expand water fluoridation in areas including the Wimmera to help reduce high tooth decay rates. Read more

FDA Chief Calls for Release Of All Data Tracking Problems With Medical Devices. khn.org: FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced in a tweet Wednesday that the agency plans to release hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of previously unpublished injury and malfunction reports tied to about 100 medical devices. Read more

Class of 2019 presents its projects in Research, Healthcare Delivery and Leadership. dent.umich.edu: Members of the Class of 2019 presented 68 projects at the annual Pathways Day under the theme of “Bringing Theory to Practice.” Pathways is a curricular enrichment program allowing students to investigate areas of their choosing within dentistry that go beyond their core curriculum in the DDS program. Read more

GSDM signs Memorandum of Understanding for International Student Exchange Externship program with Seoul National University School of Dentistry. bu.edu: Starting in 2020, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) students will be able to take part in an international student exchange externship program at the Seoul National University School of Dentistry (SNUSD) in Seoul, South Korea. Read more

Interview with AAP President Dr. Richard Kao. dentistryiq.com: Dr. Kao talked about the World Workshop with the European Federation of Periodontology, industry trends, and long-term goals of the AAP. Read more

Urgent action is needed on older people’s dental care in Northern Ireland. bda.org: BDA Northern Ireland has written to Andrew Dawson, Acting Head of Workforce, at the Department of Health to demand urgent action to deal with the growing issue of meeting the challenges of an ageing population, and that the resourcing of both the community dental service (CDS) and the general dental service (GDS) are considered. Read more

April raises awareness on facial protection, oral cancer screenings. ada.org: The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is encouraging dentists and other dental professionals to raise awareness on facial protection and oral cancer screenings this month. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Misinterpretations, mistakes, or just misbehaving. jada.ada.org [EDITORIAL]: An estimated 27,000 articles can be retrieved annually using the single search term “dentistry.” This roughly translates to 1 article published in our discipline every 20 minutes. However, this is just a small portion of articles that are published in the estimated 6,000 printed and electronic dental journals worldwide. Read more

April JADA study finds oral health services for young children lagging. ada.org: Preventive oral health services are lagging among young children and children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, according to the cover story of the April issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. … Other highlights of the April issue include a look at opioid prescribing patterns after dental visits among Medicaid beneficiaries, current estimates of volume and charges of dental-related emergency department visits, and a study on the effect of the Great Recession on the demand for general oral health care and orthodontic care in the U.S. Read more

Poor Oral Health Linked to Pancreatic Cancer in African-American Women. healthcentral.com: Tooth loss and gum infections like periodontitis put African American women at higher risk for cancer of the pancreas, suggest researchers at Boston University School of Medicine whose study was just published in the American Association for Cancer Research journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Read more

Sugar could be sweet solution to respiratory disease. sciencedaily.com: The study in mice reveals how the ability of cells to use glucose helps to regulate the immune system during lung inflammation. Their research suggests that blocking sugar receptors in the lung could reduce inflammation in chronic conditions such as asthma, allergies and parasitic worm infections. Read more

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D., on FDA’s ongoing scientific investigation of potential safety issue related to seizures reported following e-cigarette use, particularly in youth and young adults. fda.gov: Read more

Use of the Solea laser in pediatric dentistry. dentistryiq.com: Since its introduction in 2013, the Solea CO2 all-tissue laser has made anesthesia-free treatment possible for a number of dental procedures. One specialty that has benefited in particular is pediatric dentistry. In this interview, pediatric dentist Jared Poplin, DMD, discusses his experience using Solea. Read more

ACE Panel Report focuses on antibiotic use. ada.org: Dentists can get insight on antibiotic use in endodontic infections from an ADA Clinical Evaluators Panel Report released in March. Read more

Mind Your Business

Do you have a weak dental team? Here’s how you can tell. dentistryiq.com: You simply cannot build a successful dental practice on your own. You need a strong team behind you, made up of talented professionals who share your vision and goals. A weak team will do nothing but cause stress and frustration and keep you from meeting your full potential. Read more

Patient Information

Mouth Heroes for Schools: helping teachers give lessons on good oral health. fdiworlddental.org: To commemorate World Oral Health Day, FDI recently released Mouth Heroes for Schools, a new teaching resource for children aged 5–9 years. It gives teachers everything they need to deliver engaging lessons to make sure children take good care of their teeth and mouth. Read more

Top 5 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer. mouthhealthy.org: Approximately 51,540 people will be diagnosed with cancers of the mouth, throat, tonsils and tongue this year. What you should know about the top 5 risk factors. Read more

Your Health & Medical News

Nova Scotia to become 1st in North America with presumed consent for organ donation. cbc.ca: … Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil tabled legislation that will make the province the first jurisdiction in North America to have presumed consent for organ and tissue donation. People will be able to opt out of donating their organs, but the onus will be on them to do so once the bill is proclaimed. Read more

Canadian hospitals not doing enough to prevent opioid theft. cmajnews.com: Pilferage of opioids by employees is a serious issue at Canadian hospitals, but few have invested resources into preventing the problem. Developers of a new national guideline are hoping to change that. Read more

As Canada’s aging population strains health care system, Canadians eye pharmacists as potential solution. pharmacists.ca: A new survey says Canadians regard the challenge of Canada’s aging population as a more serious issue than the rising cost of housing, climate change, income inequality or balancing the deficit, and they believe pharmacists should play a bigger role in sustaining a high-quality health care system. Read more

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

$1-million catalyst grant sparks Alzheimer’s research collaboration at the U of A. ualberta.ca: Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories and University Hospital Foundation partner with the U of A to help unlock dementia-related enigmas. Read more

B.C. government granted $428K to group that spreads anti-vaccine claims. cbc.ca: Minister orders review of annual grants to Vancouver’s Health Action Network Society. Over the last 12 years, a Vancouver group has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants from the B.C. government, while screening anti-vaccination movies, sharing content from anti-vaccination websites and complaining about “censorship” from a social media company that blocked anti-vaccination propaganda. Read more

Canadians waiting longer for hip, knee replacements, and cataract surgeries: CIHI. ctvnews.ca: The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) released new data detailing the average wait times for hip and knee replacement, hip fracture repair, cataract surgery, and radiation therapy across the different provinces in 2018. Read more

More people with measles in the U.S. this year than all of 2018. cbc.ca: The number of U.S. measles cases through the first three months of this year have surpassed the count for all of 2018, health officials say. Read more

Health Officials’ Plug For Next FDA Chief: Go Big On E-Cig Regulation. khn.org: In an almost uniform response to the impending exit of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, city and county public health officials are urging the Trump administration to go bigger in its response to adolescents’ growing use of e-cigarettes. The issue, they say, is reaching crisis levels and many worry the FDA’s much-touted efforts are falling short. Read more

Yukoners are getting older and the territory’s not ready, says top doctor. cbc.ca: Yukon is not doing enough to prepare for an older population, according to the territory’s top doctor.  Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief medical officer of health, focused on aging in his latest Yukon Health Status Report. Read more

FDA chief lays out vision for new pain pills to replace opioids. sfgate.com: Pharmaceutical companies should have to prove that any new opioids work better or are safer than current painkillers, the departing head of the Food and Drug Administration said, laying out a vision for replacing the drugs blamed for sparking an overdose epidemic. Read more

Le doctorat professionnel en santé publique est adopté. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: Le nouveau programme d’études de l’École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (ESPUM) sera axé sur la pratique, même s’il comporte un volet recherche. «Le but de ce doctorat destiné aux professionnels de la santé publique est de les préparer à jouer un rôle actif dans le système de santé» … Lire plus

7 Ways to Avoid Distracted Driving. cdspi.com: Data shows that distraction is responsible for more road fatalities than impaired driving. Texting is the main culprit, to be sure, but there are many other ways that your attention can be pulled from the road ahead of you. 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


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 16–18: CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim, California. 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

May 30–June 2: Proud Past Bright Future – 2019 OSAP Annual Conference, in Tucson, Arizona. 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

September 26–28: Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics 27th Annual Scientific Meeting in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

November 8: Toronto Academy of Dentistry 82nd Winter Clinic. Save the date

November 29– December 4: Greater NY Dental Meeting, in New York, New York. Read more



January 30–February 1: Yankee Dental Congress – Advancing the Vision 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts. Read more

February 20–22: Chicago Dental Society 155th Midwinter Meeting – Kaleidoscope View 2020, in Chicago, Illinois. Read more

March 5–7: Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver, BC. Mark your calendars

March 19–20: Academy of Osseointegration 2020 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. Read more

April 2–4: Manitoba Dental Association presents the 2020 MDA/CDA Convention – Seeing Dentistry Clearly, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Save the date

September 1–4: FDI World Dental Congress in Shanghai, China. Future meeting dates

October 1–3: Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics 28th Annual Scientific Meeting in Toronto, Ontario. Read more


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