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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/04/17


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Key highlights from Ontario Budget 2019

College of Dental Surgeons of BC Begins Work Immediately on Response to Cayton Report

Teeth whitening products can harm protein-rich tooth layer

Canadian Dentistry News

Key highlights from Ontario Budget 2019. cbc.ca: These are the major items from the Ford government’s first budget and what they mean for Ontarians. Read more

Ontario Budget 2019: A child-care credit, dental care for seniors, and drinking in parks on the way. cbc.ca: The Ontario PC government’s first budget unveiled Thursday did not include the slash-and-burn spending cuts that some had feared, but did have widespread austerity measures while maintaining the populist bent that has defined many of its early policies. Read more

ODA Given Input on 2019 Provincial Budget. napaneetoday.ca: The 2019 Provincial Budget was released yesterday [Thursday] afternoon. Included in the budget is a plan to provide dental care for low income seniors. But the Ontario Dental Association says the plan leaves much to be desired. ODA President Dr. David Stevenson says “Ontario’s dentists have been working hard to find a funding solution with the province. Quite frankly, this government knows dentists are reaching the breaking point and we are disappointed at this missed opportunity.” Read more

Thursday’s Ontario budget gave public health units something they’ve called for that’s urgently needed – free dental care for low-income seniors. owensoundsuntimes.com: “The need is huge,” said Ian Reich, the public health manager of oral health programs at the health unit in Owen Sound. He said he wants to see how the province wants the program to be delivered, how equitable funding will be, the geography staff will be able to cover and how many staff he will be able to hire. Read more

College of Dental Surgeons of BC Begins Work Immediately on Response to Cayton Report. cdsbc.org: Undergoing an external review has been a constructive experience and an opportunity to better serve the public we are here to protect. From the day Harry Cayton’s review began, we have demonstrated our commitment to change, as identified in our 2019-22 Strategic Plan. Read more

AAE Recognizes Leaders in Dentistry at 2019 Annual Meeting. aegisdentalnetwork.com: The American Association of Endodontists is formally presenting their 2019 recipients of their most prestigious awards at the Association’s annual, April meeting in Montréal. … Markus Haapasalo, DDS, Ph.D., is receiving the Louis I. Grossman Award for his cumulative publication of significant research studies that have made an extraordinary contribution to endodontology. Read more

ADEA Education Fellowship to aid in identifying desirable characteristics of dental professionals. dentistry.utoronto.ca: Associate professor Laura Dempster was awarded the 2019 ADEAGies Foundation Education Fellowship at the 2019 ADEA annual session, held in Chicago this past March. Read more

International Dentistry News

Forever Grateful. adeachartingprogress.wordpress.com: In this month’s letter, Dr. Rick Valachovic reflects on his 22 years at ADEA and shares his plans for life after ADEA. Read more

Reviving the connection from the mouth to the body. northcarolinahealthnews.org: ECU oral medicine specialist Iquebal Hasan works to build bridges between dentists and physicians to punctuate the importance of oral health for solving thorny medical problems. Read more

Wonder women of dentistry – Female dentists go from rarity to building profession, communities up. ada.org: This is the second article in an ADA News series examining the changing demographics and increasing diversity in dentistry. Read more

Dentists and students advocate for key oral health issues in Washington. ada.org: Health insurance reform. Alleviating student debt. Improving smiles for patients suffering from congenital anomalies. The issues were big but the passion was even bigger at the ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day. Read more

NIDCR to Host Craniofacial Research Symposium on May 6, 2019. nidcr.nih.gov: The symposium will include presentations on craniofacial development and regeneration, wound healing, salivary gland development and regeneration, and bone loss. Read more

RSDM to Screen Patients for Diabetes, Thanks to Funds from Delta Dental of NJ. sdm.blogs.rutgers.edu: Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) providers will screen patients for diabetes as part of a new early detection program. “Each year 27 million patients visit a dentist but not a physician. Many patients seeking care at the dental school are either diabetic or prediabetic but haven’t been diagnosed and don’t know they’re at risk,” said Dean Cecile A. Feldman, According to Dean Feldman, many dentists now perform blood pressure screenings but diabetes screening is relatively new, even though diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Read more

Temple dental students learn to care for people with disabilities. temple-news.com: … The Kornberg School and Penn Dental Medicine began an Inclusive Dental program at the end of March to teach practicing dentists and students how to treat people with disabilities. … The program’s goal is to make community-based dental care more accessible for people with disabilities. Read more

Dentists hail Councillors backing action in face of 50,000 strong waiting lists. bda.org: The BDA has welcomed leadership from Cornwall Council, as it voted today to take action over the growing access and recruitment problems facing NHS dental services across the county. Read more

Trailblazers in dentistry. ada.org: Today’s growing number of women pursuing a career in dentistry can be traced back to 1861 when 28-year-old Lucy Beaman Hobbs opened a dental practice in Cincinnati. She had been denied to study at the Ohio College of Dental Surgery because of her gender but managed to convince the college dean to tutor her privately. Read more

From Alaska with love: Dentist recognized for volunteerism in Nepal. ada.org: On World Health Day, April 7, Association member-dentist Dr. Hollander was honored with the 14th annual Health Volunteers Overseas Golden Apple Award for his leadership and contributions to oral health care in Nepal. Read more

The Truth About Dentistry. It’s much less scientific—and more prone to gratuitous procedures—than you may think. theatlantic.com: We have a fraught relationship with dentists as authority figures. In casual conversation we often dismiss them as “not real doctors,” regarding them more as mechanics for the mouth. But that disdain is tempered by fear. For more than a century, dentistry has been half-jokingly compared to torture. Read more

Something to Chew On: Highlights of Findings from an AARP Oral Health Survey of Older Americans. blog.aarp.org: Despite clear evidence that oral health care is beneficial for older adults, they simply can’t afford it. Not only can older adults ill-afford to pay for the care themselves, they are also unable to afford private dental insurance. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

New research could prevent jaw damage in patients being treated for cancer or osteoporosis. news.usc.edu: The new technique could play a big part in eliminating osteonecrosis of the jaw, a currently incurable rare side effect of certain drugs. Read more

Body’s own immune system identified as a potential culprit in causing cavities, damaging fillings. dentistry.utoronto.ca: A new study by researchers at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry provides the first evidence that the body’s own defence system could be a major contributor to tooth decay and filling failure. Read more

Teeth whitening products can harm protein-rich tooth layer. medicalxpress.com: In three new studies, researchers found that hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in over-the-counter whitening strips, can damage the protein-rich dentin tissue found beneath the tooth’s protective enamel. Read more

Archaeologists Discover A New Profession In An Ancient Egyptian Woman’s Teeth. forbes.com: The discovery of this older woman with unusual dental issues “has important implications for our understanding of the professionalization of women in ancient Egypt, …”. Read more

Improving mouth care provision in an acute hospital trust. nursingtimes.net: In hospital, oral health is often neglected despite its importance for patients’ health and wellbeing. An acute hospital has conducted a service evaluation project to assess and improve mouth care. Read more

Discovery of oral cancer biomarkers could save thousands of lives. medicalxpress.com: Researchers from the University of Otago and the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata, have discovered epigenetic markers that are distinctly different in oral cancer tissues compared to the adjacent healthy tissues in patients. Read more

The evidence on flossing and other methods of cleaning between the teeth. cochraneohg.wordpress.com: A systematic review to examine the effectiveness of home-use interdental cleaning devices, plus toothbrushing, compared with toothbrushing only or use of another device, for preventing and controlling gum disease, tooth decay and plaque. Read more

Scientists discover new arsenic-based broad-spectrum antibiotic. medicalxpress.com: The team is now in the process of patenting its discovery and hopes to work with the pharmaceutical industry to develop the compound into a drug—a long and expensive process that could easily take 10 years. Success is not guaranteed, but the work of these scientists remains extremely important. Read more

The history of humanity in your face. sciencedaily.com: The face you see in the mirror is the result of millions of years of evolution and reflects the most distinctive features that we use to identify and recognize each other, molded by our need to eat, breath, see, and communicate. But how did the modern human face evolve to look the way it does? Eight of the top experts on the evolution of the human face … collaborated on an article published this week in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution to tell this four-million-year story. Read more

Journal de l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec. lordredesdentisteskiosk.milibris.com: L’édition printemps est maintenant en ligne. Lire plus

Study finds preventive oral healthcare is beneficial to patients and emergency departments. dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu: Preventive treatment could save patients time and money by helping them avoid emergency oral health treatment. As a result, providers in emergency departments could be available to treat critical medical concerns. Read more

Flossing and Going to the Dentist Linked to Lower Risk of Oral Cancer. livescience.com: Regularly flossing and going to the dentist may be tied to a lower risk of oral cancer. That’s according to findings presented March 31, here at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting. Read more

Mind Your Business

How to cultivate loyal dental patients. newdentistblog.ada.org: Taking the time to get to know your patients on a personal level — and letting them get to know you — goes a long way when it comes to patient retention, according to the ADA Center for Professional Success. Read more

Your team is EVERYTHING! ada.org: … dentistry is mainly a service business. We don’t sell crowns, we sell smiles. We sell efficient chewing. We sell comfort at every level. And we sell concern for our patients’ welfare. We even sell family-like relationships. Team members who work closely with patients on multiple levels are the practice representatives that sell these things best. To totally impress our patients, we need teams that understand the power and effectiveness of their role in the practice. Read more

Going lean. ada.org: As competition rises in dentistry, it’s more important than ever before for practices to develop a business philosophy that allows them to become and remain successful. To that end, I firmly believe in a concept that I refer to as “Lean Dentistry.” It’s an excellent business approach for dental practices looking to improve their performance. Read more

Your Health & Medical News

Cleanliness may cultivate drug resistance. cmajnews.com: Good hygiene is key to infection control but it may be contributing to growing drug resistance, according to a new study in Nature Communications. Read more

ICU patients with non-brain-related injuries may suffer undetected cognitive dysfunction. mediarelations.uwo.ca: A new study led by Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute has found that most patients entering hospital intensive care units (ICU) for non-brain-related injuries or ailments also suffer from some level of related cognitive dysfunction that currently goes undetected in most cases. Read more

At WHO Forum on Medicines, countries and civil society push for greater transparency and fairer prices. who.int: At a global forum on fair pricing and access to medicines, delegates from governments and civil society organizations called for greater transparency around the cost of research and development as well as production of medicines, to allow buyers to negotiate more affordable prices. Read more

Measles cases quadruple globally in 2019, says UN. bbc.com: The UN body said provisional data indicated a “a clear trend”, with all regions of the world seeing outbreaks. Africa had witnessed the most dramatic rise – up 700%. Read more

10 health stories that mattered this week. Health News Recap: Vaping rules, a public health shake-up, disclosure of top-billing doctors and more in this week’s top Canadian health news. Read more

The Ontario government has been warned its cuts to public health agencies are ‘dangerous.’ thestar.com: In a special meeting on Monday that raised the spectre of the SARS crisis and Walkerton tragedy, Toronto’s board of health voted unanimously to ask the province to reverse its decision to reduce public health spending by $200 million and slash the number of public health departments in the province. Read more

Mandatory added sugar labelling may benefit health. cbc.ca [BLOG]: Doctors say too much dietary sugar is bad for your health. Beginning in 2020, U.S. regulators will demand that processed food makers put added sugar labels on their products. A study published today in the journal Circulation tallies the potential long-term health benefits of such a change in policy using a predictive model. Read more

How wearable tech could help adults with developmental disorders manage anxiety. tvo.org: A new pilot project aims to identify and treat early symptoms of anxiety with the aid of smart watches and a custom app. Read more

Telemedicine, walk-in clinics cloud role of family doctor. nationalpost.com: Health care experts say the changing, fragmented nature of care is precisely why people still need someone who looks out for their overall health, which is the traditional role of primary care physicians like family doctors and internists. Read more

How Changing Tobacco Laws Can Save Thousands Of Lives, Billions Of Tax Dollars. forbes.com [OPINION]: We have a solution. Research has shown that nearly 95% of adults who smoke started smoking before the age of 21. If we take steps to make it harder for youth to access these products, we can potentially prevent a whole new generation from starting this habit and becoming addicted to nicotine and tobacco in the first place. Read more

Big pharma might cut research, delay new drugs if pharmacare means more generics: memo. cbc.ca: Brand-name drug companies could put off introducing new medicine in Canada and scale back research here if the country makes a major shift to cheaper generic alternatives under a national pharmacare plan, according to an internal federal analysis. 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


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


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

MouthWatch Showcasing TeleDent 2.0 During ATA 2019. prnewswire.com: All-In-One Teledentistry Platform Can Help Bridge the Oral-Systemic Gap by Facilitating Virtual Dental-Medical Collaboration. Read more

trenDS | Mindful Clarity. news.dentsplysirona.com: For the season of 2019/2020, Dentsply Sirona Treatment Centers has researched the four global trends in practice design. … The first of these four trends is called “Mindful Clarity”. Read more

Investors continue to pour money into dental start-ups. techcrunch.com: The new injection of cash brings its total funding to $90 million. Candid, which 3D prints its FDA-approved aligners, is designed for people who need mild to moderate orthodontic work. Read more

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