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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/05/01


Top News

Health costs expected to rise 11.6% in 2019: report

CVS Health and Smile Direct Club Team Up to Expand Access and Affordability to Innovative Solution for Achieving a Straighter Smile

Oregon passes bill allowing dentists to administer vaccines

Dentists Can Be First Line of Defense Against Domestic Violence

Dentists detecting more cases of oral cancer, analysis shows

Canadian Dentistry News

Health costs expected to rise 11.6% in 2019: report. benefitscanada.ca: The annual survey determines the anticipated year-over-year cost increase or decrease — or health trend factor — by asking insurers to examine their businesses and take various factors into account, including legislation and reforms, economic events and forecasts, demographic trends, risk margins and high-cost specialty drugs. … Plan members cited dental as the most important benefits, followed by prescription drugs and paramedical services. Read more

The Mustard Seed in Kamloops is in desperate need of help from people in the dental field. cbc.ca/player/: People in the Kamloops dental community are being asked to donate time to help people who can’t afford dental work. There has been a void in charity work since the death of Dr. Bruce Tucker who devoted volunteer hours. Listen 06:11

Dental Hygiene Healthcare Superhero Competition. dentalhygienecanada.ca: Employers, clients or colleagues may nominate their dental hygiene superhero. Deadline extended to May 12, 2019. Read more

News: Senate approves changes to Internationally Trained Dentists Program. schulich.uwo.ca: In order to achieve the goals outlined for learning, changes related to the clinical education, operation, teaching and practice management processes for Dentistry are being discussed and implemented. One such change involves the School’s Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD) Program. Read more

Dentistry students among hundreds who receive Gordon Cressy Leadership Awards. dentistry.utoronto.ca: Faculty of Dentistry students Cameron Goertzen, Ryan Noh, Christy Steele, Lauren Valente and Jonathan Yu were among the hundreds of students recognized with Gordon Cressy Leadership awards from the University of Toronto last week. Read more

The French Side of Dentistry Research. mcgill.ca: Dr. Luda Diatchenko talks about the importance of French in research communities at McGill, and in Montreal. Read more

Dentistry Receives JeunesExplo Interns for a Day. mcgill.ca: The Faculty of Dentistry receives Montreal highschoolers interested in pursuing careers in dental health through the JeunesExplo program. Read more

2019 Alumni of Distinction Award and Dean’s Distinguished Lecture recipients. schulich.uwo.ca: Alumni of Distinction – Celebrating the 2019 recipients Drs. Gordon Payne, Penelope Thornton, Antonios Mamandras. Read more

New scholarship honours memory of slain Saint John dentist. cbc.ca: Friends of Cindy McCormick, the mother of two and Saint John dentist who was murdered in 2017, will honour her memory this June when they hand out $2,500 scholarships to two students graduating from Nackawic High School. Read more

Ottawa’s signing dentist has deaf patients smiling. cbc.ca: Deaf and partly deaf people in Ottawa can now skip the interpreter at one dentist’s office. Dr. Shelly Stack had been working as an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for 20 years in the United States when she decided to pursue a career in dentistry. Read more

B.C. dentists’ college is in urgent need of an extraction. Times Colonist (Victoria) [OPINION]: A recent inquiry into the B.C. College of Dental Surgeons paints an ugly picture. The college board is portrayed as being more interested in protecting dentists than looking after patient rights. […] Perhaps the profession doesn’t want better evidence, because the result could be financially damaging. All of which is to say, more is required than a shakeup of the college board. We need the profession to show that steps are being taken to ground its practices in firmer evidence than currently exists. Read more

Ensemble pour la protection du public et l’équité – La présidente de l’Ordre des hygiénistes dentaires du Québec à Sherbrooke et à Trois-Rivières. newswire.ca : … L’objectif visé par cette tournée régionale de la présidente de l’OHDQ est d’écouter et de discuter avec les membres de l’Ordre sur les problématiques liées au manque d’accessibilité aux soins préventifs en santé buccodentaire. Lire plus

International Dentistry News

FDI announces new partnership with Morita on World Day for Health and Safety at Work. fdiworlddental.org: … FDI is launching a project to promote health and safety in the dental workplace. … As part of the project, Health and Safety in the Dental Workplace, FDI will develop guidelines that will focus specifically on ensuring a clean clinical environment for employees, the importance of adopting a natural and ergonomic working posture, prioritizing well-being in the workplace, and preventing in-clinic infection. Read more

Op-ed: Dental students advocate for primary health coverage to include oral health. fdiworlddental.org: In October 2018, the world came together for the Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana, Kazakhstan, to renew a 40-year commitment to primary health care (PHC). Attending the conference as a young dentist and youth delegate, I was disappointed that oral health was never mentioned in these high-level discussions. It made me think: How can universal health coverage (UHC) ever be achieved if human health is still not recognized as a whole? Read more

UnitedHealthcare, SmileDirectClub partner on new dental benefit. benefitnews.com: UnitedHealthcare members may be smiling a little brighter. That’s because the insurer is teaming up with SmileDirectClub to offer a new benefit to help employees improve their oral health. The companies are now offering more than 1.5 million UnitedHealthcare dental plan participants with orthodontic coverage the ability to purchase clear aligners via SmileDirectClub’s teledentistry and in-store service. Read more

CVS Health and Smile Direct Club Team Up to Expand Access and Affordability to Innovative Solution for Achieving a Straighter Smile. prnewswire.com: Hundreds of SmileShops to open in CVS Pharmacy locations in 2019, more than doubling SmileDirectClub’s physical footprint and consumer access to teledentistry. SmileDirectClub and Aetna Dental to collaborate to enhance, simplify patient payment experience. Read more

Oregon passes bill allowing dentists to administer vaccines. ada.org: Dentists in Oregon can soon provide vaccinations, including annual flu shots and the human papilloma virus vaccine, to patients. The Oregon state legislature approved a bill that adds the prescription and administration of vaccines into a dentist’s scope of practice. Read more

‘Crisis point:” Wisconsin sees shortage of dentists able treat patients with significant special needs. fox6now.com: For a person with significant disabilities, a simple cavity can go unnoticed by caregivers for a long time. However, that person is much less likely to receive regular dental care. It’s a shortage in Wisconsin dental care some are calling a “crisis.” Read more

Too many Australians miss out on timely dental care – Labor’s pledge is just a start. theconversation.com: Labor’s pensioner dental plan would give aged pensioners up to A$1,000 of subsidised dental care every two years. The policy is a welcome advance, but both sides should go further. The current system is a mess. Read more

ADA applauds Labor plans for greater access to dental care for older Australians. ada.org.au: The Australian Dental Association (ADA) applauds Labor’s plan unveiled to provide significant additional dental funding for pensioners and healthcare card holders over 65. The extra funding of $1,000 per person every two years, announced as one of Labor’s election platform health pillars, will go a long way to ensuring three million seniors will have greater access to a range of dental service. Read more

Case Western Reserve dental school researchers awarded $4.2 million to study seniors’ oral health. thedaily.case.edu: The idea is to develop a standard of care for older adults. Read more

Some Dentists To Soon Perform Blood Pressure Screenings. kxnet.com: North Dakota is among just five other states across the country awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control to improve Medical-Dental integration. Dental offices who volunteer will be able to conduct blood pressure checks of patients that are willing. Read more

Dentist supplied potentially harmful product to 12 patients, court hears. irishtimes.com: High court imposes conditions on registration of Mayo practitioner for supplying dangerous mouthwash. Read more

Q&A: 3-D Printing for Dentistry With Rik Jacobs of 3D Systems. dentistrytoday.com: 3-D printing is transforming dentistry as it enables dentists to create crowns, bridges, retainers, splints, surgical guides, dentures, and more all in their office in a matter of hours. … Rik Jacobs, vice president and general manager of dental solutions at 3D Systems, recently shared his insights about the technology and how it is impacting the dental profession. Read more

Dundee dental students scoop award for oral health prison project. dentalhealth.org: The winning group of students was tasked with tackling the issue of oral health for the residents of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) within HMP Perth. The group decided that the main areas of focus would be motivation and education, delivered through informational posters and workshops as well as an educational video. Read more

Things to do, see, eat during ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco. ada.org: From the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the colorful Painted Ladies, there is no shortage of sights to see in San Francisco, the host city of the ADA FDI World Dental Congress Sept. 4-8 at the Moscone Center. Read more

The dentist workforce through the years. newdentistblog.ada.org: What did the dental workforce look like in the beginning of the century? And what will it look like in 20 years or so? Read more

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

Reflecting Back on Two Decades in Service of Healthcare: An Interview with Dr. Rick Valachovic. laisonedu.com: Read more

AAE Recognizes Leaders in Dentistry at 2019 Annual Meeting. aae.org: The American Association of Endodontists  formally presented their 2019 recipients of their  most prestigious awards at the Association’s annual, April meeting in Montréal. Read more

Thousands Partake in American Association of Endodontists’ Annual Meeting in Montréal. aae.org: Over 4,200 dental professionals and other oral health care providers attended the American Association of Endodontists’ annual meeting in Montréal, April 10-13. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Dentists Can Be First Line of Defense Against Domestic Violence. opa.uahs.arizona.edu: New findings indicate that oral biomarkers may help health providers identify victims of domestic violence. Read more

Common oral infections in childhood may increase the risk of atherosclerosis in adulthood. sciencedaily.com: A Finnish 27-year follow-up study suggests that common oral infections in childhood, caries and periodontal diseases, are associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis in adulthood. Read more

Dentists detecting more cases of oral cancer, analysis shows. dentistry.utoronto: More dentists are detecting oral cancers in Ontario — and earlier — than ever before. That’s one of the takeaways stemming from a new study out of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry, published this month in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more

Webinar: Filling in the gaps: What dentists need to know about the Minamata Convention on Mercury. fdiworlddental.org: A group of leading experts will explain the Convention’s dental amalgam phase-down provisions, the new EU dental amalgam regulations, best management practices, prevention and alternative materials, as well as the latest research on dental amalgam alternatives. The webinar will also discuss the upcoming third Meeting of the Parties to the Minamata Convention (COP3). Read more

May JADA examines impact of all tobacco products on oral health. ada.org: All tobacco products, not just cigarettes, could be harmful to periodontal health, according to research published in the May issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more

An army of microrobots can wipe out dental plaque. penntoday.upenn.edu: A productive collaboration between the School of Dental Medicine and School of Engineering and Applied Science led to the microbe-killing robots for biofilm elimination. Read more

Antibiotic use linked to greater risk of heart attack and stroke in women. medicalxpress.com: Women who take antibiotics over a long period of time are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, according to research carried out in nearly 36,500 women. Read more

Probiotics breath mint may help fight mouth diseases and more, periodontist says. abc7.com: Dr. Sanda Moldovan says “The mouth is the opening of the G.I. tract so most people don’t think of the mouth that way. Probiotics especially the chewable kind for the mouth can have an anti-inflammatory reaction.” Moldovan says a certain type of bad bacteria can wreak havoc in the mouth. Read more

Your genetic make-up has little impact on your dental health, new study finds. sciencedaily.com: A new study has found genetic makeup does not predispose people to tooth decay, however the research did find that children with overweight mothers are more likely to have cavities. Read more

Are Canadians kept in the dark about potential drug safety risks? news.ubc.ca: In a study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers analyzed how often drug regulators in four countries—Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia—issued safety advisories about the potential health risks of medications. Read more

Journal of Dental Research’s May issue focuses on oral and head and neck cancer. dental-tribune.com: This year marks the centennial of the Journal of Dental Research (JDR). To celebrate, JDR is featuring a yearlong monthly commemorative article and podcast series that highlights topics that have transformed dental, oral and craniofacial research over the past century. In May, the focus is on oral and head and neck cancer. Read more and View issue

Mind Your Business

A Disciplinary Hearing—It Could Happen to You. cdspi.com: No dentist wants to experience a hearing, but if the worst case happens, the best thing you can do is be prepared. Read more

When Your Plans Change… Make Sure Your Insurance Plans Change Too. cdspi.com: If you’ve had a baby, renovated your practice, planned a long trip, entered retirement, or made any other life changes, it’s probably time to update your insurance. Read more

Patient Information

Nonnutritive sucking: How pacifiers and thumb and finger sucking negatively affect babies’ teeth and mouths. rdhmag.com: Nonnutritive sucking (NNS)—when a baby sucks on a pacifier or digit, whether thumb or otherwise—is a common behavior for babies to self-soothe, fight boredom, and ease to sleep. These nonnutritive habits, however, have been shown to contribute to malocclusion and other orofacial abnormalities. Read more

Your Health & Medical News

German scientists create see-through human organs. reuters.com: Researchers in Germany have created transparent human organs using a new technology that could pave the way to print three-dimensional body parts such as kidneys for transplants. Read more

What’s Next Canada conference highlights innovations for seniors. canhealth.com: The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), in partnership with Mary Furlong & Associates, held its first-ever What’s Next Canada Conference in March, bringing together experts and thought-leaders in aging and brain health to network and discuss current innovations in the care of seniors. Read more

Update on New Drug and Medical Device Authorizations. canada.ca: Canadians want access to the latest treatments for themselves, and their friends and family, especially for diseases and conditions where limited options are available. … These new drugs and devices have the potential to vastly improve the quality of lives of many Canadians, including children and seniors. Read more

Teens prefer harm reduction messaging on substance use. news.ubc.ca: For many parents, talking to their children about substance use is like navigating a field of landmines. It’s difficult to know exactly what to say and how to say it. But a new study from researchers at the University of British Columbia and University of Calgary is showing the way forward. Read more

Ontario becomes 1st province to demand pharmacists complete a cannabis education course. cbc.ca: Members of the Ontario College of Pharmacists now have until March 27, 2020 to complete a mandatory course in order to reliably inform patients of how cannabis interacts with their medications. Read more

Warning from an ER doctor: Ford’s public health cuts will mean more hallway medicine. thestar.com [OPINION]: Premier Doug Ford’s public health cuts will mean more people are sick, more strain on the limping ER system, and more hallway medicine for you and your loved ones. Read more

U.N. Issues Urgent Warning on the Growing Peril of Drug-Resistant Infections. nytimes.com: A new report says the overuse of antimicrobial drugs in humans, animals and plants is fueling resistant pathogens that could kill 10 million people annually by 2050. Read more

This $1,650 pill will tell your doctors whether you’ve taken it. Is it the future of medicine? washingtonpost.com: When the Food and Drug Administration approved in late 2017 a schizophrenia pill that sends a signal to a patient’s doctor when ingested, it was seen not only as a major step forward for treatment of the disease but as a new frontier of Internet-connected medicine. Read more

Transforming health care: How artificial intelligence is reshaping the medical landscape. cbc.ca: Radiology and dermatology among areas of medicine that will be altered by machines with capacity to learn. 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 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

Dental Industry News

The Red Dot Award Product Design for Primescan: Digital impressions and outstanding design. dentisplysirona.com: Dentsply Sirona introduced Primescan in February ‒ an innovation in digital impressions. The new intraoral scanner has now been awarded the highly renowned Red Dot Award Product Design 2019. Read more

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