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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/06/29


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Safety net: AAP, pediatric dental group update guidance on dental sedation personnel

Victoria man barely escapes Mount Everest alive

Childhood trauma tied to tooth loss later in life

Canadian Dentistry News

No tax on sugary drinks in federal Liberal platform, says health minister. cbc.ca: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has no intention of introducing a tax on sugary beverages to fight obesity, despite calls from within the party to make the initiative part of the Liberal platform. Read more

Grad Profile: Preparing For A Life In Dentistry – Katherine Curry, Faculty of Dentistry. dal.ca: Katherine Curry (DDS’19) says that as soon as her hand touched the drill, she knew dentistry was the right choice of profession for her. What she didn’t know then was that a challenging surgical speciality – embarked upon by relatively few women – would beckon. Read more

Victoria man barely escapes Mount Everest alive. vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca: A South Island dentist is crediting the heroism of others for helping him survive a very deadly season atop the world’s tallest mountain. Read more and watch 03:22

New Manitoba health professionals set to graduate. news.umanitoba.ca: … the graduating Dentistry Class will include 33 students. Read more

Outstanding Alumni Award goes to Dr. Marco Caminiti. mcgill.ca: The Faculty of Dentistry is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award, Dr. Marco Caminiti. Read more

Il veut remuer le milieu des rince-bouche. tvanouvelles.ca : Un homme d’affaires et scientifique montréalais qui se targue d’avoir inventé un rince-bouche 100 % naturel et québécois veut créer un débat sur la nocivité des produits commerciaux du genre sur l’environnement et la santé. Lire plus

Labrador mothers frustrated, confused, by MTAP program handling of dental work. thetelegram.com: “I really still do not understand why I was refused… in my mind it was a procedure that she needed to have done, that’s not offered here…” said McLean. Read more

International Dentistry News

Safety net: AAP, pediatric dental group update guidance on dental sedation personnel. aappublications.org: Sedation for dental procedures in children and teenagers is generally safe. However, recent deaths in the dental setting and concern over the growing use of inadequate supervision during sedation procedures have prompted stronger guidance from the AAP in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Read more

New publication alert: FDI 2018 Annual Report now online. fdiworlddental.org: Read the 2018 Annual Report for full details on FDI’s annual events, oral health projects, advocacy agenda, scientific journal, membership details, financial statements, and an updated list of our partners. Read more

72nd World Health Assembly misses critical opportunity to drive action on oral health. fdiworlddental.org: Read more

ADA Statement on New Study in The Journal of the American Medical Association. ada.org: The American Dental Association (ADA) is aware of recently published research in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that examines opioid prescriptions written by dentists in the U.S. and England in 2016. The ADA continues to be dedicated to raising awareness and taking action on the opioid public health crisis. Read more

ADA supports legislation calling for raising legal age to 21 to purchase tobacco. ada.org: The ADA May 23 announced its support for a new bill that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. Read more

Mid-level dental providers to only practice in underserved areas under amended legislation. thenevadaindependent.com: A scaled-back version of a bill to allow mid-level dental providers to practice in the state passed the Senate Monday night following concerns from dentists that the original proposal wouldn’t actually meet the needs of underserved communities and could contribute to the corporatization of dental practices. Read more

Contracts ‘keep dentists from poorer areas’ in Wales. bbc.com: Some NHS dentists are being discouraged from taking on patients in poorer parts of Wales because of how they are paid. Read more

High cost means more than half of NZ’s young adults don’t access dental care. theconversation.com [OPINION]: In New Zealand, wealth determines dental health. Inequalities in untreated tooth decay are wider in New Zealand than in Australia, Canada or the United States. … New Zealand’s dental health-care system needs change. Read more

Wisconsin Dental Therapy Coalition. thewheelerreport.com: Wisconsin Health Care Providers Support Dental Therapy Bill Coalition grows to over 50 Groups Who Want Dental Therapists to Practice in State. Read more

New technology allows dentists to see patients remotely in region with high rate of tooth decay in children. tvnz.co.nz: A new initiative in Northland [New Zealand] is helping specialists see patients in remote communities almost immediately. It’s a region with some of the worst dental health statistics in the country, but a digital camera trial is already slashing specialists’ travel time and meaning more patients can be seen faster. Read more

Graphic health warnings on cigarette packages losing their impact, study shows. nationalpost.com: Experts say the findings highlight a need for governments to introduce more ‘variety’ and ‘novelty’ in their messaging if they want to encourage smokers to break the habit. Read more

Wisconsin Dental Therapy Coalition. thewheelerreport.com: Wisconsin Health Care Providers Support Dental Therapy Bill Coalition grows to over 50 Groups Who Want Dental Therapists to Practice in State. Read more

Penn Dental Medicine Appoints Dr. Todd Singer Assistant Dean for Intramural and Extramural Affairs. denta.upenn.edu: In this new position, Dr. Singer will direct operations for the Penn Dental Family Practice, the two multispecialty, community dental practices of Penn Dental Medicine. He will also manage other strategic initiatives for the school. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Efficacy of an All-Natural Polyherbal Mouthwash in Patients With Periodontitis: A Single-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial. frontiersin.org: This study aimed to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effect and the incidence of adverse effects of an all-natural polyherbal mouthwash in patients with periodontitis, after 3 months of use. Read more

Dental painkiller prescriptions are leading to teenage addiction. dentistryiq.com: A look at alternatives to treat pain. Read more

Barriers and factors influencing communication between dental professionals and Child Welfare Services in their everyday work. onlinelibrary.wiley.com (from Oslo, Norway): The aims of this study were to explore whether GDPs have mutual collaboration and communication with the Child Welfare Services (CWS), and potential barriers for reporting child maltreatment. Read more

Oral health of adults with intellectual disabilities: a systematic review. onlinelibrary.wiley (from Glasgow, UK): Poor oral health is largely preventable through proactive oral care support. In recent years, social care provision for adults has changed, with deinstitutionalisation and home‐based personalised care now being the typical provision in high income countries. Hence, oral health inequalities might be reducing. However, there is limited recent evidence‐synthesis on the topic. We aimed to address this. Read more

A Finnish study proves the presence of oral bacteria in cerebral emboli. eurekalert.org: Researchers at Tampere University have shown for the first time that the cerebral emboli of stroke patients contain DNA from oral pathogens. The research article has been published in the Journal of American Heart Association. Read more

US dentists out-prescribe UK dentists when it comes to opioids. today.uic.edu: Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that dentists practicing in the U.S. write 37 times more opioid prescriptions than dentists practicing in England. Read more

Researchers find genetic mechanism that triggers cleft lip and palate. dental-tribune.com: It has long been known that the gene TP63 can contribute to the development of cleft lip and palate, but the exact process has been unclear. A joint study by the universities of Bonn and Pennsylvania has now clarified how this mechanism works. Read more

Childhood trauma tied to tooth loss later in life. medicalxpress.com: Even if children grow up to overcome childhood adversity, the trauma they experience in early life causes them to be at greater risk for tooth loss, according to University of Michigan researchers. Read more

June JADA finds more research needed into musculoskeletal care for dental professionals. ada.org: Research into the effectiveness of preventive and rehabilitative care for musculoskeletal disorders in oral health care professionals is limited, according to a systematic review published in the June issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more

Stem cell study reveals the harmful effects of flavored e-cigarette liquids. news-medical.net: Using stem cells to investigate the impact of e-liquids on cardiovascular disease, a new study has revealed the harmful effects of flavored e-cigarette liquids and e-cigarette use. The most toxic flavors: cinnamon and menthol. Read more

Should we put more focus on the message of beverage acidity? ada.org.au: Fifty-two percent of Australians are reportedly exceeding the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guideline for free sugar intake to be less than 10% of total daily energy intake, therefore it is to be commended that sugar takes such prominence in oral health promotion. It is, of course, important that we highlight the fact that sugar plays a major role in causing dental disease with patients increasingly aware how badly sugar can affect their oral health. But while we’re highlighting the role of sugar, particularly in regard to the consumption of sugary drinks, are we missing a chance to highlight the role beverage acidity plays in oral health? Read more

Cranberries join forces with antibiotics to fight bacteria. mcgill.ca: Research conducted at McGill University and INRS has found that a cranberry extract makes bacteria more sensitive to antibiotics, a promising avenue for limiting resistance to these important drugs. Read more

Mind Your Business

Video: Before You Sign Your First Contract… cdspi.com: Matthew Wilton, a lawyer who has represented dentists in many contract negotiations, explains some of the core principles of creating a strong Associate Agreement. He discusses remuneration models, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements and other specifics for protecting your interests. Watch 2:42

Patient Information

What stress is doing to your oral health. globalnews.ca: When you’re stressed, the last thing you want to worry about is your teeth. For some, stress can lead skipping out on brushing or flossing altogether, while others develop habits of teeth-grinding. Dr. Bruce Ward, a dentist and spokesperson for the British Columbia Dental Association, told Global News that when people are stressed, they often don’t even think about oral health. Read more

DIY Dentistry – It’s a Don’t. today.uconn.edu: As direct-to-consumer marketing becomes pervasive, there’s a growing trend of Do-It-Yourself or DIY. While the companies may promise an easier way to seek a straighter smile, is it a better way? Faculty at the UConn School of Dental Medicine say “No.” Read more

Your Health & Medical News

Good and bad stress: Do you know the difference? cdspi.com: Whatever the kind of stress we experience, one thing is clear: it’s unavoidable. So we need to find ways to harness the power of short-term stress and control the negative effects of long-term stress. Read more

Mindfulness Techniques May Help You Reduce Stress [Videos]. success.ada.org: Stress and anxiety are daily facts of life for many people, and running or working in a dental practice can be particularly stressful. Mindfulness, defined as non-judgmental, moment to moment awareness, has been shown to be an effective stress reduction practice.  Read more

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmajnews.com: Health News Recap – Worry over public health cuts, concerns about health care costs of aging population, and more in this week’s top Canadian health news. Read more

Health Canada restricts amount of alcohol allowed in sugary premixed beverages. cbc.ca: Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor’s office has confirmed new regulations restricting the amount of alcohol allowed in sugary premixed beverages take effect today across Canada. Read more

Government of Canada invests in new cannabis research and public awareness programs. canada.ca: Researchers to produce evidence on the potential harms and therapeutic uses of cannabis. Read more

Le Gouvernement du Canada investit dans de nouveaux programmes de recherche et de sensibilisation du public à l’égard du cannabis. canada.ca : Des chercheuses et chercheurs produiront des données sur les méfaits et l’usage thérapeutique potentiels du cannabis. Lire plus

Even slight cannabis use can harm teenagers, UdeM study contends. montrealgazette.com: Their conclusion was at once simple and frightening: the more a young person uses cannabis, the more their cognitive abilities are diminished. Read more

World’s rivers loaded with antibiotics waste: study. ctvnews.ca: Rivers worldwide are polluted with antibiotics that exceed environmental safety thresholds by up to 300 times, according to research. Read more

Teens still commonly prescribed opioids, study find. nbcnews.com: While opioid prescriptions might be understandable for collarbone fractures and certain other types of bone breaks, Hudgins and others were perplexed by others, including those for sore throats, for which opioids were prescribed at 12.5 percent of visits, urinary tract infections, prescribed at 16.7 percent of visits and dental problems, prescribed at 57.9 percent of visits. Read more

WHO highlights huge scale of tobacco-related lung disease deaths. who.int: World No Tobacco Day 2019: Don’t let tobacco take your breath away. Read more

Smart home technology could help those with mental illness live independently. london.ctvnews.ca: Helping those living with severe mental illness regain their independence through supporting housing is part of a first-of-its-kind research project at the Lawson Health Research Institute. Read more

Six in 10 people believe Canadians will have to delay retirement to afford health care: CMA tells seniors ministers it’s time for federal action. cma.ca: Supported by findings from a national Ipsos Reid survey, CMA President Dr. Gigi Osler called on all levels of government to take action. 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


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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