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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/06/26


Top News

Hygienists are ditching dentists’ offices to set up their own clinics

Food Allergies: Their Relevance to Dental Care

Study finds dramatic 74% increase in youth vaping in Canada

Canadian Community Health Survey, 2018

Promoting access to oral care on World Refugee Day to support universal health coverage

Canadian Dentistry News

High levels of dental decay seen at screening event. calgary.ctvnews.ca: Nearly half of children who received a free dental screening at a weekend event in Calgary hadn’t seen a dentist in the previous year and had visible decay, according to the group behind the event. Read more

Seniors Sought for Dental Survey. netnewsledger.com: In April 2019, the provincial government announced it would invest in a low-income seniors’ dental health program, with the potential for service provision lead by public health units. Read more

Hygienists are ditching dentists’ offices to set up their own clinics. theglobeandmail.com: Ashley McCarthy’s workday often starts at a Calgary-area school, but she’s not a teacher. She’s one of an increasing number of dental hygienists who have opened up their own businesses, taking advantage of recent changes in provincial regulations. Read more

Québec veut mieux identifier et aider les aînés vulnérables. tvanouvelles.ca: Le gouvernement québécois mettra en place prochainement un projet de réseaux qui interviendront directement auprès des aînés vulnérables et isolés. Lire plus

New legislation targets foreign credential roadblocks. edmontonjournal.com: Engineers, architects, nurses and dentists educated abroad are among the targets for a new government office that would work with professional licensing bodies to simplify and accelerate foreign credential recognition. Read more

Changes to Minimal Sedation Registration. rcdso.org: At the May 2019 meeting, Council approved changes to College by-laws that will make administering minimal sedation more flexible for dentists going forward. Read more

Awards: Dentistry faculty internationally recognized for oral health research. schulich.uwo.ca: Congratulations to Drs. Walter Siqueira and Jeffrey Dixon who received international recognition for their work in Dental Research. Read more

Peter V. Cooney Received 2019 IADR Honorary Membership. iadr.org: Read more

Stephen Birch Received 2019 Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research Award. iadr.org: Read more

Asbjørn Jokstad Received 2019 Research in Prosthodontics and Implants Award. iadr.org: Read more

Feature: Celebrating the Dentistry Class of 2019 with Pari Dabas. schulich.uwo.ca: Cliché story or not, Pari Dabas admits that getting braces was what inspired her to pursue dentistry. Read more

International Dentistry News

Dentists call for dental revolution in care homes. bda.org, June 24: The BDA has welcomed the new report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on the parlous state of plans, policies and provision for oral health in care homes; publishing its own analysis of official figures indicating funding is currently supporting access for as little as one in a hundred of those who, due to limited mobility, may require access to domiciliary services. Read more

Leading oral health charity responds to damning CQC report on oral health in care homes. dentalhealth.org: A new report by the Care Quality Commission has revealed a severe lack of provision for oral health care in care homes. The Oral Health Foundation is calling on the Government to take action and ensure that oral care for our elderly is not neglected. Read more

Dentists Support Water Fluoridation. dentalreview.news: The national conference of Local Dental Committees (LDCs)which represents more than 25 thousand NHS dentists working in high street practices is supporting community water fluoridation in areas of need. Read more

Virgin Islands Dental Association holds oral health summit with ADA. ada.org: ADA President Jeffrey M. Cole traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands June 20 to meet with the Virgin Islands Dental Association and other stakeholders to discuss the territory’s five-year oral health plan. Read more

Printing a smile: New technologies, shifting standards affect dentures. limaohio.com: Read more

Lack of dental insurance is often lost in the health care debate, but it impacts millions. ocregister.com: Although it can be tempting to skimp on dental care for those who lack insurance, untreated dental problems can lead to other health complications and higher medical costs. Read more

Students learn to screen for diabetes. ada.org: Nation’s epidemic drives University of Maryland School of Dentistry to focus on prevention, monitoring. Read more

Coalition asks Congress to address Medicaid funding shortfall in U.S. territories. ada.org: … Without additional funds to offset the end of the temporary federal Medicaid funds, the impact to the territories’ budgets, coverage and patients’ health “will be severe,” the coalition wrote. Read more

House passes first of two spending bills, allots $484 million for NIDCR. ada.org: The House Appropriations approved a $983 billion, four-bill legislation package June 19 that would provide increased funding to many of the Association’s key advocacy issues affecting oral and overall health. Read more

ADA urges Congress to address acute pain in response to opioids. ada.org: The ADA is applauding Congress’ response to the opioid crisis but continues to urge the federal government to place a greater emphasis on managing acute pain in its prevention efforts. Read more

Sweet enough: educating kids on the ill-effects of sugary drinks. ada.org.au: Rethink Sugary Drink, a partnership between a number of key health and community organisations including the Australian Dental Association, has launched its annual Critics’ Choice competition (CCC) which aims to encourage young Australians to switch from good oral and general health-damaging sugary drinks to water. Read more

Promoting access to oral care on World Refugee Day to support universal health coverage. fdiworlddental.org: FDI stands in solidarity with refugees and highlights the importance of ensuring their access to a reliable and complete level of oral care. Read more

Brits cancelling appointments due to fear of dentist. dentistry.co.uk: Research from Hudgell Solicitors shows that 80% of Brits admit to being scared of the dentist. And more than a third haven’t been to the dentist in the last two years. Read more

Doctor, dentist organizations form group to fight proposed changes to anesthesia regulations. ilbusinessdaily.com: Seven organizations representing Illinois physicians and dentists have banded together to protest proposed legislation that would allow Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to administer anesthesia without the physical presence of a medical doctor or dentist. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Food Allergies: Their Relevance to Dental Care. rcdso.org: The risks of lethal food allergies was recently highlighted in the media. […] This story heightened public awareness of the dangerous consequences of food allergies and their link to dental care. Read more

Fried Illuminates the Future of Dentistry. nidcr.nih.gov: For anyone who dreads going to the dentist, there may be light at the end of the tunnel. Advances in laser and light-based imaging technologies may soon change the face of modern dentistry. Read more

Electric toothbrushes win the head-to-head against manual in record breaking new study. dentalhealth.org: Electric toothbrushes clean teeth and gums much better than a manual toothbrush, according to the findings of a new study. Read more

July JADA evaluates psychosocial measures as predictors of chronic TMD. ada.org: While psychosocial measures are important predictors of whether a person will develop a temporomandibular disorder, a study published in the July issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association found they do not predict whether the disorder will become persistent. Read more

Stem cells and more: How dentists of the future may fix your teeth. medicalxpress.com: The next time you lose a tooth, could your dentist just grow you a new one? Not yet, but research at USC brings dentists a step closer. Here are a few ways Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC scientists could revolutionize dental care. Read more

Impact of sugar‐sweetened beverage taxes on purchases and dietary intake: Systematic review and meta‐analysis. onlinelibrary.wiley.com: The aim was to conduct a systematic review of real‐world sugar‐sweetened beverage (SSB) tax evaluations and examine the overall impact on beverage purchases and dietary intake by meta‐analysis. Read more

Indigenous oral health inequalities begin in childhood: A multi-country study. iadr.org: Dandara Haag, University of Adelaide, Australia, gave an oral presentation on “Indigenous Oral Health Inequalities Begin in Childhood: A Multi-country Study.” … There is limited documentation on the magnitude of oral health inequalities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across a range of countries and comparable oral health indicators that focus specifically on children. This study compared relative oral health inequalities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children and adolescents ages five to 15 years-old from Brazil, New Zealand and Australia. Read more

Survey of dental researchers’ perceptions of sexual harassment at AADR conference. iadr.org: At the 97th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), … AADR Immediate Past President Raul Garcia, Boston University, Massachusetts, USA, presented a poster on “Survey of Dental Researchers’ Perceptions of Sexual Harassment at AADR Conferences 2015-2018.” Read more

Dental Therapy Seen as a Best Practice for Boosting Access to Care. pewtrusts.org: Report says midlevel oral health providers increase efficiency and profitability. Read more

Assembly of the Human Oral Microbiome Age One to 12. iadr.org: Read more

Cytotoxicity and Physical Properties of Glass Ionomer Cement Containing Flavonoids. iadr.org: Read more

Gender-specific Differences in the Salivary Microbiome of Caries-active Children. iadr.org: Read more

Autoimmunity and Chair-side Risk Assessment of Temporomandibular Disorders. iadr.org: Read more

Metabolomic Profiling of Antibody Response to Periodontal Pathogens. iadr.org: Read more

Saving children’s teeth in Sudan – without anaesthetic or drills. medicalxpress.com: Tooth decay is the most common chronic dental disease in the world. … If left untreated, it can cause pain and abscesses and may require root treatment or even extraction. This can traumatise children for life. Read more

Mind Your Business

Five Tips to Help Avoid Back Injuries. cdspi.com: Hours spent each day leaning over patients can take an excessive toll on a dentist’s back. You can reduce your risk of back injury substantially by following a few simple preventative measures. Read more

The business of dentistry revolves around patient communication. bmmagazine.co.uk: To succeed as a dentist, you need to be able to exercise clinical skills and training, but you also need to be able to communicate with patients and build a rapport. Read more

Patient Information

Charcoal toothpaste can remove more than stains from your teeth, dentist warns. freep.com: You’ve probably seen ads for charcoal toothpaste and powders, which claim to brighten smiles using activated charcoal, an abrasive carbon material that also is used in filters to remove toxins from water, and is known to absorb oil and dirt. … But you might want to think twice before using it on your teeth. Read more

8 Travel Tips for Your Teeth. ada.org: Have toothbrush, will travel! Use this getaway guide to find out how to take care of your teeth before, during and after vacation. Read more

Test Your Summer Smarts. ada.org: Should you drink lemonade or water on a hot, sunny day? Is chewing ice good or bad for your teeth? Take our quiz to find out what’s best for your teeth this summer. Read more

Summer Spirits Can Tarnish Your Teeth. oda.ca: The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has some helpful tips to make sure your smile lasts throughout the summer and for years to come. Read more

Your Health & Medical News

Hope for people with fibromyalgia from Montreal-based researchers. montrealgazette.com: A Montreal-based research team has shown that the composition of the microbiome, the complex mixture of microorganisms that populate our gastrointestinal tract, is altered in people with fibromyalgia. Read more

Canadian Community Health Survey, 2018. statcan.gc.ca: The CCHS collects information annually to provide in-depth insights on the health of Canadians and their emerging health concerns. A wide range of self-reported information is collected including the health status of Canadians, factors impacting their health and their use of health care services. Read more

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmajnews.com: A youth vaping epidemic, how seniors use health care, health sector layoffs in Ontario, and more in this week’s top Canadian health news. Read more

One in five hospitalized children is malnourished. cmajnews.com: Many Canadian children are malnourished and lose weight in hospital without doctors recognizing the problem, experts warned at the Canadian Paediatric Society’s annual meeting. They’re urging health teams to screen for malnutrition on admission like they do for infectious diseases. Read more

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada: An Update on Her Vision and Areas of Focus. canada.ca. Read more

Déclaration de l’administratrice en chef de la santé publique du Canada : mise à jour de sa vision et de ses domaines d’intérêt particulier. canada.ca. Lire plus

Feds take new steps to warn about the hazards of getting high with $15M investment into community programs. montreal.citynews.ca: The federal government is investing $15-million in community-based education about the risks of pot use. The money will be split between 13 organizations for community-based programs. Read more

Medicine shortages feared as Trump backs Florida, Colorado laws to import Canadian drugs in bulk. nationalpost.com: Though Health Canada has said little about the trend, some Canadian experts and lobby groups are concerned, raising the spectre of a much larger market siphoning away drugs from Canadian patients. Read more

Health Canada proposes new regulations to strengthen the requirements for labelling and packaging of vaping products. canada.ca: … the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, launched public consultations on proposed regulations that would set out new and updated requirements for the labelling and containers of vaping products. Read more

City proposes full ban on shisha lounges by 2021. edmontonjournal.com: City officials are moving forward with a proposed bylaw to prohibit shisha consumption in public buildings by 2021. Read more

B.C. health minister calls for federal action on vaping after study shows surge in teen use. cbc.ca: Health Minister Adrian Dix says B.C. is ready to step up with tougher provincial restrictions on vaping following new research showing skyrocketing rates of e-cigarette rates by Canadian teens. In a news release Thursday, Dix said the province has recommended federal regulatory action on advertising of vaping products, as well as restrictions on nicotine concentrations and sales of flavoured vaping liquids. Read more

Study finds dramatic 74% increase in youth vaping in Canada. newswire.ca: The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is calling for immediate government action to address a significant and troubling increase in youth vaping in Canada. The increase in rates was revealed in a new study published in the British Medical Journal. Read more

Le vapotage est en hausse chez les jeunes. lapresse.ca: La Société canadienne du cancer (SCC) appelle à des interventions des gouvernements après avoir pris connaissance de données qu’elle juge troublantes sur une forte hausse du taux de vapotage chez les jeunes au Canada. Read more

New Canada Research Chairs driven to improve health outcomes for Canadians. ualberta.ca: Restoring mobility of Canadians living with spinal cord injury. Understanding how stress plays a role in metabolism. Making drinking water more safe. These are just a few examples of the work being done by University of Alberta researchers who have been awarded new Canada Research Chairs. Read more

FDA releases millions of records of incidents involving medical devices. startribune.com: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday published millions of previously undisclosed reports of problems and post-surgical complications involving medical devices, including reports on implantable cardiac defibrillators, pacemaker electrodes and dental implants. 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


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

Colgate’s Recyclable Tube First to be Recognized by Association of Plastic Recyclers. businesswire.com: Under development for more than five years, the tube will debut under the Company’s Tom’s of Maine brand in the U.S. in 2020. Roll out to select global markets under the Colgate brand will follow. The Company plans to fully convert to recyclable tubes by 2025, when all of its products will be in 100% recyclable packaging. Read more

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