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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/07/10


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P.E.I. dealing with shortage of dental assistants

Un géant américain de l’orthodontie débarque au Québec

Dental Benefits Guide: Non-Insured Health Benefits Program

Dr. P. Ralph Crawford named to Order of Canada for work in dental field

Canadian Dentistry News

Dental health needs of seniors examined in new survey by Thunder Bay public health unit. cbc.ca: The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is inviting people aged 65 and older, living in the northwestern Ontario city and surrounding area, to participate in a new study examining their dental health care needs and any problems they face in accessing that care. Read more

P.E.I. dealing with shortage of dental assistants. cbc.ca: Dentists in Prince Edward Island are finding it harder and harder to hire dental assistants and it’s a problem right across Canada, according to the president of the Dental Association of P.E.I. With fewer people training for the profession, efforts are underway to boost wages and increase the job profile in order to make the work more attractive. Read more

L’Île-du-Prince-Édouard tente de résoudre une pénurie d’assistants dentaires. ici.radio-canada.ca: Les dentistes à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard ont de plus en plus de difficultés à recruter des assistants et cette pénurie est un problème national, selon le président de leur association provinciale. Lire plus

Un géant américain de l’orthodontie débarque au Québec. tvanouvelles.ca : L’entreprise, qui a plus de 300 «Smile Shop» (des boutiques) aux États-Unis et au Canada anglais, a ouvert trois bureaux dans la province en mai dernier à Laval, Montréal et Québec. SmileDirectClub promet des dents bien droites pour 2500 $. Lire plus

BC Cancer Foundation raising funds for dental clinic in Abbotsford. abbynews.com: Two-chair clinic will provide services for cancer patients. Read more

Tsawwassen man named to Order of Canada for work in dental field. delta-optimist.com: For his long-lasting contributions as a clinician, educator and historian in the field of dentistry, Tsawwassen’s Patrick Ralph Crawford is one of 83 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Read more

Listen To Public Health Experts About Fluoridation. impactethics.ca: Juliet Guichon notes that public health specialists, rather than unqualified opponents, are the experts when it comes to the safety and benefits of water fluoridation. Read more

Dental Benefits Guide: Non-Insured Health Benefits Program. canada.ca: This guide provides information on the Indigenous Services Canada Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program and its policies relevant to dental providers and clients. Read more

Dentistry prof honoured with inaugural CADR/ACFD National Dental Research Award. dentistry.utoronto.ca: U of T Dentistry’s professor Chris McCulloch was honoured with the first-ever Canadian Association of Dental Research (CADR) /Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD) National Dental Research Award. Read more

Major awards for U of T Dentistry at IADR 2019: highlights. dentistry.utoronto.ca: Members of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry community were recognized at the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) meeting, held in Vancouver this past June 19-22. Read more

Welcome to CAMiLoD. dentistry.utoronto.ca: This week, with a full day symposium and workshop, the Faculty of Dentistry officially opened the doors of its new imaging facility to members of the research community, CAMiLoD: the collaborative advanced microscopy labs of Dentistry. Read more

Special Olympics Quebec at McGill Dentistry. mcgill.ca: As per tradition, Special Olympics Quebec partnered with the McGill University Faculty of Dentistry to host a day of special activities for children with special needs. Read more

International Dentistry News

Childhood caries steadily declines nationally among American Indians/Alaska Natives. ada.org: Early childhood caries has steadily declined nationally since 2010, and untreated early childhood caries in American Indian/Alaska Native preschool children has “significantly” declined, according to a data brief released June 21 by the Indian Health Service Division of Oral Health. Read more

Stop the rot in oral care for elderly Australians. australianageingagenda.com.au: The ongoing Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has highlighted several shocking deficiencies in the care of older Australians including the lack of oral care, writes Dr Kathleen Matthews. Read more

Women in Health Leadership – Another Episode of Anecdotal Evidence: podcast.apple.com: In this episode, Dr. Rena d’Souza and Dr. Tamanna Tiwari help us understand why we see such a disparity in our heath leadership, their approaches to leadership in male-dominated areas, strategies for identifying mentors, and empowering women in the health workforce. Listen 52 min

For Most Seniors, Oral Health Goes Uncovered – Without insurance, dental care can take a bite out of fixed incomes. tufts.edu: Tufts Now talked with Arsenault about what you—or your parents or grandparents—need to know about the oral health needs of older adults, and how seniors without insurance can find care. Read more

When is a robocall not a robocall? ada.org: The ADA supports the Federal Communications Commission’s mission to eliminate illegal robocalls but is concerned that new guidance on call-blocking could inadvertently cause consumers to miss out on important calls from their dentists and other health care providers. Read more

60 Years of Engaging Next Generation Dental leaders – the AADR and Dentsply Sirona Present the 2019 SCADA Awards. dentsplysirona.com: Awards to the winners of the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application Awards (SCADA) program. Read more

Excessive computer use linked to poor oral health in teenagers. dentalhealth.org: Three hours of computer use each day is enough to put a teenager at risk of poor oral health, a new study reveals. Read more

FDI survey says providing specialized endodontic care remains a persistent challenge in many countries. fdiworlddental.org: FDI recently identified the main barriers to optimal endodontic care across the different domains (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal, and Environmental). Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Light therapy could replace opioids as main treatment for cancer treatment side effect. dental.buffalo.edu: A worldwide coalition of researchers and clinicians has agreed that light therapy is among the most effective interventions for the prevention of oral mucositis, painful ulcers in the mouth resulting from cancer therapy. Read more

Fluoride Revolution and Dental Caries: Evolution of Policies for Global Use. journals.sagepub.com: In this article, authors look at the genesis of the idea of fluoridating water supplies and how landmark research up to 80 y ago shaped early public policy. Read more

Increase in detection of oral cancer and precursor lesions by dentists: Evidence from an oral and maxillofacial pathology service. sciencedirect.com: Increased awareness among oral health care and nonoral health care professionals may increase early detection of OSCC. Read more

Be on the lookout for oral cancer. rcdso.org: To continue to raise the survival rates for patients suffering from oral cancer, dentists have a duty to be on the lookout for the following signs, symptoms and suspicious lesions when conducting oral examinations. Read more

FDI experts publish guidance on antibiotic stewardship in dentistry. fdiworlddental.org: …to optimize the use of antibiotics in dentistry, there needs to be global attention on stewardship policies that are achievable and consistently disseminated. Read more

Assessing the Impact of Early Childhood Caries on the Development of First Permanent Molar Decays. frontiersin.org: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the treated and untreated severe early childhood caries (ECC) in children would make any impact on the Permanent First Molar (PFM) decays. Read more

Safety in the dental practice featured in July California Dental Association Journal. cda.org: Articles discuss the legal ramifications of practicing unsafe dentistry, the proper choice and use of emergency medications and the use of checklists to improve patient safety. Read more

Abnormal binding of proteins impedes creation of crystalline enamel structure, which can lead to bad teeth. medicalxpress.com: Scientists have shown how a tiny flaw in a protein results in damaged enamel that is prone to decay, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more

OperaVR extracts pain, anxiety from dreaded dental visits. reviewjournal.com: For the past three years, Laskin has been developing OperaVR technology, which allows for drug-free sedation, reducing anxiety and pain. Read more

Using cell sheets to regenerate mouse submandibular glands. nature.com: the functional effects of cell sheets for salivary gland regeneration to treat hyposalivation have not yet been studied. Thus, the present study. Read more

Genes could play a role in tooth decay and gum disease. bristol.ac.uk: New research suggests hereditary traits and factors such as obesity, education and personality could play a role in tooth decay and gum disease. Read more

New antibacterial fillings may combat recurring tooth decay. sciencedaily.com: Novel material may prevent one of the costliest and most prevalent bacterial diseases in the world. Read more

Not everyone uses a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean their teeth – here’s what science says about their effectiveness. theconversation.com: Many indigenous groups, as well as people in developing countries, use traditional techniques to clean their teeth. Some of these techniques are more effective than others. Read more

Mind Your Business

Five Books to Help Boost your Dental Practice. cdspi.com: Here’s some essential reading that will help you take your dental practice to the next level. Read more

Are You Covered to Treat Newcomers to Canada? cdspi.com: As the number of newcomers and visitors to Canada continues to grow, dentists often find themselves caring for patients who are being treated for the first time in our country. How does this affect your CDSPI Malpractice* coverage? Read more

Six Satisfying Possibilities for Life After Dentistry. cdspi.com: You’ve probably dreamed of retirement… but have you planned your retirement lifestyle? There are many inspiring stories of dentists in retirement, and here are just a few ideas you might want to explore. Read more

New Funds For a Lifetime of Investment Needs. cdspi.com: To meet the evolving needs of dentists, CDSPI has added eight new funds to our family of investment solutions. Read more

Patient Information

Can cannabis cause cavities? And other questions to ask your dentist. spokesman.com: It turns out that cannabis can negatively affect your mouth, in addition to your waistline. Read more

Your Health & Medical News

Major breakthrough in the treatment of leukemia. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: Researchers at UdeM have discovered a molecular process implicated in the action of anti-leukemia drugs, opening new avenues for the development of effective treatments for this disease. Read more

Découverte majeure dans le traitement de la leucémie. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: Des chercheurs de l’UdeM ont découvert un processus moléculaire par lequel des médicaments antileucémiques agissent, ce qui ouvre la porte à des traitements très prometteurs. Lire plus

For first time ever, researchers able to eliminate HIV from animal. unmc.edu: The study, reported online July 2 in the journal Nature Communications, marks a critical step toward the development of a possible cure for human HIV infection. Read more

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmajnews.com: Health News Recap – Jul 5, 2019 – Voter concerns about health care, a spike in carfentanil deaths, cybersecurity concerns over insulin pumps, and more in the top Canadian health care news stories of the week. Read more

1 in 4 medical cannabis users say it’s now harder to access cannabis since recreational legalization. pharmacists.ca: According to a recent survey access issues are just one of the unintended consequences of recreational cannabis legalization affecting medical cannabis patients. Read more

An early look at where the federal parties stand on health care. cmajnews.ca: Pharmacare and climate change are shaping up to be key issues in this year’s federal election. Read more

New resources to aid doctors in lowering opioid doses. cmajnews.com: New resources are emerging to help physicians across Canada reduce opioid doses for patients. Read more

Video games simulate medical procedures to help doctors in their training. ctvnews.ca: Video Game company Level Ex has created a series of video games to train surgeons on medical procedures by simulating real-life cases. Read more

Health care teams turn to CBD oil to treat difficult symptoms of dementia. ctvnews.ca: … some doctors are now investigating the potential for success with a new strategy: CBD oil. Read more

Feds investing $2.7M in online tool for understanding workplace harassment laws. benefitscanada.ca: The Canadian Women’s Foundation, AfterMeToo and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network is receiving more than $2.7 million from the federal government to create an online tool that will educate employees who’ve experienced workplace harassment or violence about their legal rights and how to report their experiences. Read more

Where is Canada’s plan to eliminate hepatitis C? theglobeandmail.com: Nine countries – Australia, France, Iceland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Britain – are on track toward eliminating hepatitis C by 2030. Like those countries, Canada signed a pledge to eliminate the debilitating, potentially deadly infectious disease, HCV. But, unlike those countries, Canada doesn’t have a plan. Read more

Juul Doesn’t Need To Advertise To Young People. Everyone Else Is Doing It For Them. npr.org: …the Juul brand has become so ingrained in youth culture that young people advertise it organically — and third-party companies use the Juul name for exposure. Read more

Facebook to tackle posts with misleading health claims. cbc.ca: Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it was taking steps to reduce promotion of products based on misleading health-related claims. 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 7–9: American Association of Orthodontists 2020 Winter Conference in Austin, Texas. 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

Electric toothbrush maker Quip gets into pay-as-you-go dental care. engadget.com: The company has launched Quipcare, a free app that lets patients book pay-as-you-go dental services like teeth cleanings, check-ups, fillings and X-rays. Read more

‘Something to smile about’: Halifax oral care company gets funding for ‘breakthrough’ product. halifaxtoday.ca: A Halifax-based company is getting a $500,000 repayable to move forward with a new product that provides relief to those with sensitive teeth. Read more

Dentsply Sirona supports 15 indigenous villages in the Xingu region with dental treatment. news.dentsplysirona.com: At the invitation of the organizers of the traditional Xingu Games, a DSF team of seven dentists traveled to Kalapalo to provide dental care to the residents of some Kuikuru villages. Dentsply Sirona supported the dentists, providing CEREC units and modern dental instruments and materials, among other things. Read more

Dr. Martin Schwarz Launches Bioscaling, a Revolutionary Dental Cosmetic to Tackle Tartar Build-up. markets.businessinsider.com: Bioscaling is an innovative antibacterial product designed for independent oral hygiene sessions easily carried out at home. Read more

The Kois Center for Dental Research and Education Launches New App for Patients: Healthy Mouth. morningstar.com: The app provides users with an immediate estimate of their oral health using an algorithm that analyzes user responses to oral health questions, before providing risk estimates in a variety of categories. Read more

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