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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/07/17

Top News

Association files complaint with FTC, FDA against SmileDirect Club

Scientists find a way to reduce sugar in drinks

Bottled, filtered or tap: Is one water better than the other?

Canadian Dentistry News

Hamilton prepares to expand free dental care to low-income seniors. hamiltonnews.com: Hamilton public health officials are examining potential extended hours and additional services for its dental operations provided to local seniors with the over $2.2 million in funding the city will receive from the province. Read more

Halton Region Proposes Changes to the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program. miltonnow.ca: Halton Region in 2018 was asking for help with a Seniors Dental Plan and they received [it] from the Province. Now they are asking for adjustments when the plan gets implemented. Read and listen

Dentist who escaped violence in Nigeria now a U of M success story. news.umanitoba.ca: Every immigrant comes to Canada with visions of achieving success and stability, says Dr. Ehiedu Osemiha, who left Nigeria with his wife and son in 2014. Read more

Cornwall firefighters carrying kits to soothe children with autism. cbc.ca: The kits, donated by local charity Rachel’s Kids, include noise-cancelling headphones, a massage roller, a weighted blanked, a teddy bear and other tactile objects to soothe and distract children during emergencies. … Dr. Rachel Navaneelan, who founded the charity. Read more

Pénurie d’hygiénistes dentaires en région. lapresse.ca : Une pénurie d’hygiénistes dentaires touche le Bas-Saint-Laurent, la Gaspésie et la Côte-Nord, au grand désarroi des dentistes de ces régions. Le gouvernement espère régler la crise grâce à l’adoption du projet de loi 29, qui accorde plus d’autonomie aux hygiénistes dentaires. Lire plus

Matane et Amqui veulent former des hygiénistes dentaires. ici.radio-canada.ca : Le Centre matapédien d’études collégiales (CMÉC) et le Cégep de Matane souhaitent implanter un programme de formation pour ce métier dans leurs établissements. Lire plus

Mail-Order Dental Care Has Arrived In Quebec — And Dentists Are Concerned. iheartradio.ca: Dr. Barry Dolman, the head of the Quebec Order of Dentists, says the service is risky, because there’s no physical examination involved. He also says it’s a clear violation of the Order’s regulations. Read more

Des traitements d’orthodontie vendus en ligne inquiètent les dentistes. ici.radio-canada.ca: Des compagnies vous offrent de suivre des traitements d’orthodontie par gouttières pour une fraction du prix sans jamais avoir à rencontrer un spécialiste. C’est le cas de la compagnie américaine Smile Direct Club, qui inquiète l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec. Leur président, le Dr Barry Dolman, réagit. Lire plus et écouter 11 min 5 s

Le phénomène SmileDirectClub. lapresse.ca [Opinion] : La révolution numérique a influencé l’émergence de deux tendances lourdes de notre société, soit l’individualisme et le rejet des élites/experts. Lire plus

Windsor Essex Community Foundation grants $580,587 to eight local charities. Bizmagazine.com: Green Shield Canada’s Six 4 Six initiative funds local programs that address the oral and mental needs community. Read more

Toronto Medical Clinic Starts Preventive Oral Health Services For Its Diabetic Patient. oralhealthgroup.com: A group family medical practice in downtown Toronto is offering a new oral health service for its patients who have type 2 diabetes, which prevents oral inflammation and dental decay.  Read more

Applications on the rise. ndeb-bned.ca, July 16: The NDEB has seen an unprecedented rise in applications in 2019, particularly for the Equivalency Process. Read more

Announcement: Dr. Davy Cheng, extended appointment as Acting Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. schulich.uwo.ca: … effective from July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Read more

School of Dentistry Awards & Accolades. ualberta.ca: Celebrating the achievements of our faculty, staff and students. Read more

UAlberta SMILES 2019-2020. Issue.com: If you haven’t checked out our latest edition, don’t wait any longer. Read more

International Dentistry News

Association files complaint with FTC, FDA against SmileDirect Club. ada.org: ADA acts ‘out of concern for consumer safety, customer recourse’. … The letter, sent on June 27, comes about two months after the Association filed a citizen’s petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, stating that SmileDirect Club is placing the public at risk by knowingly evading the FDA’s “by prescription only” restriction the agency has placed on teeth aligning materials. Read more

California to pay off $10.5M in student debt – giving poor patients greater access to dentists. modbee.com: The state of California is paying off $10.5 million in student loans for 40 dentists who agree to ensure that 30 percent of their patient caseload is made up of Medi-Cal patients – among the state’s poorest and frailest residents. Read more

Dental Field Becoming More Female, More Diverse. newswise.com: The dental profession is undergoing demographic changes, especially changes in gender distribution. Read more

Gap toothed trend has led to an increase in reversed dental work. finance.yahoo.com: The trend has been dubbed “the London look”, after it was made famous by Ms Jagger in an advert for Rimmel. Since then, there has been a rise in cosmetic procedures to enhance gappy teeth. Read more

State and territory governments continue to regulate fluoridated drinking water in Australia. miragenews.com: The Therapeutic Goods Administration has clarified that Australia’s state and territory governments will continue to be responsible for regulating fluoride in reticulated drinking water (‘tap water). Read more

We Have a Dental Care Crisis. Medicare for All Could Solve It. inthesetimes.com: Guaranteed dental coverage would finally put an end to the deep inequities in U.S. oral health. Read more

Our communities are getting dental treatment from charity set up for Third World. examiner.co.uk: The inequality in access to surgeries offering NHS services has been highlighted for more than five years, including by government funded patient champion Healthwatch. Read more

One in three children experience tooth decay. miragenews.com: Children aged 0-4 do not visit a dental practitioner regularly for preventative dental care. Read more

My View: Delivering better dental care. ada.org: -By Dr. Robert G. Donahue. Read more

Costa Rican Dentistry Students Create Device That Will Significantly Reduce Plastic Waste From Dental Use. news.co.cr: … a solution to reduce plastic waste caused by dental saliva ejectors, which are currently discarded after just one use. Read more

NHS dentist shortage so bad in Gwynedd that even kids are being turned away. dailypost.co.uk: ‘Alarming’ figures expose the dental care crisis blighting children and vulnerable people in the county. Read more

Twin patients advocate for the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act. newdentistblog.ada.org: The ADA is one of 35 organizations supporting the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act — legislation that would require all private group and individual health plans to cover medically necessary services that repair or restore congenital anomalies. Read more

OSAP Announces New Boards of Directors. osap.org: The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has announced the members of the 2019-2020 OSAP Board of Directors and the 2019-2020 OSAP Foundation Board of Directors. Read more

Dental laboratory accountability bill signed into law in Washington state. ada.org: The Washington State Dental Association and Washington State Dental Laboratory Association worked together to lead a successful legislative effort to implement ADA policy on dental laboratory registration. Read more

South Asians head 2 of the world’s largest dental organizations. canindia.com: Dr. Neil J. Gajjar and Dr. Chad P. Gehani. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Scientists find a way to reduce sugar in drinks. medicalxpress.com:  Research has shown that increasing the pH level of water could help tackle obesity and health problems caused by high sugar content in drinks. Read more

Understanding and tackling oral health inequalities in vulnerable adult populations: from the margins to the mainstream. nature.com: This paper presents a theoretical framework that combines a broad public health perspective on oral health inequalities, combined with more specific factors determining the oral health of vulnerable and marginalised groups. Read more

Silver diamine fluoride for managing carious lesions: an umbrella review. bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com:  Read more

Dentistry: Root canal work not so bad after all. sciencedaily.com: Root canal work is not as bad as people think when compared to other dental procedures. Read more

The effect of miniaturized manual versus mechanical instruments on calculus removal and root surface characteristics: An in vitro light microscopic study. onlinelibrary.wiley.com: Read more

Mind Your Business

Rethinking how you start your day. newdentistblog. ada.org: Have you ever heard the expression “How you start is how you’ll finish?” Well, it’s true. Everything is easier when the day starts properly with a sense of organization and communication. Read more

Patient Information

Bottled, filtered or tap: Is one water better than the other? globalnews.ca: Ronald Gehr, an associate professor at the civil engineering department at McGill University in Montreal, told Global News there’s plenty of misinformation out there about bottled, filtered and tap water. Read more

Your Health & Medical News

Kelly McParland: If ‘pharmacare’ means ‘give us billions,’ the provinces are interested. nationalpost.com: … this being Canada, the premiers are fully capable of supporting a plan while simultaneously building roadblocks against it. And so they did. Read more

National pharmacare will save money and lives. theconversation.com: Coverage for essential and effective medications would be the “ounce of prevention” that is worth a pound of cure in our cash-strapped Canadian health-care system. Read more

When will Ottawa end its willful neglect of First Nations children? theglobeandmail.com: A report last week confirmed what we have known for decades: First Nations children, particularly those who reside on reserve, live in the deepest levels of poverty of all children in Canada. Read more

Government of Canada invests close to $101M in Indigenous health research across the country. canada.ca: The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor … announced an investment of $100.8M over 16 years in the Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) Program. Read more

Le gouvernement du Canada investit près de 101 millions de dollars dans la recherche en santé autochtone à l’échelle du pays. canada.ca: L’honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor … a annoncé un investissement de 100,8 millions de dollars sur 16 ans dans le programme Environnement réseau pour la recherche sur la santé des Autochtones (ERRSA). Lire plus

Pension, health-care reform required as elderly population grows across the Americas: report. benefitscanada.ca: Population aging is taking place throughout the Americas, with the elderly expected to grow faster than the overall population between 2018 and 2025. Read more

Political support, strong public health systems key to eliminating measles outbreaks worldwide. medicalxpress.com: Strong political support and strong public health systems are necessary to combat measles outbreaks, which are growing in frequency around the world, argue public health experts in a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Read more

U.K. health service to use Amazon Alexa to give medical advice. ctvnews.ca: Britain’s health care service is teaming up with Amazon’s digital voice assistant to help answer medical queries with advice from the service’s official website. Read more

20 million children miss out on life-saving vaccines, UN warns. cbc.ca: Measles outbreaks reveal entrenched gaps in vaccine coverage. Read more

Baby food crammed with sugar breaks health advice. thetimes.co.uk: Supermarkets and food brands, including Heinz and Cow & Gate, are selling products containing more sugar than Coco Pops for babies only four months old. Read more

Trop de sucres dans la nourriture pour bébé. tvanouvelles.ca : Attention à la nourriture industrielle pour bébé, car elle contient souvent trop de sucres et son étiquetage prête à confusion, prévient lundi l’OMS qui propose de renouveler ses critères pour améliorer l’alimentation des tout-petits. Lire plus

As Juul grapples with teen vaping ‘epidemic,’ CEO tells parents ‘I’m sorry’. cnbc.com: Quintanilla, who toured one of Juul’s manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin with Burns, asked him what he would say to a parent with a child who was addicted to Juul. “First of all, I’d tell them that I’m sorry that their child’s using the product,” said Burns, who joined Juul in late 2017. Read more

Most Americans want less nicotine in cigarettes, report says. cnn.com: The vast majority of Americans support lowering the amount of nicotine in cigarettes. The move could save millions of lives a year, experts say. Read more

CMA pressing premiers to help make health care a federal election priority. cma.ca: “With today’s technology, why is virtual care not readily available to most Canadians? Why are so many people without a family physician? …” Read more

Bone biopsies show early effects on bone formation with romosozumab. healio.com: A cohort of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis assigned the human monoclonal antibody romosozumab showed marked increases in dynamic parameters of bone formation just 2 months after initiating treatment when compared with women assigned placebo. Read more

Cannabis: Misinformation about CBD can be life-threatening. theconversation.com: Read more

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmajnews.com: Read more

Federal Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor announces investment of $150M to create “Team Canada of Cancer Research”. bccancer.bc.ca: creation of the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres network. 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

New President & CEO appointed at Philips Canada. canhealth.com: …Britta Lesaux has been appointed president and CEO of Philips Canada, succeeding Jeffrey H. Barnes following his retirement. Ms. Lesaux becomes Philips Canada’s first female president and CEO. Read more

Mechanical files win every time in root canal treatment with Kreena Patel. dentsplysirona.com: Kreena Patel, Specialist in Endodontics, discusses the techniques and instrumentation to make root canal treatment more practical, predictable and cost-effective. Read more

NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program Provided Free Oral Healthcare to 3,000+ People During 2018-2019 School Year. newswire.com: Seven Outreach Trips to Underserved Communities Around the World Mark a Decade of Henry Schein Cares Supporting NYU Program. Read more

3M Canada Oral Care Solutions Division And Clinical Research Dental Announce Canadian Education-Driven Partnership. oralhealthgroup.com: A primary focus of the partnership will be delivering Bioclear Method education. Read more

The Top 100 Dental Products of 2019. dentistrytoday.com: Dentistry Today’s 32nd Annual Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products. Read more


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