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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/07/24


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Canadians may experience EpiPen shortage: Health Canada

Oral health at a tipping point

Canadian Dentistry News

Canadians may experience EpiPen shortage: Health Canada. montrealgazette.com: Pfizer Canada has announced a possible shortage of the 0.3 mg format EpiPen auto-injector in the coming months. Read more

PAT CULLEN: Dental program needs more money. cbncompass.ca: It is also a foolish policy and it is all this that angers Anthony Patey, executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Association. His group has been lobbying government to have some components of the Adult Dental Program for these groups reinstated, but it is not willing to give any more money. Read more

Raptors’ Dentist Rides High with the Team. cdspi.com: Toronto Raptors’ dentist, Dr. Peter Nkansah, has been with the team since day one. Through all the ups and downs he’s taken care of the dental needs of players, staff, refs and even broadcasters. This spring he got to celebrate with the team that has been such a big part of his life for 24 years. Read more

Canada’s Dental Hygiene Superhero Unmasked. files.cdha.ca: From an impressive field of 856 deserving nominees from across Canada, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is thrilled to reveal the winner of its second annual dental hygiene superhero competition. Read more

My Journey Through McGill. mcgill.ca: Dentistry alumni Dr. Mohammad Javaid is the first Pakistani dentistry to get accepted in the Canadian Dental Specialty Residency Program, in addition to becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, and Diplomat of the American Board of Periodontics and Implant Surgery. Read more

Des chirurgies presque miraculeuses pour corriger les « becs-de-lièvre ». tvanouvelles.ca : Des bébés naissent chaque année au Québec avec une malformation de la bouche qu’on appelle communément « bec-de-lièvre ». Heureusement, des chirurgiens du centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine font de petits miracles pour ces petits. Lire plus

Council postpones fluoridation report presentation. calgaryherald.com: The presentation and review of a 40-page report on community water fluoridation has been postponed until the fall. Read more

International Dentistry News

It’s time to change the definition of ‘health’. statnews.com [OPINON]: Developing a definition of health that works for everyone — or, perhaps, that works for more people across different segments of the life course — will allow older adults the chance to be healthy. Read more

Parents say kids’ oral health not making the grade observes Delta Dental survey. prnewswire.com: Parents’ perceptions of their children’s oral health decline as kids age. Read more

Some Alaskans feeling pain of Medicaid dental cuts. citynews1130.com: The Alaska Dental Society calls the budget cut disappointing, saying the coverage aims to treat problems before they reach costly proportions. Read more

At Autism Smiles, Easing Anxiety About the Dentist. now.tufts.edu: A morning at the Tufts clinic teaches kids on the spectrum what to expect. Read more

Evidence-based policy making at risk, as Prevention Green Paper dumped. bda.org: The BDA has expressed its dismay at the eleventh-hour publication of the Prevention Green paper. The document, which includes policies on supervised brushing in schools and water fluoridation that government models suggest could shave millions off treatment costs, was meant to form the cornerstone of the government’s strategy for the NHS. Read more

New policy set to transform dental health for children in Ireland. irishexaminer.com: The new policy provides free oral healthcare to all children, from birth to 16 years of age, as well as adults holding medical cards. Read more

Interview: “Dental professionals have a front-line opportunity to help combat the opioid epidemic”. dental-tribune.com: In a recent interview, Dental Tribune International spoke to the Dental Director for the Eastern Region of the U.S. at the global health service company Cigna about the current opioid epidemic in the U.S. Read more

Elder Care Symposium attendees gain practical advice on treating booming number of seniors. ada.org: Always consider the patient’s desires and goals. Provide an individualized treatment plan, as no patient is the same. Develop a team approach to care. Read more

Amalgam recycling expert to speak at ADA FDI World Dental Congress. ada.org: Those with questions about the July 14, 2020, amalgam recycling rule deadline can get answers from a representative from HealthFirst at the at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in the Practice Institute area. Read more

Howard University dental school names new dean. ada.org: Howard University announced July 17 it named Dr. Andrea D. Jackson as dean of its College of Dentistry. She had served as interim dean since July 2018. Read more

University of Nevada Las Vegas names new dental school dean. ada.org: The University of Nevada Las Vegas announced July 17 it named Dr. Lily T. Garcia as the next dean of its School of Dental Medicine, effective Sept. 1. Read more

Are Mushrooming Private Colleges Creating a Surplus of Dentists? newsclick.in: Thanks to mushrooming private dental colleges in India, more dental graduates are being created than there is demand for, as the metros, smaller cities and towns are already saturated. As for rural areas, oral healthcare is not an area of great concern yet. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Oral health at a tipping point. thelancet.com: A new Lancet Series lays out why oral health has been neglected and argues that radical public health action is needed. The Series presents a considerable critique of current oral health-care systems and comes at a time when shifts within the global health agenda present an opportunity to bring much needed visibility to oral health. Read more

Why video health education messages should be considered for all dental waiting rooms. journals.plos.org: In this study authors aim to evaluate firstly video oral health education in regards to patient preference, and secondly its ability to change both immediate and sustained self-reported intended health behaviours by patients. Read more

Children drink sweet drinks when they lack clean drinking water. theconversation.com: Children deserve to get clean and safe drinking water. But, in developing countries such as Indonesia, not all children have access to it. A new survey has found this can drive them to consume sweet beverages, posing a risk to their health. Read more

Dental decay and flavoured water. medicalxpress.com: A study published in the International Journal of Environment and Health looks at the effects of flavoured mineral water drinks and sugar substitutes on the exogenic erosion of tooth enamel. Read more

Evaluation of the ability of dental clinicians to rate dental anxiety. onlinelibrary.com: Read more

Alzheimer’s drug trial targets by-product of gum disease. alzheimersresearchuk.org: The pharmaceutical company, Cortexyme, Inc. has outlined a trial of potential Alzheimer’s drug that targets toxic substances released by P. gingivalis, a bacteria linked to gum disease. Read more

Airborne exposure to gaseous and particle‐associated organic substances in resin‐based dental materials during restorative procedures. onlinelibrary.wiley.com: Our null hypothesis was that airborne methacrylates are not detectable during restorative procedures in which water cooling and high‐vacuum suction are available. Read more

Journal of Dental Research Centennial August 2019: The Era of the Genome and Dental Medicine. iadr.org: In the August 2019 issue of the JDR, the article “The Era of the Genome and Dental Medicine” […] USA, reviews the history and landmark developments in the genetics knowledge base of dental and craniofacial health traits and conditions and discusses the future of translating genomics knowledge to genome editing and molecular therapies. Read more

BC oral pathology case No. 42: The lesion that many of our patients have. dentistryiq.com: A 66-year-old male presents for a routine exam. Dr. Stacey Gividen notes a lesion on the lower left side of the patient’s lip. Examine photos and clinical details in this pathology case. Read more

UAlberta SMILES 2019-202. issuu.com: Latest edition now available. Read more

Mind Your Business

Do you have a strategy for your dental practice? Planning for the future is a very important step for dentists. dentistryiq.com:  Setting goals keeps the team motivated and focused. What are your long-term goals? Setting them up is easier than you think. Read more

Patient Information

17 Children’s Books About Dentists To Prep Your Nervous Kid. romper.com: With these children’s books to prep your child for the dentist, you can help transform this milestone from horror show to brilliant adventure — hopefully. Read more

Does charcoal actually whiten teeth? ualberta.ca: Charcoal-based toothpaste can be more harmful to your teeth than beneficial warn dental hygienists. […] Lockwood says to ensure you are not jeopardizing your oral health, seeking professional care from a dentist and dental hygienist for teeth whitening is recommended. Read more

Your Health & Medical News

“This isn’t the virtual care of five years ago”: CMA brings task force’s work to Health Summit. cma.ca: It’s a device that retails in the US for $299. […] The home medical kit can act as a stethoscope, thermometer, otoscope and camera – and then allows patients to send real-time examinations to their physicians, remotely. Read more

Group calls on international community to prevent dementia by preventing stroke. mediarelations.uwo.ca: The risk factors for stroke and dementia are the same, and a growing body of evidence demonstrates that preventing stroke can also prevent some dementias. Read more

Study: Millions should stop taking Aspirin for heart health. thestar.com: A daily low-dose Aspirin is recommended for people who have already had a heart attack or stroke and for those diagnosed with heart disease. But for the otherwise healthy, that advice has been overturned. Read more

Study finds Nunavik Inuit are genetically unique. mcgill.ca: A new study has found that an Inuit population in Canada’s Arctic are genetically distinct from any known group, and certain genetic variants are correlated with brain aneurysm. Read more

FDA uses magic tricks in first TV ads to prevent teens from vaping. cnn.com: […] The campaign aims to reach almost 10.7 million students ages 12 to 17 who might be at risk of vaping or have already started. Read more

Featured Review: Incentives for smoking cessation. cochrane.org: Evidence published in the Cochrane Library provides strong evidence that financial incentives helped people to stop smoking and stay stopped long term. Read more

Federal government pledges millions for opioid crisis. cbc.ca: Health Minister Ginette Petipas Taylor announced that the government will invest $76.2 million to bring more life-saving measures to underserved communities, to mitigate the impact on the illegal drug supply and to identify emerging drug threats such as the growing use of methamphetamines. Read more

Column: Alexa may be key to Amazon’s looming domination of the healthcare market. latimes.com: But Amazon’s deal with Britain’s state-run NHS appears to be more treatment-oriented, and raises the possibility of similar U.S. tie-ups with Medicare, private insurers or hospital chains. Read more

Hospital ‘black boxes’ begin providing data that will help reduce distractions, errors in operating room. ctvnews.ca: Inspired by aviation disasters, a Canadian research team is pulling back the curtain on a secretive high-risk environment by putting “black boxes” in operating rooms. Read more

FDA launches ‘Magic’ television ad campaign with magician Julius Dein to curb teen vaping. cnbc.com: The Food and Drug Administration is taking the next step in its fight against underage vaping with a new television and digital ad campaign designed to warn teenagers about the potential dangers of e-cigarettes. Read more

Global telemedicine market to eclipse $130B by 2025. modernhealthcare.comThe global telemedicine market is expected to swell to $130.5 billion by 2025 as more clinicians across all ages embrace the technology, a new report found. Read more

WHO declares Congo’s Ebola outbreak an international emergency. cbc.ca: Health officials and responders hope declaring the global health emergency will bring more international attention and aid. 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

October 4: North West Dental Exposition in Edmonton, Alberta. 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



March 9–13: International Dental Show (IDS), in Cologne, Germany.

March 11–13: Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver, BC. Mark your calendars

March 11–13: Academy of Osseointegration 2021 Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. Read more

September 26–29: FDI World Dental Congress in Shanghai, China. Future meeting dates


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