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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/08/07

Top News

Physicians Endorse Guidelines for Deep Sedation and Anesthesia During Dental Procedures for Kids

Academy of General Dentistry Supports Full Repeal of Medical Device Excise Tax

This new discovery could allow dentists to regenerate the roots of teeth

Canadian Dentistry News

Brandon Doucet: Your friendly neighborhood dentist may soon become big business. nsadvocate.org: One of these days your small neighborhood dental office may well become part of a large corporation with one goal only, to make as much profit as possible. Read more

After career-ending work injuries, dental hygienist turns to researching the problem. cbc.ca: A P.E.I. dental hygienist who had to stop practising because of repetitive strain injuries is now researching just how common the problem is and coming up with strategies to prevent it. Read more

Editorial: Why it’s so difficult to fire a misbehaving employee. timescolonist.com: A recent decision by the B.C. Employment Standards Tribunal appears to accept, and in some respects even reward, workplace disobedience. The case involved an employee at a dental clinic in Lumby. Read more

People living with HIV struggle to access much-needed dental care. theconversation.com: Three quarters of the surveyed population reported having bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity and tooth decay. Significant numbers of respondents reported they had unmet dental treatment needs and felt discriminated against by dental care providers. Read more

Dr. McKee Receives ASBMR Adele L. Boskey Award. mcgill.ca: Faculty of Dentistry Professor Dr. Marc McKee has received the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 2019 Adele L. Boskey Award. Read more

Announcement: Welcome to Dentistry’s newest faculty members. schulich.uwo.ca: Three new faculty members have recently joined Schulich Dentistry. Welcome to Drs. Sharat Pani, Shawn Steele and Liliani Vieira. Read more

Décès du professeur Denis Robert. fmd.ulaval.ca: Professeur titulaire en dentisterie opératoire ayant mené une carrière académique de plus de 40 ans au service de l’Université Laval, Dr Robert laisse un legs professionnel considérable et précieux qui continuera longtemps à faire son œuvre. Lire plus

UBC Dentistry prof garners a trifecta of wins. dentistry.ubc.ca: Dr. Dieter Brömme, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Proteases & Diseases. Read more

International Dentistry News

Physicians Endorse Guidelines for Deep Sedation and Anesthesia During Dental Procedures for Kids. physiciansnews.com: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued guidelines in June for deep sedation and anesthesia of children undergoing dental procedures that now have the endorsement of four additional health organizations. Read more

Dr. Chad P. Gehani: Transforming the face of dentistry. ada.org: Dr. Gehani will be installed as the 156th president of the ADA on Sept. 9. He is the first internationally trained dentist and naturalized American citizen to be the president of the ADA. Read more

Sugar consumption is rising, dragging down peoples’ oral health with it. ada.org.au: Among the many salient facts laid out in Australia’s Oral Health Tracker about the state of oral health in this country is the stark reality that Australians, both adult and children, are consuming far too much sugar. Read more

Another European takes steps to rein in consumption of sugary drinks. ada.org.au: Romania is the latest country to implement a tax on sugary drinks. Read more

The Oral Health Foundation launches new strategy. dentalhealth.org: The new strategy, titled ‘Better oral health for all’, addresses the world’s growing oral health demands. It also sets out how the charity will tackle oral disease and help improve the quality of life for millions of people in the UK and around the world. Read more

Drilling down into children’s dental health. irishtimes.com: The new oral health policy looks attractive for parents but dentists argue it is ‘unworkable’. Read more

A new battle against soda brews in California. record-bee.com: Several organizations, including the American Heart Association, the California Medical Association and the California Dental Association, among others, announced Wednesday that they are joining forces to push for a statewide tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Read more

Opioids law limits dental prescriptions. nwaonline.com: A new Missouri law limits the amount and types of pain medications that dentists can prescribe after studies found that painkillers prescribed after routine dental work are contributing to a national epidemic of opioid addiction. Read more

Why in-house membership plans could replace ‘insurance.’ rdhmag.com: Every year dental benefit providers are decreasing the amounts paid to dental practices. With these decreasing reimbursements and higher patient co-pays, many practices are looking at alternatives to dental benefit plans. Read more

Georgia lawsuit questions who should straighten teeth. ajc.com: How much money is a great smile worth? And how much risk? The question is front and center in a federal lawsuit over regulation of teeth-straightening that could affect thousands of Georgians. Read more

How literate are your clients on dental care? employeebenefitadviser.com: Employees who lack information on oral health can often incur costly dental and health care claims, according to Al Lewis, a health and wellness expert who founded Quizzify. That’s why so-called dental literacy in the workplace can be so important. Unfortunately, the knowledge gap concerning oral health seems to be widening. Read more

Dentists’ use of Botox requires appropriate dental treatment plan documentation. cda.org: The California Dental Association has been working with the Dental Board of California to better understand the scope of practice for general dentists as it relates to the use of cosmetic agents such as Botox and dermal fillers. Read more

Can you trust braces for sale on the internet? British dentists face a threat from a U.S. company that promises a Hollywood smile via the post. dailymail.co.uk: The British Dental Association has warned people against opting for online dentistry. Read more

A quiet healthcare crisis in dentistry. washingtonexaminer.com: Few things are more concerning than kids without access to quality medical care. That’s especially true when the kids in question have special needs. Yet at this very moment, tens of thousands of special-needs kids struggle to find basic dental care. It’s a quiet crisis in American healthcare. Read more

Academy of General Dentistry Supports Full Repeal of Medical Device Excise Tax. adg.org: … if the 2.3% tax is imposed, AGD is concerned about the adverse impact it will have on manufacturers, importers and producers of certain dental devices that will likely pass that fiscal burden on to dental providers and their patients. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Elder Care Symposium attendees gain practical advice on treating booming number of seniors. ada.org: Symposium presentations are now available for download (below) and will remain available until Sept. 15, 2019. Read more

New paper addresses opioids and children, adolescents. ada.org: The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center has a new resource for health care providers on pain management for children and adolescents. Read more

Patterns of opioid prescribing by dentists in a pediatric population: a retrospective observational study. cmajopen.ca: Dentists are regular prescribers of opioid analgesic medications; however, there are few published data on their prescribing practices for children. The aim of this study was to assess opioid prescribing practices of dentists for pediatric patients. Read more

New Study Shows Root Canal Treatment’s Bad Rap May Become a Thing of the Past. aae.org: According to a recent study from the University of Adelaide, root canal treatment is perceived as no worse than other dental procedures. Read more

High doses of vitamin D during pregnancy found to help child’s dental health. ctvnews.ca: Danish researchers who found that children born to women who took high doses of vitamin D during pregnancy had significantly fewer enamel defects by age six than children whose mothers received the government-recommended amount of the vitamin. Read more

“I really thought I was going to die,” – New research details the shocking accounts given by dry mouth sufferers. dentalhealth.org: Higher risk of mental health illnesses, social anxiety and reduced ability to eat and speak are just a few of the difficult realities faced by dry mouth sufferers, according to the findings of a new study. Read more

This new discovery could allow dentists to regenerate the roots of teeth. news.usc.edu: Yang Chai and fellow researchers at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC have discovered how genes for the roots of teeth turn on and off, a key step on the path to someday regrowing the teeth themselves. Read more

California Dental Association Journal examines dental anxiety. cda.org: Articles discuss ways to communicate effectively with fearful patients, the use of virtual reality exposure therapy in treating dental anxiety, and the assessment, diagnosis and management of dental phobia in children and adults. Read more

Predicting Pain that Persists. nidcr.nig.gov: Clinical clues may foretell chronic temporomandibular disorder. Read more

Dentists remove ‘sac’ of more than 500 teeth from boy’s mouth in India. globalnews.ca: “Even the smallest piece had a crown, root and an enamel coating like a tooth.” Read more

Les dentistes retirent 526 dents de la bouche d’un garçon de sept ans. tvanouvelles.ca: Un garçon de sept ans qui ressentait des douleurs à la mâchoire avait de bonnes raisons de se plaindre : les médecins d’un hôpital de l’Inde ont découvert 526 dents dans sa bouche! Lire plus

Preventative health at your fingertips: U of T researchers accurately measure blood pressure using phone camera. utoronto.ca: … The researchers found they were able to measure three types of blood pressure with 95 to 96 per cent accuracy. Read more

Dr. Elliot Hersh Addresses National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on Prescription Opioids. dental.upenmn.edu: Penn Dental Medicine’s Dr. Elliot Hersh, Professor of Pharmacology, was among a panel of clinician/scientists recently asked to present to this NASEM Committee as part of a workshop on identifying research gaps in clinical practice guidelines for prescribing opioids, speaking on pain management after third molar (wisdom teeth) extractions. Read more

Visits to the Dentist Decline in Old Age, Especially Among Minorities. nyu.edu: Visits to the dentist drop significantly after adults turn 80, finds a new study by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Read more

U of T Faculty of Dentistry opens state-of-the-art imaging facility for researchers. utoronto.ca: … CAMiLoD allows investigators of all stripes to rent time on some of the world’s best microscopy equipment. Read more

Mind Your Business

Podcast: Incorporate Now… Or Later? cdspi.com: Brad Bokhaut, CPA, explains the advantages and disadvantages of incorporation, and provides his expert advice for choosing your best time to incorporate for maximum tax-efficiency. Read more

Patient Information

5 Fun Ways to Welcome the Tooth Fairy. mouthhealthy.org: Read more

Your Health & Medical News

Self-regulation in health care professions comes under scrutiny. cmajnews.com: Critics of self-regulation in health care say it puts the goals of the profession ahead of the safety of patients. Read more

Canadian Pharmacists Association renews call for federal government to protect drug supply in light of U.S. drug importation developments. pharmacists.ca: CPHA believes the Canadian medicine supply is not equipped to support both Canadian and U.S. consumers, and will make existing drug shortages in Canada even worse, disrupting patients’ access to their medications. Read more

Drug industry urges Canada to move against U.S. drug import plan. cbc.ca: Canada’s main pharmaceutical lobby group has urged the government not to wait for drug shortages before responding to U.S. plans to import Canadian drugs. Read more

Drug industry lashes Trump for Canada importation plan. politico.com: … the pharmaceutical industry swiftly attacked the plan, citing Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s own words from just last year, when he called drug importation a “gimmick.” Read more

Shortages feared as U.S. looks to Canada for cheaper prescription drugs. cbc.ca: Canada ‘will ensure there are no adverse effects on the supply or cost of prescription drugs,’ says minister. Read more

Trump menace d’aggraver les pénuries de médicaments au Canada. lapresse.ca : Le projet de l’administration Trump d’autoriser les Américains à importer des médicaments d’ordonnance du Canada risque d’aggraver les pénuries de certains produits pharmaceutiques au Canada, estiment des acteurs du milieu de la santé. Lire plus

PM vows to protect Canadian drug supply; U.S. to import. nationalpost.com: Canadians will continue to have access to the medications they need, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised Thursday in the face of escalating worry about a Trump administration decision to allow prescription drug imports from Canada. Read more

Cancer doctors are calling for a permanent fix to drug shortages in Canada. cbc.ca: Oncologists say drug shortages are becoming more frequent in Canada. Health Canada told CBC News it ‘recognizes the impact that these shortages have on the patients who rely on these important medications and is taking action to address them.’ Read more

Doctors and scientists mystified by spread of Candida auris superbug. cbc.ca: The emergence of a partially drug-resistant fungal infection in Canadian hospitals and elsewhere has doctors and scientists scrambling to understand the pathogen and stop its spread. Read more

McMaster University researchers come up with bacteria-fighting gel. toronto.ctvnews.ca: A team of Ontario researchers say they’ve come up with a way to convert common types of viruses into a gel with potential for a wide variety of medical and environmental uses. Read more

Doctor Alexa Will See You Now: Is Amazon Primed To Come To Your Rescue? khn.org: But a flood of new opportunities are emerging since Alexa won permission to use protected patient health records controlled under the U.S. privacy law known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Read more

Big Tech is teaming up with health care companies to make it easier for you to see your health history. cnbc.com: The group agreed to begin testing a set of technical specifications for sharing for a type of health data known as claims, which is essentially everything that gets billed to the patients’ health insurance company, including tests, doctor’s visits and procedures. Read more

WHO launches new report on the global tobacco epidemic. who.int: Progress being made in fight against tobacco, but increased action needed to help people quit deadly products. Read more

‘Uber for doctors’ means getting a diagnosis without going to a clinic. montrealgazette.com: The seven-month-old firm offers the first “asynchronous” health-care service in the country, where a patient and a doctor don’t need to meet in person to discuss a diagnosis. Read more

New research facility allows researchers an unprecedented ability to investigate infectious pathogens like HIV. mediarelations.uwo.ca: The research facility is unique in North America, housing a cutting-edge suite of imaging equipment within a high-level containment environment allowing researchers unprecedented ability to investigate infectious pathogens like HIV, Staph A and Zika Virus. Read more

Health sector preaches patient privacy, but what about physician privacy? cmajnews.ca: In the smartphone era, it’s not uncommon for patients to record video of their treatments in hospitals. Read more

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmajnews.com: Drug shortage fears, an increase in STDs, and more in this week’s top Canadian health news. Read more

‘Manipulating physicians’: How drug reps pitch your doc. globalnews.ca: This is the second story in a four-part series about the pharmaceutical industry and the hold it has on Canada’s health-care system — swaying doctors’ opinions, funding medical schools and, ultimately, affecting the type of drugs we are prescribed. 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. Read more

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. Read more

May 29– June 2: Journées dentaires international du Québec in Montréal, Québec. Read more

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

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

Dentalcorp announces formation of new Advisory Council. newbridgesecurities.com: dentalcorp [announced] its new Advisory Council, comprised of industry-leading dentists and practice leaders from across the country. Read more

Startup Nobio gets FDA nod for antibacterial dental fillings. timesofisrael.com: Nobio will make its anti-bacterial dental filling products available to practicing dentists through its own brand as well as licensing them to other manufacturers for use in their own products. Read more

Crest® Debuts New Gum and Sensitivity Toothpaste, Formulated to Help Treat Sensitivity in as Little as Three Days. news.pg.com: Crest expanded its line of gum health-focused toothpastes with the latest innovation, Crest Gum and Sensitivity, which targets the gum line to provide clinically healthier gums and fast sensitivity relief. Read more

Opti’Waves se lance sur le marché de la dentisterie du futur. lessor42.fr: Lauréate du prix Bercy Innovation IMT remis durant le salon Consumer electronic show (CES) 2019, la start-up spin-off de l’Ecole des mines de Saint-Etienne lancera en octobre la commercialisation du four à micro-ondes pour la cuisson accélérée des prothèses dentaires. Lire plus

Henry Schein Medical Enhances Telemedicine Solution with Availability of Medpod MobileDoc 2, Driven by Uber Health. phx.corporate-ir.net: New Agreement Between Medpod and Uber Health Enables Health Care Professionals to Deliver Telediagnostic Examinations in Non-Traditional Care Settings. Read more

Henry Schein Acquires Majority Interest in Cliniclands, an Innovative Distributor Serving Dentists in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. phx.corpoorate-ir.net: Acquisition Establishes First Presence for Henry Schein Dental in Scandinavia. Read more

Hu-Friedy agrees to be acquired by Cantel Medical. hu-friedy.com: After closing, Cantel will combine Hu-Friedy with its dental division, Crosstex, a global leader in infection prevention, sterility assurance, dental water management and conscious sedation systems. Read more

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