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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/08/21

Top News

Health Canada clarification on platelet rich plasma and dentistry

Experts challenge study suggesting children exposed to higher levels of fluoride in utero may have lower IQ scores

ADA ‘remains committed’ to community water fluoridation

Our high-sugar diet is breeding a new superbug

Study Establishes New Guidelines for Assessing Tooth Development

Canadian Dentistry News

Health Canada clarification on platelet rich plasma and dentistry. cdsbc.org: In light of recent communications from Health Canada regarding the provision of cell therapy treatments, this message is intended to clarify the preparation of platelet rich plasma treatments in dentistry. Read more

Roving dental practice on Hornby, Denman islands seeks new owner after 3 decades. cbc.ca: Dr. Peter Walford has been on the road, so to speak, for more than 30 years doing dentistry on B.C.’s Hornby and Denman islands from an unusual clinic. Read more

Une clinique mobile cherche un dentiste aventureux sur les îles Hornby et Denman. ici.radio-canada.ca: Après 30 ans à parcourir les routes des îles Hornby et Denman, le dentiste Peter Walford cherche un successeur pour reprendre sa clinique mobile et continuer de servir les insulaires de la mer de Salish. Lire plus

Higher fluoride levels during pregnancy may be linked with lower IQ scores in kids: study. ctvnews.ca: […] the Canadian Dental Association said it was reviewing the findings. “While the study does not address the oral health benefits of fluoridated municipal water, the Canadian Dental Association is reviewing the findings in consultation with our colleagues in the scientific community.” Read more

Making a case for a national dental program. thestar.com: Fifty-six years after Canada introduced Medicare, an important part of our body continues to be neglected: the mouth. Read more

Kelowna non-profit turns RV into mobile dental clinic to help those in need. cbc.ca: A new dental hygiene clinic built in an RV is coming to Kelowna, B.C., to provide services to people who have difficulties getting regular dental care. Read more

Indian status could be extended to hundreds of thousands as Bill S-3 provisions come into force. cbc.ca: The federal government extended eligibility for Indian status to potentially hundreds of thousands of people Thursday by bringing into force the final provisions of legislation aimed at removing sex discrimination from the Indian Act. Read more

International Dentistry News

ADA ‘remains committed’ to community water fluoridation. ada.org: The ADA on Aug. 19 issued a press statement in response to widespread media interest in a study that suggested an association between higher prenatal fluoride exposure and lower IQ scores in children 3-4 years of age. Read more

ADA Statement on Study in JAMA Pediatrics. ada.org: The ADA is aware of a new study conducted in Canada in which its authors reviewed maternal exposure to fluoride in pregnancy. We welcome this and further scientific study of the issue to see if the findings can be replicated with methods that demonstrate more conclusive evidence. Read more

AAP continues to recommend fluoride following new study on maternal intake and child IQ. aappublications.org: The Academy continues to recommend children drink fluoridated tap water despite a new study linking fluoride intake among pregnant women with a small dip in their children’s IQ. Read more

‘It’s just one study’; Why experts say it’s not time to give up on fluoridation. nationalpost.com: There are good reasons that a scientific paper — even a very good one — shouldn’t form the basis of policy. Read more

Fluoride may diminish kidney and liver function in adolescents, study suggests. eurekalert.com  [PRESS RELEASE]: Fluoride exposure may lead to a reduction in kidney and liver function among adolescents, according to a study. […] The findings showed exposure to fluoride may contribute to complex changes in kidney and liver function among youth in the United States, where 74 percent of public water systems add fluoride for dental health benefits. Read more

Dr. Chad P. Gehani offers thoughts on dental benefits, workforce, future. ada.org: This is the second part of a conversation with Dr. Chad P. Gehani, ADA president-elect, who will be installed as the 156th president of the American Dental Association Sept. 9 in San Francisco. Read more

Roundtable: Health literacy important in linking oral, overall health. ada.org: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in July published the outcomes of a December 2018 roundtable workshop co-sponsored by the ADA on the crucial role health literacy can play in the furtherance of oral and overall health. Read more

At NCD’s recommendation, all U.S. dental schools will train students to manage treatment of people with intellectual, developmental disabilities. prnewswire.com: The Council on Dental Accreditation (CODA) recently passed votes requiring dental schools to now train their students in managing treatment of patients with ID/DD. Previously, patients with ID/DD were largely unable to obtain dental care treatment because dental students were simply not required to learn to manage their treatment. Read more

N.Y.U. dental center caters to disabled patients. thevillager.com: The New York University College of Dentistry opened a facility this year that treats patients with physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities. Read more

This Dental Care Program For Kids Doesn’t Require A Trip To The Dentist. civilbeat.org: A pilot teledentistry program on Maui and the Big Island is extending access to care in a state where one in four children have untreated tooth decay. Read more

UTHealth launches dentist-to-dentist ‘telementoring’ program. newswire.com: The idea is to make the school’s clinicians and researchers available to dentists and other health care providers in remote parts of the world with two-way voice and visual communication. Read more

FDA reveals proposed graphic warnings for cigarette packs and ads. cnn.com: The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a proposed rule that requires tobacco companies to place new graphic health warnings on cigarette packages and in advertisements. The proposed warnings feature color images and describe the health risks of smoking. Read more

Dental Care Gets the “Uber” Treatment. scitecheuropa.eu: Guest writer Ali Dockerty explores the claim that 3D printers and app-based dentistry could reduce the cost of dentist visits by 25%. Read more

Bipartisan push for dental therapists in Wisconsin has foes. cbs58.com: A bipartisan push for the Wisconsin Legislature to create a dental therapist license as part of an effort to provide basic services in mostly rural areas is meeting with stiff opposition from dentists. Read more

Support consumer protections for direct-to-consumer orthodontia — contact your legislator. cda.org: Assembly Bill 1519 requires that patients undergoing any orthodontic treatment must have radiographs reviewed by the treating dentist prior to the movement of teeth and that the dentist must disclose their name and license number to the patient. Read more

Nicotine-Free E-Cigarettes Can Damage Blood Vessels. pennmedicine.org:  […] a single e-cigarette can be harmful to the body’s blood vessels — even when the vapor is entirely nicotine-free — according to a new study by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more

New Zealand Dental Association backs review for sugar content labels on food and drink. tvnz.co.nz: The NZDA says the option is in line with their vision of an icon label being placed on sugary drinks. Read more

Registration Opens for Dental Infection Control Boot Camp™ 2020. osap.org:  Held January 27th to January 29th in Chicago, IL […] this is a 3-day intense, fast-paced educational course presented by national and international experts in dental infection prevention and patient safety. Read more

Glen Allen dentist writes book to help ease children’s fears. nbc12.com: Getting anyone excited for the dentist can be a difficult task, but for a child, it can be their worst fear. Dr. Shweta Ujaoney, of Glen Allen Dentistry, is looking to change that with her new children’s book called “A Caterpillar at the Dentist.” Read more

NYU Dentistry Awarded NIDCR Grant to Develop Novel Oral Strip and Gel to Prevent Periodontal Bone Loss. dental.nyu.edu: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) has awarded a grant to researchers at New York University College of Dentistry to develop an oral strip and gel to treat periodontal disease and prevent bone loss in people with type 2 diabetes. Read more

Health charity calls for stress-free working environments to end sugar binges. dentalhealth.org: New research reveals that more than a quarter (28%) of British adults turn to sugar when put under stress. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Experts challenge study suggesting children exposed to higher levels of fluoride in utero may have lower IQ scores. theglobeandmail.com: A new Canadian study suggests children exposed to higher levels of fluoride in utero may have slightly lower intelligence scores than those not exposed to fluoride, controversial findings that are already being challenged by a number of experts. The findings, published in JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, are so contentious the journal editors wrote a note alongside it explaining their decision to publish the research. Read more

Improving oral health of people with intellectual disability. dental-tribune.com: The Inclusion Designlab has recently published a guide on oral health and intellectual disability for dental practitioners. Read more

New study highlights sociodemographic disparities in oral cancer screening rates. medicalxpress.com: Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital led a study to examine OCS rates among those who had been to the dentist within two years, looking at whether sociodemographic factors such as income or race predicted differences in these rates. The team found that a significantly higher proportion of minority and low-income individuals reported that they had not received an OCS exam despite a recent dental visit. Read more

Dog‐assisted therapy in the dental clinic: Part A—Hazards and assessment of potential risks to the health and safety of humans. onlinelibrary.wiley.com: Dog‐assisted therapy in the dental clinic may be an attractive alternative to sedation for anxious patients. Including a dental therapy dog in a clinical setting introduces new hazards and potential risks to health and safety for both humans and animal. Read more

Health Data in Dentistry: An Attempt to Master the Digital Challenge. karger.com: This narrative literature review outlines the challenge of managing health data and anticipating the potential of artificial intelligence in oral healthcare and dental research by summarizing the current literature. Read more

Improving Uptake of Evidence-Based Oral Care in Long-Term Care. managedhealthcareconnect.com: This project sought to improve direct care staff OC knowledge, practices, beliefs, and attitude; implement an evidence-based protocol; assess protocol adherence; and examine staff barriers and facilitators to implementation at a single institution. Read more

Our high-sugar diet is breeding a new superbug. smh.com.au: A new, deadly and antibiotic-resistant bacteria species is thriving in Australia’s hospitals, fuelled by our addiction to sugary junk food. […] scientists have now discovered something troubling: C. diff is splitting in two. Read more

Parents struggle with kids’ oral care habits in Delta Dental survey. markets.businessinsider.com: According to the Children’s Oral Health Survey, nearly 1 in 2 parents in America is challenged with getting their kids to practice proper oral care. Read more

Oral status and aesthetics after nonsurgical periodontal treatment: Do patient’s perception and dentist’s evaluation agree? onlinelibrary.wiley.com: Periodontal healing is often accompanied by side effects, which may cause an aesthetic deficit. The present investigation was focussed to compare patient’s subjective perception of their posttherapy aesthetics with the objective measures of the results. Read more

ACE Panel Report shows most dentists use steam sterilization for instrument reprocessing. ada.org: An ADA Clinical Evaluators Panel Report released in August offers insights into the methods dentists use to reprocess rotary cutting instruments. Read more

Minority, low-income individuals less likely to receive oral cancer screening. medicalxpress.com: Despite a recent dental visit, more individuals of a minority race/ethnicity and low socioeconomic status report not receiving an oral cancer screening exam, according to a study published online Aug. 20 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Read more

Prevention of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw. pharmaceutical-journal.com: This article provides a summary of the most important background information in relation to the prevention of MRONJ, and outlines the potential opportunities for pharmacists working in community pharmacy, secondary care and general practice. Read more

Study Establishes New Guidelines for Assessing Tooth Development. dentistrytoday.com: Children’s teeth don’t develop along the timeline once commonly used, according to researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine who believe their study could inform clinical decisions for a variety of fields including dentistry and pathology. Read more

September JADA examines effect of dental treatment before heart surgery. ada.org: It is unclear if post-operative outcomes differ in patients who receive dental treatment before cardiac valve surgery compared with those who do not, according to a systematic review published in the September issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more

Costs and health-related quality of life in relation to caries. bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com: This study aims to evaluate treatment costs and QALY weights for caries active and inactive adult individuals, and to test whether the generic instrument EQ-5D-5 L can distinguish differences in this population. Read more

New hydrogels show promise in treating bone defects. eurekalert.org: Bioengineers and dentists from the UCLA School of Dentistry have developed a new hydrogel that is more porous and effective in promoting tissue repair and regeneration compared to hydrogels that are currently available. Read more

Mind Your Business

Video: Before You Sign Your First Contract… cdspi.com: Matthew Wilton […] explains some of the core principles of creating a strong Associate Agreement. Read more/Watch 2:41

A Successful Practice Sale Takes Time. cdspic.om: A dentist shares her experience—and advice. Read more

Career Compass – A look into forensic dentistry. asdablog.com: Dr. Lipton explains the role of forensic dentistry in disasters as well as how dentists can become involved in this field. Read more

Patient Information

A Mom’s Guide to Fluoride. mouthhealthy.org: It’s natural, it’s safe and it can help build a strong healthy smile that will last your child for years to come. Let’s talk mom-to-mom with a Harvard researcher about fluoride. Read more

Think of your enamel while sipping summer drinks on a Toronto patio. toronto.com: Who likes tooth pain while eating? Nobody! So here’s what to look out for to keep your enamel as healthy as it came be. Read more

Charcoal dentifrices: The more you know, the less you may want to use it. ada.org.au: The compound has a long history of use, with its use intra-orally stemming from the capacity of roughly ground charcoal to abrade away stains and deposits on teeth and absorb noxious substances. Read more

Your Health & Medical News

Bring in pharmacare now, health experts ask federal leaders. cbc.ca: More than 1,200 Canadian health care and public policy experts have signed an open letter to all federal party leaders calling on each of them to commit to implementing a national pharmacare system in Canada. Read more

Canadians benefitting from substantially lower generic drug prices. canada.ca: The latest edition of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) Generics360 report finds that government policies have significantly reduced the prices for generic drugs in recent years, resulting in important savings for Canadians. Read more

New CMA report: Canadians eager for health care to catch up to the online world. cma.ca: New findings released today in a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) report show more and more Canadians believe that connecting data, technology and innovation can help cure their ailing health care system. Read more

Dr. Sandy Buchman sworn in as new CMA president. cma.ca: […] Dr. Sandy Buchman is turning his attention to one of the first tasks of his newly-minted presidency – putting health care back on the agenda during the fall federal election. Read more

Doctors must meet change with courage, compassion: incoming CMA president. cmajnews.com: Incoming Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Sandy Buchman called for “compassionate leadership” as CMA continues its transition to a broader social enterprise. Read more

Virtual care can’t fix physician shortages underlying access woes. cmajnews.com: Health systems are increasingly looking to telemedicine to bridge gaps in access to care. But tools like video chat won’t help if there aren’t enough health workers to answer when patients call, warned physicians at the 2019 Canadian Medical Association Health Summit. Read more

Unprecedented public health effort tackles soaring TB rates in Nunavut. cmajnews.com: Escalating rates of tuberculosis (TB) among Inuit people in Canada’s north have led to mass-screening clinics involving federal and territorial governments, communities, and the latest diagnostic technology and treatment. Read more

U of A researchers harness the power of artificial intelligence to help families living with neurodevelopmental disabilities. ualberta.ca: Scientists creating an AI-powered ‘chatbot’ to educate families and connect them with information and interventions. Read more

Ultrasound app would allow expert analysis of medical images from anywhere. folio.ca: “21st-century stethoscope” uses portable ultrasound and computer analysis to democratize medical diagnosis. Read more

Superbugs down 75% after MUHC move: study; Single-patient rooms get credit for stunning drop in infection rate. Montrealgazette.com: Outbreaks of a potentially life-threatening intestinal superbug dropped after the McGill University Health Centre opened its super hospital in 2015. Read more

Big pharma paid $151M to doctors, hospitals in 2017-18, but we don’t know who got paid or why. globalnews.ca: This is the fourth and final story in a four-part series about the pharmaceutical industry and the hold it has on Canada’s health-care system. Read more

Dr. Charles Shaver: With drug shortages, Canadians don’t have enough pharmaceuticals to share with U.S. theprovince.com: The possible consequences of Canadian drug shortages are just beginning to be appreciated, and deserve to be an election issue. Read more

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmajnews.com: 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 27-29: Dental Infection Control Boot Camp™ 2020 in Chicago, Ilinois. 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

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


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