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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/09/11

Top News

FDI reports high attendance at ADA FDI World Dental Congress, General Assembly election results now available

Ministry of Health Proposes Amendments to the Regulations for Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Denturists, and Dental Technicians

Big Sugar and Neglect by Global Health Community Fuel Oral Health Crisis

Good oral health a positive part of the ageing process

Canadian Dentistry News

Canada’s Homeless People Need Better Access to Dental Care. invisiblepeople.tv: …there is one part of the Canadian population that lacks access to basic dental hygiene. That portion of the population is Canada’s homeless people. In Canada, Oral Health is Defined as a Basic Human Right, Yet for Many, It Is Treated Like a Luxury. Read more

Free dental care for low-income seniors. Service-delivery model baffles health board. simcoereformer.ca: The board of health will send a letter to this effect to the ministry. The board doesn’t understand why thinly-populated rural areas such as Haldimand and Norfolk can’t contract with local dentists and hygienists to deliver this program. Instead, the Ministry of Health expects the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit to hire a dentist (half-time), a full-time hygienist, a full-time dental assistant and a program assistant (half-time) and deliver dental services under its auspices. Read more

Seniors’ dental care program starting this fall. intelligencer.ca: Brown said about 4,000 local seniors are expected to be eligible but provincial officials believe only about 40 per cent, or 1,651 residents, will use it. Brown said that’s based upon similar usage of the Ontario Drug Benefit program. Read more

SmileDirectClub Files First Lawsuit in Canada Targeting Canadian Dentists. orthodonticproductsonline.com: SmileDirectClub has filed a lawsuit against a group of Canadian dentists, accusing those dentists of making “false or misleading statements” about their company. While the company has been involved in a number of lawsuits and complaints in the United States in the last year as it seeks to secure its position in the orthodontic market, this is the first legal case in Canada. Read more

Ministry of Health Proposes Amendments to the Regulations for Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Denturists, and Dental Technicians. cdsbc.org: The proposed changes are an initiative by the Ministry of Health and they invite comment from stakeholders and the public on the proposed amendments. Read more

Big Sugar and Neglect by Global Health Community Fuel Oral Health Crisis. mcgill.ca: Oral diseases present a major global public health burden, affecting 3.5 billion people worldwide, yet oral health has been largely ignored by the global health community. Read more

Fluoride not added to water while Edmonton treatment plant undergoes upgrades. edmontonjournal.com: Edmontonians serviced by the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant may want to step up their brushing. Epcor is currently upgrading the treatment plant by replacing the four bulk fluoride storage tanks. Read more

Building the Perfect Restoration. dentistry.utoronto.ca: Multidisciplinary team awarded five year, $1M CIHR grant to develop a new filling material. Read more

USask recruits top tier dentistry researcher. dentistry.usask.ca: Dr. Walter Siqueira leads the Salivary Proteomics Research Laboratory at USask. Read more

Dr. Meloto Publishes JADA Cover Article, Receives IASP Award. mcgill.ca: Read more

International Dentistry News

FDI reports high attendance at ADA FDI World Dental Congress, General Assembly election results now available. fdiworlddental.org: FDI World Dental Federation and the American Dental Association welcomed over 30,000 participants from the United States and around the world. Read more

A conversation with Dr. Gerhard Seeberger, new FDI World Dental Federation president. fdiworlddental.org: During my term as president, I want to guarantee dignity: dignity for dentistry as a medical profession at the service of the people; dignity for people and patients; and, finally, dignity for FDI and its members. Read more

World Dental Federation Names Moroccan Professor President-Elect. moroccoworldnews.com: The FDI appointed Professor Ben Yahya during the elections held at the FDI General Assembly B. Having been an FDI Council member since 2013, she will serve a two-year term before assuming the FDI presidency in 2021. Read more

Dr. Gehani installed as ADA president. ada.org: Dr. Gehani and the new and returning officers were installed in their offices before proceedings of the ADA House of Delegates this week at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco. Read more

FDI survey says refugees have limited access to regular dental check-ups and screenings. fdiworlddental.org: Oral health conditions among refugees should be addressed in the same way as other health concerns. Read more

Dental tourism — bargain dentistry and a vacation to boot. washingtonpost.com: Of course, a cheap but bad dentist is no bargain. Traveling to a foreign country for discount dentistry certainly has additional hassles and risks. Read more

How pipeline programs can increase diversity in dentistry. medicalxpress.com: In 2012, two students at NYU College of Dentistry—who are now both full-time faculty members—set out to create a pipeline program for underrepresented and low-income high school students to boost their interest in health professions, including dentistry. The program is called Saturday Academy, and a new paper describing a pilot study of the program, published in the September issue of the Journal of Dental Education, shows that their efforts are working. Read more

Dentist reveals how seeing decay and erosion every day at work led her to launch the world’s first drink that’s good for your teeth. dailymail.co.uk: This year, she launched Swirlit – the world’s first oral health beverage, which protects both your teeth and your smile. Read more

Anthropology Lab Uses Ancient Teeth to Advance Dental Research. ualpublicradio.org: […] for Dr. Peter Ungar, what he calls “ready-made fossils” in human mouths have a lot to tell us about the past and how to prevent pain in the future. Read more

Walmart tests dentistry and mental care as it moves deeper into primary health. cnbc.com: The website indicates that first appointments are available on Sept. 13, and the company will offer primary care, dental, counseling, labs, X-rays and audiology, among other services. Read more 

Clinical & Scientific News

Scientists regrow tooth enamel in key discovery that could mark end of fillings. independent.co.uk: New gel succeeds in repairing hardest tissue in human body. Read more

Cannabis and dental health: what dentists should know. rcdso.org: With the legalization of cannabis in Canada, dentists should be aware of the impact recreational or medical cannabis use may have on the oral health of patients. Read more

Elite athletes have poor oral health despite brushing twice daily. sciencedaily.com: The findings, published in the British Dental Journal, highlight potential for improvement as most of the athletes expressed an interest in changing their oral hygiene behaviour to improve their oral health. Read more

Elderly aged care residents in teeth cleaning trial had better health outcomes, researchers say. abc.net.au: Now, a Tasmanian trial has shown the simple act of brushing an elderly person’s teeth two times a day, can help save their life. Read more

Scientists uncover key new molecules that could help to tackle tooth loss and regeneration. medicalxpress.com: Now new research published in the Journal of Dental Research has shed light on the science behind the formation of the periodontal ligament, which helps keep the tooth stable in the jawbone. This improved understanding will also help scientists work towards regenerating the tissues that support teeth. Read more

An oral splint that can reduce Tourette syndrome tics. sciencedaily.com: Researchers developed a new device that ameliorates the characteristic vocal and motor tics of Tourette syndrome. By biting down on the simple, removable oral splint, both adults and children with Tourette syndrome experienced a reduction in their tics. Read more

Teleorthodontic Standards White Paper Released. americanteledentistry.org: The ATDA Clinical Care Working Group has just released a white paper on Teleorthodontic Standards for Remote Treatment with Clear Aligners. Read more

New FDI World Dental Federation Care Pathway Promotes Dentist-patient Collaboration to Manage Partial Tooth Loss. fdiworlddental.org: During the ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco, USA, FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) released its latest resources on the treatment and care of patients with partial tooth loss. Read more

Good oral health a positive part of the ageing process. fdiworlddental.org: FDI recently released three practical guides that highlight a series of steps that both dentists, elderly patients, and their carers can follow to make good oral health a positive part of the ageing process. Read more

HPV vaccinations seem to be creating herd immunity for US men. newscientist.com: Oral HPV infection rates are now 37 per cent lower among unvaccinated US men, suggesting the widespread rollout of the HPV vaccine has led to herd immunity. Read more

Embracing the evolution of digital dentistry. ada.org: Dr. Stanley, the conference’s first keynote speaker, explored how consumer expectations and digital dentistry, along with the sharing economy of the profession, are shaping the future of dentistry. Read more

Disruption panel: Dentists need to adapt to changing profession. ada.org: From shifting patient and provider demographics and changing consumer expectations to the fast-evolving technological advances, dentists and the profession should be prepared to anticipate and adapt. Read more

Your Health & Medical News

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmaj.ca: Vaping warning, opioid prescribing rates, cancer survival rates and more in this week’s top Canadian health news. Read more

Poor mental health, poverty threaten Canadian kids: report. cmajnews.ca: One in three Canadian children does not enjoy a safe and healthy childhood, according to a new report by Children First Canada. The national non-profit is calling for federal action on the top 10 threats to children in Canada, including suicide, poverty and abuse. Read more

Hospital infections declining in Canada. folio.ca: Despite gains, antimicrobial-resistant pathogens a growing threat to infection rates in Canadian hospitals. Read more

Diabetes medication shows potential to reduce heart disease. schulich.uwo.ca: A new study from St. Michael’s Hospital in collaboration with Western University sheds light on how a class of medications that help regulate blood sugar for patients with Type 2 diabetes can also protect against heart disease. Read more

How babies absorb calcium could be key to treating osteoporosis in seniors. folio.ca: U of A researchers first to reveal how breastfed infants are able to take in large amounts of calcium to build bones. Read more

Youth suicide prevention program aims to expand across Canada. cbc.ca Rising youth suicide rates have prompted doctors at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto to launch a clinical trial aimed at testing whether involving families in treatment could prevent such deaths across the country. Read more

Under a cloud: Canadian cannabis producers stand by upcoming vape products amid U.S. health scare. business.financialpost.com: Producers say Canada’s ‘highly regulated’ market will ensure safety despite spate of mysterious lung ailments in U.S. Read more

‘It’s about time’: Alberta set to review vaping regulations, may be last in country to implement laws. globalnews.ca: Soon to be the only province in Canada with no provincial regulations around e-cigarettes and vaping, Alberta Health says it will review the issue in November. Read more

Study details positive impacts of tobacco and smoke-free campus. dailynews.mcmaster.ca: McMaster’s tobacco and smoke-free campus policy came into effect on January 1, 2018 and has had a lasting, positive impact on cutting exposure to smoke and tobacco on campus and promoting health and safety, according to a newly-released report looking at the first year of the policy’s implementation. Read more

U.K. study finds vaping is no better for you than smoking, can lead to heart disease. montrealgazette.com: E-cigarettes could damage the heart, scientists have concluded, as they called on Public Health England (PHE) to stop recommending vaping. Read more

How To Teach Future Doctors About Pain In The Midst Of The Opioid Crisis. npr.org: The next generation of doctors will start their careers at a time when physicians are feeling pressure to limit prescriptions for opioid painkillers. Yet every day, they’ll face patients who are hurting from injuries, surgical procedures, or disease. Around 20% of adults in the U.S. live with chronic pain. Read more

New study suggests Canadian patients are getting more opioids than they need. citynews1130.com: A new study has found patients in Canada and the United States filled opioid prescriptions after minor surgery at a rate that was seven times higher than those in Sweden. Read more

Measles cases tripled worldwide this year: WHO. globalnews.ca: Every region in the world, except the Americas, is experiencing an increase in the number of cases of measles, a vaccine-preventable disease that can kill or disable children. Read more

Surgeon general advises pregnant people, youth against marijuana use. politico.com: HHS officials said the best science available suggests no amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or for youth is known to be safe. Read more

German multinational buys part of U of T spin-off company that makes medical implants safer. dentistry.utoronto.ca: Global chemical company Evonik will maintain presence in Toronto after acquiring part of U of T spinoff Interface Biologics, Inc. Read more

As Threat of Antibiotic Resistance Mounts, Biotechs Are Running Out of Cash and Time. morningconsult.com: Drug makers working on new treatments seeking swift congressional, regulatory action to ease financial concerns. Read more

It’s Not Just Sugary Drinks That Are Bad For You—Artificially Sweetened Ones Also Appear To Increase The Risk Of Death. newsweek.com: Their study is the third this year to find a link between artificially sweetened soft drink and all-cause death, but more research is needed to uncover the underlying mechanisms. 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 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

March 19-21: The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, GA. 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

Dental Industry News

Dentsply Sirona and Carbon® Launch Lucitone Digital Print Denture Workflow and Material System, Taking Digital Dentistry to the Next Level. businesswire.com: Read more

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