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Why activated charcoal products for your teeth could do more harm than good. cbc.ca: Canadian Dental Association has not approved any oral-based products containing activated charcoal. Read more

ADA's Tiny Smiles Program Unveils New Physician Resources. aafp.org: The American Dental Association has released a collection of new tools and resources promoting the importance of oral health in infants and young children as part of its Tiny Smiles dental program. Read more

California Dental Association Journal spotlights water fluoridation, fluoride varnish. cda.org: The November issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association reviews the history of water fluoridation in California and preventive fluoride varnish applications for children. Other articles discuss pain assessment practices of pediatric dentists and three processing techniques for evaluating fracture strength of maxillary denture base. Read more

Controversial study renews debate over Fluoride. globalnews.ca: A recent study published by the Journal of American Medical Association suggests boys born to women exposed to higher levels of fluoride during pregnancy have lower IQs. It comes at a time when Calgary is debating whether to bring fluoridation back to its water supply, which has been fluoride free since 2011. Listen 2:23

Fluoride debate at city hall spills outside of chamber. calgaryherald.com: Eight years after Calgary officials elected to discontinue water fluoridation, city council revisited the issue with the release of a new expert report on the benefits and harms of fluoridation. Read more

'Children are suffering' as Calgary's 60+ year fluoride debate drags on, bioethicist says. cbc.ca: Calgary's never-ending fluoridation debate played out again at city hall on Tuesday, but if you're reading this looking for a resolution on the issue, you can stop now — there wasn't one. Read more

Débat polarisé autour du retour de la fluoration de l'eau à Calgary. ici.radio-canada.ca : Après avoir arrêté d’ajouter du fluor dans l'eau en 2011, la Ville de Calgary revisite cette décision très controversée. Mardi, le conseil municipal s’est penché sur les conclusions d’un rapport de l’institut pour la santé publique O’Brien de l’Université de Calgary soupesant le pour et le contre du retour de la fluoration de l’eau. Lire plus

Les Québécois pleins de caries: pourquoi tarde-t-on à fluorer l’eau potable? tvanouvelles.ca : L’Ordre des dentistes du Québec effectue une sortie en règle pour réclamer la fluoration de l’eau potable à travers la province: une initiative qui permettrait d’améliorer grandement la santé dentaire et financière de la population. Lire plus et écouter 4:45

Fluoride in tap water: Benefit or danger? fredericksburgstandard.com: Is it “industrial waste” and “toxins” that pose a public health danger and could lower children’s IQs? Or is it proven over decades to substantially decrease tooth decay and save $38 in dental care costs for every $1 spent? Read more

Innovations in healthcare: 3-D printing and bioprinting. hospitalnews.com: The clinical areas where the research on 3-D printing has advanced the furthest are dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery, as well as orthopedics and the musculoskeletal system. Read more

Meet two of Dentistry's global service learning supervisors, the "Yodas" of Dentistry. dentistry.utoronto: While treating populations in need of care, these volunteers also guide fourth year students on an unforgettable learning experience. Read more

Vancouver Island dentist surprises family in need with $35K in free care. globalnews.ca: A chance meeting at a hairdresser has changed the life of a young woman who’s raising her five siblings. Read more

University of Alberta students provide free dental care for those without insurance. globalnews.ca: Every Saturday morning during the school year, dentistry and dental hygiene students from the University of Alberta in Edmonton provide cleanings and checkups for free. It’s part of the Student Health Initiative for the Needs of Edmonton (SHINE) clinic. Read more and watch 1:42

Why activated charcoal products for your teeth could do more harm than good. cbc.ca: Canadian Dental Association has not approved any oral-based products containing activated charcoal. Read more

The first step to improving your oral health is to establish a dental home. leaderpost.com: For individuals who are facing financial or social barriers, Saskatchewan dentists are leading an initiative called Day of Giving. Read more

Saskatchewan spending $10 million for more surgeries, decrease wait times. nationalpost.com: The province says the cash will go toward 1,700 additional surgeries that will be performed before the end of March 2020. The procedures affected include cataracts, hip and knee replacements, gynecological, dental, and ear, nose and throat surgeries. Read more

Hygienists beware: DIY dentistry is trending. rdhmag.com: Another kind of shortcut gaining popularity online involves using technology to simplify and accelerate at-home oral hygiene routines. It is not a new notion to dental professionals that flossing is too complicated and time-consuming for many. Read more

78% of Patients Likely to Use Virtual Dental Care, Survey Finds. mhealthintelligence.com: Virtual dental care is not just a niche service, and patients are eager to see it as an integral part of mainstream oral healthcare, a new survey shows. Read more

ADA's Tiny Smiles Program Unveils New Physician Resources. aafp.org: The American Dental Association has released a collection of new tools and resources promoting the importance of oral health in infants and young children as part of its Tiny Smiles dental program. Read more

Nearly half of millennials have put off needed medical care because they can't afford it. businessinsider.com: The survey found that 49% of millennials have had to delay medical or dental care as a result of their finances. Read more

The TeleDentists Offers Dental Second Opinions. lelezard.com, Nov 1: The TeleDentists, the only national network of dental providers working virtually via telehealth, is adding a new service: Dental Second Opinion. Read more

Herbal tea as bad for you as soft drinks, expert warns. nzherald.co.nz, Nov 2: Sipping on blends of herbal tea with fruity infusions has become increasingly popular in recent years but dental experts are warning they can be as bad for your teeth as soft drinks. Read more

California Dental Association Journal spotlights water fluoridation, fluoride varnish. cda.org: The November issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association reviews the history of water fluoridation in California and preventive fluoride varnish applications for children. Other articles discuss pain assessment practices of pediatric dentists and three processing techniques for evaluating fracture strength of maxillary denture base. Read more

Landmark dental care study in Indigenous population shows failures in system. educationnewscanada.com: This research found that more than a quarter of the participants visited the dentist only for emergencies and First Nations people were at increased odds of having poor dental care. Read more

Assessment of occupational noise‐related hearing impairment among dental health personnel. onlinelibrary.wiley.com: Hearing impairment was higher among dental professionals than the control group and especially among dental assistants and technicians. Read more

Neuroscientists reveal link between cell 'dark matter' and chronic nerve pain. medicalxpress.com: The research by the University of Sheffield has shown for the first time a significant correlation between neuropathic pain and the abundance of specific RNA molecules (microRNA) present in patients following lingual nerve injury. Read more

Physician opioid prescribing significantly increases risk of addiction. mediarelations.uwo.ca: Researchers at Western University and ICES Western have shown that men who filled a prescription for opioids after minor surgery were at significantly higher risk of persistent long-term opioid use and hospitalization for opioid overdose, than those who did not. Read more

Cannabis could help treat depression in people with PTSD, B.C. study finds. globalnews.ca: A new study by the University of British Columbia and the B.C. Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) suggests pot could hold promise. Read more

Dental caries and obesity: their relationship in children. gov.uk: Current evidence about the relationship between dental caries and obesity in individuals and populations. Read more

Milk from Teeth: Dental Stem Cells Can Generate Milk-Producing Cells. media.uzh.ch: According to a new study, dental epithelial stem cells from mice can generate mammary ducts and even milk-producing cells when transplanted into mammary glands. Read more

Measles limits immune system's ability to fight off other infections, studies suggest. cbc.ca: Research provides another argument in favour of vaccination, doctor says. Read more

3D-printed living skin with blood vessels created by scientists. newsweek.com: Scientists have created 3D-printed skin complete with blood vessels, in an advancement which they hope could one day prevent the body rejecting grafted tissue. Read more

E-cigarette vapor linked to cancer in mice. nih.gov: While these results can’t predict how e-cigarette vapor might affect people, they highlight the need for more studies into the potential toxicity of e-cigarettes. Read more

The 9 Biggest Technology Trends That Will Transform Medicine And Healthcare In 2020. forbes.com: Healthcare is an industry that is currently being transformed using the latest technology, so it can meet the challenges it is facing in the 21st century. Read more

Is Canada’s tap water safe? Thousands of test results show high lead levels across the country. globalnews.com: Hundreds of thousands of Canadians could be consuming tap water laced with high levels of lead leaching from aging infrastructure and plumbing, a large collection of newly-released data and documents reveals. Read more and watch 6:48.

Pharmacare to be first bill NDP will advance in new Parliament, Singh says. ctvnews.ca: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the first item of business they’ll be looking to advance when the 43rd Parliament kicks off is the implementation of a universal pharmacare program. Read more

Ontario doctors launch campaign to promote vaccinations. thewig.com: The province’s doctors are countering vaccination hesitancy by launching a campaign in the same place from where much of the misinformation about vaccinations comes. Read more

Vaccine hesitancy on the rise in Ontario, says head of the Ontario Medical Association. ottawacitizen.com: While immunization rates remain relatively high in Ontario and across Canada, there has been an increase in the number of parents seeking non-medical exemptions from vaccinating their children before they can enter school in Ontario. Read more

'Good' or 'bad' drugs? Cannabis, vaping challenge traditional categories, says public health researcher. ottawacitizen.com: Now a fast-changing recreational drug use landscape in Canada that includes three legal products — tobacco, vaping and cannabis — means regulators will have to figure out the interplay of the three, says an expert in public health policy. Read more

Flavouring ingredients for vaping haven't been tested, says Health Canada. montreal.ctvnews.ca: The ingredients used to flavour vaping products have not all been tested to determine if they can be inhaled safely, Health Canada is warning. Read more

Liquides de vapotage: des ingrédients aromatisants non testés, dit Santé Canada. ledevoir.com : Les ingrédients utilisés pour aromatiser les produits de vapotage n’ont pas tous été testés pour déterminer s’ils peuvent être inhalés sans danger, avertit Santé Canada. Lire plus

Sask. introduces bill to treat vaping like smoking. leaderpost.com: The proposed legislation keeps the age limit for vaping at 18 while limiting advertising, restricting displays and allowing the government to ban flavours through regulation. … Notably, the bill won’t explicitly ban flavoured vaping products. It would allow the government to restrict them through regulation. Read more

Special Report: Juul disregarded early evidence it was hooking teens. reuters.com: Juul executives knew young people were flocking to its breakthrough e-cigarette shortly after it went on sale in 2015, a former manager tells Reuters. Its nicotine blend was so potent, engineers devised a kill switch to limit the dosage – but the idea was shelved. Read more

Ousted Juul Executive Claims Vaping Firm Refused To Recall 1 Million Contaminated Pods. forbes.com: A former executive at embattled e-cigarette firm Juul has alleged in a lawsuit that the company knew it had sold 1 million contaminated pods to consumers and retailers but did not inform them. Read more

Cannabis: les 65 ans et plus affichent la plus forte croissance de consommation. ledevoir.com : Ce sont les personnes âgées de 65 ans et plus qui ont affiché la plus forte croissance en matière de consommation de cannabis, révèlent de récentes données de Statistique Canada mercredi. Lire plus

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

2019

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

2020

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. Read more

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

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