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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/12/11

Trudeau presents throne speech focused on common ground in minority-led Parliament. ctvnewsw.ca, Dec 5: From action on climate change and middle-class tax cuts, to making moves on pharmacare and gun control, the speech lays out the Liberals' legislative agenda in broad strokes. The promises were captured under five themes: "Fighting climate change"; "strengthening the middle class"; "walking the road of reconciliation"; "keeping Canadians safe and healthy"; and "positioning Canada for success in an uncertain world." Read more

NDP press Liberals to limit tax break and invest in dental care. stcatharinesstandard.ca, Dec 9: The New Democrats want Justin Trudeau’s government to scale back a broad tax cut and use the money to instead deliver a national program to ensure dental care for Canadians who can’t afford it. Read more

New dental fee guide calls for 4.4 per cent jump in prices. edmontonjournal.com, Dec 9: The province’s dental association and college has released its 2020 guide for dental fees, outlining a roughly 4.4 per cent increase across a suite of services offered by dentists. Read more

Without benefits, some Calgarians find cost of dental visits hard to swallow. cbc.ca, Dec 9: But staying away can be more painful, and lower-cost options exist. Read more

Sask. has a dental hygienist shortage. That's bad news for your teeth. thestarphoenix.com, Dec 6: This year there were no graduating dental hygienists in Saskatchewan because of a 2017 change extending the length of the diploma program from two to three years. Read more

Dr. Carl Tremblay appointed President of the Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec. newswire.ca, Dec 5: The members of the Board of Directors of the Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec (ACDQ) proceeded on November 29 to elect Dr. Carl Tremblay to the office of President of the ACDQ. Accordingly, he succeeds Dr. Serge Langlois, who has held this office for the last twelve years. Read more

Fluoridation Decision Delayed For Health Review. humboldtjournal.ca, Dec 5: ... In a vote of 6 - 1, with Councillor Luhning the lone voice of opposition, the proposed new fluoridation system was tabled for a week to get an opinion from the health region’s medical health officer’s opinion in light of the new research provided to Council on the health impacts of fluoridation. Read more

'It is not harmless:' Dentists voice concern over vaping. cbc.ca, Dec 5: Problems such as gum disease and cell death can develop. While lung injuries related to vaping continue to raise concerns among doctors, many people don't know the impact vaping can have on your teeth and mouth. And it's alarming dentists. Read more

Des lois sur le vapotage qui tardent au Canada. policyoptions.irpp.org, Dec 10: Le gouvernement fédéral doit agir rapidement et renforcer la réglementation canadienne sur le vapotage pour protéger les jeunes. Lire plus

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons save lives while training future surgeons of Addis Ababa. dentistry.utoronto.ca, Dec 6: Faculty of Dentistry oral and maxillofacial surgeons return from first joint venture with Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration and Face the Future Foundation. Read more

De nouvelles cliniques à la Faculté de médecine dentaire. nouvelles.umontreal.ca, 9 décembre : Dotées d’installations à la fine pointe de la technologie, les cliniques de prosthodontie et de dentisterie pédiatrique ont été inaugurées le 4 décembre. ... Cette cérémonie a également été l’occasion de souligner la contribution exceptionnelle du Dr Claude Lamarche à la faculté, quelques semaines après son départ à la retraite. Lire plus

Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury reject proposal to ban dental amalgam. fdiworlddental.org, Dec 6: Proposal to ban dental amalgam met with stark opposition ... After lengthy negotiations, COP3 delegates ultimately rejected the proposal and agreed to maintain the Convention’s nine phase down measures. Read more

Dental groups ask Congress to support faculty loan repayment. ada.org, Dec 4: The American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Education Association are urging lawmakers to support legislation that would allow full-time educators participating in the Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program to exclude from their federal income taxes the amount of the loan forgiveness received from this program. Read more

Ransomware at Colorado IT Provider Affects 100+ Dental Offices. krebsonsecurity.com, Dec 7: A Colorado company that specializes in providing IT services to dental offices suffered a ransomware attack that is disrupting operations for more than 100 dentistry practices. Read more

Inside the battle between Smile Direct Club and ‘organized dentistry’. whyy.org, Dec 5: Dentists have been locked in a fierce battle with mail-order orthodontics company Smile Direct Club for years now. If that’s news to you, it may be because dentists, I learned, are mild-mannered, solitary creatures. Read more and Listen 11:04

The Hidden Lives of Dentists. Being a dentist can be a lonely job. whyy.org, Dec 6: … Most dentists are solo practitioners, and many feel isolated. And, even though oral health is very important to our overall well-being, dentistry is totally separate from the rest of medicine. But there is a very active Facebook group where dentists can talk shop, connect with each other, ask for help, complain, and compare notes. So — what’s worrying dentists? In this episode, we look at some of the forces that are disrupting and changing dentistry. Read more and Listen 49:13

Irish Dental Association Warns That There Is “No Prospect” Of Free Dental Care For Children Under 6 Next Year. dentist.ie, Dec 10: The Irish Dental Association has warned that there is “no prospect” of free dental care for children under six being available from private dentists from next September as the Government has claimed. Read more

Acupuncture reduces radiation-induced dry mouth for cancer patients. mdanderson.org, Dec 6: Patients who had acupuncture during radiation reported less dry mouth symptoms up to 12 months after treatment. Read more

Association between severe unaddressed dental needs and developmental health at school entry in Canada: a cross-sectional study. bmcpediatr.bipomedcentral.com, Dec 7: The objective of the current study was to evaluate the relationship between UDNs and developmental health among kindergarten children using the Early Development Instrument (EDI). Read more

Youth tobacco use highest in 19 years. axios.com, Dec 6: New data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey show that 6.2 million middle school and high school students use tobacco, the highest level since 2000. Read more

Are Sugar Substitutes Good for Kids? nytimes.com, Dec 9: Information is limited about the long-term safety of consuming non-nutritive sweeteners. Read more

How Canada's broken disability support system is needlessly costing millions, harming mental health. cbc.ca, Dec 10 [OPINION]: Canada's support system for people with disabilities is flawed, and it's causing people harm as well as needlessly costing millions in tax dollars, writes Dr. Pamela Valentine. Read more

Nova Scotia to become first province to ban sale of flavoured e-cigarettes and juices. cbc.ca, Dec 5:  Nova Scotia says it will become the first province to make it illegal to sell any kind of flavoured e-cigarettes and juices, announcing Thursday a ban that will come into force on April 1. Read more

Vaping-related illnesses rise in Canada and U.S. cbc.ca, Dec 5: A total of 13 vaping-associated lung illness have been reported in Canada, health officials say, and every U.S. state has now reported cases. U.S. health officials on Thursday reported one new case and one more death from a respiratory illness tied to vaping over a two-week period, bringing the number of deaths to 48. Read more

British Columbia’s vaping crackdown could offer a roadmap for the rest of the world. theconversation.com, Dec 5: In Canada, the government of British Columbia is cracking down on vaping products. The plan is to reduce nicotine content, limit access to flavoured pods, mandate plain packaging with health warnings and raise the tax on vaping products to 20 per cent. Read more

Cannabis vaping products won’t be sold in Quebec, N.L. in January. globalnews.ca, Dec 4: Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador said on Wednesday they would not allow the sale of cannabis vapes, just weeks before the start of marijuana derivatives sales, as concerns linger about a possible connection between the vaping products and severe lung disease. Read more

11 things Ontario’s auditor general reveals. thestar.com, Dec 4: 67,000 of the 1 million patients discharged from hospitals annually have suffered some type of harm. Nurses are “repeatedly” fired or banned by hospitals for incompetence are rehired by other hospitals, posing risks to patient safety. Nursing home menus are alarmingly high in sugar — contributing to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer — as well as sodium, and low in fibre. Read more

JIM VIBERT: Nova Scotia's ban on flavoured vaping products may have unintended consequences. thetelegram.com, Dec 9: Jim Vibert says it remains to be seen if a ban on flavoured vaping products will push users back to conventional tobacco products. Read more

There are now vaping-related lung injury cases in all 50 states. cnn.com, Dec 4: There have now been cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury reported in all 50 states. Read more

Minnesota sues Juul over rise in youth vaping. thehill.com, Dec 4: Minnesota is suing popular e-cigarette company Juul Labs over a rise in youth vaping, alleging that the company violated state consumer-protection laws by targeting young users. Read more

Inside the opioid industry’s marketing machine. washingtonpost.com, Dec 6: New details about the marketing campaigns are revealed in the corporate documents and internal emails unsealed in the Cleveland case after a year-long legal fight by The Washington Post and the owner of the Gazette-Mail. Watch and view more

New health team model will improve patient care, minister pledges. cbc.ca, Dec 7: A new health care system unveiled in Ottawa Friday will help free up hospital beds and improve care for patients, including those who need home care and long-term care, the Ontario government says. Read more

West Virginians head to Canada to find affordable insulin. ctvnews.ca, Dec 9: A group of West Virginians left the country Sunday in search of affordable insulin -- they went to Canada, where insulin prices are reported to be about a tenth of what it costs people in the United States. Read more

'We're backsliding': Surge in measles cases reported globally. cbc.ca, Dec 5: More than 140,000 people died from measles worldwide in 2018, say health officials, adding they're alarmed by the rapid increase in the easily preventable disease. ... The number of measles cases surged globally last year, the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reported Thursday.  Read more

AI in health care: improving outcomes or threatening equity? cmajnews.com, Dec 5: Scientists warn that the unexamined use of artificial intelligence (AI) in health care could result in worse health outcomes for marginalized people. Read more

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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

March 18-21: IADR/AADR/CADR General Session – Washington, D.C. Read more

March 19-21: The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more

April 2-4: The 2020 Manitoba Dental Association & Canadian Dental Association Convention –Seeing Dentistry Clearly, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Read more

May 7-9: Ontario Dental Association ASM20 Annual Spring Meeting, in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

May 14-16: California Dental Association (CDA) – Presents the Art & Science of Dentistry, Anaheim, California. Read more

May 21-23: Alberta Dental Association & College, Alberta Wellness Summit, in Edmonton, Alberta. Read more

May 29-June 2: Journées dentaires internationales du Québec, in Montreal, Quebec. Read more

September 1-4: FDI World Dental Congress in Shanghai, China. Read more

September 10-12: California Dental Association (CDA) – Presents the Art & Science of Dentistry, in San Francisco, CA. Save the date

October 1-3: Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics 28th Annual Scientific Meeting in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

October 15-18: American Dental Association ADA FDC 2020 in Orlando, Florida. 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

New clear aligner company hits the market. beckersdental.com, Dec 9: The dental industry welcomed another clear aligner competitor in November, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Two industry leaders partnered to launch Clear Blue Smiles. ... Similar to SmileDirectClub, Clear Blue Smiles will treat patients through remote dentistry technology. Read more

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