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Tips on Transitioning into a New Practice

Transitioning into a new practice as a new buyer or as a new owner after owning other practices has its unique challenges. In this video, Timothy Brown, CEO of ROI Corporation, discusses with Dr. Suham Alexander the strategies to make this transition easier. It is important to understand that patients also need time to adapt to this change along with the dental team. Helpful Tips Gain the trust of the new employees Try not to make any significant changes in the first year Initial changes that are required should be “invisible” to the patients and move slowly If new policy ...

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New Clinical Resource: Prevention Across the Lifespan: A Review of Evidence-Based Interventions for Common Oral Conditions

I had the pleasure to host Dr. Ann Spolarich and Dr. Fotinos S. Panagakos, editors of the new clinical resource: Prevention Across the Lifespan: A Review of Evidence-Based Interventions for Common Oral Conditions. The textbook is free for download and is a great resource for students, the dental team and dentists at chairside. I hope you find it helpful! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Download the free textbook (PDF) The material in this textbook is structured so that it can be used by those early in their educational journey as well as seasoned practitioners. It provides the reader with practical information ...

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Forget Backup, Here’s the newer safer alternative!

Anne Genge, CEO of Healthcare Compliance Network, discusses a novel approach to traditional data back-ups. Back-up data is important in healthcare as it protects and allows practices to restore their files in an unforeseen events, such as breaches, theft, fire etc. The table below illustrates how traditional back-ups compare with a newer method called virtualization. The accompanying video explains how the two differ in greater detail. Full Interview (11.54″)   Virtualization Presentation (6.10″)  

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What is the Impact of the Minamata Convention on Amalgam Use in Dentistry?

I had the pleasure to host Dr. Benoit Soucy, Director of Scientific Affairs at CDA. Dr. Soucy spoke about the impact of the Minamata Convention on the use of amalgam in dental restorations. Below, you will find more information on the Minamata Convention as well documentation pertinent to dentistry.  If you have any questions about the Minamata Convention or the use of amalgam, please email us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. The Convention draws attention to ...

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CADTH: Your Partner in Making Clinical Decisions

It was a real pleasure to meet Dr. Brian O’Rourke, President and CEO of CADTH (Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health). Dr. O’Rourke joined CADTH in January of 2009 following a distinguished career as a Pharmacist and Health Service Executive with the Canadian military.  I invited Dr. O’Rourke when I learned about the extensive research and evidence reviews CADTH has done in the areas of opioids and pain management. CADTH undertook this work to help answer important policy and practice questions, and the resulting reports are relevant to health care professionals across many specialties, including dentists, physicians, pharmacists and others. ...

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Catching up with Prosthodontic Associates in Uganda 2017

Last year, we had the pleasure to speak with few members of the Prosthodontic Associates team who traveled to Uganda with the Bridge to Health program. We thought of following up with them once again this year and see how their 2017 trip to Uganda went.  Here they are, enjoy! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Note: Dr. Avi Shelemay is not a member of the Prosthodontic Associates team. He is a periodontist practicing in Ottawa and owner of Capital Periodontics.      

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A Novel Strategy to Engineer Pre-Vascularized Full-Length Dental Pulp-like Tissue Constructs

It’s always exciting to learn more about new research that makes it possible for breakthroughs to happen. That was my interview with Dr. Luiz Bertassoni and Ms. Avathamsa Athirasala who developed a process to engineer new blood vessels in teeth, creating better long-term outcomes for patients and clinicians. We will certainly follow the progress of their research and invite them once again on Oasis Discussions to tell us about it. We wish them all the best in their endeavours! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Read the full-text article: A Novel Strategy to Engineer Pre-Vascularized Full-Length Dental Pulp-like Tissue Constructs (PDF)  Highlights The requirement for ...

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Current Recommendations on Fruit Juice in Infants, Children, and Adolescents

It was a pleasure to speak with Dr. Mel Heyman, Professor in the division of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Heyman is the lead author on a policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics related to the consumption of fruit juices in infants, children, and adolescents.  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Read the full text of the Policy Statement (PDF) Highlights Juice should not be introduced into the diet of infants before 12 months of age unless clinically indicated. The intake of juice should be limited to, at most, 4 ...

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