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CE Showcase ASM 2017: Maximizing Dental Practice Efficiency From the Front Desk to the Back Door

I had the pleasure to meet Mary Govoni, internationally recognized speaker, author and consultant, working with dental teams for over 40 years on clinical efficiency, infection prevention, ergonomics, and team communication. She shared with me some pearls about maximizing efficiencies in the dental office, a topic she will be presenting during ASM 2017.  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights A comprehensive review of current practices in managing patient flow, enhancing productivity and increasing profitability. Topics include incorporating time-saving technology for patient communication, case acceptance and patient retention, organization techniques, scheduling for maximum productivity, efficient work flow in the clinical areas and ...

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CE Showcase ASM2017: Oral Implications and Prevention Strategies for Older Adults

Last week, Ms. Annette Wolfe, Academic Manager at Colgate Pharmaceuticals, joined me to speak about her session at ASM 2017. She will be speaking about oral health implications for medically compromised older adults and will present ways to prevent oral health disease in that population. I hope you enjoy the interview and that you can join Annette at ASM 2017. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights With the fertility rate declining and life expectancy increasing, older adults make up one of the fastest growing segments of the world’s population. The goal of this session is to provide the participant with ...

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CE Showcase ASM 2017: Orthodontic Assessment: Where There is Smoke, There is Fire!

I had a real pleasure speaking with Dr. Tim Agapas, who will be speaking at ASM 2017 in May. Tim shared some slides from his upcoming presentation and promised to come back to show us some of his very interesting cases.  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights This presentation covers diagnostic information pointing to growth, occlusal and dental problems prior to becoming complicated orthodontic treatment concerns. Orthodontic and occlusal issues can usually be identified and diagnosed at an early age. If the patient and parent are informed at an appropriate age, future orthodontic treatment can usually be optimized and significant orthodontic ...

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CE Showcase ASM 2017: Staged Care: New Solutions in Treating Early Childhood Caries

Dr. Ian McConnachie, pediatric dentist in Ottawa, spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about his session at ASM 2017: Staged Care New Solution in Treating Early Childhood Caries. Highlights The new standard of care for infants and young children is initial examination by first birthday at the latest. In spite of this, many dentists do not follow this, and incidence of early childhood caries remains unacceptably high and treatment needs often require significant interventions, including general anesthesia. A new treatment algorithm will be discussed, along with specific treatment solutions which will assist the general practitioner to treat this child and enjoy doing ...

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Pharmacological Reversal Agents in Dental Practice: Keys to Patient Safety

I had the pleasure to host Dr. Mark Donaldson to speak about the important reversing drugs that are found in the dental emergency kit. Mark goes into detail addressing 6 reversal agents: Naloxone, Flumazenil, Epinephrine, Diphenhydramine, Phentolamine, and Atropine. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Though uncommon, medical emergencies in the dental office are harrowing occurrences that can be the result of adverse drug reactions. Pharmacological antagonists have been developed for administration as reversal agents in emergency situations in which patients may have an untoward effect, typically caused by too much medication. Dental practitioners should be familiar with these agents to ...

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Practical How To: 3M Fluoride Varnish

Dentistry encompasses various elements of dental and oral health. Oral healthcare professionals place a special emphasis on caries prevention as there are various protocols, diagnostic tools and medicaments that can be effective in preventing or arresting the decay process. At the same time, the abundance of information can also be overwhelming for patients and may contribute to confusion about the effectiveness or necessity of preventive care. This potential for confusion is highlighted in Jo-Anne Jones’ video discussion with her neighbour about the merits of fluoride treatment especially when delivered in the form of a varnish. In the following video, a panel of ...

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Oasis Survey on Complete Dentures

In collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Lifelong Learning (L3) at the University of Alberta, Dr. Cheryl Cable, Prosthodontist and Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry, presents a survey on complete dentures. She is the Principal Investigator in a study that aims to compare real clinical dentistry done by successful private practice dentists to what is taught in academic institutions. The goal is to make the teaching environments reflective of successful practice techniques. Let’s set up our new graduates for success!  We at CDA Oasis are happy to collaborate with Dr. Cable and the University of Alberta ...

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A Canadian Oral Health Professional Celebrating WOHD in Pakistan!

I had the great pleasure to speak with Ms. Ruth French, Professor in the Dental Hygiene and Assisting programs at Niagara College in Welland ON. She is currently in Pakistan teaching the second cohort of the Dental Hygiene program at the AGA Khan University and with her students, they celebrated World Oral Health Day with an oral health community outing in Karachi.  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager World Oral Health Day is celebrated globally every year on 20 March and is organized by FDI World Dental Federation. World Oral Health Day was launched in 2013 to raise awareness of the importance ...

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