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Does the outcome of the US elections impact the Canadian dental marketplace?

Timothy Brown, CEO of ROI Corporation, spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about the potential impact of the recent US elections on the increased interest in the Canadian dental marketplace. Since the election, there has been increased traffic and interest in subscribing to ROI Corporation’s website and newsletters, respectively by US-based dentists, many of whom are presumably Canadians training or living and working in the United States. With the more than adequate supply of dentists training and working in Canada, an influx of dentists trained in the US or further abroad would only further increase our supply of dental professionals while ...

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A Prototype Mobile Application for Triaging Dental Emergencies

Corey Stein, developer of a new mobile app to triage dental emergencies, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about this new application. Highlights Evidence suggests that dental emergencies are likely to occur when preferred care is less accessible. Communication barriers often exist that cause patients to receive suboptimal treatment or experience discomfort for extended lengths of time. Furthermore, limitations in the conventional approach for managing dental emergencies prevent dentists from receiving critical information before patient visits. The authors developed a mobile application to mediate the uncertainty of dental emergencies. The development and study consisted of a needs analysis and quality assessment of ...

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Treating Syrian Refugee Children with Dr. Flavia Lamberghini

Dr. Flavia Lamberghini, a pediatric dentist and Assistant Professor in the pediatric dentistry department at University of Illinois Chicago, recently spoke to Dr. Suham Alexander about her experience in treating Syrian refugee children. Dr. Lamberghini, sympathetic to the situation of the Syrian refugees, was able to connect with the Syrian community in Chicago through a patient of hers to organize a day dedicated to serving this population. With the help of colleagues in her practice, educational materials were translated into Arabic and Arabic-speaking translator were asked to volunteer to help on the designated clinical day. The day not only provided ...

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Impact of Proton Pump Inhibitors on Implant Osseointegration

Dr. Faleh Tamimi, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the research he conducted and the articles he co-authored on the impact of proton pump inhibitors on implant osseointegration. Highlights Systemic administration of omeprazole interferes with bone healing and implant osseointegration: an in vivo study on rat tibiae Proton pump inhibitors, over-the-counter drugs taken by millions of patients, diminish bone accrual. Accordingly, we hypothesized that these drugs could impair bone healing and implant osseointegration. This study investigated the effect of post-operative systemic administration of omeprazole on bone healing and implant osseointegration ...

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Impact of Antihypertensive Drugs on Implant Osseointegration

Dr. Faleh Tamimi, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the research he conducted and the articles he co-authored on the impact of proton pump inhibitors on implant osseointegration. Highlights Propranolol enhances bone healing and implant osseointegration in rats’ tibiae Propranolol, a non-selective b-blocker widely used to treat cardiovascular conditions, favours bone accrual. Accordingly, we hypothesized that propranolol could be useful for improving bone healing and osseointegration. This in vivo study was designed to investigate the effect of propranolol on bone healing and osseointegration in rats’ tibiae. On 24 Sprague–Dawley rats, a unicortical defect was ...

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Dog-Assisted Therapy in Dentistry

Dr. Anne Gussgard, Associate Professor in Periodontology at the University of the Arctic of Norway, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about her experience using dog-assisted therapy to help alleviate patients’ anxiety during dental treatment.  Highlights Animal-assisted therapy has been available for some time. Dogs are used most commonly, but other animals such as cats and horses are also commonly used. In dentistry, dogs are usually the animal involved since there are strong physiological effects on humans when they pet dogs. For example, there is a drop in blood pressure, heart rhythm and cortisol while there is an increase in dopamine ...

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How Dental Team Members Describe Adverse Events

Dr. Elsbeth Kalenderian spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about an article she recently co-authored and published in the Journal of the American Dental Association: “How Dental Team Members Describe Adverse Events.” Much information is available in medicine about patient safety and data related to safety; however, it is lacking in dentistry. The researchers obtained this information through the creation of an “adverse event inventory” by interviewing providers and team members and asking what incidents might occur in the dental setting. The researchers divided interviewees into 2 groups – domain experts (specialists) and focus groups (academics, staff, students and residents). The ...

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A Paradigm Shift in Periodontal Disease

Drs. Ian Needleman and Adam Roberts spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about a new paradigm shift in periodontal disease.  Highlights Periodontal disease is a progressive condition associated with bacteria. There has been little in terms of innovation with respect to periodontal disease. Traditional approaches have focused on eliminating bacteria; however, there may be alternative or adjunct treatments which can influence the ecology of the oral cavity. It is impossible to “sterilize” the oral cavity. This has led to new thinking about the use of probiotics as an adjunct to periodontal disease treatment. Various diseases are linked to dysbiosis in the ...

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