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How necessary are Dental x-rays for children?

Dr. Paul Casamassimo, Professor in pediatric dentistry at Ohio State University, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the necessity of dental x-rays for children. Resources ADA – FDA: Dental Radiographic Examinations: Recommendations for Patient Selection and Limiting Radiation Exposure American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: Guideline on Prescribing Dental Radiographs for Infants, Children, Adolescents, and Persons with Special Health Care Needs Highlights The ADA, AAPD and FDA have set guidelines based on a comprehensive algorithm for dental radiographs based on age, risk factors and type of X-rays. The reason for this is that any radiation an individual receives is accumulated over time as his/her “radiation burden”. Current beliefs ...

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Preventing Oral Cancer in Scotland with Dr. Victor Lopes

Dr. Victor Lopes, from the University of Edinburgh, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about increasing awareness and advocating about oral cancer through their campaign, “Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer.” Highlights Dr. Victor Lopes, consultant Oral Maxillofacial surgeon, and his colleagues in Edinburgh, Scotland take an active role in raising awareness and advocating about oral cancer through their campaign, “Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer.” The main elements of this campaign consist of: Promoting awareness and advocacy in the prevention of oral cancer Emphasizing that early detection of oral cancer is key for survival Educating the public as well as professional about the ...

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Bringing Dental Services to Rural Areas

Sandy Evans, dental assistant, post-director of the Waldo County Dental Program and PhD candidate, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the importance of coming up with alternative non-traditional ways to deliver dental services in rural areas and to vulnerable populations.  Highlights Sandy Evans, who worked with the Waldo Community Action Partners in Waldo County, Maine was able to use non-traditional delivery methods to enhance dental and oral health care in rural areas in Maine. Rural areas are often under-serviced with respect to specialized care and access to care may be limited. Programs were designed and developed to care for vulnerable groups ...

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Why I want to volunteer as a dentist

Dr. Laureen DiStefano from Jasper, AB speaks to us about her various travels abroad in Asia, South America and the South Pacific where she volunteers her time, energy and services as a dentist for those who do not have access to dental care. She credits volunteering for keeping her passion for dentistry alive and helping her to connect with patients and other colleagues from around the world in special ways. You can contact Dr. Laureen DiStefano at laureendistefano@hotmail.com Watch the video conversation      

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Using the Eclipse Prosthetic Resin System in Uganda

Dr. Elahe Behrooz from Prosthodontic Associates, speaks about her experience providing dental care in Uganda as part of a U of T outreach program.  Watch the short version of the video interview   Watch the full version of the video interview  

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Volunteering Dentistry: Treating Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Dr. Asraa El-Darahali, dentist in Bedford, Nova Scotia, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about her experience treating Syrian refugees in a Jordanian refugee camp. Highlights As part of an international group of health professionals through the Syrian-American Medical Society, Dr. El-Darahali flew to the largest Syrian refugee camp (>80,000 refugees) in Jordan. A dental clinic has been established by Syrian dentists who themselves are refugees in the camp and much of the dental need revolves around emergency care as survival is of the utmost importance for the refugees living in the camp. As a result, basic oral care has been ...

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Value-Based Dentistry

Dr. Sree Koka, Prosthodontist in San Diego California, comes back to speak with Dr. John O’Keefe about his recently published article about value-based dentistry. Read the article here: Value-based dentistry: Putting the patient first Highlights When treating patients, it is advantageous to understand the concept of value-based dentistry. Practitioners should know what their patients perceive as value (preferences, beliefs, what they are looking for) as well as their perceptions about the cost of treatment which is not just financial, but biological, time and inconvenience costs. Value-based dentistry helps dentists to deliver individualized treatment options to patients that align with their values ...

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The Future of Restorative Dentistry

Dr. Harald Heymann joined Dr. John O’Keefe on this conversation about the future of restorative dentistry. Read the highlights and enjoy the audio conversation! Highlights In this video, Dr. John O’Keefe speaks to Dr. Harald Heymann about the way restorative dentistry may be practiced in the future. While there are advances and improvements in the field of restorative dentistry with respect to adhesives, cements and restorative materials, there is little expectation that there will be any profound changes in this area. Thus far, digital technology has had the biggest impact on dentistry to date from radiography, smile design, implants, digital ...

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