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Dr. Maxine Feinberg: My Visit to Dalhousie University

Dr. John O’Keefe spoke with Dr. Maxine Feinberg, past president of the American Dental Association and Periodontist from New Jersey, about her recent visit to Dalhousie University. Dr. Feinberg was touched by the warm welcome and impressed by the professionalism and the level of support and camaraderie that she and her colleagues witnessed at the Faculty of Dentistry.  We hope you enjoy the conversation and we congratulate the faculty, staff and students in the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University for creating such a welcoming and supportive educational environment for American and international students.  As always, your thoughts, suggestions, and ...

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Opioid Prescribing by Ontario Dentists 2014-2016

Dental patients in Ontario are getting the right drug, in the right amount, and only once. Such welcome good news were communicated in the recent report published by the College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO), using data from 2014 to 2016 of opioid prescriptions given by dentists and dispensed by dental patients: Opioid Prescribing by Ontario Dentists 2014-2016. In the midst of the opioid crisis plaguing North America, this is such a welcome message for dentists. It is certainly the result of a concerted effort within organized dentistry to help dentists reduce the exposure of their patients to the ...

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Is this a game-changing technology for dentistry?

Colleagues, A press release that came across my desk today particularly caught my attention. It relates to Straumann acquiring an interest in a company called Dental Monitoring. I share this with you as I believe it could be of interest to all in the oral health care sector. My sensitivity to the profound implications of rapid technological change for healthcare in general and oral health care in particular has been heightened through my recent involvement with a CDA Task Force on the Future of the Profession. I will tell you more about that a little later, but first, I invite ...

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Psychological Health & Safety: how does your office rank?

To open a conversation that I believe is important for every dentist, their team members and their patients, I ask you to please take a minute to read through these two scenarios and consider what you would do next in each circumstance. Scenario 1 The dental assistant who works with you most regularly comes to speak with you privately. She tells you that she has endured lower back pain for the past few months and she suspects it may have something to do with the chairside stools she has been using at the office. For some time, she has wanted ...

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Cannabis and the Canadian Dentist: Are you ready for the legalization of Cannabis?

Cannabis will become legal on July 1st, 2018; and we at CDA Oasis are exploring the many facets of this professional issue. In particular, we are exploring the various impacts of this substance, namely clinical and legal.  I welcomed once again Dr. Mark Donaldson, pharmacologist and senior executive director at Vizient Pharmacy Advisory Solutions. He is also clinical professor in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy at the University of Montana. Dr. Donaldson shared his expertise on the topic of cannabis in the dental office.  We recognize this is an important conversation that needs to take place in the dental practice as ...

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ASM2018: Dealing with the College in an Era of Transparency and Accountability

As the Ontario Dental Association‘s Annual Spring Meeting approaches, we at CDA Oasis are pleased to bring you highlights of some of the speakers and the sessions that will be offered this year. It is my hope that you learn from the various conversations; and if you happen to be in Toronto, you find it interesting enough to attend the event.  I had the pleasure to host Lonny Rosen, certified specialist in health law and founder of the law firm Rosen Sunshine LLP. Mr. Rosen advises dentists and other health-care professionals as well as regulators and health-care organizations. Mr. Rosen will ...

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ASM2018: A Privacy Law Primer for Dentists

As the Ontario Dental Association‘s Annual Spring Meeting approaches, we at CDA Oasis are pleased to bring you highlights of some of the speakers and the sessions that will be offered this year. It is my hope that you learn from the various conversations; and if you happen to be in Toronto, you find it interesting enough to attend the event.  I had the pleasure to host Lonny Rosen, certified specialist in health law and founder of the law firm Rosen Sunshine LLP. Mr. Rosen advises dentists and other health-care professionals as well as regulators and health-care organizations. Mr. Rosen will ...

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Les femmes en médecine dentaire : Diriger avec vision et passion

C’était un réel plaisir d’échanger avec la Dre Suzanne Drapeau-McNally, présidente élue de la Société dentaire du Nouveau-Brunswick. Originaire de Moncton au Nouveau-Brunswick, Dre McNally est dentiste en cabinet privé depuis 1981. Depuis le début de sa carrière, elle s’est engagée en dentisterie organisée et a toujours donné en retour à la communauté. Dre McNally a su concilier carrière et famille avec brio, avec l’aide de ses proches et de son équipe. Dre McNally prendra ses fonctions de présidente de la Société dentaire du Nouveau-Brunswick début juin, et nous lui souhaitons tous nos vœux de succès dans ses activités futures. ...

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