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Will dental practice ownership still be attractive in future?

Key message: I invite dentists, at different parts of the career life cycle, who are willing to share advice about the different practice options (associateship / ownership / involvement in a large network) facing young dentists today, to contact me please. All information will be treated in confidence. Please contact me at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca or 1-800-267-6354 ext. 5000.   Dear colleagues, What practice options will face the young graduates coming into our profession in the foreseeable future? That was the subject of some very persuasive presentations at the conference of the Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Associations in Toronto in January. ...

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Dr. Joseph P. Crowley on the ADA Interim Board Policy on Opioid Prescribing

Dr. John O’Keefe invited Dr. Joseph P. Crowley, the current president of the American Dental Association (ADA), to speak about the ADA’s interim opioids policy, which supports mandatory continuing education on prescribing opioids; statutory limits on opioid dosage and duration of no more than seven days for the treatment of acute pain; and the utilization of prescription drug monitoring programs. Dr. Crowley spoke about the important proactive role the ADA is taking on this issue and also explained that the ADA is committed to being part of the solution. Dr. Crowley, a general dentist from Cincinnati, Ohio, previously served as an ADA ...

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Cannabis: When Are You Considered Legally Impaired?

Dr. Aaron Burry is Associate Director of Professional Affairs here at the Canadian Dental Association; and my colleague on the cannabis file. In an effort to round up the perspectives and the implications of the legalization of Marijuana on the dental profession, Aaron and I thought of bringing this conversation to the attention of our audience: you the dentist. It is important to know when to refrain from treating patients and when a patient is not a good candidate for treatment due to substance impairment.  We hope you benefit from this conversation. We would like to hear from you and ...

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Cannabis: A Round-up with Implications for Dental Practice

Dr. Jose Lança joined me for a round-up on the implications of legalizing cannabis in Canada. His presentation speaks to the broader implications of such substance and offers a wide range of considerations for Canadian dentists. Cannabis use and abuse will affect how dental treatment is dispensed and how dentists communicate with their patients about the potential risks of consuming recreational marijuana.  Dr. Lança is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Dentistry and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is an expert with extensive research in the area of substance abuse.  We welcome your thoughts, ...

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Oral Health Service Delivery Approaches in the Context of Indigenous Communities

I had the pleasure to welcome Dr Debbie Martin and Dr. Mary McNally from Dalhousie University to speak about their recent article: Linking Inuit Knowledge and Public Health for Improved Child and Youth Oral Health in NunatuKavut. The article describes the findings of the second phase of a project studying child and youth oral health in NunatuKavut, Newfoundland and Labrador.  Dr. Debbie Martin is Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples Health and Well-Being; and Associate Professor of Health Promotion in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University Dr. Mary McNally is Head of the Division of Prevention and ...

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How Risky Are Deep Sedation & General Anesthesia in the Dental Practice?

Sedation and anesthesia for dentistry has come under scrutiny in the past few years due to a few tragic events where patients experienced harm. These events have raised several questions about the safety of these procedures in the dental practice. I have invited Dr. Alia El-Mowafy, dental anesthesiologist and Fellow at the University of Toronto, to tell us about a recent study she conducted precisely about the safety of deep sedation and general anesthesia in dental practices in the province of Ontario. Dr. Alia El-Mowafy attended the Bachelor of Science programme at York University majoring in Psychology and Kinesiology. She went ...

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Can Teledentistry Ease Access to Oral Care?

Access to care remains one of the most pressing issues in dental care. At the same time, there are many efforts to develop and implement novel and creative ways to facilitate the provision of care; one of them is the work of the American Teledentistry Association which launched in December 2017. I have invited Dr. Mark Ackerman, the Executive Director or this newly established association to tell us about the role of the association in helping patients access oral care more easily.  Dr. Ackerman is the Director of Orthodontics at Boston Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor of developmental biology ...

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Dentists’ Physical Wellbeing: ADA Survey Findings

I had the pleasure to host Tim Caruso, physical therapist; Tamara James, Director of Ergonomics at Duke University; and Dr. Bob Werner, former Chief of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. They joined me to speak about a data analysis that ensued from the ADA Survey on Dentists’ Wellbeing.  The issue of ergonomics in dentistry is prevalent and many times mishandled. Dentists perform routine procedures that could put a strain on their physical and emotional well being. The ADA Health Policy Institute, in conjunction with the ADA Council on Dental Wellness Advisory Committee (DWAC), conducted ...

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