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ADEA Survey of Dental School Graduates: Class of 2017

I had the pleasure to speak with Dr. Richard Valachovic, President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). Every year, ADEA publishes statistical reports about dentistry graduating classes. I have come across the most recent report which analyzes data from the 2017 graduating class. Although these data are about students from south of the border, there could be multiple similarities between American and Canadian students. So, we wished to explore the topic and other facts stated in the report with one of the report authors. You can access a PDF copy of the report below in the resources ...

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New Findings: The Impact of Acidic Drinks on Tooth Wear and Hypersensitivity

I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Dr. Saoirse O’Toole, Clinical Lecturer in Prosthodontics at King’s College London. Dr. O’Toole authored a flurry of articles about tooth wear and hypersensitivity and she came on to further speak about the latest in research on these topics. References for the articles that are the subject of this conversation are referenced below.  If you wish to leave a comment, ask a question, or make a suggestion to improve the content on our website, please feel free to send us an email at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca or call our toll-free number 1855-716-2747. Until next time! Chiraz Guessaier, ...

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Distinguished Scientist Award for Dr. Don Brunette of UBC

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) announced Donald M. Brunette, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, as the 2018 recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Research in Prosthodontics and Implants. Brunette was recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 96th General Session of the IADR, held in conjunction with the IADR Pan European Regional (PER) Congress. The IADR/PER General Session & Exhibition is in London, England at the ExCeL London Convention Center from July 25-28, 2018. Brunette is a professor in the department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. ...

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Water Fluoridation and Dental Caries in U.S. Children and Adolescents

Dr. Gary Slade accepted my invitation to speak about his recent article on the benefits of water fluoridation on dental caries for US children and adolescents. The article clearly states if community water fluoridation were extended to 4.8 million children, and they experienced the prevented fractions found in the study, it would translate to 6.2 million fewer primary tooth surfaces developing caries and 1.4 million fewer permanent tooth surfaces developing caries. The interview further explores the findings of the same study.  Dr. Slade is is the John W. Stamm Distinguished Professor of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ...

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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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