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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery First-Ever Technical Skills Exam

It’s the first of its kind exam to be administered to Oral and Maxillofacial residents at the University of Toronto. We invited Dr. Marco Caminiti, Assistant Professor and Director of the Graduate Specialty Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Toronto to tell us about how the idea of the exam started and how the first round of examinations went.  Dr. Caminiti is also the Director of the Graduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program at Mount Sinai Hospital.  We would like to hear from you and know your thoughts and questions about this topic. If you ...

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Breaking Barriers: Ensuring Canadian Dentists are Comfortable with Mental Illness

Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague. By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness. That’s us and our patients. Stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses present a serious barrier not only to diagnosis and treatment, but also to acceptance in the community. Here’s a quote from a recently published story in the Globe and Mail newspaper: “You should see the look on people’s faces when they hear that you have an illness with schizo in the title. People are repelled and ...

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Dr. Derek Decloux on Dental Anesthesia Residency

Navi, our podcast wizard, spoke with Dr. Derek Decloux, Dental Anesthesiology Resident at the University of Toronto. Derek shares his experience as a dentist and a resident for the benefit of dental students across Canada.  We would like to hear from you and know your thoughts and questions about this topic. If you wish to reach us, it’s quite easy: email us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca or call our toll-free number 1-855-716-2747. Until next time! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager & Navi Bharj, Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Alberta     Check out this episode!

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Working Towards a Cavity-Free World

I had the pleasure to speak with Dr. Bob Schroth, co-chair (Canada-US Chapter) of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF). Dr. Schroth spoke about the role of the alliance as well as its numerous advocacy initiatives. he also invoked the role of oral health research in the Alliance’s work and encouraged academics to apply for the ACFF oral health research grant.  Dr. Schroth is Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Dental Science and the Department of Pediatrics & Child Health, both in the Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine at the University of Manitoba. We would like to hear from ...

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How Persistent is Opioid Use after Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

I had the pleasure to speak with Dr. Chad Brummett, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Brummett co-authored a recent article that looked at the risk of persistent opioid use following wisdom tooth extraction, a common dental procedure. The group of researchers were mostly interested in filled prescriptions by young adults and teens, and particularly opioid-naive patients, those who had not filled an opioid prescription before.  Dr. Brummett is also a member of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network, (Michigan OPEN), which aims to ensure appropriate acute pain care, while ...

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Pattern of opioid prescription by dentists in Nova Scotia

Aiming to help alleviate the opioid crisis, a group of researchers set out to understand prescription patterns of opioid analgesics by dentists in Nova Scotia, Canada. I sat down with Dr. Kudirat Jimoh, corresponding author of this study. The group’s aim was to inform dentists and policy makers on the types and dosages of opioid analgesics being prescribed by dentists. The study may prompt dentists to reflect on and adjust their practice of opioid analgesic prescription in light of the current opioid analgesic epidemic.  Dr. Kudirat Jimoh is a periodontist in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  We would like to hear from you ...

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Where does dentistry fit in the social media landscape?

As a dentist, you walk a fine line when you step in the social media arena and you quickly find out that what separates your personal life from your professional one are sometimes few words that you type into your status. More importantly, for you as a professional, what constitutes ethical conduct becomes the mere subjective interpretation of what you post on your social media feed. Still, the issue is far more multidimensional then a simple status update. Although social media is widely used, it is still a powerful tool with a lot of unknowns waiting to be clarified around ...

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Dental Globe Trotting: The Importance of International Charitable Dental Missions

My conversation with Dr. Laurie Houston is the first in a series where she will be sharing her experience working on charitable dentistry missions around the world. Dr. Houston keeps a detailed diary of the-more-than19 international missions in which she participated. Dr. Houston is a semi-retired general dentist with a purpose for her dental expertise: to share it with the world.  If you wish to get more information on these dental missions or if you have a question for Dr. Laurie Houston, you can email us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca or call our toll-free number 1-855-716-2747. Until next time! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis ...

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