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If Not Tooth Decay Then How About Liver Decay!

I had the privilege of attending the International Association of Dental Research and the Canadian Association of Dental Research conference in March 2018. In the multitude of clinical sessions, I attended a keynote speaker session that was quite interesting. It was an invitation to revisit how we think about sugar-triggered tooth decay, dentistry, and health in general. The eminent speaker was Dr. Robert Lustig, who was kind enough to accept my invitation to speak about his session on CDA Oasis.  Dr. Lustig is an American pediatric endocrinologist. He is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, ...

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Drug Shortages: How Can We Run Out of Salt Water?

It is always a great learning moment when I host Dr. Mark Donaldson to tell me more about a given topic. This time, I invited him to speak about drug shortages, a phenomenon that oftentimes puts the patient at risk and leaves the oral health provider stranded. His article “Drug Shortages How do we run out of salt water?” provided a clear picture of how drugs can quickly disappear off the pharmacy shelves and what oral health and health care providers in general can do to mitigate this problem. Dr. Mark Donaldson is Senior Executive Director at Vizient, a national health care ...

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The Role of The Dentist and The Dental Team in Identifying Family Violence

On April 19, 2018, the Canadian Dental Association held its Canadian Oral Health Round table; and the theme of this year’s meeting was dentistry and family violence. A panel of various experts presented on the role of the dentist and the dental team in identifying the signs of family violence particularly when these signs present in the head and neck area of the body.  Family violence affects us all. It has negative social, financial and health impacts on those directly involved, as well as on their friends and family, colleagues, community and society at large. It is paramount that all ...

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The Circle of Care: The Pharmacist and Legalized Cannabis

In an effort to present as many perspectives as possible about the impact of legal cannabis on the profession of dentistry, I have invited Dr. Shelita Dattani, Director of Practice Development and Knowledge Translation at the Canadian Pharmacists Association. Dr. Dattani spoke about the role of the pharmacist in the cannabis conversation. I hope you find the interview informative and interesting. As usual, we welcome your feedback, questions, and suggestions at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Until next time! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA oasis Manager  Highlights Currently, patients can access medical cannabis through the medical stream, using an authorization from a physician. Cannabis is then distributed ...

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Do you dream of becoming a great communicator?

Key message: If you harbour even the slightest dream of speaking at a dental convention (large or small) some day, please contact us to discuss the idea of you doing a presentation (or presentations) on Oasis Discussions. We can help bring you to the attention of convention organizers all around North America (and beyond).   Dear colleagues, At the end of April, I attended the Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting (ASM) in Toronto. The positive relationship between ODA and CDA was manifested in many ways over the course of the convention, and I was personally made to feel very ...

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What is the Impact of Between-Meal Sugary Snacks and Beverages on Early Childhood Caries?

During the most recent conference of the IADR/AADR/CADR, a variety of new oral health research studies were presented. One of them is the impact of between-meal sugary snacks and beverages on early childhood caries. The topic is somewhat under researched and a group of researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, attempted to answer some of the related questions.  I interviewed Dr. Walid Al-Soneidar, a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology and a Research Assistant in the Department of Dental Ecology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  The conference of the International Association of Dental Research/the ...

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Sourire en santé, Enfant heureux: Programme « Soulever la lèvre »

Points Saillants Bien que le taux de carie dentaire se soit amélioré au Canada au cours des 40 dernières années, le quart des enfants sont encore touchés par la carie dentaire et la situation est deux à trois fois pire chez les enfants des populations vulnérables. Un rapport récent de l’Institut canadien d’information sur la santé révèle que le taux de chirurgie dentaire pour traiter la carie sévère au Canada est de 12,5 / 1000 enfants âgés de 1 à 5 ans. La carie dentaire est une maladie chronique et infectieuse évitable à 100%. Lisette Dufour a parlé des vidéos ...

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Healthy Smile Happy Child: Lift the Lip Program

Highlights Although the tooth decay rate has improved in Canada in the last 40 years, one-quarter of children are still affected by tooth decay and it is two to three times worse for children within vulnerable populations. A recent report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information revealed that the rate of dental surgery to treat severe Early Childhood Caries in Canada is 12.5/1000 children aged 1 to 5.  Tooth decay is a chronic and infectious disease that is 100% preventable. Daniella DeMaré and Lisette Dufour spoke to Dr. Suham Alexander about the “Lift the Lip” videos which were produced ...

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