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The Future of Dental Materials with Dr. Rick Carvalho

Dr. Rick Carvalho, Professorin the Department of Oral Biological and Medical Sciences, Division of Biomaterials at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Carvalho spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about what he see as the future of dental materials and their use in dentistry in the next 10 years.  Highlights There will be a shift from passive inert materials to more active and functional materials that interact with the human body: materials with bioactivity characteristics. Materials could function as drug releasing systems that target localized and systemic diseases. There is a move towards using genomics, proteomics and metabolomics to create patient profiles ...

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How will oral and maxillofacial pathology be practised 10 years from now?

This is the third in a series of interviews with thought leaders in various clinical disciplines about the future of dentistry. Dr. Paul Edwards, Professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Medicine and Radiology at Indiana University, offered his insights into how oral and maxillofacial pathology might be practiced 10 years from now. Download MP3 Dr. Edwards’ profile Interview Highlights The biggest change that we would hope would happen in dental education and practice is a much larger focus on clinical oral pathology, oral medicine, management of head and neck lesions, and lesions that are within the general dentistry scope. There is a changing ...

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NIHB- AFN-FNIHB Joint Review: Service Provider Engagement

Dear Dental Professional/Organization, Recently, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the Health Canada- First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) have undertaken a Joint Review of the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program  with the objective of: Enhancing client access to benefits; Identifying and addressing gaps in benefits; Streamlining service delivery to be more responsive to client needs; and, Increasing Program efficiencies. The Joint Review is expected to take 2 years ending in March 2017. Each benefit area will be examined separately and will result in an individual report; further, the Joint Review will result in a final report bringing ...

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From the Chairside: The Digital Scanner

This is the first in a series “From the Chairside” provided by dentists who share their thoughts and experience about a piece of technology that changed their practice for the better. Dr. Azhar Pardhan shares the reasons why he decided to introduce digital scanning in his office and the benefits of using this technology. He also provides some pieces of advice for dentists who are thinking of using digital scanners. We invite interested dentists to tell us on camera about one technology (it can be a material, an instrument, a device, or a system) that has really made a difference ...

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From the Chairside: Techniques for Improved Local Anesthetic in Patients

This is the second in a series “From the Chairside” provided by dentists who share their thoughts and experience about a piece of technology that changed their practice for the better. Dr. Joonyoung Ji shared his experience with a patient who was referred to huim because of the difficulty of instilling local anesthesia. Dr. Ji explains what he did with the patient when he discovered that he couldn’t put him under GA.  We invite interested dentists to tell us on camera about one technology (it can be a material, an instrument, a device, or a system) that has really made a ...

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Looking into the Future of Pharmacology and Dentistry

This is the second in a series of interviews with thought leaders in various clinical disciplines about the future of dentistry. Dr. Jacobsen’s Ph.D. is in Comparative Pharmacology and Toxicology and he directed the Oral Medicine Clinic at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry for over 25 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine and past Chairperson of the Council on Dental Therapeutics of the ADA. Eight years in a row he has been named as one of the, Leaders in Continuing Education, by Dentistry Today magazine. He also received the 1999 Gordon ...

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The Future of Special Care Dentistry

This is the third in a series of interviews with thoughts leaders in various clinical disciplines about the future of dentistry. Dr. Alison Dougall spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about treating patients with disability and the future of special care dentistry. Dr. Dougall is Editor with the International Association of Disability and Oral Health (iADH), Consultant for medically complex patients, and Director of Post Graduate Training in Special Care Dentistry at the Dublin Dental University Hospital. Download MP3   Highlights We can equip the general dentist with the skills and attitudes required to provide care for people with disabilities. Special care dentistry should be integrated with ...

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Why should dentists be concerned about the antimicrobial resistance crisis and what can be done about it?

Dr. Susan Sutherland, Dentist in Chief at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, spoke with Dr, John O’Keefe about antimicrobial resistance crisis and the trend in antibiotic prescription by dentists.  Download MP3   Highlights We are entering the post-antibiotic era “in which common infections and minor injuries can kill.” Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO. Although there is a large number of antibiotics, a large proportion of these antibiotics has become ineffective as organisms have become resistant to them in the last 10 to 15 years. On the other hand, there are very few new antibiotics being developed. In Canada, overall, there are 2000 deaths ...

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