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Speaking about the Digital Office with Dr. Jeff Glaizel

Dr. Jeff Glaizel, general dentist in the Toronto area, spoke with Dr, John O’Keefe about what it means to have a digital office and what the implications are for clinical practice. Dr. Glaizel also touched on his involvement in the Ontario Telemedicine Network.                   The Digital Office from Canadian Dental Association on Vimeo.    

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Open Access to Data and Collaborative Partnerships to Advance Research

Dr. Rachel Harding, from the Structural Genomics Consortium, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about sharing scientific data publicly and in real time. Dr. Harding was recently featured in the media about sharing her lab notes in real time so other researchers can glimpse into research projects and avoid duplicating research studies. Her initiative is widely considered unprecedented in modern medical research where hording data, methods and results are the norm.         Photo credit: Melissa Hooper    

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#WOHD16 Resources: Celebrate Your Own World Oral Health Day

Every year, the World Dental Federation (FDI) provides a wealth of resources for dentists and local and international dental organizations to celebrate World Oral Health Day. Resources provide guidance on what can be done to mark this important day and flexible tools which can be adapted and localized by you for use in your own activities and events. The toolkit contains key aspects to take into consideration in the areas of: branding, media relations, social media and special activities. Communication Tips The emergence of internet-based social media has made it possible for one person to communicate with hundreds or even thousands of ...

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#WOHD16: Healthy Teeth, Healthy Life

Patient Resource A healthy and well-functioning dentition is im-portant during all stages of life since it supports essential human functions, such as speaking, smiling, socializing and eating. Teeth help to give the face its individual shape and form. The normal set of teeth comprises 20 primary teeth, which are replaced by 32 permanent teeth. Tooth eruption begins when babies are around 6 to 10 months old, usually starting with the lower primary incisors. By the age of two and a half, all primary teeth have erupted. Healthy primary teeth maintain the space for their permanent successors developing in the jaw ...

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HIV Testing in Dental Care Settings with Dr. Anthony Santella

Dr. Anthony Santella, Assistant Professor of Health Professions and Public Health at Hofstra University, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about an HIV testing tool that could be used in the dental practice. Dr. Santella also spoke about the pertinence of his research and the reason why his team chose to test it with oral health care providers.           Anthony Santella, DrPH, MPH, MCHES is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Professions and Public Health and teaches in the Master of Public Health and Health Profession programs.Dr. Santella’s post-doctoral experience includes Director of HIV Policy, ...

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The Global Burden of HPV-Associated Cancers with Dr. Eduardo Franco

Dr. Eduardo Franco, from McGill University, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager, about the global burden of HPV-associated cancers in general and oropharyngeal cancer in particualr.  Dr. Franco is James McGill Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Director, Division of Cancer Epidemiology, and Chairman, Department of Oncology, at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, in Montreal. He holds B.Sc. and Licentiate degrees in biology from Universidade de Campinas, Brazil, and master’s (MPH) and doctoral (DrPH) degrees in public health microbiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a Guest Researcher at the ...

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CADTH: Health Technology Assessment of Non-surgical Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

CADTH is planning a health technology assessment of non-surgical treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  It will include patient experiences and preferences regarding various types of oral devices.  We are inviting patients, caregivers and patient organizations to comment on CADTH’s plan for the project. Our goal is that the results of the project, and any recommendations that arise from it, will better reflect the experiences and preferences of patients by consulting with them in the early stages of the project. We would appreciate your help in connecting us with a person living with Obstructive Sleep Apnea who would be willing to give ...

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Liquid Saliva Biopsy for Cancer Detection with Dr. David Wong

Dr. David Wong spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about a new saliva diagnostic tool that helps detect cancer cells in 10 minutes. Dr. David T.W. Wong DMD, DMSc is Felix & Mildred Yip Endowed Professor, Associate Dean of Research and Director of the Oral/Head and Neck Oncology Research Center at UCLA. Dr. Wong is an active scientist in oral cancer and saliva diagnostics research. He has authored over 280 peer reviewed scientific publications. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), past member of the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs and the past president ...

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