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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Janet Leith

It’s always a pleasure to host Dr. Janet Leith on Oasis Discussions. This time, Dr. Leith shared with me her personal journey in becoming an accomplished dentist and getting involved in organized dentistry. It takes a lot of determination and sacrifice to build a successful career, but it also requires a willingness to take on small steps for women dentists to reach their professional goals.  I hope you enjoy my conversation with her and share your feedback with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager  Highlights Dr. Leith decided to pursue dentistry because she was genuinely interested in hands-on ...

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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Effie Habsha: The Sky is the Limit!

I had the pleasure to welcome Df. Effie Habsha, Prosthodontist from Toronto. Dr. Habsha’s successful career represents women dentists’ access to dental specialties and their willingness to participate and contribute equally alongside their male counterparts in the dental profession. Through her initiative “Women in Dentistry, Work-Life Balance“, she strives to help her female colleagues navigate through some of the unique challenges that face women in dentistry. I hope you enjoy this conversation and share your thoughts and feedback with us through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca   Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager  Highlights Dr. Habsha is an accomplished prosthodontist with several accolades. Having loved studying ...

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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Heather Carr: Contributing Meaningfully to the Profession

It was a pleasure for me to walk down memory lane with Dr. Heather Carr, Dental Surgeon in Nova Scotia, past President of the Nova Scotia Dental Association, and presently, member of the Board of Directors at the Canadian Dental Association. Dr. Carr is a passionate professional who dedicated her life to her family, her career, and who donated much of her time and efforts to organized dentistry.  I hope you enjoy our conversation and share your thoughts and feedback with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Dr. Carr has been involved in both private clinical and ...

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View from the Chairside: Comprehensive Management of Restorative Endeavour of a Patient with a Cleft Lip and Palate

It is always a pleasure to welcome Dr. Paul Belzycki, general dentist from Toronto, who volunteered a number of clinical cases that will be presented on Oasis Discussions. Dr. Belzycki’s experience spans over 38 years of clinical practice in which he treated several complex cases that have required a combination of periodontal, endodontic, and prosthodontic treatments.  Dr. Belzycki shared his thoughts about the art and science of dentistry in a previous post that you can view by following this link. I hope you find the case presentation valuable. Should you wish to ask Dr. Belzycki a question or to share ...

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Conversation with Dr. Howard Farran: Why Did You Build Dentaltown?

Highlights Dr. Howard Farran spoke to Dr. Suham Alexander about the inspiration behind the creation of Dentaltown and the ensuing formation of the “Townie” community. Dentaltown was originally created to encourage dentists to communicate with one another, share information and discuss cases simulating an online study club. The community has grown substantially to include ~ 250,000 dentists and has searchable information on most disciplines in dentistry as well as business and marketing information. As Dentaltown has evolved over the years, the goal of this community forum has been to create community and transfer knowledge from mentors and experts in dentistry. ...

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A Collaborative Approach to Addressing Acute Dental Infections in Emergency Departments

Highlights To understand the impact of the study and collaboration undertaken by Dr. Connors and Dr. Rabie, it is essential to recognize the current role that emergency medical care plays in dental infection management. Oftentimes, untreated dental abscesses are triaged and acute medical care in the form of analgesics and antibiotic therapy is initiated in emergency rooms. In North America: The number of dental cases presenting for emergency medical care and their severity has been significantly increasing. In Canada: 1/20 Canadians have accessed urgent/emergency care for dental issues over, of which ~50% were dental infections ~50% of Canadians do not ...

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Women in Dentistry with Dr. Lynn Tomkins: A Leader’s Journey

It was my pleasure to host Dr. Lynn Tomkins on Oasis Discussions to speak about her journey as a private practitioner and a leader in Canadian organized dentistry.  Dr. Tomkins is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry. She held a number of important roles in the Ontario Dental Association various committees and became the association’s President in 2010. She is the recipient of numerous awards from reputable organizations, such as the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, the CDA, and the Toronto Central Dental Society.  Dr. Tomkins was the first woman ever to serve on the ...

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From the Chairside: The Art and Science of Dentistry: Days of Reflection

This is not a customary CDA Oasis post. Although this feature presentation is about the practice of dentistry, the post is more reflective in nature than based on a clinical inquiry. The idea started when Dr. Paul Belzycki agreed to collaborate with us on a series of posts in which he shares his extensive experience treating complex dental cases. Dr. Belzycki considered it helpful to share his own philosophy on the profession of dentistry; how he became a dentist, how he acquired his knowledge, solidified his clinical experience, and why dentistry for him is an amalgamation of art and science. ...

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