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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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Dr. Maxine Feinberg: My Visit to Dalhousie University

Dr. John O’Keefe spoke with Dr. Maxine Feinberg, past president of the American Dental Association and Periodontist from New Jersey, about her recent visit to Dalhousie University. Dr. Feinberg was touched by the warm welcome and impressed by the professionalism and the level of support and camaraderie that she and her colleagues witnessed at the Faculty of Dentistry.  We hope you enjoy the conversation and we congratulate the faculty, staff and students in the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University for creating such a welcoming and supportive educational environment for American and international students.  As always, your thoughts, suggestions, and ...

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Opioid Prescribing by Ontario Dentists 2014-2016

Dental patients in Ontario are getting the right drug, in the right amount, and only once. Such welcome good news were communicated in the recent report published by the College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO), using data from 2014 to 2016 of opioid prescriptions given by dentists and dispensed by dental patients: Opioid Prescribing by Ontario Dentists 2014-2016. In the midst of the opioid crisis plaguing North America, this is such a welcome message for dentists. It is certainly the result of a concerted effort within organized dentistry to help dentists reduce the exposure of their patients to the ...

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Is this a game-changing technology for dentistry?

Colleagues, A press release that came across my desk today particularly caught my attention. It relates to Straumann acquiring an interest in a company called Dental Monitoring. I share this with you as I believe it could be of interest to all in the oral health care sector. My sensitivity to the profound implications of rapid technological change for healthcare in general and oral health care in particular has been heightened through my recent involvement with a CDA Task Force on the Future of the Profession. I will tell you more about that a little later, but first, I invite ...

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Psychological Health & Safety: how does your office rank?

To open a conversation that I believe is important for every dentist, their team members and their patients, I ask you to please take a minute to read through these two scenarios and consider what you would do next in each circumstance. Scenario 1 The dental assistant who works with you most regularly comes to speak with you privately. She tells you that she has endured lower back pain for the past few months and she suspects it may have something to do with the chairside stools she has been using at the office. For some time, she has wanted ...

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