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Rising Diabetes Rates, Gaps in Care, and Stigma: 2015 Report Findings

A new report by the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), released on November 30, 2015, recommended government action is needed to address gaps in the care and resources available to Canadians living with diabetes in the face of a rapidly growing prevalence rate for the disease. The number of Canadians living with diabetes has more than doubled since 2000, and will grow by another 40 per cent by 2025. Today, more than 10 million Canadian children and adults have diabetes or prediabetes. Almost another million Canadians are living with type 2 diabetes but don’t know it; they have not yet been diagnosed. ...

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CDA Oasis Conversation: The effect of an essential oil-containing mouthrinse on gingivitis and plaque

Recently, a meta-analysis was published in the Journal of the American Dental Association on the effect of an essential oil-containing mouthrinse on gingivitis and plaque. The purpose of the analysis was to evaluate the combined effectiveness of mechanical methods with essential oil– containing mouthrinses (MMEO) versus mechanical methods (MM) alone in achieving site-specific, healthy gingival tissue and reducing plaque and gingivitis. Dr. John O’Keefe invited a panel of experts, including Dr. Carlos Quiñonez, Dr. John Gunsolley, and Dr. Jane Zhang, to discuss the findings of this meta-analysis and its clinical implications. Read the full-text article: Meta-analysis of the effect of an essential ...

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CDA Oasis Conversations: What are the risks associated with digital communications?

Anne Genge, CEO and Co-founder of Healthcare Compliance Network Inc., is back with Dr. John O’Keefe to speak about risks associated with using digital communications in the dental office. Anne also presents some solutions that could help protect the dental team as well as patient privacy.     Watch the video interview  

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CDA Oasis Conversation: Dr. Peter Bevan-Baker Green Party Member Elected to PEI Legislature

Dr. Peter Bevan-Baker spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA OAsis Manager, about his recent election to the PEI legislature as a Green party member. Originally from Scotland, he is the great great grandson of George Brown, a Father of the confederation who participated in the 1864 Charlottetown conference. Dr. Bevan-Baker moved to NFLD in 1985 where he met his wife. They moved to Brockville Ontario where he joined the Green Party in 1992 and formed the Thousand Island Greens. He ran 5 times in Ontario at both federal and provincial level and moved to PEI in 2002. After his election ...

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Sugar Reduction: The Evidence for Action

During the last week of October 2015, Public Health England (PHE) published a report on the ruinous health effects of sugar consumption. The project started in June 2014 when PHE published ‘Sugar reduction: Responding to the challenge’, which set out what PHE would do to review the evidence across a broad range of areas and identify those where action is most likely to be effective in reducing sugar intakes. The current report presents the findings from this review and an assessment of the evidence-based actions to reduce sugar consumption. Le billet ainsi que la vidéo sont disponibles en Français, cliquez ici Click here to read and ...

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Réduction de sucre: La justification de l’action

À la fin du mois d’octobre 2015, l’agence Public Health England (PHE) a publié un rapport sur les effets néfastes sur la santé engendrés par la consommation du sucre. Le projet avait commencé en Juin 2014 avec la publication de : ‘Sugar reduction: Responding to the challenge’, qui a déterminé les activités de la PHE pour évaluer les faits à travers une multitude de domaines et identifier ceux où l’action est la plus susceptible d’être efficace dans la réduction des apports en sucre. Le rapport suivant présente les résultats de cette évaluation ainsi qu’une revue des actions fondées sur des données ...

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The masked Dentist: Give a Little, Get a Lot! Your Contribution Matters

By Dr. John O’Keefe Recently, I was invited to attend an open house to mark the opening of a new specialist dental office. It was a joyful occasion with the young specialist playing gracious host to colleagues and those who had helped to get his practice set-up. It certainly is a very impressive set-up with plenty of space for expansion on a prudent basis over time. After engaging in conversation for a while, I peeled away from the crowd and walked around the office to have a good look at the systems in the office. When I walked into the ...

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CDA Oasis Conversations: Dr. Bruce Wallace on the effectiveness of community dental clinics in improving access to oral care

This interview is complementary to the article published in CDA Essentials: Are community dental clinics effective in improving access to care? A case study.               Watch the video interview Additional Resources Read the CDA Essentials article: Are community dental clinics effective in improving access to care? A case study Community dental clinics in British Columbia, Canada: examining the potential as health equity interventions (PDF)  

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