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What are some of the concerns related to the purchase of dental instruments, equipment and materials?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: What are some of the concerns related to the purchase of dental instruments, equipment and materials? The response is based on the CDA Guidance Document Pertaining to Devices for Use in Dental Health Care. Context The instruments, equipment, and materials used by dentists are considered to be medical devices by Health Canada and must comply with Canadian Medical Devices Regulations in order to be sold and used in Canada. This Canadian Dental Association (CDA) document provides guidance to dentists concerning the purchase of dental instruments, equipment  and materials and reporting of adverse incidents related to devices used in the practice ...

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What are the dentists’ responsibilities when providing human allogeneic transplants or allografts to their patients with respect to Health Canada regulations?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: What are the dentists’ responsibilities when providing human allogeneic transplants or allografts to their patients with respect to Health Canada regulations? The response is based on the CDA Guidance Document for Dentists Provinding Human Allogeneic Transplants. Context Many dentists routinely use a wide range of transplant products during surgeries, including autograft, allograft, xenograft and alloplastic products. In April 2009, the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada adopted a document titled Guidance Document for Cell, Tissue and Organ Establishments – Safety of Human Cells, Tissues and Organs for Transplantation based on regulations ...

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Updates from the PDAs: Dr. David Baird speaks about access to care initiatives in BC

Dr. David Baird, President of the British Columbia Dental Association, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the Association’s latest initiatives in the area of access to care.             Watch the video interview Resources British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) BC Reduced Cost Clinics

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Updates from the Provincial Dental Regulatory Authorities: Dr. Barry Dolman speaks about the public oral health education campaign in Québec

Dr. Barry Dolman, President of the Ordre des Dentistes in Québec, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the Ordre’s public oral health education campaign and new website to promote oral health in Québec.       Watch the video interview Resources L’Ordres des Dentistes du Québec (Follow on Twitter) Ma bouche en santé (FR) Ma bouche en santé (EN) Facebook Page for Ma bouche en santé

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CDA Oasis Conversations: Dr. David Mock on Prescription Drug Abuse

Dr. David Mock, Professor, (Retired) Oral Pathology/Oral Medicine, Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, and Associate Director at the Wasser Pain Management Centre, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Dr. Mock was a speaker at the Dentistry Leaders’ Forum during the CDA Annual General Meeting, presenting on behalf of the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse: First Do No Harm: Responding to Canada’s Prescription Drug Crisis.         Watch the video interview Resources Executive Summary: First do no harm: Responding to Canada’s Prescription Drug Crisis (PDF)

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Nepal dentist brings relief to earthquake victims and fears epidemic

Dr. Neil Pande, a general dentist who lives and practices in Kathmandu, Nepal speaks about the disaster that hit his country just five days ago. Like many other dentists in Nepal, he is working full time these days to provide emergency relief to the victims of the earthquake. His biggest fear at present is for an epidemic to strike victims left homeless and living in appalling conditions in emergency shelters. Dr. Pande promises to keep us updated as the needs of the people becomes clearer after initial assessment.         Watch the video interview with Dr. Neil Pande ...

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Dr. Toby Gushue: How CDAnet came to be

Dr. Toby Gushue, past President of the Canadian Dental Association (1997-1998), spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the beginnings of CDAnet and the process that was involved to establish the service that thousands of Canadian dentists benefit from today.  Dr. Toby Gushue would like to highlight the successful contribution of Dr. Bill Leggette and the 3rd Dental Plans Committe.             Listen to the audio interview     For more information on CDAnet, visit the CDA website.            

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What are the implications of electronic health records for dentists? A video interview with Dr. Jennifer Zelmer

Dr. Jennifer Zelmer, Executive Vice President of Canada Health Infoway, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about electronic health records and their impact on dentistry. Dr. Zelmer received her PhD and her MA in economics from McMaster University and her B.Sc. in health information science from the University of Victoria. In addition to her role at Canada Health Infoway, she is the Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Policy and is an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Victoria, School of Health Information Science. Jennifer also serves on a range of health-related advisory committees and boards. Prior to joining Canada Health Infoway, she held a ...

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