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View from the Chairside: Is magnification through wearing loupes essential to perform dentistry?

By Dr. Richard Anderson  In dentistry, we are more likely to think in terms of microns and millimeters than meters and kilometers. The mouth is a tricky place to work in as tooth defects are small and challenging to see and handle. For a while, I have been using a pair of loupes that I feel fit me so well, I cannot picture myself working without them. A colleague told me that he bought two pairs of premium prismatics and has another pair in his car, in case he’s called in unexpectedly for an emergency. It is clear that just ...

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Is noise-induced hearing loss a critical issue for Canadian dentists?

I write having just participated in a meeting of the CDA Committee on Clinical & Scientific Affairs where one of the agenda items related to the occupational health and safety of dentists. Because of a letter addressed to the committee, the conversation turned to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) among dentists. The committee members soon reached a consensus that they weren’t sure how big an issue this potential occupational hazard is for Canadian dentists today. I did a quick Google search on the topic and I found some helpful background information on NIHL on the website of the US-based National Institute ...

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How do American dentists perceive leadership in their profession?

This summary is based on the article published in the Journal of the American Dental Association: Dentists’ leadership-related perceptions, values, experiences and behavior. Results of a national survey (December 2013)   Context The authors developed a survey and administered it to members of the American Dental Association (ADA) to elicit their views on leadership in dentistry, as well as to explore their leadership-related values and evaluation of their effectiveness as leaders, their experiences with leadership-related activities and perceptions of barriers to being a leader. The authors also examined how male and female dentists differed in their leadership-related responses. The authors collected survey data from 593 ADA members (mean age, ...

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Why was dental care excluded from Canadian Medicare?

The Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR) has introduced a working paper series. The summary in this post is based on the first paper in the series. The Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR) is committed to supporting knowledge exchange among researchers, community partners, and the public. The working paper series attempts to fulfill this commitment by providing a means to disseminate well-written, but not yet published, research.  Full-text article (PDF) Internationally, health policy analysts are often surprised that Canada’s national system of health insurance (Medicare) does not include dental care. Understanding the historical reasons for its exclusion can ...

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What is e-Referral Service and how can it help your practice?

  Your solution to exchanging patient health information

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Preserving Heritage in Dentistry: The Crawford Dental Collection

Dr. John O’Keefe interviewed Dr. Ralph Crawford, past CDA President and editor of the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association about the Crawford Dental Collection at the Museum of Health Care (MHC) at Kingston “The naming of the collection after Dr. Ralph and Mrs. Olga Crawford honours their more than 40-year ‘labour of love’ amassing and curating an extensive assemblage of artefacts and archives. Dr. Crawford began the collection as a dental student in the 1960s and originally used the objects to decorate his office in Winnipeg. In 1997, the Dentistry Canada Fund invited the Crawfords to establish the Dentistry ...

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Fifty years a dentist and still loving every minute

Dr. John O’Keefe had the opportunity to interview Dr. Matt Taylor, of St. Catherine’s, Ontario, who recalls with great pleasure some highlights of his career in dentistry that spans 50 years (9.11 min) Interview Highlights Interest in health professions brought about the love of dentistry. Dentistry is a profession that allows for a better life-work balance.   Major changes in dentistry in the last 50 years: technology, digital radiography, and accessible online information.  The $ sign should not be more important than giving the right treatment to the individual patient. The dentist should do what is better for the patient ...

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From the trenches: Why use a blood pressure cuff?

This case was submitted by Dr. Ron Kellen Four months ago, I had a walk-in emergency, male patient, age 32, suffering from a “terrible toothache.” His medical questionnaire was clean except for “a bit of blood pressure, but no problem and no medications.” He was husky, maybe 10 pounds overweight, clearly in fear of the ‘dentist experience.’ He pointed to tooth 13, very carious and fractured off at mid crown. The patient indicated that it hurt a lot at the top of the tooth and that he wanted to extract the tooth. Upon examination, I could see other obvious decay ...

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