Home » Issues & People (page 30)

Issues & People

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 ...

Read More »

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

  Your solution to exchanging patient health information

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

View from the Chairside: What are the benefits of listening in on each others’ discussions with patients?

By Dr. Joel Antel Dr. Joel Antel is a general dentist in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry in 1979. Dr. Antel has written, consulted and lectured on practice management / patient communications and is the chair of the Manitoba Dental Association Communication Committee. The dentists in our office have found it helpful to listen in on each other’s discussions with patients. In cases which involve multiple treatment options, which require extensive treatment, or cases where the patient’s level of dental knowledge suggests a need for extra explanation, a discussion with the patient takes ...

Read More »

Super Dentistry: How to increase efficiency and productivity in general dentistry?

This summary is based on the article published by Dental Economics: Increasing efficiency and productivity in general dentistry (October 2013) By Dr. Guy Gross “Super” dentistry: “By offering patients expanded options, we go above and beyond the usual scope of general dentistry, striving toward our goals of clinical excellence while keeping patients in-house and increasing productivity.” “We use cone beam 3-D imaging to help us reach our goals with increased precision and confidence.” It offers a thorough analysis of bone structure, bone volume, and tooth orientation. For implants, software allows to see if the implant can be placed in its optimal ...

Read More »

From the trenches: How to “dodge the bullet” and make the right diagnosis?

This case was submitted by Dr. Ron Kellen  This situation occurred about 20 years ago. My office was in a plaza, on the second floor, requiring 26 steps to access it, with no elevator. At about 2 PM on a weekday, a 60-year-old male patient presented in our office as an emergency case with a terrible toothache. He pointed to his broken 35. On his medical questionnaire, he indicated that he had a little bit of high blood pressure and that he sometimes would get out of breath. He was taking medication once a day for blood pressure, but he ...

Read More »