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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: an occupational hazard?

This summary is based on the article published in the International Dental Journal: Carpal tunnel syndrome – an occupational hazard facing dentistry (October 2013) Sagar Abichandani, Saquib Shaikh and Ramesh Nadiger Purpose of the Review Evaluate the comprehensive literature on carpal tunnel syndrome to discover work specific to carpal tunnel syndrome among dentists in order to determine whether there is any correlation with dentists having a higher prevalence of its occurrence. Key Messages The prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome is higher in dental professionals involved in various aspects of dental specialties. Abnormal postures, including muscle imbalances, muscle necrosis, trigger points, hypomobile joints, nerve compression ...

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View from the Chairside: Can you use CAD/CAM for tough aesthetic challenges?

By Dr. Amarjit Rihal Dr. Amarjit Rihal graduated in 1995 from the University of Manitoba and is a partner in a large group practice. Currently, he is the President of the Manitoba Dental Association and serves on the boards of the National Dental Examination Board (NDEB) and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). Dr. Rihal’s interests include CAD/CAM and implant dentistry and he currently is a mentor for CERECDOCTORS.com What would you do in this situation? A long standing patient came in and informed me that his insurance is running out and would like to upgrade an endodontically treated ...

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Call for Expressions of Interest: Pathways Implementation Research Teams

Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples (Pathways) is a CIHR Signature Initiative with an overall goal to develop a better understanding of how to design, implement and scale up population health interventions that will improve Aboriginal health in four exemplars: Suicide, Diabetes/Obesity, Tuberculosis, and Oral Health. The objectives of the EOI phase are to: Inform subsequent launch timelines for the full applications per exemplar Aid in the establishment of potential partnerships for full competitions within each exemplar Assist in informing CIHR and partners on community readiness across the exemplars The Pathways Implementation Research Teams (IRTs) Funding Opportunity supports this ...

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World Oral Health Day 2014: focussing on protecting the teeth and mouth throughout life

FDI World Dental Federation presents a stylish and memorable new World Oral Health Day logo and LISTERINE®, Unilever, Henry Schein and Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program become the official global partners for World Oral Health Day 2014 Geneva, 11th December 2013 – FDI World Dental Federation is gearing up for the celebration of World Oral Health Day 2014 (WOHD 2014), which will be held on the 20th March. Celebrated around the world, WOHD 2014 focus is on reminding young and old of the importance of protecting the teeth and mouth throughout life. “Over 90% of the world’s population will suffer some form of ...

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Findings of the Dental Economics/ Levin Group 7th Annual Practice Research Report

The Dental Economics Magazine has recently published the findings of the its 7th annual Practice Research Report. This post presents these findings. The survey was conducted among a broad cross-section of U.S. general dentists – from solo practitioners to multidoctor practices, providing care in rural areas, small towns, suburbs, and large cities.  Key Findings Patients are coming back and accepting more treatment but practice profits are not keeping up due to outdated systems, Overhead cost is increasing and collection rates are low: many dentists are doing more work yet have little to show for it. Stress, though reduced, remains too high: perhaps ...

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McGill University’s White Coat Ceremony: Dr. Donald Boudreau’s Key Note Address

By Dr. Donald Boudreau Dean Allison; Associate Dean Esfandiari; Associate Dean McKee; members and students of the Faculty of Dentistry; award recipients; families and friends: My first obligation is to thank the Faculty for inviting me to speak at your White Coat Ceremony. I am deeply honored; doubly so, as I am not a member of the dental profession. But, our mission in life ─ for us all ─ is rooted in the healing traditions. We arise from the same trunk. We are members of the same kinship. These facts confer legitimacy for my being here at your podium today. ...

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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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