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View from the Chairside: How to deal with dental complications of C-PAP Devices?

By Dr. Janet Leith   Dr. Janet S. Leith has practiced general dentistry in Ottawa, ON for 17 years. She is a 1992 graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba. She completed the Continuum at the Pankey Institute, is a founding member of the Ottawa Women Dentists Study Club, a Councillor for the Ontario Dental Association, and Secretary for the Ottawa Dental Society. In my daily practice, I see trends developing. These can be new patterns of decay, perio issues, restorative issues, etc. If I am smart enough, I take notice, start to research what I am ...

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View from the Chairside: to probe or not to probe?

By Dr. Thomas Shackleton Dr. Shackleton is a general dentist in Calgary, Alberta, with a practice limited to endodontics. He is currently working on a 3-year master’s degree in orofacial pain and oral medicine through the University of Southern California. I see cases like this almost daily. The patient comes in with mild discomfort, especially when eating. Some swelling that comes and goes. An occasional bad taste. The radiograph shows a large, radiolucent “J” shaped lesion around one of the roots. Often the lesion will extend into the furcation. We diagnose it as an abscess, which is exactly what it ...

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Can we do anything about the looming oral health care crisis in Canadian Long-Term Care facilities?

If we are to believe an article that appeared recently in the New York Times titled “In Nursing Homes, An Epidemic of Poor Oral Hygiene”, many of the oral health care needs of residents of long term care facilities (LTCs) in the US are not being met. It is probably fair to assume that many of the same needs are going unmet in Canada In order to find out what the Canadian Dental Association is doing about this looming “epidemic” in Canada, I spoke recently with Dr. Mitch Taillon, a member of the CDA Board of Directors, who also chairs ...

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Réflexions dentaires: comment réduire le risque de blessure en manipulant les aiguilles dans ma clinique?

Par la Dr. Louise Desnoyers Dre Louise Desnoyers est diplômée de l’Université de Montréal (1991). Elle exerce actuellement sur la réserve de la nation crie à la baie James au Québec. Elle détient une vaste expérience de 35 ans en enseignement dans un collège public et à l’Université McGill et a fait partie de la mission humanitaire DSF au Guatemala et au Honduras en 2004, 2005 et 2009. En gardant le contenant pour les objets coupants le plus près possible, dans ma salle. Selon l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS), le moins de personnes qui les manipule le contenant, le ...

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View from the Chairside: How can I decrease the risk of injury from dental needles in my clinic?

By Dr. Louise Desnoyers Dr. Louise Desnoyers graduated from the University of Montreal in 1991. She currently practices on the James Bay Cree reserve in Quebec. She holds an extensive 35-year teaching experience in public college and at McGill University and was part of the DSF humanitarian mission to Guatemala and Honduras in 2004, 2005, and 2009. Keep the sharp objects container as close to you as possible in the operative room. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is a reduced risk of injury with fewer individuals handling the container and shorter traveled distances to dispose of it. ...

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View from the Chairside: Henry Schein Back-to-School Program

By Dr. Elizabeth Vella Caruana On August 22, 2013, Henry Schein Canada’s corporate office hosted its 8th annual Back-to-School Program for children in the Niagara Region. Families registered with Community Care of St. Catherine’s and Thorold were invited to attend this special event. Each year, Henry Schein and sponsors organize back-to-school kits that include new clothes, shoes, hygiene products, school supplies, and snacks. The evening consisted of children jumping around on bouncy castles, getting pictures taken with superheroes, face painting, and a free barbecue.  Fun music played in the background while families enjoyed the beautiful summer weather. I volunteered for the ...

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View from the Chairside: The Art of Treatment Planning and Case Presentation

By Dr. Mark Venditti Dr. Venditti graduated from the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. He currently practices general dentistry and lives in Kingston, Ontario with his wife and 2 boys. He is a continuing education coordinator for the Kingston and District Dental Society. Dr. Venditti is a JCDA Clinical Practice Advisor.   I have been in general practice for 8 years. During that time, I have learned that in order to keep dentistry fun for me, it is important to regularly take interesting and informative continuing education courses. In February, I went to Scottsdale, Arizona, for a 2-day ...

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View from the Chairside: Temporary Crowns Protocol

By Dr. Mark Venditti Dr. Venditti graduated from the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. He currently practices general dentistry and lives in Kingston, Ontario with his wife and 2 boys. He is a continuing education coordinator for the Kingston and District Dental Society. Dr. Venditti is also a JCDA Clinical Practice Advisor. Until a few years ago, when making temporary crowns for my patients, I would start by taking a full-mouth alginate impression. Towards the end of the appointment, I would reinsert the impression with my temporary crown material to make the crown. Later on, I learned about ...

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