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Harnessing Internet potential to build a community for dentists

Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks at the Canadian Dental Association, interviewed Dr.Ken Serota, Endodontist in the Toronto area

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World Oral Health Day by Dr. Jack Cottrell

Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks at the Canadian Dental Association, interviewed Dr. Jack Cottrell, Member of FDI Council, on the importance of FDI’s World Oral Health Day (March 20th, 2014) Key Points World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is an opportunity for FDI to lead an initiative to bring about awareness of the concept of oral health and its importance. It is also a mechanism to instigate some action to affect behaviour in the long term. It is now known that oral health diseases share many common social determinants with diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic ...

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At what age should I stop all my insurance?

Insurance Advisory Services at CDSPI has provided this quick initial response to a question submitted by a dentist: Just wondering if anyone else feels 65 is too early for CDSPI to stop all my insurance? Isn’t there a gap in how long people tend to practice these days? Given the complexity regarding insurance needs when approaching retirement, it might be best that you speak to one of our qualified advisors at Insurance Advisory Services, at 1-877-293-9455 extension 5002 for further discussion. In our experience, a variety of issues can cause boomer dentists to need to delay retirement – so it’s important for ...

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What factors have an impact on the performance of dentists?

This summary is based on the report published by the National Clinical Assessment Service (UK): Factors influencing dental practitioner performance: a literature review (March 2011) Read the Executive Summary (PDF) here Context There are an increasing number of factors that have the potential to influence the performance of a dental practitioner, including gender ratio, ethnicity and skill-mix of the dental workforce. A practitioner’s performance or conduct is defined as any aspects of a practitioner’s performance or conduct which: Pose a threat or potential threat to patient safety Expose services to financial or other substantial risk Undermine the reputation or efficiency of services ...

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View from the Chairside: I use Motivational Interviewing, do you?

By Dr. Richard Anderson Dr. Richard K. Anderson is a practicing general dentist in Ottawa, ON. He graduated from The Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in 2008. He is involved with the Ottawa Dental Society and volunteers with the Ottawa Mission Dental Clinic. He loves his family and his profession. Motivational Interviewing and New Year’s Resolutions Picture this: A patient walks into to your dental office, and before you even pick up the drill or carry out an injection, a conversation takes place that leads your patient to a lifetime of optimal oral health. What just ...

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AADR/CADR Annual Meeting 2014: Water Fluoridation: Safety, Effectiveness and Value in Oral Health Care

On Friday March 21st, 2014, the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) will hold a symposium on Water Fluoridation: Safety, Effectiveness & Value in Oral Health Care. Dr. John O’Keefe interviewed Dr. Stephen H. Abrams, about the significance of bringing the issue of water fluoridation to the general practitioner’s attention in order to start an informed dentist-patient and community-wide conversation. Context  Community water fluoridation (CWF) and other fluoride modalities historically have been and remain the cornerstone for the prevention and control of dental caries. There is extensive evidence on the efficacy and cost‐effectiveness of these interventions as well as assessments of the risks associated ...

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CDA Position Adjustment: Antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent infective endocarditis

CDA adjusts position on antibiotic prophlylaxis to prevent infective endocarditis The CDA Position on the Prevention of Infective Endocarditis (approved in 2007 and reaffirmed in 2013 by the CDA Board of Directors) is aligned with the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2007 guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis prior to dental procedures to prevent infective endocarditis. Recently the AHA published “Corrections” to the 2007 guidelines that clarified the language in the guideline. In particular, a change was made to the wording of the list of cardiac conditions associated with the highest risk of adverse outcome from endocarditis for which antibiotic prophlylaxis with dental ...

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CDA News: Dr. Peter Doig attends Minister Ambrose’s address to the Economic Club of Canada

On January 30, 2014, Dr. Peter Doig, President of the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) attended Minister Ambrose’s address to the Economic Club of Canada. Minister Ambrose highlighted the Government of Canada’s work to harness the tremendous potential of innovation to improve the quality and fiscal sustainability of Canada`s health system. She underscored the importance of innovation and health partnerships to help improve the future financial sustainability and quality of healthcare for Canadians and announced the creation of a wise person’s panel to examine innovation in healthcare. Key Speech Messages  Health Canada’s focus will be on:  Patient care Health outcomes Reduced cost of delivering ...

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