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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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View from the Chairside: Could Xylitol prevent dental caries?

By Dr. Elizabeth Vella Caruana (dentist) and Alexandra Rabalski, (JCDA Oasis Intern) Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that has attracted much attention as an alternative sweetener. It is found naturally in low amounts in fruits and vegetables, and is also synthesized in small amounts by our body as a by-product. Xylitol-containing chewing gums, lozenges, and mints are widely advertised with claims of beneficial effects on dental health. But how does xylitol improve oral health? Bacteria are the main culprits when it comes to dental caries. Bacteria stick to plaque on our teeth and react with sugars from food or drink ...

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Make the connection: the first oral-systemic health day at the University of Manitoba

   On February the 7th, 2014, the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba will hold a Continuing Professional Development day on making the connection between oral and systemic health. Dr. John O’Keefe interviewed Dr. Tony Iacopino, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, who provided more information on the CE day. 

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What are the best practices for building high performance in human resource management?

In response to the survey on Stress points in the Dental Practice, we introduce a series of posts related to the topics identified in the survey responses. This post relates to human resources management. This summary is based on the article published in the Global Business and Organizational Excellence: best practices for building high performance in human resource management (January 2014) Context Human resource (HR) professionals have long realized the value of learning from leading organizations’ experiences that taking a best practices approach to the HR function can drive the high performance necessary to survive and thrive in a competitive market. An overview of ...

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Are you a leader in your practice?

This post is based on the article published in the Harvard Business Review: Be seen as a leader (December 2013) by Adam D. Galinsky and Gavin J. Kilduff Social scientists have spent decades studying how individuals achieve status within organizational groups—that is, how they gain respect, prominence, and influence in the eyes of others. Age, looks, position, expertise, competence as well as commitments matter. However, the old adage “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” is at least partially true. Numerous studies show that social hierarchies develop quickly and are generally stable: People who achieve high status early tend to retain it. All this to suggest that ...

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How do I register for the new CDA member service e-Referral?

Step by Step Instructions Visit www.eReferralService.com  Click on “Register” Select your position by clicking on “Register as a Dentist” or “Register as Office Staff” Office staff simply fill in and submit the form to complete their registration; Dentists continue with the following steps Select your responsibility by selecting “Health Information Custodian” or “Agent” Fill in and submit the form.  

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What are the benefits of the new CDA member service eReferral?

Dentists have asked: What are the benefits of eReferral? eReferral Service enables dentists to share patient cases in a secure and compliant fashion. By delivering a unified system that provides the highest level of protection, the eReferral Service empowers Canadian dentists to become responsible custodians of patient information.

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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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