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Dr. Neil Gajjar, Elected Vice President to the Academy of General Dentistry

Dr. Neil Gajjar, General Dentist in the Greater Toronto Area, is elected Vice President to the Academy of General Dentistry. Highlights The AGD’s mandate is to provide guidance, mentorship and professional education for its members from which Dr. Gajjar has benefitted both professionally and personally. As the organization looks ahead, it will focus its efforts on membership recruitment and retention. As demographics change in dentistry, the organization realizes it must morph to meet the changing needs of the members. The Canadian AGD is a very strong, active chapter which provides valuable CE courses at no cost for members and holds ...

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Dr. Amarjit Rihal New Chair of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada

Dr. Amarjit Rihal, from Manitoba, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about his recent election to Chair of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Highlights The Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) is a national body responsible for accrediting dental, dental specialty, dental assisting and dental hygiene programs in Canada and is comprised of various stakeholders. The commission reviews educational programs and services via structured on-site survey visits. As Chair, Dr. Rihal serves as the spokesperson of the Commission and the liaison with external stakeholders in conjunction with the CDAC Director Mr. Frederic Duguay. The committees and the Commission meet ...

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Global Health Through Oral Health: Issues & Challenges with Dr. Lois Cohen

Dr. Lois Cohen, Consultant and Paul G. Rogers Ambassador for Global Health Research, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about her participation in the Women Dentist Worldwide Forum during the FDI World Congress in Poznan Poland. Highlights Dr. Cohen spoke at the FDI’s Women Dentist Worldwide Forum in Poland about “Global Health through Oral Health: Issues and Challenges”. She focused on global trends in oral health and their implications for gender issues. The World Health Organization defines health as: … not only the absence of infirmity and disease, but is also the state of physical, mental and social well-being. Global health problems, issues ...

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Dr. Michael Sereny on FDI Annual Congress

Dr. Chiraz Guessaier had the opportunity to speak FDI’s Chair of the Dental Practice committee, Dr. Michael Sereny. He recently participated in the FDI World Congress in Poznan, Poland. Highlights The five-day meeting consists of the presentation of official reports and discusses various dental and oral health policies. The dental practice committee is the voice of dental practitioners and consists of dentists who work in their own various private offices and are connected to their dental communities. The new oral health definition that was developed which is likely not as interesting to wet-fingered dentists was necessary as many view oral ...

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Dr. Harry-Sam Selikowitz on FDI Annual Congress

Dr. Harry-Sam Selikowitz, Chair of the Science Committee at FDI, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the recent FDI Annual Congress as well as his role in adopting the new oral hygiene definition and policy statements. Highlights  Overall, the meeting was successful in formulating and adopting eight new policy statements due to the efforts of various committees. At the meeting, various committees met to discuss their areas of concern. The Science Committee covered topics including phasing-down amalgam, dental materials, antibiotic resistance, and are working on scientific updates in the fields of genetic testing and nano technology. The scientific program of the ...

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Can we chat for five minutes about a simple idea please?

One of our real dreams for Oasis Discussions is that it can provide a hub for Canadian dentists to share clinically-related ideas with colleagues, for the benefit of all. Naturally, we are always honored and delighted to work with recognized clinical leaders, however, I am convinced that a huge untapped reservoir of clinical wisdom resides in a multitude of Canadian dentists, who do not seek attention, or whose voices tend not to be heard beyond a small circle of professional colleagues and friends. Our team members at the CDA Oasis want to create an intimate campfire atmosphere where it becomes ...

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From the Chairside: I don’t grind my teeth!!

This post is authored by Dr. Mona Shoman, Calgary, AB I’ve never understood why patients get SO offended when you tell them you see signs of grinding. We are not accusing you of being a serial killer or cheating on your wife. Why are you getting defensive? All dentists know the classic signs of bruxism such as wear facets, attrition, craze lines, and depending on the severity, possible abfraction lesions and shortened, flat clinical crowns. Some of us look for the signs a lot closer than others, and I believe continuing education has a lot to do with that. Unfortunately, patients ...

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The Basic Rules of Being a Dental Patient by Dr. Mike Racich

Dr. Mike Racich, a general dentist in the Vancouver area, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about his recent book. He has authored three to date and his latest is titled, “The Basic Rules of Being a Dental Patient”. Dr. Racich felt it was important for patients to feel empowered in their interactions with their healthcare provider. Placebo effect plays an important role in patients’ confidence whereby a patient has a positive relationship with their practitioner; “NO-cebo” is the opposite effect as patients feel uncomfortable with the provider and may question the information they receive. As such, the book outlines certain ...

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