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What are the Intergenerational and Social Interventions that Could Improve Children’s Oral Health?

Dr. Ariel Greenblatt was my guest to speak about social interventions that  could help improve children’s oral health. Dr. Greenblatt coauthored a recent review that was published in the Dental Clinics of North America, tackling intergenerational and social interventions to improve children’s oral health. Dr. Greenblatt is Clinical and Didactic Instructor in the School of Dental Hygiene at the Eastern International College in New Jersey. I hope you benefit from the conversation. Please share your thoughts, questions, and suggestions at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Until next time! Chiraz Guessaier CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Community context and the influence of the broader social determinants of ...

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Dental Assistants Recognition Week with Dr. Isabel Mello

It was a great pleasure to welcome once again Dr. Isabel Mello, a regular CDA Oasis contributor. Dr. Mello spoke about recognizing and celebrating the important role that dental assistants play as member of the dental team and the closest collaborator with the dentist. For more information about this event, please visit the Canadian Dental Assistants Association’s website. Dr. Mello is Associate Professor and Head of the Endodontics division in the Department of Dental Clinical Sciences at Dalhousie University. Share with us what you are doing this week for the dental assistants in your team. Your feedback, questions, and suggestions ...

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MagnusCards: Supporting Independent Living For People With Special Needs

Highlights Colgate has announced its partnership with Magnusmode, the company behind MagnusCards™, an innovative mobile app that empowers people living with cognitive special needs, such as autism, to independently manage daily skills like tooth brushing.  MagnusCards helps caregivers – including parents, support workers and teachers – reinforce routines for people with cognitive special needs through a series of positive and easy-to-understand digital card “decks.” Closely developed with oral health experts at Colgate, the five new oral care decks include: brushing, brushing with braces, rinsing, flossing, and visiting the dental office. MagnusCards was developed by the president and founder of Magnusmode Ltd., ...

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Ontario Dental Association’s Campaign: Doing More for Low-Income Children

I had the pleasure to host Dr. Gerald Smith, spokesperson for the ongoing campaign the Ontario Dental Association is holding to ensure adequate funding for the Healthy Smiles Ontario program. Dr. Smith is a general dentist from Thunder Bay, ON. He has been an active member of ODA, contributing to various committees and becoming the ODA president in 2014.  If you would like to share your thoughts, questions, or suggestions, please do so by emailing us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Until next time! Chiraz Guessaier CDA Oasis Manager Highlights The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has developed a public campaign focused on children ...

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Early Childhood Caries in American Indian Children: Looking Beyond the Usual Causes

I had the great pleasure to interview Dr. Lawrence D. Robertson, retired Pediatrician and President of the non-profit group QUEST: Quantifying, Understanding, and Eliminating Severe Tooth Decay in American Indian Children. The group tries to understand why indigenous children experience much higher caries rates and caries severity than other children, and why the recommended caries control measures that have been implemented are not producing their intended results of decreasing and eliminating tooth decay in these children. Since 2009, with the support of the American Dental Association and DentaQuest Foundation, Dr. Robertson has organized 7 symposia on caries in American Indian children. ...

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Dr. Les Ennis Shares Lessons From Overseas Dental Missions

Dr. John O’Keefe invited Dr. Les Ennis to share his lessons from overseas dental missions. Canadian dentists are world renowned for their volunteer efforts aimed at providing oral care to underserved populations.  There are numerous resources available if you wish to participate in these missions. Below you will find links to some of them.  If you have a question or if you wish to share your feedback and suggestions, please get in touch with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Dr. John O’Keefe Director, Knowledge Networks, CDA Resource Australian Dental Association: Handbook for Dental Volunteer Projects.  Journey with Dr. Ennis in Kenya, in ...

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The Virtual Dental Home: A Vision to Facilitate Access to Oral Health Care

Access to oral health care services is a global challenge. One program is leveraging the ease of technology use to facilitate access to populations that would otherwise be deprived.  Drs. Paul Glassman and Andrew Tseu joined me in this interview to speak about the Virtual Dental Home program that was developed by Dr. Glassman and has been implemented by the Hawai’i State Department of Health under the oversight of Dr. Tseu. The program has proven very successful and is now extending from the Big Island of Hawai’i to the island of Maui.  It is always encouraging to know that there ...

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What is Acculturation & How Does it Impact Pediatric Minority Oral Health Interventions?

Dr. Tamanna Tiwari recently published a review of studies that looked at how the process of acculturation enhances or inhibits oral health and oral healthy intervention in children. She kindly accepted to do an interview with me in which she further explained the concept and its importance.  Dr. Tiwari is Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health at the University of Colorado’s School of Dental Medicine. As usual, if you find the information valuable, let us know! Share your thoughts, questions, and suggestions with us through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Until next time! Chiraz Guessaier CDA Oasis Manager Highlights For ...

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