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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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How necessary are Dental x-rays for children?

Dr. Paul Casamassimo, Professor in pediatric dentistry at Ohio State University, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the necessity of dental x-rays for children. Resources ADA – FDA: Dental Radiographic Examinations: Recommendations for Patient Selection and Limiting Radiation Exposure American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: Guideline on Prescribing Dental Radiographs for Infants, Children, Adolescents, and Persons with Special Health Care Needs Highlights The ADA, AAPD and FDA have set guidelines based on a comprehensive algorithm for dental radiographs based on age, risk factors and type of X-rays. The reason for this is that any radiation an individual receives is accumulated over time as his/her “radiation burden”. Current beliefs ...

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Preventing Oral Cancer in Scotland with Dr. Victor Lopes

Dr. Victor Lopes, from the University of Edinburgh, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about increasing awareness and advocating about oral cancer through their campaign, “Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer.” Highlights Dr. Victor Lopes, consultant Oral Maxillofacial surgeon, and his colleagues in Edinburgh, Scotland take an active role in raising awareness and advocating about oral cancer through their campaign, “Let’s Talk About Mouth Cancer.” The main elements of this campaign consist of: Promoting awareness and advocacy in the prevention of oral cancer Emphasizing that early detection of oral cancer is key for survival Educating the public as well as professional about the ...

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Bringing Dental Services to Rural Areas

Sandy Evans, dental assistant, post-director of the Waldo County Dental Program and PhD candidate, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the importance of coming up with alternative non-traditional ways to deliver dental services in rural areas and to vulnerable populations.  Highlights Sandy Evans, who worked with the Waldo Community Action Partners in Waldo County, Maine was able to use non-traditional delivery methods to enhance dental and oral health care in rural areas in Maine. Rural areas are often under-serviced with respect to specialized care and access to care may be limited. Programs were designed and developed to care for vulnerable groups ...

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