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Women in Dentistry: Dr. Suzanne Drapeau-McNally, Leading with Vision and Passion

It was a great encounter with Dr. Suzanne Drapeau-McNally, President-elect of the New Brunswick Dental Society. Dr. McNally is a general dentist in Moncton with a life-long involvement in organized dentistry as well as the general community. Being a woman dentist certainly presented her with a great set of challenges that she was able to overcome, thanks to her family’s commitment and her dental staff. Dr. McNally assumes the role of President of the New Brunswick Dental Society on June 1st, 2018 and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours.  My hope is that you enjoy the conversation and ...

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Dental Assistants Recognition Week with Dr. Jonathan Chen

I am thankful to Dr. Jonathan Chen, who accepted to join us in our celebration of Canadian Dental Assistants during the Dental Assistants Recognition Week.  Dr. Chen is a general dentist, with a family-oriented practice in Montreal, QC.  Share with us what you are doing this week for the dental assistants in your team. Your feedback, questions, and suggestions are also welcome at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Until next time! Chiraz Guessaier CDA Oasis Manager Highlights March 4th to the 10th has been designated by the American Dental Assistants Association, along with the American Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Association and the Canadian Dental ...

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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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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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