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McGill University’s White Coat Ceremony: Dr. Donald Boudreau’s Key Note Address

By Dr. Donald Boudreau Dean Allison; Associate Dean Esfandiari; Associate Dean McKee; members and students of the Faculty of Dentistry; award recipients; families and friends: My first obligation is to thank the Faculty for inviting me to speak at your White Coat Ceremony. I am deeply honored; doubly so, as I am not a member of the dental profession. But, our mission in life ─ for us all ─ is rooted in the healing traditions. We arise from the same trunk. We are members of the same kinship. These facts confer legitimacy for my being here at your podium today. ...

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Is noise-induced hearing loss a critical issue for Canadian dentists?

I write having just participated in a meeting of the CDA Committee on Clinical & Scientific Affairs where one of the agenda items related to the occupational health and safety of dentists. Because of a letter addressed to the committee, the conversation turned to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) among dentists. The committee members soon reached a consensus that they weren’t sure how big an issue this potential occupational hazard is for Canadian dentists today. I did a quick Google search on the topic and I found some helpful background information on NIHL on the website of the US-based National Institute ...

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How do American dentists perceive leadership in their profession?

This summary is based on the article published in the Journal of the American Dental Association: Dentists’ leadership-related perceptions, values, experiences and behavior. Results of a national survey (December 2013)   Context The authors developed a survey and administered it to members of the American Dental Association (ADA) to elicit their views on leadership in dentistry, as well as to explore their leadership-related values and evaluation of their effectiveness as leaders, their experiences with leadership-related activities and perceptions of barriers to being a leader. The authors also examined how male and female dentists differed in their leadership-related responses. The authors collected survey data from 593 ADA members (mean age, ...

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Why was dental care excluded from Canadian Medicare?

The Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR) has introduced a working paper series. The summary in this post is based on the first paper in the series. The Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR) is committed to supporting knowledge exchange among researchers, community partners, and the public. The working paper series attempts to fulfill this commitment by providing a means to disseminate well-written, but not yet published, research.  Full-text article (PDF) Internationally, health policy analysts are often surprised that Canada’s national system of health insurance (Medicare) does not include dental care. Understanding the historical reasons for its exclusion can ...

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What is e-Referral Service and how can it help your practice?

  Your solution to exchanging patient health information

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Fifty years a dentist and still loving every minute

Dr. John O’Keefe had the opportunity to interview Dr. Matt Taylor, of St. Catherine’s, Ontario, who recalls with great pleasure some highlights of his career in dentistry that spans 50 years (9.11 min) Interview Highlights Interest in health professions brought about the love of dentistry. Dentistry is a profession that allows for a better life-work balance.   Major changes in dentistry in the last 50 years: technology, digital radiography, and accessible online information.  The $ sign should not be more important than giving the right treatment to the individual patient. The dentist should do what is better for the patient ...

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From the trenches: Why use a blood pressure cuff?

This case was submitted by Dr. Ron Kellen Four months ago, I had a walk-in emergency, male patient, age 32, suffering from a “terrible toothache.” His medical questionnaire was clean except for “a bit of blood pressure, but no problem and no medications.” He was husky, maybe 10 pounds overweight, clearly in fear of the ‘dentist experience.’ He pointed to tooth 13, very carious and fractured off at mid crown. The patient indicated that it hurt a lot at the top of the tooth and that he wanted to extract the tooth. Upon examination, I could see other obvious decay ...

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Super Dentistry: How to increase efficiency and productivity in general dentistry?

This summary is based on the article published by Dental Economics: Increasing efficiency and productivity in general dentistry (October 2013) By Dr. Guy Gross “Super” dentistry: “By offering patients expanded options, we go above and beyond the usual scope of general dentistry, striving toward our goals of clinical excellence while keeping patients in-house and increasing productivity.” “We use cone beam 3-D imaging to help us reach our goals with increased precision and confidence.” It offers a thorough analysis of bone structure, bone volume, and tooth orientation. For implants, software allows to see if the implant can be placed in its optimal ...

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