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Supporting Canadian Researchers: Highlights from the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research

In its first full year of operation, the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR) achieved significant milestones towards its mission to build capacity in the Canadian oral health research community. Highlights from the year are published in NCOHR’s 2013 annual report. CDA talked with Dr. Debora Matthews, Director of NCOHR, to get her thoughts on the year.

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CIHR holds workshops on Evidence-Based Dentistry in three Canadian dental schools

By Dr. Carlos Flores Mir, Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, Division Head of the Orthodontics Department and Director of the Orthodontics Graduate Program The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) sponsored three workshops for faculty members in three Canadian dental schools, at the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, and at McGill University. The workshops were intended to train faculty members in key concepts of evidence-based dentistry (EBD), such as how to critique published systematic reviews. Evidence-based dentistry (EBD) encompasses the judicious integration of the current best available scientific evidence, the clinician’s skill and judgment, and the ...

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Reaching out through the Dental Outreach Community Service @ the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

DOCS is an acronym that stands for Dental Outreach Community Service. Dr. Ken Wright started the volunteer-based program to provide free dentistry for individuals with no other economic means. Since its inception, the program has been modified and implemented into the fourth year dental curriculum at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.      

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Harnessing Internet potential to build a community for dentists

Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks at the Canadian Dental Association, interviewed Dr.Ken Serota, Endodontist in the Toronto area

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World Oral Health Day by Dr. Jack Cottrell

Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks at the Canadian Dental Association, interviewed Dr. Jack Cottrell, Member of FDI Council, on the importance of FDI’s World Oral Health Day (March 20th, 2014) Key Points World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is an opportunity for FDI to lead an initiative to bring about awareness of the concept of oral health and its importance. It is also a mechanism to instigate some action to affect behaviour in the long term. It is now known that oral health diseases share many common social determinants with diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic ...

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At what age should I stop all my insurance?

Insurance Advisory Services at CDSPI has provided this quick initial response to a question submitted by a dentist: Just wondering if anyone else feels 65 is too early for CDSPI to stop all my insurance? Isn’t there a gap in how long people tend to practice these days? Given the complexity regarding insurance needs when approaching retirement, it might be best that you speak to one of our qualified advisors at Insurance Advisory Services, at 1-877-293-9455 extension 5002 for further discussion. In our experience, a variety of issues can cause boomer dentists to need to delay retirement – so it’s important for ...

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What factors have an impact on the performance of dentists?

This summary is based on the report published by the National Clinical Assessment Service (UK): Factors influencing dental practitioner performance: a literature review (March 2011) Read the Executive Summary (PDF) here Context There are an increasing number of factors that have the potential to influence the performance of a dental practitioner, including gender ratio, ethnicity and skill-mix of the dental workforce. A practitioner’s performance or conduct is defined as any aspects of a practitioner’s performance or conduct which: Pose a threat or potential threat to patient safety Expose services to financial or other substantial risk Undermine the reputation or efficiency of services ...

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AADR/CADR Annual Meeting 2014: Water Fluoridation: Safety, Effectiveness and Value in Oral Health Care

On Friday March 21st, 2014, the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) will hold a symposium on Water Fluoridation: Safety, Effectiveness & Value in Oral Health Care. Dr. John O’Keefe interviewed Dr. Stephen H. Abrams, about the significance of bringing the issue of water fluoridation to the general practitioner’s attention in order to start an informed dentist-patient and community-wide conversation. Context  Community water fluoridation (CWF) and other fluoride modalities historically have been and remain the cornerstone for the prevention and control of dental caries. There is extensive evidence on the efficacy and cost‐effectiveness of these interventions as well as assessments of the risks associated ...

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