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Do you believe in the future?

Last weekend, I attended and played a small role in the annual meeting of the Council of the Federation of Dental Student Associations (FCDSA). For two days, twenty really intelligent, creative and dedicated dental students from all ten dental schools in Canada came together in Ottawa to chart the course of their organization over the coming year. It is not an easy task to create and develop a national student organization, but the previous and current leaders of this federation, that is still only four years old, have made great advances in this short time. Having been a dental student organization ...

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Is Tele-Dentistry the Future?

Dr. Jeff Glaizel is a General Dentist in Toronto and Consumer Innovation and Development Lead with Ontario Telemedicine Network. He spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the road to implementing telemedicine and how that may mean change for dentistry too.  Highlights Technology is advancing at a fast pace and there are many technological solutions that we don’t know how to use. The main drivers that are moving telemedicine fast: Patients want the ease of access to their doctors The cost of healthcare delivery The demand for physicians’ services Associations need to get ready for big data, namely large amounts of ...

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Saliva: The New Gateway

Dr. David Wong spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the potential saliva offers in the diagnosis and early detection of malignancies. Saliva may even have the potential of monitoring our health status and signalling diseases.  Dr. David T.W. Wong DMD, DMSc is Felix & Mildred Yip Endowed Professor, Associate Dean of Research and Director of the Oral/Head and Neck Oncology Research Center at UCLA. Dr. Wong is an active scientist in oral cancer and saliva diagnostics research. He has authored over 280 peer reviewed scientific publications. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), ...

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The future of oral cancer management

Dr. Ross Kerr, clinical associate professor in the New York University Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology and Medicine Department, talks about advances in the diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer that could change how the disease is managed in 10 years. Detection Potential advances in biomarker development could make it easier to detect oral cancer at an early stage. Although most oral abnormalities found by dentists are unlikely to be malignant, biomarkers can identify lesions with the genetic mutations that increase the likelihood of transforming into an aggressive cancer. Advances in oral cancer detection will foster a personalized approach to ...

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Helping Dentists Identify Non-Compliant Products

Mr. Bernie Teitelbaum, DIAC Executive Director, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about a useful tool that will help dentists identify non-compliant products. The checklist is available in English and French and contains 12 indicators that a products may not be approved for use in Canada. Download the Checklist in English (PDF) Download the Checklist in French (PDF)      

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About Digital Dentistry: A Panel Conversation

Digital applications in dentistry are increasingly more popular in the dental industry. This interview with three experts, Christien Kopas, David Chong Yen and Dr. Bernie Dolansky, outlines the considerations that practitioners should take into account when investing in these technologies. Highlights Digital technologies can increase the efficiency of the office and workflow. Open systems are more easily integrated into the office workflow because they can communicate with other applications. They can increase both patient satisfaction and practitioner satisfaction. Revenues and valuations can be enhanced with the prudent addition of digital technology but, there can be a downside if there is ...

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The Future of geriatric dentistry with Dr. Michael MacEntee

Dr. Michael MacEntee, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Gerodontology, presents his thoughts about how geriatric dentistry may be practised 10 years from now by generalists and specialists.  Download the audio file of the interview (mp3) Highlights The biggest change that has occurred in dental geriatrics over the last quarter century has been the retention of natural teeth for normal life expectancy. The challenge with this change is that people are now susceptible to caries for life. A game changer will be identification of the associations between systemic and oral health caused by poor diet and malnutrition. Another game changer is the ...

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The Future of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Jim Hupp, Editor in Chief of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the various developments that the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery could witness in the next 10 years.  Highlights The biggest role that oral maxillofacial surgeons play is modifying the anatomy in preparation for implant placement, particularly when bone growth factors become more refined. We are seeing more robotic-assisted surgeries and this approach will continue and improve in the future. Precision medicine/personalized medicine: will allow better differentiation and management of diseases through a greater understanding of the genetic code of some of ...

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