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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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How will periodontics be practiced in 5‐10 years from now by generalists and specialists?

This is the first in a series of interviews with thoughts leaders in various clinical disciplines about the future of dentistry. Dr. Chris McCulloch, Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, offered insights into how periodontics might be practiced 10 years from now. Download MP3 Dr. McCulloch’s profile Highlights There will be an emerging and substantial population of patients with atypical types of periodontal lesions that are much more challenging to diagnose. These lesions will be considerably more challenging to treat due in part to the complexity of diagnosis and because of the increasing needs of ...

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Speaking about the Digital Office with Dr. Jeff Glaizel

Dr. Jeff Glaizel, general dentist in the Toronto area, spoke with Dr, John O’Keefe about what it means to have a digital office and what the implications are for clinical practice. Dr. Glaizel also touched on his involvement in the Ontario Telemedicine Network.                   The Digital Office from Canadian Dental Association on Vimeo.    

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Open Access to Data and Collaborative Partnerships to Advance Research

Dr. Rachel Harding, from the Structural Genomics Consortium, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about sharing scientific data publicly and in real time. Dr. Harding was recently featured in the media about sharing her lab notes in real time so other researchers can glimpse into research projects and avoid duplicating research studies. Her initiative is widely considered unprecedented in modern medical research where hording data, methods and results are the norm.         Photo credit: Melissa Hooper    

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CADTH: Health Technology Assessment of Non-surgical Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

CADTH is planning a health technology assessment of non-surgical treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  It will include patient experiences and preferences regarding various types of oral devices.  We are inviting patients, caregivers and patient organizations to comment on CADTH’s plan for the project. Our goal is that the results of the project, and any recommendations that arise from it, will better reflect the experiences and preferences of patients by consulting with them in the early stages of the project. We would appreciate your help in connecting us with a person living with Obstructive Sleep Apnea who would be willing to give ...

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