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Dr. Carol Martin: Designer of Canada’s Official Tartan

The morning of her visit to CDA’s headquarters in Ottawa was one of the bright moments in my Oasis journey. Dr. Carol Martin joined the CDA Oasis and CDA Essentials Magazine team to tell us the beautiful story that led to her designing what has now become Canada’s official tartan.  She is a dentist from Beaverlodge, Alberta; and like many other dentists I have had the pleasure to meet and work with, Dr. Martin is an artist who loves arts, sculpting and working with colors. We now know that there is more beneath the white coat, and her story is ...

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The Fundy Dental Community Project with Dr. Scott Schofield

Dr. Scott Schofield from Nova Scotia founded the Fundy Dental Community Project with a number of other dentists.  To get in touch with Dr. Schofield: fundycommunity@bellaliant.com Highlights The Fundy Dental Community Project (FDCP) is a pilot program initiated by local dentists to provide basic dental services to motivated, low-income youth and adults to complete a treatment plan aimed at treating their current dental disease. This program was developed to establish a healthy oral condition in qualified patients, and provide them with the education necessary to maintain their improved oral health status. Patients involved in this program are chosen through an ...

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Change for the Better: Introducing Mandatory Brushing in Public Schools in Mexico City

Dr. John O’Keefe spoke with Dr. Jaime Edelson, FDI Council Member and general dentist in Mexico City, who made a change for the better in public dentistry for school children: introducing mandatory brushing in public schools in Mexico City.  Highlights As a continuation of his work with FDI, Dr. Edelson was instrumental in introducing a public health measure to improve the health of kindergarten and primary school children. Public schools in Mexico City have adopted a new mandatory tooth brushing program which will be supervised by teachers in the hopes of reducing the prevalence of dental decay. In Mexico City, ...

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The Basic Rules of Being a Dental Patient by Dr. Mike Racich

Dr. Mike Racich, a general dentist in the Vancouver area, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about his recent book. He has authored three to date and his latest is titled, “The Basic Rules of Being a Dental Patient”. Dr. Racich felt it was important for patients to feel empowered in their interactions with their healthcare provider. Placebo effect plays an important role in patients’ confidence whereby a patient has a positive relationship with their practitioner; “NO-cebo” is the opposite effect as patients feel uncomfortable with the provider and may question the information they receive. As such, the book outlines certain ...

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From the Chairside: Dealing with and Resolving Computer Security Issues in the Dental Office

This is one of a series of posts related to practice enhancing technology that are provided by dentists who share their thoughts and experience about a piece of technology that changed their practice for the better. Dr. Rob Joseph from Sydney, Nova Scotia, shared his experience about how he dealt with computer security issues in his newly purchased practice. We invite interested dentists to tell us on camera about one technology (it can be a material, an instrument, a device, or a system) that has really made a difference to their clinical practice. Dentists can use four default draft questions for guidance (some of ...

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From the Chairside: The Digital Scanner

This is the first in a series “From the Chairside” provided by dentists who share their thoughts and experience about a piece of technology that changed their practice for the better. Dr. Azhar Pardhan shares the reasons why he decided to introduce digital scanning in his office and the benefits of using this technology. He also provides some pieces of advice for dentists who are thinking of using digital scanners. We invite interested dentists to tell us on camera about one technology (it can be a material, an instrument, a device, or a system) that has really made a difference ...

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From the Chairside: Techniques for Improved Local Anesthetic in Patients

This is the second in a series “From the Chairside” provided by dentists who share their thoughts and experience about a piece of technology that changed their practice for the better. Dr. Joonyoung Ji shared his experience with a patient who was referred to huim because of the difficulty of instilling local anesthesia. Dr. Ji explains what he did with the patient when he discovered that he couldn’t put him under GA.  We invite interested dentists to tell us on camera about one technology (it can be a material, an instrument, a device, or a system) that has really made a ...

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CDA Oasis Conversation: Dr. Peter Bevan-Baker Green Party Member Elected to PEI Legislature

Dr. Peter Bevan-Baker spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA OAsis Manager, about his recent election to the PEI legislature as a Green party member. Originally from Scotland, he is the great great grandson of George Brown, a Father of the confederation who participated in the 1864 Charlottetown conference. Dr. Bevan-Baker moved to NFLD in 1985 where he met his wife. They moved to Brockville Ontario where he joined the Green Party in 1992 and formed the Thousand Island Greens. He ran 5 times in Ontario at both federal and provincial level and moved to PEI in 2002. After his election ...

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