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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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View from the Chairside: the 2014 Henry Schein Back-to-School Program

By Alexandra Rabalski For over 9 years Henry Schein has been running the Back to School Program across Canada for children that come from underprivileged families. At this fun event, children receive backpacks filled with school supplies and healthy snacks. This year the program broke their record with the highest number of backpacks distributed in Canada, an amazing 710! At the Niagara location, many activity tents were set up for families to visit. Children were able to go on the bouncy castles, get their face painted, visit the reptile booth and interact with EMS and Fire services. When rest was ...

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View from the Chairside: I use Motivational Interviewing, do you?

By Dr. Richard Anderson Dr. Richard K. Anderson is a practicing general dentist in Ottawa, ON. He graduated from The Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in 2008. He is involved with the Ottawa Dental Society and volunteers with the Ottawa Mission Dental Clinic. He loves his family and his profession. Motivational Interviewing and New Year’s Resolutions Picture this: A patient walks into to your dental office, and before you even pick up the drill or carry out an injection, a conversation takes place that leads your patient to a lifetime of optimal oral health. What just ...

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View from the Chairside: Could Xylitol prevent dental caries?

By Dr. Elizabeth Vella Caruana (dentist) and Alexandra Rabalski, (JCDA Oasis Intern) Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that has attracted much attention as an alternative sweetener. It is found naturally in low amounts in fruits and vegetables, and is also synthesized in small amounts by our body as a by-product. Xylitol-containing chewing gums, lozenges, and mints are widely advertised with claims of beneficial effects on dental health. But how does xylitol improve oral health? Bacteria are the main culprits when it comes to dental caries. Bacteria stick to plaque on our teeth and react with sugars from food or drink ...

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View from the Chairside: Can you use CAD/CAM for tough aesthetic challenges?

By Dr. Amarjit Rihal Dr. Amarjit Rihal graduated in 1995 from the University of Manitoba and is a partner in a large group practice. Currently, he is the President of the Manitoba Dental Association and serves on the boards of the National Dental Examination Board (NDEB) and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). Dr. Rihal’s interests include CAD/CAM and implant dentistry and he currently is a mentor for CERECDOCTORS.com What would you do in this situation? A long standing patient came in and informed me that his insurance is running out and would like to upgrade an endodontically treated ...

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View from the Chairside: Is magnification through wearing loupes essential to perform dentistry?

By Dr. Richard Anderson  In dentistry, we are more likely to think in terms of microns and millimeters than meters and kilometers. The mouth is a tricky place to work in as tooth defects are small and challenging to see and handle. For a while, I have been using a pair of loupes that I feel fit me so well, I cannot picture myself working without them. A colleague told me that he bought two pairs of premium prismatics and has another pair in his car, in case he’s called in unexpectedly for an emergency. It is clear that just ...

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