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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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View from the Chairside: What are the benefits of listening in on each others’ discussions with patients?

By Dr. Joel Antel Dr. Joel Antel is a general dentist in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry in 1979. Dr. Antel has written, consulted and lectured on practice management / patient communications and is the chair of the Manitoba Dental Association Communication Committee. The dentists in our office have found it helpful to listen in on each other’s discussions with patients. In cases which involve multiple treatment options, which require extensive treatment, or cases where the patient’s level of dental knowledge suggests a need for extra explanation, a discussion with the patient takes ...

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View from the Chairside: how do you gauge a successful new patient emergency visit?

By Dr. Joel Antel Dr. John O’Keefe, CDA Director of Knowledge Networks, sat down with Dr. Joel Antel, to discuss what he considers to be a successful new patient emergency visit. Dr. Joel Antel is a general dentist in Winnipeg Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry in 1979. Dr. Antel has written, consulted and lectured on practice management/patient communications and is the chair of the Manitoba Dental Association Communication Committee. Read the full transcript of the interview (PDF) Listen to audio interview Overall Indications Address the patient’s reason for the emergency visit. Establish a strong relationship ...

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View from the Chairside: Sharing my experience on Oasis Discussions

By Dr. Matt Gilchrist Dr. Matt Gilchrist is a general dentist in Charlottetown, PE. He graduated from Dalhousie University, Faculty of Dentistry, in 2008 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University (2004).  Dr. Gilchrist resides in Stratford, PE with his wife and newborn daughter. Posting my clinical case presentation on the JCDA Oasis Discussions website has been more valuable than I could have ever imagined.  Last week I posted a case regarding wear/erosion on a deciduous tooth and the responses have been overwhelming.  The exact etiology was unclear to my local colleagues and I; although we had ...

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View from the Chairside: October, Healthy Workplace Month

By Dr. Lesia Waschuk Dr. Waschuk is a Toronto dentist with a certificate in creative writing and an interest in narrative medicine, which is the discipline and practice of writing about illness and recovery and the health care encounter from both the provider’s and the patient’s point of view. In this space, Lesia will be writing about wellness and sharing articles and links to resources on health-related topics.   Did you know that October 10 is World Mental Health Day? And that October is Healthy Workplace Month? The slogan for this national initiative is Workplace Wellness Fosters Healthy Minds. The tagline for week 2 is ...

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View from the Chairside: Post-op solution for a maxillary sinus exposure after an extraction

By Dr. Elliott Gnidec Dr. Elliott Gnidec is a practicing dentist in Woodstock (ON). He graduated in 1986 from the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and holds a Master’s degree in Biochemistry also from the University of Western Ontario. Currently, Dr. Gnidec is Adjunct Clinical Professor in Restorative Dentistry at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at UWO, is the Treasurer for the Oxford County Dental Society, Member of Continuing Education Committee for the Oxford County Dental Society, and the Liason between Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and JCDA/Oasis. Here is a case that I recently encountered. A pulpotomy was performed on ...

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