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Schulich Dentistry – Live Twitter chat

  As part of Interview Weekend, Schulich Dentistry will be answering questions about the school’s student experience live on Twitter Monday, April 13. Follow the feed live below from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m   #askDENTS Tweets

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New Nova Scotia Dental Association Public Campaign

  For 2015, The Nova Scotia Dental Association (NSDA) decided to take a new direction with their oral health care promotional activities. In past campaigns, the NSDA has always focused on oral health care awareness and education, encouraging members of the public to maintain good oral hygiene, and visit their dentist regularly. For the spring 2015 campaign, the NSDA shifted their focus to showcase the great work done by the dentists of Nova Scotia in their local communities and around the world. In the words of Mr. Eliot Coles, the NSDA Manager of Communications “NSDA wanted a feel good campaign, ...

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Tooth-coloured restorations – choice of materials, procedures and longevity

Scientists from the Nordic Institute of Dental Materials (NIOM) were invited to the national dental conventions in Sweden and Norway this autumn. Head of laboratory Hilde M. Kopperud, researcher Simen E. Kopperud and guest-researcher Frode Staxrud from NIOM interacted in the two-hour lecture which presented data from both clinical and laboratory studies, and was entitled: Tooth-coloured restorations – choice of materials, procedures and longevity Longevity of dental restorations is affected by factors related to the material, the procedure, the patient and the dentist. A questionnaire study has revealed that while Norwegian dentists chose actively among the different categories of direct ...

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AboutFace: My experience at Camp Trailblazers

AboutFace is an organization that supports individuals with facial differences. For over 25 years AboutFace has been providing emotional and social support, resources and educational programs to individuals and their families. Recently, the organization instigated the month of September as the National Facial Differences Awareness Month By Alex Rabalski, JCDA Oasis Intern Throughout the month of September and in early October, AboutFace hosts “Camp Trailblazers” across Canada, a camping retreat for youth ages 10 to 18.  Between September 14 and 17, I volunteered with Camp Trailblazers Ontario in Haliburton. The 4-day camping adventure involved a number of fun outdoor activities, such as ...

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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2013/09/24

Dear colleagues, Here is a sampling of news items that came across our desks at CDA in the past week. We invite you to send us leads to news stories worth sharing that have come across your desk in the past week  and we look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, John Canadian dentistry news Confused about how to treat patients with total joint replacement? The Canadian Dental Association position was updated this year. Read the position… Would you fancy presenting at the 2014 Pacific Dental Conference? Consider applying to present a dental-related talk during  the “Think you can ...

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Bonded vs. non-bonded amalgam restorations?

This summary is based on the article published in the British Dental Journal: A comparative study of bonded and non-bonded amalgam restorations in general dental practice (April 2013) Context Amalgam has been used to restore teeth since before G. V. Black described the classification of cavities over 100 years ago and is still a first choice material used by most clinicians to restore carious teeth, where aesthetics is not an overriding concern (Berry, Summit, Chung, and Osborne). A relatively recent development in amalgam restorations has been the introduction of bonded amalgam restorations. The theoretical advantages of bonding amalgam restorations are that ...

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What is the latest thinking on composite resin materials & adhesion?

A JCDA editorial consultant sent me a link yesterday to an article in the latest edition of the Inside Dentistry publication, titled Current Thinking on Composites and Adhesion. My respected colleague advised me to read this article and consider sharing it with you. Clinicians, researchers and industry-based scientists provide responses to the following questions. Is the new generation of bonding systems significantly better or just easier to use? What are the clinical indications for the use of glass ionomers, and what liners, if any, should be used with composites? Do low-stress composite materials provide a true clinical benefit? Prior to ...

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Does Er:YAG laser enhance the result of root planing in patients with periodontal disease?

This Systematic Review Summary is adapted from the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry Read more  Clinical Question What is the efficacy of the Er:YAG laser when used as an alternative treatment to scaling and root planing (SRP) in the treatment of patients with chronic periodontitis? Main Results Five studies met the inclusion criteria, totaling 105 patients. Researchers evaluated 66 patients at 3 and 6 months; 19 patients at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months; and 20 patients at 1 and 2 years. The review authors judged three of the five studies to have a high risk of bias. The meta-analysis ...

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