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New Feature: Oasis Podcasts

We are pleased to announce a new Oasis Discussions feature: Oasis Podcasts. Podcasts are digital audio files made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player. You will now be able to listen to our audio interviews, case conferences, and other audio files whenever and wherever you want. To access the list of podcasts: Go to the Oasis Podcast page. Click on the Podcast icon found in the right corner of posts that contain an audio file. To listen to an audio podcast, click on the preferred audio format icon (MP3, WAV, OGG). The file will ...

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Lift the Lip: Uncovering the dangers of early childhood caries

Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager, spoke with Dr. Olva Odlum, senior scholar in the Department of Preventive Dentistry at the University of Manitoba, about the issue of extreme early childhood caries and their link to systemic health.       Listen to the audio interview   Interview Highlights The number of children between the ages of 2 and 5 presenting in hospitals every year with obvious signs of malnutrition is staggering. These are children with extreme early childhood caries. It is important for Canadian dentists to know about this issue because current research shows that broken and abscessed teeth in very ...

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A new digital resource: Dental Radiography, A quick reference guide for intraoral images, by Dr Anthea Senior

The September 9th edition of the News Bites included a news item about a new interactive radiography manual, authored by Dr. Anthea Senior, Clinical Associate professor in the radiology department in the School of Dentistry at the University of Alberta. The aim of the e-book is for students to have a quick reference guide to review before lab sessions and before they would take their first radiograph on patients. We interviewed Dr. Senior about her motivation to write the book as well as the value that such a resource brings in helping students and dental professionals.   Listen to the ...

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Dr. Gary MacDonald speaks about the 2014 FDI Annual World Dental Congress

Dr. Gary MacDonald, CDA President, was the head of the Canadian delegation to the 2014 FDI Annual World Dental Congress in New Delhi, India. Dr. MacDonald spoke with Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager, about Canada’s and CDA’s roles on the global dental scene.               Listen to the audio interview (11 min)   Downloadable audio version  Right click on the link and choose “Save Link As”   What is FDI? FDI World Dental Federation serves as the principal representative organization for more than one million dentists worldwide, developing health policy and continuing education programs, speaking ...

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Audio Interview: Researchers at the University of Calgary unlock a new mechanism in pain management

Dr. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Project Manager, spoke with Dr. Gerald Zamponi, Neuroscientist, Professor, and Senior Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Dr. Zamponi and his team unlocked a new mechanism in pain management by means of which chronic pain can be reversed.       Listen to the audio interview http://www.oasisdiscussions.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Zamponi_Original.mp3   View Dr. Gerald Zamponi profile Visit the Hotchkiss Brain Institute website  

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Smart Sugar Use: A New Position Statement from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks at the Canadian Dental Association spoke with Ms. Christine LeGrand, Senior Knowledge Translation Specialist at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, about a new position statement brought out by the Foundation titled: Sugar, Heart Disease and Stroke.     Listen to the Audio Interview http://www.oasisdiscussions.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Le-Grand_Christine_OriginalRecording.mp3   Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Recommendations An individual’s total intake of free sugars not to exceed 10% of total daily calorie (energy) intake, and ideally less than 5%. Canadians  Reduce free sugars consumption Work with organizations like the Heart and Stroke Foundation to influence the government and the food industry to reduce free ...

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Improving access to oral health care for vulnerable people living in Canada

Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks at the Canadian Dental Association, spoke with Dr. Paul Allison, Chair of a panel of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) about their recently published report: “Improving access to oral health care for vulnerable people living in Canada.” Dr. Paul Allison is also Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University.            Read the full report (PDF English) Read the full report (PDF French) Listen to Audio Interview   Interview Highlights There is evidence and data showing that there is an issue of access to oral health ...

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What is gutta percha and how did it come to be used in dentistry? An interview with Dr. Mary Dabuleanu

Dr. Suham Alexander, Oasis Clinical Editor, interviewed Dr. Mary Dabuleanu, Endodontist at Dabuleanu Dental about the history of gutta percha and its use in dentistry.                 Listen to the Audio Interview (11 mins)   References Jeon KA, Lee IB, Bae KS, Lee WC, Baek SH. Measurement of thermal expansion characteristic of root canal filling materials : Gutta-percha and Resilon. J Kor Acad Cons Dent. 2006;31(5):344-351. doi: 10.5395/JKACD.2006.31.5.344.   Khatavkar RA, Hedge V. The weak link in endodontics: Gutta-percha – A need for change. World J Dent. 2010;1(3)217-24. Shipper G, Ørstavik D, Teixeira FB, Trope M. An ...

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