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Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Taking Radiographs – Episode 2

Dr. Bob Wood, oral radiologist and forensic dentist at Princess Margaret Cancer Center, joins Dr. John O’Keefe in the second episode of a series of video presentations that help clinicians to systematically review and interpret their radiographs. Using real clinical cases, Dr. Wood points out the required steps to get to an accurate interpretation that leads to a precise diagnosis.  In this presentation, Dr. Wood speaks about models that delineate the benefits versus the risks of taking radiographs and how clinicians should manage the fears, anxieties, and myths that surround radiation and radiographs in dentistry.  We would like to hear ...

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Misconceptions That Lead to a Lifetime of Dental Problems

Dr. Waji Khan, dental surgeon from Kingston , Ontario, spoke with Dr. john O’Keefe about patients’ misconceptions surrounding dental treatment that lead to a lifetime of dental problems. Dentists are confronted daily with patients’ requests for quick and yet long-lasting fixes, not taking into consideration what really needs to be done for the treatment to yield positive outcomes.  Dr. Khan attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry and graduated with his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2001. He served as a dental officer in the Canadian Forces between 1998 and 2007. Dr. Khan began practicing dentistry in Halifax, Nova ...

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Exposure to Nicotine & Carcinogenic Chemicals by Tobacco Product & Use

Research studies showing the negative impact of tobacco products on oral health care continue to deal with the ever-evolving tobacco landscape. The increasing use of wide-ranging tobacco products calls for more research into people’s exposure to harmful ingredients found in these products. That is the subject of a recent research study that was presented at the International Association of Dental Research conference held in July in London England. The study is titled: Nicotine and Carcinogen Exposure By Tobacco Product Type And Dual-Use. And, we have invited one of the authors of the study to tell us more about its findings. ...

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Groundbreaking Research: Researchers sequence rare bacteria that cause rampant tooth decay

Tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic disease in children and adults and is caused by bacterial imbalance occurring in the mouth. A team of Illinois bioengineers set out to know more about one particular bad bacterium, Streptococcus sobrinus, that accelerates tooth decay in some people. The team, led by Dr. Paul Jensen, has successfully sequenced the complete genomes of three strains of Streptococcus sobrinus. So, I invited Dr. Paul Jensen to tell us more about his team’s work and to give us insights on the impact of this work on oral health research. Dr. Jensen is Research Assistant and ...

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What is the impact of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes on peripheral & central blood pressure & arterial stiffness?

We hear much talk about e-cigarettes: those who believe they are a safe alternative to conventional smoking and a tool to smoking cessation; and those who voice their concerns about the negative effects of vaping on overall health. The fact is: we don’t know much about e-cigarettes because research has yet to catch up with the fast and rising uptake of these devices. In a recent article published in Vascular Medicine, a team of German researchers undertook the first-of-its kind research to study the risk of vaping on the cardiovascular system. We have invited Dr. Klaas Fransen, corresponding author to tell ...

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A Systematic Approach to Using Radiology in the Dental Practice: Episode 1

Dr. Bob Wood, oral radiologist and forensic dentist at Princess Margaret Cancer Center, joins Dr. John O’Keefe in a series of video presentations that help clinicians to systematically review and interpret their radiographs. Using real clinical cases, Dr. Wood points out the required steps to get to an accurate interpretation that leads to a precise diagnosis.  This video presentation is the first in the series.  We would like to hear from you and know your thoughts and questions about this topic. If you wish to reach us, it’s quite easy: email us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc,ca or call our toll-free number 1-855-716-2747. Until next time! ...

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Eye-tech or High-tech? How do you select your tooth shade?

Technology plays such a big part in our personal and professional lives. Esthetic dentistry and esthetic results are important in dentistry especially when it comes to tooth shade selection. This article, Reliability of visual and instrumental color matching, in the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry looks at the difference between using the human eye and technology to reliably choose a tooth shade over several sessions. Purpose This study investigated the ability of observers to match tooth shades visually and with a dental spectrophotometer over several sessions. Method A variety of dental professionals (dentists, dental lab technicians, assistants) were asked to ...

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What should we consider when treatment planning caries removal in a tooth?

Recently we came across an interesting article, Contemporary concepts in carious tissue removal: A review, by Dr. F. Schwendicke in the Journal of Esthetics and Restorative Dentistry. Caries removal is an important and fundamental element of the practice of dentistry. This article nicely highlights the most important factors that should be taken into consideration when treating caries as well as the rationale for the treatment that should be rendered for each individual tooth and circumstance. Key Message Caries removal should be based on the individual tooth being treated and, most importantly, the depth of the lesion. The removal of all carious ...

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