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Healthy Smile Happy Child: Lift the Lip Program

Highlights Although the tooth decay rate has improved in Canada in the last 40 years, one-quarter of children are still affected by tooth decay and it is two to three times worse for children within vulnerable populations. A recent report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information revealed that the rate of dental surgery to treat severe Early Childhood Caries in Canada is 12.5/1000 children aged 1 to 5.  Tooth decay is a chronic and infectious disease that is 100% preventable. Daniella DeMaré and Lisette Dufour spoke to Dr. Suham Alexander about the “Lift the Lip” videos which were produced ...

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Understanding the Genetic Mutations and Interactions that Cause Cleft Lip with or without Cleft Palate

Highlights What is IRF6 and why was it important for you to look into this gene’s activity? The IRF6 gene is arguably one of the most significant contributors to the incidence of, and susceptibility to, cleft lip / palate. It encodes a protein, called a transcription factor, that functions in the nucleus of cells to turn on other genes. It primarily functions in epithelia, particularly in the developing embryo. It is a member of a small family of proteins, called interferon regulatory factors, that also have a role in immunity. What was the underlying theory of your research and how did you ...

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Dental Talks 2017: The Nature of Oral Biofilms in Childhood – a Key for Health and Disease

In preparation of the Dental Talks event that is offered by the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, I spoke with Dr. Svante Twetman about the topic of his keynote speech: The Nature of Oral Biofilms in Childhood – a Key for Health and Disease.  Dr. Twetman is a pediatric dentist and professor in cariology and pediatric dentistry at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.  I hope you enjoy the conversation and have a chance to attend the Dental Talks 2017 in Toronto. Please share your thoughts and feedback with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights ...

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How Successful are Stainless Steel Crowns as Interim Restorations for Pediatric Patients?

Adult stainless-steel crowns are used as interim restorations on young permanent teeth until a permanent restoration can be placed. However, there is little known about the longevity of these crowns. I reached out to Dr. Keri Discepolo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Craniofacial Sciences in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Connecticut Health Center, since she had recently published an article about the topic in the International Journal of pediatric Dentistry titled: Investigation of adult stainless-steel crown longevity as an interim restoration in pediatric patients. I hope you find the interview informative and please share your feedback with ...

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CAPD 2017: Treatment of Facial Injuries in Children and Adolescents

I had the pleasure to meet and speak with Dr. Leland McFadden about his participation in the upcoming meeting of the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in Winnipeg, September 14 to 16, 2017. His session is titled: Treatment of Facial Injuries in Children and Adolescents.  if you are interested in attending the conference, you can find more information on how to register by visiting the CAPD meeting webpage.  Enjoy the conversation! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights This talk will discuss the etiology and incidence of facial trauma in children and adolescent patients. Clinical and radiographic assessment of the injured patient ...

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How to Manage Grinding in Children & Is Grinding a Symptom of Other Problems?

I’d like to sincerely thank Dr. Michael Sigal, Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, who provided a response to two questions that we received following our call for questions in pediatric dentistry.  Dr. Sigal has kindly agreed to respond to other questions, so please email those to us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Questions My question is about grinding in children. I see a good number of kids that grind their teeth and sometimes their dentition is really worn down. How do we treat this and at what age is a night guard ...

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What is the Recurrence of Caries after Treatment under General Anesthesia?

Dr. Reza Nouri, Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry in the greater Vancouver area, comes back to present the following topic: the recurrence of early childhood caries after treatment under general anesthesia. Highlights Early childhood caries (ECC) is the most common chronic childhood disease which involves high expenditures from our healthcare system. Advanced cases of ECC are often treated under general anesthesia (GA) due to the young age of the patient(s). Medical management of these severe cases can cost up to $1400 per patient and this does not address the underlying dental issues. The CIH reports that approximately one third of day surgeries ...

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CE Showcase ASM 2017: Staged Care: New Solutions in Treating Early Childhood Caries

Dr. Ian McConnachie, pediatric dentist in Ottawa, spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about his session at ASM 2017: Staged Care New Solution in Treating Early Childhood Caries. Highlights The new standard of care for infants and young children is initial examination by first birthday at the latest. In spite of this, many dentists do not follow this, and incidence of early childhood caries remains unacceptably high and treatment needs often require significant interventions, including general anesthesia. A new treatment algorithm will be discussed, along with specific treatment solutions which will assist the general practitioner to treat this child and enjoy doing ...

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