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What are the expected benefits and potential harms of bisphosphonates for the treatment of osteoporosis?

This summary is based on the article published in the Canadian Family Physician journal: Bisphosphonates for treatment of osteoporosis. Expected benefits, potential harms, and drug holidays. A Clinical review. (April 2014) Jacques P. Brown MD; Suzanne Morin MD MSc; William Leslie MD; Alexandra Papaioannou MD; Angela M. Cheung MD PhD; Kenneth S. Davison PhD; David Goltzman MD; David Arthur Hanley MD; Anthony Hodsman MD; Robert Josse MD; Algis Jovaisas MD; Angela Juby MD; Stephanie Kaiser MD; Andrew Karaplis MD; David Kendler MD; Aliya Khan MD; Daniel Ngui MD; Wojciech Olszynski MD PhD; Louis-Georges Ste-Marie MD; and Jonathan Adachi MD Context  ...

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Does the sugar found in medications increase the risk of caries?

This summary is based on the article published in the Journal of the American Dental Association: Sugar content, cariogenicity, and dental concerns with commonly used medications (February 2015) Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PharmD, FASHP, FACHE Jason H. Goodchild, DMD Joel B. Epstein, DMD, MSD, FRCD(C), FDS, RCS(Edin) Courtesy of the American Dental Association, you can access the full-text article for the next 3 months here (PDF) Context Oral adverse events such as cariogenicity are often overlooked as drug-associated effects because the sugar content of many medications may be negligible compared with the patients’ overall dietary intake of sugar. There are, ...

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Oasis Patient Resource: Dry Mouth

The Oasis Patient Resource is a series of tools that help dentists explain basic dental concepts and procedures to their patients. This video and additional materials are provided to dentists to use for patient information. If you are interested in using the video in your own practice, please email us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca and we will gladly provide you with the original Powerpoint presentation as well as the video file. You will then be able to customize it with your own logo and office information.  Download this Oasis Patient Resource: Dry Mouth (PDF)  Download the original Dry Mouth Pamphlet (PDF) Watch the video  Please note that you ...

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Dental Provider’s Oncology Pocket Guide

This information is based on resources provided by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: Dental Provider’s Oncology Pocket Guide Download the PDF version of the Powerpoint Presentation Watch the Video Presentation  

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What are the factors associated with the clinical response to nonsurgical periodontal therapy in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus?

This summary is based on the article published in the Journal of the American Dental Association: Factors associated with the clinical response to nonsurgical periodontal therapy in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (December 2014) Bryan S. Michalowicz, Leslie Hyman, Wei Hou, Thomas W. Oates, Jr., Michael Reddy, David W., Engebretson Paquette, James A. Katancik and Steven P. Context Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a growing health problem worldwide. People with T2DM are at risk of experiencing periodontitis and likely require treatment. Using data from the national multicenter Diabetes and Periodontal Therapy Trial (DPTT), the authors assessed patient-based characteristics ...

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New Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs): A comparison

This summary is based on the article published in the Canadian Family Physician: Approach to the new oral anticoagulants in family practice. Part 1: comparing the options (November 2014) James Douketis MD FRCPC, Alan David Bell MD CCFP, John Eikelboom MB BS FRCPC, and Aaron Liew MB BCh MRCPI PhD You can access the full-text article here.   Intent of the article To compare key features of the new oral anticoagulants (NOACs)—dabigatran, rivaroxaban, and Apixaban, and to address questions that arise when comparing the NOACs. Main Messages All NOACs are at least as effective as warfarin for stroke prevention in patients ...

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What are some of the widespread misconceptions about obesity?

This summary is based on the article published in Canadian Family Physician: Widespread misconceptions about obesity (November 2014) Jean-Philippe Chaput PhD, Zachary M. Ferraro PhD, Denis Prud’homme MD MSc FRCPC, and Arya M. Sharma MD PhD FRCPC Related Article of Interest: Addressing the Obesity Epidemic: What Is the Dentist’s Role?   Context Although obesity can be a serious health threat, there is a lack effective strategies to address this condition on an individual and a societal level. Myths and misconceptions about obesity are pervasive in the media, popular culture, and scientific literature. As recently discussed in the New England Journal ...

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New Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs): FAQs

This summary is based on the article published in the Canadian Family Physician: Approach to the new oral anticoagulants in family practice Part 2: addressing frequently asked questions (November 2014) James Douketis MD FRCPC, Alan David Bell MD CCFP, John Eikelboom MBBS FRCPC, Aaron Liew MBBCh MRCPI PhD You can access the full-text article here.   Intent of the article To address common “what if” questions that arise relating to the long-term clinical follow-up and management of patients receiving the new oral anticoagulants (NOACs). Main Message What if a patient who is taking an NOACs needs dental work?  For patients who need teeth ...

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