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Email: Risks & Strategies

Anne Genge, CEO and Co-founder of Healthcare Compliance Network Inc., returns to Oasis Discussions to speak with Dr. Suham Alexander about email security. While email is fast, easy and convenient to use, it can expose the practice to various threats including ransomware, malware, spyware and can be easily hacked without appropriate preventive measures. Threats can often be mitigated through the use of emails associated with a specific domain name, such as drsmith@ABCdental.com rather than “free-mail” accounts with hotmail, gmail or yahoo. Similarly, robust business grade anti-virus protection is a must to protect the practice from incoming threats, usually from email. In ...

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A Change for the Better: CAD/CAM Milling and Imaging Systems

Dr. Chris Bryant from Sook, BC spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about a “change for the better” he made to his practice. In 2009, Dr. Bryant introduced CAD-CAM and milling in the office and has enjoyed it ever since. It was a slow adoption process, but well worth it. Patients have embraced this change as they are not limited by anything other than their creativity or Dr. Bryant’s. Dr. Bryant is able to provide more timely and conservative services for patients as he can offer partial coverage as well as full coverage options including 3-4 unit bridges and implant-retained crowns. ...

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A Prototype Mobile Application for Triaging Dental Emergencies

Corey Stein, developer of a new mobile app to triage dental emergencies, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about this new application. Highlights Evidence suggests that dental emergencies are likely to occur when preferred care is less accessible. Communication barriers often exist that cause patients to receive suboptimal treatment or experience discomfort for extended lengths of time. Furthermore, limitations in the conventional approach for managing dental emergencies prevent dentists from receiving critical information before patient visits. The authors developed a mobile application to mediate the uncertainty of dental emergencies. The development and study consisted of a needs analysis and quality assessment of ...

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Impact of Proton Pump Inhibitors on Implant Osseointegration

Dr. Faleh Tamimi, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the research he conducted and the articles he co-authored on the impact of proton pump inhibitors on implant osseointegration. Highlights Systemic administration of omeprazole interferes with bone healing and implant osseointegration: an in vivo study on rat tibiae Proton pump inhibitors, over-the-counter drugs taken by millions of patients, diminish bone accrual. Accordingly, we hypothesized that these drugs could impair bone healing and implant osseointegration. This study investigated the effect of post-operative systemic administration of omeprazole on bone healing and implant osseointegration ...

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Impact of Antihypertensive Drugs on Implant Osseointegration

Dr. Faleh Tamimi, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the research he conducted and the articles he co-authored on the impact of proton pump inhibitors on implant osseointegration. Highlights Propranolol enhances bone healing and implant osseointegration in rats’ tibiae Propranolol, a non-selective b-blocker widely used to treat cardiovascular conditions, favours bone accrual. Accordingly, we hypothesized that propranolol could be useful for improving bone healing and osseointegration. This in vivo study was designed to investigate the effect of propranolol on bone healing and osseointegration in rats’ tibiae. On 24 Sprague–Dawley rats, a unicortical defect was ...

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Dog-Assisted Therapy in Dentistry

Dr. Anne Gussgard, Associate Professor in Periodontology at the University of the Arctic of Norway, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about her experience using dog-assisted therapy to help alleviate patients’ anxiety during dental treatment.  Highlights Animal-assisted therapy has been available for some time. Dogs are used most commonly, but other animals such as cats and horses are also commonly used. In dentistry, dogs are usually the animal involved since there are strong physiological effects on humans when they pet dogs. For example, there is a drop in blood pressure, heart rhythm and cortisol while there is an increase in dopamine ...

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How Dental Team Members Describe Adverse Events

Dr. Elsbeth Kalenderian spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about an article she recently co-authored and published in the Journal of the American Dental Association: “How Dental Team Members Describe Adverse Events.” Much information is available in medicine about patient safety and data related to safety; however, it is lacking in dentistry. The researchers obtained this information through the creation of an “adverse event inventory” by interviewing providers and team members and asking what incidents might occur in the dental setting. The researchers divided interviewees into 2 groups – domain experts (specialists) and focus groups (academics, staff, students and residents). The ...

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A Paradigm Shift in Periodontal Disease

Drs. Ian Needleman and Adam Roberts spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about a new paradigm shift in periodontal disease.  Highlights Periodontal disease is a progressive condition associated with bacteria. There has been little in terms of innovation with respect to periodontal disease. Traditional approaches have focused on eliminating bacteria; however, there may be alternative or adjunct treatments which can influence the ecology of the oral cavity. It is impossible to “sterilize” the oral cavity. This has led to new thinking about the use of probiotics as an adjunct to periodontal disease treatment. Various diseases are linked to dysbiosis in the ...

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