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Improving the Quality of Dental Trauma Care: Two Cases

Dr. Raymond Lee, Chief of Dentistry at the London Health Sciences Centre, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about some common mishaps occurring when treating children with traumatic dental injuries. Highlights Dr. Lee has learned from experience that assumptions can sometimes lead to increased pain and less desirable outcomes for young patients. Dental trauma, including fractured teeth, are frequent in young children that have not gained their balance when learning to walk for example. As such, these young children will present frequently with injuries ranging from slight extrusion to complete avulsion of the teeth as the primary teeth have short roots and ...

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Electronic cigarette explosions involving the oral cavity

Dr. Rebecca Harrison, private dentist in South Carolina, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about a case she recently treated and published in the Journal of the American Dental Association: Electronic cigarette explosions involving the oral cavity (November 2016).   Highlights The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is a rapidly growing trend throughout the United States. E-cigarettes have been linked to the risk of causing explosion and fire. Case Description Data are limited on the associated health hazards of e-cigarette use, particularly long-term effects, and available information often presents conflicting conclusions. In addition, an e-cigarette explosion and fire can pose a unique ...

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You’ll never walk alone, Doctor!

Have you ever had to take a break from practice due to illness and lost confidence in yourself as a competent clinician because of these circumstances? If so, would you be prepared to share your story and give advice, on a totally confidential basis, to a colleague who is now emerging from a dark tunnel, but feeling very nervous about getting back chairside? If the answer to both questions is “yes” I invite you to keep reading. A couple of weeks back I received an email message from a colleague who had read an editorial of mine, written in 2008, ...

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Dentistry Startup Solves Tooth Sensitivity

Drs. Anil Kishen and Annie Shrestha spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the UNO-Gel, a new product that was developed in Dr. Kishen’s lab at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto and which counters dentin hypersensitivity. Highlights Dentin sensitivity, an age-old problem affecting an estimated 98% of the population at some point in their lives. Launching the product is Germiphene Corporation, which has partnered with start-up company Oral Antibacterials Inc., founded by Professor Anil Kishen and graduate student Dr. Annie Shrestha, to develop the product. Leveraging their strength in endodontics and nanoparticle technology, the team developed BioSchell, ...

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Backup Essentials for Dental Practices

Anne Genge returned to speak with Dr. Suham Alexander about the importance of having back-ups of all the information housed in practice management systems. Highlights Back-ups are the GOLD standard used to restore practice data if an unforeseen event were to occur There should be 2 back-up devices – one in the office and one off-site Providers and support systems for back-up must have fail-safe mechanisms to protect data from privacy breaches and physical destruction (fire, flood etc.) Data should be verified at regular intervals to ensure the accuracy of the information captured in back-up systems    

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Putting Social Media Back on Track for Dental Practices

Jack Hadley spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about his recent lecture at the University of Toronto on dental marketing and social media fundamentals. The opinion shared in this video interview is considered general advice. Please check with you provincial dental association as well as regulatory authority for applicable requirements.   What should you know? Understand the mindset of social media marketing – you are not converting strangers into new patients Effective social media dental marketing starts within the practice first Post content that is “share”-worthy What should you NOT do? Engage an outside company to manage your social media Ignore people and ...

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The Use of Regenerative Techniques in Endodontics

In this short discussion, Dr. Isabel Mello, an endodontist from Dalhousie University, speaks with Dr. Suham Alexander about the use of regenerative techniques in endodontics. Highlights Regenerative techniques, although newer, have been used in apexification for teeth with necrotic pulps and open apices. This procedure is used to help revascularize teeth necrotic pulps and incomplete root formation, poor crown:root ratios, open apices and thin dentinal walls. Revascularization has the potential to improve these issues compared to other techniques. The technique still requires disinfection of the root canal system, intracanal medicaments, stem cells which are already present in the environment and a ...

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Dentistry and Geriatrics in Ireland

Dr. John O’Keefe spoke with Dr. Anne Twomey, past President of the Irish Dental Association and who recently addressed the Irish Gerontologist’s Society. The society is composed of consultant geriatricians who are strong advocates for multidisciplinary team approaches in caring for patients; however, no dentist had spoken to this organization to date. As such, Dr. Twomey shared her experiences and insights gained from her practice with their members. Highlights Better outcomes for patients can be expected, if dentists are included in patient care early in their overall care plan. Preventive care is very important for elderly patients. There are several ...

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