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The Latest on Adjunctive Diagnostic Techniques for Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancer Discovery

My interview with Dr. Michaell Huber served as a review of the current status and of the latest in the area of adjunctive diagnostic techniques for diagnosing and discovering oral and oropharyngeal cancer. Dr. Huber is Professor and specialist in oral medicine in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at UT Health San Antonio Dental School. He authored an article in the Dental Clinics of North America titled: Adjunctive Diagnostic Techniques to diagnose Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancer. I hope you find the information valuable and enjoy the conversation. Please share your thoughts, questions, and suggestions with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Until next time! ...

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View from the Chairside: Why I Love Amalgam…And You Should Too!

Once again, I welcomed Dr. Paul Belzycki, dental surgeon from Toronto, to continue our series of clinical mentorship presentations. Dr. Belzycki presents a few interesting cases to show why he likes to use amalgam and why you should too. His premise follows research findings on the biochemical stability and durability of dental resin composites and is based on a clinical career that spans over close to four decades.  We hope that you enjoy the presentation and benefit from the clinical tips that he shares with you. Please share your thoughts, questions, and suggestions with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca  Until next time! ...

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FDI Guide on Caries Risk Assessment – Dr. Stephen Abrams

Dr. Stephen Abrams spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about caries management and the recently published guide by the World Dental Federation (FDI) on caries risk assessment. The FDI guide is another important step in helping dental practitioners assess caries risk and manage this chronic disease. FDI Caries Prevention and Management Chairside Guide – Download PDF Highlights Explorers are not an acceptable method of detecting caries as it may destroy the tooth’s crystalline structure and introduce microbial contamination ICDAS is based on a visual ranking of the tooth surface ICDAS rankings are related to the size of the subsurface lesion The guide ...

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Biochemical Stability and Interactions of Dental Resin Composites and Adhesives with Host and Bacteria in the Oral Cavity: A Review

I had the pleasure to host Dr. Yoav Finer for a conversation on the recent article he published in the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. The article is important due to continuous debate around the use of amalgam vs. the use of newer composite materials. Research is dearly needed to gauge the efficiency, durability, and long-term stability of the new materials compared to the time-tested and proven amalgam.  Dr. Finer is the George Zarb/Nobel Chair in Prosthodontics at the faculty of dentistry, University of Toronto, and is cross-appointed to the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto. As ...

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Naloxone: What is it & how to use it?

Highlights Dr. John O’Keefe explored the use of Naloxone, the reversal agent used in cases of opioids overdose.  Indications  Overdose of opiate, known or suspected Reversal of opiate activity, Respiratory depression, with therapeutic opioid use Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of opioid medications and is indicated for the reversal of life threatening respiratory depression secondary to opioid overdose. It is also used in combination with other agents as an abuse deterrent. Naloxone is a pure opioid antagonist that competes with and displaces narcotics at all opioid receptor sites. The antagonistic effects of naloxone at opioid receptors may precipitate ...

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JADA Article Commentary: Dental Disease Before Radiotherapy in Patients with Head & Neck Cancer

In December 2017, the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) published an article on guidelines for preventive dental care. In it, the authors attempted to bridge a perceived knowledge gap through the development of a clinical registry of dental outcomes in head and neck cancer patients.  Dr. Bob Wood, oral radiologist and forensic dentist at Princess Margaret Cancer Center, suggests that the article needs a careful interpretation and an appropriate contextualization of the individualized treatment provided to these patients.  I hope you find the information beneficial and you will share your thoughts, suggestions, and questions with us through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca ...

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What is Acculturation & How Does it Impact Pediatric Minority Oral Health Interventions?

Dr. Tamanna Tiwari recently published a review of studies that looked at how the process of acculturation enhances or inhibits oral health and oral healthy intervention in children. She kindly accepted to do an interview with me in which she further explained the concept and its importance.  Dr. Tiwari is Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health at the University of Colorado’s School of Dental Medicine. As usual, if you find the information valuable, let us know! Share your thoughts, questions, and suggestions with us through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Until next time! Chiraz Guessaier CDA Oasis Manager Highlights For ...

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What is the Clinical Relevance of Bond Strength?

Dr. Rick Carvalho is Professor in the Department of Biomaterials at the University of British Columbia. He joined me to speak about the relevance of laboratory research on bond strength and how it translates into clinical practice. Oftentimes, the durability of adhesive restorations is estimated from laboratory bond strength testing, and there is an equivocal assumption that higher bond strength indicates longer survival in the clinic. However, there are several and significant limitations to such association that need to be understood before relevant predictions can be made. I hope the interview sheds some light on questions that you might have ...

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