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CE Showcase ASM2017: Anti-Infectives in the Dental Office: What’s New?

Dr. Aviv Ouanounou, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the Unoiversity of Toronto, spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about his session in the upcoming ASM 2017.  Highlights Clinical dental practice is immersed in the primary treatment and corrective management of infectious diseases of the oral and peri-oral region. Dental practitioners are faced daily to bacterial, fungal and viral infections. It has been estimated that 10 percent of all anti-infective prescriptions are related with dental infections. All antimicrobial agents may cause adverse reactions of varying degrees of severity. Understanding the interplay of host, microorganism and antimicrobials fosters advances in ...

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Featured Jean Marc

Craniofacial Implications of Osteogenesis Imperfecta

I had the pleasure to speak with Dr. Jean-Marc Retrouvey and view his presentation on the craniofacial implications of osteogenesis imperfecta. This is a disease that causes weak bones that break easily. It is also known as brittle bone disease where bones sometimes break for no known reason. OI can also cause many other problems, such as weak muscles, brittle teeth, and hearing loss. Dr. Retrouvey delved into the implications of treating patients that suffer from OI and what the possible treatments are. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Dr. Jean-Marc Retrouvey presents various craniofacial aspects of osteogenesis imperfecta. This is ...

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Featured Bethany

CE Showcase ASM 2017: Demystifying Pain Among Women in Dentistry: Essential Ergonomic and Wellness Guidelines

I learned much about ergonomic problems experienced by female dentists from Dr. Bethany Valachi, author of Practice Dentistry Pain-Free and clinical instructor of ergonomics at Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry. She kindly offered few slides from her session at ASM 2017 and it was a pleasure to meet her. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights  Female dental professionals experience a higher prevalence and severity of occupational pain than their male counterparts, with the most problematic areas being the neck and shoulder followed closely by hand/ wrist pain. This research-based course for women dental professionals bridges the gap between ...

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Featured David Peter

CE Showcase ASM2017: Musculoskeletal Functional Disorders: Recap Your Knowledge

My interview with Drs. David Psutka and Peter Ta, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, revolved around their session at the upcoming ASM 2017. Their session is part of a 3-day symposium titled: Orofacial pain and management symposium.  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Orofacial pain caused by musculoskeletal disorders presents much differently than pain caused by other sources (i.e., neurologic). In this lecture, the anatomy and etiology of joint intracapsular disorders will be reviewed. There will also be a discussion on the diagnosis and non-surgical management of myogenous temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), as well surgical protocols for internal derangement. Learning Objectives Learn ...

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Featured Patricia

CE Showcase ASM 2017: Oral and Systemic Health of the Periodontal Patient

I had the pleasure to meet and speak with Patricia Worcester, RDH, CDA and founder and clinical director of Mission Possible…Best Hygiene, as well as international speaker and published author. She spoke about her session at ASM 2017 titled: Oral and Systemic Health of the Periodontal Patient. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights The presentation tackles the new etiology of periodontal disease and how the patients’ systemic health is a major influencing factor in their susceptibility to acquire periodontal disease. The presentation shows the relationship factors between numerous systemic health conditions and oral health, and vice versa. Attendees will learn how to be ...

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Featured Cottrell Brode

CE Showcase ASM2017: Volunteerism: An Opportunity to Give Back

It’s always a pleasure to speak with Drs. Jack Cottrell and Donna Brode, speakers at the upcoming ASM 2017 in Toronto in May. They kindly accepted to be interviewed about their session: Volunteerism: An Opportunity to Give Back. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Dentists are highly trained professionals possessing very unique and coveted health-care skills. As leaders of the oral health-care teams in our communities we understand the huge health burden of untreated oral disease in populations unable to access care. Our dilemma comes from knowing we have a moral and professional duty to assist the less fortunate; however, with ...

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Feaured Jose

Opioids: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly…

My meetings with Dr. Jose Lança, from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry and the Faculty of Medicine, are always so valuable in presenting and delivering extremely useful clinical information that supports every day clinical practice. This interview looks at the opioids crisis that is plaguing North American societies and the role of dentists in it.  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Opioids bind to opioid receptors in the brain. Upon binding to these receptors, opioids have various effects including: Analgesia Sedation/sleepiness Mood changes – dysphoria, euphoria Tolerance/addiction Cough suppression Miosis Endocrine effects Dermatologic effects – itching, sweating GI motility ...

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Practical How To: GUIDOR® easy-graft™ CLASSIC Alloplastic Bone Grafting System

This post was prepared in collaboration with Sunstar. On an experimental basis, we have asked a limited number of companies to provide us with practical “How To” answers to clinical questions. We were prompted to conduct this experiment when dental team members told us that they visit company websites and consult company representatives for practical clinical information. We look forward to receiving your feedback on this experiment. Most dimensional changes of the socket ridge occur in the first 3 – 6 months after a tooth extraction. After 6 months, the patient could have horizontal bone loss of 29-63% and vertical ...

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