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Change for the Better: Lining up the Bonus System to Take Care of the Patient

Highlights Dr. Sree Koka, a prosthodontist from San Diego, CA, speaks to Dr. John O’Keefe about a change he has recently made. He and his team have instituted a bonus system which is based on patient-centered care. Instead of centering the incentive strictly on financial considerations, it is now aligned with metrics related to patient satisfaction and patient care. If the office receives an overall patient satisfaction score of a certain threshold and the practice has made a profit, employees will receive their bonuses. In this way, team members can concentrate on patient care while understanding that the team must also ...

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Refugee Child Oral Health with Dr. Elisha Riggs

Dr. Elisha Riggs, author of the concise review published in Oral Diseases (July 2016), spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the review and its implications for oral health interventions for refugees.  Highlights This topic is of increasing importance as we witness the global movement of people fleeing their homes. Countries, services and healthcare professionals should be prepared to meet the needs of refugees as they work towards settling into a new country after a, sometimes, traumatic journey. The latest evidence regarding supporting children and their families with respect to oral health needs includes: 1. Barriers in accessing oral care Overall, ...

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Myth or Truth: Is Flossing Safe During Cancer Therapy?

Drs. Debbie Saunders and Joel Epstein dispel the myth about the safety of flossing for patients undergoing cancer therapy. Dr. Debbie Saunders is a Dentist and Medical Director of the Dental Oncology Program, Health Science North, in the North East Cancer Center. She is also Assistant Professor in the Norther Ontario School of Medicine.  Dr. Joel Epstein is Professor and Medical Director Cancer dentistry at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles and the Division of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in City of Hope.  Highlights Flossing is fundamental in reducing inflammation in the gingival tissues. It ...

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Evidence-Based Recommendations for Analgesic Efficacy to Treat Pain of Endodontic Origin

Dr. Anita Aminoshariae, Director of Predoctoral Endodontics in the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, spoke to Dr. Chiraz Guessaier regarding evidence-based recommendations with respect to the analgesic efficacy when treating pain of endodontic origin. Third molar extraction usually serves as the pain model for evaluating analgesic efficacy. However, these patients are usually young without any comorbidities or significant health risks or issues. Endodontic patients, typically, are older individuals who may be taking medications for existing conditions and have periapical infection and/or pulpal inflammation. Key Findings • NSAIDS are the drug of choice unless there are clear ...

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Change for the Better: Using Tea Holders

Dr. John O’Keefe visited GumDocs in Ottawa to speak with Ms. Sherry Beckstead the Infection Control Coordinator about an innovative way to sterilize implant pieces.  Highlights Sherry changed the way in which she worked by buying “tea baskets”. Tea baskets help to keep implant or other small components together in the ultrasonic and washers. In this way, drills and other parts do not go missing. This saves cost, time and effort and reduces stress for the doctors and team.    

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New Consensus Statement on Dental Patients with Total Joint Replacement

Dr. Susan Sutherland, Dentist-in-Chief at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and President of the Canadian Association of Hospital Dentists, speaks to Dr. John O’Keefe about the work that led to the updated Consensus Statement on Dental Patients with Total Joint Replacement. Access the updated Consensus Statement on Dental Patients with Total Joint Replacement Highlights Dr. Sutherland discusses the revised position statement on total joint prophylaxis. The previous position statement was clarified to remove any ambiguity and confusion for dental practitioners. The statement has been endorsed and branded by the Canadian Orthopedic Association, Canadian Dental Association and the Association for Infection Disease ...

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Infection Control System at GumDocs

Dr. John O’Keefe visited GumDocs in Ottawa to check out their infection system process. He spoke with Ms. Sherry Beckstead, the office’s Infection Control Coordinator.  Highlights The clinic was recently expanded and as such, their sterilization centre was revamped to serve their growing needs. The new Steri-Center promotes increased efficiency and allows team members to track instruments etc that the doctors and team members require. The instruments from each surgery are brought to sterilization. Small pieces such as failed implants, abutments, opened but unused implants, are placed in the color matched lab basket of the Doctor with which the surgery ...

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New Implant Navigation System with Dr. Eszter Somogyi Ganss

Dr. Eszter Somogyi Ganss spoke about the new implant navigation system that she helped develop and test at the University of Toronto.  Highlights The new implant system aids in the safe and accurate placement of dental implant surgery. This tool involves a paradigm shift as one does not look at the patient but at the screen during implant placement surgery. Computer navigation is essentially a “GPS” system which allows the clinician to implement a virtual treatment plan in real time while visualizing the CBCT image as well as the position of the drill on the CBCT. This gives the dentist direction, ...

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