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Reducing Dental Caries among Children Globally with Dr. Burton Edelstein

Dr. Burton Edelstein, Professor at Columbia University, spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about the initiatives of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future that aim to reduce dental caries in children worldwide.  Alliance for a Cavity Free Future Canada-US Chapter Launch Keynote  Highlights The Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future is a worldwide initiative that aims to reduce the chronic and preventable disease of dental caries amongst children globally. The Alliance intends to set a date so that children born by 2020 will not experience tooth decay. Dental practitioners must understand the nuances of the language we use with our patients and colleagues. ...

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Potential Effects of E-cigarette Aerosols on Oral Tissue

Dr. Diana Messadi spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about an article she published with her colleagues recently in PLOS One. The article is titled: Characterization of Electronic Cigarette Aerosol and Its Induction of Oxidative Stress Response in Oral Keratinocytes Read the article here (PDF) Dr. Diana Messadi is Chair of the Section of Oral Medicine & Orofacial Pain and Associate Dean for Education and Faculty Development at the UCLA School of Dentistry. Highlights Dr. Messadi and her colleague recently published an article which studied the in vitro effect of e-cigarettes on oral tissues. Some of the key findings are noted below. Vapour ...

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Single Implants and Occlusion with Dr. Izchak Barzilay

In this video conversation with Dr. John O’Keefe, Dr. Izchak Barzilay, from Prosthodontic Associates, presents important information about single implants and occlusion.  Highlights Single implants and occlusion is a “hot” topic these days. Although specialists and generalists alike are placing implant and restorations frequently, more education on maintenance of implants is required. Clinicians must be aware of the difference between natural teeth and implants. Natural teeth are connected to bone via the periodontal ligament; whereas, fixed and rigid implants are connected to bone through a direct connection, osseointegration. Because of the way the two entities are connected to bone, the ...

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Exploring New Technologies: Eclipse Prosthetic Resin System

Anastasiya Sivkova, Denturist at Prosthodontic Associates, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about a new technology: the Eclipse Prosthetic Resin System. Highlights Eclipse, a denture based-resin composed of a composite and is similar to the white composite restorative materials. Acrylic is used prominently in dentures but some individuals have shown sensitivity to the monomers in acrylic denture materials. Eclipse is a fairly easy material to use and does not require the use of a blue light to set the material or the conventional processing as acrylic dentures. Once a final impression has been obtained, Eclipse can be used to build the ...

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CE Showcase: Periodontal health for a better life with Dr. Iain Chapple

Dr. Iain Chapple, speaker at the 2016 British Dental Association meeting, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about his presentation.  Highlights Dr. Iain Chapple recently spoke at the British Dental Association’s conference and his lecture was titled “Periodontal Health for a Better Life”. Over 90% of the population, 65 years and older, has at least one chronic non-communicable disease such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease etc. and ~80% of these patients have 2 or more such conditions or co-morbidities. Chronic periodontitis is also categorized as a chronic non-communicable disease and in its most severe form is the sixth most common ...

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Preventing Dental Phobia

This summary is based on information found in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Dental Phobia and Anxiety (Wiley Publishing, 2013) Since it is usually nearly impossible to change the personal and external/social factors (vulnerability) of the patient, the dental factors should be adapted to the level of this vulnerability since they represent a potential for prevention of behaviour management problems, dental fear and anxiety and dental phobia. The Dentist’s Behaviour: Establishing Rapport A trusting relationship between the patient and the dental personnel is basic both for prevention and treatment of dental phobia. The Four Habits Model: a guide for the interview with the dental patient: Invest in the ...

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A review of splinting of teeth following trauma

This summary  is based on the article published in the Australian Dental Journal: Splinting of teeth following trauma: a review and a new splinting recommendation (March 2016) B Kahler; J-Y Hu; CS Marriot-Smith; GS Heithersay Context  With advances in the understanding of healing processes of the periodontium, pulp and alveolar bone following various injuries, the role of splinting has become relatively well defined. This is generally reflected in the guidelines for trauma management published by the International Association of Dental Traumatology. While the widespread use of composite resin as an adhesive in various functional/flexible splinting systems has over many years allowed ease of application, removal of the ...

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Systemic antibiotics and the risk of superinfection in peri-implantitis

This summary is based on an article published in the Archives of Oral Biology: Systemic antibiotics and the risk of superinfection in peri-implantitis (April 2016) Fernando Verdugo; Theresia Laksmana; Agurne Uribarri Context Peri-implantitis has emerged in the last few years as a complication difficult to resolve. The etiopathogenesis consensus is mainly attributed to bacteria. Controversy exists regarding disease initiation, namely whether specific pathogenic microbiota are indeed the true initiators of bone loss around implants or if they are secondary to a disbalanced foreign body reaction coupled with background factors, such as poorly fabricated implants placed by unqualified clinicians (Albrektsson et al., 2014; Qian, Wennerberg, & Albrektsson, ...

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