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The Role of Appointment Reminder Systems in an Age of Emerging Technology

Highlights Dr. David Avenetti, Residency Program Director in Pediatric Dentistry at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (UIC), speaks to the Oasis Discussions audience about the role of appointment reminders and emerging technology.  David has extensive experience as a full-time clinical assistant professor at UIC and in private practice and he has seen the role that technology plays in no-show rates in both publicly and privately-funded care. Key Messages Access to care is made up of 2 components: access to dental insurance and dental utilization Appointment Reminder Systems (ARS) play big role in dental utilization Novel technologies which ...

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Should I buy a Practice or Start One from Scratch?

Highlights Timothy Brown, CEO of ROI Corp, answers the age-old challenge about whether a dentist should start his/her own practice from the ground up or purchase an existing one. While both options have merit, they also have their downsides.  Key Considerations Today’s dental marketplace is very competitive and one must consider whether there is an adequate supply of active patients for the dentist. This ratio of dentist to active patients can be as high as 1:1500 and as low as 1:500 in some downtown urban areas like Toronto. This number is important as it will affect cash flow, and debt-serviceability. ...

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Screening for Poly-Drug Usage: A New Tool

My guest is Dr. Philip Britz-McKibbin, Associate Professor of Bio-analytical Chemistry at McMaster University and co-author of the article recently published in Analytical Chemistry and which details the research that led to this new method: High Throughput Screening Method for Systematic Surveillance of Drugs of Abuse by Multisegment Injection−Capillary Electrophoresis−Mass Spectrometry. In light of the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and its impact on public health, it has become imperative to develop new tools to detect and screen these abused substances. The biochemical tests that are available to our scientists today are prone to bias and are not applicable to determine a ...

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Fentanyl: What you Should Know

Dr. JoonYoung Ji returns on Oasis Discussions to speak about Fentanyl, a potent opioid that has surfaced in recent times as an abused substance responsible for many overdoses and deaths. Dr. Ji explains what Fentanyl is and why it would be found in a dental practice if ever.  We hope you find the conversation valuable and that you share your feedback with us on Oasis Discussions or through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca. Bookmark our page and visit us frequently to keep up to date with the latest in the world of dentistry! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Fentanyl and carfentanyl have recently been in the ...

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Practical How To: MEDICOM SafeMask – Procedure Earloop Face Masks

This post was developed in collaboration with Medicom On an experimental basis, we have asked a 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. These posts do not constitute the CDA’s endorsement or marketing of any product showcased in these posts. The information is presented exclusively for educational purposes. Webinar Session: Personal Protective Equipment: Minimizing Risk Highlights There are several routes of cross-contamination and infection in healthcare settings. ...

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View from the Chairside: Artistic Interpretation and Smile Design

Highlights In the anterior segment, as the number of guiding landmarks to determine restorative tooth anatomy decreases, the need for artistic interpretation to create new landmarks increases. In this presentation, Dr. Paul Belzycki recounts his personal clinical experience in attaining that artistic vision. In his opinion, only so much can be acquired didactically, much of it is a result of trial and error, learned by personally contouring extensive restorations in the provisional phase to ensure the achievement of a mutually agreed upon design with the patient. Once established, that design must be effectively communicated with laboratory to guide that phase ...

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Oasis Critical Moments: How would you manage this endodontic accident?

Oasis Critical Moments is a series of posts that provide Canadian dentists with the opportunity to hear about every-day clinical incidents and learn about how to manage these events effectively. The series showcases different scenarios that are presented by dental professionals who experienced these critical moments and how they managed them.  We would like to hear from you. If you can identify with any of these situations or would like to share your own experience, reach out to us through our email at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca or call us at 1 855-716-2747.  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) extrusion beyond the apex, ...

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Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship with Dr. Peter Daley

A CBC feature indicated that the province of NL is leading the country in the rate of antibiotic prescriptions by health professionals. I contacted Dr. Peter Daley to ask him about the importance of this issue for dentistry; to shed some light about the level of risk that Canada is currently at; and what we can do to reverse the trend. Dr. Peter Daley is Associate Professor of Medicine at Memorial University in St John’s Newfoundland and the regional director of the medical microbiology laboratory and consultant in infectious diseases. We hope you find the interview informative and share your questions, thoughts, ...

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