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To Retain or Extract a Tooth? Endo vs. Implants

Dr. Rakan Baaj presents a case where a decision had to be made to extract or retain a tooth for an implant.  Dr. Baaj is a board certified Prosthodontist. He is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists and a Fellow-Elect of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. He teaches at the University of Toronto and he is a reviewer for a few journals in his field. I hope you find the presentation useful. We always welcome your feedback, suggestions, and questions at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Until next time! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager HIghlights The question of whether or ...

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Drug Shortages: How Can We Run Out of Salt Water?

It is always a great learning moment when I host Dr. Mark Donaldson to tell me more about a given topic. This time, I invited him to speak about drug shortages, a phenomenon that oftentimes puts the patient at risk and leaves the oral health provider stranded. His article “Drug Shortages How do we run out of salt water?” provided a clear picture of how drugs can quickly disappear off the pharmacy shelves and what oral health and health care providers in general can do to mitigate this problem. Dr. Mark Donaldson is Senior Executive Director at Vizient, a national health care ...

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The Role of The Dentist and The Dental Team in Identifying Family Violence

On April 19, 2018, the Canadian Dental Association held its Canadian Oral Health Round table; and the theme of this year’s meeting was dentistry and family violence. A panel of various experts presented on the role of the dentist and the dental team in identifying the signs of family violence particularly when these signs present in the head and neck area of the body.  Family violence affects us all. It has negative social, financial and health impacts on those directly involved, as well as on their friends and family, colleagues, community and society at large. It is paramount that all ...

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The Circle of Care: The Pharmacist and Legalized Cannabis

In an effort to present as many perspectives as possible about the impact of legal cannabis on the profession of dentistry, I have invited Dr. Shelita Dattani, Director of Practice Development and Knowledge Translation at the Canadian Pharmacists Association. Dr. Dattani spoke about the role of the pharmacist in the cannabis conversation. I hope you find the interview informative and interesting. As usual, we welcome your feedback, questions, and suggestions at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Until next time! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA oasis Manager  Highlights Currently, patients can access medical cannabis through the medical stream, using an authorization from a physician. Cannabis is then distributed ...

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Tooth Wear and Medical Conditions: The Role of the Dental Team

Two distinguished experts from King’s College in London were my guests for this posts. They spoke about a recent article they coauthored in the British Dental Journal, titled: Medical conditions and erosive tooth wear.  Dental professionals can identify signs and symptoms that suggest that an individual’s erosive tooth wear may be linked to a broader medical problem than just poor diet. As such, they play an important role in identifying underlying medical causes for erosive tooth wear and help prevent the likelihood of further deterioration in the individual’s oral health.  Dr. Rebecca Moazzez is Director of the Oral Clinical Research Unit and ...

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What is the Impact of Between-Meal Sugary Snacks and Beverages on Early Childhood Caries?

During the most recent conference of the IADR/AADR/CADR, a variety of new oral health research studies were presented. One of them is the impact of between-meal sugary snacks and beverages on early childhood caries. The topic is somewhat under researched and a group of researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, attempted to answer some of the related questions.  I interviewed Dr. Walid Al-Soneidar, a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology and a Research Assistant in the Department of Dental Ecology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  The conference of the International Association of Dental Research/the ...

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Healthy Smile Happy Child: Lift the Lip Program

Highlights Although the tooth decay rate has improved in Canada in the last 40 years, one-quarter of children are still affected by tooth decay and it is two to three times worse for children within vulnerable populations. A recent report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information revealed that the rate of dental surgery to treat severe Early Childhood Caries in Canada is 12.5/1000 children aged 1 to 5.  Tooth decay is a chronic and infectious disease that is 100% preventable. Daniella DeMaré and Lisette Dufour spoke to Dr. Suham Alexander about the “Lift the Lip” videos which were produced ...

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View from the Chairside: Why I love Cast-Post Cores! The Sequel

In response to the many comments that were posted for the initial post Why I love Cast Post Cores and You Should Too!, Dr. Belzycki volunteered to design a follow-up presentation to further explain several of the concepts initially presented.  We at CDA Oasis are thankful for the effort that goes into designing and organizing his ideas, and for the depth of knowledge and expertise that he offers in these presentations. Dr. Belzycki’s clinical experience spans over four decades in private practice and he has agreed to share most of it with us on CDA Oasis in an effort to contribute ...

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