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Situational Awareness: What it Means for Clinicians, its Recognition and Importance in Patient Safety

Dr. Peter Brennan, oral and maxillofacial surgeon and Professor and Head of Academic Department of Surgery at the University of Portsmouth, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about an article he has recently published, titled: Situational awareness – what it means for clinicians, its recognition and importance in patient safety Highlights The term “situational awareness” is the ability to understand “where you are and what is going on around you”. This concept can be applied in any circumstance, including clinical settings but, was first conceived during the Korean War when U.S. pilots wanted to know where their enemy was located. Factors such ...

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Clinical Tips for Everyday Pediatric and Adolescent Dental Care

Dr. Reza Nouri is a certified specialist in pediatric dentistry, and has been a Clinical Associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia since 1994. Highlights Dr. Reza Nouri gives practitioners sage advice about how to help optimize dental health the in the perinatal and infant stages. Good nutrition and its effect on teeth are significant as tooth development starts as early as 5 weeks intrauterine. Similarly, premature birth and low birth weight, as well as smoking and drug abuse by the expecting mother, have detrimental effect on the dentition. Systemic fluoride has neither a preventive nor ...

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La soie dentaire : pour ou contre ? Que doivent communiquer les dentistes et les hygiénistes dentaires aux patients qui mentionnent les récents articles de presse remettant en question le mérite de la soie dentaire ?

Lire la version anglaise de ce billet En août 2016, un grand nombre d’articles a paru concernant un rapport de l’Associated Press (AP) dont les résultats montrent une absence apparente de preuves directes concernant l’efficacité de la soie dentaire. Dans son rapport, l’AP parle d’un article examinant deux revues systématiques précédentes qui comparent l’utilisation de la brosse à dents seule à l’utilisation combinée d’une brosse à dents et de la soie dentaire. L’une des deux revues et la plus récente est un rapport publié par la prestigieuse Cochrane Library en 2011. Selon ce rapport, les preuves en faveur de la soie ...

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Flossing: Yes or No? What should a dentist or dental hygienist say to a patient who cites recent news items to question the value of flossing?

Read the French version of this post In August 2016, there was a flood of news items about an Associated Press(AP)-initiated report which found an apparent lack of direct evidence to prove that flossing was effective. The AP reported on an article that looked at two previous systematic reviews on this topic comparing the use of a toothbrush alone versus a combination of toothbrush and dental floss, the most recent one being the prestigious Cochrane Library report published in 2011. The article claimed the evidence for flossing was “weak, very unreliable” and “very low” quality, as well as having “a ...

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Dental Practice Ownership Options

David Chong Yen from DCY Professional Corporation Chartered Accountants, spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about the different ownership options of dental practices. Highlights The dental industry has changed significantly over the past decade. The low interest rate environment has significantly impacted the dental landscape because this has facilitated “easy money” to purchase practices. Many dentists are realizing that their best investment is in their own profession, namely the dental profession because they know this business better than any other. Overall, the dental industry is recession-resistant. The primary ownership types are: Traditional “hands on” dentists. These are individuals or partners who own a ...

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CARDP Meeting: Does Gold Still Hold A Place In Your Restorative Practice? Should It?

Dr. Randy Allan will be a speaker at the upcoming CARDP meeting which will take place in Halifax in September 2016. Highlights Dr. Randy Allan speaks to Dr. Suham Alexander about his presentation at the CARDP meeting and shares two of his many cases. Randy will be speaking about the use of gold as a restorative material. Gold has traditionally been a predictable and biocompatible restorative material in dentistry but, its use has declined over the years for several reasons: • Several tooth-coloured restorative materials are available • Patient perceptions about esthetics and how gold may show in the smile line ...

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Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Dentistry with Dr. Nicholas Makhoul

Dr. Nicholas Makhoul spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the importance and incidence of antibiotic prophylaxis.  Highlights Dr. Nick Makhoul recently spoke at the Annual Spring Meeting in Toronto in May as part of a panel. His lecture focused on antibiotic usage for common oral surgery procedures, specifically the use of antibiotic prophylaxis for the removal of wisdom teeth, alveolar bone grafts and dental implant placement. Research has shown that most practitioners when prescribing prophylactic antibiotics are not timing the dosing properly. In order for the antibiotic to prevent and reduce post-surgical infection rates, they must be taken by the ...

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51 Million Missed School Hours: a Myth? Dr. Burton Edelstein

Highlights 51 million is an all-too often cited statistic relating to the number of missed school hours amongst the population of US children. But what does this number really reflect? The study by Edelstein and Reisine found that searching for “51 million missed school hours for children” results in a wide range of material related to pediatric oral health. This, itself, contributes to the misinterpretation or misunderstanding of the social implications of children’s oral health. With respect to missed school hours, 51 million really represents less than 1/10 of one percent of the total numbers of hours that children spend ...

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