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The Prospect of a Cavity-Free Future with Dr. Nigel Pitts

Dr. Nigel Pitts spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the prospect of a cavity free future, a concept he presented to the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry. Highlights The concept of a cavity-free future is pivotal to dentistry. There is evidence caries can be prevented by improving and changing what dental professionals can do. Much emphasis has been placed on early detection of caries using clinical detection, assessment and diagnostic treatment aids. Caries management is important from infancy through to adulthood/geriatric population. The ICDAS system stages dental caries. The goals of caries management are: Prevent new lesions from appearing. Prevent ...

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CE Showcase: What is Immediate Dentistry?

Christien Kopas  CDA, Chief Client Officer at Perfit Dental Solutions, and George Cowburn, Co Founder at Perfit Dental Solutions, spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about a new concept: Immediate Dentistry.  Highlights Christien Kopas and George Cowburn present a session at the Pacific Dental Conference on March 11, 2017, 10:00 – 11:30. The session examines the changing ways dental professionals communicate with labs and explores the advantages and limitations of emerging technologies. The presenters will explore the pros and cons of historical and new methods of data acquisition and how they influence treatment planning. They hope to review past methods of data acquisition and compare them ...

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CE Showcase: From Pain to Wellness, Opioids and Beyond

In an effort to keep you informed about CE opportunities available in Canada and worldwide, we are pleased to offer a series of videos presented by prominent speakers who will lead CE sessions at the Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver, BC between March 9 and 11, 2017. Dr. Mark Donaldson spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about this session at PDC on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 8:30 – 11:00. The session is presented by the College of Dental Surgeons of BC with the participation of Dr. Cathy McGregor and Dr. Paul Farnan. Highlights What is the role of the dental profession in responding ...

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Navigating Retirement: Enhancing Your Life After Dentistry

Ron Haik, VP Investment Advisory Services at CDSPI, Dr. Alan Roadburg, PhD, a leading authority on retirement lifestyle education, and Susan Roberts, VP Insurance Advisory Services at CDSPI, will be speaking at the upcoming Pacific Dental Conference in March 2017 in Vancouver. Their session will feature a comprehensive financial and quality of life approach to retirement planning, based on lessons learned from CDSPI’s recent survey of retired Canadian dentists. The session runs on Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:30am – 11:00am and is titled: Navigating Retirement: Enhancing Your Life After Dentistry.  Highlights Planning for “retirement” is often most closely associated with ensuring ...

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Herbal-Drug Interactions Important to Dentistry

Dr. Mark Donaldson spoke about the prevalence of herbal medicine and why it is important for dentists to know their interactions with more conventional drugs.   This topic is the focus of a CE course offered by Dr. Mark Donaldson. You can access the entire course material by following this link.  We would like to thank Dr. Donaldson for allowing us to share the course material.    

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A Primer on Maxillary Defects

Dr. John O’Keefe spoke with Dr. Angela Wong and Dr. Ruth Aponte Wesson, maxillofacial prosthodontists, about maxillary defects. Dr. Angela Wong, DMD, MS, FRCD(C) is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist currently in private practice in Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Ruth Aponte Wesson, DDS, MS, FACP is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist and Associate Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Highlights Etiology Maxillary defects can present at birth as with cleft lip and palate or they can be acquired during life. Most acquired maxillary defects are caused by cancer, other causes include infection, trauma or other diseases. Oral cancer makes up about 3% ...

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Privacy Policies, Documents, and Procedures

Anne Genge returns to discuss security and privacy policies and documentation which are extremely important in dentistry to protect and keep data safe. What policies do you need? Privacy – consent and access issues Security – safeguarding patient and business data Agreements – third parties who have access to information in the office (eg. Software vendors, co-op students, volunteers) Disaster planning Breach      

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What are leasehold improvements, what is their value, and why do they matter?

Timothy Brown speaks with Dr. Suham Alexander about leasehold improvements, their importance and more importantly, their hidden value. Highlights Leasehold improvements include both visible and invisible items such as flooring upgrades, paint, light fixtures to extra outlets, additional wiring for technology including computers and telephones. Traditionally, leasehold improvements were not counted in the value of the practice as landlords typically “owned” these improvements. However, in the 1970’s and 1980’s, ROI Management’s founder, Ray Brown, advocated for the inclusion of leasehold improvements in the appraisal value of a practice and succeeded. In general, leasehold improvements can range from $200-$250 per square ...

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