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From the Chairside: Your cortisol levels are higher than your loan interest payments!

This post is authored by Dr. Mona Shoman, Calgary, AB “Nothing personal, but I hate you” How many times a day do we hear this statement? And that’s only one version. There is also the “God I hate coming here”; “you hurt me”; “I’ve been dreading this for a week” and the “I’ve punched a dentist before”. If you have been fortunate enough not to hear the last one yet, just wait, you will. It’s a fact and there is no way around it. People hate us. The loathe they have starts from the moment they make the appointment (even if ...

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Treating Children with Autism

Heather Jackson, RDH, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about Patient Guided Sensory Integration; a program that she has been implementing in Dr. Clive Friedman’s practice in London, Ontario, where more than 500 autistic children are treated.  Highlights Heather is experienced in treating children with special needs, including those with autism, and describes the program they’ve developed that creates an environment where a child with special needs can tolerate care. The Patient-Guided Sensory Integration Program provides a framework for treatment that can be adjusted according to what a child is most comfortable with. The program requires a quiet location with minimal distractions where ...

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The future of dental radiology

Dr. Bill Scarfe spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about what he sees the future of dental radiology.  Highlights Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) has brought enormous opportunities for specialists and general dentists, in terms of monitoring disease progression and treatment outcomes, particularly in three areas: (1) orthodontics, (2) endodontics, and (3) craniofacial assessment. CBCT has the potential to change the way dentists practice, for 2 reasons: (1) Greater market penetration has brought CBCT technology to a wider group of users, beyond the early adopters such as oral surgeons, endodontists and orthodontists, and (2) With increased use of CBCT scans, incidental ...

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Depression and Anti-Depressants with Dr. Aviv Ouanounou

Dr. Aviv Ouanounou comes back to speak about depression and anti-depressant medication and the main considerations in treating patients who are taking anti-depressants. Highlights  Depression is a common disease that affects the elderly and is the 4th highest cause of disability worldwide. The disease can affect not only the individual diagnosed with depression but, also his/her family and friends. Genetics, biochemical imbalances, stress, personality type, certain medications as well previous depressive episodes can predispose one to depression. Signs and symptoms vary from one individual to another but include suicidal thoughts, sadness, low self-esteem, disturbed sleep patterns and irritability. Types of ...

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Implant maintenance: a team effort

Dr. John O’Keefe spoke with Claire McCarthy, Dental Hygienist and currently PhD student at Kings College London and Visiting Professor at New York University, about issues surrounding implant maintenance.  Ms. McCarthy was a speaker at the recent British Dental Association Conference in Manchester, UK.  Claire’s Bio           Additional Resources Implant maintenance: a team effort (PDF) Dental Implants: To probe or not to probe ADI GUIDELINES On Peri-implant Monitoring and Maintenance ADI GUIDELINES On the Management of Peri-implant Diseases      

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Protecting Yourself against Ransomware

In this webinar, Anne Genge, CEO and Co-Founder of Healthcare Compliance Network, Inc. comes back to update us on the ever present threat of Ransomware. Highlights It’s currently the number one virus of virus crippling healthcare. (March 2016) Ransomware prevents you from using your PC. It holds your PC or files for ransom. It can also steal your data (crysis variant est. Feb 2016), meaning it can cause a breach         Additional Resources  Ransomware Prevention and Preparation for Dental Offices US Federal Bureau of Investigation: Ransomware Ransomware: What to do if your data is held hostage and how ...

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Recognising Occlusal Problems with Dr. Gary DeWood

Dr. Gary DeWood, Executive vice president of curriculum and clinical education at Spear Education, joined Dr. Suham Alexander to speak about his very recent participation at the British Dental Conference in May 2016. Dr. DeWood lectured on 3 topics:  Facially Generated Treatment Planning Designing an occlusion Recognising occlusal problems Highlights Dr. DeWood discusses the relevance of facially generated treatment plans in dentistry, the varying philosophies regarding occlusion and how no one philosophy is the “right” one in every situation. Dr. DeWood also speaks about wear as one of the biggest signs of occlusal problems and its potential causes.   Additional ...

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Is Tele-Dentistry the Future?

Dr. Jeff Glaizel is a General Dentist in Toronto and Consumer Innovation and Development Lead with Ontario Telemedicine Network. He spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the road to implementing telemedicine and how that may mean change for dentistry too.  Highlights Technology is advancing at a fast pace and there are many technological solutions that we don’t know how to use. The main drivers that are moving telemedicine fast: Patients want the ease of access to their doctors The cost of healthcare delivery The demand for physicians’ services Associations need to get ready for big data, namely large amounts of ...

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