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Marijuana Use: Relevance to Clinical Practice

Dr. Jose Lança, MD. PhD, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology  in the Faculty of Dentistry and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the use of marijuana in dentistry as well as its impact on dental practice. Highlights The government of Canada will be legalizing the use of marijuana in the Spring of 2017. Currently, marijuana is the most frequently used illegal drug in Canada and the United States. Interesting facts Naturally occurring endocannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) can modulate the immunological responses, motor responses, and cognition and memory as well as pain and inflammation. Naturally ...

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Case Conference Screw Retention vs. Cement Retention with Dr. Effie Habsha

Dr. Effie (Effrat) Habsha comes back with a new case conference. If you have any questions, Dr. Habsha has kindly agreed to provide brief responses. Email Dr. Habsha at ehabsha@buildyoursmile.com Highlights In this short case presentation, Dr. Habsha discusses a situation that clinicians may encounter when following patients who have had implant restorations. Final implant restorations are either screw-retained or cement-retained. This case relates to a patient who presented with a loose cement-retained crown.    

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Successful treatment of generalized refractory chronic periodontitis through discontinuation of waxed or coated dental floss use

Drs. Anastasia Kelekis-Cholakis and John B. Perry from the University of Manitoba spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about a recent article they published in the Journal of the American Dental Association: Successful treatment of generalized refractory chronic periodontitis through discontinuation of waxed or coated dental floss use: A report of 4 cases.  Dr. Anastasia Kelekis-Cholakis is associate professor, the division head, and the postgraduate program director of periodontics, Department of Dental Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences, College of Dentistry, University of Manitoba. (Bio at the end of this post) Dr. John B. Perry is an associate professor and the division head of oral pathology, Department of ...

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Practical How To: ACTIVA™ BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE™ Composite

This post was prepared in collaboration with Pulpdent On an experimental basis, we have asked a limited 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. We look forward to receiving your feedback on this experiment. In 2013, Pulpdent launched ACTIVA BioACTIVE-RESTORATIVE, the first esthetic, bioactive restorative material to infiltrate and integrate with tooth structure and mimic the physical and chemical properties of teeth. This bioactive material stimulates apatite-formation at ...

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Challenging historical dogma: should you really have epinephrine autoinjectors in your emergency kit?

Dr. Mark Donaldson, Senior Executive Director Pharmacy Advisory Solutions for Vizient, is the author of an article that was published in General Dentistry: Challenging historical dogma: should you really have epinephrine autoinjectors in your emergency kit? (November 2016). He spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about issues related to autoinjectors and the essentials of the dental emergency kit. Read the full article (PDF) Highlights Hospitals, clinics, emergency responders, and even dental offices are beginning to question the historical dogma: Are epinephrine autoinjectors truly essential in emergency kits? There is general agreement among oral healthcare practitioners as to the essential medications in emergency medical ...

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CE Showcase: Dementia – Best Clinical Practices for Health Care Professionals

Ms. Yvonne Poulin, Registered Massage Therapist and Elder Planning Counsellor, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the course she is offering to dental teams about dementia and its relevance to dentistry. The course is titled: Best clinical practices for health care professionals. To contact Yvonne, please email her at: info@dementiacareexpert.com Course website: courses.dementiacareexpert.com Review the Course Syllabus    

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Improving the Quality of Dental Trauma Care: Two Cases

Dr. Raymond Lee, Chief of Dentistry at the London Health Sciences Centre, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about some common mishaps occurring when treating children with traumatic dental injuries. Highlights Dr. Lee has learned from experience that assumptions can sometimes lead to increased pain and less desirable outcomes for young patients. Dental trauma, including fractured teeth, are frequent in young children that have not gained their balance when learning to walk for example. As such, these young children will present frequently with injuries ranging from slight extrusion to complete avulsion of the teeth as the primary teeth have short roots and ...

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Electronic cigarette explosions involving the oral cavity

Dr. Rebecca Harrison, private dentist in South Carolina, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about a case she recently treated and published in the Journal of the American Dental Association: Electronic cigarette explosions involving the oral cavity (November 2016).   Highlights The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is a rapidly growing trend throughout the United States. E-cigarettes have been linked to the risk of causing explosion and fire. Case Description Data are limited on the associated health hazards of e-cigarette use, particularly long-term effects, and available information often presents conflicting conclusions. In addition, an e-cigarette explosion and fire can pose a unique ...

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