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Current Recommendations on Fruit Juice in Infants, Children, and Adolescents

It was a pleasure to speak with Dr. Mel Heyman, Professor in the division of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. Heyman is the lead author on a policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics related to the consumption of fruit juices in infants, children, and adolescents.  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Read the full text of the Policy Statement (PDF) Highlights Juice should not be introduced into the diet of infants before 12 months of age unless clinically indicated. The intake of juice should be limited to, at most, 4 ...

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How to Manage Grinding in Children & Is Grinding a Symptom of Other Problems?

I’d like to sincerely thank Dr. Michael Sigal, Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, who provided a response to two questions that we received following our call for questions in pediatric dentistry.  Dr. Sigal has kindly agreed to respond to other questions, so please email those to us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Questions My question is about grinding in children. I see a good number of kids that grind their teeth and sometimes their dentition is really worn down. How do we treat this and at what age is a night guard ...

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Hypophosphatasia: Advocating for the Patient

In the last of four segments dedicated to hypophosphatasia (HPP), Debbie Taillefer, President and Founder, Soft Bones Canada, speaks to Dr. Suham Alexander about the importance of creating a community and patient advocacy forum for patients afflicted with soft bone diseases. Highlights Soft Bones Canada was created to fill the void that Debbie and other patients required when they were newly diagnosed with HPP. Soft Bones Canada works to help support and educate patients as well as to bridge the gap with medical professionals. Dentists can play an important role in early diagnosis of the disease since the earliest signs ...

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BravoEd DDS Events: The Mobile App for Continuing Education Events

I had the pleasure to meet and speak with Melanie Fortier, Founder of Bravo Ed DDS and the developer of the BravoED DDS Events mobile app. Melanie hopes to offer dentists and dental teams a central mobile location that will allow them to find continuing education events and plan for their educational needs.  Melanie is happy to receive your feedback through her email at: melanie@bravoed.com Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Visit BravoEd.om and try out the mobile app.  Highlights BravoEd DDS app—launched in 2016—provides an all-in-one mobile solution for Dental users on the go. Available for free on the App Store ...

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What is the Recurrence of Caries after Treatment under General Anesthesia?

Dr. Reza Nouri, Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry in the greater Vancouver area, comes back to present the following topic: the recurrence of early childhood caries after treatment under general anesthesia. Highlights Early childhood caries (ECC) is the most common chronic childhood disease which involves high expenditures from our healthcare system. Advanced cases of ECC are often treated under general anesthesia (GA) due to the young age of the patient(s). Medical management of these severe cases can cost up to $1400 per patient and this does not address the underlying dental issues. The CIH reports that approximately one third of day surgeries ...

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Practical How To: Tuff-Temp Plus

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. Tuff-Temp Plus: Esthetic, Durable and Long-Lasting Provisional Material Tuff-Temp Plus is an esthetic, durable and long-lasting provisional material that can be used for single crowns or full mouth reconstructions. The material contains a ...

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Perforated Barrier Membrane to Enhance Guided Tissue Regeneration of Periodontal Defects

Dr. Fady Genedy is a member of a US-Egyptian team who developed an enhancement to occlusive collagen membranes in an effort to improve guided tissue regeneration. The team included Professors Vincent Iacono and Ahmed Gamal. Dr. Genedy spoke with me from Cairo, Egypt, about how the project came about and presented a brief clinical case of how the perforated membrane works.  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Gamal AY, Aziz M, Salama MH, Iacono VJ. Gingival crevicular fluid bone morphogenetic protein-2 release profile following the use of modified perforated membrane barriers in localized intrabony defects: a randomized clinical trial. J Int Acad Periodontol. 2014 Apr;16(2):55-63. Access the full article Gamal ...

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Hypophosphatasia: A General Dentist’s Experience

Dr. Suham Alexander speaks to Dr. Bob Schroth in this third segment about hypophosphatasia (HPP) and the dental implications and management of patients with this condition. Children with HPP have some definite dental challenges. The developing teeth in these children lack cementum on the roots which leads to premature exfoliation. Additionally, large pulp chambers and irregular dentin and enamel defects increase the extent and risk of caries development. Radiographic tell-tale signs in HPP include: enlarged pulp horns, lower bone height interproximally as well as bony defects. Prudent use of dental radiographs is recommended in these patients as determined on a ...

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