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Dentists’ Physical Wellbeing: ADA Survey Findings

I had the pleasure to host Tim Caruso, physical therapist; Tamara James, Director of Ergonomics at Duke University; and Dr. Bob Werner, former Chief of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. They joined me to speak about a data analysis that ensued from the ADA Survey on Dentists’ Wellbeing.  The issue of ergonomics in dentistry is prevalent and many times mishandled. Dentists perform routine procedures that could put a strain on their physical and emotional well being. The ADA Health Policy Institute, in conjunction with the ADA Council on Dental Wellness Advisory Committee (DWAC), conducted ...

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Psychological Health & Safety: how does your office rank?

To open a conversation that I believe is important for every dentist, their team members and their patients, I ask you to please take a minute to read through these two scenarios and consider what you would do next in each circumstance. Scenario 1 The dental assistant who works with you most regularly comes to speak with you privately. She tells you that she has endured lower back pain for the past few months and she suspects it may have something to do with the chairside stools she has been using at the office. For some time, she has wanted ...

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ASM 2018: Dentistry – Talk about Pain in the Neck!

As the Ontario Dental Association‘s Annual Spring Meeting approaches, we at CDA Oasis are pleased to bring you highlights of some of the speakers and the sessions that will be offered this year. It is my hope that you learn from the various conversations; and if you happen to be in Toronto, you find it interesting enough to attend the event.  Dr. Tim Pendergrass is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, Texas, where he teaches in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He completed his doctorate of ...

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ASM 2018: Lessons Learned About Money, Practice and Life

As the Ontario Dental Association‘s Annual Spring Meeting approaches, we at CDA Oasis are pleased to bring you highlights of some of the speakers and the sessions that will be offered this year. It is my hope that you learn from the various conversations; and if you happen to be in Toronto, you find it interesting enough to attend the event.  Dr. Wayne Kerr shares 38 years of clinical and business experience with the dental profession. Dr. Kerr earned Mastership in the AGD, and he was honored in 2011 with its presentation of the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award. ...

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The Clinical Use of Dental Hypnosis and Its Role in Stress Management

As the Ontario Dental Association‘s Annual Spring Meeting approaches, we at CDA Oasis are pleased to bring you highlights of some of the speakers and the sessions that will be offered this year. It is my hope that you learn from the various conversations; and if you happen to be in Toronto, you find it interesting enough to attend the event.  I had the pleasure to host Dr. Gabor Filo. Dr. Filo is a Diplomat of the American Board of Hypnosis in Dentistry, a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and an Honorary Member of the Ontario Division of ...

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CE Showcase: Occupational Health Hazards in the Dental Practice

Dr. Melanie Gorman Ng is a postdoctoral fellow in the UBC School of Population and Public Health with a PhD in Medicine and Therapeutics from the University of Aberdeen. She spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about her upcoming session at the Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver in March.  Dr. Gorman Ng’s presentation aims to inform dental professionals about the typical occupational health hazards in a dental practice and how they can be avoided. The presentation will discuss a wide range of potential hazards including radiation exposure, chemical exposures (including respirable crystalline silica and mercury), latex, needle-stick injuries, infectious diseases, and ...

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CE Showcase ASM2017: Navigating Retirement: Enhancing Your Life After Dentistry

Based on the overwhelming success of the session CDSPI presented at the Pacific Dental Conference, I asked Ron Haik, VP Investment Advisory Services at CDSPI, to come back again to speak to us about their session at the ODA #ASM150: Navigating Retirement: Enhancing Your Life After Dentistry. 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. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager If you’re not attending ASM and wish to receive Dr. Roadburg’s book Life after Dentistry, email investment@cdspi.com Highlights Whether you are years away or ...

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CE Showcase ASM 2017: Demystifying Pain Among Women in Dentistry: Essential Ergonomic and Wellness Guidelines

I learned much about ergonomic problems experienced by female dentists from Dr. Bethany Valachi, author of Practice Dentistry Pain-Free and clinical instructor of ergonomics at Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry. She kindly offered few slides from her session at ASM 2017 and it was a pleasure to meet her. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights  Female dental professionals experience a higher prevalence and severity of occupational pain than their male counterparts, with the most problematic areas being the neck and shoulder followed closely by hand/ wrist pain. This research-based course for women dental professionals bridges the gap between ...

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