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Does periodontal therapy have any effect on glycemic control in patients with diabetes mellitus?

  This summary is based on the Cochrane Systematic Review: Treatment of periodontal disease for glycemic control in people with diabetes mellitus (November 2015). Simpson TC, Weldon JC, Worthington HV, Needleman I, Wild SH, Moles DR, Stevenson B, Furness S, Iheozor-Ejiofor Z. Access the Cochrane Summary of this study Context Diabetes mellitus is characterized by the body’s inability or failure to either produce insulin or effectively use its own production to direct glucose, used as an energy source, from the bloodstream to cells. As glucose remains in the bloodstream at high levels, it can lead to severe and life-threatening complications. ...

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The New ‘Evidence Bundles’ from the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)

The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) recently created a new resource on their website which groups oral health topics in one single location referred to as Evidence Bundles. Evidence Bundles are “topic-specific reading rooms within the CADTH website, where [readers] can browse through all related content or quickly find exactly what [they] need.” (CADTH website) Individuals and academics looking for independent, evidence-based information on dental and oral health, will find it on this website. CADTH has produced reports on a variety of related topics — from routine dental care to surgery for oral cancer. Too busy to read a full report? ...

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CDA Oasis Resource: Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Drug Diversion and Pain Management

This resource is provided courtesy of Wiley Publishing and the American Dental Association.  Read and download the resource in PDF     Watch the video presentation  

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CDA Oasis Conversations: Dr. Paul Santerre on the NCOHR Technology, Translation and Commercialization Workshop

The funding of research in Canadian universities is undergoing profound change with major consequences for young faculty members and trainees in dental schools, according to Dr. Paul Santerre, a professor at the University of Toronto. He and a number of colleagues are working to help these young scholars navigate the waters that lie ahead by organizing a two-day workshop in Toronto on July 30 & 31, titled “Technology Transfer and Commercialization.” Increasingly, research funding is tied to the likelihood that an idea can be turned into a practical application that can benefit society in tangible ways. The researchers of today ...

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Is there an association between sleep bruxism and psychosocial factors in children and adolescents? A systematic review

This summary is based on the article published in Clinical Pediatrics: Association between Sleep Bruxism and Psychosocial Factors in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review (May 2015) Graziela De Luca Canto, DDS, MSc, PhD; Vandana Singh, DDS, MSc; Paulo Conti, DDS, MSc, PhD; Bruce D. Dick, PhD, RPsych; David Gozal, MD; Paul W. Major, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C); and Carlos Flores-Mir, DDS, MSc, DSc, FRCD(C) Context Bruxism is defined as the “repetitive jaw-muscle activity characterized by clenching or grinding of the teeth and/or by bracing or thrusting of the mandible.”1 Bruxism has 2 distinct circadian manifestations: It can occur during sleep ...

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Artificial food colorings and sugars commonly consumed by children: How much are we talking about?

This summary is based on the Commentary published in Clinical Pediatrics: Amounts of Artificial Food Dyes and Added Sugars in Foods and Sweets Commonly Consumed by Children (April 2015) Laura J. Stevens, MS, John R. Burgess, PhD, Mateusz A. Stochelski, BS, and Thomas Kuczek, PhD Context Artificial food colors (AFCs) are used to color many beverages, foods, and sweets in the United States and throughout the world. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limits the AFCs allowed in the diet to 9 different colors. The FDA certifies each batch of manufactured AFCs to guarantee purity and ...

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Updated Statistics on Periodontal Disease Confirm High Adult Prevalence of Periodontitis in the US

A new CDC report authored by Dr. Paul Eke and colleagues entitled, “Update on Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: NHANES 2009-2012,” published by the Journal of Periodontology confirms an earlier analysis that found a high level of prevalence of periodontitis in the U.S. adult population. Context The report describes prevalence, severity, and extent of periodontitis in the US adult population using combined data from the 2009 to 2010 and 2011 to 2012 cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Estimates were derived for dentate adults, aged ‡30 years, from the US civilian noninstitutionalized ...

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The JCDA of the Future – focused, online and enhanced

  At a recent meeting in Ottawa, the Board of the Canadian Dental Association confirmed that the Association is committed to scholarly publishing and voted to continue publication of the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association (JCDA), with a clear focus on original articles that contribute to the body of knowledge of the dental profession. In future, the JCDA will focus solely on publishing original research, comprehensive literature reviews, and proceedings of scholarly meetings. It will continue as an online-only journal on the JCDA.ca site. In recent years, CDA has created a number of new professional media including CDA Essentials ...

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