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Alliance for a Cavity Free Future Interprofessional Grants: Applications open on September 1st

Dr. Alyssa Hayes, Assistant Professor, Dental Public Health in the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan, speaks about the Community Grants Application Program of the Alliance for a Cavity Free Future. Download the application (Word) Highlights The ACFF is a global initiative launched last year in North America. The community grant application process is the first initiative that hopes to promote inter-professional and collaborative care. This is an excellent opportunity for additional funding for research projects and the application process is straight forward. Because many children with caries and high caries risk often present to other medical professional before dental professionals, ...

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Current Clinical Practices in Root Canal Irrigation Among Canadian Endodontists

Dr. Isabel Mello, from Dalhousie University, spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about a recent study she published with her colleagues in Oral Health.  Read the article here Highlights Irrigation protocols have changed in recent years, but Canadian endodontists are up to date in the way irrigation is performed. Sodium hypochlorite, while an effective irrigant, performs better when combined with other irrigants, such as EDTA, which remove the inorganic components of dentin. Ex vivo studies have shown that irrigants can enhance the outcome of endodontic treatment but, studies have not shown that irrigation, alone, impacts endodontic treatment success rates. You can ...

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Why has antibiotic prescribing by dentists increased? A Canadian Study

This is a summary of an article that has just been published by the Journal of the American Dental Association on trends of antibiotics prescription in British Columbia, Canada. At a time, when antibiotics use should be declining due to increased antibacterial resistance, dentists are prescribing antibiotics at a higher rate.  Access the full text of the article html PDF Background Although the overall rate of antibiotic prescribing has been declining in British Columbia, Canada, the authors conducted a study to explain the increased rate of prescribing by dentists. Discussion The absolute increase in dental prescribing [of antibiotics] was sufficient ...

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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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