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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2016/06/15

NewsBites_logo_2015-08-14Top 3 Must Read

  1. Halifax children’s hospital stops selling sugary drinks, promotes healthy choices
  2. ADA develops new dental standards on teeth whitening and other topics
  3. Why women in dentistry matter

Canadian dentistry news

Dentists on call. stalbertgazette.com: Sturgeon hospital teams up with city dentists to help more ER patients keep their teeth. Read more

Halifax children’s hospital stops selling sugary drinks, promotes healthy choices. globalnews.ca: The IWK Health Centre has stopped selling soft drinks and juices, including those that use artificial sweeteners. Read more

ICD Fellow Gagan Bhalla recognized on “The A-List”. icd-canada.org: Dr. Bhalla has been included in the 2016 issue of The A-List, a publication dedicated to recognizing the services of Indo-Canadians from the Indian Diasporas. Read more

L’Ordre des dentistes déplore l’absence de recommandations en santé buccodentaire. odq.qc.ca: Rapport de la Commission de la santé et des services sociaux sur les conditions de vie des adultes hébergés en CHSLD. Lire plus

Staying on top of her game. dentistry.ualberta.ca: Fern Leavens, 2016 dental graduate, is the recipient of the 2016 Alberta Premier’s Silver Medal. Read more

B.C. police prepare for growing fentanyl crisis. theglobeandmail: Police are asking lawmakers to help curb distribution by banning the sale and possession of pill presses in Canada. Read more

Cheap foreign dental care attracting more Quebecers, says Order of Dentists. cbc.ca: Think twice before getting work done on a tropical vacation. Read more

Dental college cracks down on homemade tooth maker. cbc.ca: B.C.’s dental regulators are going to court in a bid to shut down a DIY denturist who allegedly used Craigslist to sell false teeth made out of craft store modelling clay. Read more

International dentistry news

ADA develops new dental standards on teeth whitening and other topics. ada.org: The standard addresses requirements and test methods for products intended for external bleaching of natural teeth by chemical means. Read more

Why women in dentistry matter. bdaconnect.org: Opinion piece by Judith Husband, Chair, BDA Education, Ethics and the Dental Team Working Group. Read more

Bad teeth hurting career prospects. bda.org: Public say poor oral health ranks alongside scruffiness, and ahead of weight and dress code violations, as barrier to getting hired. Read more

Action urged over child dental health ‘crisis’. home.bt.com: Dentists have called on the Government to address the “crisis” in child dental health after new figures revealed that thousands of children are having decayed teeth removed in local dental practices. Read more

Remembering Muhammad Ali’s trippy, anti-cavity kids’ record. rollingstone.com: Late boxer and friends battled dental-health threats on 1976’s ‘The Adventures of Ali and His Gang vs. Mr. Tooth Decay’. Read more

What’s the strangest item you’ve flossed with? dentistry.co.uk: Earrings, crisp packets and a pen knife were some of the more unusual items used to maintain our oral health. Read more

How do you treat an elephant with toothache? Very carefully! dailymail.co.uk: Amazing pictures show dentist removing animal’s infected molar. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

Why does my jaw hurt? 4 odd symptoms women over 40 shouldn’t ignore Read more

E-cigarettes and future cigarette use. pediatrics.aappublications.org: E-cigarette use in never-smoking youth may increase risk of subsequent initiation of cigarettes and other combustible products during the transition to adulthood when the purchase of tobacco products becomes legal. Read more

Cigarette smoking among U.S. high school students at an all-time low, but e-cigarette use a concern. cdc.org: Cigarette smoking among high school students dropped to the lowest levels since the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) began in 1991, but the use of electronic vapor products, including e-cigarettes, among students poses new challenges. Read more

No evidence from randomized controlled trials on how to treat bleeding after tooth extraction. cochraneohg.wordpress.com: A systematic review of the evidence to assess different interventions for treating bleeding after tooth removal. Read more

Good oral hygiene linked to reduced risk of head and neck cancers. reuters.com: Daily tooth brushing and annual dentist visits may reduce the risk of some head and neck cancers by a small margin, according to a recent, large study. Read more

Electroacupuncture and splinting versus splinting alone to treat carpal tunnel syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. cmaj.ca: The authors assess the effects of electroacupuncture combined with splinting. Read more

Vigilant Biosciences announces the launch of the OncAlert™ Labs OraMark™ test to aid U.S. clinicians in the early detection of oral cancer. prnewswire.com: First quantitative laboratory developed test to accurately measure a tumor-initiating and stem cell associated biomarker for head and neck cancer in an oral rinse. Read more

The pioneering dental laser that blasts away bacteria – and could help millions of Brits eradicate chronic gum disease without the need for antibiotics. dailymail.co.uk: Periodontal biological laser-assisted therapy, also known as Perioblast, has been shown to produce “a significant and enduring improvement… even in aggressive cases”, says dentist and researcher Dr Francesco Martelli. Read more

Radiothérapie palliative pour les cancers ORL : des bienfaits pour les patients. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: Une nouvelle étude indique qu’avec l’avancement des techniques de radiothérapie de tels traitements pourraient être pertinents, bien tolérés par les patients et à même de soulager les problèmes liés au cancer, même si ce n’est que temporairement. Lire plus

Patient information

Wisdom teeth. mouthhealthy.org: Get wise about wisdom teeth. Read more

What happens during an oral cancer screening? mouthhealthy.org: Read more

Why are your gums bleeding and what to do about it? 123dentist.com: There are a few different things that can cause an onset of bleeding gums, read on to find out what they are and what you can do about them to get your oral health back on track. Read more

Do electric toothbrushes work better than regular toothbrushes? mouthhealthy.org: They both clean your teeth, but does one do a better job? Watch short video

Your health & medical news

Troubling shift in American obesity: Women surge ahead of men, 40 percent now obese. washingtonpost.com: New studies published in the journal JAMA present an alarming picture of the shifting demographics of the country’s obesity problem. Read more

Federal Minister of Health launches mobile concussions app. news.gc.ca: New mobile technology could help save lives, prevent long-term damage. Read more

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Spring/Summer 2016 continuing education schedules

Université Laval – Formation continue

University of Manitoba – Continuing professional development

Université de Montréal – Formation dentaire continue

University of Alberta – Program and courses

University of British Columbia – Calendar of courses

University of Saskatchewan – Upcoming courses

University of Toronto – Continuing dental education

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry University – Continuing professional development


June 22-25 – IADR/APR General Session and Exhibition, in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Read more

July 14-17 –Academy of General Dentistry 2016 Boston, Massachusetts. Read more

September 7-10 – FDI Annual World Dental Congress 2016, in Poznan, Poland. Read more

September 10-13 –102nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology in Collaboration with the Japanese Society of Periodontology and Japanese Academy of Clinical Periodontology in San Diego, California. Read more

September 15-17 – 2016 Saskatchewan Oral Health Professions Annual Conference, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Read  more

September 15-17 – Canadian Association of Orthodontists 68th Scientific Meeting, in Charlottetown, PEI. Read more

September 16-17 – 6th Annual American Academy of Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) Scientific Session in Orlando, Florida. Read more

October 20-24 – ADA 2016, America’s Dental Meeting, in Denver, Colorado. Registration now open!

November 10-13 – Global Oral Health Summit, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read more

April 18-21, 2017 – AACD 2017 Las Vegas: A winning approach to comprehensive cosmetic dentistry education, Las Vegas, Nevada. Read more

May 25-28, 2017 – Jasper Dental Congress 2017, in Jasper Alberta. Save the date


Dentistry in long-term care course. ada.org: This online CE course is designed to help dental professionals understand how long-term care (LTC) facilities work and how you can work successfully in LTC facilities. You will learn how to deliver care in an environment outside your traditional practice location and care for your patients through their entire life span. Read more


Please let us know about upcoming continuing education meetings that could be of interest to Canadian dentists by emailing us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca

Dental industry news

Smart sensors and innovation are the future of oral healthcare. philips.com: Royal Philips annouces the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected, its latest innovation that uses Smart Sensor technology to help consumers identify the areas of the mouth missed in their brushing routine. Read more

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