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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2016/11/02


NewsBites_logo_2015-08-14Top 5 Must Read

  1. International conference: Light sources in dentistry
  2. Soda tax ‘more powerful than anything I’ve ever seen’
  3. Texas city resumes fluoridation after local dentist advocates
  4. Have a dental emergency? Your smartphone may soon be able to help you avoid trip to the ER
  5. The Future of Oral Heath, a new publication produced by Scientific American Custom Media, in collaboration with Colgate-Palmolive Company

Canadian dentistry news

Dr. Richard Fedorak appointed Dean of medicine and dentistry, University of Alberta. blog.ualberta.ca: Read more

International conference: Light sources in dentistry. dal.ca: A fourth conference on Light Sources in Dentistry will take place at Dalhousie University on November 4-5, 2016. Key opinion leaders in dentistry will discuss the use of bulk filling and curing of resin fillings in dentistry. Read more

Plaque unveiling in celebration of Dr. Wesley Dunn. schulich.uwo.ca: Faculty, staff and community members came together earlier this month to celebrate the founding Dean of Dentistry at Western University. Read more

2016 Outstanding Alumni Award winners. dal.ca: Dr. Ian Doyle (DDS ’78), Dr. Andrew Nette (DDS ’76), and Ms. Darcie Robichaud (DDH ’93) were nominated and received their awards for their dedication to their profession and their volunteer commitments. Read more

This season’s flu strain particularly nasty, B.C. doctors warn. ctvnews.ca: One of the strains, H3N2, is known to be especially dangerous for vulnerable people. Physicians say it is the dominant flu strain this year. Read more

Annapolis Valley dentists open clinic for low-income patients. cbc.ca: 1-year pilot project by the Fundy Dental Centre began earlier this month. Read more

International dentistry news

Soda tax ‘more powerful than anything I’ve ever seen’. cbc.ca: Study offers ‘substantial evidence that soda taxes work,’ nutrition professor says. Read more

Health Advocate: Oral Health Update. healthlaw.org: Senior Attorney Michelle Lilienfeld examines the status of oral health of the most vulnerable populations in the U.S. Read more

Texas city resumes fluoridation after local dentist advocates. ada.org: Dr. Jeffrey Nelson said he was among the many health professionals who didn’t know city officials had stopped adding fluoride to the public water supply to meet optimum levels back in 2013. Read more

Delegates have ‘important role in shaping’ future. ada.org: Dr. Gary L. Roberts, ADA president. Read more

House of Delegates pass resolution to amend Code of Ethics. ada.org: A new resolution passed by the ADA House of Delegates permits dentists to announce as specialists recognized in their jurisdictions even if it’s not one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the Association. Read more

University of California, San Francisco dental dean emeritus dies. ada.org: Dr. John C. Greene, dean emeritus and prolific researcher who helped educate Major League Baseball players on the dangers of smokeless tobacco, died Oct. 13 at age 90. Read more

Teaching the business of medicine. thegazette.com: University of Iowa’s colleges of business and medicine team up. Read more

Dentist warns against DIY homemade braces. abc.13.com: Orthodontists are seeing an alarming trend in teenagers trying to speed up the process by making their braces at home. In many cases, the results are disastrous. Read more

Key facts about “abuse-deterrent” opioids. blogs.fda.gov: While there is no single solution to this complex problem, the FDA continues to encourage efforts to develop new opioid formulations with abuse-deterrent properties that make it harder to abuse these powerful medications. Read more

BDA supports Action on Sugar’s call for reduction of sugar in popular foods. bda.org: The BDA is supporting Action on Sugar’s call for a reduction in the shocking levels of sugar in some popular foods, many of which are aimed at children. Read more

New ACP statements (October 2016) include: Maintenance of Full-Arch Implant Restorations, & Dental Management of Persons with Ectodermal Dysplasia. www.prosthodontics.org: Read more

Meet the furry new face of modern dental practice. ada.org.au:  Believed by the practice to be the first dental therapy dog in Australia, the need for a dog like Beau was identified when a Facebook post by the practice about a therapy dog in America garnered a sizably positive response from the page’s followers. Read more

Energy drinks serving up excessive amounts of sugar and caffeine in one serve. brisbanetimes.com.au: Britain introduces soft drink sugar levy. They have launched a strategy aimed at curbing childhood obesity by taxing companies which sell sugar-laced soft drinks. Read more

EIOH wins national award for achievement. urmc.rochester.edu: Eastman Institute for Oral Health, part of UR Medicine, has won a coveted William J. Gies Award for Achievement among academic dental institutions. Read more

Have a dental emergency? Your smartphone may soon be able to help you avoid trip to the ER. A team has developed and tested a novel mobile application enabling smartphones to capture and transmit images from inside the mouth, along with details on the dental emergency, to provide the information dentists need to make a decision on what—and how urgently—care is needed. Read more

The Future of Oral Heath, a new publication produced by Scientific American Custom Media, in collaboration with Colgate-Palmolive Company. scientificamerican.com: Read more

Fewer EU nationals apply to study in Britain after Brexit vote. reuters.com: The number of early applicants to British universities from other European Union countries has dropped by 9 percent year-on-year following Britain’s vote to leave the EU, official data showed. Read more

Clinical & scientific news

JADA looks at how alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, drug abuse relate to sleep bruxism. ada.org: Read more

Regular dental visits may help prevent pneumonia, study shows. sciencedaily.com: Good oral hygiene can reduce bad bacteria that cause the lung infection. Read more

November issue of California Dental Association Journal covers orthodontic treatment trends and more. cda.org: Read more

Treating gingivitis reduces risk of preterm low-weight births. dental-tribune.com: A recent study by Procter and Gamble confirms an ever-strengthening correlation between successful treatment of gingivitis during pregnancy and dramatically reducing the chances of a premature, low-weight birth. Read more

Can you hear me now? PPR spotlights hearing protection devices for dentists. ada.org: The ADA Science Institute partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct a qualitative review of four different hearing protection devices. Read more

Systemic administration of omeprazole interferes with bone healing and implant osseointegration: an in vivo study on rat tibiae. onlinelibrary.wiley.com: Read more

Color Science: Shade Guides and Shade Selection. speareducation.com: Color is experienced through our eyes and interpreted by our brain. An understanding of our physiology is basic to the application of the principles of color science and shade selection in your dental practice. Read more

First study to link antibiotic resistance with exposure to the disinfectant chlorhexidine. asm.org: Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria exposed to chlorhexidine-containing disinfectants can become resistant to colistin, a last resort antibiotic often used against multidrug resistant pathogens. Read more

UK: Mouth Cancer Action Month 2016 – free online resources for dental professionals. bda.org: The BDA encourages dental professionals to support Mouth Cancer Action Month during the month of November to raise awareness and help fight the alarming growth in mouth cancers across the UK. Read more

Clinical dental mishaps, blunders, and learning from my mistakes in dentistry. dentistryiq.com: In the spirit of learning, Stacey L. Simmons, Editorial Director of DE’s Breakthrough Clinical, shares some of her clinical blunders and things that she’s had to learn the hard way. Read more

Mind your business

Micro-Moments: Key takeaways for dentists. aacd.com: Google recently compiled and published a wealth of data in their new e-book, “Micro-Moments: Your Guide to Winning the Shift to Mobile.” Here are the top 8 takeaways most relevant to dental practice. Read more

Pediatric dental care and the art of soothing a child’s anxiety. dentistryiq.com: Soothing a child’s anxiety about visiting the dentist can mean the difference between successful treatment or not. There are a few simple things you can do to make your dental practice child-friendly, starting with a short meet and greet. Read more

Patient information

Take time out for teeth to help your kids avoid those preventable dental issues that can lead to missed school. timeoutforteeth.ca: Informative Q&A created by the NSDA. Take the quiz

7 ways to make brushing fun for kids. mouthhealthy.org: Need to brush up on the basics of cleaning your child’s teeth? Find out how to brush your child’s teeth. Read more

How to brush your teeth. mouthhealthy.org: Brushing your teeth is an important part of your dental care routine. For a healthy mouth and smile, see what the ADA recommends. Read more

Your health & medical news

18 behaviors of emotionally intelligent people. motto.time.com: Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions to achieve positive results. Read more

One in 18 patients harmed in hospital. cmaj.ca The Canadian Institute for Health Information released a benchmark study of avoidable harm in hospitals. Read more

89 incredibly simple swaps that could change your life. greatest.com: There are no excuses when it comes to making healthier choices! Read more

Tom’s of Maine debuts “Silly Brushing Song (Brush ‘Em Up)” with acclaimed children’s musician Laurie Berkner. prnewswire.com: New Berkner song and music video encourage a healthy brushing routine for kids. Read more

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Fall 2016/Winter 2017 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


November 10-13 – Carestream Dental’s New Global Oral Health Summit, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read more

November 25-30 – 92nd Annual Greater New York Dental Meeting. Read more

January 9-11, 2017 – OSAP Dental Infection Control Boot Camp, in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more

March 18-21, 2017 – 2017 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, Beyond Boundaries, in Long Beach, California. Read more

March 9-11, 2017 – Pacific Dental Conference, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

March 10-12, 2017 –29th Annual Meeting on Special Care Dentistry, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more

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

April 26-29, 2017 – AAE 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Annual meeting of the American Association of Endodontists. Save the date

May 4-6, 2017 – Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting, ASM150, in Toronto, Ontario. Save the date

May 4-6, 2017 – ITI World Symposium, in Basel, Switzerland. Read more

May 8-9, 2017 – ADEE/ADEA Meeting: Shaping the future of Dental Education, in London, UK. Read more

May 25-27, 2017 – British Dental Conference & Exhibition 2017, in Manchester. Read more

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

May 25-28, 2017 – American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s 70th Annual Session, in Washington, DC. Save the date

May 26-30, 2017 – Journées dentaires internationales du Québec, in Montréal, Québec. Save the date

July 13-15, 2017 – AGD 2017, the premier meeting for general dentistry, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Save the date

August 29- September 1, 2016 – FDI World Dental Congress in Madrid, Spain. Read more

September 9-12, 2017 – American Academy of Periodontology 103rd annual meeting, in Boston, Mass. Save the date

September 15-17, 2017 – American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) 2017 Scientific Session, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Integrative dental medicine: Reuniting the mouth with the body. 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


Learn more about conducting clinical research with no-cost online course. ada.org: Health professionals interested in learning how to effectively conduct clinical research can take a course offered online at no cost from National Institutes of Health. 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

BIOLASE names Samuel B. Low, DDS, MS, MEd, vice president, dental and clinical affairs and chief dental officer. businesswire.com: Read more

Implant care begins right after surgery, not after the final restoration. dentistryiq.com: Armor Dental, a new dental manufacturer and product development company, recently launched Mouth-Mate, a wound-protecting device that can change the way your patients heal at home, view their surgery experiences, and think long-term about implant care. Read more

Two brothers pool collective expertise to create online marketplace for dental supplies. businesswire.com: Periodontist Scott and Harvard Statistician Jacob Drucker pooled their collective expertise and created Supply Clinic, the online marketplace for dental supplies. Read more


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