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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2018/02/28

Top News

Federal budget’s simpler plan to tax passive income likely to calm small business outcry

Concerns over health effects of vaping – and rising use among teens

March JADA looks at severity of periodontal disease in meth users

Canadian dentistry news

Everything you need to know about federal budget 2018. nationalpost.com: The Post’s team of experts, including Andrew Coyne and John Ivison, on everything you need to know about the budget — from politics to your pocket book. Read more

Federal budget’s simpler plan to tax passive income likely to calm small business outcry. nationalpost.com: The small business tax revolt that rocked Canadian politics for much of last year has resulted in a simpler and scaled-back proposal for taxing passive investment income, and it appears likely to calm the concerns from tax experts. Read more

Affordable pharmacare goal of study launched in federal budget. business.financialpost.com: A new advisory panel will be tasked with examining access to pharmacare as Canadians continue to pay some of the highest prices for prescription drugs in advanced countries. Read more

Parry Sound voters to speak on fluoride issue – Fluoride question on the Oct. 22 election ballot. parrysound.com: When heading to the polls in October, voters casting their ballots for councillors and mayor will also be asked to answer this question: “Are you in favour of the fluoridation of the public water supply of this municipality?” Read more

Sarnia city council votes against plebiscite on water fluoridation. theobserver.ca: As a public meeting into whether Sarnia should have a ballot question this October on water fluoridation got underway Monday, Mayor Mike Bradley reminded council chambers the debate was about whether or not to ask voters their opinions via plebiscite, not to argue the merits or hazards of fluoride in drinking water. His words had limited effect. Read more

“Is there a doctor on board?” cmaj.ca: Practical recommendations for managing in-flight medical emergencies. Read more

From ‘barely surviving’ to thriving: Ontario basic income recipients report less stress, better health. thestar.com: The three-year pilot project, which began last summer, is testing whether no-strings-attached cash support can boost health, education and housing for people living in poverty. The three-year pilot project is testing whether unconditional cash support can boost health, education and housing for people on social assistance or earning low wages. Read more

Faculty of Dentistry has unprecedented success in CIHR competition. publications.mcgill.ca: The Faculty of Dentistry won seven awards totalling over $3 million during the Fall 2017 competition, a testament to the quality and quantity of research being done in the Faculty. Nine researchers from researcher both divisions will benefit from this new funding. Read more

DMD students elected to FCDSA Council. publications.mgcill.ca: Two McGill dental students, Natalie Pollock and David Wu were elected to important roles in the Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Associations (FCDSA) Council. Read more

Explore the Bridge 2018. schulich.uwo.ca: A stalwart of dental education – Dr. Stanley Kogon; There’s something about 40 – Dr. John Pate; Full circle – Dr. Mariela Anderson; Three-dimensional solutions –   Schulich Dentistry researchers are developing novel applications of three-dimensional (3D) printing for use in cranio-facial reconstruction; and more. Read more

CDSPI’s EDGE – Winter 2018. cdspi.com: Meet the new EDGE. Discover surprises from a new dentist, low-cost investments that perform, a new—and exclusive—legal expenses plan, and much more. Read more

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief February 28, 2018. cdaa.ca: Read more

International dentistry news

House passes Action for Dental Health bill. ada.org: With a vote of 387-13 in favor, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Action for Dental Health Act of 2017 on Feb. 26. The bill, […] calls for Congress “to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve essential oral health care for low-income and other underserved individuals by breaking down barriers to care, and for other purposes.” Read more

Female dentists, speakers ready to take spotlight at ADA 2018. ada.org: Honolulu — March is National Women’s History Month, which makes it a good time to announce that October’s ADA annual meeting will also include a special focus on women. Read more

Health Ministry To Subsidize Dental Practices In Remote Areas. radio.cz: While the standard of dental care in the Czech Republic is considered to be high, getting a toothache in a remote area can be a serious problem. The health ministry now plans to subsidize dental practices where dentists are few and far between. Read more

For patients with disabilities, dental treatment presents extra challenges. timesfreepress.com: What if the simple choice of going to see a dentist wasn’t available to you? That’s the plight of many people with disabilities, despite slowly changing public perceptions and laws that protect them from discrimination. Read more

Dental Aid Receives 3-Year Grant to Fund Oral Health Services in Boulder Valley School District. dailytelescope.com: In this high-risk population, about one in four kids will have a cavity by the time they’re two, says Dennis Lewis, President and CEO of Dental Aid. And low-income children miss nearly twelve times more school due to poor oral health than children from higher-income families. Read more

UMMC provides 1,826 underserved patients with free dental care. clarionledger.com: It’s not every week that 1,826 patients receive 4,135 dental procedures worth an estimated $1.05 million in uncompensated care. From kindergarteners to military veterans, the throng receiving free dental care during the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry’s Dental Mission Week was almost double the number over 2017. Read more

What Minnesota Can Teach Wisconsin About Dental Therapists And Filling The Access Gap. maciverinstitute.com: Minnesota was the first state to recognize the mid-level therapist position, despite a campaign by the American Dental Association to kill it. Read more

Fine, hefty costs award for New Zealand dental therapist who treated more than 100 patients without valid practising certificate. nzherald.co.nz: A Hamilton dental hygienist and therapist who failed to renew her practising certificate because she went into labour the day the application was due has been found guilty of treating patients without one. Read more

Is Dentacoin the next big thing to take over dentistry? dentistry.co.uk: The idea behind Dentacoin is that as more people get involved with the currency, members will benefit from the value increase it will bring. Read more

Concerns over health effects of vaping – and rising use among teens. cbsnews.com: E-cigarette use and vaping have been described as safer alternatives to smoking cigarettes, but advocacy groups and some scientists studying the growing trend say those nicotine-containing devices carry known health risks to developing teenage brains — and some kids are already using them. Read more

Les étudiants en santé feront un service sanitaire de trois mois. reussirmavie.net : Les étudiants en médecine, dentaire, pharmacie, maïeutique, kiné et soins infirmiers devront faire un service sanitaire obligatoire de trois mois à partir de 2018. Ils animeront des actions de prévention, un service qui sera intégré à leur cursus. Lire plus

Clinical & scientific news

March JADA looks at severity of periodontal disease in meth users. ada.org: Understanding the severity and prevalence of periodontal disease in patients who use methamphetamines is crucial for dental professionals who may provide care to them, according to research published in the March issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more

The Delicate Balance Treating the Internet-Informed Patient. dmdtoday.com: We’re living in the information age. But perhaps that’s a misnomer. With literally millions of sources of digestible information, are we suffering from a bit in indigestion? Read more

Wine polyphenols could fend off bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. eurekalert.org: Sipping wine is good for your colon and heart, possibly because of the beverage’s abundant and structurally diverse polyphenols. Now researchers report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that wine polyphenols might also be good for your oral health. Read more

Sweet tooth? Kids may choose snacks based on genetics behind taste buds: study. nationalpost.com: A study by University of Guelph researchers found almost 80 per cent of a group of 47 children aged 18 months to five years old carried at least one of three genetic variants related to taste receptor cells in taste buds, which could predispose them to poor snacking habits. Read more

Metal Concentrations in e-Cigarette Liquid and Aerosol Samples: The Contribution of Metallic Coils. ehp.niehs.nig.gov: findings indicate that e-cigarettes are a potential source of exposure to toxic metals (Cr, Ni, and Pb), and to metals that are toxic when inhaled (Mn and Zn). Markedly higher concentrations in the aerosol and tank samples versus the dispenser demonstrate that coil contact induced e-liquid contamination.  Read more

Common risk indicators for oral diseases and obesity in 12-year-olds: a South Pacific cross sectional study. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov: This study aims to evaluate the oral health and weight status of New Caledonian Children (aged 6,9,12 years) and to identify, amongst 12-year-olds, risk indicators that may characterize the groups of children affected by oral diseases, obesity or both diseases. Read more

The protein that prevents loose teeth. medicalxpress.com: In the body, some proteins work as small keys that unlock cells and tell them to perform a specific task. Now, research at the Faculty of Dentistry shows that the protein, adiponectin can perhaps affect how a tooth shifts in the mouth. Fellow Sigrid Haugen and co-workers have, investigated this phenomenon. Read more

Sipping hot fruit teas can lead to tooth erosion. medicalxpress.com: An investigation by scientists at King’s College London into why some people suffer tooth erosion while others don’t has found that it’s not just what they eat and drink, but how they eat and drink, that increases their chances of developing the condition. Read more

Nicotine extracted from ancient dental plaque for the first time. sciencedaily.com: A team of scientists has shown for the first time that nicotine residue can be extracted from dental plaque on the teeth of ancient tobacco users. Their research provides a new method for determining who was consuming tobacco in the ancient world and could help trace the use of tobacco and other intoxicating plants further back into prehistory. Read more

Reducing side effects in commonly used drugs. sciencedaily.com: New research has drilled down to the molecular level to find similarities across six pharmaceutical drugs used in pain relief, dentist anesthetic, and treatment of epilepsy, in a bid to find a way to reduce unwanted side-effects. Read more

Strong Tobacco Laws May Weed Out Vapers, Too. webmd.com: New York University researchers found that states with anti-tobacco regulations — such as smoke-free air laws and cigarette taxes — had fewer vapers as well as fewer cigarette smokers. Read more

Live Webinar – The Connections Between Periodontal Health And Systemic Well-Being –Wed 7 Mar 08:00 PM EST (New York). www.colgateoralhealthnetwork.com: This lecture is designed to provide a clinically relevant discussion about the interrelationships between oral health and systemic conditions such as immune compromise, osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, and pregnancy. Read more

Live webinar – The challenge of treating the elderly March 17, 2018, 11 AM CET (Berlin). ca.dental-tribune.com: In this webinar the viewer will learn how the focus on oral care for the elderly can been organised and how a prevention orientated and risk based care concept can contribute to a more healthy oral environment in the elderly patient. Read more

Facing Pain Head-On. nidcr.nih.gov: NIDCR training award supports PhD student’s work revealing new brain circuit for facial pain. Read more

Pioneering Gene Therapy for Dry Mouth. nidcr.nih.gov: Ongoing clinical trial explores saliva-restoring gene transfer. Read more

A guide to minimally invasive crown lengthening and tooth preparation for rehabilitating pink and white aesthetics. nature.com: This paper presents a minimally invasive technique for crown lengthening for short clinical crowns concurrent with excessive maxillary gingival display, which is expedient, maintaining the inter-proximal papilla, mitigating morbidity, reducing post-operative inflammation, and increasing patient comfort. Read more

The role of the diet in tooth wear. nature.com: This review paper provides an overview of the risk factors of dietary acid consumption which increase the likelihood of developing severe erosive tooth wear. Read more

Three Things Every Dentist Should Check Before Performing Root Canal Procedures. aae.org: The AAE developed the Endodontic Competency White Paper to identify the knowledge and skill that should provide a standard for all practitioners who diagnose, develop a treatment plan, and perform endodontic procedures. Read more

Mind your business

Special issue of Dental Practice Success features award-winning dental office designs. ada.org: Dental office design excellence takes center stage in a special issue of Dental Practice Success that features the winners of the 2017 Dental Office Design Competition. Read more

Digital Marketing 101. oralhealthgroup.com: Julia Croll, Vice President, Marketing (dentalcorp), explains best practices of digital marketing to increase your practice’s success. Watch short video 2:50

Your health & medical news

Canada: global leadership on health. thelancet.com: The Lancet’s Series on Canada, the first-ever for the journal, examines the country’s system of universal health coverage and its global role in health, including Canada’s legacy, challenges, and future path on issues such as access to health care, gender equality, global health diplomacy, and Indigenous peoples’ health. Read more (some articles require a sign-in for access)

Régime universel de soins de santé du Canada: «The Lancet» publie une analyse critique. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: Des mesures concrètes sont nécessaires afin de renouveler le leadership du Canada en matière de santé, particulièrement en ce qui a trait aux populations autochtones. Read more

C-sections and gut bacteria increase risk of childhood obesity. sciencedaily.com: New research has found that overweight and obese women are more like to have children who are overweight or obese by three years of age — and that bacteria in the gut may be partially to blame. Read more

Researchers adapt HIV test in developing rapid diagnostic test for Zika virus – Zika test uses saliva to detect both nucleic acids and antibodies of the virus. sciencedaily.com: Researchers are developing a novel test for Zika virus that uses saliva to identify diagnostic markers of the virus in a fraction of the time of current commercial tests. Read more

New Cochrane Review evidence suggests that nutritional labelling on menus in restaurants and cafes may reduce our calorie intake. Cochrane.org: New evidence published in the Cochrane Library shows that adding calorie labels to menus and next to food in restaurants, coffee shops, and cafeterias could reduce the calories that people consume, although the quality of evidence is low. Read more

Continuing education matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Winter 2017 continuing education – upcoming courses

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 – Continuing professional dental education

University of Toronto – Continuing dental education

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry University – Continuing professional development


March 8-10– Pacific Dental Conference, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

March 21-24 – 47th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Association of Dental Research, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Save the date

April 18-21 – American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Read more

April 26-28 – Ontario Dental Association – ASM18 Annual Spring Meeting, in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

May 17-19 – CDA (California Dental Association) Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, in Anaheim, California. Read more

May 24-27 – Alberta Dental Association and College – Jasper Dental Congress, in Jasper, Alberta. Read more

May 25-29 – Journées dentaires internationales du Québec, in Montréal, Québec. Registration now open

May 31-June 2 – Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Association Oral Health Convention, in Gander, NL. Read more

June 7-9 – Academy of General Dentistry – AGD2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Read more

June 20-23 – Annual Meeting of the American Dental Society of Europe, in Biarritz, France. Read more

August 22-25 – CDA Convention, hosted by the Dental Association of PEI. Save the date

August 31-September 2 – 24th International Association for Disability and Oral Health Congress, in Dubai, UAE. Registration now open

September 5-8, – FDI World Dental Congress, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read more

September 6-8 – 2017 Saskatchewan Oral Health Conference, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Save the dates

September 27-29: 26th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, in Montreal, Quebec. Save the date

October 18-22 – ADA 2018 America’s Dental Meeting, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Save the date

November 25-28 – Greater NY Dental Meeting 2018, in New York, NY. 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

Amabrush: The World’s First Fully Automatic Hands-Free Toothbrush. oralhealthgroup.com: Amabrush, the world’s first fully automatic toothbrush, was officially launched in the US market at this year’s Chicago Midwinter dental meeting. Read more

Septodont Introduces Endosolv. oralhealthgroup.com: Endosolv replaces two previous Septodont products – Endosolv E and Endosolv R – creating one product for both eugenol and resin based root canal sealer removal. Read more

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