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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2018/11/08

Top News

Smile Direct Club Brings Its Revolutionary Teeth Alignment Therapy to Canada

FDA alerts patients and health care professionals that some EpiPen auto-injectors may not readily slide out of carrier tube

ADA: Member dentists elected to Congress

New AGD President: We Need to Help Our Members Be More Connected

Regulators just gave DNA testing startup 23andMe the go-ahead to offer a health product that scientists have called dubious

Canadian Dentistry News

Smile Direct Club Brings Its Revolutionary Teeth Alignment Therapy to Canada. prnewswire.com, announced that it is bringing to Canada its teledentistry platform, which empowers consumers to straighten their teeth for 60% less than the price of other teeth straightening options. Read more

Teeth-straightening startup SmileDirectClub gets $3 billion valuation in new fundraising. cnbc.com: That price tag is almost 11 times the $275 million valuation SmileDirectClub obtained in its last fundraising two years ago. Read more

NDEB elects new President. ndeb-bned.ca: Dr. Dennis Fuchs of Yorkton, Saskatchewan was elected President of the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) at the Annual Meeting. Read more

NWT Oral Health Action Plan Outline’s Path to Reduce Oral Disease in Children. nationaltalk.ca: The Action Plan focuses on prevention, promotion of early identification of oral disease, improving screening and strengthening the role of primary care teams in overall oral health. Read more

Dentists and health experts hold meeting about the fluoridation of Calgary’s drinking water. calgary.ctvnews.ca: Dozens of concerned Calgarians gathered on Saturday for a discussion about the pros and cons of adding fluoride back into the city’s water system. Read more

Service to the Community Program recognised by 2019 William J. Gies Awards for Vision. mcgill.ca: The Faculty’s Service to the Community Program was selected for the ADEAGies Award for Vision in the category Academic Dental Institution. Read more

Un prix prestigieux pour Sylvie Morin et l’AFDC. fmd.ulaval.ca: En compagnie de collègues des universités de Montréal, McGill et UBC, la Dre Sylvie Morin a grandement contribué à la reconnaissance obtenue à l’Association des facultés dentaires du Canada (AFDC) par l’American Dental Education Association, grâce à la publication du Référentiel pour le développement des compétences en médecine dentaire. Lire plus

Prostho progress. news.umanitoba.ca: New speciality program set to address shortage of prosthodontists. Read more

Invitation boosts participation. news.umanitoba.ca: In a recent study, Manitoba dentists reported a low rate of providing care to residents of long-term care facilities. A key reason they’re staying away, the study found, is that no one has invited them. Read more

Canada’s Dental Hygienists Elect New President. files.cdha.ca: The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) announced the installation of its new president, Tracy Bowser, at its recent Leadership Summit held in Charlottetown, PEI. Read more

2018 Sock Fight donates 8,486 pairs of socks. ualberta.ca: The 2019 dentistry students came away as the lead class collecting over 3,000 pairs of socks! Read more

Volunteer dentists offer care abroad. news.umanitoba.ca: Program helps bring dental education and preventive, surgical and restorative care to developing countries. Read more

Meet Dentistry’s “Biophysicist,” Laurent Bozec. dentistry.utoronto.ca: What do physics, the Faculty of Dentistry, and the head of Henri IV of France all have in common? The answer is “biophysicist” Laurent Bozec, Dentistry’s newest associate professor of dental sciences. Read more

Nouveau projet pour Daniel Grenier en prévention des maladies parodontales. fmd.ulaval.ca: Le professeur et chercheur du GREB, Daniel Grenier, vient d’obtenir un mandat de recherche afin d’évaluer de nouvelles molécules et produits d’hygiène buccale en regard de leurs propriétés antibactériennes et anti-inflammatoires. Lire plus

Government of Canada introduces legislation to take concrete action to reduce poverty in Canada. canada.ca: The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, tabled legislation as part of Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy which was launched in August. Read more

Why has the Gathering Place made dental care a priority? It’s for more than the smiles. cbc.ca: Oral care to be provided to outreach centre’s guests by volunteer dentists and hygienists. Read more

East meets West: Iran-born dentist and First Nations artist come together with mural. cbc.ca: Mural meant to make Indigenous clients more comfortable, respected. Read more

International Dentistry News

ADA: Member dentists elected to Congress. ada.org: The American Dental Political Action Committee supported the campaigns of the five candidates, all general dentists. Read more

FDA launches new digital tool to help capture real world data from patients to help inform regulatory decision-making. fda.gov: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing the MyStudies app, a new mobile technology to foster the collection of real-world evidence via patients’ mobile devices. Read more

3 States Legalize Marijuana For Recreational Or Medical Use. huffingtonpost.ca: The victories in Michigan, Missouri and Utah expand the significant gains in the movement to legalize marijuana. Read more

Florida ban on vaping passing with 75% of vote reported. palmbeachpost.com: Approval of a ban on indoor vaping enshrined in Florida’s Constitution was succeeding Tuesday with about 75 percent of votes reported state-wide. Read more

FDA alerts patients and health care professionals that some EpiPen auto-injectors may not readily slide out of carrier tube. fda.org: FDA is alerting patients, caregivers and health care professionals that the labels attached to some EpiPen 0.3mg and EpiPen Jr 0.15mg auto-injectors, and the authorized generic versions, may block access to the auto-injector and prevent the ability to easily access the product. Read more

ADA Adopts Further Policy Discouraging Direct-to-Consumer Dental Services. prnewswire.com: The new policy expands upon a 2017 ADA policy entitled “Do-It-Yourself Teeth Straightening” to include the sale of partial dentures, teeth whitening trays, snoring appliances, veneers and mouth guards, in addition to DTC orthodontic services. Read more

Brooklyn dentists sue MetLife for more than $2M as insurer-provider disputes escalate. crainsnewyork.com: For dentists, wrangling with insurers to get paid is more unpleasant than getting a cavity drilled—without anesthesia. Read more

‘Do-It-Yourself Dentistry’ becoming disturbing trend among children. nbc-2.com: A warning has come down from the American Dental Association about a disturbing new trend making the rounds. Read more

Towards a Vision For Oral Health in Ireland. dentist.ie: Task Force Report — Autumn 2018. Read more

The State of Mouth Cancer UK Report 2018/2019. dentalhealth.org: The report has been released by the Oral Health Foundation and Simplyhealth Professionals as part of November’s Mouth Cancer Action Month. Read more

Brexit—What can dentistry expect? eu.dental-tribune.com: The National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers (NASDAL) has taken a look at some of the possibilities. Read more

New opioid laws will affect dentistry in 2019 and beyond. cda.org: Many bills were introduced over the past year to combat the opioid epidemic in California. Read more

New AGD President: We Need to Help Our Members Be More Connected. agd.org: The Academy of General Dentistry’s House of Delegates installed their new president Dr. Neil J. Gajjar, a general dentist from Toronto. Read more

Kids learn ‘tooth’ about oral health through dentist’s series of books. ada.org: A moment of serendipity while in dental school helped Dr. Jeanette Courtad create a momentous project decades later to promote oral health among kids and expectant mothers — a book series called “Toothful Tales.” Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Tooth loss can indicate malnutrition, study finds. sciencedaily.com: Older adults are at risk for both impaired oral health and malnutrition, according to a study by Rutgers University researchers. Read more

Dental Stem Cell Banking. keloland.com: In the last couple of years more and more people have began banking their stem cells from their teeth.  Read more

Most smokers don’t know sugar is added to cigarettes, study finds. globalnews.ca: Cigarettes contain natural and added sugars to reduce the harshness of smoke, making it easier to inhale. Read more

November JADA examines TMJ osteoarthritis treatments. ada.org: Although platelet-rich plasma and platelet-rich growth factor with arthrocentesis or arthroscopy appear to be promising treatments for temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis, more research is needed on the topic. Read more

Open-access research publications: Canada is dragging its feet. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: A new analysis co-authored by UdeM’s Vincent Larivière finds that only two-thirds of studies in this country are freely accessible. Read more

Customized Toothbrush Can Improve Cerebral Palsy Patients’ Oral Hygiene, Study Shows. cerebralpalsynewstoday.com: A customized toothbrush with an enhanced hand grip and a modified brush head can help cerebral palsy patients improve their oral health, a study found. Read more

No conclusion is possible on the best methods of delivering one-to-one oral hygiene advice. cochraneohg.wordpress.com: This review’s aim is to determine if providing patients with one-to-one oral hygiene advice in the dental setting is effective, and if so what is the best way to deliver this advice. Read more

Antibiotic Prophylaxis and Incidence of Endocarditis Before and After the 2007 AHA Recommendations. sciencedirect.com: The American Heart Association updated its recommendations for antibiotic prophylaxis (AP) to prevent infective endocarditis (IE) in 2007, advising that AP cease for those at moderate risk of IE, but continue for those at high risk. Read more

Unintended changes to the occlusion following the provision of night guards. nature.com: A review of the literature on night guards left questions unanswered about the risk and possible causes of occlusal derangement linked to night guard design and use. Read more

Anesthesia in early childhood not tied to developmental problems. reuters.com: Young children who had surgery under general anesthesia were no more likely than their siblings who weren’t exposed to anesthesia to experience developmental challenges that impair school readiness, a Canadian study found. Read more

More Women Are Using Marijuana During Pregnancy, Report Says. time.com: Read more

Patient Information

Direct-To-Consumer Dentistry. yourdentalhealth.ca: Advances in technology offers patients more treatment options and promise shorter treatment times but is it right for you? Before you decide to bypass the dental office, you need to be informed. Read more

Your Health & Medical News

Safe cannabis pain relief without the “high”. mcgill.ca: In the wake of cannabis legalization, a team of scientists at McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) pinpointed the effective dose of marijuana plant extract cannabidiol (CBD) for safe pain relief without the typical “high” or euphoria produced by the THC. Read more

New clinical protocol after general surgery cuts opioid prescribing in half. mediarelations.uwo.ca: Recognizing the role that opioid prescribing plays in the national opioid crisis, a team of researchers have developed a new clinical protocol called STOP Narcotics. Read more

A New Challenger to Medical Marijuana? webmd.com: A moss-like plant grown only in a few countries may offer better pain relief than medical marijuana, animal research suggests. Read more

Health Canada considering warning labels on individual cigarettes. theglobeandmail.com: Proposed change comes as the federal government tries to lower smoking rates to less than 5 per cent by 2035. Read more

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmajnews.com: Read more

Surgery students ‘losing dexterity to stitch patients’. bbc.com: A professor of surgery says students have spent so much time in front of screens and so little time using their hands that they have lost the dexterity for stitching or sewing up patients. Read more

Music improves social communication in autistic children. nouvelles.umontreal.ca: Improved communication skills may be linked to increased connectivity between auditory and motor regions of the brain. Read more

Researchers uncover gene that regulates fat accumulation and obesity. mediarelations.uwo.ca: … researchers are working to understand what role genetics play in a person’s predisposition for obesity. Read more

Young doctors warned that social media vitriol could harm their mental health. cmajnews.com: Millennial doctors should limit social media time to protect their mental health, according to Dr. Clare Gerada. Read more

Examining Options For National Pharmacare. conferenceboard.ca: … a new Conference Board of Canada report assesses different options for national pharmacare against key objectives identified earlier this year by senior health leaders. Read more

Why are there so many shortages of common vaccines? cbc.ca: Canadians are getting caught between supply and demand. Read more

Regulators just gave DNA testing startup 23andMe the go-ahead to offer a health product that scientists have called dubious. businessinsider.com: …the company would add a new health offering that looks at how you process medications, including those for depression, cardiology, and infectious disease. 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


November 9: Toronto Academy of Dentistry – 81st Annual Winter Clinic, in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

November 25-28: Greater NY Dental Meeting 2018, in New York, NY. Read more

November 27: Register for the FDI-NCD Alliance webinar on collaborating for better health outcomes. The NCD Alliance and FDI are co-hosting a webinar from 10:00-11:30 am (Central European Time). Registration is free and open to all. Read more

January 31, February 2, 2019: Yankee Dental Congress in Boston, Massachusetts. Read more

January 25-26, 2019: Manitoba Dental Association Annual Meeting & Convention, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Read more

February 21-23, 2019: Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, in Chicago, Il. Read more

March 7-9, 2019: Pacific Dental Conference, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

March 12-16, 2019: 38th International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany. Read more

March 13-19, 2019: Academy of Osseointegration 2019 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Read more

April 10-13, 2019: American Association of Endodontists Annual Meeting, in Montreal, Quebec. Read more

April 10-15, 2019: Seminar: Everyday Esthetics with Direct and Indirect Approaches (Hands-On). The College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan is organizing a hand-on seminar that will coincide with the Coachella Music Festival from April 10–15, 2019. The seminar will discuss what matters most in dental esthetics, using a six-point checklist of things to consider with every smile. Read more and PDF Poster

May 1-4, 2019: 38th Australian Dental Congress in Adelaide, Australia. Read more

May 9-11, 2019: Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting, Toronto, Ontario. Read more

May 21–25, 2019: Alberta Dental Association and College Annual Congress in Calgary, Alberta. Save the dates

May 24–28, 2019: Journées dentaires internationales du Québec, in Montréal, Québec. Save the dates

June 19–22, 2019: IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia. Save the dates

September 6-9, 2019: American Dental Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. Read more

September 12–14: College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan + Canadian Dental Association Joint Convention, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Save the dates


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