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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2018/12/05


Top News

RCDSO Sedation and Anesthesia Standard: What’s New?

Promoting the importance of oral health: where are our patients’ voices?

Opioid prescriptions from dentists linked to youth addiction risk

Person-centered care model in dentistry

Association of Periodontal Disease and Edentulism With Hypertension Risk in Postmenopausal Women

Canadian Dentistry News

The cost of dental care in Saskatchewan: should it be part of our public health system? cbc.ca: Talking about access to dental care: have you ever chosen not to get the dental care you needed because you couldn’t afford it? What effect does dental and oral health have on our overall health? What would it look like if dental care was considered part of our public healthcare system? Listen 49:32

RCDSO Sedation and Anesthesia Standard: What’s New? rcdso.org: The revised Standard of Practice on the Use of Sedation and General Anesthesia in Dental Practice sets enhanced requirements and higher standards throughout. Read more

New degree completion program could open door for foreign-trained dentists. thestarphoenix.com: Victoria Auer hopes a new degree completion program proposed at the U of S College of Dentistry will help her work as a dentist again. Read more

From at-home orthodontics to coconut-flavoured floss: Meet the startups disrupting the dental industry. cbc.ca: Cocofloss, SmileDirectClub and other companies are injecting change in dentistry. Read more

Quebec dentists warn about potential risks of salon teeth whitening. cbc.ca: The professional order of dentists wants the rules around who can perform teeth whitening to change. Read more

Les dentistes demandent à Québec d’encadrer le blanchiment des dents. ici.radio-canada.ca : Les professionnels de la santé bucco-dentaire demandent au public de faire preuve de vigilance. Ils exigent une intervention du gouvernement. Lire plus

Changes to kids dental program could be ready for early 2019. cbc.ca: Health Minister Randy Delorey said Wednesday proposed regulatory changes, reached following talks between his department and officials with the Nova Scotia Dental Association, will go to cabinet for approval before the end of 2018. Read more

Point of no return – Dentistry curriculum project hits milestone. ualberta.ca: Changes to the dental curriculum are approved and coming into effect in Fall 2019. Read more

Student teams win dentistry research competition. dentistry.usask.ca: Student research projects on the effects of sport drinks on oral health, the rate of oral cancer in Saskatchewan, and Syrian refugees’ oral health are the winners of the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry’s 2018 Table Clinics competition. Read more

Deux nouvelles professeures agrégées! fmd.ulaval.ca: Les spécialistes en prosthodontie et en chirurgie buccale et maxillo-faciale ont gravi cet important échelon dans la carrière professorale grâce à leur engagement dans la formation et la recherche ainsi que dans la vie facultaire. Read more

U of A celebrates commercial potential of research. folio.ca: Spinoff award recipient: DenSonics Imaging – founded by dentistry professors Paul Major and Neel Kaipatur and radiology researcher Lawrence Le to develop diagnostic ultrasound solutions for oral health care. Read more

L’Ordre des dentistes collabore à la mise en œuvre d’un plan stratégique visant l’utilisation appropriée des opioïdes. bulletin.odq.qc.ca: … l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec, le Collège des médecins du Québec, l’Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec et l’Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec ont décidé d’unir leurs efforts afin d’élaborer un plan stratégique commun visant à améliorer les pratiques liées aux opioïdes. Lire plus

South Okanagan low-income dental clinic honoured as community hero. pentictonwesternnews.com: The clinic, located out of Penticton and operating since 2015, assists low-income adults and seniors of the South Okanagan with access to emergency treatment. Read more

Feds would lose $11 billion per year by cutting corporate taxes, budget officer says. thestar.com: Taxing corporations at the same rate as small businesses would cost Ottawa $11 billion each year, even when adjusting for increased revenue from personal taxes. Read more

From Hands to mouth; Society plans to offer dental service with low-cost, no-cost care. The Daily Courier (Kelowna), Nov 27: No-cost means exactly that. The patient would receive the dental work for free. Low-cost has yet to be fully figured out, but Goertzen expects it might be $100 for a cleaning. Read more

Kelowna dentists turn to high-tech device to speed up, simplify dental restoration work. globalnews.ca: The digital creation of an exact replica of a patient’s mouth means dentists can skip the step of making a traditional impression. Read more

International Dentistry News

Promoting the importance of oral health: where are our patients’ voices? jada.ada.org: During the recent United Nations High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases, the most common NCD worldwide—caries in the permanent dentition—was not even mentioned. Nor was periodontal disease, the seventh most common NCD worldwide. Read more

Congress finalizes Action for Dental Health legislation. ada.org: The Action for Dental Health Act, legislation aimed at improving oral health and access to oral health care, passed Congress Nov. 28. Read more

Do Today’s Dental Students Lack—Or Need—Dexterity? dentistrytoday.com: In the modern digital age, are dental students less able to handle the challenges demanded in manual dexterity? Read more

Time to take energy drinks off the menu for kids. bda.org: The BDA has expressed dismay that government advisors have concluded there is insufficient evidence to warrant a ban on sale of energy drinks to children. Read more

Whole mouth extractions evidence of continuing decay epidemic, dentists warn. bda.org: The BDA has responded to new data on “full dental extractions” among children, warning it is just the most extreme evidence of an epidemic of tooth decay among the young, with those from disadvantaged backgrounds suffering the most. Read more

Growing calls for free dental care for mouth cancer patients to put an end to discriminatory ‘tax on cancer’. dentalhealth.org: The Oral Health Foundation is calling for free dental care for mouth cancer patients to combat the discriminatory costs of ongoing healthcare that survivors are often burdened with. Read more

Millions putting themselves at risk of mouth cancer by being unaware of the ‘big three risks’. dentalhealth.org: The Oral Health Foundation is calling for the UK to be more Mouthaware, following new research which shows a systemic misunderstanding of mouth cancer and what causes it. Read more

State Officials Ponder Proposals That Reduce Access To Dental Care, Increase Costs. forbes.com: Among the most pressing are rising health care costs and the lack of access to care that has become a crisis in certain parts of the country, particularly in rural areas. Read more

Dental care reform a threat to dentists’ skills, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland warns. irishtimes.com: Oral health policy fails to offer postgraduate and lifelong learning for dental practitioners. This is the first time in 25 years that the policy on which the provision of dental service in the State is being comprehensively updated. Read more

Press release: Arizona-Based Dental Genie Debuts First-Ever Online Dental Marketplace as Alternative to Traditional Dental Insurance. businesswire.com: By visiting dentalgenie.com, consumers can search by zip code and/or by procedure to view a list of dentists available in their area and the pricing offered per procedure. Read more

DENTACOIN: The Blockchain Solution for the Global Dental Industry. techbullion.com: With Blockchain technology’s extreme flexibility and adoption, more and more industries and organizations are turning towards the decentralized system. Read more

California man unveils new smile after most advanced face transplant surgery ever. washingtontimes.com: A California man whose suicide attempt left his face disfigured had successful facial transplant surgery 18 months later, and the lead surgeon estimates his face should be “pristine” in as little as three years. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Person-centered care model in dentistry. bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com: While previous person-centered models in dentistry focused on the role of providers within the clinical setting, this work emphasizes the role of the care designer in creating an environment where both person and provider are able to communicate effectively and achieve improved health outcomes. Read more

Opioid prescriptions from dentists linked to youth addiction risk. medicalxpress.com: Teens and young adults who receive their initial opioid prescriptions from their dentists or oral surgeons are at increased risk for opioid addiction in the following year, a study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found. Read more

Association of Periodontal Disease and Edentulism With Hypertension Risk in Postmenopausal Women. academic.oup.com: Multiple cross-sectional epidemiologic studies have suggested an association between periodontal disease and tooth loss and hypertension, but the temporality of these associations remains unclear. The objective of our study was to evaluate the association of baseline self-reported periodontal disease and edentulism with incident hypertension. Read more

Dental hygiene may be key for lupus. newsok.com: Good oral hygiene prevents cavities. Now, new research suggests it also may make a difference in preventing and managing lupus and other diseases. Read more

Comparing oral health in patients with different levels of dental anxiety. head-face-med.biomedcentral.com: Dental Anxiety is still today one of the most common fears and is therefore a great challenge for every dental practitioner. Read more

Cannabasics. cpha.ca: This information package is a set of fact sheets on cannabis for health and social service providers. It provides a basic overview of common cannabis plants and products, methods of consumption as well as information to better understand consumption and harm reduction. Read more

New ACE Panel Report: Dental Erosion. newdentistblog.ada.org: The latest ADA Clinical Evaluators (ACE) Panel report examines the prevalence of these diagnoses caused by extrinsic acids from diet and caused by intrinsic acids from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), bulimia or alcoholism. Read more

Development and evaluation of CARIES-QC: a caries-specific measure of quality of life for children. bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com: Existing paediatric oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) measures are generic instruments designed to evaluate a range of oral conditions. The aim of this study was to develop a caries-specific measure of quality of life for children. Read more

Antibiotic stewardship in dentistry featured in CDA Journal. cda.org: The December Journal of the California Dental Association features articles on the four core elements of antibiotic stewardship in dentistry, performing coronectomy of mandibular third molars as an alternative to extraction and the importance of early recognition of the symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma of the maxilla. Read more

Only very low-quality evidence available on the use of platelets for jawbone defects. cochraneohg.wordpress.com: A systematic review of the evidence to find out whether the addition of autologous platelet concentrates (APC) improves surgical treatment outcomes of bone defects in gum disease. Read mores

Medieval dental plaque sheds light on how our microbiomes have changed. arstechnica.com: The communities of bacteria that live in our mouths have changed drastically since the Middle Ages, according to a new study of remains buried in a medieval Danish cemetery. And it turns out that some people may have been more predisposed to tooth and gum disease than others, thanks in part to the bacterial communities that lived in their mouths. Read more

Mind Your Business

Malpractice is a Big Concern. There Are Ways to Make it Smaller. cdspi.com: A potential malpractice suit is an ever-present reality for dentists, but you can avoid some legal actions with preventative action. Malpractice lawyer, John Barry, offers these 8 steps to help defend your practice and your reputation. Read more

Do I Really Need Life Insurance Right After I Graduate? cdspi.com: No-cost insurance coverage while in school? It’s a no-brainer! But after graduation, some associates discontinue their coverage—perhaps because they think they are too young to need disability or life insurance, or feel like they can’t afford it with so much debt to pay off. Read more

Patient Information

Keep your Smile Merry and Bright by Knowing the Four “S”s of the Holidays. oda.on.ca: Sugar, starches, spirits and stress can all be less than festive to your teeth. Read more

Are Electric Toothbrushes Really Better? self.com: Experts tell you the deal, since your mouth can’t. Read more

Your health & Medical News

CBC News’s joint investigation into the sometimes murky world of medical devices. cbc.ca: Millions of Canadians rely on them. But how much do they know about them? Read more

Indigenous knowledge is the solution to Canada’s health inequities. theconversation.com: Addressing Canada’s health inequities through the health-care system will only take us so far. Real change will require listening to Indigenous stories, which teach about our relationships to one another as human beings, and between us and our four-legged, winged, finned, rooted and non-rooted relations. Read more

Lessons for Canada from pharmacare systems around the world. benefitscanada.com: As it develops a national program, what lessons can Canada learn from other pharmacare systems around the world? Read more

Teladoc Health launches specialty pharmacy service. benefitscanada.com: Virtual health-care company Teladoc Health is launching a specialty pharmacy services product aimed at combatting rising prescription drug costs using analytics and medical opinions. Read more

University of Alberta medical school changes 30-year admissions policy on Indigenous applicants. globalnews.ca: The University of Alberta said it is eliminating a quota system that caps the number of Indigenous students admitted to its medical school each year. A new admissions policy will allow all Indigenous students who meet eligibility requirements to be admitted to the university’s medical school. Read more

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

Great-West Life rolls out nationwide virtual health-care offering. benefitscanada.com: The Great-West Life Assurance Co. is now offering Dialogue’s virtual health-care services to employers in all Canadian provinces and the Yukon, as well as its own 10,000 employees. Read more

Measles cases spike globally due to gaps in vaccination coverage. who.int: Reported measles cases spiked in 2017, as multiple countries experienced severe and protracted outbreaks of the disease. This is according to a new report published today by leading health organizations. Read more

Researchers push for ban on strongest drugs as opioid overdose crisis continues. CBC.ca: A Toronto doctor and a Halifax lawyer say it’s time Canada’s health minister takes power opioids away from doctors. Read more

The Big Squeeze: Inside the fight over juice in Canada’s Food Guide. theglobeandmail.com: Appearing to dim the ‘health halo’ that surrounds fruit juice, several proposals from the government’s new Food Guide have received backlash from members of the beverage industry. Read more

Hope for cannabis as treatment for opioid addiction. theconversation.com: … our recent research finds that specific constituents in cannabis may have very profound effects — not only modulating the addictive effects of opioids but possibly serving as a treatment for opioid dependence and withdrawal. Read more

Quebec’s change to HPV vaccine program divides experts. theglobeandmail.com: Students in Quebec are the first in Canada to be vaccinated in a program that uses two different vaccines to protect against the human papillomavirus, a change that has divided experts. [….] Several experts and organizations call the change a risky experiment that puts savings over health. 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


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 date

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

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

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. Read more

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