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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/01/16

Top News

Professor Michael Glogauer Tapped as Interim Chief of Dentistry, PMCC

ADA issues a statement in response to the study suggesting Some dental floss may contain PFASs

Hearing Loss in Dentistry: A Silent Topic

Canadian Dentistry News

Province to spend almost $1 million on expanded dental coverage for kids. thestar.com: The government of Nova Scotia says it will now pay for more basic dental treatment for children without private insurance. Read more

The Case for covering dental health; Publicly funded dental care is finally on the political agenda and many in pain say it’s overdue. theprovince.com: Canadians often speak about the nation’s publicly funded health-care system with intense pride, yet its failure to include dental care is a cause for misery for many of the one-third of the population with no dental insurance. Read more

Health Canada encourages Canadians to report incidents involving medical devices to help strengthen patient safety. healthycanadians.gc.ca: The reporting of incidents involving medical devices allows Health Canada to more quickly identify, communicate and act on new or increased medical device safety concerns. Read more

Growing calls to put teeth into B.C. health-care coverage. vancouversun.com: Canadians often laud our health-care system, yet its failure to include dental care is cause for misery for those with no dental insurance. Read more

Windsor, Ont. flips back to fluoride — why that’s unlikely to change minds in Calgary. thestar.com: Windsor city council voted 8-3 last month to reverse a 2013 vote to stop fluoridation, and many health professionals in Calgary say they’d like to see city council follow suit here. Read more

Professor Michael Glogauer Tapped as Interim Chief of Dentistry, PMCC. dentistry.utoronto.ca: Professor Michael Glogauer has been named interim Chief Dentist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Read more

UofT Dentistry Students, Postdocs Place in Recent CADR-NCOHR competitions. dentistry.utoronto.ca: The Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR) and the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR) competition results have been announced, with UofT Dentistry students and postdoctoral fellows taking home four of the coveted prizes. Read more

Two Faculty Awards Push Compelling New Discoveries Forward. dentistry.toronto.ca: George Zarb/Nobel Biocare Chair in Prosthodontics Yoav Finer was the recipient of a University of Toronto Connaught Innovation Award worth $50,000. Read more

U of S dentistry student shortlisted for national award after co-founding free clinic. cbc.ca: Direct Dental offers emergency, free care for people who can’t afford it. Read more

CDAA Weekly E-Newsbrief January 16, 2019. cdaa.ca: Read more

International Dentistry News

ADA issues a statement in response to the study suggesting Some dental floss may contain PFASs. ada.org: The ADA Science Institute finds the data insufficient to support the conclusions presented in this research and associated media coverage. Read more

Absolutely Breathtaking: Breakthroughs Shaping the Future of Health Care. adeachartingprogress.wordpress.com: In this month’s letter, Dr. Rick Valachovic highlights digital technologies that are transforming the way we live and the way we provide clinical care. Read more

Kiwi dentists take stand on teaspoon sugary drink labels. stuff.co.nz: They’re calling for sugary drink manufacturers to be forced to label their products with a teaspoon icon to clearly show how much sugar is in each beverage, RNZ reported. Read more

Cochrane Oral Health needs you! Help us set our priorities for the next five years. cochraneohg.wordpress.com: Cochrane Oral Health is currently undertaking a priority setting exercise and are looking for your feedback on what are the most important questions to answer in taking care of the mouth, teeth and gums. Read more

IADR/AADR divests sugar-sweetened beverage companies from investment portfolio. iadr.org: While IADR and AADR did not have direct investments in such companies, they’ve changed to investment managers who will screen out any holdings in the sector. Read more

Comments sought on guideline for antibiotic use for dental pain, swelling. ada.org: ADA members are invited to share their expertise and insight on antibiotic use for symptomatic irreversible pulpitis, symptomatic apical periodontitis and localized acute apical abscess. Read more

Brexit – what’s next for dentistry? dentistry.co.uk: With Government Brexit plans up in the air, Michael Watson explains how the turmoil is affecting dentistry. Read more

Dentists honoured for outstanding achievements. bda.org: Fourteen dentists have been honoured in the annual round of BDA Honours and Awards for their outstanding achievements, and their commitment to the BDA and the dental profession as a whole. Read more

UNC SOD Hosts First Teledentistry Summit. adea.org: …the summit brought together key stakeholders from across the country—educators, practitioners, legislators, students, public health experts, policymakers, telehealth pioneers and many more. Read more

New NHS scheme to tackle dental decay in kids. 2br.co.uk: The national NHS scheme focuses on youngsters under five-years-old. Read more

Should Juneau revisit water fluoridation? New study renews debate. juneauempire.com: After Juneau stopped adding fluoride to drinking water in 2007, Dr. David Logan says he quickly saw an increase in patients with cavities. Read more

Court Approves $80M Settlement in Class Action Lawsuit Against Dental Companies. ada.org: A federal court has approved the $80 million settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit against dental product companies accused of violating antitrust laws by fixing prices on dental equipment and supplies. Read more

Floridians flying abroad to cut cost on dental work – Dental tourism a growing trend in the U.S. abcactionnews.com: About 85,000 Americans and Canadians traveled to Costa Rica for medical procedures in 2017. And 80 percent of those people were dental patients, according to Patients Without Borders. Read more and/or Watch 3:05

Barcelona to launch Spain’s first public (and cheap) dentistry service. thelocal.es: If approved by Barcelona’s Social Rights Commission on January 15th, it will be the first comprehensive public dentistry service of its kind in Spain. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Hearing Loss in Dentistry: A Silent Topic. todaysrdh.com: Without a campaign to educate the overall population, let alone, the dental industry, many dental personnel will continue their daily endeavors without understanding preventive methods to protect against NIHL. Read more

Prenatal Oral Health Care and Early Childhood Caries Prevention: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. karger.com: … studies have shown debatable results with respect to the effectiveness of ECC prevention by means of prenatal intervention. Read more

Fibromyalgia: Genetics and epigenetics insights may provide the basis for the development of diagnostic biomarkers. journals.sagepub.com: Currently, fibromyalgia diagnosis is based exclusively on a comprehensive clinical assessment, according to 2016 ACR criteria, but validated biological biomarkers associated with fibromyalgia have not yet been identified. Read more

Men and women remember pain differently. mcgill.ca: Research published in Current Biology suggests that there may be variations, based on sex, in the way that pain is remembered in both mice and humans. Read more

Study shows opioid addiction can start at the dentist. live5news.com: A recent study states some teens and young adults get their first exposure to opioids at the dentist. Read more

Costly ‘scale and polish’ service at the dentist ‘may be unnecessary for those with good teeth’ as evidence finds it makes ‘no difference’ to dental health. dailymail.co.uk: The clean involves scraping to remove plaque and a polish to make teeth smooth. […] But it may make ‘little or no difference’ to plaque deposit levels over two years. Read more

Mind Your Business

Ask Our Authors: Interpersonal conflict in our workplaces. digital.rdhmag.com: Sometimes difficult practice staff can even drive patients away or impact the course of treatment. What suggestions do you have for addressing such situations constructively? Read more

Five Bad Behaviours that Could Hurt Your Wealth. cdspi.com: Behavioural Finance is a big term that may sound intimidating. But it is actually just a term for all the behaviours we (humans) make that can lead to poor investment decisions. Read more

6 dental patient retention strategies. dentistryiq.com: Every dental office manager knows that retaining current patients is just as vital to an office’s success as drawing in new prospective patients from the community. Through retention, established practices thrive and grow. But this doesn’t come easily. Read more

Patient Information

Why a workout a day may not keep the dentist away. cbc.ca: Clenching teeth during workouts exerts six times more force than chewing. Read more

Consider the Consequences of Vaping. canada.ca: Vaping can expose you to chemicals that could harm your health. Read more

Your health & Medical News

A top Canadian doctor says Health Canada is ‘asleep at the switch’ when it comes to the teen vaping epidemic. ottawa.ctvnews.ca: An Ottawa doctor who is a Canadian expert on smoking cessation says Health Canada is doing little to stop the teen vaping epidemic. Read more

New Health Canada campaign warns youth about risks of vaping. globalnews.ca: Health Canada is ramping up efforts to warn young Canadians about the potential risks associated with vaping. Read more

Majority of Canadians agree on single-payer pharmacare system: report. benefitscanada.com: A majority of Canadians, health-care providers, labour organizations and employers agree a national single-payer system is an idea whose time has come, according to a report by the Broadbent Institute. Read more

Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle crimps hopes for a national pharmacare program. thestar.com [OPINION]: Hopes are high among many Canadians that 2019 will be the year that this country finally gets a national pharmacare program. Not so fast. Read more

Enabling digital health care solutions in Canada. policyoptions.irpp.org: Canadians want digital health care solutions, but the system lags behind. We need a national strategy on digital health care innovation. Read more

Why you should stop buying vitamins and get more sleep instead. theconversation.com: Scientific evidence, however, suggests that some high-dose nutritional supplements have little role to play in the prevention of chronic disease among healthy individuals, unless there is a diagnosed deficiency of specific micronutrients. Read more

Researchers discover a hidden culprit in heart failure. folio.ca: An international research team led by scientists at the University of Alberta have pinpointed a hidden culprit that leads to dilated cardiomyopathy—a dangerous condition that accounts for 20 per cent of all cases of heart failure—which opens the door to potential new treatments that could help counter the threat. Read more

How runners handle fatigue could help cancer patients, study suggests. folio.ca: U of A researcher finds similarities between different groups who experience extreme fatigue. Read more

The long road to a new Canada’s Food Guide. cbc.ca: How many people does it take to write a guide for healthy eating? More than 26,000 and counting. Read more

Orange juice may get squeezed out of Canada’s revised food guide. cbc.ca: Orange juice may not be part of your balanced breakfast much longer, at least according to Canada’s Food Guide. Read more

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

Senator calls for national bad doctor registry in wake of Star investigation. thestar.com: The human rights lawyer chaired three task forces to combat sexual abuse of patients by doctors, producing hundreds of pages of reports for government with bold recommendations. 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: Yankee Dental Congress in Boston, Massachusetts. Read more

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

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

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

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

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

April 4-6: Irish Dental Association Annual Conference, in Galway, Ireland. Read more

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

April 10-15: 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. 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: 38th Australian Dental Congress in Adelaide, Australia. Read more

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

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

May 24–28: Journées dentaires internationales du Québec, in Montréal, Québec. Read more

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

September 6-9: 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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