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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/04/24

Canadian Dentistry News

Government of Ontario news release: Ontario Seniors Receive More Support with Publicly-Funded Dental Care. news.ontario.ca: Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, were at Taibu Community Health Centre in Toronto to announce an annual investment of $90 million for publicly-funded dental care for seniors, when fully implemented. Read more

Oral Health Care. northernontario.ctvnews.ca, Apr 21: The Ontario Dental Association is calling out the Ford government on its approach to oral health care. Watch  2:08

Ontario’s seniors dental care plan fails to meet needs of population. toronto.com: Dr. Lance Isaac asks how poorly funded program is supposed to work. The new provincial government unveiled its first budget recently and while it was great news to see dental care mentioned, the seniors’ dental plan described falls short on substance and details. Read more

Dr. Sura Hadad • Your Dentists. Your Communities. nsdental.org: Volunteering a family activity for Halifax dentist. Read more

Promotion 2019 : célébration de l’excellence! fmd.ulaval.ca: La Faculté de médecine dentaire de l’Université Laval a souligné les réalisations de nombreux étudiants du programme de doctorat en médecine dentaire et de plusieurs étudiants des cycles supérieurs dans une Soirée des prix d’excellence renouvelée. Lire plus

International Dentistry News

Expanding opportunities to leverage science in the clinic. penntoday.upenn.edu: Patricia Corby, the School of Dental Medicine’s new associate dean for translational research, is bringing her research to bear for cancer patients undergoing radiation, while looking to advance clinical research School-wide. Read more

New Dental Dean Forming Alliances to Build a Better Health Care Model. today.uconn.edu: As medicine moves toward an integrated approach to care, UConn’s new dental dean sees a greater role for dental medicine in the delivery of that care, and a strong foundation already in place to make that happen. Read more

American Association of Endodontists Announces New Incoming 2019-2020 Board Members. aegisdentalnetwork.com: Read more

Dental Board of Australia’s annual report: snapshot of the profession. ada.org.au: Earlier this year the Dental Board of Australia released its annual report for the 2017–18 financial year. Although the statistics included in the report are well out-of-date, it does provide an interesting snapshot of the profession from several angles. Read more

Coalition urges Congress to repeal medical device tax. ada.org: In an April 23 letter to Senators …, the coalition — led by the Academy of General Dentistry — urged lawmakers to permanently repeal the 2.3% excise tax on medical devices set to take effect at the end of the year. Read more

Federal Court Throws Out Over Half of SmileDirectClub’s Counts Against the Alabama Dental Board. aaoinfo.org: On April 17, 2019, the Court entered an order on the Alabama Board’s Motion to Dismiss, and threw out six of SmileDirectClub’s counts against the Board. … The AAO’s involvement as an amicus party, in the interests of the health, safety, and well-being of patients seeking orthodontic care, did not go unnoticed by the Court, which specifically referenced the American Association of Orthodontists in its Memorandum Opinion. Read more

Dental care is tough to find for people with autism, other developmental disorders. washingtonpost.com: People with autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders face enormous barriers to adequate and timely dental care — on top of their other challenges. Read more

Organized dentistry expresses concerns regarding the U.S.-Mexico Tourism Improvement Act. ada.org: Until Mexican programs achieve accreditation through the Commission on Dental Accreditation, U.S. dental schools should not build relationships with Mexican schools. Read more

Why not dental care for all, New York? nydailynews.com [OPINION]: Mayor de Blasio recently unveiled a proposal to significantly expand access to health care for city residents without insurance. […] Oral healthcare is not a luxury or a vanity but an integral part of overall preventative medical care. Read more

Many dental procedures lack scientific backing, data review finds. minnpost.com [OPINION]: In a long-form article for the Atlantic magazine, science writer Ferris Jabr describes how dentistry is “much less scientific — and more prone to gratuitous procedures” than most of us think. Read more

Armstrong’s bill for dental therapy signed by Gov. Lujan Grisham. dchieftain.com: Gov. Grisham has signed legislation that will make it easier for New Mexicans who are low-income, publicly insured or uninsured, or living in rural and tribal areas to access dental care. Read more

Not drinking water may boost kids’ consumption of sugary beverages. news.psu.edu: Kids and young adults who drink no water throughout the day may consume twice the amount of calories from sugary drinks than those who drink water, according to Penn State researchers. Read more

Looking back to look ahead. fdiworlddental.org: In this month’s Letter from the President, Dr Kell highlights FDI’s annual Mid-Year meeting which returned to FDI headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, after almost 10 years. She also highlights key moments from her visit Moscow, Russia, for the Russian Dental Association’s annual meeting. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Alerting patients to their risk of gum disease improves inflammation and dental hygiene. medicalxpress.com: In a new study published today in the Journal of Periodontology researchers found that using psychological techniques to communicate the risk of developing periodontal disease to patients improved dental hygiene over a three-month period. It was further associated with reduced scores for gum inflammation as well. Read more

Calcium Deficiency in Cells Due to ORAI1 Gene Mutation Leads to Damaged Tooth Enamel. medicalxpress.com: A mutation in the ORAI1 gene—studied in a human patient and mice—leads to a loss of calcium in enamel cells and results in defective dental enamel mineralization, finds a study led by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry. The study, published April 23 in Science Signaling, identifies ORAI1 as the dominant protein for calcium influx and reveals the mechanisms by which calcium influx affects enamel cell function and the formation of tooth enamel. Read more

Nursing, Dental, and Medical Students Train Together to Improve Kids’ Oral Health. medicalxpress.com: Nursing, medical, and dental students can work as a team to improve their knowledge of pediatric oral health—and how to work with their fellow health professionals, finds new research led by NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. The study appears in the Journal of Dental Education. Read more

UNC’s Adams School of Dentistry pioneers a procedure worth smiling about. dailytarheel.com: The UNC Adams School of Dentistry hopes to create even more smiles on children’s faces by turning so-called ‘throwaway teeth,’ like wisdom teeth, into useful contributions for an amazing smile – UNC dentists are the first to perform an autotransplantation in the United States. Read more

A Neanderthal tooth discovered in Serbia reveals human migration history. theconversation.com: … The results of our analysis are clear: our little tooth belonged to a Neanderthal. Neanderthal fossils have been found in Croatia and Greece, but they are still relatively rare in the Balkans, compared to Western Europe and the Middle East. This is the first Neanderthal ever found in Serbia. Read more

Journal de l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec. odq.qc.ca: L’édition du printemps est maintenant en ligne. Lire plus

Journal Of Dental Research Centennial May 2019: A History Of Innovations In The Diagnosis And Treatment Of Oral And Head And Neck Cancer. iadr.org: 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

Myth busters for dental assistants: Acrylic or gel fingernails at work. dentistryiq.com: I can wear acrylic nails, or even gel nails. Sometimes I like to get the little jewels put on them, too. I wear gloves, so it’s perfectly fine, right? WRONG! Read more

Your Health & Medical News

Getting health back on the agenda: CMA preps for federal election. cma.ca: “If the goal of the Canada Health Act is to protect the physical and mental well-being of Canadians and ensure reasonable access to health services, are we really hitting the mark?” With that question, Canadian Medical Association (CMA) President Dr. Gigi Osler kicked off a panel discussion last week at the Economic Club in Ottawa, signaling the start of the CMA’s push to get health back on the agenda in the upcoming federal election. Read more

Ban vaping ads in public spaces: CMA calls on Health Canada to implement tougher rules. cma.ca: In its recent submission to Health Canada Opens in a new window, the CMA called on the government to tighten its rules and ban advertising of vaping products from all public spaces and broadcast media. Read more

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmajnews.com: Medicare on trial, cuts to public health, booster shots for adults, and more in this week’s top Canadian health news. Read more

Opioid prescriptions down but some patients fear doctors now too strict. cmajnews.com: To help bring the opioid epidemic under control, health care regulators have been issuing stricter guidelines and rules on how and when opioids should be prescribed, and it appears the effort is having some effect. … In Canada, the overall quantity of opioids prescribed, measured as the number of defined daily doses per 1,000 population, declined by 18% between 2012 and 2017. The number of prescriptions per 1,000 people also fell slightly. Read more

MD, Scotiabank and CMA announce new funding to strengthen relationships and address specialized physician wellness needs. cma.ca: While a recent CMA survey found that 30% of all Canadian physicians are experiencing burnout, there’s emerging evidence that physicians’ overall mental health can vary widely depending on their area of practice. Emergency physicians, for example, are three times more likely to report burnout than physicians in other specialties. Read more

B.C. woman gets first implant in Western Canada to help treat opioid addiction. cbc.ca: ‘For people who are doing well … they don’t need to be tied to a pill bottle,’ says doctor. Read more

Dangerous infection now in Canada; Hospitals across country on alert for hard-to-treat Candida auris. ottawacitizen.com: A Winnipeg resident returned from India seriously ill with a brain abscess and a chronic ear infection. The unidentified patient, who had undergone dental surgery in India, was infected with a drug-resistant form of bacteria. Read more

Pan-Canada health database to launch with federal funding. interior-news.com: McGrail is the scientific lead for a new health research database that aims to eliminate some of those challenges. The Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research Canadian Data Platform is expected to launch in the next two or three months. Read more

FDA allows the low-calorie sweetener allulose to be excluded from total and added sugars counts on Nutrition and Supplement Facts labels when used as an ingredient. fda.gov: … The latest data suggests that allulose is different from other sugars in that it is not metabolized by the human body in the same way as table sugar. It has fewer calories, produces only negligible increases in blood glucose or insulin levels, and does not promote dental decay. Read more

Vaping teens exposed to as much nicotine as tobacco smokers but don’t know it. nbcnews.com: New study is one of the first to show through urine samples how much nicotine young people are getting from e-cigarettes. Read more

A start-up just raised $27 million to make a new kind of painkiller using technology from Harvard scientists, as the race to replace opioids heats up. businessinsider.com: Nocion Therapeutics’ approach uses pain-relieving medicine that you might recognize from the dentist’s office, but with a twist, aiming to make those drugs work in a more targeted and effective way. Read more

Coke Zero Sugar, new flavors lift Coca-Cola results; shares rise. thechronicleherald.ca: The world’s biggest beverage makers, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Inc, are responding to shifting consumer tastes by tweaking ingredients and experimenting with new flavors that are focused more on health conscious consumers. These efforts have helped revive soda sales after a years-long slump. Read more

WHO releases first guideline on digital health interventions. who.int: WHO released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve people’s health and essential services. Read more

Eleven Cochrane Reviews inform a WHO Guideline on digital healthcare. canada.cochrane.org: The main objective of this new guideline is to provide evidence-informed recommendations to policy makers on key digital health interventions, to inform country investment plans. The guideline also describes potentially important implementation considerations for these interventions. And finally, the guideline identifies evidence gaps to inform member states and streamline future research investments and implementation planning. The guideline includes contributions from eleven Cochrane reviews. Read more

Continuing Education Matters

Dalhousie University – Current course offerings

McGill University – Continuing dental education

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


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 16–18: CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim, California. Read more

May 23–25: Alberta Wellness Summit, presented by the Alberta Dental Association and College. Read more

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

May 30–June 2: Proud Past Bright Future – 2019 OSAP Annual Conference, in Tucson, Arizona. Read more

June 19–22: IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

September 4–8: ADA FDI World Dental Congress, 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

September 26–28: Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics 27th Annual Scientific Meeting in Toronto, Ontario. Read more

November 8: Toronto Academy of Dentistry 82nd Winter Clinic. Save the date

November 29– December 4: Greater NY Dental Meeting, in New York, New York. Read more



January 30–February 1: Yankee Dental Congress – Advancing the Vision 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts. Read more

February 20–22: Chicago Dental Society 155th Midwinter Meeting – Kaleidoscope View 2020, in Chicago, Illinois. Read more

March 5–7: Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver, BC. Mark your calendars

March 19–20: Academy of Osseointegration 2020 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. Read more

April 2–4: Manitoba Dental Association presents the 2020 MDA/CDA Convention – Seeing Dentistry Clearly, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Save the date

September 1–4: FDI World Dental Congress in Shanghai, China. Future meeting dates

October 1–3: Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics 28th Annual Scientific Meeting in Toronto, Ontario. Read more


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