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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/05/08

Canadian Dentistry News

Increasing access to 3D Printed Implantable Medical Devices for patients. canada.ca: To facilitate this emerging area of patient treatment, Health Canada published new guidance describing the information and evidence that companies should provide when applying for a medical device licence for a 3D printed implantable medical device. … As of April 10, 2019, twenty 3D printed implantable devices have been approved for orthopaedic and dental applications, such as cranial repair or tooth replacement. Read more

CIHR Funds Biomedical Engineering Research in Dentistry. mcgill.ca: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are funding a Collaborative Health Research Project lead by Dentistry researchers Drs. Maryam Tabrizian, and Monzur Murshed, in partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Read more

New faces and new roles in pediatric dentistry. dal.ca: They teach in the Dalhousie Faculty of Dentistry and supervise students at a weekly paediatric clinic there, but they spend the majority of their time tucked away in a brightly-coloured, toy-filled clinic in the IWK Health Centre. Read more

Oral Health Rehabilitation Fund receives support. dal.ca: The money represents the profits from the Homecoming Celebration Dinner, held in September 2018. Each year, the money raised from the dinner goes to support one of the Faculty’s outreach clinics. Read more

First-time cannabis use up after legalization, StatsCan reports. cbc.ca: More Canadians say they’ve used cannabis recreationally since it was legalized last fall, particularly those aged 45 to 64 and males, according to Statistics Canada. Read more and see also National Cannabis Survey, first quarter 2019

International Dentistry News

Group applies to recognize orofacial pain as dental specialty. ada.org: The American Academy of Orofacial Pain submitted on May 3 an application and request to recognize orofacial pain as a dental specialty, which is now under review by the National Commission for Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards’ review committee. Read more

Northern Irish orthodontist inaugurated as BDA’s 133rd President. bda.org: The force behind British Dental Association’s presence in Northern Ireland, and former Chair of both NI and UK Councils, Roz McMullan was installed today as BDA President. Read more

AGD President Admonishes The Atlantic Article and Calls for Dentists to Uphold Ethical Standards. agd.org: The Academy of General Dentistry’s president, Dr. Neil J. Gajjar, responded with a letter to the editor commending the disclosure of such poor business ethics while also admonishing the magazine’s position and blatant attack on the industry. Read more

Federal election campaign: The dental profession says “enough is enough”. ada.org.au: Australian dentists have called on all political parties to slash the inequality in the country’s dental system by making access to dental care around the nation a right, and not a privilege. Read more

Oregon Dentists To Deliver HPV Vaccinations. precisionvaccinations.com: Dentists in Oregon may soon administer vaccinations to their dental patients if Governor Kate Brown signs House Bill 2220. This new legislation adds the prescription and administration of vaccines into a dentist’s scope of practice in Oregon. Read more

Saving the Teeth of Patients With Special Needs. nytimes.com: Historically, pediatric dentists were taught how to treat patients with special needs, but general dentists weren’t. That means a child with autism might get regular checkups, but not necessarily an adult. Read more

The future of dentistry – reasons to be cheerful? dentistry.co.uk: Technological changes, digitisation, contract reform, the rise of patients’ savviness and social media, and regulatory requirements. These are just some of the factors that could have an impact on the future of dentistry and shift not only in the way clinicians and dental teams operate and how they see their career path, but also the public’s perspective of the profession. Of course, there’s no crystal ball to predict what exactly is in store for the profession, but there is the next best thing – a panel of peers discussing the issues. Read more

The brave new world of Australian dentistry. ada.org.au: Even when you take a brief look at some areas of development expected in dentistry within the coming years, it’s understandable why some practitioners admit they find it all a little overwhelming. Digital is expected to take on even more importance. Read more

American Academy of Periodontology and American Dental Association Mourn the Loss of Robert J. Genco, DDS, PHD. perio.org: Robert J. Genco, DDS, PhD, a pioneer in periodontal research and a leader in the broad recognition of the perio-systemic link. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Hand Hygiene and Glove Use in Dental Settings: Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Guidelines. cadth.ca: CADTH Rapid Response Report: Summary of abstracts. Read more

Negative experiences at dentist much more common for low-income, nonwhite children. news.uci.edu: Findings of UCI study suggest that providers, staff play role in oral healthcare use. Read more

Association of Oral Human Papillomavirus DNA Persistence With Cancer Progression After Primary Treatment for Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma. jamanetwork.com: Read more

Tackling side effects in head and neck cancer treatment – the end of the road for hyperbaric oxygen? scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org: … new Stand Up To Cancer trial data, led by Shaw and published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, shows the hyperbaric oxygen hype may have been a bit premature. Read more

Evidence Highlights: Community Water Fluoridation Programs. cadth.ca: … The CADTH Health Technology Assessment (HTA) looked at the health outcomes, budget impact, environmental issues, implementation issues, and ethical issues associated with CWF programs. The purpose of this HTA is to provide evidence-based guidance to policy-makers and decision-makers to help orient discussions and decisions about CWF in Canada. Read more (PDF)

Biggest Denisovan fossil yet spills ancient human’s secrets. nature.com: Jawbone from China reveals that the ancient human was widespread across the world — and lived at surprising altitude. Read more

Antibacterial Nanoparticles: On a Mission to Save Your Teeth. neutrons.ornl.gov: Replacing restorations that fail due to cracking and secondary caries accounts for about 60 percent of all dental restorations performed in the U.S., at a cost of over $5 billion each year. To help address the problem, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are using neutron scattering to study how nanoparticles with antibacterial properties can be added to adhesive resins. Read more

Dentistry and the Measles Epidemic. dentistrytoday.com: What does this mean for dental practitioners? Read more

Review All Allergies in Your Patients’ Health Histories—Not Just Drug Allergies. dentistrytoday.com: Continued vigilance in patient and parental questioning in reviewing health histories is essential to help prevent tragedies. A patient’s health history and medical status isn’t stagnant. It’s prudent to reevaluate and re-question patients at every clinical visit for a change in medical status inclusive of all forms of allergies. Read more

Advances in dental technologies, materials explored in CDA Journal. cda.org: The Journal of the California Dental Association spotlights novel dental technologies and materials, including 3D printing, dental resins and mechanotransduction of external root resorption in orthodontic treatment. Read more

Dental care use by immigrant Canadians in Ontario: a cross-sectional analysis of the 2014 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com: The purpose of this study is to determine the prevalence of poor dental health care use among the immigrant population of Ontario and how various socio-demographic, socio-economic and health-related factors are associated with it. Read more

Mind Your Business

The top 5 reasons your dental patients just aren’t showing up. dentistryiq.com: It seems like broken appointments and the chaos they bring are just part of running a dental practice. Read more

Patient Information

Mouth Microbes – The Helpful and the Harmful. newsinhealth.nih.gov: Do you know what’s in your mouth? Read more

Your Health & Medical News

The Government of Canada implements commitment to plain packaging for tobacco products. canada.ca: Reducing the appeal of tobacco products will help to protect the health of Canadians from tobacco-related death and disease. Read more

Lack of interest in geriatrics among medical trainees a concern as population ages. cmajnews.com: Geriatricians are concerned by the lack of interest in geriatric medicine in this year’s residency match. The specialty had the highest ratio of unfilled-to-filled spots, with 10 of 30 positions remaining vacant, according to the Canadian Resident Matching Service. … “It’s hopefully not another downward slip. The overall trajectory has been much more encouraging.” Read more

The downside of transparent physician payments: public distrust of the entire profession. cmajnews.com: American patients trust their doctors less than they did five years ago. One contributing factor, according to a recent study, could be disclosure of payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies to physicians. Read more

Canadian health care needs agile leaders and bold visions for the future. theconversation.com: While nearly all professional fields must adapt, health care, in particular, will need strong leadership to withstand these forces. Is the Canadian health-care system ready? Does it have the leadership capacity to bring about adaptive system-level changes? Read more

Exploring a sugar drink tax in Canada. edmontoncitynews.ca: The World Health Organization says a 20% increase on the retail price of sugary beverages could curb the amount people consume every day. One researcher in Winnipeg hopes to find the answer. Watch 2:41

Scientists develop device to detect bacteria in minutes, not days. ctvnews.ca: … the device uses microtechnology to trap single bacteria cells that can then be viewed under an electron microscope. The approach allows clinicians to determine in as little as 30 minutes whether bacteria is present and its susceptibility to drug treatment — as opposed to the three-to-five days such lab work currently takes. Read more

Why cheese may help control your blood sugar. theconversation.com: Our research team at the University of Alberta examined the impact of both reduced- and regular-fat cheese on insulin resistance in the bodies of pre-diabetic rats. We found that both types of cheese reduced insulin resistance, which is important to maintain normal blood sugars. 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 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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