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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/05/15

Top News

Canadians support publicly funded dental care for those without insurance, poll finds

$1.5M announced for WECHU senior dental program

Fluoride reduces dental risk from minimal and extended breastfeeding

Are You Covered to Treat Newcomers to Canada?

Federal Court Dismisses a Majority of SmileDirectClub’s Claims, and Finds that SmileDirectClub’s Digital Scans Constitute the “Practice of Dentistry

Canadian Dentistry News

Canadians support publicly funded dental care for those without insurance, poll finds. globalnews.ca: In the second instalment of a Global News series exploring the Canadian health-care system, a look at dental care and the costs that come with it. Read more

The cost of no dental care for Canadians. globalnews.ca: A new Ipsos poll for Global News has found most Canadians would support publicly-funded dental care for people without insurance. As Jeff Semple explains, the cost of healthy teeth is high, and it’s coming back to bite taxpayers. Watch 2:24

$1.5M announced for WECHU senior dental program. cbc.ca: Seniors in Windsor-Essex can smile a little brighter – the Windsor Essex County Health Unit received notice from the government of Ontario of funding for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program. Read more

Closing the gap in oral health for Indigenous children. winnipegfreepress.com: Collaboration is critical. Listening to the voices of First Nation and Métis parents, grandparents and communities is essential if we are to make a difference in their oral health and delivery of care. Read more

Canada’s Best Jobs 2019: The Top 100 Jobs. canadianbusiness.com: Dentist is ranked 2nd. Read more

Lack of dental care a growing problem for those in poverty. halifaxtoday.ca: Nova Scotians on income assistance only receive dental care in the case of an emergency. Read more

It’s time to expand public dental care in Quebec, health clinic says. montrealgazette.com:: A Point St. Charles community health clinic, which played a key role in persuading the provincial government to end so-called medical accessory fees, is now calling on Quebec to expand public dental care in the province. Read more

Les patients ne devraient pas se fier aveuglément à leur dentiste. journaldemontreal.com : Certains dentistes dépassent leurs compétences en s’improvisant spécialistes. Lire plus

Une patiente se retrouve avec des saignements et des enflures. journaldemontreal.com : Un dentiste de Montréal reconnaît avoir posé des actes qu’il ne maîtrisait pas. Lire plus

Histoires d’horreur chez le dentiste. tvanouvelles.com : D’après ce que rapporte Le Journal de Montréal … des histoires d’horreur émaillent les annales de la pratique de la dentisterie. L’Ordre des dentistes du Québec croule d’ailleurs sous les plaintes de patients. Lire plus et écouter une entrevue avec le journaliste Hugo Duchaine 3 :45

Dr. Feine Receives Honorary Doctorate from Université Laval. mcgill.ca: Professor Jocelyne Feine’s Honorary Doctorate in Dental Medicine recognizes her sustained leadership in dental science and education. Read more

Council Highlights for May 9, 2019. rcdso.org: The 418th meeting of the RCDSO Council was held in in Toronto on May 9, 2019. Read more

International Dentistry News

AI makes its way to dentistry. exclusive.multibriefs.com: Dentistry is a field that evolves by leaps and bounds, and in other ways, remains fairly unchanged over the course of time. But one advancement is blowing those others out of the water. The field of artificial intelligence (AI) is making its way into the dentistry and may be featured at an office near you in the very near future. Read more

Dental incomes vary depending on where you live. ada.org: The average annual net income of general dentists in 2018 was $175,840 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. To be able to compare dentist incomes across states, the ADA Health Policy Institute performed additional analysis, adjusting the state-level average net incomes for cost of living. Read more

One of the best leaders’ – After 22 years, Dr. Richard W. Valachovic retires as ADEA president, CEO. ada.org: After 22 years, Dr. Valachovic is retiring as ADEA’s president and CEO on June 30. Read more

Addressing Rural Seniors’ Unmet Needs For Oral Health Care. healthaffairs.org: While seniors nationwide would benefit from coverage improvements and better access to timely and appropriate care to reduce tooth decay, tooth loss, and oral disease, these barriers take an especially serious toll on rural seniors. Poor oral health places a disproportionate burden on rural seniors, but there are potential policy solutions and pending legislation to address these challenges. Read more

Australian Dental Association calls for Liberals to match Labor’s dental spend. ada.org.au: The Australian Dental Association congratulates Labor for its announcement to allocate $2.4 billion to a Pensioner Dental Plan and is calling for the Liberal Party to match the funding commitment. Read more

Cadaver workshop helps advance participants’ anaesthesia skills. fdiworlddental.org: Most dentists can remember the cadavers at dental school. Dr. Alan Budenz remembers, and as a leader of a cadaver workshop at September’s ADA FDI World Dental Congress, he promises a different experience. Read more

Florida Legislature Passes New Telehealth Law and Dentistry Should Follow Their Lead. americanteledentistry.org: The Florida legislature has passed a new law that provides guidelines for the practice of telehealth. The bill is en route to Governor DeSantis’ office where he is expected to sign it. The American Teledentistry Association endorses the language of the bill and in particular the following provisions. Read more

Federal Court Dismisses a Majority of SmileDirectClub’s Claims, and Finds that SmileDirectClub’s Digital Scans Constitute the “Practice of Dentistry. prnewsire.com: On May 8, 2019, the Court entered an Order dismissing a majority of SmileDirectClub’s claims in the lawsuit. The Court dismissed all of the claims against the Board as an entity, as well as any claims against the Board’s individual members seeking monetary damages. […] This ruling by the Court stands in contrast to the position frequently taken by SmileDirectClub that it does not engage in the practice of dentistry and therefore its practices cannot be regulated by state dental boards. Read more

New policy on oral health policy seriously flawed, say dentists. irishtimes.com: The Irish Dental Association considers the new policy as merely a starting point for a long overdue discussion on oral health, new State contracts and new legislation. Read more

Dentists slam failed fines regime that’s hit innocent NHS patients with £188m bill. bda.org: The BDA has welcomed calls for clarity on NHS penalty charges from the National Audit Office (NAO), as the watchdog’s new report revealed 30% of healthcare fines issued since 2014 – 1.7 million notices, with a cash value of £188 million – were withdrawn because a valid exemption was confirmed to be in place following a challenge. Read more

Federal election 2019: High dental costs leave millions of Australians with rotting teeth. abc.net.au: Australians spend $10 billion a year on dental care, but very little of it is covered by Medicare or other sources. A Grattan Institute report said 58 per cent of all dental work was paid for directly and in full by individuals. That’s compared to just 11 per cent for other primary healthcare services. Read more

Oregon dentists will soon be able to give flu shots and vaccines. bizjournals.com: Oregon will be the first state to allow dentists to offer any vaccine to their patients. Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 2220 into law on Monday, allowing flu shots and other vaccinations to go hand-in-mouth with a regular dental cleaning. Read more

Will North Carolina dig its teeth into teledentistry? northcarolinahealthnews.org: A law adopted last year orders the state Department of Health and Human Services to submit a report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committees on Health and Human Services and Medicaid and NC Health Choice by Oct. 1 that includes recommendations for improving access to dental care in rural North Carolina. Parker said he expected teledentistry to be a part of that report which could help fuel scope of practice changes next year. Read more

ADA council addresses ethics of measles crisis. ada.org: Dentists should have policies in place that allow for the treatment of all patients, including those who are unvaccinated, amid the growing measles outbreak in the U.S., according to the American Dental Association Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs. The council recently released a statement offering guidelines to dentists on dealing with the complicated ethics of the outbreak. Read more

American Association of Endodontists Declares May ‘Save Your Tooth Month’. aae.org: The AAE announced it has dedicated the entire month of May to saving teeth. Save Your Tooth Month, sponsored by EndoVision and Sonendo, is a national initiative designed to showcase the benefits of root canal treatment from a specialist, and thanking general dentists for their referrals. Read more

Juliann Bluitt Foster, who broke barriers as a dental leader, dies at 80. washingtonpost.com: Juliann Bluitt Foster, a Washington-born dentist and Howard University graduate who became the first woman and the first African American to serve as president of the American College of Dentists, died April 17 at her home in Hilton Head, S.C. She was 80. Read more

The 5 Best Alcohol-Free Mouthwashes, According to Dentists. nymag.com: … four dentists weigh in on the alcohol-free mouthwashes they find are the most effective for keeping your mouth clean. Read more

Dental humanitarians needed for Jamaica, Grenada, St. Lucia. ada.org: Organizers of Great Shape!’s 1000 Smiles dental humanitarian projects in the Caribbean are recruiting volunteers for trips from July through September. There is need for dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and nonmedical volunteers for trips to St. Lucia and Grenada with Great Shape!, as well as a need for dentists to supervise dental students in Jamaica. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Fluoride reduces dental risk from minimal and extended breastfeeding. medicalxpress.com: Cavity-conscious mothers can rest assured their children will not be at increased risk of tooth decay if they can’t breastfeed or they want to breastfeed their children for longer—as long as they have access to fluoridated water, research from the University of Adelaide has found. Read more

Dentists Use Telehealth to Improve Access to Care – And Fight a Phobia. mhealthintelligence.com: Dentists are looking to telehealth and mHealth to improve access to oral care during emergencies – and to convince reluctant patients to overcome their fear of the dentist’s office. Read more

Protect protruding teeth from damage and long-term consequences. medicalxpress.com: A study undertaken at the University of Adelaide of more than 50,000 children aged under 19 years published in the journal Dental Traumatology, confirms a direct link between the degree to which a young patient’s teeth protrude and the chance of damaging them. Read more

Mind Your Business

Are You Covered to Treat Newcomers to Canada? cdspi.com: As the number of newcomers and visitors to Canada continues to grow, dentists often find themselves caring for patients who are being treated for the first time in our country. How does this affect your CDSPI Malpractice coverage? Read more

The Best is Yet to Come. cdspi.com: If you are approaching retirement, you have probably been saving for years, and know how much money you need for a comfortable retirement. But have you thought about what your life will look like in retirement? Read more

How to cultivate loyal dental patients. newdentistblog.ada.org: Taking the time to get to know your patients on a personal level — and letting them get to know you — goes a long way when it comes to patient retention, according to the ADA Center for Professional Success. Read more

To help your practice stand out, deliver a stand-out dental patient experience. dentistryiq.com: It’s a competitive dental market, and practices need ways to stand out. This practice administrator says patient experience matters. Read more

ADA shares practice resources with American Association of Dental Office Management. ada.org: A new online resource for dental office managers is the result of a collaboration between the ADA and the American Association of Dental Office Management, a national association of dental office managers. Read more

Patient Information

Brushing Basics for Dentures, Braces and Retainers. nsdental.org: Read more

Which Brush is Best? nsdental.org: Many options are available when it comes to choosing a toothbrush: Manual or electric? Hard or soft bristles? So which brush is best? Read more

Making the Most of Your Next Dental Visit. futureofpersonalhealth.com: Dr. Neil J. Gajjar, president, Academy of General Dentistry. “By having a relationship with your dentist, you are involving yourself in your treatment plan, and making sure it works with your personal situation.” Read more

Your Health & Medical News

Featured Review: Treatments for hand eczema. cochrane.org: The Cochrane Review, ‘Interventions for hand eczema’, addresses the effects of topical and oral or injected medicines that work throughout the entire body as treatments for hand eczema when compared against placebo (an identical but inactive treatment), no treatment, inactive ingredients that help deliver an active treatment, or another treatment. Read more

Release: Canadians now less enthusiastic about the prospect of legalized edibles. dal.ca: The study, titled “Edibles and Canadian consumers’ willingness to consider recreational cannabis in food or beverage products: A second assessment” compares Canadian attitudes toward cannabis products with those in 2017, prior to legalization. Read more

Changes Urged for CBD rules. pressreader.com/canada/ottawa-citizen: Health food and hemp industry groups are calling on the feds to change the regulations for CBD to treat the cannabinoid as a natural health product rather than a drug. Read more

New Ipsos survey shows health care is twice as important to Canadians as carbon tax. cma.ca: While health care has long been a ballot box issue for Canadians, this new polling by Ipsos Reid – commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) – reveals how the issue could influence voters this election, with six out of 10 participants suggesting they’d vote for the party with the best health care plan. Read more

Promising findings in pancreatic cancer study highlight the importance of genetic sequencing. bccancer.bc.ca: A study led by BC Cancer researchers which looked into the genetic profiles of advanced pancreatic cancers has led to a unique treatment and is offering reason to be hopeful with a cancer that is hard to diagnose and treat effectively. Read more

Cracks in the system: Without a national pharmacare strategy, who is left behind? theglobeandmail.com: Lack of public or private insurance, incomplete drug coverage or just plain sky-high prices for drugs that treat rare diseases are some of the issues preventing many Canadians from accessing much-needed prescription drugs. Read more

Canadian health care stuck in the ’60s, expert says. globalnews.ca: In the first instalment of a Global News series exploring the Canadian health-care system, experts are calling attention to a framework they believe is decades out of date. Read more

Almost half of younger Canadian boomers considering delaying retirement: study. benefitscanada.com: More than a fifth (21 per cent) of younger Canadian baby boomers haven’t saved for retirement, according to a survey by Franklin Templeton Investments Canada. … The survey also found 22 per cent of Canadian millennials said they’re more worried about medical and pharmaceutical expenses in retirement. Read more

Manulife launches opioid management program, partners with virtual health-care company. benefitscanada.com: The opioid management program features a two-step system. The first ensures plan members who start opioid treatment do so with a short-term supply, while the second encourages using short-acting opioids at the outset. Read more

New Research Predicts Added Sugar Labeling Will Save Billions of Dollars and Millions of Lives. foodindustryexecutive.com:new study published by the American Heart Association estimates that added sugar labels could result in a savings of more than $30 billion in healthcare and more than $60 billion in societal costs over a 20-year period. Read more

Robotic health care is coming to a hospital near you. theconversation.com: Medical robots are helping doctors and other professionals save time, lower costs and shorten patient recovery times, but patients may not be ready. Read more

Booster shot: New Ontario research centre aims to increase immunization by fighting anti-vaccine misinformation. theglobeandmail.com: The Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases, launched by the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, will be the first academic centre of its kind in Canada to focus primarily on public perception of vaccines and exploring ways to boost confidence and vaccination rates. 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 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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