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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/06/05

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Fibroblasts communicate mechanically over lengthy distances: study

Assessment of the Appropriateness of Antibiotic Prescriptions for Infection Prophylaxis Before Dental Procedures, 2011 to 2015

Demystifying CBD

Canadian Dentistry News

Webinar June 14 @ 10 AM ET: Help IMHA Set Research Priorities For Oral Health Research. ncohr-rcrsb.ca: Are you interested in oral health research? This is your final opportunity to contribute to the CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) priorities for2019-2022! Oral Health Research Community Priorities with Dr. Alain Moreau and Dr. Elham Emami. Please note a password is needed to attend! Read more

Should Calgary bring fluoridated water back? Council expected to review new study this month. globalnews.ca: The issue of putting fluoride back in Calgary’s drinking water is coming up again at city hall this summer. As Carolyn Kury de Castillo reports, both pro- and anti-fluoride groups are trying to sway politicians’ opinions as a new report on the merits of fluoridation is expected to go to council this month. Read more

Cannabis et santé dentaire. radio-canada.ca : Une entrevue avec le Dr Aaron Burry. Écouter à partir de 16 h 15 – 8 min

Le «IKEA dentaire» d’un Lavallois soulève bien des questions. tvanouvelles.ca : Un prothésiste dentaire de Laval vient de lancer une trousse pour fabriquer soi-même ses dentiers à la maison, une sorte de «IKEA dentaire». Lire plus

Une municipalité de la région abandonne la fluoration de son eau potable. lecourrierdusud.ca : Le conseil municipal de la Ville de Châteauguay a décidé d’arrêter la fluoration de son eau potable. Une résolution votée à l’unanimité a été adoptée lors de l’assemblée publique du 21 mai. Lire plus

Brockville Dentist is the New President of the Ontario Dental Association. oda.ca: Dr. Kim Hansen hopes to end access to dental care barriers and bring wellness to the forefront. Read more

Announcement: Acting Vice Dean & Director, Dentistry. schulich.uwo.ca: Dr. Bertha Garcia has been appointed as Acting Vice Dean & Director, Dentistry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective June 1, 2019 until May 31, 2020 or until a permanent Vice Dean & Director is selected. Read more

Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. healthcarecan.ca: Western University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Read more

UBC clinical prof wins ACDF’s WW Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education. dentistry.ubc.ca: Dr. PJ Murphy, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences, has been selected as the UBC Faculty of Dentistry winner of the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry’s (ACDF) W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education for the 2018-2019 academic year by members of the Teaching Effectiveness and Awards Committee. Read more

UBC Dentistry’s grad studies director awarded Killam Teaching Prize. dentistry.ubc.ca: The Faculty is honoured to announce Dr. Clive Roberts has been awarded a Killam Teaching Prize for the 2018/19 academic year. […] This award recognizes Dr. Roberts for his strong commitment to teaching and reflects his outstanding abilities to mentor and engage students in both the classroom and one-on-one settings. Read more

Dr. Frances Power receives W.W. Award for Excellence in Teaching. mcgill.ca: Congratulations to Dr. Frances Power DDS ’90 for being awarded the W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education. Read more

Une rare collection de papillons offerte à l’Université du Manitoba. ici.radio-canada.ca: Ce don permettra de comprendre davantage l’évolution de ces populations d’insectes au Manitoba. … Cet échantillon hors du commun, on le doit au Dr. William Christie, un ancien professeur du département de dentisterie de l’Université du Manitoba. Lire plus

Graduation 2019. dentistry.ubc.ca: UBC Dentistry is proud of its 51st graduating class and salutes the hard work and dedication of each of its members in all programs. Read more

Congratulations to the Class of 2019. mcgill.ca: Dentistry students celebrated their time at McGill among friends, family, colleagues, and became McGill alumni. Read more

New Waterford man lived life to the fullest. capebretonpost.com: He was a bomber pilot, prisoner of war, dentist, MLA and sports enthusiast, but also a rock star of a joke teller. Mike Laffin died Thursday, May 23, at age 101. Read more

International Dentistry News

Treating patients with special needs is fulfilling. newdentistblog.ada.org: Dr. Chelsea Fosse knew she wanted to work with patients with special needs even before she enrolled in dental school. Read more

ADA president shares the story of dentistry, policy on opioids. ada.org: Standing in a room full of national health care leaders and researchers in pain management and substance use disorders, ADA President Jeffrey M. Cole told a story. He told the story of an Association driven to do its part to alleviate the nation’s opioids crisis. Read more

ADA Foundation awards grant to improve access for children with special needs. ada.org: The ADA Foundation will award a three-year, $375,000 grant to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center to support a new program designed to improve access to oral health care for children with special needs. Read more

AAPD Names New Board of Trustees at AAPD 2019 in Chicago. aapd.com: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the leading authority on children’s oral health, inducted the new president and other officers and trustees for the new AAPD board of trustees in Chicago, Ill., on May 26, 2019. Read more

A Conversation with the School of Dental Medicine’s New Dean. tufts.edu: Nadeem Karimbux, a leader in dental education, talks innovation and the importance of mentoring. Read more

NHS People’s Plan: Good ideas on workforce, but funding remains elephant in room. bda.org: The BDA has welcomed much of the overall approach to workforce planning set out in the Interim NHS People Plan: the future dental workforce published today by the Future Dental Workforce Group, as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Read more

Call for plain packaging for unhealthy drinks and snacks to combat preventable disease. news.sky.com: That is one of the proposals in a report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a left-leaning think tank, which says the plain packaging would put unhealthy snacks on “a level playing field” with fruit and vegetables. Read more

Juliann Bluitt Foster, Trailblazer in Dentistry, Is Dead at 80. nytimes.com: Juliann Bluitt Foster, an African-American woman, became a dentist at a time when only about 2 percent of dental school graduates were women and “maybe 2 percent of that 2 percent” were African-American, said Dr. Jeanne Craig Sinkford, a former dean of Howard University’s dental school. Read more

The Editors: Dental care is inseparable from overall health care. americamagazine.org: One problem that affects almost all marginalized places and demographic groups is poor dental care, despite growing evidence that oral health problems can be symptoms of and even contributors to life-threatening illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. The lack of access to dental care has two main causes. Read more

Artificial Intelligence And Other Tech Innovations Are Transforming Dentistry. forbes.com: If you’re like the majority of humans on the planet, going to the dentist isn’t on the top of your list of things to do for fun. But with AI and new tech and innovative design, it might start to be a bit more intriguing. Read more

Dental Students Recognized for Educating Prisoners About Oral Health. dentistrytoday.com: Students at the University of Dundee School of Dentistry have received an award from the Oral Health Foundation for their work in improving oral health education among residents of the Scottish Prison Service within HMP Perth. Read more

‘The field values women in dentistry and wants them to succeed’. ada.org: Women in dentistry have a powerful opportunity not only to model stress mastery techniques but also to contribute to a more calm, mindful experience for their patients and staff. Ms. Hanna That’s the mantra of Heidi Hanna, one of three thought leaders scheduled to deliver keynote sessions at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress as part of the Women in Dentistry Leadership Series in September. Read more

Clinical & Scientific News

Fibroblasts communicate mechanically over lengthy distances: study. dentistry.utoronto.ca: Published last month in Nature Communications, researchers at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry have uncovered a previously unknown communication strategy between the body’s repair cells, fibroblasts and macrophages, which may one day reveal new understandings about wound repair and fibrosis. Read more

Immune system discovery inspires a new barometer for inflammatory diseases. dentistry.utoronto.ca: A unique discovery about the nature of neutrophils — the most numerous white blood cells in the body — may lead to new models for diagnosing and tracking inflammatory diseases such as cancer and osteoarthritis. Read more

Tooth decay may result from immune response, not just bacterial plaque. varsity.ca: U of T researchers find evidence for maverick theory first published in 1970. Cavities in teeth may result from an immune system response, not just bacteria, according to a recent U of T study. This counters decades of established thinking in dental research. Read more

AGD Tackles Managing Oral Injuries and Mouthguards. agd.org: The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) in its June issue of AGD Impact examines various oral injuries and how sports dentists work with athletes to prevent such incidences primarily through the use of mouthguards. Read more

Journal reviews endo-ortho treatment of avulsed teeth. cda.org: The June issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association presents a case report on a patient with avulsion of her maxillary central incisors who received a less than ideal replantation and failed to obtain timely endodontic treatment. Other articles spotlight the treatment of a patient with a large mandibular osteoma, a study on the effects of miniscule occlusal interference on adults and a pilot program that provides one-visit dentures to the homeless. Read more

Randomised clinical studies investigating immediate and short-term efficacy of an occluding toothpaste in providing dentine hypersensitivity relief. bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com: One effective occluding ingredient used in toothpastes is stannous fluoride (SnF2), but this can be unstable in aqueous formulation. These three studies aimed to characterise the short-term effects of an experimental, anhydrous SnF2 dentifrice on DH. Read more

Oral cleanliness in daily users of powered vs. manual toothbrushes – a cross-sectional study. bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com: The present study thus analysed whether the capability to achieve oral cleanliness is better in people for whom powered toothbrushing is a daily routine. Read more

Poor oral hygiene severely impacts training and athletic performance. fdiworlddental.org: FDI’s Sports Dentistry project aims to raise awareness on how oral health affects sports performance and offers guidance to athletes, physicians, and sports organizations. Read more

Brush your teeth and use floss to slow down Alzheimer’s. sciencedaily.com: Researchers in Norway have discovered a clear connection between oral health and Alzheimer’s disease. Read more

Assessment of the Appropriateness of Antibiotic Prescriptions for Infection Prophylaxis Before Dental Procedures, 2011 to 2015. jamanetwork.com: Are antibiotics appropriately prescribed for infection prophylaxis before dental procedures? Read more

La plupart des antibiotiques prescrits par les dentistes seraient inutiles. midilibre.fr : Les antibiotiques prescrits par les dentistes à titre préventif contre les infections bactériennes sont inutiles dans 81% des cas, affirme une nouvelle étude américaine. Lire plus

University-based initiatives towards better access to oral health care for rural and remote populations: A scoping review. journals.plos.org: This scoping review maps a wide array of literature to identify academic programs that have been developed to enhance oral health care for rural and remote populations and to provide an overview of their outcomes. Read more

Unclear evidence on the effectiveness of oral hygiene measures for those with intellectual disabilities. cochraneorg.wordpress.com: A systematic review to examine the effectiveness of oral hygiene programmes for people with intellectual disabilities. Read more

Researchers zero in on new class of oral cancer drugs. news.uthscsa.edu: Novel agents have potential to break 40-year drought in oral cancer drug development. Read more

Washington dental society uses ADA roadmap to build medical-dental collaboration. ada.org: Pediatric dentist Dr. Ronald H. Hsu has a personal experience that explains his passion for emphasizing medical-dental collaborations in his community. Read more

Teeth of the Pearl Harbor Dead: Postwar Challenge to Forensic Odontology. forensicmag.com: The dental lessons from the postwar era include the fact that a forensic odontologist needs to consider not only presence or absence of teeth—but also the pattern of teeth present and absent in a given quadrant, the authors concludes. Read more

Scientists discover gene mutation evolved in humans to help with high-sugar diets. newatlas.com: In an interesting look at evolution in action, a research team led by University College London has discovered around 50 percent of people carry a gene mutation that helps lower blood sugar levels. Read more

Mind Your Business

Fees Matter More Than You May Think. cdspi.com: When you look at the returns for your investment funds, the fund fees, or MERs (management expense ratios), are already included, so they’re essentially invisible. This may lead some people to ignore these fees, or even assume they don’t matter that much. But if you do the math, you see they matter very much over time. Read more

Patient Information

Water Works. mouthhealthy.org: It doesn’t matter if your glass is half empty or half full: Drinking water is always good for your health and your teeth. Here are four reasons why. Read more

Beware These Dental Scams That Can Bite You Hard. moneywise.com: Don’t let phantom treatments and other schemes sink their teeth into your wallet. Read more

Your Health & Medical News

Government of Canada marks World No Tobacco Day by sharing the What We Heard report from the National Forum on the Future of Tobacco Control in Canada. canada.ca: Forum brought together more than 150 stakeholders to set the groundwork for achieving aggressive target to drive down tobacco use in Canada to less than 5% by 2035. Read more

CMA supports World No Tobacco Day, joins partners to release new report on lowering tobacco use. cma.ca: As part of the Canadian Medical Association’s (CMA’s) ongoing work to reduce tobacco use, the association is supporting World No Tobacco Day on May 31 by helping launch the  2019 Tobacco Endgame Report. Read more

Is coffee good for you? folio.ca: Three to four cups a day can boost your health along with your energy level, but caffeine isn’t for everyone, say U of A experts. Read more

Research examines how diet can influence memory-formation. schulich.uwo.ca: Published in the journal Trends in Neuroscience, the study describes the critical importance of perineuronal nets (PNNs) – structures that enmesh certain neurons in the brain – in protecting the neuron and regulating how often the brain turns experiences into memories. Read more

Demystifying CBD. tvo.org: But what is actually known about CBD? Hance Clarke, director of Pain Services and medical director of The Pain Research Unit at Toronto General Hospital and the University Health Network, gives Steve Paikin the facts. Watch 14:12

‘Opioid epidemic:’ Pharmacists want to restrict low-dose codeine products like Tylenol 1. nationalpost.com: Pharmacists say it’s time for Canada to restrict access to over-the-counter codeine as the country grapples with an opioid crisis. Read more

Senators working to block bill that restricts food and drink ads aimed at children. theglobeandmail.com: A bill that would restrict food and beverage advertising aimed at kids is facing the possibility of a quiet death in the Senate after taking nearly three years to make its way through Parliament. Read more

Teens thought Ottawa’s anti-vaping campaign “scarier” than alternative. ipolitics.ca: Health Canada’s anti-vaping campaign was found to be “scarier” to teenagers than an alternative plan that was seen as “empowering young people (and) not being judgemental,” a public opinion report from the department shows. Read more

10 health stories that mattered this week. cmajnews.com: Drug pricing reforms, a ban on breast implants, wildfire smoke warnings and more in this week’s top Canadian health news. Read more

Alarm as Ebola outbreak reaches 2,000 cases, picks up speed. ctvnews.ca: The deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo has surpassed 2,000 cases and is picking up speed. 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


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

Dental Industry News

Time for your teeth cleaning? This startup simplifies dental care–through design. fastcompany.com: Dental care is finally getting the tech makeover that long ago transformed the mainstream healthcare sector. Read more

AI generates orthodontic plans to ease dentist burden. venturebeat.com: Enter a research paper proposing a system that uses natural language processing to design an orthodontic treatment plan from findings included in dentist-penned medical certificates. They say its treatment priority rankings match those of human dentists over half the time. Read more

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