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CDA-SK 2019 Convention: Does the Public Trust Us?

The 2019 CDA Convention delivered in collaboration with The College of Dental Surgeons Saskatchewan is just three months away, and speakers like today’s Oasis Discussions guest, Dr. Carlos Quiñonez, are busy preparing their talks and presentations. During the conference, speakers will be sharing their thoughts and expertise on important topics like Dr. Quiñonez’s presentation about trust and ethical decision making. This presentation draws from examining the nature of public trust, why it is important, and what is happening in the dental care market and in dentists’ clinical lives that can influence public trust.

About Dr. Carlos Quiñonez

Carlos Quiñonez is a dental public health specialist, associate professor and program director at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto (U of T). He graduated with his DMD from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba (U of M) in 1998, and then completed his MSc at the U of Ms Faculty of Medicine in 2004. He then completed a PhD and dental public health specialty at the U of T in 2009. Carlos research centres on the politics and economics of dentistry, with a specific focus on health and social equity.

He is the author of over 200 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and government reports, and regularly consults with government and non-governmental agencies on issues of dental care policy. He is the Editor of Ontario Dentist, the Ontario Dental Associations professional journal, past-Chair of the Canadian Dental Associations Committee on Clinical and Scientific Affairs, and past-President of the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry.

During this video discussion, Dr. Quiñonez gives insight into his presentation including:

  • Why trust matters in dentistry, a regulated healthcare profession, and how it is influenced by social contracts.
  • Defining what public trust means within a dental context and unpacking current data on public trust.
  • Making professional and ethical decisions including pressures and environments that lower ethical decision making.
  • Decision making and ethics in a competitive and commercialized dental care system.
  • Overview of data from a survey on the types of decisions being made by Ontario-based dentists.
  • Considering how dentists’ life and work context influence decision making and ethics on a daily basis.
  • The work on clinical decision-making that Dr. Quiñonez is reporting on is the MSc thesis work of Dr. Abdulrahman Ghoneim and Dr. Bonnie Yu.

Dr. Quiñonez will be presenting at the CDA CDSS Convention on Friday September 13, 2019 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm in the Blair Nelson Room.


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Until next time!

Chiraz Guessaier, Manager, CDA Oasis


Read/download the transcript of the conversation (PDF)

Oasis Moment/Preview (1.45″)

Full Conversation (15.28″)



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1 Comment

  1. Michael Y Zuk DDS June 20, 2019

    SHOULD the public trust dentist?

    The profession needs to stop hiding the concerns many of us have about abuse of the public trust. The theme that continues to corrupt dentists on a mass scale is questionable protocols from sponsored continuing education seminars. How many patients have had unnecessary full mouth drilling due to the misplaced trust a dentist had on an educator’s over-treatment approach? How many patients have been flown outside a dentist’s licensed and insured area to be butchered beyond repair? If writing a book about over-treatment is misconduct and the banning of words like ‘smile makeover’ are what dental authorities do to protect the public, then it is obvious the profession is more concerned about its reputation than actually earning the trust of the public by making a real effort to address this decades-long problem. First it was cosmetic dentistry, now dental implants…the seminars need to be scrutinized and reviewed before the victims are telling their stories in the tribunals and courts. Patients should not trust the profession. Not yet.


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