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News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks – 2019/10/23

Top News

American Dental Association Statement on Vaping

ADA runs ads clarifying status of petition to FDA regarding SmileDirectClub

California passes law strengthening teledentistry requirements

First drug that can slow Alzheimer’s dementia

Additional ranitidine products recalled, including Zantac; request to stop distribution remains in place while Health Canada continues to assess NDMA

FDA grants first-ever modified risk orders to eight smokeless tobacco products

FTC judge rules on conspiracy allegations involving Henry Schein, Benco, Patterson


Federal Elections

Federal election 2019: Trudeau’s Liberals have a minority government. What now? A guide to the day after. theglobeandmail.com: Justin Trudeau will now have to co-operate in a minority Parliament in which the Conservatives have gained ground in Alberta and the Bloc has made a comeback in Quebec. Here’s what you need to know. Read more

Federal election 2019: Liberals win strong minority but lose popular vote to Conservatives. globeandmail.com: Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have retained enough seats to govern with a strong minority in the House of Commons as the result of a robust showing in Ontario, bringing an end to an acrimonious campaign and ushering in the uncertainty of a divided Parliament and a country split along regional lines. Read more

Which health care promises will the Liberals realistically be able to keep? globalnews.ca: The Liberals have a number of significant health care-related campaign promises to live up to as they are set to form a minority government. Read more

‘People want us to move forward’ | Bill Morneau. cbc.ca: Liberal MP Bill Morneau discusses the results of the 2019 federal election, which resulted in a minority Liberal government. Listen 9:07

How could the Liberals mend regional divides? | The Premiers’ League. cbc.ca: Former premiers Bob Rae, Brian Gallant, Alison Redford and Ujjal Dosanjh discuss how the newly elected Liberal minority government can go about mending the divides highlighted by yesterday’s result. Listen 12:15

Election 2019: A Complex Liberal Minority Win | The Agenda with Steve Paikin. tvo.org: A Liberal government, albeit a reduced one, overseeing a very divided Canada. The Agenda’s panel of journalists and party strategists discusses the federal election. Listen 41:48

What a Liberal minority government will mean for the health of Canadians. theconversation.com: Where does that leave health care across the country, moving forward? Read more

Liberals win minority in federal election — here’s a look at promises Trudeau made. globalnews.com: … The party’s platform stated the government would “take the critical steps” to implement national universal pharmacare. Read more

Trudeau overcomes scandals to win second term in federal election. bnnbloomberg.ca: Singh, the NDP leader, has said he will lay out six requests in exchange for his support in any minority parliament: a universal pharmacare plan and national dental care, investments in affordable housing, waiving interest on student loans, a “bold” plan on climate change, a tax on wealth and a price cap on mobile phone bills. Read more

Tamara Taggart defeated by long-time NDP candidate Don Davies. dailyhive.com: Earlier this year, Davies penned an op-ed for Daily Hive advocating for a universal dental care plan, calling dental services a “glaring omission” in Canada’s public health care system. Read more

Re-elected Vancouver East MP Jenny Kwan says New Democrats will bring strong voice to Ottawa. straight.com:  Kwan cited most of the six conditions laid down earlier by NDP leader Jagmeet Singh for New Democrats to cooperate with a minority government. Read more

Andrew Coyne: The Liberals didn’t win the 2019 federal election, they just lost less than the Conservatives. nationalpost.com: The story of this election is likewise not of any surge in support for the Conservatives, but of the restlessness and rootlessness of voters on the left. Read more

Editorial: A new mandate for the Liberals. thestar.com: It may not be the smashing victory they won in 2015, but Justin Trudeau and the Liberals should feel very good that they will have a chance to form another government. Read more

Faith in politicians fading among Canadians living in poverty. election.ctvnews.ca: Despite declining poverty figures, many lower-income Canadians still feel overlooked as the leaders of the main political parties pledge to do more for the middle class. For those who may be homeless and relying on free meal programs, their faith in politicians has faded. Read more

Health Care Policy and the Federal Election – The Agenda with Steve Paikin. tvo.org: When voters are asked to list their top issues, health care invariably breaks the top five. This time around, the parties’ offerings range from boosting the Canada Health Transfer to major new pharma and dental care plans. The Agenda unpacks the proposals on offer to Canadians. (With André Picard, Globe & Mail; Dr.  Tara Kiran, University of Toronto; Kwame McKenzie, Wellesley Institute; Mary Wiktorowicz, York University; and Dr. Brett Belchez, Fraser Institute) Listen 34:14

Voters beware: National pharmacare is unnecessary, bad for privately insured Canadians and costly for taxpayers. business.financialpost.com [OPINION]: Research has shown it would be less disruptive and less expensive to just fill the gaps caused by public formulary exclusions. Read more

Former premiers say post-election PM could face rocky road with provinces. election.ctvnews.ca: Power Play: Former premiers Kathleen Wynne and Christy Clark discuss how federal-provincial co-operation is required for some policy objectives. Read more and listen 9:56


Canadian Dentistry News

We asked a dentist all the teeth questions we’ve ever had so you don’t have to. theloop.ca: We asked real dentist and Canadian Dental Association Director of Clinical and Scientific Affairs, Dr. Benoit Soucy, all those stupid, trivial and downright embarrassing questions we still have about oral care, and he was kind enough to school us in a skill we should have perfected when we first got teeth. Read more

2019-2020 CADR-NCOHR Student Research Award Winners. ncohr-rcrsb.ca: In 2019-20, eighteen (18) students received awards. Read more

Volunteer Dentistry – Practising in a not-for-profit capacity. rcdso.org: Interested in offering dentistry services on a voluntary basis? You may be eligible to renew your certificate of registration at a reduced fee. Read more

Does charcoal actually whiten teeth? ualberta.ca: Charcoal-based toothpaste can be more harmful to your teeth than beneficial warn dental hygienists. Read more

Abbotsford hospital fundraising for cancer dental care. bc.ctvnews.ca: An oral cancer survivor from B.C. is speaking out to bolster a fundraising campaign to install a new dental suite for cancer patients at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Rosalyn Salanguit survived stage four cancer in her tongue, and despite doctors’ predictions that she would never talk again or eat without a feeding tube she’s sharing her story in her own words to bring more attention and resources to fighting the disease. Read more

Peterborough letter: Dentist has questions about health warning. thepeterboroughexaminer.com: Re: “Dr. Rosana Salvaterra deserves recognition for keeping community safe,” letters, Oct. 7. As the former chief of dentistry at two of Canada’s major teaching hospitals, I am compelled to respond to the letter by J. Higginson on the above subject. Higginson’s opinion might have been tempered had he been aware of certain facts. Read more


International Dentistry News

American Dental Association Statement on Vaping. ada.org, Oct 21 [News Release]: In light of recent reports of vaping-related injuries and deaths, the American Dental Association (ADA) wishes to express its opposition to any use of oral tobacco, including vaping nicotine from e-cigarettes, and urges people using any type of tobacco product to quit. Read more

ADA runs ads clarifying status of petition to FDA regarding SmileDirectClub. ada.org: The American Dental Association will run digital advertisements on the websites of The New York Times and USA Today clarifying that its pending citizen petition submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about SmileDirectClub is very much active. Read more

SmileShops to open in Dublin and Cork. rte.ie: US teledentist chain SmileDirectClub is set to launch in Ireland this week as it opens two new SmileShops in Dublin and Cork. Read more

SmileDirectClub lawsuit alleges there’s a California dentist conspiracy. latimes.com: In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court, SmileDirect alleges that the Dental Board of California had an investigator conduct “a series of coordinated raids” on the company’s retail locations, known as SmileShops. The dental board declined to comment on the lawsuit. SmileDirect didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Read more

My View: Could vaccines come from your dentist? Not yet. ada.org [OPINION]: Dentists remain an untapped source of primary care and can provide screening services for a variety of chronic issues including diabetes and hypertension. However, statewide implementation of a dental vaccine program poses several barriers that make widespread adoption unlikely. Read more

California passes law strengthening teledentistry requirements. ada.org: American Dental Association President Chad P. Gehani commended the California Dental Association for being instrumental in passing a law that offers protections for patients using teledentistry. Read more

FDA, FTC warn company marketing unapproved cannabidiol products with unsubstantiated claims to treat teething and ear pain in infants, autism, ADHD, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. fda.gov: FDA is also working quickly to evaluate regulatory policies related to cannabis and cannabis-derived ingredients like CBD. Read more

Academy of General Dentistry Endorses Oral Health Literacy Awareness Legislation. agd.org: Bill H.R. 4678 authorizes funding for strategic public education campaign that aims to reduce growing oral health concerns. Read more

More work needed to tackle oral health inequalities among children in Scotland. Bda.org: New data from Scotland shows that children’s dental health has improved, but more needs to be done to tackle persistent oral health inequalities, says BDA Scotland. Read more

UR Medicine opened the new Eastman Institute for Oral Health to make dental care more accessible in New York. whec.com: The multi-million-dollar clinic was created to cater to patients with complex conditions since there’s often a lack of qualified dentists and adequate facilities for them. Read more

Policy Tip Sheet: Dental Therapy Is an Answer To Florida’s Dental Health Shortage. heartland.org: In this Policy Tip Sheet, Matthew Glans examines Florida’s dentist shortage and how creating a new license for mid-level dental therapists could be one solution to expand the availability of dental care. Read more

Colorado’s legislative, executive branches open to improved oral healthcare access. coloradopolitics.com: Colorado state Sen. Dominick Moreno and the Polis administration expressed interest Monday in the licensure of dental therapists in Colorado to improve access to oral healthcare. Read more

Broken teeth and useless coverage: Is this what government health care should look like? sacbee.com: When people can’t afford to fix their broken or crooked teeth, it’s not just a cosmetic problem. It often stands in the way of getting a job. So why is it so hard for Californians with dental coverage through Medi-Cal to get the care they need? Read more

Dental care remains out of reach for many in South Dakota. rapidcityjournal.com: Tooth decay, gum disease and many other oral-health illnesses are considered to be 100% preventable, yet many children and adults across South Dakota continue to suffer severe dental problems. Read more

BDA welcomes new dedicated mental health support for NHS dentists. bda.org: The BDA has welcomed the Health Secretary’s announcement that dentists in England will at last have access to a comprehensive mental health service, on par with doctors. Read more

How bad teeth and a lack of dental care can lead to discrimination and poverty. chicagotribune.com: Gina Diaz-Nino considers herself an extrovert. But since her mouth began deteriorating after years of methamphetamine use and two fights, she receded into the shadows. Her teeth are yellow, crooked and browning around the corners. Most of her top teeth are either chipped, missing or decaying. When they fell out, they crumbled like chalk. Read more

SWFL dentist works alongside unusual assistant. nbc-2.com: Dr. Erin Taylor’s “dental assistant” is unlike any other in Southwest Florida. When patients arrive at one of her three Pediatric Dentistry offices, they are greeted by a Goldendoodle named Ellie. Read more

Not your father’s Medi-Cal – Program changes promote preventive dental care, tobacco cessation. cda.org: Improvements to the Medi-Cal Dental program continue with new options for dentists who treat Medi-Cal members, including the ability to provide fluoride treatment and fluoride varnish as a benefit once every four months for patients under age 6. The increase in the benefit periodicity underscores the state’s commitment to regular preventive oral health visits for young children in California. Read more

Top 34 bestselling ‘fruit’ drinks for kids deemed unhealthy. cnn.com: Americans spent $1.4 billion on the most popular brands of children’s fruit drinks and flavored waters last year. Yet according to nutritional guidelines, none of the drinks were healthy. Why would loving parents do this? Perhaps because US beverage companies spent $20.7 million to advertise fun, fruity drinks with added sugars to families in 2018, according to Children’s Drink Facts 2019, a new report from the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Read more

Singapore to ban sugary drink ads. news.com.au: Singapore’s health ministry has announced a ban on advertisements of some fizzy drinks and juices as it tries to curb consumption of sugar. Read more

How China is Shaping the Future of Oral Health for the FDI World Dental Congress 2020 in Shanghai. fdiworlddental.org: Read more

University at Buffalo welcomes first female American Indian dentist. buffalo.edu: Jessica Ann Rickert, DDS, will visit the University at Buffalo to share her journey in becoming the first female American Indian dentist in the world. During the event, “Change Perceptions… Go Beyond Expectations,” Rickert will also address the alarming shortage of American Indians in dental schools across the United States. Read more

Study: This Halloween, People More Scared of Root Canals Than Spiders, Snakes, Sharks. aae.org: Endodontist survey also finds majority unable to identify safest Halloween candies for teeth. Read more

American Association of Endodontists’ Web Traffic Surges Since Debut of Worth Saving Awareness Campaign. aae.org: Traffic to the American Association of Endodontists’ (AAE) patient website aae.org/patients increased 41 percent since the launch of the Association’s “Worth Saving” campaign. Read more

ODC continues to support Doc Access Act. ada.org: Prohibiting third-party payers from dictating what dentists can charge for services not covered by dental benefit plans is a priority for the Organized Dentistry Coalition in 2019, which is once again offering support for legislation calling for just that. Read more

Vaping has been linked to lung disease in hundreds of patients, but there’s a new concern: Dentists are warning it can damage your teeth. stamfordadvocate.com: Dentists are starting to notice negative effects of vaping in younger patients. Read more

Dentists Voice Concerns About Vaping. hsdm.harvard.edu: According to Eidelman, a common symptom he sees associated with vaping is dry mouth syndrome, which can lead to more serious problems like cavities, gum disease, and severe gingivitis. He sees these risks being greatest among teens and young adults who are the most prevalent users of e-cigarette products and do not frequently visit the dentist. Read more

Dental tourism: 6 questions to ask before you go overseas for dental work.considerable.com: “I’m not here saying, nor is the ADA saying, don’t go overseas. But ask the right questions and be aware of some of these considerations before embarking on something like that,” Hewlett says. You could save a lot of money with overseas dental care — but there’s more to consider than just the price. Read more


Clinical & Scientific News

Understanding mouth cancer. dentistry.co.uk: Ahead of Mouth Cancer Action Month this November, Deborah Lyle takes a closer look at the group of diseases, and explains how dental professionals can help detect oral cancer early. Read more

Journal of Dental Research Centennial Featured Article: Oral Implants — The Paradigm Shift in Restorative Dentistry. iadr.org: The discovery of the phenomenon osseointegration has led to the development of oral implants with high clinical performance. In the JDR Centennial article “Oral Implants — The Paradigm Shift in Restorative Dentistry,” Niklaus P. Lang, Professor Emeritus, University of Berne, Switzerland, reviews history and progression of dental implants but emphasizes the importance of advocating for treatment philosophies that help retain more teeth. Read more

9th AADR Fall Focused Symposium: Advances in Precision Oral Health Research. iadr.org: The papers resulting from this symposium are published in the latest issue of Advances in Dental Research, an e-Supplement to the Journal of Dental Research (JDR). Read more

Journal of the Irish Dental Association – October/November 2019 issue: issue.com: Read more

Let’s talk about the ‘D’ word in dentistry. dentistryiq.com: Many times it’s easier to write a script to manage an issue than it is to work toward fixing the underlying etiology. Dr. Stacey Gividen believes dental providers should slow down with the script pad. Here’s why. Read more

A secret in our saliva: Food and germs helped humans evolve into unique member of great apes. buffalo.edu: Researchers say human and primate saliva “could be overlooked hotbeds of evolutionary activity”. Read more

TV linked to sugar consumption and rotten teeth in children. dentalhealth.org: Children who watch over 90 minutes of television a day are more likely to eat sugar and suffer from tooth decay, according to the findings of a new study. Read more

Impact of toothpaste on oral health-related quality of life in people with dentine hypersensitivity. bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com: This study aimed to assess changes in oral health-related quality of life measures in individuals with dentine hypersensitivity following long-term use (24 weeks) of a commercially available toothpaste marketed for dentine hypersensitivity relief. Read more

Impact of uncomplicated traumatic dental injuries on the quality of life of children and adolescents: a systematic review and meta-analysis. bmcoralhealth.biomedcentral.com: Uncomplicated TDIs, dental trauma involving enamel, enamel and dentin and tooth discolorations, account for approximately two-thirds of all diagnosed TDIs in children and adolescents. Hence, it may be important to understand the impact of uncomplicated TDIs on OHRQoL, by synthesizing the available literature. Read more

How mice renew teeth could inform regeneration research in humans. ada.org: New findings related to tooth regeneration in mice could offer insights into how human teeth could potentially be regenerated. Ophir Klein, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of orofacial sciences, human genetics and pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, has been researching how adult stem cells drive tooth renewal in rodents, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, which provided funding for his work. The research was published in September in Nature Cell Biology. Read more

Gum disease linked with higher risk of hypertension. ucl.ac.uk: People with gum disease (periodontitis) have a greater likelihood of high blood pressure (hypertension), according to a new UCL-led study. Read more

Cognitive decline and periodontitis. mau.se: Cognitive functioning and dementia can dramatically affect the conditions for oral health. A new dissertation by researcher Helena Nilsson reveals after she participated in a unique global study on aging. Read more

A ‘shocking’ new way to treat infections. eurekalert.org: New Pitt research uses electrochemical approach to treat infections of metal-based implants. Read more

Phone, TV, social media use tied to more sugar, caffeine in teens: McMaster study. cbc.ca, Oct 23: A new study from McMaster University in Hamilton looked at data from 32,418 American students in Grades 8 and 10 and found those who spent an additional hour per day on TV were at 32 per cent higher risk of exceeding World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for sugar. Read more


Your Health & Medical News

The Many Sides of the Cannabis Conversation. schulich.uwo.ca: Four health experts share their views on the ongoing cannabis debate. Read more

Cannabis vaping is now legal in Canada, but that doesn’t make it safe: experts. folio.ca: Consumers should avoid ‘experiment’ with vaping oil products, say U of A medical experts who cite lack of health evidence and lung problems linked to vaping. Read more

B.C. logs its first case of vaping illness with more suspected: health officer. timescolonist.com: British Columbia has confirmed its first probable case of vaping-related illness and the provincial health officer says she expects there to be more. Read more

Pot legalization has gone ‘well’, but ‘yellow flags’ on vaping: task force chair. kitchenertoday.com: Anne McLellan said the growing number of vaping-related illnesses on both sides of the border is giving her pause. “Do we get to red, as a federal regulator whose first priorities are health and safety of the consuming public?” she said. Read more

The unfinished business of Medicare – the fight for prescription drugs. facebook.com/schulichMedicineandDentistry: Dr. Danyaal Raza, MD’09, presents the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture (October 19). Listen 42:16

Liberals promise family doctors for all but is it realistic? cmajnews.com: Providing a family physician for every Canadian would be a difficult feat to accomplish, say health workforce experts. Read more

Health News Recap — 10 health stories that mattered this week: A drop in opioid prescriptions, legal cannabis edibles, and cases of vaping-related illness in this week’s top Canadian health news. Read more

First drug that can slow Alzheimer’s dementia. bbc.com: A US drug company says it has created the first therapy that could slow Alzheimer’s disease, and it is now ready to bring it to market. Read more

Additional ranitidine products recalled, including Zantac; request to stop distribution remains in place while Health Canada continues to assess NDMA. healthycanadians.gc.ca: Additional prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine drugs, including Zantac, are being recalled by Sanofi Consumer Health Inc., Sivem Pharmaceuticals ULC and Teva Canada Limited because they may contain the impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) above acceptable levels. Read more

Dr. Charles Shaver: Ottawa shirking its role in health care. saltwire.com [OPINION]: Have the Liberals misplaced their priorities in terms of health-care delivery? While concentrating on the legalization of cannabis and establishing a mechanism for assisted dying, Justin Trudeau and his health mister have largely shown disregard for parts of the health file in which Ottawa does indeed have jurisdiction. Read more

The unethical experiment of Canadian pharmacare. thestar.com [OPINION]: People went without essential and life-saving treatments for a full year in a medical research study that was published this month. In an era of high research ethics, how could this have been allowed? Read more

Naloxone is free in Ontario pharmacies, but it isn’t getting to everyone it could help. ctvnews.ca: Many pharmacies in Ontario are staying away from a new program that allows them to dispense naloxone for free, even though the overdose-reversing drug has been tied to a reduction in opioid-related death rates elsewhere. Read more

Fewer people prescribed opioids but data for all provinces needed: doctor. ctvnews.ca: Fewer people in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario were prescribed opioids last year compared with 2013 and the number of patients who began treatment on the pain medication decreased by nearly 10 per cent. Read more

More doctors won’t fix Canada’s health-care woes. theconversation.com: The current proposal by the Liberal Party in this federal election campaign to increase access to family doctors is well-intended but is the wrong solution to Canadians’ health-care needs. Simply providing more funding for more doctors will not address all of the challenges underlying our health-care system. Read more

New research network brings fresh energy to fight against ME. ualberta.ca: The first research network in Canada to focus on chronic fatigue syndrome eager to attract new research into the poorly understood disease. Read more

FDA grants first-ever modified risk orders to eight smokeless tobacco products. fda.gov: FDA concludes completely switching from cigarettes to these authorized products lowers certain health risks. Read more

CDC, States Update Number of Cases of Lung Injury Associated with Use of E-cigarette, or Vaping, Products. cdc.gov: As of October 15, 2019, 1,479 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products were reported by 49 states (all except Alaska), the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read more

Rise of the vape: What led to the popularity of the e-cigarette in Canada? ctvnews.ca: E‑cigarettes were first introduced to the market in 2004, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, but their popularity has exploded in recent years with the enactment of the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act, marking an increase in teen vape users. While vapes and e-cigarette devices have been touted as a way to wean people off traditional cigarette smoking habits, in recent years the technology behind the devices has evolved significantly. Read more

Health experts have mixed reactions to Juul’s removal of flavored e-cigarette products. healio.com: Health professionals are having mixed reactions to Juul’s announcement that it would suspend the sales of its nontobacco and nonmenthol-based flavors. Read more

E-cigarettes helped more than 50,000 people in England quit smoking in one year, study estimates. cnn.com,: Vaping helped 50,000 to 70,000 smokers in England quit smoking in 2017, new research estimates. But different policies and cultures around e-cigarettes mean those results might not be replicated elsewhere. Dr. Sanjay Gupta breaks down the origins of vaping crisis. Read more and listen 06:43

Vape pens, chocolates, candy and drinks: what will be on sale when Canada approves a new wave of cannabis products. ottawacitizen.com: One year after Canada legalized recreational marijuana, a second wave of products is about to be approved that can be vaped, eaten or slathered on your skin. Read more

Vaping and e-cigarette regulations across Canada. cbc.ca: Provisions include minimum age, sales bans and advertising restrictions. Read more

B.C. lung specialist calls for ban on vape products. bc.ctvnews.ca: When public health officials announced B.C.’s first case of probable vaping-related illness on Wednesday, a UBC medical professor who specializes in lung function wasn’t surprised. … He argues the best way to prevent more cases is for the province to ban the sale of vaping products altogether. Read more

New vaping study links e-liquids to some lung inflammation. cnn.com: A new study suggests that vaping e-liquids, specifically propylene glycol and glycerin, may lead to some inflammation in the lungs — but more research is needed to determine just how much inflammation may occur over a prolonged period of time. Read more

Opinion: Vaping May Help Tens of Thousands Quit Smoking, U.K. Study Shows. Bloomberg.com: Vaping has helped tens of thousands of Britons quit smoking each year, a study showed, underlining the U.K.’s more tolerant stance on the alternative cigarettes as a backlash grows in the U.S. Read more

Ireland to outlaw cigarette machines and sale of vapes to under 18s. irishpost.com: Health Minister Simon Harris brought the two moves before Cabinet on Tuesday and received the unanimous backing of his ministerial colleagues. The new regulations are part of the Public Health (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill, which has now been introduced. Read more

South Korea warns of ‘serious risk’ from vaping, considers sales ban. reuters.com: South Korea on Wednesday advised people to stop using liquid e-cigarettes due to growing health concerns and vowed to speed up an investigation into whether to ban sales, a move likely to hit major producers such as Juul and local tobacco company KT&G. Read more

As Vaping Devices Have Evolved, So Have Potential Hazards, Researchers Say. npr.com: Some consumers credit vaping and electronic cigarette products with helping them kick their cigarette habit. But the technology behind the devices, as well as the e-liquids they use, has changed over the years ― and with little standardization, health researchers say. Read more

The Vaping Overreaction. Politicians who ban flavors should brace for a surge in cigarette smoking and the use of questionable bootleg vaping products. theatlantic.com: Even as states and the federal government crack down on vaping products, conventional cigarettes remain on store shelves—and pose a greater danger to public health than flavored nicotine vapes do. But to acknowledge this is taboo, at least in the United States. Read more

HPV immunization program in B.C. cuts rates of pre-cancer in women, study says. globalnews.ca: B.C.’s school immunization program for the human papillomavirus (HPV) is being credited for reducing rates of cervical pre-cancer in woman throughout the province by more than half. Read more

Health officials attempting to combat misinformation on vaccines. blackburnnews.com: While anti-vaccination sentiment appears low in the London-Middlesex region, provincial health officials are launching a campaign in an effort to dispell myths and misinformation surrounding immunization. Middlesex-London Medical Officer of Health Dr. Chris Mackie said usually viruses, such as measles, are brought into Canada from other less vaccinated countries. He added that when a measles case is detected locally in London-Middlesex, the virus does not spread, which is an indication that vaccination is working. Read more

Canadian breakthrough that became the world’s most expensive drug, then vanished, gets second chance. cbc.ca: CBC story about how pharmaceutical industry abandoned gene therapy Glybera sparks NRC effort to re-invent it. Read more

Drug companies in opioid epidemic settle with Ohio counties, avoiding 1st federal trial. cbc.ca: Four big drug companies have reached a last-minute, $260 million legal settlement over their role in the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic, averting the first federal trial that was scheduled to start Monday morning in Cleveland. Read more

Should nurses be allowed to prescribe certain drugs? Ontario wants to know. cbc.ca: The Ontario government is looking for public feedback on a proposal that would give registered nurses the power to prescribe certain medications including contraceptives, immunizations and smoking cessation drugs. Read more

How the baby food industry hooks toddlers on sugar. brainerddispatch.com: There were four times more product launches in the baby and toddler food aisle in 2018 than in 2005, with a huge surge in new toddler foods and drinks, most of which are extremely high in sugar. Read more


Mind Your Business

Compliant with spam and telemarketing rules? crtc.gc.ca: Five tips to be on the right track. Read more

How to Make Difficult Employee Conversations Easier. cdspi.com: No matter how capable and dedicated your employees are, there are times when you need to manage a situation with an individual on your team. It’s not easy, but here is some advice from Shepell to help you have a more productive conversation. Read more

CDSPI’s – Check out the latest issue of The EDGE. cdspi.com: Fall 2019. Read more (PDF)

CDSPI Upcoming Events. cdspi.com: Read more

Building Loyalty: Simple techniques to impress and retain patients. newdentistblog.ada.org: There are many little things you can do as a dentist or team member that will calm patients’ concerns and help them build trust in your care. Read more


Patient Information

Halloween Candy Horrors. oda.ca: Just how badly do your treats spook your teeth? Read more

Ten healthy Halloween tips from the Canadian Dental Association. vancouvermom.ca: We all know that candy’s not good for our teeth, so how can we maintain some kind of balance at Halloween? Here are a few things to think about before the kids head out the door with their buckets or pillowcases! Read more

Test Your Brushing Brainpower. mouthhealthy.org: Take this 5-question quiz to see how much you know about brushing your teeth. Read more

Halloween Candy Survival Guide. mouthhealthy.org: This time of year can be spooky, scary and oh-so-sugary. Find out which treats are worst for your teeth and how to celebrate a cavity-free Halloween. 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



November 8: Toronto Academy of Dentistry 82nd Winter Clinic. Read more

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

March 19-21: The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, GA. Read more

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

May 29–June 2: Journées dentaires internationales du Québec, in Montréal, Québec. Save the date

September 1–4: FDI World Dental Congress in Shanghai, China. Read more

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

October 4: North West Dental Exposition in Edmonton, Alberta. Read more



Please let us know about upcoming continuing education meetings that could be of interest to Canadian dentists by emailing us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca


Dental Industry News

FTC judge rules on conspiracy allegations involving Henry Schein, Benco, Patterson. ada.org: Dismissal unrelated to separate $80 million settlement agreement in class action lawsuit. Read more

Henry Schein Chairman and CEO Stanley M. Bergman Receives the National Network for Oral Health Access President’s Award. henryschein.com: Award Recognizes Mr. Bergman’s Achievements in Improving Access to Care for Underserved Populations. Read more

KaVo Kerr announces partnership with TeamSmile and its mission to provide free dentistry and oral health education while using the power of sports to create a life-changing experiences for children. kavokerr.com: TeamSmile conducts programs in stadiums and arenas throughout the country. Read more

Medicom Acquires Hedy Canada. newsire.ca: AMD Medicom Inc. (“Medicom”), a leading global manufacturer and distributor of infection control and preventive solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced the acquisition of the business of Hedy Canada Inc. Read more


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