September 10th, 2013   

This bulletin updates you on the 3 components of JCDA Oasis

Oasis Help
Oasis Discussions


What is the CDA doing about dental care for seniors?

Dr. John O’Keefe spoke recently with Dr. Mitch Taillon about what the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) is doing about the looming “epidemic” or oral health care crisis in Canadian long-term care facilities.

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Dr. Taillon is a member of the CDA Board of Directors and Chair of the CDA Access to Care Working Group.


The medically compromised patient

We are seeking your feedback regarding the treatment of medically compromised patients:

  1. What are the most important questions you have about treating medically compromised patients?
  2. What are the steps and/or tips you would like to know about in treating medically compromised patients?

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View from the Chairside: to probe or not to probe?

Dr. Thomas Shackleton shares his thoughts about probe guidelines that could help dentists in formulating a diagnosis

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Bonded vs. non-bonded amalgam restorations?

This summary is based on the article published in the British Dental Journal: A comparative study of bonded and non-bonded amalgam restorations in general dental practice (April 2013)

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What is an alveolar fracture?

This post is an adaptation of the Alveolar Fracture article found in the Dental Trauma Guide

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Are there risk factors for early childhood caries?

This summary is based on the summary review published in the Evidence-Based Dentistry journal: Early childhood caries  (June 2013)

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Are there adverse drug reactions to local anesthetics?

This summary is based on the article published in the Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology journal: Adverse drug reactions to local anesthetics: a systematic review (March 2013)

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At a glance: what are the common medical conditions that predispose patients to dental problems?

This post is based on the section “Dental care for patients with systemic disorders” of the MERCK Manual website

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View from the Chairside: How can I decrease the risk of injury from dental needles in my clinic?

Dr. Louise Desnoyers shares her experience about how to decrease the risk of needle injuries

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Are there any interventions for treating oral lichen planus?

This summary is based on the Cochrane Review: Interventions for treating oral lichen planus (July 2011)

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The Use of Pink Porcelain to Manage a Malposed Anterior Implant: Case Report
Drs. Les Kalman and Kayleigh MacIntosh

Pink materials — both composite and porcelain — can optimize esthetics and mask a compromised surgical outcome.

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Success Story: Recognizing Oral Health Research

A research team studying the oral health needs of an aging population was featured in a joint publication of the Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis.

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