May 20, 2014  

This bulletin updates you on the 3 components of JCDA Oasis

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CDA Essentials is the new official print publication of CDA, providing dialogue between the national association and the dental community. It is dedicated to keeping dentists informed about news, issues and clinically relevant information.

Issue 2 is now available — featuring a profile on CDA’s new president Dr. Gary MacDonald of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland.


CDA @ Work

Days on the Hill 2014 – Dentists Meet Parliamentarians on NIHB, Seniors Issues

A CDA contingent of 11 dentists, including President Dr. Gary MacDonald and President-Elect Dr. Alastair Nicoll, participated in the 2014 CDA’s annual Days on the Hill event. This year’s meeting focused on the Non-Insured Health Benefits program (NIHB) of Health Canada and the oral health care needs of veterans in long-term care facilities, in addition to prescription drug issues and the need for support for oral health research.

CDA representatives met with the Minister of Health, Hon. Rona Ambrose, as well NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to make their case. Teams of dentists also met with officials in the Prime Minister’s Office, with senior officials within the NIHB Branch at Health Canada, with members of the Parliamentary Standing Committees on Health and on Aboriginal Affairs, and with other relevant MPs and Senators.

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OSAP Launches Online MERS Toolkit

In response to recent reports of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases in the U.S., the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has developed an online toolkit specifically for oral healthcare professionals.

The online kit is designed to bring dental professionals up to speed on a disease that has only recently begun to make headlines in the U.S. The kit contains:

  • Links to CDC recommendations for prevention and control of MERS
  • Best clinical practices for preventing the spreading of MERS
  • A “talking points” script for front office for addressing early identification and possible deferral of patients with flu-like symptoms
  • Links to videos, articles and research related to MERS

The toolkit will also feature ongoing updates that keep readers informed of future developments concerning the disease.

The MERS Toolkit is accessible free of charge to all dental professionals here.


UBC scientists find new way to mobilize immune system against viruses

University of British Columbia scientists have uncovered an intricate chain reaction in the body’s immune system and have used the knowledge to develop a new treatment against harmful viruses. A key element to this natural immune response is an antiviral protein in the blood called Interferon alpha. Like soldiers, Interferon alpha is quickly deployed by the body to fight viruses and removed just as quickly to restore equilibrium. Read more


CDA Knowledge Networks News (KNN)!

Make sure you keep up to date about important new developments in the world of dentistry. Read the latest News Bites from CDA Knowledge Networks.


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Case Video Presentation: Thinking out of the ‘bracket’… Is partial orthodontic treatment acceptable?

This case was presented by Dr. Asef Karim.

One of the risks and potential sequela of fixed orthodontic treatment is the shortening of roots commonly known as orthodontically induced inflammatory root resorption (OIIRR). In its severest form, OIIRR can cause tooth mobility and can compromise the long-term prognosis of teeth.

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Audio Series: Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)

This series of posts is based on Dr. John O’Keefe’s conversation with Dr. David MacDonald about cone beam computed tomography (CBCT).

Which CBCT unit is right for my dental office?

What are the clinical indications for CBCT?


Are E-cigarettes Safe? A Scientific Review

This summary is based on the article published by the American Heart Association in the Contemporary Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine: E-Cigarettes A Scientific Review (2014)

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Quick Fact: How do you clean/disinfect your extra-oral camera?

Dr. Jason Goodchild provided a quick initial response to a question submitted by a general dentist.

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Get involved with Oasis Help! We invite individuals and groups of general dentists, dental specialists, physicians and pharmacists to join our project as authors, reviewers, and content and translation advisors. Email us at 


Visit our Oasis Discussions website to submit the most critical questions relating to your everyday practice. Or, call our toll-free line at 1-855-71-OASIS and leave us a message with your questions. We welcome a broad range of questions about diagnosis and treatment, techniques, materials, instruments, and devices or therapeutic agents. We encourage you to send us your questions as they arise.

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