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The Evolving Role of Periodontics

The Evolving Role of Periodontics
Recently, a physician friend asked me about the functions of the various dental specialties. In response, I briefly summarized each specialty, attempting to capture the essence of each discipline. When I reached periodontics, I automatically recited what I learned 20 years ago in dental school stating that “the objective of periodontics is to help patients maintain the form, function and esthetics of their teeth for as long as possible. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on February 14, 2013

Understanding How a Dental Infection May Spread to the Brain: Case Report

Understanding How a Dental Infection May Spread to the Brain: Case Report
The death of a 30-year-old man several days after the completion of a root canal on a maxillary molar may be explained by the results of a more recent case involving a similar infection of the brain with Streptococcus anginosus. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on February 04, 2013

JCDA of the future: innovation and interactivity

JCDA of the future: innovation  and interactivity
Dr. O’Keefe introduces the components of JCDA-Oasis and discusses how Case Conferences and Clinical Q&A were created to help facilitate peer-to-peer clinical learning for dentists. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on December 11, 2012

JCDA-OASIS: an interactive community of practice

JCDA-OASIS: an interactive community of practice
A virtual treatment planning challenge and the launch of jcdablogs.ca are the latest examples of JCDA’s transformation into a clinical decision support resource for dentists. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on October 02, 2012

It’s Time for Boot Camp: Promoting Dental Visits by Age 1

It’s Time for Boot Camp: Promoting Dental Visits by Age 1
Greater efforts are required to ensure that dentists include infants in early oral health evaluations. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on October 01, 2012

New Dental Trauma Guidelines for Permanent Teeth: A Perspective

New Dental Trauma Guidelines for Permanent Teeth: A Perspective
Changes to the International Association of Dental Traumatology’s trauma management guidelines, between 2007 and 2011 versions, have focused on avulsion, one of the most serious dental injuries. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on August 10, 2012

Guest Editorial:  Visit Saskatoon for the 2012 CDA Conference

Guest Editorial:  Visit Saskatoon for the 2012 CDA Conference
Dr. Holly Dunlop, chair of the 2012 CDA Conference, Saskatchewan Oral Health Professions Organizing Committee, extends an invitation to dentists to visit Saskatoon in September. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on July 25, 2012

What Enrichment Lies Beyond the Dentistry: A Tale of Discovery

What Enrichment Lies Beyond the Dentistry: A Tale of Discovery
Treating conjoined twins provides unique clinical challenges, but it can also offer a glimpse into the extraordinary lives of patients. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on June 04, 2012

Linking the Island to the Mainland

Linking the Island to the Mainland
Dr. John O’Keefe believes the medical and dental professions should seek mutual understanding and common ground, focused on treating medically complex patients. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on June 01, 2012

Conflict of Interest Policies Should Be Better Reported in Dental Journals

Conflict of Interest Policies Should Be Better Reported in Dental Journals
High standards for reporting conflicts of interest in dental journals are necessary to improve transparency in the publication process and to increase the public’s trust in dental research. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on May 01, 2012

Periodontal Health Isn’t Yet the Answer to Preterm Birth

Periodontal Health Isn’t Yet the Answer to Preterm Birth
The author, an obstetrician/gynecologist, calls for a better periodontal screening tool for pregnant patients to help reduce adverse outcomes of pregnancy. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on April 10, 2012

Introducing JCDA-OASIS

Introducing JCDA-OASIS
With the launch of sample content from JCDA-OASIS—a clinical decision support tool being created by dentists, for dentists—JCDA continues its transition from a traditional publication to becoming a knowledge broker for the oral health care sector. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on March 29, 2012

Periodontitis: A Syndromic Condition

Periodontitis: A Syndromic Condition
The association of periodontitis with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, preterm and low-birth-weight pregnancies and diabetes warrants the use of the term syndrome to alert clinicians to these interrelations. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on March 22, 2012

“Listening to Each Other”: A Project to Improve Relationships with Underserved Members of Our Society

“Listening to Each Other”: A Project to Improve Relationships with Underserved Members of Our Society
As part of their efforts to improve dental care for underserved populations, dentists and anti-poverty groups in Quebec have created an instructional DVD that features low-income patients talking about their oral health and dental visits. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on February 06, 2012

Real Communication Leads to Real Trust

Real Communication Leads to Real Trust
Adopting a style of communication based on humility, integrity and service can reinforce a trusting relationship between dentists and patients. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on February 06, 2012

We Generate Our Own Hope

We Generate Our Own Hope
Buoyed by the responses from dentists who have offered to help create JCDA OASIS, Dr. O’Keefe invites more colleagues to contribute to this new clinical support tool. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on December 14, 2011

The SHINE Clinic: Providing Dental Services for Inner-City Youth

The SHINE  Clinic: Providing Dental Services for Inner-City Youth
University of Alberta dental students volunteer at an inner city clinic in Edmonton,  providing oral care services to young people between ages 15 and 25. This article evaluates the SHINE clinic’s patient demographics, logistics and its perceived value. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on December 14, 2011

Dentists Leaders in Health: Thinking Outside of the Mouth: Audiovisual Presentation

Dentists Leaders in Health: Thinking Outside of the Mouth: Audiovisual Presentation
Are dentists placing too much emphasis on restoration rather than prevention? What is the primary role of a dentist—as a health professional or disease facilitator? Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on December 05, 2011

Improving Transparency in Dental Research by Making the Raw Data Available

Improving Transparency in Dental Research by Making the Raw Data Available
The editorial policies of the leading dental and medical journals about the publication of raw data and registering the trial protocol in the public domain are examined to see whether these measures can deter scientific misconduct. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on October 11, 2011

Let’s Build a Treasure Together

Let’s Build a Treasure Together
In discussing the concept of stewardship, Dr. O’Keefe sends out a call to action for 100 dentists to step forward and contribute to a new clinical support service at JCDA. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on September 29, 2011