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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

Toward Safer Care: Reporting Systems, Checklists and Process Standardization

Toward Safer Care: Reporting Systems, Checklists and Process Standardization
Sir Liam Donaldson, the former chief medical officer of England, discusses patient safety and outlines some successful methods developed by the World Health Organization and U.K. health agencies that can be used to address this public health issue. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on September 27, 2011

Solving a Big Problem One Small Step at a Time

Solving a Big Problem One Small Step at a Time
Citing the example of a program that uses radically new methods to deliver surgical eye care to India's poorest citizens, Dr. O'Keefe believes the time has come for the profession to take action on the issue of lack of access to oral health care.  Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on July 27, 2011

Patient-Centred Approaches: New Models for New Challenges

Patient-Centred Approaches: New Models for New Challenges
The traditional, paternalistic doctor–patient relationship is being challenged as patients take a more active role in their treatment decisions. Patient-centred clinical methods can be effective in both medicine and dentistry. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on July 25, 2011

Mentoring: Key to a Collegial Culture

Mentoring: Key to a Collegial Culture
Community-building and mentorship initiatives can help foster a more collegial environment within dentistry. Dr. John O’Keefe reflects on his own experiences as a dental graduate and reveals how friends and colleagues shaped his career. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on June 08, 2011