Dr. O’Keefe reflects upon the long-standing friendship between Mr. Tom Clift and Dr. David Peters—CDA’s 2010 Special Friend of Dentistry award winner and a CDA past-president respectively—and how their relationship serves as an aspirational example for relationships between industry and the dental profession.
Recent revisions of AADR guidelines emphasize the need for conservative and reversible strategies in treating temporomandibular disorders, as technological and adjunctive diagnostic devices have proved to be ineffective.
The dental profession’s philanthropic efforts with AboutFace (www.aboutface.ca
), an organization that advocates on behalf of people affected by facial difference, highlights the generous, caring nature of dentists. Further examples of volunteerism in dentistry can be shared on JCDA’s new online forum (www.jcda.ca/discussions
Restricting dietary refined carbohydrates can effectively limit dental and systemic diseases, says Dr. Milan Somborac. The author believes the dental profession should increase its efforts to promote good nutrition for better oral and general health.
The need to translate research findings into dental practice may be met by linking those who carry out the research with those who provide care. A pilot project in Montreal to do just that revealed important lessons for future networks.
The energy delivered by a light curing unit is key to the success of a resin restoration. Four variables determine how long a curing light should be used to adequately cure a resin: curing light design and condition; technique used by the operator; type and location of the restoration; and the energy requirements of the resin used.
Dr. Jack Cottrell of Port Perry, Ontario, shares his insights as a volunteer on medical–dental missions to Central America. He encourages his colleagues to consider volunteering in their community or beyond. Read more
Reflecting on her 35-year career in dentistry, Dr. Marielle Pariseau of Kanata, Ontario, questions whether the profession has placed enough emphasis on prevention and education initiatives to help combat tooth decay and erosion in children. Read more
For years, dental students have been pleading for better teachers—teachers who can establish a positive, engaging tone; who facilitate learning rather than teach; and who understand the need to serve as a role model. Read more
Dalhousie oral and maxillofacial professors lament the teaching and evaluation philosophies that have taken root in dental schools. The authors believe that the increased use of quantitative evaluation methods of teachers and the decreased emphasis on patient well-being are barriers to achieving future improvements in patient care.
The dean of Dalhousie University’s faculty of dentistry introduces readers to the oral health research initiatives and the clinical and educational innovations taking place at his dental school.
Although the oral health care requirements of special needs patients are being addressed, more has to be done to meet comprehensive standards of care. Canadian dental schools can help fill the gaps in service for high-risk populations say the deans of dentistry at Western Ontario and Toronto. Read more
A clinical guideline by the International Diabetes Federation aimed at diabetes care providers encourages the integration of oral health care within diabetes management. Read more
Do dental school accreditation standards adequately prepare graduates to provide care for people with special needs? The authors believe that, compared to U.S. training requirements, the language used in Canadian standards is toned down, to the detriment of future practitioners. Read more
Persons with intellectual disabilities have an increased prevalence of caries, periodontal disease and poor oral hygiene compared to the general population.1,2 They are also one of the most underserved groups of dental patients in both Canada and the United States.3,4 Read more