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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

Some Thoughts on Our Profession

Some Thoughts on Our Profession
The author reflects on the direction of the dental profession, community, communication, ethics and the business of dentistry. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on June 07, 2011

Halifax Awaits You for the CDA 2011 Convention

Halifax Awaits You for the CDA 2011 Convention
The CDA 2011 Convention: Navigating Tomorrow—New Visions, Historical Foundations, takes place August 4 to 6 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Grahame Usher extends an invitation to all dentists to attend the professional and social events in this beautiful and historic maritime city. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on April 14, 2011

So Why Do We Call It the Oral-Systemic Health Connection?

So Why Do We Call It the Oral-Systemic Health Connection?
The phrase “oral and systemic health” reinforces the concept that the mouth is somehow separate from the body. The authors believe that associations between oral diseases and other diseases elsewhere in the body should in fact be discussed within the context of oral and overall health. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on April 13, 2011

Spontaneous Generation: The Life Cycle of Infection Control Rules

Spontaneous Generation: The Life Cycle of Infection Control Rules
Infection control guidelines evolve with new discoveries, as they should. However, when caution prevails over wisdom, it may be difficult to reverse such steps.  Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on March 30, 2011

Understanding the Post-Graduate Motivations of Our Dental Students

Understanding the Post-Graduate Motivations of Our Dental Students
Dental students with aspirations of pursuing a specialty at graduate school should receive more mentoring and clinical exposure during their undergraduate years. Educators at the University of Manitoba explore this issue further by examining students’ preferences for certain dental specialties and whether or not they continue along the path to post-graduate education. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on February 24, 2011

Dimensions of Dental Need and the Adequacy of Our Response: Forum Proceedings

Dimensions of Dental Need and the Adequacy of Our Response: Forum Proceedings
This paper summarizes proceedings of a workshop funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to develop a research agenda that would contribute to a reduction in oral health disparities of British Columbians. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on February 10, 2011

UBC Dentistry: Education, Research and Community Service

UBC Dentistry: Education, Research and Community Service
Dr. Charles Shuler, dean of UBC’s faculty of dentistry, reviews the primary themes of the UBC program: enhancing the student experience, amplifying research productivity and increasing community involvement. He outlines the faculty’s current activities and achievements and its plans for the future. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on February 07, 2011

Publication Bias in Clinical Trials

Publication Bias in Clinical Trials
An editorial1 in BMJ exposes the problem of suppressed information from clinical trials performed on drugs and medical devices. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on December 20, 2010

We All Need Each Other

We All Need Each Other
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. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on November 30, 2010

Revision of the American Association of Dental Research’s Science Information Statement about Temporomandibular Disorders

Revision of the American Association of Dental Research’s Science Information Statement about Temporomandibular Disorders
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. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on October 06, 2010

Pitching in for Society and Our Profession

Pitching in for Society and Our Profession
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). Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on September 30, 2010

Improving Nutrition for Better Oral Health

Improving Nutrition for Better Oral Health
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. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on September 27, 2010

Creating a Research Network of General Dental Practitioners: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Project

Creating a Research Network of General Dental Practitioners: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Project
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. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on August 20, 2010

Light Energy Matters

Light Energy Matters
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. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on July 29, 2010

JCDA Interview: When Price Becomes the Fundamental Issue

JCDA Interview: When Price Becomes the Fundamental Issue
Bernie Teitelbaum is executive director of the Dental Industry Association of Canada (DIAC). In this JCDA interview, Mr. Teitelbaum addresses the many factors that can affect the price of dental equipment and materials in Canada, including the illicit “grey market” trade. Read more
Posted in Debate and Opinion on June 29, 2010

Volunteerism: An Opportunity to Give Back

Volunteerism: An Opportunity to Give Back
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
Posted in Debate and Opinion on June 17, 2010

Prevention: Dentistry’s Legacy for the Future

Prevention: Dentistry’s Legacy for the Future
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
Posted in Debate and Opinion on June 16, 2010

Clinical Teaching in the Undergraduate Clinic—More Difficult than It Looks

Clinical Teaching in the Undergraduate Clinic—More Difficult than It Looks
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
Posted in Debate and Opinion on June 16, 2010