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Behind Every Hurricane is a Rainbow

September 12, 2022 by Lisa Philp RDH

A rainbow has arrived – no more fallow time! For years, dentistry has weathered the pandemic storm (“Hurricane”) of shut-down, isolation, cabin fever, new normal and re-build. It experienced waves of shock, fear, worry, paralysis, confusion, conflict, loss and change.…

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COVID-19: Revised Guidance

August 3, 2022 by RCDSO

In late June, the College, in partnership with Ontario’s three other oral health regulatory Colleges (representing dental hygienists, dental technologists and denturists), updated its COVID-19 guidance. At that time, we committed to reviewing key requirements for aerosol-mitigation, including fallow time…

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Dentists and Dental Hygienists on Early Front Lines of COVID-19 Report Symptoms of Anxiety, Depression

July 25, 2022 by ADA

The first known U.S. study to evaluate the mental health of frontline dentists and dental hygienists during the pandemic found that dental health care workers report anxiety and depression symptoms during peaks of transmission among the public. Published jointly in…

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Why Has the Public Lost Trust in Doctors? And How Can Dentists Rebuild It?

July 11, 2022 by George Freedman, DDS, DiplABAD, FAACD, FASDA

In March 2022, the Edelman Trust Barometer provided a significant warning that eroding trust has harmed, and is likely to continue to damage, individual and public health outcomes in the post-COVID-19 era.1 More than 50 percent of those surveyed worry…

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Cutting Costs at Your Dental Practice

July 11, 2022 by Oral Health

More than half of dentists agree their practices have been less profitable in the last few years – but don’t lose hope! If your business is suffering due to the increased costs and lower patient traffic, put those thinking caps…

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COVID-19: Current Overview on SARS-CoV-2 and the Dental Implications

July 11, 2022 by Miriam Ting, DMD, MS; Jon B. Suzuki, DMD, PHD, MBA

Introduction Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was first reported December 31, 2019, to the China Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO). It started in Wuhan, China, and is…

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COVID and the Failure to Challenge

July 11, 2022 by John Hardie, BDS, MSc, PhD, FRCDC

The July 2021 Oral Health editorial was an opinion piece titled, “They Never Gave Us Hope…” It succinctly described why, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the inept actions of politicians, public health administrators and the media were promoting despair rather than…

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COVID-19 Update: Revised Guidance

July 4, 2022 by RCDSO

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the RCDSO has focused on ensuring that the public receives safe and appropriate care and that dentists and their staff are able to practice safely. Since the late spring, the course of the COVID-19 pandemic has…

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Canadians Not Pleased with Provinces on Health Care: Survey

June 22, 2022 by CTV News

A majority of Canadians are not pleased with how their provincial governments are handling health care, according to a new survey from the Angus Reid Institute. The non-profit research organization polled more than 5,000 Canadians earlier this month and found that nearly…

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Lessons Learned

June 8, 2022 by Ben Davis, DDS, FRCD(C)

I’m sitting at my desk on a Sunday afternoon in March, contemplating the past 24 months. It was around this time in 2020 that I travelled to Malaysia for an annual academic meeting at IMU, our partner university in Kuala…

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Treating Staff as an Asset, Not an Expense

June 8, 2022 by staff

At this point it is a well-known fact that the dental industry is going through a very stressful phase. Staff shortages, increased costs, increased safety measures – these all impact the stress levels of practice owners and team members alike.…

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Joint Statement from the Oral Health Professions Regulators

June 8, 2022 by College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario

The CDHO has partnered with Ontario’s oral health regulatory Colleges to produce the following statement on fallow times and closed operatories. This statement is endorsed by: Glenn Pettifer – Registrar/CEO, CDHO Roderick Tom-Ying – Acting Registrar/CEO, CDO Dan Faulkner –…

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Dentist Treated Patients During Lockdown, Faces Disciplinary Charge

May 16, 2022 by NZHerald

A “renowned” dentist allegedly flouted lockdown rules and performed extractions and dental implants on patients in the early months of New Zealand’s Covid-19 outbreak. The treatments did not qualify as urgent or emergency care, the Dental Council argued before the…

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Doctors, Dieticians Most Vaccinated Among B.C. Health Professions

May 12, 2022 by Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News

COVID-19 vaccination rates are high for doctors, nurses and other independent B.C. health professionals, Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported Tuesday. The largest group, the 63,000-member College of Nurses and Midwives, has not yet…

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‘It’s Completely Illogical’: Quebec Dentists Decry Lack of Access to PCR Tests

May 4, 2022 by Montreal Gazette

Some dentists in Quebec are only now discovering they’re not eligible for PCR testing for COVID-19 — resulting in shock, confusion and occasionally hundreds of dollars worth of private testing. The province limited PCR testing to priority groups in January during the Omicron wave,…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Has Interrupted Access to Vaccinations and Routine Dental Care for Many Children, Toronto’s Top Doctor Says

April 13, 2022 by CP24

The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted access to dental care and routine immunizations for many children and a new report from Toronto’s top doctor says that the city needs to work with the province to create a plan to address the…

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The Dawn of a New Day

April 12, 2022 by Dr Les Rykiss, DMD, Dip. ABAD, FASDA, FICD, FIADFE

Doom and Gloom. That is all that we have been consistently living with for the last 2 years. It’s time for all of this to end. We cannot possibly live comfortably with all of this negativity around us. Is life…

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Let’s Bring Those Hygiene Patients Back!

April 12, 2022 by Oral Health

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, now is the time to bring back those patients who have avoided their dental appointments due to the pandemic. In fact, 86 percent of dentists that saw a decrease in their active patients over the last…

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Post-pandemic Strategies for the Dental Practice

April 12, 2022 by Debra Engelhardt-Nash

To say that 2020 threw the world a giant curve ball would be one of the understatements of the decade. For some, it felt as though the earth had stopped revolving on its axis and it has never quite begun…

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Pandemic Backlog Leaves 50,000 Missed Vaccines and 40,000 Delayed Dental Screenings at Hamilton Schools

April 5, 2022 by The Spec

Public health will send redeployed staff back to their regular jobs at the end of April despite a resurgence of COVID that is forecast to last into the summer. Hamilton medical officer of health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson says programs postponed or downsized for more than…