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How to Prioritize Health and Safety as a Dentist

March 28, 2022 by Kate Sheppard

Visiting the dentist on a regular basis is important for good oral health maintenance and management. Before the pandemic, dentists were seeing patients anywhere from every 3 months to every 2 years, depending on the individual’s requirements. However, since the…

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Impact of SARS-CoV-2 on the Sustainability of Dental Practice: National-Dental-PBRN

March 24, 2022 by The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research

 Jeffrey L Fellows, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Portland, OR, presented the “Impact of SARS-CoV-2 on the Sustainability of Dental Practice: National-Dental-PBRN” at the hybrid 51st Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the AADOCR, held in conjunction with the 46th Annual Meeting…

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Staff Shortage: Yet Another Challenge to Overcome

March 15, 2022 by Marina Polonsky, DDS, MSc

Just when we thought that we had the PPE shortage issue under control, had put up barriers, air purifiers and made sure our patients felt safe to come back to the office for treatment, here comes yet another hurdle we…

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Re: Editorial: Staff Shortage: Yet Another Challenge to Overcome

March 15, 2022 by James Younger, DDS

In the world of dentistry, we all know that, in reality, there is no such thing as a “solo practitioner”. Even a dental office owned and run by a single dentist needs a team to create a prosperous dental practice.…

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Maintain Safety Protocols to Protect Your Body and Mind

March 14, 2022 by Oral Health

Provinces across the country are slowly beginning to reduce the protocols and restrictions that were put in place as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is important to stay diligent when practicing safety protocols in your dental office.…

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Planned Vaccine Mandate for Some B.C. Health Workers Replaced with ‘Informed Consent’ System

March 11, 2022 by CTV

The B.C. government has scrapped plans to expand the province’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate to all health-care workers in private practice – but will be adopting an “informed consent” system for patients who want to avoid unvaccinated service providers. The move…

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COVID-19 Update – Directives to be Withdrawn

March 10, 2022 by RCDSO

The Government of Ontario announced that several COVID-19 measures will be withdrawn in the coming weeks. While the Government has decided that masking requirements will be removed in most places on March 21 this does not include health-care settings. Dentistry…

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Order in Place Forcing B.C. Health Care Professionals to Disclose COVID-19 Vaccination Status

March 8, 2022 by Vancouver Sun

The Provincial Health Officer has posted a new provincial health order mandating that health care professionals report their vaccination status — and that status must be fully vaccinated unless they have a special exemption. Dr. Bonnie Henry made the announcement in early…

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Do You Really Want to Wing It?

March 7, 2022 by Shawn Peers, DentalPeers

We know the world is showing signs of re-opening and that is a time for cautious optimism. Cautious because it seems we have been down this path before only to have a new variant push us back. But optimism may…

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B.C. Dentist Savages Dr. Bonnie Henry Over Vaccine Mandate for Private Health Care

March 4, 2022 by Harley Sims, True North

A British Columbia dentist is speaking out against the province’s looming vaccination deadline for private-sector healthcare professionals, saying his licensing college should tell Dr. Bonnie Henry “to crawl back into whichever hole she came out of.” Robert Johnson, a dentist…

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Research Reveals Impact of COVID-19 on Dental Hygienists

February 23, 2022 by American Dental Hygienists' Association

Nearly two years into the pandemic with widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines and a decrease in infections, new studies reveal dental hygienists have low COVID-19 infection rates and high vaccination acceptance. In addition, less than half of dental hygienists that…

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Dental Patient Irate Over Mask Policy Gives Waiting Room Wall a Cavity

February 22, 2022 by Aaron Besecker, Buffalo News

A Niagara Falls woman who allegedly refused to put on a mask in a dentist’s office and then refused to leave was charged Thursday after she smashed a hole in the wall of the waiting room, according to a Falls…

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COVID-19 Update: “Gradual and Cautious Resumption of Services”

February 11, 2022 by RCDSO

The Ministry of Health’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has clarified the recently revised Directive #2.  The Directive says that “non-urgent and non-emergent surgeries and procedures will cautiously and gradually resume in pediatric specialty hospitals and other settings such as private hospitals…

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Update on Vaccination Requirement for BC Health Professionals

February 10, 2022 by BC Gov News

In follow-up to the notice given to health professionals in October 2021, the provincial health officer is finalizing, in consultation with all health professional colleges, an order that requires all regulated health professionals to be vaccinated by March 24, 2022,…

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Attracting New Staff to Your Practice

February 7, 2022 by Oral Health

While over a third of dental practices have seen no change to their staffing, there are many dentists that are struggling to hire new team members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over ½ of dentists have begun offering higher wages to…

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Do You Really Want to Give Up on Hygiene?

February 7, 2022 by Shawn Peers, DentalPeers

We know the pandemic has had a profound impact on the dental profession. Hygiene, in particular, has been hit hard, with a number of hygienists seeing it as a sign to change careers. The resulting labour market has seen dentists…

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Two Years with COVID-19

February 4, 2022 by Les Rykiss, DMD, Dip. ABAD, FASDA, FIADFE, FICD

Welcome to 2022. We, as dentists, hygienists, assistants and office administrators, have now been affected by COVID-19 for almost two years in some way, shape or form. Our dental offices have experienced situations that none of us ever dreamed of…

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Salisbury Hospital Staff Given Mouthwash to Reduce COVID-19

February 4, 2022 by New Valley

All NHS staff working at Salisbury Hospital will receive a free mouthwash as part of a pioneering initiative inspired by the research work of Salisbury Consultant Radiologist Dr Graham Lloyd-Jones, who has proposed that simple oral hygiene measures could reduce…

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‘Shoulder to Shoulder’: B.C. Dental Hygienist Students Want Online Learning, Cites Crowded Classes

January 28, 2022 by Global News

Students at a private Vancouver technical college for dental hygienists say their school isn’t doing enough to ensure safety amid the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Students at the Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene are calling for their classroom instruction…

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Night Time and Weekend Appointments as English Dentists Tackle Backlog

January 25, 2022 by Ella Pickover, PA Health Correspondent

NHS dental patients are to be offered care over weekends and into the night as dentists try to tackle the backlog of care built up by the COVID-19 pandemic, officials have said. More than 350,000 additional dentist appointments are to…