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Dental Student’s Victory Over Vaccine Mandate Forces Alberta Health Services to Accept Testing

January 20, 2022 by Jonathan Bradley, True North

University of Alberta dentistry student Will Teichgraber won his case against Alberta Health Services (AHS) over the ministry’s vaccine mandate, according to a press release by Liberty Coalition Canada (LCC) on Monday. LCC said that due to the work of its chief…

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Pfizer Receives Health Canada Authorization for COVID-19 Oral Treatment

January 18, 2022 by Pfizer Canada Inc.

Pfizer Canada announced that Health Canada has authorized the use of PAXLOVID™ (nirmatrelvir tablets and ritonavir tablets) for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults (18 years of age and older) with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, and…

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Dentists Helping People Through Teeth-Clenching Stressful Times in Simcoe County

January 17, 2022 by Simcoe.com

Meredith Skinner knows stress is impacting her body. She’s been dealing with clenching her jaw for a few years already, but it’s grown worse during the pandemic. “It is absolutely stress-related,” Skinner said. “In the last two years, I have…

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X-PUR Opti-Rinse Plus as an Effective Pre-Procedural Mouthrinse

January 12, 2022 by University of Toronto

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY of an article in preparation for publication Prepared by: Dennis Cvitkovitch PhD, Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. X-PUR Opti-Rinse Plus is a preventative, non-prescription mouthrinse. It provides therapeutic benefits and should be recognized for its potential…

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When Are We Going Back to “Normal”?

January 7, 2022 by David R. Farkouh, BSc, DMD, MSc, FRCD(C)

COVID-19 has certainly turned our world upside down. Nowhere is this truer than in the dental profession. Dental offices all over our country have had to step up measures to ensure that our patients and staff are safe. In fact,…

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Data Driven Dentistry 2022: A Summary

January 7, 2022 by Oral Health

Oral Health is excited to share the results of our annual Data Driven Dentistry survey! After the success of last year’s survey, which focused predominantly on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the dental industry, we have collected data…

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Vaccine Related Jaw Fracture

January 7, 2022 by Bruce R Pynn, MSc, DDS, FRCD(C); Ian Dobson, MD, FRCP(C)

The mass vaccination programs, which have developed in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, have for the most part been a great success with a few complications. However, we report on an “unusual adverse event,” which required dental/oral surgery consultation.…

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COVID-19 Update – New Requirements for Dentistry in Response to Omicron Variant

January 7, 2022 by RCDSO

The Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued a revised Directive #2 to preserve health system capacity by stopping or deferring procedures that: risk placing further strain on intensive care resources (e.g., procedures that carry a higher risk of subsequent hospitalizations). use…

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Directive Suspending Non-Urgent Surgeries and Procedures Will Also Apply to Clinics Outside of Hospitals

January 6, 2022 by Chris Fox, CP24

A new directive suspending all non-urgent surgeries and procedures will also apply to clinics located outside of hospitals, the Ministry of Health confirms. The move to pause elective surgeries and procedures was announced earlier this week by Chief Medical Officer…

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NHS Likely to Lose Nearly Half of Dentists After Pressure Increased to Catch Up on Backlogs, Profession Warns

January 4, 2022 by Frazer Maude, Sky News

NHS dental practices are now being obliged to meet 85% of their pre-COVID activity levels or face financial penalties. But according to the British Dental Association (BDA) nearly two-thirds of practices currently estimate they are incapable of achieving these levels.…

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A Chewing Gum That Could Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

January 4, 2022 by Penn Today

A chewing gum laced with a plant-grown protein serves as a “trap” for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, reducing viral load in saliva and potentially tamping down transmission, according to a new study. The work, led by Henry Daniell at Penn’s School of Dental Medicine and…

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Your Best Business Decision for 2022: Invest in You!

January 4, 2022 by Shawn Peers, DentalPeers

Here we are starting off a new year. Sadly, it feels like more of the same. The pandemic is still raging as a new variant has taken off. That means all the talk is on boosters, restrictions on public gatherings…

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COVID-19 Update – Omicron Variant and Revised Guidance for All Ontario Dentists

December 23, 2021 by RCDSO

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) has revised Directive #1 which sets out new requirements for health care providers. What this means for dentists Dentists must adhere to the following new requirements based on on Directive #1: Dentists must don a…

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Study Assesses the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Dental Faculty Well-being

December 23, 2021 by News-Medical.Net

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced the world to withdraw for safety in 2020, faculty at dental schools did not report significant decreases in measures of their well-being, according to results from a study led by Carlos S. Smith, D.D.S., at…

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Why Dental Staffing Has Forever Changed in the New Normal

December 22, 2021 by Dr. James Younger, TempStars

The ongoing global pandemic has drastically altered how many industries operate, and the dental industry is no different. Not only has COVID changed safety protocols within the industry and how dentists optimize their processes, but it has also changed how…

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Investing in Yourself Can Take You From Surviving to Thriving.

December 22, 2021 by Sean Robertson, DDS; Lisa Philp

You made it – Congratulations! The past two years have been all consuming for dentistry: A constant state of change, endless pivoting and now it seems we are faced with “the great resignation.” Replacing hygienists, assistants and administrative team members…

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How to Implement Translation Into Your Teledentistry

December 22, 2021 by Ofer Tirosh, CEO of Tomedes

Teledentistry is defined as the application of telecommunications, and so, it exchanges information between dentists and patients through interactive audio, text, and video. PubMed Central reported that many dentists find it difficult to continue their practice due to the pandemic.…

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Getting It Right: Vaccine Policies in Dentistry

December 22, 2021 by Gary Glassman, DDS, FRCD(C); Julian Perez, J.D., SVP

On September 20, 2021, the RCDSO (Ontario’s dental regulator) encouraged all dentists to “support vaccination efforts, model responsible behaviour … and address vaccine hesitancy.” Other provincial dental regulators have recommended that all dentists and dental health care professionals get vaccinated…

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$50 Restaurant Credit Offered to Any Unvaccinated People in Peterborough Getting First Shot by End of Year

December 22, 2021 by Joelle Kovach, The Peterborough Examiner

Dr. Rita Kilislian of Kawartha Endodontics is offering unvaccinated people in Peterborough an incentive to get their first dose of vaccine by the end of 2021. Kilislian announced Tuesday that she and her family will offer anyone who is unvaccinated…

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Dentists See Pandemic Stress in Patients with More Grinding, Cracked, Broken Teeth

December 20, 2021 by CTV News

Stress and anxiety connected to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is revealing itself in people’s mouths, say dentists who report increasing cases of patients with cracked, broken and damaged teeth over the past 20 months. Bruce Ward, a Vancouver-area dentist, said…