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B.C. Launches First Accredited PPE Testing Lab in Western Canada

October 22, 2021 by Vancouver Coastal Health

The province is further protecting health-care workers, patients, families and frontline workers during COVID-19 with Western Canada’s first accredited personal protective equipment (PPE) lab, specializing in testing and validating PPE. The lab is a pandemic-driven innovation by Vancouver Coastal Health…

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Bringing Patients Back to Your Dental Office During the COVID-Era

October 18, 2021 by Naren Arulrajah, Ekwa Marketing

We live in very uncertain times. With the spread of COVID-19 in late 2019 and throughout 2020, we are now all living in a world of variants. Just as society was really beginning to feel like we could start getting…

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Under Pressure: Dealing with Stress and Anxiety

October 15, 2021 by Akhil Chawla, BSc; Lesia Waschuk, DDS. MEd

Dental school, like any professional educational program, is challenging. Students are expected to develop their manual dexterity skills and maintain a heavy course load, which makes it difficult to maintain the balanced and healthy lifestyle that they know is important.…

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A Note From the FCDSA President: A Lifetime of Lessons in Two Years

October 15, 2021 by Saif Matti, FCDSA President

Each year, Oral Health invites us to contribute a piece to their student issue, and the article tends to be focused on our organization, the Federation of Canadian Dentistry Student Associations (FCDSA). However, in light of the pandemic, I have…

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Nine-Year-Old Girl Left in Tears By Long Wait for Dental Treatment

October 12, 2021 by BBC

A girl has been left “crying in the night” after waiting nine months to have a tooth removed. Grace, nine, from Leicestershire, was put on a list in January but needs a general anaesthetic to have it extracted. Her mother,…

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Iowa Fines Dental Hygienist $100 for Coming Into Work After Positive COVID-19 Test

October 12, 2021 by USA Today

An Iowa dental hygienist who kept working while aware she had COVID-19 agreed to pay $100 fine in a settlement with the Iowa Dental Board. The hygienist also agreed to a five-day suspension and was required to take five hours of classes on infection…

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Letter to the Editor Response: COVID-19 and its Effect on Surgeons

October 8, 2021 by David J. Psutka, D.D.S., F.R.C.D.(C)

I read with great interest the response letter written by Dr. Mark Antosz to my editorial published in Oral Health in the June issue of this year. Dr. Antosz’s letter appeared in the August issue. The purpose of my editorial…

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Dentists, Staff Facing Threats as Patients React ‘Very Badly’ to P.E.I.’s New Restrictions

October 8, 2021 by CBC

The Dental Association of P.E.I. says its members have noticed an increase in the number of patients complaining about measures meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Brian Barrett, the association’s executive director, says some dentists and their staff are…

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Government Rent Subsidy – Too little, too late

October 7, 2021 by Oral Health

When lockdowns were first announced, the first question many dentists and business owners had was, “How will I pay the rent?” Unlike staff wages, your place of business could not be furloughed. Rent was due regardless of whether your business…

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New CDC Training Resource Outlines Principles of Infection Prevention, Control in Dental Settings

September 28, 2021 by ADA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Oral Health released a free, online training on safe care in the dental office and the principles of infection prevention and control. Foundations: Building the Safest Dental Visit is a self-paced training…

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Dentists Will Not Be Asking for Proof of Vaccination

September 23, 2021 by CTV News

An orthodontist in Timmins and past president of the Ontario Dental Association says dental care is considered health care, which means dentists will treat anyone in the province regardless of vaccination status. “We also recognize, you know, groups of people…

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Canadian Dental Association Calling for Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers

September 22, 2021 by Canadian Dental Association

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA), the national voice for dentists across Canada, is calling on the immediate action of the provincial and territorial governments to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers, including oral health care professionals. Oral health care…

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Fourth-Year Texas Dental Students Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

September 16, 2021 by LaDawn Brock, Texas A&M University College of Dentistry

The federal government’s 2021 expansion of individuals qualified to deliver COVID-19 vaccines led Texas A&M University College of Dentistry to equip dental students to join the fight against the pandemic. “The idea started in January when dentists were still not authorized to…

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The Biggest Takeaways From the COVID-19 Experience

September 13, 2021 by Oral Health

As we observe more vaccinations being completed and reopenings happening across the country, we can see the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is on the horizon. Now is the time to reflect on what the biggest takeaways have been from…

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Dental Staffing Shortage Continues as Dentist Offices Return to Pre-Pandemic Operations

September 13, 2021 by Candy Rodriguez, Kxan

A recent American Dental Association report shows about 30% of people who worked as dental hygienists voluntarily decided to quit practicing for fears of contracting COVID-19. Around 20% reported they had workplace safety concerns, while 16% stopped practicing because someone in their household…

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MouthWatch Publishes Important Whitepaper – “How Teledentistry is Delivering ROI and Driving Post-Pandemic Practice Success”

September 7, 2021 by MouthWatch, LLC

MouthWatch, LLC, a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, recently published a highly informative and timely whitepaper entitled, “How Teledentistry is Delivering ROI and Driving Post-Pandemic Practice Success.” Written by CDC consultant, infectious…

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Your Leadership Mettle is Being Tested!

September 6, 2021 by Shawn Peers, DentalPeers

After an early summer that seemed so promising, signs of a 4th wave are leaving all of us wondering what is next. How will we end 2021 and how will we begin 2022? Let’s face it…business planning has likely never…

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Joint Statement in Support of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates in United States for All Workers in Health and Long-Term Care

September 3, 2021 by APHA Media Relations

Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This is the…

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Preparing for the Return to Oral Health Routines

September 2, 2021 by Michelle McAra, VP, Partnership Development, dentalcorp

With the end of summer nearing, many Canadians are settling back into a routine with an increased focus on healthy habits. Numerous patients have delayed care for quite some time, and the demand ahead for treatment plans will be significant.…

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COVID-19: An Opportunity to Discuss Dentists’ Mental Health

September 2, 2021 by Jordan Glick; Aly Háji

Before he played Walter White, actor Bryan Cranston played the lothario dentist Tim Whatley on NBC’s “Seinfeld”. While little about Whatley is realistic, the character touches on mental health issues in the dental profession; namely, the stereotype that dentists have…