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Dentists and Vaccines: Some View Vaccination Status as a Deal Breaker

August 31, 2021 by Renata Di Gregorio, First Coast News

Some people are switching dentists over concerns about vaccination status. “If I were to ask my dentist or any medical provider whether they were vaccinated and they said ‘no’ I would immediately find a new provider,” said Christen Alexander. Alexander…

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Delta Variant: Medicom Now Offers Quebec-Made Medical Grade Masks Direct to Consumers

August 30, 2021 by Medicom Group

Quebec-based AMD Medicom Inc. (“Medicom”) has announced that their medical grade masks will now be made available directly to the general public through an online storefront. The decision was driven by a combination of increased production capacity at the Montreal-based manufacturing…

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August 23, 2021 by Ekwa Marketing

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Manitoba Dental Staff and Visitors are Required to Wear Masks

August 10, 2021 by Manitoba Dental Association

The Manitoba Dental Association (MDA) regulates dentistry and dental assisting in Manitoba in the public interest. On August 5, the Province of Manitoba updated its Public Health Orders to loosen some restrictions. Effective August 7, 2021, health care settings, including…

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Letter to the Editor: COVID-19, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and TMD

August 9, 2021 by Dr. Mark Antosz

It is with a measure of disappointment that I read this editorial (David Psutka, June, 2021). Have we somehow forgotten the lessons of the past? In the mid-80s, someone discovered that they could operate on joints arthroscopically and otherwise. So,…

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Dentistry and COVID-19: A Realistic Perspective

August 9, 2021 by John Hardie, BDS, MSc, PhD, FRCDC

“Aiming to prevent or contain every case of COVID-19 is simply no longer sustainable…” Introduction The above quotation is from an open letter sent on the 6th July, 2020 to the Prime Minister and Premiers of Canada signed by many…

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Dentists See Big Increase in Teeth Grinding During Pandemic

August 6, 2021 by The Toronto Star

We’re now into the second year of this pandemic and if we’ve learned anything about this time in our lives, it’s that we need to take good care of ourselves and the ones we love. And that kind of special…

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‘It is All We Know’: Dental Students, Graduates Discuss COVID-19’s Lasting Impact on Education

August 6, 2021 by ADA

From virtual lectures to increased infection control procedures in clinical classes, dental students experienced a multitude of changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ADA News asked current students and recent graduates about how the pandemic affected their dental school courses…

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Switching Drills Could Help Dentists Increase the Number of Patients They See During the Pandemic

August 4, 2021 by News-Medical.Net

Dentists could significantly increase the number of patients they see during the pandemic by switching the drills they use, according to new research. The study investigated whether different drill types increased or reduced the spread of aerosol spray in a…

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COVID-19 Update: New Revisions to Guidance

July 30, 2021 by RCDSO

The RCDSO has updated its guidance for managing infection risks during in-person dental care. This update reflects collaboration between Ontario’s four oral health Colleges to ensure consistent expectations for delivery of oral health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific updates…

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Virtual Treatment Planning: 5 Tips for Providing a Convenient & Secure Patient Experience

July 29, 2021 by Michelle Budd, D.D.S, Patient Safety Consultant, dentalcorp; Julian Perez, Senior Vice President, Risk Management & Compliance, dentalcorp

In a (post) pandemic world, where the population is more aware of the risks of airborne transmission and “work from anywhere” has become de rigueur, some patients will prefer to avoid commuting to the dental practice as often. But that…

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Dancing with Disruption and Thriving on Change

July 29, 2021 by Peter Barry CMC., RRDH

In our world that has rapidly changed over the past 18 months, we have had the choice to either evolve proactively, beyond all of the extreme changes, or we could become paralyzed, stuck and increasingly diminished by them. Today, confidence…

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Statement of the American Dental Education Association on Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents of Oral Health Professions Schools Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine

July 29, 2021 by American Dental Education Association

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) urges its member institutions and programs to advise and strongly encourage their faculty, staff, students and residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. They exist as a patient care/education entity and must consider the health and safety…

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Christian Dental School Students Win Legal Fight Against School COVID Vaccine Mandate

July 28, 2021 by Premier Christian News

Two students in Missouri have successfully convinced their local dental school to allow them to attend classes without taking a COVID-19 vaccine. Sharon Murza and Ashley Swanson are students at A.T. Still University School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Both…

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COVID-19 Update: Step 3 of Provincial Reopening

July 20, 2021 by RCDSO

Ontario moved into Step 3 of the Provincial Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 am today, July 16, 2021. While the situation with COVID-19 continues to improve, dentists must continue to adhere to the enhanced precautions outlined in the College’s COVID-19: Managing infection risks…

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Even Before Coronavirus, Almost Half of Adults in Rural Areas Went Without Dental Care

July 20, 2021 by Liora Engel-Smith, North Carolina Health News

Millions of rural residents have not seen a dentist in over a year, a recent CDC report reveals. In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic forced dentists to shut down, 42 percent of adults in rural areas did not receive dental care, according…

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Who Do You Trust When it Comes to the COVID-19 Vaccine?

July 20, 2021 by Henry Schein

Vaccine incentives are less likely to convince Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine than a visit to their primary care physician, new research suggests. A recent survey of 2,005 respondents reveals that 88% who went to a primary care physician…

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CDC: Only Avoid Aerosol-Generating Dental Procedures for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

July 19, 2021 by ADA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its COVID-19 Guidance for Dental Settings to remove language stating that dental health care personnel should avoid aerosol-generating procedures for all patients, regardless of their COVID-19 status. Instead, the CDC states to avoid…

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They Never Gave Us Hope…

July 9, 2021 by George Freedman, DDS, DiplABAD, FAACD, FASDA

In recent history, in situations when the world was facing global calamity, our leaders countered with great initiative and unflagging hope. The Lincolns, Churchills and Roosevelts rose to the challenges and overcame extreme odds. In the ongoing response to the…

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Bioflavonoid Spray Efficacy Against Respiratory Viruses

July 9, 2021 by Zeeshan Sheikh, Dip.Dh, BDS, MSc, PhD; Henriette Lerner, DMD, DICOI

COVID-19 has raised new concerns about respiratory viral infections (RVI). This virus can reproduce within the cells that line the human respiratory tract and the resulting infections cause respiratory issues and may infect multiple other sites. At this time, there…