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COVID-19 Guidance: Antigen Point-of-Care Testing

May 7, 2021 by RCDSO

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has amended the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act, 1990 to allow some healthcare workers, including dentists, to perform Antigen Point-of-Care Testing (Antigen POCT) for COVID-19. Point-of-care testing (POCT or “rapid testing”) uses an approved…

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COVID-19 Update: How Directive #2 Affects Dentistry

May 7, 2021 by RCDSO

The Ministry of Health has now clarified the impact of Directive #2 for Health Care Providers. It confirmed that this version of Directive #2 is intended to stop procedures that could tax intensive care resources (e.g., procedures that carry higher risks of…

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Researchers Suggest Link Between Gum Disease and COVID Deaths

May 7, 2021 by Toronto Sun

New research suggests that poor oral hygiene can lead to COVID-19 complications. McGill University researchers have found that people with periodontitis were 8.8 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than those without gum disease. Researchers say there are links…

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Dentists Lobby to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

May 4, 2021 by CBC

As Ottawa residents flood online registration sites and pharmacy phone lines to gain access to COVID-19 vaccinations, some local dentists are wondering why their offers to join the effort have been ignored. Dr. Neena Sidhu said it’s hard to watch hospitals be…

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Mandatory Vaccination Policies in the Dental Office

May 3, 2021 by Ljubica Durlovska BA, LLB, CDPM

With oral health care workers now being prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines, mandatory vaccination is on everyone’s mind. The decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccination requires careful consideration and balancing of rights and responsibilities. You must keep these things in mind: Employer responsibilities  Under provincial health and safety…

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How Oral Health and Severity of COVID-19 Complications Might Be Linked

April 28, 2021 by Dr. Gary Salwin

Right at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was made clear that older people infected with the coronavirus were most at risk of developing serious illnesses. Those with diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, and lung disease were also warned…

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Sask. Dental Students Hope to be Part of COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan

April 23, 2021 by CTV News

The Saskatchewan Dental Students Society (SDSS) says it is “relieved” to finally be a part of the province’s vaccine rollout for frontline workers. SDSS says they reached out to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and the College of Dental Surgeons…

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Henry Schein CEO Stanley M. Bergman Submits Letter to Congressional Subcommittee Supporting Expanded COVID Vaccine Distribution

April 22, 2021 by Henry Schein, Inc.

Letter to House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Encourages Biden-Harris Administration to Include Primary-Care Physicians in Vaccine Dissemination Process Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSIC) Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Stanley M. Bergman submitted a letter to the…

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Mandatory Vaccination Policies in the Dental Office

April 16, 2021 by Ljubica Durlovska, BA, LLB, CDPM

With vaccination rollouts now going strong and workers in the dental field being prioritized for vaccines, we are getting daily calls from dentists asking, “Should I make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for my staff?” My lawyer answer is, “it depends”. But…

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Pandemic Causing More Dental Issues, Including ‘Mask Mouth’: U of A Study

April 13, 2021 by CTV News

Broken and fractured teeth issues are on the rise, according to a recent release from the University of Alberta’s School of Dentistry Oral Health Clinic. “It’s a very stressful time, and we are grinding and clenching our teeth in our…

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2020: A Reflection of a Year in Dentistry

April 12, 2021 by Les Rykiss, DMD, Dip ABAD, FASDA, FIADFE

Upon reviewing my Editorial from the April 2020 issue, I had discussed what motivated any of us to continue to practice dentistry on a day-in, day-out basis. Little did I know what was in store for us all by the…

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: A Financial Vaccine With a 90% Success Rate

April 12, 2021 by David Chong Yen, CPA, CA, CFP, Louise Wong, CPA, CA, TEP, Basil Nicastri, CPA, CA and Eugene Chu, CPA, CA

It’s been over a year since COVID-19 shutdown the world. The closures left many dentists uncertain about their future and finances. In response, the government introduced several financial vaccines, including the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), Canada Emergency Commercial Rent…

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Letter to the Editor: Take a Shot

April 12, 2021 by Dr. P. Markle, Toronto

It would seem that the roll-out of vaccine to combat COVID-19 in Ontario and indeed Canada is lagging behind other jurisdictions. Now that the vaccines are becoming more available, the next step is how to deliver them quickly and safely…

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Logged On For Online Learning: COVID-19 Supercharged Industry Adoption of Digital Education, But is the Trend Here to Stay?

April 12, 2021 by Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, CEO and Founder of Cellerant Consulting

Being asked to quarantine throughout much of 2020 reshaped much of our common life together, including how we as clinicians pursue continuing education. As we all continue the transition out of “crisis mode” toward the “new normal,” I wanted to…

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More Healthcare Workers to Become Eligible for COVID Vaccines Monday

April 12, 2021 by Chat News Today

This coming week, more than 240,000 additional healthcare workers can book their appointments for COVID-19 vaccines. As the first step in Phase 2C of Alberta’s vaccine rollout, this includes nurses, doctors, dentists, and other healthcare workers in patient care facilities…

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COVID-19 Update: Province-Wide Stay-at-Home Order

April 12, 2021 by RCDSO

The Government of Ontario announced a Province-wide Stay-at-Home order, which went into effect Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. The Government’s announcement does not alter the scope of care that dentists are permitted to provide. All dentists must continue to…

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Those With Poor Oral Hygiene Tend to Experience More Severe COVID-19 Symptoms, Study Finds

April 9, 2021 by CTV News

An international study led by researchers at McGill University has found that those with poor dental hygiene tend to experience more severe COVID-19 symptoms. Using the digital medical and dental records from 568 Qatari patients with COVID-19, the researchers found…

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Should COVID Vaccines Be Mandatory for Health-Care Workers?

April 8, 2021 by Diane Francis, Financial Post

Canada has a chronic shortage of vaccines, but we are also starting to see problems with vaccine hesitancy, which becomes particularly acute in health-care settings. Why are health-care workers who have refused to be vaccinated allowed to continue to work…

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Some Suggest Study Showing Low Rate of COVID-19 Among Hygienists Demonstrates Great Leadership in the Dental Industry

April 7, 2021 by TempStars

A recent study has shown dental hygienists contracted COVID-19 at a much lower rate than other health care professionals, revealing great leadership among those is the dental industry, some suggest. The study, conducted by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA)…

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Winnipeg Biotech Company Develops New Way to Catch and Kill COVID-19 Virus

April 7, 2021 by Cytophage Technologies Inc.

Award-winning Cytophage Technologies Inc. announced it is about to begin animal testing on a throat and nasal spray that will stop infection by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants—thereby preventing death and illness as well as eliminating even asymptomatic cases…