Oral Health Group


February 20, 2018 Feature

Putting the Risk in Context

by Alia El-Mowafy, BDS, MSc

Sedation and anesthesia for dentistry has come under scrutiny in the past few years due to a few tragic events where patients experienced harm. These events have raised several questions: are these just isolated incidents due to negligence in clinicians’

February 14, 2018 Feature

The Systematic Treatment of a Canted Smile

by Pio Modi, BSc, DDS; Trevor Laingchild, RDT, AAACD

Introduction For dentists who have a keen interest in Cosmetic Dentistry, it is exciting when a patient expresses an interest to change their smile. It allows us to perform and deliver dentistry that can be immensely rewarding and life changing

February 14, 2018 Feature

Good News: Dentists Not at Risk of Acquiring HIV/AIDS from Infected Patients and the Illusion of Infection Control

by John Hardie, BDS, MSc, PhD, FRCDC

Preamble Since the appearance of HIV/AIDS in the mid-1980s, clinical dentists, academics and the profession’s regulatory agencies have been concerned about the possibility of an HIV/AIDS positive patient transmitting the infection to the attending dentist. A recent report in the

February 14, 2018 Feature

The Impact of Identifying Comorbid Conditions and Screening of Obstructive Sleep Apnea for Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders

by Sherif M. Elsaraj, DMD, MS; Mervyn Gornitsky, DDS, FRCD; Ana Miriam Velly, DDS, MS, PhD

Clinical Problem A 63-year-old female visited the dental clinic at the Jewish General Hospital with chief complaints of jaw pain, bilateral clicking, limited mouth opening, had migraine of 8 years duration, feeling fatigued and unrefreshed in the morning. The patient

February 14, 2018 Feature

CBCT Application in Dentoalveolar Trauma

by Yosef Nahmias, DDS, MSc; Ali Fatemi, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C)

Traumatic injuries to teeth and their supporting structures comprise approximately five percent of all traumatic injuries.1 Clinical and radiographic examinations are integral parts of diagnosis and treatment planning. Occlusal and periapical images have been suggested to determine the extent of

February 14, 2018 Feature

Barriers of Access to Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia as Identified by Ontario Dental Patients

by Soheil Khojasteh, BHSc, DDS, MSc (Dental Anesthesia)

There are various indications for deep sedation and general anesthesia (DS/GA) in dentistry, including anxiety associated with dental treatment, pre-cooperative age, traumatic or extensive dental procedures, and cognitive impairment or motor dysfunctions.1–3 Although many of the patients who fall into

February 14, 2018 Feature

Codeine: Are We Prescribing the Right Opioid to Our Patients?

by Derek Decloux, Dental Anesthesia Resident at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry

Given the epidemic of narcotic abuse in Canada, it is important we discuss choices when prescribing opiods. We should be both more pensive prior to picking up our prescription pad and more careful when prescribing opiod analgesia to our patients.

February 14, 2018 Feature

What Do You Do?

by Brian Chapnick, DDS

So, what do you do?” is a question often asked at social gatherings. Everyone has a story. Few of us have actually thought one out. How might we answer? Does the simple response “I’m a dentist” tell us anything about

February 14, 2018 Feature

Bias vs. Integrity

by Peter Nkansah, DDS, Dip. Anaes

Honesty is such a lonely word – Billy Joel Bias and integrity are strange bedfellows. They are two qualities that we speak of in absolute terms although there is no absolute measure for them. Both qualities force us to look

February 13, 2018 Feature Dental Hygiene

Infection Control Lawsuits: Getting Sued for Nervous Shock

by Michael Carabash, B.A., LL.B., J.D., M.B.A., C.D.P.M.

It is one of your worst nightmares. Public health officials get a complaint from one of your patients. They storm into your office and shut you down for having inadequate infection control practices. Bad as that may sound, it gets

February 13, 2018 Feature Dental HygienePractice Operations

The Song of Leadership

by Katherine Eitel Belt

Lessons in leadership show up in unlikely places. As the mother of two rough and tumble boys, one of life’s greatest gifts was unexpectedly having to raise my niece, Carrie, from the age of five. While I’ve cheered at baseball

February 13, 2018 Feature Dental HygienePublic Health

A Healthy Mouth – A Healthier Heart

by Lorraine Gambacourt, RDH

The Surprising Link Between Your Teeth, Real Food, and Life-Changing Natural Health   It is said that awareness is the key to change. Awareness however, is simply not enough. We must take the new knowledge learned and actually do something

February 13, 2018 Feature Dental Hygiene

Women’s Coronary Heart Disease

by Sheri B. Doniger, DDS

The signs and symptoms that may save a life   We are all familiar with the signs and symptoms of gripping chest pain, radiating to the jaw and arm for males, but do we know the difference for women’s heart

February 13, 2018 Feature Dental HygienePractice Operations

The Magic of Effective Communication

by Lois Banta

“I’m sorry… we have not received your claim.” “Why did I get a statement? I have already paid your office my co-payment!” Ah, the wonderful effects of non-communication. Nothing is more frustrating for a dental office than a patient or

February 13, 2018 Feature Dental Hygiene

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

by Catherine Wilson, Editor

They say a lady always know when it’s time to leave and so it is with mixed emotions I tell you that I am retiring from the dental group and Newcom Media as of March 29th, 2018. I’ve only worked

February 1, 2018 Feature Oral Health Office

Paid How Public Relations Can Support New Patient Growth

by Victoria Di Domenici, Marketing, dentalcorp

What is public relations, anyways? It’s defined as “the business of inducing the public to have understanding for and goodwill toward a person, firm, or institution; also: the degree of understanding and goodwill achieved.” In relation to your dental practice, an effective

January 31, 2018 Feature Oral Health Office

Individual Pension Plans – Back in the Spotlight

by Wilson Chen, BSc, DDS, CFP, FMA

This past July, the federal government introduced proposals to overhaul the tax rules affecting active private corporations (including dentistry professional corporations and technical services corporations). Since the summer announcement, the government has faced increasing opposition from farmers, professionals and small

January 31, 2018 Feature Oral Health Office

Britannia Village Dental Centre

by Britannia Village Dental Centre

After 20 years in her former location, Dr. Gillian Espie felt her practice had outgrown her space.  She looked forward to moving to a bright new site, and creating an office where she and her team would enjoy working every

January 31, 2018 Feature Oral Health Office

Help Patients Understand Why They Should Choose Your Clinic

by Julia Croll, Vice President, Marketing dentalcorp

People are demanding when it comes to customer service. Expectations for better experiences are driving competition in every industry, forcing businesses to compete more aggressively. In dentistry, standing apart from your competitors can be especially tough. Communicating what makes your

January 31, 2018 Feature Oral Health Office

Getting More Than We Gave: DMC LLP’s 2017 Jamaica Dental Outreach Trip

by Michael Carabash, BA, LLB, JD, MBA, CDPM

Do you recall the best 10 days of 2017?  I do. Mine go something like this: The Best Ten Days of Twenty-Seventeen Started With Strangers, Anxious And Keen To Go To A Country Some Hadn’t Seen To Pull or Save