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October 29, 2021 Feature Oral Health OfficePractice management

The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the North American Dental Community

by Naren Arulrajah, Ekwa Marketing

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected an unbelievable percentage of the population since it caught fire in the first quarter of 2020. Being an essential service, you may believe the field of dentistry to be untouched by the pandemic, but that

October 27, 2021 News News

Can Salivary Glands Infected with COVID-19 Increase Risk for Relapse or Reinfection?

by University of Utah Health Sciences

University of Utah Health scientists are leading an effort to determine if salivary glands infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 could diminish a person’s long-term immunity to the disease after being immunized or after recovering from the illness. The

October 22, 2021 News DentistryNews

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

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

October 15, 2021 Feature Dental StudentsMental HealthNew dentistsNew grads

Under Pressure: Dealing with Stress and Anxiety

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.

October 15, 2021 Feature Dental StudentsNew dentistsNew grads

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

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

October 12, 2021 News NewsOral Health

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

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,

October 12, 2021 News DentistryNews

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

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

October 8, 2021 News DentistryNews

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

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

October 7, 2021 Feature Data Driven DentistryOHGdata

Government Rent Subsidy – Too little, too late

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

September 28, 2021 News DentistryInfection controlNews

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

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

September 23, 2021 News DentistryNews

Dentists Will Not Be Asking for Proof of Vaccination

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

September 22, 2021 News DentistryNews

Canadian Dental Association Calling for Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers

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

September 21, 2021 Video Dental VideoOffice design

Weekly Wisdom: Patient Flow and Space Barriers

by Oral Health

  Darcie Galbriath is back for Weekly Wisdom! Time to discuss space barriers and their function in the layout of your practice.     Subscribe to Oral Health’s weekly e-newsletter to have the latest episode delivered straight to your inbox

September 16, 2021 News DentistryNews

Fourth-Year Texas Dental Students Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

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

September 13, 2021 Feature Data Driven DentistryOHGdataPractice management

The Biggest Takeaways From the COVID-19 Experience

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

September 13, 2021 News DentistryNewsPractice management

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

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

September 7, 2021 News DentistryNews

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

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

September 3, 2021 News News

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

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

Oral Health Routines
September 2, 2021 Feature Oral Health OfficePractice management

Preparing for the Return to Oral Health Routines

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.

September 2, 2021 Feature Mental HealthOral Health OfficePractice management

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

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