With the legalization of marijuana in Canada today, there are potential impacts for you to consider on oral health care regarding cannabis use prior to dental procedures – such as interactions with medications and anaesthetics, effects on bleeding, and the variable effects based on strain, dosage and timing.
Click on the image to the right for a tip sheet about cannabis and dental procedures.
We invite your questions and recommend people avoid using cannabis prior to their dental appointment. (Adapted from the BC Dental Association).
Dr. Duprat spent this past weekend at the Spear Campus in Scottsdale, Arizona; it is the largest hands-on CEREC training facility in the world. And, Dr. Hird was there too, mentoring other dentists taking the same course! CEREC is a type of CAD/CAM system (computer-aided design and manufacturing) that allows our dentists to take digital impressions and then make custom-designed porcelain crowns (and other white fillings) on site.
She took an advanced course to make crowns that fit onto implants using the CEREC system. It gives the dentist more control over the final result and allows a faster turn-around time between taking the necessary records (in this case, 3D digital scans) and delivering the implant-supported crown. This is among the many courses our dentists and staff take throughout the year, learning the latest developments and updates that expand their skills.
In the dental profession, we are lifelong learners – our teams of assistants, hygienist and dentists are constantly updating their skills and knowledge in order to remain current and competent.
The past two weeks Dr. Hird was in London, England starting a part-time Master’s degree in Health Economics, Policy and Management at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is still practicing full time and expects to complete the program in 2019.
The landscape in health economics and policy “is becoming more complex because of ageing populations, growing health inequalities, increases in non-communicable disease, significant therapeutic advances, and the digitalization agenda”, according to Professor Elias Mossiolos, head of the LSE Department of Health Policy.
And what does that have to do with dentistry? The World Health Organization says “oral health is essential to general health and quality of life”. Oral and dental health are part of the overall picture when talking about population health and the delivery of health care services, incorporating new technologies, and designing payment and insurance schemes. Dr. Hird is already involved with the policy and regulation of dentistry in BC, and will thus be better able to serve the public interest.
At a ceremony in Toronto ON this weekend, Dr. Hird was inducted as a Fellow into the International College of Dentists (ICD). The ICD is a worldwide honorary dental organization established in 1927 with over 11,000 active members.
Fellowship in the College is by invitation only and is granted in recognition of an individual dentist’s “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind.” Prior to being recognized as a Fellow of the ICD, the candidate’s qualifications and achievements are evaluated by a series of credential committees in order to insure that he or she is deserving of this honour and will live up to the ICD motto of “Recognizing Service and the Opportunity to Serve”. Congratulations Dr. Hird!
This is an excerpt from the BC Dental Association website, yourdentalhealth.ca:
The federal government is proposing a tax on employer-provided health and dental benefits. This means hundreds or thousands of dollars added to your tax bill when you file. It also means that Canadians may be at risk of losing their coverage if their employer can’t afford to keep them insured.
The British Columbia Dental Association believes the proposed tax will negatively affect the health, including the dental health, of the 2.9 million BC residents with extended health plans, and their families. When benefits in Quebec were subject to provincial income tax in 1993, almost 20% of employers dropped their coverage, including up to 50% among small employers.These plans provide preventive care not covered under your provincial health services, including prescription drugs, vision care, mental health services, dental care, vision care, and musculoskeletal care.
To learn more or express your opinion to the federal government about taxing these essential health benefits, visit the Don’t Tax My Health Benefits! website.
Spear Campus in Scottsdale AZ hosted the annual CERECdoctors Mentor Meeting on October 6-7. Recognized as leaders by the CERECdoctors community, Dr. Regan and Dr. Hird often mentor other doctors at various courses on campus. Dr. Hird represented the office this year and attended ten different lectures over two days, getting the latest updates CAD/CAM dentistry and learning about complex treatments using digital workflows.
Dr. Tsukada will add extra depth to the care we provide our patients who are suffering from complex oral health issues, such as: TMJ/jaw dysfunction, oral-facial pain, soft tissue conditions, oral cancer, and general health problems affecting the mouth.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Tsukada is a clinical assistant professor at the UBC Faculty of Dentistry, a specialist staff member at Vancouver General Hospital, and a staff member at the BC Cancer Agency in the Oral Oncology outpatient clinic and the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant program.
Dr. Duprat has just returned from an intensive five-day course at the Kois Center in Seattle WA where she received advanced training in complex treatment planning. This curriculum emphasizes an evidence-based approach to assess risk and improve outcomes.
As a CERECdoctors mentor, Dr. Regan was invited by dental implant company Straumann to preview some upcoming products in Boston MA. He was shown new software updates that integrate new Straumann components into the digital workflow of restoring implants. We are excited he can share with the team what is coming this fall.
The 2014 CEREC Doctors Scientific Symposium was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 24th and 25th. Dr. Hird represented the office and spent two days attending 16 lectures on different aspects of CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing) dentistry such as contemporary materials and advanced techniques for complex and cosmetic cases. It was a chance to connect with leading-edge clinicians from all over the world in this field, and bring the latest developments to our office.
The 35th Annual Tour de White Rock, one of Canada's primary cycling events, happens this weekend. Once again, White Rock Dental Group is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of an event that showcases our beautiful seaside community and also promotes healthy living. Events start tomorrow, running July 11-13th. Visit tourdewhiterock.ca for details!
Many of our patients have already experienced the convenience of CEREC one-visit dentistry at our South Surrey – White Rock dental office. CEREC is a type of CAD/CAM system (computer-aided design and manufacturing) that allows our dentists to take digital impressions and then make custom-designed porcelain restorations (like crowns and other white fillings) on-site, usually in one appointment and with no temporaries. It can also be used for some more complicated situations like implants and certain types of temporary and permanent bridges.
Dr. Duprat and Dr. Hird spent this past weekend at the Spear Campus in Scottsdale, Arizona; it is the largest hands-on CEREC training facility in the world, and where Dr. Regan is also a mentor. Such courses keep our dentists current in this ever-developing field, learning the latest developments and updates that expand their skills to deliver the highest level of patient care and convenience. This was among the many courses our dentists and allied staff take throughout the year.
If you like the idea of this service, contact at our South Surrey – White Rock dental office to schedule your one-visit crown or restoration, and to take advantage of another dental technology at our office.
The BC Dental Association launched a new public education program today called Your Dental Health, on behalf of its member dentists and dental specialists (which include our dentists and in-house specialists). It provides general consumer dental health information, and promotes the value of dental care in preventing and detecting oral health problems. Part of the program is a new dental health website that we think you will find useful and prompt discussion about your individual care and that of children and seniors in your families. Check it out!
Dr. Hird attended the Pacific Dental Conference gala fundraiser at the Vancouver Convention Centre on March 8th which benefited the UBC Dentistry Community Outreach Programs.
These programs provide unique learning opportunities for dental students to expand skills beyond the UBC campus and develop their own sense of social responsibility. As well, the programs provide free oral health care and education to a wide demographic of people in need – children, elders, new immigrants, the working poor, medically compromised people, people challenged with drug and alcohol abuse, those escaping various forms of abuse, First Nations – both locally and provincially.