CDAA Dental Assistant Weekly
Feb. 11, 2014

Survey: Winnipeggers could improve flossing habits
If there's one thing Winnipeggers could improve on dental hygiene-wise, it would be flossing. DenTek has come out with their list of the best and worst cities in Canada for flossing, which found Winnipeg ranks fifth behind Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver. "It's surprising how many Canadians revealed that they never floss," said Rachel Scharfman, DenTek's brand manager.More

Chewing gum is often culprit for migraine headaches in teens
Science Daily
Teenagers are notorious for chewing a lot of gum. Now, Dr. Nathan Watemberg of Tel Aviv University-affiliated Meir Medical Center has found that gum-chewing teenagers, and younger children as well, are giving themselves headaches too. His findings, published in Pediatric Neurology, could help treat countless cases of migraine and tension headaches in adolescents without the need for additional testing or medication.More

5 keys to effectively communicate appreciation to your colleagues
Dental Practice Management
As we work with dentists and dental teams around the country, both groups are telling us the same thing: Team members are becoming more negative, cynical, and discouraged. We need to do something to show them appreciation but funds are tight. Also, people are getting burned out. We have to do more work with less people, and for no more money. More

Second-hand smoke may cause kids' cavities
Huffington Post
New research suggests second-hand smoke could play a causal role in kids' cavities. The review, published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, included 15 studies published between 1990 and 2010, and showed a "possible causal relationship between second-hand smoke] and carries in the primary dentition." More

Your dental practice: To text or not to text?
Dentistry IQ
Every day, I help practices grow and improve by implementing effective marketing techniques. My key strategy is attempting to put myself in the shoes of the target audience — that is, I attempt to think like a patient. So, when I get to have my own patient experiences, it is marketing development gold. Yesterday, I had an experience that showed me the value of something I hadn't yet seen for myself.More

Do you have a nail biting habit?
Dr. Perrone
Many of our daily habits can be quite harmful to our dental health. One often over-looked is the nervous habit of biting of our nails. This habit can be triggered by stress, excitement, and even boredom. Statistics have shown about that almost about half of all children between the age of 10 and 18 bite their nails. Luckily, most stop by the age of 30.More

Study: Water fluoride levels do not increase risk of bone cancer
Fluoride levels in drinking water do not lead to a greater risk of primary bone cancer, a new study has found. More

Prince Albert to do more child dental surgeries
The Star Phoenix
The provincial health ministry aims to move up to a fifth of Saskatoon's in-hospital child dental surgeries to Prince Albert.More

Studies have linked gum disease to cardiovascular disease
The Spokesman-Review
When periodontist Dr. Lauralee Nygaard had a stroke at age 37, she didn't think to blame her gums. She didn't know what to blame. Nygaard thought she was in good shape, with low body fat, controlled cholesterol and a lifetime of good health. "I'd never missed a day of work in 18 years. I missed only one week after each baby. I never had anything ever," she said of her medical history. More