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Dalhousie dental program offers free care to immigrants
CBC News
A free program offered by Dalhousie University's faculty of dentistry is helping immigrants to Nova Scotia get access to dental care — in some cases for the first time in their lives. The university says the program, which offers a free exam and cleaning, has helped as many as 200 immigrants as well as providing students with a priceless learning experience. Masuseraphin​ Lufungula is from Congo, where many cannot afford a dentist.
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Editorial: Ontario must address dental care for low-income kids
Toronto Star
In the war on poverty, proper access to oral health care has always been a losing battle. Unless you have disposable cash or a good benefit plan from work, the high cost of dental care means that good treatment can be out of reach. And as the Star's Diana Zlomislic reported recently, new data from the Toronto Public Health department drives home that inequality in nearly half of the city's elementary schools.
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McGill University Faculty of Dentistry Free Annual Summer Dental Clinic
CTV News
The goal of this clinic is to reach out to the medically compromised and intellectually and physically disabled members of the community who do not otherwise have access to dental services. Also welcomed are adolescents aged 10-17, who are no longer covered for dental care by the Régie d'Assurance Maladie du Quebec and lack the financial resources to seek treatment in a private dental office.
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High-profile Vancouver dentist left positions at UBC, VGH after audits began
Vancouver Sun
A high-profile dentist resigned from the University of B.C. and Vancouver Coastal Health a few months after both institutions began auditing financial irregularities in programs overseen by Dr. Christopher Zed. Neither UBC, VCH nor the RCMP have identified Zed as the subject of their investigations. They will only confirm that Zed left his high-ranking jobs, and that it is too early in the probe to name any suspects.
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Wearing dentures at 26 years old not that uncommon
In contrast to the commonly held perception, it is not just old people who wear dentures. The average of those who wear dentures is 45 and many young people finding that they need to wear them. If you're unfortunate enough to lose your adult teeth at a young age you will most likely be advised by your dentist to acquire dentures.

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Students' rotting teeth show 'inequality of health'
Toronto Star
A painful measure of inequality exists among students in nearly half of this city's elementary schools, new data obtained by the Toronto Star shows. Toronto Public Health hygienists looked inside the mouths of nearly 220,000 students from junior kindergarten to Grade 8 last year as part of an annual free dental health screening program in schools.

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Dental practice front office DOs and DON'Ts
For a dental office to be successful, it has to run like a well-oiled machine. All the working parts must fit together to accomplish a common goal and that can be an uphill battle. In an independent practice, this responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of the dentist.

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Study: Toronto kids most susceptible to cavities, least likely to get proper dental care
Tech Times
A new study shows that not many children see the dentist by the recommended age of 12 months. Less than one per cent of healthy children from urban areas in Toronto saw a dentist before age one and less than two per cent received dental care before two years old.
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Using an employee file to improve your dental practice
By Jill Nesbitt
What if I told you there was an easy way to cut the staff drama, more consistently enforce office policy and have your team solve their own problems? An employee file serves all these purposes. An employee file is a folder for each of your staff members that stores their application, required medical forms, licenses and documentation about their work performance. The documentation piece can be simple — a blank piece of paper with the employee's name at the top works just fine. So, what do you write?
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Students' rotting teeth show 'inequality of health' (Toronto Star)
7 signs your dental practice is busy, but not productive (Dentistry IQ)
Investigation of UBC dentistry program's financials turned over to RCMP (Vancouver Sun)
Dentist visits too infrequent for Canadian preschoolers (CBC News)
Classification of dental lab equipments according to their use (Web Dental)
What should you do when a patient is fearful? (Modern Practice)

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Clean before you clean: What's on your toothbrush just might surprise you
Science Daily
Do you know Staphylococci, coliforms, pseudomonads, yeasts, intestinal bacteria and — yes — even fecal germs may be on your toothbrush? Appropriate toothbrush storage and care are important to achieving personal oral hygiene and optimally effective plaque removal, says Maria L. Geisinger, DDS, assistant professor of periodontology in the School of Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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Doctors urged to apply fluoride to babies' teeth
Paediatricians and other primary care doctors should apply fluoride varnish to infants' teeth soon after they erupt, according to new cavity-fighting guidelines. The recommendations come from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a government-backed panel.
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