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Ottawa man charged with impersonating dentist wins bail

BY  , Omar AnwarOmar Anwar, 29 , claimed to be a dentist on LinkedIn.Ottawa’s Omar Anwar won bail on Friday after being arrested on charges that he impersonated a dentist and forged medical school records in a failed bid to take dental exams at McGill University in May.This type of alleged identity fraud is so rare that the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) said it has seen it only twice in the past two decades.Police said Anwar, 29, worked as a dental assistant at two Ottawa clinics. The criminal investigation began after the NDEB called Ottawa police saying someone had attempted to take dental exams on May 27-28 with falsified credentials. In order to write the exam, applicants must have a degree from an accredited dental school.The investigation revealed that Anwar allegedly accessed the University of Minnesota credentials of a real dentist and then applied online to take the dental exams. (Anwar is also charged with uttering a forged document.)A handcuffed Anwar appeared in court on Friday and won bail right away.His defence lawyer, Paolo Giancaterino, said his client is looking forward to telling his side of the story.Anwar was released on conditions that he live

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Research: Vitamin D deficiency leaves its mark on the smile

Carolina PickensThursday, June 01, 2017Research: Vitamin D deficiency leaves its mark on the smile A study published by McMaster University in May found vitamin D is vital to more than just skin and the neurological system.Previously, there was no way to prove long-term vitamin D deficiencies in the human species. However, anthropologists studying ancient human teeth found that the main material of teeth — dentin — records when the body undergoes deficient periods.It was discovered that when an extended period of vitamin D deficiency occurred, the dentin of the teeth could not remineralize and form new, healthy layers. This makes sense, as a lack of sufficient vitamin D has been tied to problems like osteoporosis and other bone density problems.This lack of mineralization created badly mineralized calcium salt deposits, also known as interglobular dentin. These calcium salt deposits, in turn, formed rickets within the tooth.Researchers can now read and analyze these dentin rickets in much the same way as one can read the rings of a tree trunk. Like rickets, a problem wherein bones don't sufficiently remineralize and are prone to breaks, teeth were unable to maintain their strength throughout the human's lifespan. These "markers" were trapped within the layers of dentin, waiting to be uncovered by researchers.Not only was this vital
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Four oral healthcare points for your pregnant patients

By Lori Roniger, DrBicuspid.com associate editorMay 17, 2017 -- What is the most important information to communicate to your pregnant patients? In observance of National Women's Health Week, DrBicuspid.com spoke to dentists and obstetricians about how pregnant women can best take care of the oral health of themselves and their children. Some recommendations have evolved and may surprise you.In the not-so-distant past, dentists weren't encouraged to treat pregnant patients. But guidelines published in recent years, such as those released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2013, emphasize the importance of maintaining good oral health during pregnancy, the safety of dental treatment at this time, and the benefits of both to women and their children. Also, dental schools are now teaching the importance of treating pregnant women.Melanie Mayberry, DDSMelanie Mayberry, DDS, from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.One program that connects oral healthcare providers with obstetricians is the Double O 3T Program at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Created by Melanie Mayberry, DDS, and Bernard Gonik, MD, the program involves Detroit Mercy dental students and obstetric residents from Wayne State University and Hutzel Women's Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Mayberry is the chairperson of the department of oral
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14,000 Year Old Dentistry

Stone Age hunter-gatherers tackled their cavities with a sharp tool and tarTooth find adds to evidence that some form of dentistry has existed for at least 14,000 yearsBY  BRUCE BOWER 11:11AM, APRIL 7, 2017ancient tooth decayDENTAL WORK  Seen from above in computer reconstructions, cavities in two human teeth dating to around 13,000 years ago contain signs of an ancient treatment for tooth decay. Marks on the inner walls of each cavity were made by a pointed stone tool used to remove infected tissue, researchers propose.S. BENAZZIMagazine issue: Vol. 191 No. 9, May 13, 2017, p. 15EmailPrintTwitterFacebookRedditGoogle+Stone Age dentists didn’t drill and fill cavities. They scraped and coated them.Two teeth from a person who lived in what’s now northern Italy between 13,000 and 12,740 years ago bear signs of someone having scoured and removed infected soft, inner tissue. The treated area was then covered with bitumen, a sticky, tarlike substance Stone Age folks used to attach stone tools to handles (SN Online: 12/12/08), says a team led by biological anthropologists Gregorio Oxilia and Stefano Benazzi, both of the University of Bologna in Italy.The find indicates that techniques for removing infected parts of teeth 

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Dalhousie’s new Dental Clin

Cheryl Bell - May 4, 2017Dr. Blaine Cleghorn, assistant dean of clinics and building services, shows guests a cubicle in the newly renovated clinic. (Danny Abriel photos)Dr. Blaine Cleghorn, assistant dean of clinics and building services, shows guests a cubicle in the newly renovated clinic. (Danny Abriel photos)The excitement in the room was palpable as Dr. Thomas Boran, dean of Dalhousie’s Faculty of Dentistry, and two second-year Dentistry students, Lexi McLean and Emily Bishop, spoke about the ongoing clinic renewal project and what it means for student learning and patient care. Work has been taking place “behind the wall” for several months and everyone was eager to see the results.The first half of the renovated dental clinic was unveiled to a group of donors and members of the Dalhousie community at a preview event on April 27. Students and faculty began working in the new space on May 1 and the grand reopening of the fully completed clinic will take place during Homecoming 2018.“These clinic renovations are so much more than bricks and mortar and so much more than individual cubicles. They are the future of dentistry,” said Dr. Boran, prior to leading the group on a tour of the new clinic.“This renewal project means that we can teach in new ways, our students can learn the latest techniques with the latest

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