Volume 3 Issue 4 | 39
News and Events
The Canadian Association of Hospital
Dentists (CAHD), established in December
2014, aims to promote evidence-based
oral health care, education and research in
According to Dr. Susan Sutherland, CAHD
president, the new association will also
advocate for improved access to care for
Canadians with medical complexity and
special needs who require dental care in
“The CAHD provides Canadian dentists with
a forum for discussions about enhancing
clinical practice, teaching, research,
administration and dental leadership in
Canadian hospitals,” says Dr. Sutherland.
“One of our top priorities, in collaboration
with medical colleagues, is the development
of a national Antibiotic Stewardship Program
for Canadian dentists. Another initiative is
the coordination of a national electronic
‘match system’ for the selection of hospitalbased
The inaugural CAHD Annual General
Meeting was held in Vancouver in May 2015
and this year’s meeting took place on
May 13, 2016, in Halifax.
CAHD membership is open to all Canadian
dentists, dental students and residents. For
more information, visit: cadh-achd.ca. a
New Association Created
FOR CANADIAN HOSPITAL DENTISTS
A new organization
has been formed
with a mandate to
help shape the
future of Canadian
The Temporomandibular Joint Society of Canada (TMJSC)
website, tmjscanada.ca, lists resources where people can
learn more about TMD and the experiences of people
suffering from this condition.
CDA spoke with Anita Frank, executive director and founder
of TMJSC. “I set up the association because I have TMD and
had a difficult journey in getting diagnosed and treated,” says
Ms. Frank. “I wanted to help those who suffer from TMD get
more educated and offer them support as they are treated.”
To learn more, visit the TMJSC website or email tmjscanada@
The Temporomandibular Joint Society
People suffering from
joint disorder (TMD)
have a new
To watch an interview
with Anita Frank on the
TMJ Society of Canada,
What other sufferers are going through-emails I have received-the contents have been slightly changed so that the writer cannot be identified
From another country
I seem to have all the symptoms of TMJ problems without an actual diagnosis… when I first saw this post I thought it was a site in this country.. but then realised it wasn’t.. but thought I’d email anyway.. when I’m feeling stressed or anxious I get a toothache type feeling which spreads to my jaw, ear and neck… I’ve had a root canal but my dentist says it’s not my teeth!!! I’d happily let her take them all out… but she won’t!! At least then I’d know it wasn’t my teeth causing the problem!! The pain is intense.. like a dull ache with a burning feel.. my jaw clicks on opening and closing and I have a night guard for my bottom teeth.. it’s funny how the pain just comes over you… one minute alright next terrible pain.. my husband thinks I’m mad and doesn’t understand it all.. just writing this email has made me feel better. Thanks for reading my moan.
From another province
I was just surfing the internet today, searching for TMJ help in Canada and came across an article about Anita Frank and her support group. I’m writing in the hopes of finding some help for my (Friend).
After yet another horrible night of being up with my (Friend) until 6:00am trying to convince him that suicide is not his only answer, I find myself desperately searching for some help.
We’ve heard only awful stories of TMJ sufferers and I can assure you that my Friends’ story is one of the most heart breaking stories you could imagine. We’ve had to tell his story so many times in the last few years that I will wait and spare the gut wrenching details until I find out if this is a valid email/ active group.
My friend suffered an accident and it took too long with a lack of appropriate care from health professionals which caused him to be living in the nightmare he is currently. After spending thousands of dollars that we don’t have on dental care, mouth guards, etc. we are now facing the last resort of braces/jaw breaking and resetting surgery. This is something that we aren’t even sure will help because his main problem is in the joints. We are terrified that even though we can’t imagine it, things will get worse. He is extremely thin, it has been so difficult to keep weight on him because eating is so difficult and sleep is almost non-existent.
We are wondering if you could offer any help as to where to find some better treatment options in Canada. We are out of Ontario and are wondering if there is anywhere that offers a multi-medical approach to helping TMJ sufferers. It seems all the different doctors, dentists, therapists that you see need to work together to treat a TMJ patient, but it’s really all in your own hands and everyone can only wish you good luck.