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Don't miss out: Call for blog contributors
Canadian Dental Assistants Association
CDAA is seeking a qualified pool of 5-10 writers with a background in dental assisting to draft blog articles, monitor them as required once published and respond to visitor comments. It is expected that each article of a clinical nature should not exceed 200 words formulated in a question or case study format. Articles for CDAA’s blog should not exceed 500 words. The writer will be responsible for maintaining a voice consistent with the interests of CDAA, promoting the professionalism and image of dental assisting and ensuring that all copy and responses to blog articles are placed in a timely and professional manner.
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CDAA group benefits designed to give dental assistants peace of mind
Canadian Dental Assistants Association
All it takes is one health-related event to derail a family’s financial stability. It could be anything. How many of your friends and colleagues visit chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, or orthotics specialists, because of the many hours spent standing beside a dental chair? Dental assisting is repetitive work that can take its toll. These costs, not covered by a provincial health plan, can quickly add up. How important are your earnings to your family’s total household income? Injuries or illness can prevent you from working for weeks or even months. Are you prepared for a long-term, or even a short-term, loss of your income?
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Illegal dentists' equipment put to good use at Abbotsford free clinic
BC Local News
Dental equipment and materials seized from illegal dentists will be put to good use at the Abbotsford Food Bank Free Dental Clinic. The clinic was the recipient of a donation from the College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC), receiving items that had been seized from three illegal dentists operating in the province. The confiscated equipment and materials will be cleaned and/or sterilized before being used for patient care, while items that are not appropriate for patient use are being destroyed.
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Smokers' taste buds 'do not allow them to taste bitterness of coffee'
Medical News Today
Though conventional pairing has cigarettes and coffee going together, researchers have found that the toxic chemicals in tobacco may hamper taste bud regeneration, resulting in smokers not being able to adequately taste the bitterness of their regular cup of joe.
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Dealing with Diastema: Closing gap teeth
Your Plymouth Dentist
"Diastema" is definitely one of those dental vocabulary words that hasn't found its way into the common vernacular. So what exactly is it? It's simple, really: a diastema is a gap between two teeth. While some diastemas are merely an aesthetic concern, others arise from dental problems and deserve closer attention.

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The dental assistant's guide to dental equipment maintenance
Dentistry IQ
Most dental assistants don't walk around with a tool belt on their waists, but in many offices when a piece of equipment does not work properly it’s the assistant that often springs to action.

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A Call for Nominations: 2014 CDAA Awards
Canadian Dental Assistants Association
The CDAA Awards Committee is seeking deserving candidates for the CDAA Awards. These awards are to acknowledge services to the profession and our way of saying thank you to those who have given their time, energy and resources.

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5 ways to get patients on board with home care and oral health
Natural Gumption
Unless patients understand the "how to" portion of their home care, our efforts will continue to show limited results, and periodontal issues will still be a barrier to overall health. As bacteria become invasive after accumulating for only a week, unless we are seeing our hygiene patients biweekly for preventive appointments, we have to help them understand the tools that we are recommending they use.
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Are you a great boss?
Dentistry IQ
Every boss likes to think they're an inspiration to work for and a pleasure to work with. But the truth is that we don't always get the direct feedback we need, or we don't process it enough to realize if and where our management strategies need improvement. Meanwhile, the indirect feedback we receive (i.e., complaints, high employee turnover, and low morale) often goes unrecognized as the important indicator it is.
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Protein plays key role in infection by oral pathogen
Science Daily
The protein, Transgultaminase 2 is a key component in the process of gum disease, researchers have discovered. Periodontal, or gum, disease is one of the most common infectious diseases. In its more severe forms, such as periodontitis, it causes loss of the bone that supports the teeth. Approximately 65 million adults in the United States are affected by some form of the disease. PG is the major causative agent of periodontitis, and it may also be involved in the development of systemic diseases such as atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
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Bone loss and inflammation reversed in immune disorder by dental team
MNT
Patients with leukocyte adhesion deficiency, or LAD, suffer from frequent bacterial infections, including the severe gum disease known as periodontitis. These patients often lose their teeth early in life. New research by University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine researchers, teaming with investigators from the National Institutes of Health, has demonstrated a method of reversing this bone loss and inflammation.
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    Thursday Troubleshooter: How long will dental assistant be expected to carry out extra duties? (Dentistry IQ)
A Call for Nominations: 2014 CDAA Awards (Canadian Dental Assistants Association)
The dental assistant's guide to dental equipment maintenance (Dentistry IQ)
Questions over military dentists' specialist pay (CBC News)
REMINDER: Call for Blog Contributors (Canadian Dental Assistants Association)
CDAA Sponsored research: Supervision of Dental Assisting Practice in Canada (CDAA)

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