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Jan. 3, 2012
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Assisting: Past, present and future
Dentistry IQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, a 1981 graduate of the Missouri School for Doctors' Assistants who has 30 years' chairside experience, discusses a recent trip to the Women's Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y. The feisty women who so bravely started the movement in 1848 were true pioneers, determined to make a better way of life for every woman that came after them. "While there, I thought about the women that pioneered dental assisting," Hunter said. "It's a part of our profession I had never looked into and I was eager to find out more." More

If your teeth could talk ...
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The eyes may be the window to the soul, but the mouth provides an even better view of the body as a whole. Some of the earliest signs of diabetes, cancer, pregnancy, immune disorders, hormone imbalances and drug issues show up in the gums, teeth and tongue — sometimes long before a patient knows anything is wrong. More

How to work and communicate effectively with colleagues and patients
Inside Dental Assisting    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some common characteristics noted among those considered to be successful include having a positive attitude, accepting challenges, and being considerate of others — even if it is not reciprocated. Professionals are often willing to take risks, negotiate, give and take constructive criticism, and move forward while projecting positive self-esteem, practicing assertiveness, demonstrating enthusiasm, and avoiding defensiveness. Essential skills of the successful dental team member include the ability to motivate others, good oral and written communication skills, and the ability to think creatively and work successfully with others, in addition to demonstrated technical and clinical competencies. More

How bacteria fight fluoride in toothpaste and in nature
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Yale researchers have uncovered the molecular tricks used by bacteria to fight the effects of fluoride, which is commonly used in toothpaste and mouthwash to combat tooth decay. In the journal Science Express, the researchers report that sections of RNA messages called riboswitches — which control the expression of genes — detect the build-up of fluoride and activate the defenses of bacteria, including those that contribute to tooth decay. More

Self Care, the most important gift
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As we start the New Year, let us pause to give ourselves praise for jobs well done — providing comfort to patients, and most importantly, making a difference in so many lives. As dental assistants, we are always so busy helping others that often we do not take stock of our own self worth, writes Lisa C. Wadsworth, CDA, RDH. Each one of us possesses many talents and true generosity of spirit, yet we fail to nurture and acknowledge ourselves. Therefore, the team at Dental Assisting Digest and I invite you to team with us to learn, share, and implement "self-care," adds Wadsworth. More

New Innovative Oral Health Rinse
Sunstar Americas introduces G•U•M PerioShield Oral Health Rinse – a new and innovative aid for the prevention and treatment of gingivitis. Clinically proven proprietary ingredient delmopinol 0.2% has a unique mechanism of action which disrupts current plaque and helps to prevent new build-up by forming a protective shield on the teeth and gums. more

Sugar obsession in America
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Americans consume an average of 22 to 30 teaspoons of empty calories daily from sugar added during the processing of foods and beverages. The growing obsession with sugar in our diets should be routinely discussed with patients in the dental office. Dental professionals see their patients more frequently than do most physicians; therefore the dental team is in the perfect position to help initiate changes in behavior regarding sugar consumption. More

For increased efficiency in the operatory, find your preferred materials
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In this article, Krissy Dail, a dental assistant in Jupiter, Fla., talks about the importance of to be well-versed in a dentist's preferred materials and techniques. "Depending on state law, dental assistants may not commonly place restorations or directly use composite materials," Dail said. "However, a thorough knowledge of the materials and experience with preparing them is paramount to offering the best possible assistance. Not all restorative materials are created equal." More

Yale research links oral hygiene to pneumonia
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A recent research, which was presented at the annual meeting of Infectious Diseases Society of America in Boston, has found a link between poor dental hygiene and pneumonia. Dr. Samit Joshi, of Yale University School of Medicine, has claimed that change in mouth bacteria could lead to the development of pneumonia. It is not the first research to talk about links between poor oral health and pneumonia, or any other respiratory problems. More

Dentists could screen 20 million Americans for chronic physical illnesses
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Nearly 20 million Americans annually visit a dentist but not a general healthcare provider, according to a New York University study published in the American Journal of Public Health. The study, conducted by a nursing-dental research team at NYU, is the first of its kind to determine the proportion of Americans who are seen annually by a dentist but not by a general healthcare provider. More

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