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American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) announces adoption of a new management model
With the impending retirement of Larry Sepin, Executive Director of the American Dental Assistants Association and with the ever increasing complexity of the association marketplace, the ADAA Board of Trustees has been discussing various management models that the Association might pursue into 2015. Options included hiring a new chief staff executive or moving towards the retention of an association management company (AMC), which would allow the association to apply some new thinking to the way it serves the profession and its members.
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QUESTION: I'm a dental assistant with over five years of experience. I have worked as a floor supervisor for eight months since I started at this office. As a supervisor I've seen numerous cases of malpractice to patients ­– dental assistants cementing permanent crowns, RDAs taking final impressions, all the assistants doing prophylaxis, dental assistants adjusting dentures, and assistants packing cord. I've taken this matter to the office manager, who says we need to stop doing these procedures, but the managing dentist pressures the assistants, including me, to do these procedures we've been told not to do, and then takes revenge when we try to avoid these procedures. How does he take revenge?
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Dental problems could be a sign of an eating disorder
The Baltimore Sun
People with eating disorders often mask their disease, making it hard for a primary physician to detect. But the dentist can see telltale signs, such as redness and ulcers, that patients can't hide. Dr. Gigi Meinecke, a practicing dentist and president of the Maryland Academy of General Dentistry, discusses how dentists can help treat people with eating disorders.
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The use of prophylactic antibiotics prior to dental procedures in patients with prosthetic joints
A panel of experts (the 2014 Panel) convened by the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs developed an evidence-based clinical practice guideline (CPG) on the use of prophylactic antibiotics in patients with prosthetic joints who are undergoing dental procedures. This CPG is intended to clarify the “Prevention of Orthopaedic Implant Infection in Patients Undergoing Dental Procedures: Evidence-based Guideline and Evidence Report,” which was developed and published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Dental Association (the 2012 Panel).
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Link discovered between tooth loss and slowing mind and body
Medical News Today
The memory and walking speeds of adults who have lost all of their teeth decline more rapidly than in those who still have some of their own teeth, finds new UCL research. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, looked at 3,166 adults aged 60 or over from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging and compared their performance in tests of memory and walking speed. The results showed that the people with none of their own teeth performed approximately 10 percent worse in both memory and walking speed tests than the people with teeth.
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A faster way to diagnose antibiotic resistance
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Antibiotic resistance, which transforms ordinary microbes into menaces that cannot be easily controlled, is exacting a growing toll on the human population. More than two million people in the U.S. develop drug-resistant infections each year and at least 23,000 of them die as a result. Yet most antibiotic resistant infections are only identified long after a patient has left the doctor's office.
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Oral cancer on rise in young people
Alex Dupuy is like most 15-year-old boys, except for one very special talent. In 2013, he stole the headlines during a bowling tournament for bowling a perfect 300. But that high wouldn't last long. "My son came to us one day and said I have an ulcer, and we thought, OK, let's gargle with some salt water and we kept checking on it and it never went away," said Nancy Dupuy, Alex's mother.
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Cigna postpones launching dentist rating system
American Dental Association
Cigna is postponing the implementation of its proposed dentist rating system after months of negotiation with the ADA. Cigna announced in the fall that in 2015 it would launch what it called a cost-effectiveness designation program that rated in-network dentists based on cost and utilization patterns. The ratings would appear as stars within Cigna's provider directory.
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