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Job search and interview strategies for the
dental assistant

Viashali Singhal, DMD, BS    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Congratulations on your completion of a dental assisting program and passing all required licensure exams; you are now on the path of a wonderful career as a dental assistant. The next big step in front of you is the daunting task of searching for a job as a dental assistant. There are many ways to search for your first job; the Internet may be one of the first places that you check for listing. Sites such as Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com are just two of the many that have listings based on geographic locations. Additionally, many of these websites allow the candidate to post his/her resume so employers may view it. Furthermore, the school that you graduated from may offer assistance in searching for a dental assisting position. More



Study: Pregnant women could decrease risk of premature birth by third with dental visit
Compendium    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine found that pregnant women saw a 34 percent reduction in the risk of a preterm labor if they underwent a simple dental procedure, according to Medical Daily. In a study published in the Journal of Periodontal Medicine, the researchers described how expectant mothers with a high risk of premature birth saw that risk cut by a third if they underwent a scaling and root planing technique. More

Dental office spit test may help find early signs of oral cancer
Detroit Free Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The earliest signs of oral cancer might one day show up in a simple spit test at your dentist's office. Delta Dental of Michigan has teamed up in a clinical trial with two university researchers to identify clues in saliva that could give doctors the first hint of the sixth most common cancer … one that was expected to be diagnosed an estimated 40,250 times in 2012, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). More

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Long-term study supports periodontitis/diabetes link
DrBicuspid    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The scientific evidence linking type 2 diabetes with a significantly greater risk of periodontitis continues to mount, according to long-term data published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) exhibited an even stronger association with risk of periodontitis among those who consumed few fruits and vegetables, noted the study authors, from the Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry. More

Natural adhesive may help remineralize teeth
DrBicuspid    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A substance similar to the adhesive that mussels use to attach to rocks and other surfaces in water could help prevent tooth sensitivity and help remineralize teeth, according to a new study in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. More


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Gingivitis bacteria manipulate your immune system so they
can thrive in your gums

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A new research report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows how the bacteria known for causing gum disease — Porphyromonas gingivalis — manipulates the body's immune system to disable normal processes that would otherwise destroy it. Specifically, the report shows that this pathogen prompts the production of the anti-inflammatory molecule Interleukin-10. This, in turn, inhibits the function of T-cells, which would otherwise help to protect the host from this particular microbial infection. More

Dental researchers determine relationship between oral health
habits and dementia

American Dental Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Oral health habits may affect whether a person develops dementia later in life, according to a University of California study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Led by researcher Annlia Paganini-Hill, the study "Dentition, Dental Health Habits, and Dementia: The Leisure World Cohort Study" focused on residents of Leisure World, a Laguna Hills, Calif., retirement community, and measured their oral health habits between 1992 and 2010. Study participants were questioned about their number of natural teeth, dentures, number of dental visits and oral health habits. More


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Asian teens wearing fake braces as status symbol
Dentistry IQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Defying Western stigma and school-age angst over wearing braces, some Asian teens are reportedly buying fake braces as a status symbol. This orthodontia oddity has flourished in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, according to outlets. Kids are forking over $100 for the black-market fashion braces to fool observers into thinking they can afford the authentic — and expensive — mouthworks, AFP reports More

ADA launches Dental Symptom Checker
American Dental Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A patient has a mildly painful blister on the tip of the tongue. What is it? As dentists know, it could be any number of things. To provide patients with accurate information about their symptoms and help them make better-informed decisions about their oral health, the ADA has introduced the ADA Dental Symptom Checker on MouthHealthy.org. More



Tooth decay in kids linked to eating and oral health behavior, not overweight
WorlDental.org Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are many other behaviors which can expose much easier kids to higher risks of developing tooth decay. This particular study involved 280 kids, ages 7 through 12. About 38 percent of these kids were overweight, and the proportion was 32 percent girls and 42 percent boys. As many as 84 percent of the kids have had at least one dental problem in their lifetime, such as cavities. More

Fluoride in the water supply is a debate that still has teeth
The Kansas City Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's easy today to scoff at the paranoid fringe that once feared that adding fluoride to American water supplies would turn us into commie zombies. But 70 years after fluoridation began, fervent opposition continues. More

New and Revised Accreditation Standards

The Commission directed that the proposed revision of the Dental Assisting Standards be distributed to the appropriate communities of interest for review and comment, with comment due Jan. 4, 2013. A copy of the proposed revisions can be found at http://www.ada.org/sections/educationAndCareers/pdfs/proposed_da.pdf.

Written comments can be directed to renfrowp@ada.org or mailed to:
ATTN: Patrice Renfrow, interim manager
Dental Assisting Education
211 East Chicago Avenue, 19th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
 


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