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Dental assistants receive scholarships
American Dental Association
The American Dental Assistants Association and the Dental Assisting National Board have announced five winners of a joint scholarship. The ADAA/DANB Scholarship is open to all ADAA members in good standing and is intended to help dental assistants turn their professional development plans into reality. The scholarship committee looked for dental assistants who demonstrated a strong commitment to career growth and lifelong learning in the profession.
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Team feels left out! How to get dentist to share important info?
DentistryIQ
QUESTION: In the last dental practice where I worked, the team members were let in on "what's happening now" in the practice. The doctor shared the health of the practice’s statistical data (number of new patients, emergencies, production, collections, write-offs, overhead percentages and how they compared to our goals, and the norms in each category). We also had daily huddles to strategize for the day and stay in check on goals.
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Social media strategies for 2015
Inside Dentistry
In 2015, the idea that social media should play a role in a dentist’s marketing plan is not a new concept. As social media has exploded in popularity and influence over the past few years, it has become increasingly common — even necessary — for a dentist to have profiles on websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Unfortunately, many dentists who have adopted social media as part of their overall marketing strategy have done so under the mistaken belief that social media's only purpose is to attract new patients.
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The evolution of plaque removal
RDH
Fossil evidence documents that plaque dates back at least 50,000 years to the Neanderthals.1 Perhaps even they worried about how to get it off before it calcified into tartar, improving oral comfort or as a part of natural grooming. The first recorded efforts at plaque control focused on physical removal, essentially scrubbing it off with a stick or brush.
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Going strong in 2015: Hiring and retaining great dental employees
By Laura Winzeler
Dental patients look forward to seeing friendly and familiar faces when they arrive for appointments. Their comfort and trust levels depend on this continuity of care from the moment they open the door. High staff turnover is not only financially costly, it also takes a toll on the perceived competence of the practice administrator. Resolve to sharpen your leadership abilities in 2015 and become even more effective at hiring and retaining great dental office employees.
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Home Practice Management What will 2015 bring for dental professionals and patients? A leader in the field makes some predictions
DentistryIQ
What does 2015 hold for the world of dental? Will health care truly become more affordable? Will baby boomers continue to have a huge impact on the U.S. healthcare system? DentistryIQ presented a few questions to Bill Chase, vice president of marketing for :DentalPlans. It’s the company's business to stay on top of the latest trends in oral care, Chase says, and based on what they experience at the company, they've made some predictions for the upcoming year.
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Obesity and dental care
JADA
Thirty percent of the population is obese, resulting in more than $150 billion in related health care costs and lost productivity per year. And, these costs are expected to rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69 percent of the population of adults older than 20 years are obese or overweight.
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A potential long-lasting treatment for sensitive teeth
ScienceDaily
Rather than soothe and comfort, a hot cup of tea or cocoa can cause people with sensitive teeth a jolt of pain. But scientists are now developing a new biomaterial that can potentially rebuild worn enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity for an extended period. They have tested the material on dogs.
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Tooth decay detected by laser and light systems
The Wall Street Journal
A growing body of research shows the light-based devices are highly sensitive. A recent study found one device caught 93 percent of early caries, the dental term for tooth decay, compared with 27 percent for X-rays. But some scientists warn the machines could result in overtreatment — as early decay may not need a filling.
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