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What does your education mean to you?
By Brittany Ashenfelter, CDA, EFDA, LDH, AAS, BSPHDH
Education is the key to continued success in today's ever evolving field of dentistry. In order to be competent and knowledgeable in the field of dentistry, the dental assistant must pursue continued education. Over the years, many dental assistants have asked the questions on how to pursue continued education within the career of dental assisting. Have you asked yourself, "What does your education mean to you?" Asking yourself what education means to you will allow you to begin the process of developing a professional development plan to reach your short term and long term goals within dentistry.
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Biggest pay raises over 30 years
CNN
Sit down in a dentist's chair and it might be a dental assistant who's now molding your teeth, placing rubber dams, or putting in temporary fillings. "Those were not things a dental assistant did 30 years ago," said Lori Paschall, president of the American Dental Assistants Association.
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Is 'one big happy family' on the dental team a good thing?
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: I have a team member who says the team is like one big family so she can say whatever she feels … even if it is hurtful.
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EPA's labeling requirements for surface disinfectants — dental disinfectants
OSHA Review, Inc.
In the United States, under the authority of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, the Environmental Protection Agency has sole responsibility to establish the rules for efficacy claims and safety of surface disinfectants. Under FIFRA, any substance or mixture of substances intended to prevent, destroy, repel, or mitigate any pest (including microorganisms but excluding those in or on living humans or animals) must be registered with EPA before sale or distribution. To obtain a registration, a manufacturer must submit to EPA proposed labeling and specific data about the safety and effectiveness of each product.
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Study links dental problems in kids to bullying
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Adolescents are often teased and bullied if they have missing, misshaped, or discolored teeth, according to a new study in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. The study, which was conducted among sixth-grade students (ages 11 to 12) in Amman, Jordan, found a significant prevalence of bullying in school was due to the children's dental or facial appearance.
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Using dental practice software to make management decisions
By Jill Nesbitt
As the office manager for a dental practice with seven dentists, 25 staff, 18 operatories, I was responsible for the business side of the practice. When I was hired, my first assignment was to select the best dental practice management software for our practice — and then to make the most of this software to run a successful dental practice. No matter which software you are using in your office for the basics of scheduling, billing/insurance and treatment planning, you can also use your dental practice management software to make solid management decisions.
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Some of the latest information about dental patient behavior and trends
Dentistry IQ
More than 4 million patients use ZocDoc each month to find doctors and instantly book appointments online. The company has the country’s largest real-time database of patient behavior and trends. They analyzed data from 2013, and here are some key insights regarding dental offices. Where does your office fit in?
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ADA House resolution urges dental lab registration
American Dental Association
The ADA is urging all state dental boards to register U.S. dental laboratories to enhance patient health and safety. The ADA Council on Dental Practice submitted House of Delegates Resolution 52H-2013 in response to a directive to take steps to ensure the continued high quality of prosthetic services.

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Take charge of your patients' dentinal sensitivity
Inside Dental Assisting
Dentinal sensitivity has a significant prevalence in the general population and an even higher occurrence in periodontal patients. It is typically associated with exposed root surfaces, with the buccal cervical areas of bicuspids and canines most commonly affected.

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2014 Policy Update: Infection prevention is part of the mandate for quality and safety
Infection Control Today
One of the imperatives for infection preventionists in the new year is continuing to comprehend the myriad forces shaping healthcare right now, as well as implementing strategies that assist their institution leadership in meeting healthcare reform-related mandates.

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Communication between health professionals and their patients about alcohol use — 44 states and the District of Columbia, 2011
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Excessive alcohol use accounted for an estimated 88,000 deaths in the United States each year during 2006–2010, and $224 billion in economic costs in 2006. Since 2004, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended alcohol misuse screening and behavioral counseling (also known as alcohol screening and brief intervention for adults to address excessive alcohol use; however, little is known about the prevalence of its implementation. ASBI will also be covered by many health insurance plans because of the Affordable Care Act.
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Meth mouth and the ravages of an addiction: From a dental perspective
Dentistry IQ
In today’s pop culture, meth is quickly becoming part of the lexicon of a broad audience. Having been featured in the popular program "Breaking Bad," meth has regained a popularity not seen in two decades. Currently, meth is a featured player in "Homefront," a film starring Jason Statham and James Franco. Increasingly in the public radar, meth is being referenced as Generation Y's LSD. Its popularity is growing and its audience is broad, ranging from the coastal hipster to the urban barista. Despite meth’s cultural awareness becoming ever popular, its oral health ramifications must not be understated.
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Patients' insurance may change under ACA
American Dental Association
Dental plans are available in the new Affordable Care Act marketplace and dentists may want to verify patients' insurance status. "With the beginning of the Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as Health Insurance Exchange, over a million people will have a new insurance plan," said an announcement on verifying patient coverage in the Dec. 30, 2013, provider enews special edition of MLN Connects @cms.gov.
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Antibacterial agent boosts toothpaste effectiveness
ScienceDaily
Regular use of fluoride toothpaste containing triclosan, an antibacterial agent, and a copolymer, which helps prevent the triclosan from being washed away by saliva, reduces plaque, gingivitis, and bleeding gums and slightly reduces tooth decay compared to fluoride toothpaste without those ingredients, finds a new review in The Cochrane Library.
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