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ADAA Past Presidents announce a new ADAA member Benefit
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The ADAA Past Presidents are committed to finding new ways to benefit our credentialing dental assistants and how a state or national credential will advance the careers of dental assistants.

So the ADAA Past Presidents are announcing a new benefit for ADAA members: A Scholarship for Credentialing! ADAA members who need to take a credentialing exam, apply for a credential certificate or license or any other expense to become credentialed in the state or take the national certification exam, can apply with the attached application to receive a $500 scholarship to be used toward the credentialing process.

Dental health professional shortage areas and inadequate preventive measures to blame for nation's poor oral health
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A debate is taking place about the future of dentistry and the ability to provide care to those in need. Some reports say that there are more dentists retiring each year than there are dental school graduates to replace them; others say that there are enough dentists to provide care, but that limited access to care is to blame for our nation's poor oral health. Because most dentists take on the burden of running their own business while paying off growing student loan debt, working in an affluent area that promises profit is more appealing than working in a low-income and Medicaid-reliant area. More

US government report shows dental spending on the rise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Spending on dental services in the U.S. is showing modest but gradual increases, according to estimates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For the third year in a row, total health spending grew 3.9 percent, reaching $2.7 trillion in 2011, the CMS reported. The dental economy grew by 3 percent to $108.4 billion in 2011, up from $105.3 billion in 2010. More

The 'germiest' things to avoid this flu season
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During flu season doctors urge you to take precautions not to catch the flu, especially since there is no cure for the virus. There are a number of "germiest" objects people touch everyday may surprise you. The list was compiled by AARP.

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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. More

Particles of crystalline quartz wear away teeth
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Dental microwear, the pattern of tiny marks on worn tooth surfaces, is an important basis for understanding the diets of fossil mammals, including those of our own lineage. Now nanoscale research by an international multidisciplinary group that included members of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig has unraveled some of its causes. It turns out that quartz dust is the major culprit in wearing away tooth enamel. More

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Dental insurance for children could be mandated in 2014
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Starting in 2014, consumers may be paying for pediatric health services as part of their insurance plans — regardless of if they have children or not. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a proposed rule under the Affordable Care Act in an effort to promote consistency across plans and ensure that they "cover a core package of items and services." More

Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of ADAA Online 24/7, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ADAA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we’re hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment.

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Importance of folic acid for dental health Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While it is especially recommended that pregnant women get 400 micrograms per day to dramatically reduce the risk of their child being born with a spine or brain defect by up to 70 percent, folate or folic acid plays an important role in preventing oral health problems as well. More

More children seek cosmetic dentistry procedures
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More children are undergoing cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as having dental veneers and teeth whitening. Pediatric dentists are increasingly being asked to place false teeth in a child's mouth to replace broken or missing teeth, among many other procedures being performed to improve a child's smile. Based on most research, however, children should not have any cosmetic dental procedures performed on them. More

Why do I have to pay when the doctor didn't do anything?
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In the event that a patient does have a true emergency that they need to be seen for, it is best to avoid using an office visit or limited exam code. Many insurance companies will consider these as a periodic exam then deny recare exams for frequency. By using D9110 Emergency Palliative code, you are providing a better benefit for your patient. The fee is usually higher to compensate for the disruption in your schedule, so the dentist benefits as well. Just be sure to document thoroughly. More

Most US states fall short with dental sealant programs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new report released by the Pew Center on the States found that 40 percent of all U.S. states earned either a D or F grade when it comes to providing children with dental sealants, missing a key opportunity to help prevent caries and reduce Medicaid and other health-related costs. The Pew Children's Dental Campaign released reports in both 2010 and 2011 grading all 50 states on children's dental health. Those reports evaluated eight policies covering dental prevention, financing and workforce issues. More

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