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Know the law: Dental assistant regulation and education
Dental Products Report
When I became a dental assistant over 33 years ago, I never imagined that one day I would love teaching as much as I do. My love of dentistry and my love of teaching allow me to talk to dental assistants all over the country. When you get a room full of assistants together, engaging and talking, you learn so much. One of the subjects that comes up often is laws regarding dental assistants. I find that there is a tremendous lack of knowledge of the law.
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The 10-year dental practice decline: Why it happened and how you can reverse it
Dental Practice Management
Congratulations if your practice has increased in net profit since 2005. If it has, you are in the Top 20 percent that regardless of the economy, insurance reimbursements, staffing issues, or world affairs, you are doing quite well. Your practice most likely continues to grow because you still attend CE courses, are involved in organized dentistry, take your team to courses, and stay current with technology, materials, and procedures. You are always looking for the next opportunity to help patients achieve the highest standard of care in dentistry. You might be fee-for-service or taking only one or two of the better plans in dentistry.
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Secondhand smoke and cavities
Health Canal
Exposure to secondhand smoke could make children more susceptible to cavities, although more research is needed before it can be considered a risk factor. One way to accomplish this would be to look for evidence of exposure to nicotine in the blood of young children, suggests a Tufts dentist.
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Zero Dark cavity
The New Yorker
Soldiers, one might think, have more serious concerns than teeth. More than a century ago, the Army's first contract dental surgeon, John Sayre Marshall, remarked, "Good, or at least serviceable, teeth are very necessary as a means of maintaining the general health, and consequently the highest efficiency of the Army." But war is stressful; you forget to floss. "When a soldier goes into the battlefield, he does not have a dentist, or a dental office," Colonel Robert Hale, Commander of the Army's Dental and Trauma Research Detachment, told me. Enter the Army Institute of Surgical Research, which has spent about seven years and as much as 12 million dollars on a project to alleviate dental neglect. They're calling it combat gum.
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Dentist No. 1 occupation
American Dental Association
"Dentist" is number one on U.S. News and World Report's list of best occupations of 2015 for offering "a comfortable salary, low unemployment rate and agreeable work-life balance." Dentists also top the publication's list of best health care occupations. "Dental hygienist" is number 5 on the top 100 list and number 4 on the health care list, which has "dental assistant" at number 67.
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Chronic periodontitis impacts severity of heart attacks
Dentistry Today
People with chronic periodontitis need to be extra careful. New research shows that chronic periodontitis can have some effect on the severity of a heart attack, according to the University of Granada. The research team showed the extent and severity of chronic periodontitis correlates to the size of the myocardial infarction based on levels of troponin and myoglobin. The information appears in the Journal of Dental Research.
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There is more to your mouthwash than a minty taste
The Wall Street Journal
People gargle mouthwash thinking it will get rid of bad breath, but that is the minty liquid's least effective function. Dentists say mouthwash and other rinses can be beneficial to overall oral health and an important part of daily oral hygiene routines but aren't essential.
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