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Flu season is upon us …

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Your patient is sneezing and coughing. A coworker is complaining of feeling "dead tired," has a headache, cough, and feels hot. Exactly how should dental offices deal with these situations? Public health leaders in most countries continue to launch full efforts educating people to recognize and control the spread of respiratory infections. Dental assistants play a vital role in strategies to keep respiratory illness out of the dental office.

Dental healthcare workers will undoubtedly be exposed to seasonal strains of influenza. Every dental team member must take necessary precautions to avoid illness, maintain a safe office environment for both the dental team and its patients, and keep current on new strains of influenza and other respiratory illnesses. Dental offices should implement a program for screening patients for aerosol transmitted diseases (ATD). Understanding the risks and how to deal with them can avoid panic, illness and even death.

Learn more with the ADAA Course: 1318-Influenza Facts and the Healthcare Worker and earn 2 CE credits at the same time. Free online for ADAA members and only $30 for nonmembers. Join today and have access to the full ADAA CE Course library for free. Click here see a preview of the course.
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A dental assistant you Should know
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Marina Cooke, CDA from Anderson, S.C., was appointed as the 2014 ADAA Student Trustee at the ADAA Annual Session in New Orleans in November. Here is an interview with Cooke.

How did you decide to become a dental assistant? I decided to become a dental assistant while a stay at home mother. I contemplated going back into the field of business administration and felt that I wanted something more hands on, service oriented that had better hours for a very active and involved parent. My mother was also very inspirational as she was also a dental assistant as a young woman in my home town in California.

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More than just pennies: 6 tips to dramatically cut your dental supplies overhead
Dental Practice Manager
Dentistry has one of the highest overheads of any profession. The rising cost of rent, equipment, lab fees, staff salaries, and numerous other costs can easily take over your bottom line. If you are an insurance-based practice, you can only raise fees so much. Being in network with an insurance company limits what you can charge.
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Team is frustrated dentist contacts them after hours
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: Our doctor has a very bad habit of emailing and texting us about office questions and situations after hours, and especially on Saturdays when he is in the office alone. One morning we had a texting dialogue going for three hours back and forth with 11 team members regarding a CE course we planned to take. Select your preferred courses NOW, arrange your car transportation, decide who will room with who, and the list goes on. While our doctor is devoted to his practice and we fully understand that in a busy office we may not have time to do all this planning with patients coming and going, we all resent our family and personal time being used for office business. We are appreciative of going to the CDA Meeting and know his heart is in the right place, but this has gotten out of hand and our spouses are angry. What can we do?
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FDA issues acetaminophen safety recommendation
American Dental Association
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that dentists and other health care providers stop prescribing and dispensing combination drugs that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen.
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Surgeon General: 5.6 million US kids will die early unless smoking rates drop
Inside Dental Assisting
Approximately 5.6 million American children alive today – or one out of every 13 children under age 18 – will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases unless current smoking rates drop, according to a new Surgeon General’s report.
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Why your dental practice needs an operating manual
Dentistry IQ
Look around your practice. Your computer, printer, and X-ray machine, maybe even your adjustable desk chair, all came with operating manuals. But do you have an operating manual for your practice? If not, creating one can save you serious time and money. Operating (or operations) manuals teach you, your employees, and future employees how to run your practice successfully.
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Research reveals new clues about the power of fluoride
Dental Tribune America
In an advance toward solving a 50-year-old mystery, scientists are reporting new evidence on how the fluoride in drinking water, toothpastes, mouth rinses and other oral-care products prevents tooth decay. "Reduced Adhesion of Oral Bacteria on Hydroxyapatite by Fluoride Treatment" appears in the American Chemical Society journal Langmuir.
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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, 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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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.

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Looking to share your dental assisting expertise?
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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 dental assisting 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 Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Dental infections thought to cause brain aneurysms
Dental Tribune International
While bacterial infections have been associated with a number of serious medical conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, their role in cerebrovascular disorders has not been fully understood to date. Now, researchers from Finland have suggested that infections due to oral and pharyngeal bacteria could be a risk factor for ruptured intracranial aneurysms.
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Help! I have halitosis!
U.S. News & World Report
Selling your strengths in a job interview. Whispering a secret. Leaning in for a kiss. What could make these moments mortifying for you and unbearable for the other person? Two words: Bad breath. Hopefully by now someone has informed you (gently) of your halitosis, or – even better – you figured it out yourself. If so, it's time to take action. And that doesn't mean forming an addiction to mints or downing mouthwash by the liter. Finding out the exact cause of halitosis will help you overcome it most efficiently.
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