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The latest hourly and annual salary numbers for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants
Dental Products Report
Dental Products Report took an in-depth look at all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see what dentists, hygienists, and assistants are making across the nation. "I found it interesting that Delaware has the highest hourly wage, with North Dakota coming in very close behind it," said Dr. John Comisi, a member of the Dental Products Report Editorial Advisory Board. "It would be interesting to consider the cost of living in relationship to these salaries for the various states listed as well."
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The power of peers: Establishing professional networks
Kimberly Bland, ADAA president via DentistryIQ
As a career dental assistant, you're probably the type of professional who’s always looking for new tools and resources to enhance your skills and refresh your professional knowledge. After all, your objective is to not only provide the highest level of patient care, but to propel yourself up the career ladder. As you seek educational opportunities to achieve your professional goals, don't forget the power of networking.
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Ask a dental assistant: Can cold sterile (Glutaraldehyde) still be used in a dental office?
Dental Products Report
Whether or not to use Glutaraldehyde has been a hot debate on many message boards recently. And, I must admit, I thought OSHA and the CDC outlawed Glutaraldehyde, but the truth is they have only (highly) recommended that we no longer use it. Will it be "outlawed" sometime in the future? I truly believe so and here's why: OSHA says: "In the years since its introduction as a disinfectant/sterilant, glutaraldehyde has been linked with a variety of health effects – ranging from mild to severe – including asthma, breathing difficulties, respiratory irritation and skin rashes."
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How to meet the challenges of dental assisting, including the unexpected ones
DentistryIQ
Although it's a high-growth industry, expected to increase by 36 percent in the 10-year period between 2008 and 2018, dental assisting has its own set of demands and challenges, and those wanting to train in the field need to be aware of these challenges. For one, when working in a busy dental office, it's easy for office staff to pile one patient after another onto overworked dental assistants. Likewise, the dentist may be unaware of the strain being put on the assistant to both be a "meeter and greeter," and the right-hand aide to the dentist or hygienist, all while expected to be ebullient and resilient through everything.
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Do your patients keep their appointments
KP Consulting
One of the most asked questions is "How can I fix patient cancellations and no shows?". Many practices that are struggling with last minute cancellations and no shows begin charging a cancellation fee as a first step to correcting this problem. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make.
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How to network with other dental office managers
By Jill Nesbitt
Sometimes, being a dental office manager can be a lonely job. The clinical team works together with the dentist in the operatories, perhaps you have a few front-desk team members who have become close — and here you are, sitting in your own little office working away by yourself.
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Handling angry patients in the dental office
DentistryIQ
When dealing with angry patients stay calm. Do not raise your voice or be sarcastic. Most problems can be handled accordingly and can be solved without yelling and unnecessary comments. Nobody wants to be spoken down to or spoken to in a nasty tone, so keep your voice at a normal volume, speak slowly but firmly, and get straight to the point. Certain things can escalate situations, such as hand movements, pacing, or even just talking the wrong way.
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Looking to share your dental assisting expertise?
MultiBriefs
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 Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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