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Applications now being accepted for
$1,000 ADAF Dental Assisting Scholarships

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The ADA Foundation is now accepting applications its Dental Assisting Scholarship Program, part of its Allied Dental Student Scholarship Program.

Deadline: March 14
Completed applications and supporting documents must be received by the ADA Foundation by March 14 in order to be considered.

Who can apply? The ADA Foundation will award up to 10 merit-based scholarships valued at $1,000 each for students enrolled full-time in a dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The ADAF will accept one application submitted by each school on behalf of their selected dental assisting student.
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Dental assistant and hygienist: Friends or foes?
Dentistry IQ
The "body" of the dental office needs all members working together to be healthy. Each team member has his or her specific job so quality care is provided to patients. However, there can be an unhealthy disconnect if we don't realize we need each other to function as a whole body. The assistants and hygienist represent the "back" staff.
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Maine House approves dental hygienist bill
WMTW-TV
A bill to increase access to oral health care for children and adults in Maine passed the Maine House in a vote of 102-39. The bill, LD 1230, was held back last year for further consideration. It would allow hygiene therapists to do dental work previously only done in the state by dentists, such as small fillings and baby tooth extractions.
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Dental office staff frustrated over billing maze
Dentistry IQ
Question: Now that 2014 medical plans include preventive dental coverage for children, our office is frustrated trying to understand billing. If a patient has separate dental coverage from medical but their medical also has the preventive dental coverage, which insurance is prime?
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New report shows significant knowledge gaps about children's oral Hhealth
PRNewswire via Inside Dental Assisting
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's (AAPD) first-ever "State of Little Teeth Report" underscores the significant threat that tooth decay has to the health, welfare and future of children in the U.S. And while studies show that delaying the first dental exam until the age of 2 or 3 can have an adverse impact on a child's oral health, the "State of Little Teeth Report" reveals that 40 percent of parents and caregivers surveyed wait to take their child to the dentist until after age 2.
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5 simple steps to assess your patient's case acceptance value
Dentistry IQ
"How much time should I be spending on this particular individual?” This is a question you should ask yourself at each new patient consultation in order to effectively decrease your time spent on invaluable patients, which will result in more time spent on patients that may yield a higher case acceptance rate. These five steps will help you manage your time properly and, in turn, increase your daily collections.
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Infection control survey announced
American Dental Association
An online survey announced Jan. 28 by the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention invites anonymous and voluntary responses from private practice dentists about the use of exposure control plans for reducing the risk of exposure to potentially infectious materials.
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Motivational health coaching empowers diabetic patients, improves dental health
Medical News Today
By means of so-called health coaching, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have helped a large group of diabetics to markedly improve their oral health. The patients assume responsibility for their own bodies and boost their self-efficacy through motivational health coaching, taking a different approach to conventional health campaigns and one-way communication. The research findings have just been published in Clinical Oral Investigations.
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5 keys to effectively communicate appreciation to your colleagues
Dental Practice Management
The workplace environment can change for the better, but many recognition efforts by dentists and team members are misguided and wind up being a waste of time and effort. Why? Because they are not built upon the core principles we know are needed for appreciation to be communicated effectively.
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ADA issues disease prevention paper
American Dental Association
The most cost-effective way to ensure optimal dental health in children and adults is through prevention, education and behavioral modifications, the Association said in a disease prevention paper posted online Jan. 24.

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Researchers launch Phase 1 clinical trial of potential MRSA treatment
Inside Dental Assisting
Scientists have begun the first human clinical trial of EDP-788, an investigational oral antibiotic intended to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. The Phase 1 trial, which will enroll as many as 64 healthy men and women ages 18 to 45, will evaluate the investigational drug’s safety as well as how it is broken down and processed in the body.

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Study: Water fluoride levels do not increase risk of bone cancer
Compendium
Fluoride levels in drinking water do not lead to a greater risk of primary bone cancer, a new study has found. Researchers at Newcastle University found that higher levels of natural or artificial fluoride in drinking water in the U.K. had no impact on the incidence of either osteosarcoma or Ewing’s sarcoma in people aged 0-49.

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The top 5 reasons why people get canker sores
Dentistry IQ
Scientifically, there is still an open and unsettled debate as to what precisely causes canker sores. Unlike most other dental or oral problems, canker sores do not have a surefire specific cause. There are many arguments and speculations. While there can be some rare factors for an individual, these five reasons are the most common and widespread causes of canker sores among all and sundry.
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Chocolate toothpaste and the rise of WTF flavors
TIME
Consumers have gotten so used to hearing about "New!" and "Exciting!" products that marketers are resorting to extreme, bold, bizarre — and perhaps even unappealing — flavors to pique their curiosity.
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