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Lois Bell: A dental assistant you should know
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As a teen in the 1960's my father was in the Army and stationed at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, says Lois Bell. I was part of the Junior Army Navy Guild Organization, which had a dental component to it. We were classroom trained and then put into dental clinics to work. In my senior year of high school, I had half day classes and I ended up working with the oral surgeon who took out my wisdom teeth. We moved to Hawaii in 1974 and I went to work with the president of the Hawaiian Dental Society at the time. It wasn't until then that I seriously decided to make dental assisting a career. He was the one who encouraged and supported me to go to community college.

February is National Children's Dental Health Month
American Dental Association via Dental Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Each February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. More

ADAA looking to fill vacant position
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Wanted: Editorial Director
The American Dental Assistants Association is seeking an ADAA member dental assistant to serve as editorial director of The Dental Assistant in a part–time, non–staff position. We offer modest compensation, however, the candidate's primary concern should be commitment to the profession.

Responsibilities: In coordination with staff, the editorial director will determine overall editorial direction, as well as content of all feature stories and departments. Responsibilities include: reviewing manuscripts and photography for accuracy, authenticity and relevancy; selecting and coordinating ADAA editorial review board activities; consulting with authors; soliciting and assigning articles for publication. Position also requires meeting with the editor annually. The ADAA will reimburse all travel expenses.

Application: Qualified candidates may submit their resumes outlining education, editorial and leadership experience. All applications must be sent to the following e-mail address before March 15: Editor, American Dental Assistants Association,

Periodontal disease associated with a higher risk of breast cancer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It is a well-known fact that oral hygiene relates directly to one's overall health. Of the bacteria that thrives in the mouth, certain strains that cause periodontal disease have also been linked with pneumonia, prostate cancer, stroke and diabetes as well as breast cancer. More

Mark your calendar! Registration opens April 6, 2011

The 2011 ADAA Annual Session will meet in conjunction with the ADA! Join together with leaders in dental practice, research, academics and industry and choose from among more than 260 continuing education courses over four days.

2011 ADA Annual Session Dates:
Scientific Program: Monday, Oct. 10 - Thursday, Oct. 13
World Marketplace Exhibition: Monday, Oct. 10 - Wednesday, Oct. 12

Beyond brushing: Easy ways to protect your teeth — and your health
USA WEEKEND Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBrief You know the drill: Brush at least twice a day with soft bristles, don't forget to floss, and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. Good oral hygiene not only keeps your smile pearly white and gums in good shape, but it could help the rest of you stay healthy, too: Research shows cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis, among other conditions, may be linked to oral health. The following are more tips to protect your teeth, based on the latest research. More

California Dental Assistants Association
Annual Session 2011

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April 29 - April 30, 2011
Hyatt Place Dublin/Pleasanton
4950 Hacienda Dr.
Dublin, CA 94568
Click Here to View Agenda
Click Here for Registration

US tries open-source model for health data systems
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The government's lofty vision of bringing health care into the computer age to improve care and curb costs will come to nothing, unless some mundane technical problems can be solved. A basic challenge is for doctors, hospitals, patients and public health authorities to be able to easily and securely share information — things like a person's vital signs, diagnosis, lab tests and drugs prescribed. A fancy electronic patient record, unconnected, is just an expensive way to capture data. More

More dentists taking pains to win back fearful patients
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Nearly one-quarter of all Americans avoid dentists because they're afraid, according to American Dental Association surveys. And the fear comes in many forms. There's fear of pain, fear of needles, fear of drills, fear of blood, fear of gagging, fear of feeling helpless or having personal space violated, fear of being lectured for not brushing or flossing adequately and fear of being admonished for staying away so long. More

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