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Feb. 21, 2012
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With education and recognition for all
American Dental Assistants Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The American Dental Assistants Association is all about education and always has been. When our roots were planted in 1924 it was with the objective of establishing the dental assistant as a professional member of the dental team. This was to be accomplished through education and recognition. Well, both of those things are in the news right now!

In addition, Dental Assistants Recognition Week is coming soon — March 4-10. This annual event is a joint effort of the American Dental Association, the ADAA, Canadian Dental Association and Canadian Dental Assistants' Association as an opportunity to recognize the vital contribution that dental assistants make to the dental team. I hope that you'll visit our website and download the kit, which will give you and your practice, school or professional group some solid ideas about how you can effectively seek and gain deserved recognition.

Moving the foundation forward
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Craig Dickson is the chairman of the ADAA Foundation Board of Corporate Directors. He is the publisher of RDH magazine and the RDH eVillage e–newsletter. He is also the director of RDH Under One Roof, an annual meeting for dental hygienists that draws more than 1,000 attendees. Dickson has long worked with the ADAA Foundation to develop funding for education and research and has provided a higher profile for the Foundation through his efforts. In this Q & A article, Dickson discusses what role the foundation has in the oral health profession. The ADAA Foundation has been operating for 20 years.

Self-gratitude: Rising above humility, confidence and compliments
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What does growing stronger mean to us personally, professionally, and collectively? Read how some dental assistants responded to the question. ... The goal of a recent forum is to help each other grow stronger and to begin the process of networking. Networking is the key to communication across our national dental assisting community. More

Potentially unsafe
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A Food and Drug Administration safety communication advises dental and veterinary professionals to avoid buying or using certain hand-held dental X-ray units. "The FDA is concerned that these devices may not be safe or effective and could expose the user and the patient to unnecessary and potentially harmful X-rays," says the notice posted at the FDA website. More

Periodontal disease and Down syndrome patients
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Down syndrome is a set of mental and physical symptoms that are the result of an extra copy of chromosome 21 (also called Trisomy 21, where there are three copies of chromosomes instead of two), which changes the body and brain's normal development. This article reviews the contributing factors as to how patients with Down syndrome often lose their teeth in their early teens due to periodontal disease. More

New Innovative Oral Health Rinse
Sunstar Americas introduces G•U•M PerioShield Oral Health Rinse – a new and innovative aid for the prevention and treatment of gingivitis. Clinically proven proprietary ingredient delmopinol 0.2% has a unique mechanism of action which disrupts current plaque and helps to prevent new build-up by forming a protective shield on the teeth and gums. more

FDA warns an electric toothbrush might break your teeth
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers about the battery-powered Arm & Hammer Spinbrush, formerly known as the Crest Spinbrush before 2009. The agency said it had received reports of parts of the toothbrush breaking off at high speeds during use, resulting in chipped or broken teeth, choking hazards, swallowed pieces, cut gums and injuries to face and eyes. More

Eating disorders cause severe dental erosion
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A study by the University of Bergen in Norway, showed that patients who suffer from eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, experienced substantially more dental health problems. For example, sensitive teeth, severe dental erosion and facial pain compared to those without. More

Dental etiquette for the patient with special needs
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A mother whispers to herself as she prepares her child for his first trip to the dentist. Her child is 3 and still has no signs of teeth. She is nervous on multiple levels — she wonders how the child will behave in this new environment, and how the dental staff will look at her child. More

In the mouth, smoking zaps healthy bacteria
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Despite the daily disturbance of brushing and flossing, the mouth of a healthy person contains a stable ecosystem of healthy bacteria. New research shows that the mouth of a smoker is a much more chaotic, diverse ecosystem — and is much more susceptible to invasion by harmful bacteria. More

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