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Feb. 23, 2010
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ADAA's 85th President Angela M. Swatts, CDA, EFDA
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It's a Bright New Year … and it is free!! ADAA is about to take a historic step and you, the dental assisting professional, reading this e-newsletter are probably the very people who will make it happen.
We are formally announcing the creation of a brand new membership category of the ADAA called the E-Member! This brave move will open our ranks to those of you who are not already full dues paying members.The E-membership will allow you to take the first step into the association that represents all dental assistants, as well as dental administrators, practices managers and educators; and the very best part is … IT ISN'T GOING TO COST YOU A PENNY!

Patty Harrington: A member of the Chicago Dental Assistants Society chapter
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In this week's ADAA 24/7 newsletter, we are featuring Patty Harrington of Illinois, a longtime ADAA member, dental assistant and dedicated employee. Patty is a member of the Chicago Dental Assistants Society chapter. More

Dispelling myths about gum disease: The truth behind healthy teeth and gums
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The American Academy of Periodontology estimates that approximately three out of four Americans suffer from some form of gum disease — from mild cases of gingivitis, to the more severe form known as periodontitis. However, despite this prevalence, approximately only three percent seek treatment for their gum disease. More

Obama talks about health care and dental coverage via Dental Health Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One third of Americans are without dental insurance. The lack of affordable dental insurance for poor people is revealed as a serious risks for dental and overall health. Many elderly who lose dental insurance when they retire and uninsured children have no possibility to afford dental treatment. Residents of Las Vegas asked questions about health care reform and dental care to President Obama at Nevada town hall meeting. More

Best practices for dental patient records
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The importance of a dental practice's patient records cannot be overstated. Dental practices are required by law to produce and maintain adequate patient records. Failure to do so can expose the practice to significant risks and liabilities. In addition, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and many other laws and regulations require the retention of records for varying periods of time. Clear, organized, and detailed dental records are necessary to provide patients with the best care possible. More

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Filling a need: Dental health is about more than just straight teeth
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Parents and children alike may not think much of primary teeth, or baby teeth, as they're commonly called. After all, the teeth fall out and the child gets a new set of adult teeth. However, tooth decay in baby teeth and poor oral health in children is a major health concern and is often an indicator of problems that can persist into adulthood, dentists say. More

Researchers find biomarkers in saliva for detection of early-stage pancreatic cancer
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Physicians and scientists agree: If we cannot entirely prevent cancer, the next best thing is to find it earlier to augment the chances of a successful fight. The good news is that there may soon be a new weapon in the battle against the so-called "worst" cancer — cancer of the pancreas. More

Women warned about gum disease
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Well before she became pregnant, Yulisdey Lopez already knew that gum disease could cause a baby to be born prematurely. As part of her introduction to On-Site Dentistry, where she has long received her dental care, she said dentists and hygienists explained the importance of oral hygiene, citing studies that have associated oral bacteria not only with pre­mature babies but also heart disease. More

Dental implants correct smiles
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Even though teeth are meant to last a lifetime, sometimes they don't. Making sure your mouth looks good is as much about health as it is vanity. Sarah Heeter's teeth look as pretty as any 18 year old could hope now, but she was just a 13 year old girl when she found out she was going to be missing two of her four front teeth. "It's a genetic thing, I think I have a wisdom tooth missing as well," said Sarah Heeter. "I thought I was going to look like a beaver for the rest of my life. But it didn't turn out that way." More

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