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How to maintain a healthy dental team
Dental Products Report
One of the best things you can do for your dental staff's well-being—not to mention your practice's bottom line — is create a work environment that promotes wellness and health, says Dr. John. H. Jameson of Jameson Management.
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Biggest pay raises over 30 years: Dental assistant
CNN Money
Sit down in a dentist's chair and it might be a dental assistant who's now molding your teeth, placing rubber dams, or putting in temporary fillings. "Those were not things a dental assistant did 30 years ago," said Lori Paschall, president of the American Dental Assistants Association.
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Do dental labs need to sign business associate agreements?
DentistryIQ
QUESTION: My lab partner here in Texas has said that he has been told that labs do NOT have to sign business associate agreements, that they are acting on prescription from the doctor and are liable on their own, and therefore do not need the business associate agreement. I cannot tell from reading the training manuals, which include quoted text from the law, whether my lab technician partner is correct or not. I'm sure if I say I must have a business agreement or I will end our business relationship he will concede, however, I don't want him to feel like he's being extorted into signing.
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US safer when CDC works with other countries to fight infectious diseases
Inside Dental Assisting
According to an article in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pilot projects between CDC and Uganda and CDC and Vietnam have resulted in improvements in disease detection and response that may serve as a model for increasing global health security in the rest of the world. Global health security – keeping the U.S. and the world safe and secure from infectious disease threats – is achieved by preventing, detecting and responding to outbreaks as early and effectively as possible.
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Researchers look for culprit behind oral health problems in HIV-positive patients
Medical News Today
Researchers want to help HIV-positive patients live better by understanding why their essentially dormant infection is still wreaking havoc in their mouth. Even with meticulous dental hygiene, tooth decay and gum disease, as well as infections by yeast, bacteria, and viruses such as human papillomavirus, continue to plague many patients, said Dr. Josè A.Vazquez, Chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.
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Minnesota Dental Association responds to report on dental therapist impact
PRNewswire via InsideDental Assisting
The Minnesota Dental Association has serious concerns about the inconclusive nature of findings in a report issued by the Minnesota Department of Health on the early impact of dental therapists on the delivery of and access to dental services. This report, issued in conjunction with the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, was mandated by the 2009 Minnesota Legislature when dental therapists were first authorized to be licensed in Minnesota, but is based on small numbers of practicing dental therapists and the patients they have served.
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Medical identity theft a growing concern
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
For the first time since The Identity Theft Resource Center started tracking data breaches in 2005, healthcare has topped the list of industries responsible for the largest percentage of data breaches. Of the 614 breaches the ITRC tracked across all sectors and industries last year, healthcare accounted for 43.6 percent. This was the first time in eight years it overtook the business sector, which accounted for 33.9 percent of last year's breaches. The increase in reported healthcare breaches can be partially attributed to the HITECH Act.
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Cavities are contagious, research shows
ScienceDaily
Dental caries, commonly known as tooth decay, is the single most common chronic childhood disease. In fact, it is an infectious disease. Mothers with cavities can transmit caries-producing oral bacteria to their babies when they clean pacifiers by sticking them in their own mouths or by sharing spoons.
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9 benefits of not scheduling the new dental patient in hygiene
DentistryIQ
Influencing patients to accept treatment is arguably the primary concern of most dental providers. So, how new patients are treated and who sees new patients first is a hot topic.
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3 things your dental practice can learn from Starbucks
Dental Practice Management
What does Starbucks have that That Place Next Door doesn't have? Why are people drawn to one place, even if it means that they have to stand in line and wait to be served? And, finally, what can a dental office learn from the Starbucks model to get loyal patients who are willing to go to any length for their service?

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Top 15 electric toothbrushes of 2014
WorlDental.org
In response to popular demand, WorlDental.org compiled a list of the top 15 (based on average Amazon reviews) electric toothbrushes of 2014. Check back soon for in-depth reviews of each brand. Also, check out our post on the Top 10 Oral Care Products of 2014.

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The hidden costs of comfort
Dental Economics
Habits allow us to enter into a comfort zone where we're not as engaged with the task at hand, where we can accomplish something with little conscious attention or deliberate effort. Of course, some habits are bad for us. Smoking cigarettes, indulging in desserts or unhealthy foods, etc., all provide temporary comfort but at a long-term cost to our health. This is where film radiography comes in.

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ACA children's coverage guide
American Dental Association
A publication produced by Families USA and the Children's Dental Health Project offers guidance to parents on Buying Children's Dental Coverage through the Marketplace, the Affordable Care Act health insurance shopping mart.
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1,000-year-old dental plaque reveals 'microbial pompeii'
Nature World News
Dental calculus, or tartar, present in a 1000-year-old skeleton has helped researchers find "microbial Pompeii." The study showed that the germs that affected our ancestors continue to cause cavities in modern humans. Interestingly, the study also shows that microbes had the same genetic signature centuries before the arrival of antibiotics. Their research shows that dental calculus contains valuable information about microbial life affecting early humans.
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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 dental assisting 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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9 hard-learned lessons about employee compensation in the dental practice
Dental Practice Management
In the course of my travels, I've asked countless practitioners what insights, hard-learned lessons, and regrets they've had about building a successful dental practice, writes Bob Levoy, author of seven books, including "201 Secrets of a High Performance Dental Practice" and "222 Secrets of Hiring, Managing, and Retaining Great Employees in Healthcare Practices". This acquired wisdom has been about every aspect of practice management, including employee compensation.
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