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Recognizing the importance of dental assistants
American Dental Association
The American Dental Association is encouraging dental offices to take time to commend the dental assistants who help keep practices thriving. Dental Assistants Recognition Week is scheduled for March 1-7 and dentists in the United States and Canada will celebrate by honoring their dental assistants for the variety of duties they perform and helping them provide patients with quality dental care. This year's theme, "Dental Assisting: Embracing the Changes of the Profession," acknowledges the growing importance of dentistry's role in healthcare and the many ways that the field of dental assisting continues to diversify and expand.
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Dental Assistants Recognition Week 2015
By Yvonne Evans-BS, RDA
Can I ask you a question? How many times have your doctor, a co-worker or patient insulted you? Tried to break you down into tears and make you feel like less than nothing? A benefit of membership with your national organization, the American Dental Assistants Association, is it works to support and uplift you to be the best healthcare provider you can be.
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Dental assistants: Recognize your success!
Dentistry IQ
For many years, we have seen exciting changes in the field, with dental assistants playing a key role on the dental team. Some assistants have advanced in their careers to perform expanded functions, while others have chosen to move into dental assisting education or consulting, work for a dental product manufacturer or distributor, or perhaps hold a front office or dental practice management position.
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How can dental assistant reclaim her lunch break?
DentistryIQ
QUESTION: I've been a dental assistant for almost 10 years. This is the third office that I've worked in. In my first two offices we would occasionally overbook and have to miss lunch, but in my new office I don't get a lunch break more often than I do get a lunch break. A lot of times we fall behind due to overbooking, and the duties to get caught up before patients start arriving after lunch fall to me as the assistant. I don't mind the extra responsibility every now and then, but it would be nice if other team members would give up their lunch break periodically to help get things caught up. How can I get things to change?
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Communication in the dental practice … Ignore patients at your own risk
Dental Products Report
It's 10:15 on a warm spring morning, yet in Jayne's dental practice the heat is on! Jayne is the administrative assistant in a popular dental practice in town. While it may be lovely outside, Jayne can feel the heat of the two patients' eyes glaring at her, searing laser-like heat focused right on her! These patients had 10:00 appointments and they have been waiting for 15 minutes. They are annoyed and on the verge of full-on anger.
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How dental team members should ask for a raise
Dental Practice Management
The seven most dreaded words a dentist hears during a workday are, "May I speak with you after work?" Does this mean she's quitting, needs maternity leave, or does she want a raise? Whatever the situation that will be discussed, the dentist only hopes he or she will handle it well.
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Cyber security new necessity for dental practices
Dentistry IQ
The provision of healthcare is changing rapidly as providers try to maintain maximum efficiency while navigating a technology-rich climate. As a result of their reliance on electronic data, dental offices have become vulnerable to cyber security threats. The growing volume and sophistication of cyber attacks suggest that dental practices will have to grow increasingly vigilant to ward off these threats. A breach of cyber security will inevitably lead to significant expenses, both financial and reputational, which can wreak havoc on a dental practice.
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Bone-loss score may tip off doctors to gum disease in postmenopausal women
Medical News Today
Postmenopausal women susceptible to bone fractures may also be a higher risk for gum disease, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and Case/Cleveland Clinic Postmenopausal Health Collaboration. Researchers found a link between postmenopausal women with high scores on a Fracture Assessment Risk Tool, and symptoms of severe gum disease, said Leena Palomo, DDS, MSD, associate professor of periodontics and director of DMD Periodontics program at the university's dental school.
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Looking to share your expertise?
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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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Study successfully screens for diabetes at dental visits using oral blood
ScienceDaily
Using gingival crevicular blood for hemoglobin A1c testing produced values that were nearly identical to those obtained using finger stick blood, with a correlation of .991 between the two blood samples of 408 dental patients. Testing HbA1c is promoted by the American Diabetes Association for diabetes diagnostic purposes and glycemic control monitoring.
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