Saying thanks to dental assistants
American Dental Association Share
Dental offices throughout the world are celebrating Dental Assistants Recognition Week, held March 4–10. The theme for this year's event is "Key to Productivity: The Professional Dental Assistant." Each year, dentists take a week to honor dental assistants for their role on the dental team, recognizing their broad spectrum of duties and highlighting their often unheralded contribution to quality dental care. The American Dental Assistants Association, American Dental Association, Canadian Dental Assistants Association and Canadian Dental Association jointly recognize the observance. More
Celebrating DARW with ADAA
Scholarship deadlines fast approaching — March 15
American Dental Assistants Association Share
Dental Assisting Students — do you need a financial lift for education?
Who couldn't use that, deadline for scholarship applications are quickly approaching! Juliette Southard Oral-B Scholarship Applications ($750 to 10 winners!), the Hu-Friedy/ADAA Merit Scholar Award and ADAA Student Achievement Award (1 winner - $500!) are being accepted until March 15 — apply today!
A crisis in dental care
Philadelphia Inquirer Share
"As a nation, we don't talk about it much but there is a dental crisis in America," Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said at a meeting of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. The occasion was the release of a report, "Dental Crisis in America," that calls attention to the millions of Americans unable to get even the basic dental care they need. More
Dental crisis in America (Dentistry IQ)
Dental visits to ERs are on the rise (Kaiser Health News via NPR)
Disinfectants or barriers: What is the 'right' choice for
the treatment room?
Dental Economics Share
I frequently hear questions from dental team members about their confusion over barriers vs. disinfectants on dental equipment and surfaces, writes Mary Govoni, CDA, RDA, RDH, MBA. Many team members ask if the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires barriers, and if surfaces need to be disinfected underneath the barriers. The answer to the first question is "no." OSHA does not require the use of barriers. More
Contemporary Product Solutions Magazine Share
First things first — understand your patient, Linda Zdanowicz, nationally certified in dental assisting and dental practice administration says in explaining how best to discuss the patient's treatment plan. What do they want? What do they care about? Is it the perception others have of them, or their own comfort and health? What is their understanding of oral health? What can they afford, and what are they willing to spend? More
Mean girls in the workplace: how to deal with them
Dentistry IQ Share
You are being bullied on the job. Not only does the bully laugh at you, she gets others to participate in the bullying. These are the mean girls. Their snide remarks drive you nuts. When you had to learn the new sterilization process, she didn't even give you training for it. All you got were scraps of information from which you were miraculously supposed to glean knowledge. This is serious. It isn't funny, and it is affecting patient care. More
Beam is a smartphone compatible ... toothbrush?
Los Angeles Times Share
Why would anyone need a Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush? Well, to help users keep track of their brushing habits, of course. ... The Beam Toothbrush app can function as that timer, and the toothbrush will automatically transmit when a user commences and finishes tooth brushing. No cheating possible. More
In New Jersey, a battle over a fluoridation bill, and the facts
The New York Times Share
For all its renown as an engine of pharmaceutical and biotechnology progress, New Jersey has long lagged in what public health officials call one of the 10 biggest health advances of the last century: fluoridating its water. More