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Income power of hygienists and dental assistants in
100 US cities

DentistryIQ
If a dental assistant or dental hygienist covets a particular city park with perfect biking and jogging trails, they should move there. If the desired view from the patio includes a majestic mountain range or pristine beaches, there's nothing wrong with dental staff members spending their leisure hours with that tranquil view. If a robust nightlife is favored, make a lifetime reservation at the place where everybody knows your name. The buck goes just so far, though, on the limited income potential of dental assistants and dental hygienists. What U.S. cities stretch the value of the dollars earned by dental staff members?
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Hidden risks in patients' diets
Inside Dental Assisting
Every dietary choice — from a grapefruit in the morning to a sports beverage at noon to chocolate chip cookies at 8 p.m. — can begin to add up and cause acid erosion of teeth. Acid erosion is the loss of enamel and dentin caused by acid. Although erosion can be caused by gastric acids, in most cases, dietary acids from foods and beverages account for this loss of tooth structure. The common misconception is that junk food is the only culprit in this problem.
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Young kids' tooth decay hits 'epidemic' proportions
USA Today
Tooth decay is largely preventable, but it remains one of the most common diseases of childhood — five times as common as asthma, and seven times as common as hay fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC says 42 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have had cavities in baby teeth; 21 percent of those ages 6 to 11 have had cavities in permanent teeth.
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3 clinical opportunities to increase patient satisfaction and revenue
Inside Dentistry
Recent trends in restoratives — including direct composites and CAD/CAM all-ceramics, along with in-office procedures like tooth whitening — are broadening the scope of treatments that can be performed completely within the dental practice. For dentists and their teams, these capabilities represent an opportunity to capitalize on returning consumer confidence after the overall decline in patient demand for elective treatments that occurred concurrently with the economic downturn.
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How Obamacare may impact your dental costs
WorlDental.org
Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has caused much skepticism among dentists. Many dentists fear the ACA will trigger an oral health crisis in our nation responding to their belief that dental care was not addressed as seriously as it should have been in the new law.
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Discarded hop leaves have substances that could fight dental diseases
Compendium
Beer drinkers know that hops are what gives the drink its bitterness and aroma. Recently, scientists reported that the part of hops that isn't used for making beer contains healthful antioxidants and could be used to battle cavities and gum disease. In a new study in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they say that they've identified some of the substances that could be responsible for these healthful effects.
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Treating patients with traumatic life experiences
Journal of the American Dental Association
Dentists frequently treat patients who have a history of traumatic events. These traumatic events (including childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse and combat history) may influence how patients experience oral health care and may interfere with patients' engagement in preventive care. The purpose of this article is to provide a framework for how dentists can interact sensitively with patients who have survived traumatic events.
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Antioxidant therapy
Dental Economics
It is amazing to witness the wide array of therapeutic approaches coming to the world of dentistry. Research enables the development of technologies that are fundamentally changing the landscape of the dental profession. Digital imaging, caries detection lasers, stem cells, digital impressions, and antioxidants are only some of the technologies that are contributing to the enhanced level of care that we can provide for our patients.
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Genetic techniques have role in future of dental care
ScienceDaily
A visit to the dentist could one day require a detailed look at how genes in a patient's body are being switched on or off, as well as examining their pearly whites, according to researchers. "In the case of oral health, epigenetic factors may help to orchestrate healthy and unhealthy states in our mouths. They respond to the current local environment, such as the type and level of our oral microbes, regulating which of our genes are active. This means we could use them to determine an individual's state of health, or even influence how their genes behave. We can't change the underlying genetic code, but we may be able to change when genes are switched on and off," a co-author says.
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7 ways your website is hurting your business
Dental Products Report
Are you making any of these website mistakes? It could be hurting your dental practice. Current and potential patients visit your website to learn more about your practice. If you have information about promotions that are over or an old phone number, patients will leave frustrated and confused. An out-of-date, unattractive design will also send them to the next practice's website.

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Chairside medical screenings could save $102 million a year
American Dental Association
Screening for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol in the dental office could save the healthcare system up to $102.6 million each year, according to a study published by the ADA Health Policy Resources Center.

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Patients who have dental extractions before cardiac surgery are still at risk for poor outcomes
Medical News Today
To pull or not to pull? That is a common question when patients have the potentially dangerous combination of abscessed or infected teeth and the need for heart surgery. In such cases, problem teeth often are removed before surgery, to reduce the risk of infections including endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart that can prove deadly.

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How to make the most of your open time
Dental Products Report
Hopefully your daily work schedule is full and running smoothly. Unfortunately, that's not always the case at the day-to-day dental practice. But it's important that, even if your schedule gets thrown off, you don't waste valuable open time.
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New shrinking gel steers tooth tissue formation
Medical News Today
A bit of pressure from a new shrinking, sponge-like gel is all it takes to turn transplanted unspecialized cells into cells that lay down minerals and begin to form teeth.
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Looking to share your dental assisting expertise?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of ADAA 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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