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Nominations open for infection control leadership awards
ADAA
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), the advocate for The Safest Dental Visit™, is seeking nominations for three leadership awards, which will be presented during the OSAP Annual Infection Control Symposium in Baltimore, on May 28-30. The awards are the Crawford Award for lifetime achievement in the field of dental infection control, the Schaefer Award for superior service and contributions to OSAP, and the Emerging Leaders Award for new infection control ambassadors. Individuals can nominate themselves or another person. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 24. Additional information is available at http://www.osap.org/?page=AwardNomination2015.
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ADAA Video Challenge for Dental Assistants Recognition Week $200 Grand Prize
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Did you or your office do something special for Dental Assistants Recognition Week? If so, we want to hear from you! The ADAA is having a video challenge! Send us your video! Dental assistants, dental offices, dental suppliers, dental assisting students … single or group contest!

Create a fun video which celebrates the dental assistant! Include a reference to Dental Assistants Recognition Week and also incorporate the ADAA 90th Birthday. Be creative! Contest is "G" rated; no swearing, no questionable attire, and please do not show brand names.

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Best healthcare jobs: Dental Assistant
U.S. News & World Report
Admit it: You think every scrub-wearing worker in the dentist's office is either a dentist or dental hygienist. Some of them are, but some of the other professionals performing integral tasks in running the office and facilitating care are actually dental assistants. And what do they do?
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Medicare ordering/referring provider and patient reimbursement
DentistryIQ
QUESTION: In all my reading about the three choices we have regarding Medicare, I haven’t been able to find the answer to my question. If I enroll as an ordering/referring provider, can my patients file for reimbursement themselves? I know if I opt out of Medicare I must have patients sign a contract agreeing not to seek reimbursement from Medicare, but I haven't seen anything that specific for ordering/referring providers. I have a small number of patients who have the Medicare advantage plans with a dental option.
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Tooth decay: Sugar industry 'behaved like tobacco manufacturers'
Medical News Today
When the science first established that sugar was the damaging component in tooth decay — and when the sugar industry saw there was this unquestionable harm — its trade organizations ignored dentists' calls for restricting intake, and instead deflected the debate elsewhere, influencing public health research in food producers' favor. Those are the allegations of researchers who have trawled a previously unexplored source of industry documents from the 60s.
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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 Online 24/7, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ADAA, your knowledge of the 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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Sticky situation: Managing social media for the dental practice
Dental Practice Management
Molly is unhappy. She doesn't want any additional responsibility and has openly admitted to Dr. Clark that she doesn't know anything about managing a page for a business. Dr. Clark doesn’t understand why Molly is so uncooperative.
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    How can dental assistant reclaim her lunch break? (DentistryIQ)
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How to nurture your dental 'flock'
DentistryIQ
A lot of time, energy, and print is spent to acquire new patients and staff. Have you ever stopped to think about the cost of these acquisitions? The cost of acquiring and training a new team member ranges from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars in lost production. In our office, new patient acquisition cost is around $100 per patient. You can determine your new patient acquisition cost by adding all of the expenditures you have to acquire new patients (direct mail, Web-based communication, yellow pages, internal programs, etc.) and dividing this amount by the number of new patients you get – this is your acquisition cost.
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BPA harms dental enamel in young animals, mimicking human tooth defect
ScienceDaily
A tooth enamel abnormality in children, molar incisor hypomineralization, may result from exposure to the industrial chemical bisphenol A, authors of a new study conclude after finding similar damage to the dental enamel of rats that received BPA.
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Untreated dental decay is falling among children
The New York Times
Cavities in preschoolers appear to be declining and fewer young children have untreated dental decay, federal health authorities reported. It is the first drop in dental decay for this age group since 2007, when a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited an alarming rise in decayed baby teeth
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Graphene: A new tool for fighting cavities and gum disease?
ScienceDaily
Dental diseases, which are caused by the overgrowth of certain bacteria in the mouth, are among the most common health problems in the world. Now scientists have discovered that a material called graphene oxide is effective at eliminating these bacteria, some of which have developed antibiotic resistance.
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