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A dental assistant you should know! Carolyn A. Regan, CMSgt, USAF
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Editor's note: CMSgt Carolyn Regan will be retiring from the United States Air Force after more than 30 years of service. Her retirement ceremony will be held in San Antonio, Texas on March 21, 2013 and will be attended by the ADAA Officers and Board of Trustees.

After joining the Air Force without a guaranteed job, I was given the job as dental assistant. I attended the Air Force Dental Assistant Apprentice Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas in 1984. Since then, I completed an Associate Degree in Dental Assisting through the Community College of the Air Force and Bachelor's Degree in Management and I have started on my Master's Degree Program.
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A hidden gem
By Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA, FADAA
Last summer I attended a small, local continuing education course put on by Dentsply. I was working toward my ADAA Fellowship award at that time and took advantage of this morning meeting. The theme of this course was dental implants, care and maintenance and was designed for hygienist and assistants. The speaker talked about an organization that I had never heard of. Come to find out, I’ve not found many people who have. The organization I learned about that day is the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries (ADIA) a component of the International Congress of Oral Implantologist (ICOI). The ADIA is an organization that is open to all office manager or clinical team members.
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Nita Bramble — Former ADAA 8th District Trustee
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Nita Irene Bramble, 87, died Friday, March 7, at Mary Lanning HealthCare, in Hastings, Neb.

Services will be Wednesday, March 12 ; 11 a.m. at Butler Volland Chapel, in Hastings with Pastor Tony Dawson officiating. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, Neb. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 11; 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Nebraska Heart Association or CCC Dental Assistant Scholarship Fund.

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What your patients need to know
Health news never sleeps

Inside Dental Assisting
It's global and around the clock, driven by rapidly expanding news, Internet, and social media outlets. The latest "discovery" in treating or preventing disease — proven or not — spreads quickly through the channels and dominates the headlines. That is, until word of the next major discovery breaks. It often falls on oral healthcare providers to separate the science from the spin, to help our patients develop their health literacy and critical eye.
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The value of speaking Spanish in your dental office
DentistryIQ
The demographic of Spanish-speaking patients is steadily increasing, and this occurrence isn't just relegated to portions of the country nearest Mexico, Cuba, and other Spanish-speaking countries. The U.S. is a melting pot of nationalities, and it's important to ensure that your dental practice doesn't inadvertently lose potential clients simply because of a language barrier.
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What products to avoid and what products work best with autistic patients
Dental Products Report
As the number of children diagnosed with autism continues to grow, it’s important for you and your team members to know what products to avoid and what products work best when treating patients on the autism spectrum in your practice.
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How good is your dental office at keeping secrets? HIPAA helps create best practices
DentistryIQ
The following scenario is true, but some of the details have been changed to protect the innocent … and the guilty. The setting is the cramped reception area of a small dental practice. The office manager, who also works the front desk, is on the phone with a patient.
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Fewer Americans fear root canals, more want to keep their natural teeth
Dentalaegis
Fewer Americans fear root canal treatment, according to a recent survey by the American Association of Endodontists. Just over half of those surveyed, 54 percent, said root canals make them apprehensive, down from 60 percent in 2013 — the lowest numbers reported since the AAE began its annual survey in 2011. In addition, more than three-quarters of Americans, 76 percent, say they would want to avoid losing a permanent tooth, something root canal treatment can help prevent.
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What's hiding behind that smile?
Inside Dental Assisting
Oral healthcare practitioners are often their patients’ first line of defense and intervention for problems extending beyond the smile. These could involve sleep breathing, eating, and substance-abuse disorders, as well as domestic violence. In some cases, the signs and symptoms are apparent, as in the case of lingual tooth wear and erosion signifying acid reflux or repetitive regurgitation from anorexia or bulimia.
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The dentist fires up the team, then doesn't carry through great ideas
Dentistry IQ
QUESTION: I really like the office I work in, but the team and I are experiencing some frustration. Our doctor says he wants to grow the practice and implement some changes to take the practice to the next level. The problem is, our team gets excited about the changes we discuss, and when we attempt to implement the new ideas, the dentist gets wishy-washy and will not follow through. Sometimes it seems like we’re more excited about growing the practice than he is. Any suggestions?
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3 quick tips to handle a difficult patient
Dental Products Report
Is your day ruined by seeing a difficult patient in your daily schedule lineup? Jill Nesbitt, MBA, dental consultant and office manager, gives you three easy quick tips to keep better handle patient complaints in the future.
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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.

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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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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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Manage your dental office schedule
By Jill Nesbitt
One of the most critical responsibilities an office manager has is to manage the schedule. The dentist wants it to be productive. The hygienists want it to be full. The assistants want it to have enough time to turn over rooms and catch up on cleaning instruments. The receptionists are busy trying to fill the schedule when it has holes and confirm and take care of patients when it's full. The schedule dictates our profitability and is a visual reminder of our effectiveness. So, we know it's important — but how does a dental office manager successfully manage the schedule?
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Bacterium and fungus team up to cause virulent tooth decay in toddlers
Bioscience Technology
Early childhood caries, a highly aggressive and painful form of tooth decay that frequently occurs in preschool children, especially from backgrounds of poverty, may result from a nefarious partnership between a bacterium and a fungus, according to a paper published ahead of print in the journal Infection and Immunity.
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Yes, you can catch a bad mood on Facebook
HealthDay News via MedlinePlus
Before you post your latest mood on Facebook, consider whether it's a mood you want your friends to catch. After analyzing 1 billion anonymous status updates among more than 100 million Facebook users between 2009 and 2012, researchers report that feelings can be highly contagious in the virtual world.
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Amalgam opponents file lawsuit against FDA
Dental Tribune
Several groups advocating for mercury-free dentistry fillings recently filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration, accusing the state agency of failing to address the risk of mercury in dental fillings properly. The plaintiffs are demanding either a formal ban on dental amalgam use or a risk reclassification of dental amalgam by the FDA.
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