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Supreme Court of Iowa comes to a ruling
Carolyn K. Breen, ADAA President
The Supreme Court of Iowa recently decided that a dentist did not engage in gender discrimination when he fired a dental assistant at the request of his wife. According to ABC TV news, the dentist found his assistant "irresistible." The dentist's attorney said that her "dress and behavior were inappropriate." The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) speaks for approximately 300,000 dental assistants in the United States. After researching available documentation regarding the case, "we were disappointed in the findings of the Court," said Carolyn Breen, Ed.D.,CDA, RDA, RDH, president of the Association. "We feel that the court failed to recognize the human dynamics that exist in any employment setting as, there appear to have been multiple issues and additional underlying factors affecting the case."
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See related story: An update to the case of the 'irresistible' dental assistant (Dental Assisting Digest)

The latest dental assistant salary numbers from the US Department of Labor
Dental Assisting Digest via DentistryIQ
So how does your salary match up against what other dental assistants around the country are making? The U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics have the answer. Through a very detailed breakdown of salaries in both urban and rural locations throughout the United States, you can see exactly what dental assistants are making everywhere from Los Angeles to the hills of rural West Virginia. In this portion of our series on dental assistant salaries, we're going to take an overview of salary numbers from across the nation.
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Disaster response law recognizes dental role
American Dental Association
The 113th Congress and President Barack Obama, with one accord and little fanfare, produced public law offering disaster response opportunity for dentists and dental facilities long advocated by the profession and the Association. The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 makes dental entities eligible for carrying out certain educational and training activities pertaining to public health emergencies. States, at their option, may include dentists and dental facilities, including dental schools, in their public health emergency plans without mandating participation by dentists.
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Adults who consume fluoride in drinking water at decreased risk for tooth decay
Medical News Today
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Adelaide, Australia, has produced the strongest evidence yet that fluoride in drinking water provides dental health benefits to adults, even those who had not received fluoridated drinking water as children. In the first population-level study of its kind, the study shows that fluoridated drinking water prevents tooth decay for all adults regardless of age, and whether or not they consumed fluoridated water during childhood.
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7 tips for wage and hour compliance for dental practices
By D. Albert Brannen
Even though many small dental practices may not be covered by federal employment laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination Act or even Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, most are covered by the federal wage and hour laws. Unfortunately, the past few years have brought an explosion in the number of lawsuits against employers of all sizes for wage and hour violations, and dental practices are no exception. This article offers practical tips to dental practices to help them comply with the federal wage and hour regulations and to minimize their exposure to lawsuits.
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Industry Pulse: Does your practice keep extensive records of the staff's hours worked?

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PureLife Dental recently launched the 50-Second Solution, a next-generation surface disinfectant that kills tuberculosis in 50 seconds flat. Officially known as BioSURF, the product is non-toxic, making it safe for use around staff and patients. The 50-Second Solution is available in a 24oz spray and a 5L bottle. MORE

The advent of electronic dental records
Electronic health records are widely used among medical practices and hospitals to share patient clinical information in a quick, accurate, secure, and efficient manner. This adoption didn't happen overnight — it was 10 years in the making. Today, the dental industry finds itself at square one of the EHR-adoption process. Dental professionals have a lot of questions, especially hygienists who will probably be doing a lot of the "heavy lifting" in the selection, implementation, and day-to-day utilization of dental's version of EHR, electronic dental records.
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New form required for new hires
American Dental Association
Dr. Douglas B. Torbush expects to hire a hygienist in June and is "very interested" in the new Form I-9 announced by the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. "I have not had to hire anyone in such a long time that I was somewhat at a loss when I found that the I-9 form is now required for all new hires," he said. Employers must use the new Form I-9 immediately for all new hires, said the USCIS March 8 Federal Register notice. Prior versions of Form I-9 can no longer be used effective May 7. Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States.
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Implant dentistry: From seashells to titanium
Inside Dental Technology
During the past 30 years implant dentistry has grown to become not only a reliable, predictable segment of the mainstream of dental care, but also one that offers a vastly improved quality of life for edentulous patients. This article provides a brief history of the development of implant dentistry, including a discussion of key pioneers of dental implantology, and focuses on clinical and technical applications and landmark clinical studies. Current technological advancements such as cone-beam computerized tomography and treatment planning software are also highlighted.
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Living with Parkinson's and looking for relief
RDH Magazine
When I heard the words "you have Parkinson's disease" … my first thought was not being able to retire at the lake house as planned. Then a small voice from deep within me spoke to me, telling me to listen to the doctor; this is serious!

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Awesome dental floss adds comfort to flossing
Dentistry IQ
It's a known fact in the universe that dental professionals hear every excuse in the book about why their patients will not floss. With Awesome Floss, several of those excuses can be checked off the list.

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Teeth like a guillotine: How the fork created the overbite
Dentistry IQ
In the recent book "Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat", Bee Wilson writes about unanticipated consequences that resulted from the changes we made in cooking and eating throughout history. It seems, she says, that the overbite is one of those consequences.

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Practice transition through the eyes of the dental team
Many dentists hire dental brokerage firms to help them with the sale of their practice and for a successful transition of their practice to a new practitioner. They rely on their broker for advice and guidance. But how will this affect the dental team?
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